Book Review: Culture Trails by Lonely Planet

Book Review: Culture Trails by Lonely Planet

You can always rely upon Lonely Planet publications to show you something new. Something unexpected, challenging, or just plain quirky. And their recent title – Culture Trails – is no exception. Culture Trails - a recent title from Lonely Planet About Lonely Planet...

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Book Review: The Cities Book by Lonely Planet

Book Review: The Cities Book by Lonely Planet

Cities are an endless source of fascination for the traveller. They might offer centuries of history, stunning modern architecture, or trendy nightlife. Most have a variety of cuisine and entertainment, and they all have a few surprises to stumble upon. The new...

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Books to Read Before You Visit Ireland

Books to Read Before You Visit Ireland

I’ve been thinking about what books I’d recommend to anyone visiting Ireland for the first time. It’s not an easy task. Ireland’s long and sometimes troubled history, combined with a rich folklore, has provided plenty of inspiration and lots of classic writers. Here...

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Book Review: Lonely Planet Street Art

Book Review: Lonely Planet Street Art

I enjoy street art. I like the colour, the boldness and the frequent subversiveness. And I like the way that street art is often associated with the renewal of places that have been damaged, whether through poverty, violence, or - as in the case of Christchurch, New...

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Book Review: Tragic Shores by Thomas H Cook

Book Review: Tragic Shores by Thomas H Cook

Tragic Shores is the first non-fiction title by Thomas H Cook, a prolific crime and suspense novelist. It is a travel memoir with a difference, an account of the author’s visits to “dark places”, places where sometimes unimaginable levels of human brutality and...

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Book Review: Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When

Book Review: Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When

Have you ever wished you’d travelled at a different time of year because your holiday was ruined by crowds, mosquitos or endless rain? Or wondered what to do with your two weeks off in June? Or are you just seeking inspiration for your next trip? If so, then Where to...

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Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

This is the first of an occasional series on “Books to Read Before You Visit…” I always like to prepare for a visit to a new country by reading as much as possible. Not just history and guidebooks, but fiction as well: I find that novels and short stories can often...

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