In 1934, Laurie Lee left his Gloucestershire village. Yearning for adventure, he embarked for Spain and walked the length of the country, covering 20 miles a day under the merciless heat of the Spanish sun.
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Explore the world with The Folio Society’s collection of enthralling travel books. From hair-raising tales of exploration to adventures in fascinating countries and cultures, Folio Society books include specially researched photographs, maps and illustrations and come in beautiful hardback bindings. They are books to inspire your own travels or the perfect gift for an armchair explorer. See below for the full list of Folio Travel and Exploration books.
Neal Ascherson chronicles the tumultuous history of the sea where East meets West. He recalls Ovid’s exile on its shores, charts Scythian wayfarers, Stalinist purges and Hitler’s vision of a German Gothic Crimea. His thoughtful book ends by considering the sea’s damaged ecology – perhaps to be its final tragedy.
Before he became famous throughout the world as Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence travelled through Britain, France, Syria and Palestine to research his undergraduate thesis on ‘The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the End of the Twelfth Century’. Lawrence’s brilliant observations have since been confirmed by modern research.
A.H. Layard’s discovery of the Assyrian citadel Nineveh was momentous. This edition displays his celebrated pictures of the site, done in situ. In his introduction, Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian and Assyrian at the University of London, applauds Layard’s adventurous spirit.
In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.
Lawrence's story - that of a stranger from a far-off world who arrives among an oppressed people and helps to lead them to freedom against terrible odds - is the stuff of legend. And legend he became - with help from this book, an epic film and an ability for 'backing into the limelight'.
Mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates had successfully scaled the 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, but on their descent disaster struck. Touching the Void, also an acclaimed film, is one of the most remarkable tales of survival ever told.