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London To Magadan

Autor: Ian Rogers
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1789015669
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An epic motorbike ride from the UK through Europe, Asia and Mongolia to the outer reaches of Siberia. A book about the healing power of travel and motorcycling through an unknown landscape. Fully illustrated with the photographs the author took while on the journey. When his wife died tragically, Ian Rogers decided that to ride from London to Magadan, in Russia, would be his road to healing and recovery. Completing the Road of Bones on a motorcycle would be an escape route from the helplessness he had felt as he had nursed his wife through the cancer that he would in the end lose her to. It took him away from his work, his family, his normal life and gave him the time to grieve and put his world in perspective. No windows, no automatic transmission, no metal box protection and absolutely no safety belt, motorcycling fills your senses. Wind, rain, sunshine, smells and with your eyes always on the prize be it the idiot road users in built up areas or mile upon mile of breath-taking Monglian wilderness. Join the author for a journey of discovery through 15 countries, 11 time zones and 30,000 kilometres of Europe, Central Asia and the Far East. An adventure story as well as a homage to the author’s wife, this is diary of a journey to places people do not normally think of visiting, or know anything about. ‘It’s good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.’ Ursula Le Guin, author.

Long Way Round

Autor: Ewan McGregor
Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 1405529091
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From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads. And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride more than twenty thousand miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

Lost To The State

Autor: Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 184545863X
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Childhood held a special place in Soviet society: seen as the key to a better future, children were imagined as the only privileged class. Therefore, the rapid emergence in post-Soviet Russia of the vast numbers of vulnerable 'social orphans', or children who have living relatives but grow up in residential care institutions, caught the public by surprise, leading to discussions of the role and place of childhood in the new society. Based on an in-depth study the author explores dissonance between new post-Soviet forms of family and economy, and lingering Soviet attitudes, revealing social orphans as an embodiment of a long-standing power struggle between the state and the family. The author uncovers parallels between (post-) Soviet and Western practices in child welfare and attitudes towards 'bad' mothers, and proposes a new way of interpreting kinship where the state is an integral member.


Autor: Michel Solomon
Publisher: Montreal ; New York : Chateau Books
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Two For The Road

Autor: Shirley Hardy-Rix
Publisher: Hardy-Rix Media Services
ISBN: 1742984193
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Roads are for journeys, not destinations. In 2003 Melbourne couple Shirley Hardy-Rix and her husband Brian Rix fulfilled a lifelong ambition of motorcycling across the world. In an incredible 350-day journey, they would do everything they'd ever dreamed of as well as getting much more than they'd bargained for. Crossing 27 countries and covering 56,671 kilometres, they raced around the Isle of Man motorcycle circuit on Mad Sunday, survived Iran's traffic and travelled through Taliban strongholds under armed guard. Shirley and Brian's story is an epic account of the ups and downs of seeing the world on two wheels - from the frustrations of potholes and flat tyres, to the splendour of some of Europe and Asia's most awe-inspiring sights. Full of terrific anecdotes, down-to-earth humour and practical advice, Two for the Road is a must for anyone who's ever imagined escaping the daily grind to experience the romance of the open road.

A House At The End Of The Track

Autor: Michelle Lawson
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1789019346
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An exploration of the English community in a remote corner of France. A book which looks beyond the stereotype of the English living abroad. No other travel narratives have focused on the Ariège Pyrenees region of France.

Russian Homophobia From Stalin To Sochi

Autor: Dan Healey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350000809
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Examining nine 'case histories' that reveal the origins and evolution of homophobic attitudes in modern Russia, Dan Healey asserts that the nation's contemporary homophobia can be traced back to the particular experience of revolution, political terror and war its people endured after 1917. The book explores the roots of homophobia in the Gulag, the rise of a visible queer presence in Soviet cities after Stalin, and the political battles since 1991 over whether queer Russians can be valued citizens. Healey also reflects on the problems of 'memorylessness' for Russia's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement more broadly and the obstacles it faces in trying to write its own history. The book makes use of little-known source material - much of it untranslated archival documentation - to explore how Russians have viewed same-sex love and gender transgression since the mid-20th century. Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi provides a compelling background to the culture wars over the status of LGBT citizens in Russia today, whilst serving as a key text for all students of modern Russia.


Autor: Simon Roberts
Publisher: Chris Boot
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Simon Roberts spent a year travelling throughout Russia for his documentary account of this vast country. In landscapes, portraits and an informative commentary, he presents an awe-inspiring and often beautiful land, its diverse people empowered by a growing optimism and connected by a shared love of the 'motherland'.

Re Tyred

Autor: Sara McMurry
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1789015758
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Re-Tyred is an evocation of India as the author has experienced it as a volunteer in rural areas and on the streets of Kolkata, with beautiful photographs throughout. In Himachal Pradesh, in magnificent scenery of snow-clad peaks and forested hillsides, the children were as poor as those in Rajasthan, and equally keen to learn. In Kolkata exists the deep gulf between rich and poor, living side-by-side. The author recalls being impressed by the aspirations of street children she taught, but saddened by traumas suffered by children who had been rescued by the volunteer organisation. Despite their poverty, the energy and resilience of the village and street people was inspiring. The book touches upon the more sinister aspects of life in poorer areas such as child marriage, violence and lack of opportunity, and in stark contrast describes the colourful and exuberant celebrations of middle-class neighbours in Kolkata, after the author spent four weeks living with a bourgeois Indian family in Jaipur. Re-Tyred paints a vivid and enticing picture of India as a country teeming with life and enormous vitality, a place where happiness doesn’t depend on having everything you want or need, appealing to readers of travel writing and memoirs.

Trans Africa With Siafu

Autor: John Aldridge
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1789018897
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This is a travel diary that was written nearly 50 years ago and has languished in a filing cabinet drawer since then. It came to light when I was tidying up. My daughter stated to read it and was surprised to find what her father had done many years before. The photos that were taken at the time were then found, so the idea of putting them together in print came to mind. The diary has three main elements: 1. Three and a half months with a group of other travellers in two Landrovers starting from London and finishing in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).2. A search for work in Rhodesia but ending up in Cape Town. This includes experiences of trying to find work in these two countries and day to day life. 3. Further travels in Southern Africa in organised trips, using public transport and by hitchhiking on my own. The places visited included well known locations such as Victoria Falls, African game parks, Table Mountain etc, and also some less known places such as the spot where Livingstone's heart was buried and Cecil Rhodes' grave. A trip down a gold mind is also documented. Challenges thrown up include many punctures and breakdowns, the heat of the Sahara and rough roads in the rain forest. There are many anecdotes about the things that happened and the people encountered. The kindness of those who helped in many ways is a constant feature through the diary.

Some People Prefer Hotels

Autor: Nigel Rowland Hicks
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 178306143X
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Some People Prefer Hotels gets its title from a grumpy old work colleague's comment when the author and his wife bought a motorhome. Whilst nervously driving to Cornwall for a week's holiday during the first heavy rainfall for months and the windscreen wipers stop working, it seemed he had a point. What with the rotten weather, wobbly toilet pan, temperamental showers and being cooped up in such a confined space with Monty, their faithful Border Terrier, surrounded by dripping wet weather gear and muddy boots, they start to think that buying a motorhome was the biggest mistake they’d ever made. Luckily the weather improves, but as they explore some of Cornwall's most idyllic and historic places, some for the first time and others they’d been to before, if something could go wrong, it generally did... As well as expressing his candid and crotchety observations about their campsite experiences and life in general, the author also goes on a personal inner journey as sentimental old memories were triggered off by his motorhome holiday. If you haven't already done so, you might just be tempted to buy a motorhome and likewise take to the road. ...Or, there again, you may prefer hotels!

Post Imperium

Autor: Dmitri V. Trenin
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 087003345X
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The war in Georgia. Tensions with Ukraine and other nearby countries. Moscow's bid to consolidate its "zone of privileged interests" among the Commonwealth of Independent States. These volatile situations all raise questions about the nature of and prospects for Russia's relations with its neighbors. In this book, Carnegie scholar Dmitri Trenin argues that Moscow needs to drop the notion of creating an exclusive power center out of the post-Soviet space. Like other former European empires, Russia will need to reinvent itself as a global player and as part of a wider community. Trenin's vision of Russia is an open Euro-Pacific country that is savvy in its use of soft power and fully reconciled with its former borderlands and dependents. He acknowledges that this scenario may sound too optimistic but warns that the alternative is not a new version of the historic empire but instead is the ultimate marginalization of Russia.

I Of The Sun

Autor: Richard Arthur
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1780888805
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A young man travels on a one-way ticket to South East Asia in search of freedom and everything that comes with it. That way he’ll really learn what makes him tick.

Remote Research

Autor: Nate Bolt
Publisher: Rosenfeld Media
ISBN: 1933820446
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Remote studies allow you to recruit subjects quickly, cheaply, and immediately, and give you the opportunity to observe users as they behave naturally in their own environment. In Remote Research, Nate Bolt and Tony Tulathimutte teach you how to design and conduct remote research studies, top to bottom, with little more than a phone and a laptop.

Red Arctic

Autor: John McCannon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195354201
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A work of refreshing originality and vivid appeal, Red Arctic tells the story of Stalinist Russia's massive campaign to explore and develop its Northern territories during the 1930s. Author John McCannon recounts the dramatic stories of the polar expeditions--conducted by foot, ship, and plane--that were the pride of Stalinist Russia, in order to expose the reality behind them: chaotic blunders, bureaucratic competition, and the eventual rise of the Gulag as the dominant force in the North. Red Arctic also traces the development of the polar-based popular culture of the decade, making use of memoirs, films, radio broadcasts, children's books, and cultural ephemera ranging from placards to postage stamps to show how Russia's "Arctic Myth" became an integral part of the overall socialist-realist aesthetic that animated Stalinist culture throughout the 1930s.

Mondo Enduro

Autor: Louis R. Bloom
ISBN: 9781904466284
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Experience first-hand the joys - and agonies - of riding the longest land route around the world - in the shortest possible time. Sleeping in mud huts or under the stars, avoiding bandits from the Caucasus to Central America, this is adventure motorcycling as it's meant to be - raw, low budget, and fun.

Cycling Home From Siberia

Autor: Rob Lilwall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451607871
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“ It is late October, and the temperature is already –40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts; and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.” Having left his job as a high-school geography teacher, Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. Cycling Home from Siberia recounts his epic three-and-a-half-year, 30,000-mile journey back to England via the foreboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone, and Afghanistan’s war-torn Hindu Kush. A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey, providing poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world’s toughest corners.

A Global History Of Convicts And Penal Colonies

Autor: Clare Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350000698
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Between 1415, when the Portuguese first used convicts for colonization purposes in the North African enclave of Ceuta, to the 1960s and the dissolution of Stalin's gulags, global powers including the Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, British, Russians, Chinese and Japanese transported millions of convicts to forts, penal settlements and penal colonies all over the world. A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies builds on specific regional archives and literatures to write the first global history of penal transportation. The essays explore the idea of penal transportation as an engine of global change, in which political repression and forced labour combined to produce long-term impacts on economy, society and identity. They investigate the varied and interconnected routes convicts took to penal sites across the world, and the relationship of these convict flows to other forms of punishment, unfree labour, military service and indigenous incarceration. They also explore the lived worlds of convicts, including work, culture, religion and intimacy, and convict experience and agency.