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At Home in Japan

Cover Image, Road to Little Dribbling

Rebecca Otowa
Tuttle
ISBN 9780804848718
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through an amazing transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs, from the basic day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the house. Rebecca Otowa then focuses on her inner life, touching on some of the pivotal memories of her time in Japan, the lessons in perception that Japan has taught her and the ways in which she has been changed by living in Japan. At Home in Japan is a beautifully written and illustrated reminiscence of a once simple life made extraordinary.


Havana

Cover Image, Road to Little Dribbling

Mark Kurlansky
Bloomsbury
ISBN 9781632863911
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 36.00
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Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and Jose Marti, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive city of Havana comes stirringly to life.


Four Seasons in Rome

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Anthony Doerr
Fourth Estate
ISBN 9780007265299
Paperback 2008
Price $AU 24.99
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On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome. Four Seasons in Rome charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.


The Road to Little Dribbling

Cover Image, Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson
Double Day
ISBN 9780552779838
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed in the last twenty years. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call the rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas. Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.


No Room For Watermelonscover image no room for watermelons

Ron & Lynne Fellowes
High Horse Publishing
ISBN 9780241146736
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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In 2012, while others his age were enjoying quiet retirement, Ron Fellowes set off on the challenge of a lifetime. His dream to ride a 102 year-old FN motorcycle across the world, to the Belgian factory where the bike originated . It had all the hallmarks of an epic adventure, and one that was never going to be easy. For eight months Ron rode 14,600 kilometres through 15 countries under grueling conditions, into some of the world's most hostile territory. He faced desert  sandstorms, mountains too steep for the motorcycle's capability, the threat of rockslides and bombings when he took a detour, and pressure from armed police through conflict zones. He was robbed, and when held at gunpoint, Ron came face-to-face with his own mortality. The motorcycle's limited capacity - no gears, inadequate brakes and pedal  assisted - made it a daily struggle. Breakdowns were common, and only Ron's ingenuity and single-mindedness, Lynne's logistical support, and the generosity of others kept him going.

Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, No Room for Watermelons is co-written by Ron and Lynne. It is an engaging, and entertaining account of one man's stoic determination to fulfill his dream. You will be carried along for the ride, and inspired to achieve your own dreams... no matter how impossible they seem.


All Good Things: A MemoirCover Image, All Good Things

Sarah Turnbull
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780732288037
Trade paperback 2013
Price $AU 29.99
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From the author of the bestselling Almost French comes a new travel memoir.

For many people, finding the love of your life and moving to Paris would come pretty close to having it all, and Sarah Turnbull seemed to have had more than her fair share of dreams come true. But there was still one dream she was beginning to fear might be impossible. Then out of the blue an opportunity to embark on another adventure offers a new beginning - and new hope. Leaving Paris behind was never going to be easy. But it helps when your destination is known as paradise on earth, Tahiti...


The Well at the World's EndCover image, The Well at the Worlds End

A.J. Mackinnon
Black Inc.
ISBN 9781863955430
Paperback 2011
Price $AU 27.95
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A.J. Mackinnon's second book follows the remarkable success of his first, The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow, offering a new narrative of travel. The Well at the World's End traces Mackinnon's adventures around the globe by land, sea, train, truck, horse and yacht.


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