New travel books. From Hong Kong to Iceland: and two books about survival.
A month by the sea : encounters in Gaza / Dervla Murphy.
“Bombed and cut-off from normal contact with the rest of the world, life in Gaza is beset with structural, medical and mental health problems, yet it is also bursting with political engagement and underwritten by an intense enjoyment of family life. During her month by the sea, Dervla Murphy develops an acute eye for the way in which isolation has shaped this society. Time and again she meets men who have returned to the Strip as an act of presence. Yet the mosque is often their only daily activity, as difficulties obtaining supplies mean few opportunities for creative work.” (Syndetics summary)
Into the abyss / Carol Shaben.
“Six people lost their lives in the plane crash. Four men found theirs. On a wintry October night in 1984, a Piper Navajo commuter plane bound for remote communities in northern Canada set off into thick cloud and freezing rain. One hour later, the plane smashed headlong into a high ridge of rugged forest. Of the ten people on board, only four – strangers from wildly different backgrounds – survived the crash: Erik, the young pilot who had never wanted to fly in such bad weather in the first place. Larry, a respected politician and family man. Scott, a rookie cop who, against regulations, had unshackled the prisoner he was escorting to face charges. And Paul: a criminal, and the only one to escape the crash uninjured. The only one capable of keeping the other three alive – should he choose to.”…–www.booktopia.com.au” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The last place you’d look for a wallaby : my obsessive quest to seek out alien species / Glen Chilton.
“”Chilton visits Ireland to witness how rhododendrons, an ornamental plant that escaped a private garden, now threaten to choke out the last of the great oak forests of the United Kingdom. He escapes blood-thirsty midges and a murderous Hungarian architect while visiting a colony of forgotten Scottish wallabies; finds out how termites, brought in on packing crates after the Second World War, contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; dives with endangered sea turtles in North Queensland; and dodges crocodiles and machine guns in the eucalyptus forests of Ethiopia…..”–Publisher’s description.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Snowing in Bali / Kathryn Bonella.
“Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that’s made Bali one of the world’s most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. With its central location to the Asia Pacific market, its thriving tourist industry to act as cover for importation, and a culture of corruption that can easily help law enforcement turn a blind eye, Bali has long been a paradise for traffickers as well as for holiday-makers…..” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Hidden cities : travels to the secret corners of the world’s great metropolises : a memoir of urban exploration / Moses Gates.
“”Urban exploration with Gates makes for wildly entertaining reading. Whereas most travel authors highlight the museums, fashionable streets, and restaurants of the great cities of the world, Gate’s passion lies elsewhere. He revels in surmounting contrived barriers, whether in New York, Paris, or Ukraine. “We live our whole lives as prisoners of artificial boundaries-boundaries put in place not by mountains, rivers, or walls but by people and institutions who tell us that they’re there.” Gates chronicles his exploits exploring subway tunnels in New York and Stockholm; climbing the Lateran Obelisk sewers in Rome; ringing a bell on the top of Norte Dame; and traipsing through abandoned buildings in Brazil.” …(Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Alone on the ice : the greatest survival story in the history of exploration / David Roberts.
“”Douglas Mawson is not as well known as Amundsen, Scott, or Shakleton, but as this intense and thrilling epic shows, he deserves a place on the pedestal next to these other great explorers of the Antarctic. Trained as a geologist, the Australian-born Mawson launched an expedition to a largely unexplored region of Antarctica in 1912. The effort soon turned into a grim struggle of endurance and survival against an unforgiving environment. ….–Freeman, Jay Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
An illustrated journey : inspiration from the private art journals of traveling artists, illustrators and designers / Danny Gregory.
“Travel + Sketching = Inspiration. When we travel, we don’t want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who’s come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that’s exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience. An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. You’ll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but, more important, you’ll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas. ….” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Italy’s best trips : 38 amazing road trips / this edition written and researched by Paula Hardy, Duncan Garwood & Robert Landon.
“38 routes lasting from a few days to two weeks, and 128 maps- Covers classic routes like the Amalfi Coast and intriguing back-road itineraries- Essential tips, advice and useful phrases for driving in Italy.” (Syndetics summary)
The rough guide to Iceland / written and researched by David Leffman and James Proctor.
“The Rough Guide to Iceland is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating island and its capital Reykjavik, with clear maps and detailed coverage of all the best attractions. Discover Iceland’s highlights with inspiring photography and information on everything from hiking, soaking in natural hot springs and whale watching, to indulging in Reykjavík’s lively nightlife and superb seafood.” (Syndetics summary)
Pocket Hong Kong : top sights, local life, made easy / Piera Chen.
“Best of Hong Kong. We’ve found the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Maps for every neighbourhood. Walking tours and day planners. Packed with expert travel tips.” (Syndetics summary)