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Tartans & Highland Dress (Collins Scottish Archive)

by Collins

A small format gift book which is a reproduction of the popular Collins book ‘Tartans & Highland Dress’ published in 1961. This is a detailed guide to how to correctly wear the Scottish national dress along with profiles of the main tartans.

Antarctica: A History in 100 Objects

by Jean de Pomereu Daniella McCahey

This stunning and powerfully relevant book tells the history of Antarctica through 100 varied and fascinating objects drawn from collections around the world.Retracing the history of Antarctica through 100 varied and fascinating objects drawn from collections across the world, this beautiful and absorbing book is published to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first crossing into the Antarctic Circle by James Cook aboard Resolution, on 17th January 1773. It presents a gloriously visual history of Antarctica, from Terra Incognita to the legendary expeditions of Shackleton and Scott, to the frontline of climate change. One of the wildest and most beautiful places on the planet, Antarctica has no indigenous population or proprietor. Its awe-inspiring landscapes – unknown until just two centuries ago – have been the backdrop to feats of human endurance and tragedy, scientific discovery, and environmental research. Sourced from polar institutions and collections around the world, the objects that tell the story of this remarkable continent range from the iconic to the exotic, from the refreshingly mundane to the indispensable: - snow goggles adopted from Inuit technology by Amundsen - the lifeboat used by Shackleton and his crew- a bust of Lenin installed by the 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition- the Polar Star aircraft used in the first trans-Antarctic flight- a sealing club made from the penis bone of an elephant seal- the frozen beard as a symbol of Antarctic heroism and masculinity- ice cores containing up to 800,000 years of climate history This stunning book is both endlessly fascinating and a powerful demonstration of the extent to which Antarctic history is human history, and human future too.

Memoirs of a Bengal Civilian: Lively Narrative Of A Victorian District Officer (Eland Travel Classics Ser.)

by John Beames

No one could have invented John Beames, whose vibrant and original memoirs were discovered by chance in an attic almost a century after they were penned. He arrived in Indian in 1858, and worked there as a civil servant for the next forty-five years, defending powerless peasants against rapacious planters, improvising fifteen-gun salutes for visiting dignitaries and presiding over the blissful coast of Orissa. His acquaintances spanned from lofty Rajas to dissolute Englishmen. Vivid, candid and without fear of authority, Beames was a defiant individual in a huge bureaucracy. He writes with the richness of Dickens.

Africa Dances: A Journey through West Africa in 1934

by Geoffrey Gorer

In Africa Dances Gorer takes the reader on an odyssey across West Africa. He has unique access, travelling as the friend of Féral Benga, one of the great black dance stars of 1930’s Paris. It is a devastating critique of colonial rule, which is shown to be destroying African society while Christian missionaries undermine indigenous morality. Africa Dances captures the rich physical and psychological detail of African village life – from food and architecture to dance and magic. Gorer witnesses witch doctors conjuring thunderstorms out of clear blue skies and chameleon fetishists whose skin changes from a dirty white to almost black. This is a place where if you believe, you can.

A Cat in the Window: Tales from a Cornish Flower Farm (Minack Chronicles #7)

by Derek Tangye

The second title in the Minack Chronicles, this tells in more detail the story of Derek and Jeannie's beloved ginger cat Monty. From the first moment Derek, who was not until then a cat-lover, met a tiny bundle of fur with Jeannie, through to the pet's old age when he would still walk down to the stream to make 'Monty's Leap', this is a touching story of friendship between two people and their cat.

The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Colonial Societies

by Sir V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul’s first travel book, The Middle Passage, takes us on a rich and emotional journey to a place of the greatest interest – his birthplace.In 1960, Dr Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of independent Trinidad, invited V. S. Naipaul to revisit his native country and record his impressions. In this classic of modern travel writing he created a deft and remarkably prescient portrait of Trinidad and the Caribbean societies of four adjacent countries, Guyana, Surinam, Martinique and Jamaica. Haunted by the legacies of slavery and colonialism, and so thoroughly defined by the norms of Empire that it can scarcely comprehend its end, Naipaul catches this poor, topsy-turvy world at a critical moment, a time when racial and political assertion had yet to catch up – a perfect subject for the acute understanding and dazzling prose of this great writer. ‘Naipaul travels with the artist’s eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning.’ Evelyn Waugh ‘Belongs in the same category of travel writing as Lawrence’s books on Italy, Greene’s on West Africa and Pritchett’s on Spain’ New Statesman

Moon Greek Islands & Athens: Island Escapes with Timeless Villages, Scenic Hikes, and Local Flavors (Travel Guide)

by Moon Travel Guides Sarah Souli

Soak up the sun, dance till dawn, hike through wild forests, or explore Greek history: Escape to the Mediterranean with Moon Greek Islands & Athens. Choose the right islands for you, with strategic itineraries for different timelines, budgets, and activities, whether you want to lounge on the best beaches, linger in ancient villages, explore the outdoors, or island-hop for a little taste of everythingFocused coverage of Athens and 18 Greek islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Karpathos, Corfu, Lefkada, and moreUnique experiences and must-see highlights: Marvel at Oia's picturesque blue and white architecture or take a boat to the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Soak in therapeutic hot springs, hike through lush forests to waterfalls in Samothrace, or hop aboard a boat and discover hidden coves and wild beaches. Learn about local folklore in Olympos, explore Athens' contemporary galleries and ancient ruins, and savor authentic Greek cuisine, from roasted lamb and olives to dakos and fiery shots of ouzo Insight from Athens local Sarah Souli on how to experience Greece like an insider, support local businesses, and avoid over-tourismFull-color photos and detailed maps throughoutBackground information on the landscape, history, and cultural customs of Greece and each individual islandHandy tools and practical necessities like advice on getting there and getting around, and tips for solo women travelers, seniors, visitors with disabilities, LGBTQ+ travelers, and families with kidsIn-depth coverage of: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Folegandros, Milos, Naxos, Anafi, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, Samothrace, Ikaria, Lesvos, Alonnisos, Skyros, Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada, and CreteWith Moon's practical tips and local know-how, you can experience the best of Athens and the Greek islands.Exploring more of Europe? Check out Moon Rome, Florence & Venice, Moon Prague, Vienna, & Budapest, or Moon French Riviera.

Moon Greek Islands & Athens: Timeless Villages, Scenic Hikes, Local Flavors (Travel Guide)

by Sarah Souli

​Soak up the sun, dance till dawn, hike through wild forests, or explore Greek history: Escape to the Mediterranean with Moon Greek Islands & Athens. Choose the right islands for you, with strategic itineraries for different timelines, budgets, and activities, whether you want to lounge on the best beaches, linger in ancient villages, explore the outdoors, or island-hop for a little taste of everything Focused coverage of Athens and 18 Greek islands, including Santorini, Mykonos, Karpathos, Corfu, Lefkada, and more Unique experiences and must-see highlights: Marvel at Oia's picturesque blue and white architecture or take a boat to the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Soak in therapeutic hot springs, hike through lush forests to waterfalls in Samothrace, or hop aboard a boat and discover hidden coves and wild beaches. Learn about local folklore in Olympos, explore Athens' contemporary galleries and ancient ruins, and savor authentic Greek cuisine, from roasted lamb and olives to dakos and fiery shots of ouzo Insight from Athens local Sarah Souli on how to experience Greece like an insider, support local businesses, and avoid over-tourism Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout Background information on the landscape, history, and cultural customs of Greece and each individual island In-depth coverage of: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Folegandros, Milos, Naxos, Anafi, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kalymnos, Samothrace, Ikaria, Lesvos, Alonnisos, Skyros, Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada, and Crete With Moon's practical tips and local know-how, you can experience the best of Athens and the Greek islands. Exploring more of Europe? Check out Moon Prague, Vienna & Budapest or Moon Southern Italy.About Moon Travel Guides: Moon was founded in 1973 to empower independent, active, and conscious travel. We prioritize local businesses, outdoor recreation, and traveling strategically and sustainably. Moon Travel Guides are written by local, expert authors with great stories to tell—and they can't wait to share their favorite places with you. For more inspiration, follow @moonguides on social media.

Moon Sicily: Best Beaches, Local Food, Ancient Sites (Travel Guide)

by Linda Sarris Moon Travel Guides

From relaxing on sun-soaked beaches to hiking Mount Etna, immerse yourself in la dolce vita with Moon Sicily. Inside you'll find:Flexible itineraries for exploring the best of Sicily, including Palermo, Western Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, Catania, Mount Etna, Syracuse, and more Strategic advice for foodies and oenophiles, art lovers, hikers, history buffs, beach bums, and more Must-see highlights and unique experiences for any season: Go climbing and wine-tasting on scenic Mount Etna. Visit the noble palaces and flourishing outdoor markets of Palermo. Island-hop and soak up the spectacular beaches of the Aegadian Islands. Walk among Greek ruins at the Valle dei Templi and wander romantic towns like Cefalú and Taormina The best local flavors: Savor fresh seafood straight from the Mediterranean, sample locally made sheep cheese, and taste some of Italy&’s best street food in Palermo. Enjoy diverse Sicilian wines like historic marsala and sip a morning cappuccino at a charming café Expert advice from Palermo local and chef Linda Sarris on where to stay, what to eat, and how to get around Full-color photos and detailed maps throughoutBackground information on the landscape, history, and cultural customs Handy tools including an Italian phrasebook and tips for senior travelers, travelers of color, traveling with children, and more With Moon&’s practical tips and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can experience the very best of Sicily. Exploring more of Italy? Check out Moon Southern Italy or Moon Rome, Florence & Venice.About Moon Travel Guides: Moon was founded in 1973 to empower independent, active, and conscious travel. We prioritize local businesses, outdoor recreation, and traveling strategically and sustainably. Moon Travel Guides are written by local, expert authors with great stories to tell—and they can't wait to share their favorite places with you. For more inspiration, follow @moonguides on social media.

America, Their America

by J. P. Clark

America, Their America is the personal journal and travelogue from acclaimed poet and playwright, J. P. Clark – exploring 1960s America as he saw it.Controversial at the time of its publication for its negative depiction of American society and values, America, Their America captures the raw experiences of Nigerian writer, J. P. Clark during his time in the U.S.A.

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

by Sir Francis Chichester

The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe. Here, his entire life - including his greatest failures and successes - are told by the man who experienced it all firsthand. A foreword from his son, Giles Chichester, is also included.

Mischief in Greenland: Only a man in the devil of a hurry would wish to fly to his mountains (H.W. Tilman: The Collected Edition)

by H.W. Tilman

‘Only a man in the devil of a hurry would wish to fly to his mountains, forgoing the lingering pleasure and mounting excitement of a slow, arduous approach under his own exertions.’H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman’s mountain travel philosophy, rooted in Africa and the Himalaya and further developed in his early sailing adventures in the southern hemisphere, was honed to perfection with his discovery of Greenland as the perfect sailing destination. His Arctic voyages in the pilot cutter Mischief proved no less challenging than his earlier southern voyages. The shorter elapsed time made it rather easier to find a crew but the absence of warm tropical passages meant that similar levels of hardship were simply compressed into a shorter timescale.First published fifty years before political correctness became an accepted rule, Mischief in Greenland is a treasure trove of Tilman’s observational wit. In this account of his first two West Greenland voyages, he pulls no punches with regard to the occasional failings, leaving the reader to seek out and discover the numerous achievements of these voyages. The highlight of the second voyage was the identification, surveying and successful first ascent of Mount Raleigh, first observed on the eastern coast of Baffin Island by the Elizabethan explorer John Davis in 1585. For the many sailors and climbers who have since followed his lead and ventured north into those waters, Tilman provides much practical advice, whether from his own observations or those of Davis and the inimitable Captain Lecky. Tilman’s typical gift of understatement belies his position as one of the greatest explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century.

Mount Everest 1938: Whether these mountains are climbed or not, smaller expeditions are a step in the right direction (H.W. Tilman: The Collected Edition)

by H.W. Tilman

‘Whether these mountains are climbed or not, smaller expeditions are a step in the right direction.’It’s 1938, the British have thrown everything they’ve got at Everest but they’ve still not reached the summit. War in Europe seems inevitable; the Empire is shrinking. Still reeling from failure in 1936, the British are granted one more permit by the Tibetans, one more chance to climb the mountain. Only limited resources are available, so can a small team be assembled and succeed where larger teams have failed?H.W. Tilman is the obvious choice to lead a select team made up of some of the greatest British mountaineers history has ever known, including Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe and Noel Odell. Indeed, Tilman favours this lightweight approach. He carries oxygen but doesn’t trust it or think it ethical to use it himself, and refuses to take luxuries on the expedition, although he does regret leaving a case of champagne behind for most of his time on the mountain.On the mountain, the team is cold, the weather very wintery. It is with amazing fortitude that they establish a camp six at all, thanks in part to a Sherpa going by the family name of Tensing. Tilman carries to the high camp, but exhausted he retreats, leaving Smythe and Shipton to settle in for the night. He records in his diary, ‘Frank and Eric going well—think they may do it.’ But the monsoon is fast approaching …In Mount Everest 1938, first published in 1948, Tilman writes that it is difficult to give the layman much idea of the actual difficulties of the last 2,000 feet of Everest. He returns to the high camp and, in exceptional style, they try for the ridge, the route to the summit and those immense difficulties of the few remaining feet.

The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in HIstorical Outline (Routledge Revivals)

by D D Kosambi

First published in 1965, The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline is a strikingly original work, the first real cultural history of India. The main features of the Indian character are traced back into remote antiquity as the natural outgrowth of historical process. Did the change from food gathering and the pastoral life to agriculture make new religions necessary? Why did the Indian cities vanish with hardly a trace and leave no memory? Who were the Aryans – if any? Why should Buddhism, Jainism, and so many other sects of the same type come into being at one time and in the same region? How could Buddhism spread over so large a part of Asia while dying out completely in the land of its origin? What caused the rise and collapse of the Magadhan empire; was the Gupta empire fundamentally different from its great predecessor, or just one more ‘oriental despotism’? These are some of the many questions handled with great insight, yet in the simplest terms, in this stimulating work. This book will be of interest to students of history, sociology, archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, South Asian studies and ethnic studies.

The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in HIstorical Outline (Routledge Revivals)

by D D Kosambi

First published in 1965, The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline is a strikingly original work, the first real cultural history of India. The main features of the Indian character are traced back into remote antiquity as the natural outgrowth of historical process. Did the change from food gathering and the pastoral life to agriculture make new religions necessary? Why did the Indian cities vanish with hardly a trace and leave no memory? Who were the Aryans – if any? Why should Buddhism, Jainism, and so many other sects of the same type come into being at one time and in the same region? How could Buddhism spread over so large a part of Asia while dying out completely in the land of its origin? What caused the rise and collapse of the Magadhan empire; was the Gupta empire fundamentally different from its great predecessor, or just one more ‘oriental despotism’? These are some of the many questions handled with great insight, yet in the simplest terms, in this stimulating work. This book will be of interest to students of history, sociology, archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, South Asian studies and ethnic studies.

Dance and Dance Drama in Education: The Commonwealth and International Library: Physical Education, Health and Recreation Division

by V. Bruce

Dance and Dance Drama in Education attempts to explain the arts of dance and dance drama as they take place in schools and colleges, and to relate them to other, more familiar creative arts in education. It takes into account the needs of young people in so far as they relate to these arts, and sets out to some extent to observe and to estimate the balance or lack of balance in school curricula, establishing the possible place of dance and dance drama in the education of children. Special attention is given to the place of this work in the curriculum of the Secondary Modern Girls' School, where such arts could play a most important part. The book begins by tracing the history of dance leading to the present place of dance and dance drama in education. This is followed by separate chapters on the language of movement; aims of the teacher of dance and dance drama; the link between the arts of dance and dance drama; and dance and dance drama as therapy. Subsequent chapters deal with movement, dance, and dance drama in primary and secondary schools; and work with students in a teacher training college.

Modern Educational Gymnastics

by G. Doreen Pallett

Modern Educational Gymnastics provides a guide in gymnastics based on Rudolf Laban’s analysis of movement. This book sets out a discipline and standard, demanding perseverance, grit, and determination in individual ways of moving that provides every individual with an opportunity to achieve not only possibilities in movement and physical prowess, but ideas as well. The topics covered include weight transference; fundamental body action of bending, stretching, turning, and twisting; awareness of the body; way or how a person moves; time, space, and flow factors; use of space; apparatus work; and working with other people. Brief discussions on forming a lesson, achieving good poise, and use of observation to the teacher and students are also deliberated in this text. This publication is intended for gymnastics teachers, but is also useful to students or individuals hoping to acquire knowledge on the fundamentals and basic principles of gymnastics.

Moon Norway: Best Hikes, Road Trips, Scenic Fjords (Travel Guide)

by Lisa Stentvedt

From majestic fjords and mountains to fairytale towns and picturesque harbors, Norway is one of a kind. Savor Scandinavian life like a local with Moon Norway. Inside you&’ll find:Flexible itineraries including a two week 'Best of Norway,' a long weekend in Oslo, a Lofoten road trip, and more Outdoor adventures: Tip-toe across the blue-tinted ice of a glacier, climb dramatic rock formations, and trek to Tromsø to learn more about the Sami, the Indigenous people of Scandinavia. Watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky, kayak the spectacular Western fjords, and spot wildlife from puffins to polar bears Must-see highlights and unique experiences: Explore an authentic Viking village, stroll and shop in sophisticated Oslo, and wander the cobblestone streets of Bergen&’s historic dock area. Road-trip the Lofoten Isles for unforgettable views at every turn, marvel at the elaborate architecture of stave churches, and feast on farm-to-table cuisine Honest insight from Norwegian writer Lisa Stentvedt on her beloved home country, with tips for traveling sustainably and avoiding crowdsDetailed maps and full-color, vibrant photos throughoutFocused coverage of Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Southern Norway, Ålesund, the Lofoten Isles, and more Thorough background information on the landscape, wildlife, history, government, and culture With Moon's practical advice and insider tips, you can experience the best of Norway. Seeing more of Scandinavia? Check out Moon Copenhagen & Beyond. About Moon Travel Guides: Moon was founded in 1973 to empower independent, active, and conscious travel. We prioritize local businesses, outdoor recreation, and traveling strategically and sustainably. Moon Travel Guides are written by local, expert authors with great stories to tell—and they can't wait to share their favorite places with you. For more inspiration, follow @moonguides on social media.

Rick Steves Pocket Venice

by Rick Steves Gene Openshaw

Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Venice:City walks and tours: Eight detailed tours and walks showcase Venice's essential sights, including St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Grand Canal, plus handy neighborhood breakdowns Rick's strategic advice on what experiences are worth your time and money What to eat and where to stay: Savor calamari at a cicchetti bar, mingle with locals with a spritz con Aperol in hand, and stay in a romantic canal-side hotel Day-by-day itineraries to help you prioritize your time A detailed, detachable fold-out map, plus museum and city maps throughout Full-color, portable, and slim for exploring on the goTrip-planning practicalities like when to go, how to get around, and more Lightweight yet packed with valuable insight into Venice's history and culture, Rick Steves Pocket Venice truly is a tour guide in your pocket. Spending more than a week in the city? Try Rick Steves Venice.

Das Schottlandbuch: Oder eine passionierte Schilderung schottischer Geschichte, Kultur un Natur

by Hans-Walter Arends

· Das Schottlandbuch - kein herkömmlicher Reiseführer, sondern Literatur, die einen tiefgehenden Einblick in die schottischen Regionen, Kultur und Geschichte gibt· Geschrieben von einem deutschen Reiseleiter, der seit über 20 Jahren in Schottland lebt· Gibt Antworten auf viele Fragen, die bei deutschsprachigen Touristen dieses Landes immer wieder aufkommen· Das ideale Buch zum Vor- und Nachbereiten einer Schottlandreise· Mit Karten und 32 Fotos versehenFünfte, stark erweiterte Neuauflage!Wer kennt sie nicht, die vielen Vorurteile gegenüber Schottland und seinen Bewohnern - Schotten seien geizig, das Essen schmecke nicht, es regne immer und die Landschaft sei sehr grau. Dieses Buch, das ganz bewusst kein herkömmlicher Reiseführer sein will, räumt mit vielen dieser Ressentiments auf. In liebevoll ausgearbeiteten Texten gibt Hans-Walter Arends einen Überblick über schottische Mythen, Fakten und Klischees und einen tiefgehenden Einblick in die verschiedenen Regionen Schottlands und die turbulente Geschichte dieses faszinierenden Landes - von seinen prähistorischen Ursprüngen über die Stewarts und Jakobitenaufstände bis hin zu spannenden politischen Entwicklungen im Schottland unserer Tage wie dem 2014 Referendum. Dabei wird schnell klar, dass die Schotten eine ganz eigene, sehr interessante Kultur haben - deren Hauptmerkmal es ist, anders zu sein als der Rest der Welt und besonders die englischen Nachbarn.Dieses Buch ist ein Muss für Schottland-Interessierte und eignet sich besonders gut zur Vor- und Nachbereitung von Reisen in dieses wunderschöne Land!

Mostly Mischief: Including the first ascent of a mountain to start below sea level (H.W. Tilman: The Collected Edition)

by H.W. Tilman

'However many times it has been done, the act of casting off the warps and letting go one’s last hold of the shore at the start of a voyage has about it something solemn and irrevocable, like marriage, for better or for worse.’Mostly Mischief’s ordinary title belies four more extraordinary voyages made by H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman covering almost 25,000 miles in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.The first sees the pilot cutter Mischief retracing the steps of Elizabethan explorer John Davis to the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Tilman and a companion land on the north coast and make the hazardous crossing of Bylot Island while the remainder of the crew make the eventful passage to the southern shore to recover the climbing party. Back in England, Tilman refuses to accept the condemnation of Mischief’s surveyor, undertaking costly repairs before heading back to sea for a first encounter with the East Greenland ice.Between June 1964 and September 1965, Tilman is at sea almost without a break. Two eventful voyages to East Greenland in Mischief provide the entertaining bookends to his account of the five-month voyage in the Southern Ocean as skipper of the schooner Patanela. Tilman had been hand-picked by the expedition leader as the navigator best able to land a team of Australian and New Zealand climbers and scientists on Heard Island, a tiny volcanic speck in the Furious Fifties devoid of safe anchorages and capped by an unclimbed glaciated peak. In a separate account of this successful voyage, Colin Putt describes the expedition as unique—the first ascent of a mountain to start below sea level.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

by Matsuo Basho

'It was with aweThat I beheldFresh leaves, green leaves,Bright in the sun'When the Japanese haiku master Basho composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North, he was an ardent student of Zen Buddhism, setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He writes of the seasons changing, the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These writings not only chronicle Basho's travels, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.Translated with an Introduction by Nobuyuki Yuasa

A Selection of European Folk Dances: Volume 3

by Sam Stuart

A Selection of European Folk Dances, Volume 3 presents the dance sequence and music for selected Folk Dances from various European countries. The book focuses on traditional folk dances from France, Germany, and Israel, as well as from Yugoslavia, Portugal, and Romania. Experts from the dance's country of origin are consulted to ensure that the instructions given in the book are precise. The music for the dances is recorded under the auspices of the Society for International Folk Dancing. Dance instructors, dancers, sociologists, and musicians will find this book informative and interesting.

Mischief goes South: Every herring should hang by its own tail (H.W. Tilman: The Collected Edition)

by H.W. Tilman

‘No sea voyage can be dull for a man who has an eye for the ever-changing sea and sky, the waves, the wind and the way of a ship upon the water.’So observes H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman in this account of two lengthy voyages in which dull intervals were few and far between.In 1966, after a succession of eventful and successful voyages in the high latitudes of the Arctic, Tilman and his pilot cutter Mischief head south again, this time with the Antarctic Peninsula, Smith Island and the unclimbed Mount Foster in their sights. Mischief goes South is an account of a voyage marred by tragedy and dogged by crew trouble from the start. Tilman gives ample insight into the difficulties associated with his selection of shipmates and his supervision of a crew, as he wryly notes, ‘to have four misfits in a crew of five is too many’.The second part of this volume contains the author’s account of a gruelling voyage south, an account left unwritten for ten years for lack of time and energy. Originally intended as an expedition to the remote Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, this 1957 voyage evolved into a circumnavigation of Africa, the unplanned consequence of a momentary lapse in attention by an inexperienced helmsman.The two voyages described in Mischief goes South covered 43,000 miles over twenty-five months spent at sea and, while neither was deemed successful, published together they give a fine insight into Tilman’s character.

No Tigers in the Hindu Kush

by Nigel Tranter Philip Tranter

Philip Tranter and three friends drove a Land Rover 6,000 miles overland from Scotland to Nuristan to explore some of the unknown Central Hindu Kush area. They set out to attempt the second ascent of the monstrous Koh-i-Krebek; to ascend if possible at least one other major unclimbed mountain and to map that previously unmapped terrain. In fact, as well as Krebek they climbed nine other major peaks, named another dozen, and established the existence of a dramatic rock and ice range which they called the Rum Mountains, and christened individually after the Hebridean peaks they resembled in shape and beauty. The story of the expedition is told with an infectious enthusiasm for the glory and challenge of these mysterious peaks.

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