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Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands

Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters

A lyrical account of a year’s wild swimming in Britain.
In “Dip,” Andrew Fusek Peters describes an extraordinary year of wild swimming. 102 more words

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Review: Bill Bryson's "Down Under"

Just imagine the American president, British prime minister or German chancellor stepping into the sea and disappearing, never to be seen again, and no one own, outside their home countries, is writing about it. 373 more words

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

“Absorbing…Winning…The many layers in “The Oregon Trail” are linked by Mr. Buck’s voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson’s comic tone in “A Walk in the Woods.”” –Dwight Garner, “The New York Times” 494 more words

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A Proposal to Girdle the Earth, by Nellie Bly

Summer is vacation time, but some among us aren’t content with a week or two at the beach, but go all out. Journalist Nellie Bly, for example, thought it would be relaxing to “girdle the earth” in under eighty days, using Victoria era technology.  50 more words

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An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book - a book recommendation "Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance" by Tim Ecott

How hard can it be to find a book?

Once again an order for my favourite ingredient, Vanilla, had arrived at our house. This time, I was curious, I wanted to know more. 1,178 more words

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Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain by Charlotte Higgins

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the captivating and haunting exploration of the remnants of an empire… 153 more words

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