New and forthcoming

Higher Calling

Max Leonard

Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

After all, cycling up a mountain is hard – so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling’s greats make their names.

Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’

Why are Europe’s mountain ranges professional cycling’s Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do?
Why are the roads there in the first place?

Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the ‘highest road in Europe’. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

Summer in the Islands

Matthew Fort

Imagine spending a carefree summer in the Italian sun, beachcombing, eating and drinking with abandon, drifting without restraint from island to island, from port to port.

Summer in the Islands is the record of Matthew Fort doing just that in his third Italian voyage on a Vespa – first down the length of Italy in Eating Up Italy, then around Sicily in Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons, and now hopping between the Aeolian Islands, something he hadn’t done since his early 20s.

Traveling by Vespa and by ferry, Fort tours the islands at his leisure. He takes us to Elba, where Napoleon was once imprisoned; to Salina, famous for its capers, just as Pantelleria is famous for its dessert wine; to Pianosa, where dangerous Mafia bosses were kept and which Joseph Heller used as the setting for Catch-22; to Capri, where Maxim Gorky ran a school for revolutionaries which was visited by Lenin and Stalin…

…to all of Italy’s 52 islands which he has never written about before.

With 30 years of experience as a food critic, travel writer and adventurer, Fort is an excellent guide through the culinary and cultural history he encounters during his summer in the islands.

Driving Miss Norma

Tim Bauerschmidt (and others)

'Bravo, Norma! I love you' Paulo Coelho

Two days after her husband of sixty-seven years died, nonagenarian Miss Norma was diagnosed with cancer. When told about her treatment options - surgery, chemo and radiotherapy - she rose to her full five feet and said in the strongest voice she could muster: 'I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road!'

Driving Miss Norma is the story of her inspirational road trip across the US in a thirty-six-foot motorhome with her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie and their Poodle, Ringo - showing us that it's never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope or become a trailblazer. Based on a social media phenomenon with over 500K devoted Facebook followers, it follows Miss Norma’s transformative journey of finally spreading your wings and living life on your own terms. With each adventurous stop on her cross-country journey a once timid Miss Norma said YES to living in the face of death - trying oysters for the first time, experiencing a pedicure, and taking the hot air balloon ride her late husband never found time for.

With each passing mile (and one hilarious visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improved and conversations that had once been taboo began to unfold. Norma, Tim and Ramie bonded in ways they could never have anticipated, and their definitions of home, of family and friendship expanded as strangers became friends and showered them with kindness. Bursting with Miss Norma’s generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma ignites a renewed sense of life, family, fun and self-discovery - at any age.

The Man and His Bike

Wilfried de Jong

…The helicopter is hanging above our heads. A woman with a child waves up to the family watching at home. Motorcycles tear past, sirens wailing. And here they come, the riders. Like a vast chameleon the peloton continually changes shape and colour. Four hundred tyres sing to us. Music for a Sunday afternoon.

Here they come. Here they are. There they go. It’s all over, consigned to the past once more.

We can still see the mud-spattered backside of a straggler, sitting crooked on his bike after a fall. The skin of his elbow has been grazed raw, the dirt of the Tour ground into the wound. But he must go on. The Tour waits for no man…

Wilfried de Jong is a star of Dutch sports writing and broadcasting. In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, his comic, melancholic, existential charm unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, isolation and a high probability of failure. Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, painting the drama that unfolds in forgotten café as they wait for the Tour to pass, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand in the morning mist, he always uncovers the true soul of cycling – why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it – stripped bare.

Houses of Power

Simon Thurley

What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who? Who chose the furnishings? And what were their passions?
The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley's thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. Far more than simply an architectural history - a study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court - it gives an entirely new and remarkable insight into the Tudor world.

London For Dogs

Sarah Guy

London for Dogs features over 120 ideas for things to do with your dog in the city.

Organised around each borough from North to South, East to West, there’s something to discover whether you want to be surprised by a gem just round the corner or fancy exploring somewhere further afield.

Including pubs, cafes and restaurants that welcome dogs with enthusiasm; find the best places to enjoy a quiet hour or meet up with friends, and maybe even discover your new local.

As well as London’s more obvious green spaces, this guide will also highlight unsung parks, such as the lovely Hilly Fields in South East London. There’ll also be suggestions of weekend activities such as the Lee Valley dog agility course, which includes jumps, hoops and a high walk.

For less energetic things to do on the weekends, the guide will also cover behaviourists, groomers and quirky dog boutiques where you can treat your pooch to everything from handmade treats to tweed dog collars.

Looking to escape city life for a day? The guide also includes inspiration for short trips away, as well as top ten lists for those pushed for time.

Whether you’re a resident Londoner looking for new dog-friendly inspiration, or a visitor hoping to navigate the city with your four-legged friend, London for Dogs will transform your experience of London.

Featuring contributions from journalist and broadcaster Kate Spicer, food writer Debora Robertson and founder of Lily's Kitchen Pet Food, Henrietta Morrison.

Field Notes from the Edge

Paul Evans

‘A profoundly satisfying read’ Financial Times

In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary', Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible.

Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty.

Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans's place among our leading nature writers today.

Bee Quest

Dave Goulson

A hunt for the world's most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

But perhaps Bee Quest is most fascinating when Dave Goulson explores closer to home, amongst the secret places hidden right under our noses: the abandoned industrial estates where great crested newts roam; or the rewilded estate at Knepp Castle, where, with the aid of some hairy, bluebell-eating Tamworth pigs, nightingale song has been heard for the first time in generations.

This utterly charming book will inspire you to think about the ways in which we are all responsible for the future of our world. Through his scientific expertise and passion for conservation, Goulson shows us nature’s resilience against the odds, and that beauty hides in the most surprising places.

The Festival Book

Michael Odell

Which festival is right for you? What should you wear? What should you pack? How much glitter could you possibly need?

With the answer to every festival questions, The Festival Book is your go-to survival guide. It is packed full of hilarious anecdotes, a guide to the very best festivals on offer and tips and tricks to get you festival ready. And if you want to learn to play the nose-flute or attend a wedding conducted by a priestess called Glenda, well, that’s all here too.

With sections on:

A Short History of Festivals – from the Pilton, Pop, Folk & Blues Festival (now more commonly known as Glastonbury) to the revival of the communal rock festival experience in the 90s.

Festival Tribes – You’re looking for self-improvement? Latitude offers drama classes and qualifications. More interested in food? Try Wilderness. Forest walking, foraging and wild swimming more your thing? Green Man’s the one for you.

Festival FashionFlorals, leather, a onesie, full fancy dress – all will do, but don’t forget your wellies! Includes a fool proof packing list with everything you’re likely to forget.

Anecdotes - From getting married at Glastonbury, to being diagnosed with trench foot, to being attacked by a cow – it’s all here!

Tips and Tricks – How to get in for free, how to find your way back to your tent in the dark and a bluffer’s guide to legendary performances (you remember Oasis in 1994, right?)

London Everyman Mapguide

Sandra Pisano

Everyman London 2017

The Everyman MapGuide to London combines key sights with clear, large-scale, fold-out maps all neatly bound in to a handy pocket-sized guide. Its unique, innovative format is highly user-friendly and easy to read while on the move, making it the ideal companion for weekends and short breaks.

The Everyman MapGuide to London 2017 includes:

· A lively introduction to the city on the first page.
· A double-page feature at the front of the guide highlighting the 10 sights you should not miss.
· A double-page feature at the back recommending 10 must-have experiences unique to the city.
· A new ‘Day trips’ section detailing excursions within an hour of the capital.
· Includes 10 fold-out maps and 2 fold-out spreads each featuring practical information, transport information and hotels.
· Details, by area, of more than 100 sights and some 180 addresses: restaurants, cafés, theatres, music venues, shops, markets, galleries, cultural venues and more.
· A listing of the best places to stay, from budget accommodation to luxury hotels.
· Excellent value for money.

Rome Everyman Mapguide

Sandra Pisano (and others)

Everyman Rome 2017

The Everyman MapGuide to Rome combines key sights with clear, large-scale, fold-out maps all neatly bound in to a handy pocket-sized guide. Its unique, innovative format is highly user-friendly and easy to read while on the move, making it the ideal companion for weekends and short breaks.

The Everyman MapGuide to Rome 2017 includes:

· A lively introduction to the city on the first page.
· A double-page feature at the front of the guide highlighting the 10 sights you should not miss.
· A double-page feature at the back recommending 10 must-have experiences unique to the city.
· A new ‘Day trips’ section detailing excursions within an hour of the capital.
· Includes 6 fold-out maps and 2 fold-out spreads each featuring practical information, transport information and hotels.
· Details, by area, of more than 60 sights and some 110 addresses: restaurants, cafés, theatres, music venues, shops, markets, galleries, cultural venues and more.
· A listing of the best places to stay, from budget accommodation to luxury hotels.
· Excellent value for money.

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