An astonishingly prescient, beautifully written and deeply humane new work of non-fiction from one of our greatest living writers.
Feturing thought-provoking, poignant and funny true-life travel pieces, this work gathers together some of Ireland's top women writers. It includes authors such as: Martina Devlin; Julie Parsons; Morag Prunty; Louise East; and Clare Downling who writes about her encounter with a Don Johnson lookalike on a visit to Dublin.
Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty. This title presents her story. It is a portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and age and in so doing created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
Alison Wearing went on a trip beyond the legacy of revolution, religious fundamentalism and veiled women to find the real people of Iran. Posing as a honeymooner, but accidentally on purpose setting out on her own at every opportunity, Alison Wearing reveals an irresistible curiosity at every turn. With a novelist's love of language and an eye for dramatic detail, she takes the reader into the homes and hearts of the people who welcome her, feed her, and send her off on one adventure after the other. Alison goes to hidden places of interest that recall the romance of Persia, on interminable trips into the desert, and to fading palaces by the sea - wherever she finds herself, she offers startling insights into daily life in Iran, an enigmatic country. HONEYMOON IN PURDAH is beautifully written, fresh and fascinating at every turn, and is a glorious account of a hardcore holiday. 'We are presented with the view from behind a pair of hungry, sensitive and wholly human eyes - a vivid and endearing picture of Iran's people' - Independent on Sunday
Aiming to track down a small oasis town deep in the Sahara, Annie Hawes leaves her home in the olive groves of Italy and sets off along the south coast of the Mediterranean. This title follows her journey, where she discovers that life at a date-farming oasis is not so simple and uncomplicated as she has imagined.
Accompanying a four-part TV series, presenter and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton visits the world's hottest, coldest, wettest and driest inhabited places on earth. He looks at how humans adapt physically and psychologically, how the flora and fauna adapt, and considers ecological aspects.