The story of the youngest sailor to ever circumnavigate the globe is the first in our travel books this month, an amazing story. Then, we’re off to… London, New York, Cambodia, New Zealand’s State Highway 1, Tokyo, Tuscany, and finally Marrakesh. Happy reading!
One girl, one dream / Laura Dekker.
“The amazing autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Aged just 14, New Zealand-born Laura Dekker defied the authorities and braved the open oceans to realise her dream of becoming the youngest ever sailor to circumnavigate the Earth. When she finished the journey she was still only 16, the youngest ever person to achieve this feat. Her extraordinary story is both a real-life adventure for all ages, and an inspirational account of how a free spirit and will to succeed can accomplish anything”–Publisher information.” (Syndetics summary)
Gwennie’s diary : a Kiwi’s world tour to Yorkshire 1939-40 / Gwynne Irene Peacock ; edited by Anthony Dodsworth.
“A captivating account of a young New Zealander’s journey around the world to England in the shadow of the Second World War” (Syndetics summary)
The rough guide to Cambodia / updated by Emma Boyle and Gavin Thomas.
“The new-look Rough Guide to Cambodia – now in full colour throughout – is the ultimate travel guide to one of the world’s most exciting destinations emerging in 2014.nbsp;nbsp;Discover Cambodia’s highlights with stunning photography, colour-coded maps and more listings and information than ever before. You’ll find detailed practical advice on what to see and do – from street food and nightlife in vibrant Phnom Penh through to the iconic ancient temples of Angkor – as well as up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, shops and restaurants for all budgets.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The hunt : London / David Leppan.
“London is huge, but come with us, and you’ll have a jolly good time! Discover milliners and shoemakers who’ll feather your cap and put a spring in your step, vintage boutiques galore and interior design shops. Hungry? There are also organic cafés, old pubs, fine-dining restaurants and everything in between. Delightful museums and art galleries, plus verdant parks aplenty too. Off you go, cheerio! This beautiful little guide fits snugly in the back pocket of your jeans, or neatly in your favorite clutch, and is packed with the inside scoop on old-school favorites, eccentric gems and hip newcomers to lively London.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
View from the road / photography by Arno Gasteiger ; text by Kennedy Warne.
“At 2047 kilometres long and stretching from the southernmost tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga, State Highway 1 links this country’s five main cities, and countless towns and blink-of-an-eye settlements in between. It’s also the perfect route from which to explore this country’s geographical diversity, traversing expansive plains and a so-called desert, meandering around rugged coastlines, crossing rivers and harbours, and skirting the country’s largest lake. In View from the Road, photographer Arno Gasteiger travels from Bluff to the Far North capturing the people, places and landmarks to be discovered along New Zealand’s most important highway, while Kennedy Warne reflects on the organic evolution and quirks of this often travelled, but perhaps little known, stretch of road.” (Syndetics summary)
New York / edited and produced by viction:ary ; concepts & art direction by Victor Cheung.
“Local artists and creatives offer an inside look at New York City from its famous sights and restaurants, to lesser-known and up-and-coming spots. Their recommendations include going for a ride on Janes Carousel, viewing the art and shopping at Tara McPherson and Sean Leonards Cotton Candy Machine, shopping for vinyl at Bleeker Street Records, stopping by Ovenly for their salted chocolate chip cookies, and dining on oysters and absinthe at Maison Premiere.” (Syndetics summary)
Clueless in Tokyo : an explorer’s sketchbook of weird and wonderful things in Japan / by Betty Reynolds.
“A perfect introduction to Japan and Japanese culture, this edition contains many new illustrations as well as the Japanese script for key words and phrases. …Clueless in Tokyo provides an outsider’s take on everyday life in Japan’s capital city – a place where vending machines talk, toilets can be terrifying, and centuries-old festivals unfold against a backdrop of space-age architecture. During the seven years Reynolds lived in Japan, she filled thirty sketchbooks with everything that caught her eye. Whether it’s fashion, food, sport, transport, seasonal rituals, or Japanese pastimes, each vibrant sketch is a delight, and Reynolds’ witty hand-lettered captions in both Japanese and English provide an entertaining resource for beginning learners of Japanese.” (Syndetics summary)
Hidden Tuscany : discovering art, culture, and memories in a well-known region’s unknown places / John Keahey.
“In Hidden Tuscany, acclaimed author John Keahey takes the reader into a part of Tuscany beyond the usual tourist destinations of Chianti, Florence, and Siena. The often overlooked western portion of Tuscany is rich with history, cuisine, and scenery begging to be explored, and Keahey encourages travelers to abandon itineraries and let the grooves in the road and the curves of the coast guide your journey instead.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Only in New York / Lily Brett.
“Lily Brett’s love affair with New York began as an outsider in her late teens when she was posted on assignment there as a young Australian rock journalist. In her early forties she returned, together with her soul mate and three children, to start a new life, and for the last twenty-five years she has called New York home.” (Syndetics summary)
Marrakech express : (on and off the rails in the Sultans’ Kingdom) / Peter Millar.
“Back in 1969 when Morocco’s ancient capital was a hashish-clouded hippie mecca, Crosby Stills and Nash recorded their cheesy (and hopelessly inaccurate) foot-tapping anthem ‘Marrakesh Express”. A generation on, award-winning journalist, author and one-time glam-rock fan Peter Millar uses what is now the country’s best visited tourist destination as the embarkation point for a literally reverse-engineered train journey through this still exotic, diverse and challenging North African country, struggling to maintain its unique blend of tradition and tolerance in the turbulent winds of the Arab Spring.” (Book jacket)