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Around The World In 80 Days

Author: Michael Palin

Publisher: Phoenix (2008)

'It's out of the question for a sane man to spend his life jumping from a steamer onto a train and from a train onto a steamer, on the pretext of going round the world in 80 days . . .’ Following the route taken by Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club to circumnavigate the world. The rules were simple, but nothing else about the trip was straightforward. From a tour of Venice on a rubbish barge to ship spotting at the Suez Canal and the bicycle rush hour and snake snacks in China, this is an unparalleled tribute to man's ability to make life difficult for himself . . .

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Cars, Cars, Cars

Author: Michael Steer

Part of a series: Bug Club Turquoise

Publisher: Pearson Education Limited (2010)

This title is part of Pearson’s Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online reading world to teach today’s children to read. In this book: Cars have changed our world. And cars have changed over time. Mini cars, family cars, racing cars... what is your favourite car? This title is suitable for ages 6-7 (Turquoise level).

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Diggers

Author: Monica Hughes

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 2: More Fireflies A

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2006)

This book looks at several different types of diggers, describing them and explaining what they do. Part of the Oxford Reading Tree series.

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My Best Book Of Speed Machines

Author: Ian Graham

Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (2003)

The world of speed machines is terrifying and fascinating at the same time. This book is about the vehicles that make it possible to travel fast - from the speediest pedal-powered bicycles to twin-hulled hydroplanes, from rocket-powered cars to hypersonic aircraft.

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Narrowboat Dreams: A Journey North By England's Waterways

Author: Steve Haywood

Publisher: Summersdale (2008)

At home, I'm a cantankerous old git. On the boat, after a week's cruising, I'm just a cantankerous old git with dirty hair.Steve Haywood has a problem. He doesn't know where he comes from. In the south, people think he's a northerner; in the north, they think he's from the south. Judged against global warming and the sad demise of Celebrity Big Brother, this hardly registers highly on the Richter scale of world disasters. But it's enough to worry Steve. And it's enough of an excuse for him to escape his long-suffering partner Em for a voyage of discovery along England's inland waterways.Travelling by traditional narrowboat, he heads north along two newly opened Pennine canals, a trip that takes him from Banbury in deepest Oxfordshire, through the vibrant modernity of Manchester, to the trendy affluence of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire's answer to London's ciabatta belt. With irrepressible humour he recounts the history of the waterways and stories of his encounters with characters along the way, and attempts to define the magic that makes England's waterways so appealing.

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North Korea Journal

Author: Michael Palin

Publisher: Hutchinson (2019)

In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin ventured into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, camera crew in tow, to gain a glimpse of life in the most notoriously secretive and cut-off nation on earth. His resulting two-part documentary for Channel 5 fascinated millions and won universal plaudits. Now he shares the journal he meticulously kept during his trip, in which he describes his experiences in a country wholly unlike any other he has ever visited: a country where you will find the Tallest Unoccupied Building in the World; where the residents of Pyongyang awake every morning to the strains of ‘Where Are You, Dear General?’, broadcast from speakers across the city; and where there are fifteen approved styles of haircut. He chronicles a journey of stark contrasts that takes in a gleamingly modern capital complete with triumphal statues and arches one day, and a countryside that has barely changed in decades on another. He travels to the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, to a centuries-old Confucian academy, and to the heart of North Korea’s exquisitely beautiful mountains and lakes. He recounts conversations with official guides, teachers, propaganda artists, farmers and soldiers in which mutual incomprehension and shared humanity are constantly intermingled. And he muses on what makes people tick under a regime that to outsiders seems so utterly alien and so grimly authoritarian. Peppered with his trademark warmth and wry humour, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.

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On Roads

Author: Joe Moran

Publisher: Profile Books (2009)

In this history of roads and what they have meant to the people who have driven them, one of Britain's favourite cultural historians reveals how a relatively simple road system turned into a maze-like pattern of roundabouts, flyovers, and spaghetti junctions. Using a unique blend of travel writing, anthropology, history and social observation, he explores how Britain's roads have their roots in unexpected places, from Napoleon's role in the numbering system to the surprising origin of sat-nav. Full of quirky nuggets of history, such as the day trips organised to see the construction of the M1 and the 2.5m Mills and Boons used to build the M6 Toll Road, On Roads also celebrates innovators whose work we take for granted, such as the designers of the road sign system. On subjects ranging from speed limits to driving on the left, and the 'non-places where we stop to the unwritten laws of traffic jams, these hidden stories have never been told together, until now.

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Skyfaring

Author: Mark Vanhoenacker

Publisher: Vintage Books (2016)

THINK BACK TO WHEN YOU FIRST FLEW. WHEN YOU FIRST LEFT THE EARTH, AND TRAVELLED HIGH AND FAST ABOVE IT. WHEN YOU LOOKED DOWN ON A NEW WORLD, CAPTURED SIMPLY AND PERFECTLY THROUGH A WINDOW FRINGED WITH ICE. In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here is the simple wonder that remains at the heart of an experience which modern travellers all too easily take for granted: the transcendent joy of motion, and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.

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Small Island By Little Train: A Narrow Gauge Adventure

Author: Chris Arnot

Publisher: AA Publishing (2017)

From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man's whimsy, Britain's narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories. Stories include miniature railway on the Kent coast, used for Home Guard military trains during World War II, and now the school commute for dozens of local school children. The UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway, scaling one of Britain's highest mountains. The five different gauges of railway circling one man's landscaped garden, and the team building their own trains to run on it.Far more than mere relics of the nation's industrial past, or battered veterans of wartime Britain, these are also stories of epic feats of preservation, volunteerism, tourism, and local history. They are an exploration of idiosyncrasy, enthusiasm and eccentricity. Or, to put it another way, a tale of Britishness.

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The Great Railway Bazaar

Author: Paul Theroux

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2008)

First published in 1975, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry keen observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveller.

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