Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen’s prayers and sailors’ rituals – the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions. In The Fabled Coast, renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste? Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of our coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drake’s Drum, said to be heard when England was in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through our island history.
Legends & traditions from around the shores of Britain & Ireland
Author: Sophia Kingshill,The Estate of Jennifer Westwood
Publisher: Random House
FROM THE PYRENEES TO PORTUGAL by ROSE MACAULAY.Contents include: Introductory I CATALONIAN SHORE 9 VALENCIAN SHORE So MURCIAN SHORE 114 ANDALUCIAN SHORE 123 ALGARVE SHORE 184 Index 199 ILLUSTRATIONS PAIACIO DEL MARQUES DE Dos AGUAS, VALENCIA Frontispiece Facing page SAN PERE DE RODA 12 AMPURIAS 13 GERONA 28 ESCALERA DE SANTO DOMINGO, GERONA 29 CALELLA, COSTA BRAVA 34 COSTA BRAVA 35 TOSSA DE MAR 42 UNFINISHED CHURCH OF THE SAGRADA FAMILIA, BARCELONA 43 SANTA MARIA, TARRASA 60 CATHEDRAL, TARRAGONA 61 SAGUNTO, CASTLE AND AMPHITHEATRE 86 PE ISCOLA 87 DENIA, PORT AND CASTLE 104 PE ON DE IFACH, CALPE 105 ALICANTE HARBOUR 108 MOJACAR 109 ORIHUELA 112 CASA SE ORIAL, LORCA 113 CAVE DWELLINGS, GUADIX 126 GRANADA 127 SACRISTIA OF THE CARTUJA, GRANADA 132 TOCADOR DE LA REINA, ALHAMBRA, GRANADA 133 ARCO ROMANO, RONDA 144 TARIFA 145
Author: Rose Macaulay
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Die Hälfte der Menschheit lebt an Küsten – trotzdem wissen wir wenig über die Elementarkraft der Gezeiten. Und das obwohl deren physische Präsenz uns seit jeher beeinflusst und vielleicht sogar unsere DNA miterschaffen hat. Schon Aristoteles brachte ihre Unberechenbarkeit zur Weißglut, und ihre potenziell zerstörerische Kraft wird die Menschheit auch in Zukunft betreffen. Hugh Aldersey-Williams beschreibt, wie der Mensch die Gesetze erforscht, denen das Wasser – und damit auch das Klima – unterworfen ist. Leichtfüßig verbindet er die Wissenschaft von Ebbe und Flut mit großen Erzählungen und Mythen. Nehmen Sie Platz, das maritime Drama mit einer Länge von 12 Stunden und 30 Minuten beginnt.
Das wilde Leben der Gezeiten
Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
Hawaii is more than high-end resorts, luaus, and hula dancers. Its vast reaches of undeveloped land—from wonderful seaside hikes to more challenging adventures along rugged mountains, past waterfalls and volcanoes, and even throughdeserts and swamps—are ripe for outdoor experiences. Describing fifteen to twenty hikes on each of the state's four main islands, this guidebook covers the best of the best, with a range of hikes to suit all tastes and hiking abilities.
A Guide to 72 of the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures
Author: Suzanne Swedo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
This is the brilliant memoir of a man who starts out in Manhattan and comes of age in the skies over Korea, before emerging as one of America's finest authors in the New York of the 1960s. Burning the Days showcases James Salter's uniquely beautiful style with some of the most evocative pages about flying ever written, together with portraits of the actors, directors and authors who later influenced him. It is an unforgettable book about passion, ambition and what it means to live and to write.
Author: James Salter
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
from the Pyrenees to Portugal
Author: Rose Macaulay (Dame.)
Category: Algarve (Portugal)
In this broad-ranging survey of Paris, Tahiti, Indochina, Japan, New Caledonia, and the South Pacific generally, Matt Matsuda illustrates the fascinating interplay that shaped the imaginations of both colonizer and colonized. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Matsuda describes the constitution of a "French Pacific" through the eyes of Tahitian monarchs, Kanak warriors, French politicos and prisoners, Asian revolutionaries and Central American laborers, among others. He argues that French imperialism in the Pacific, both real and imagined, was registered most forcefully in languages of desire and love--for lost islands, promised wealth and riches, carnal and spiritual pleasures--and political affinities. Exploring the conflicting engagements with love for and against the empire in the Pacific, this book is an imaginative and ground-breaking work in global imperial and colonial histories, as well as Pacific histories.
Histories of France and the Pacific
Author: Matt K. Matsuda
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"A treasure of a book."—David McCullough A New York Times Notable Book America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen—the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has—until now—been relegated to a footnote in the national memory. Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize
America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
The latest addition to our interior series, Indian Interiors takes a tour through many luxurious palaces, catching a glimpse of the beautifully intricate artistry of Indian interior architecture & design.
Author: Deidi von Schaewen,Sunil Sethi
Publisher: Taschen America Llc
In this definitive and meticulously researched account of the Jewish experience in Canada, award-winning and critically acclaimed author Allan Levine documents a story that is rich, accessible, often surprising, and epic in its scope. Relying on an abundance of primary sources and first-hand documentation and interviews, Seeking the Fabled City chronicles the successes and failures, the obstacles overcome and those not conquered, of a historic journey and the people who travelled it. Seeking the Fabled City is a story that unfolds over 250 years--from the decade after the conquest of New France in 1759, when small numbers of Sephardic Jews of Spanish and Portuguese descent arrived in British North America, through the great wave of Russian and Eastern European Jewish immigration at the turn of the twentieth century, to the present, in which Canada's large Jewish community, no longer hindered by the anti-Semitism of the past, is free to flourish. This is a chronicle of a people that takes place at hundreds of locales across the country--mainly in the large urban centres of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, but also in west coast and maritime villages and tiny prairie towns--in a riveting drama with a cast of thousands. Relying on an abundance of primary sources and first-hand documentation and interviews, Seeking the Fabled City chronicles the successes and failures, the obstacles overcome and those not conquered, of a historic journey and the people who travelled it.
The Canadian Jewish Experience
Author: Allan Levine
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel laureates to new authors who discovered their voices there. His encyclopaedic work covers them all: writers such as Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham, who spent much of their lives there; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Guy de Maupassant, whose work it dominates; and the countless writers who simply lingered there, including Louisa M. Alcott, Albert Camus, Bruce Chatwin, T. S. Eliot, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Tolstoy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde - and countless others.
A Literary Guide for Travellers
Author: Ted Jones
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Category: Literary Collections
Thirty years have passed, like a watch in the night, since the earlier of the two sets of verses here reprinted, Ballades in Blue China, was published. At first there were but twenty-two Ballades; ten more were added later. They appeared in a little white vellum wrapper, with a little blue Chinese singer copied from a porcelain jar; and the frontispiece was a little design by an etcher now famous. Thirty years ago blue china was a kind of fetish in some circles, aesthetic circles, of which the balladist was not a member. The ballade was an old French form of verse, in France revived by Theodore de Banville, and restored to an England which had long forgotten the Middle Ages, by my friends Mr. Austin Dobson and Mr. Edmund Gosse. They, so far as I can trust my memory, were the first to reintroduce these pleasant old French nugae, while an anonymous author let loose upon the town a whole winged flock of ballades of amazing dexterity. This unknown balladist was Mr. Henley; perhaps he was the first Englishman who ever burst into a double ballade, and his translations of two of Villon's ballades into modern thieves' slang were marvels of dexterity. Mr. Swinburne wrote a serious ballade, but the form, I venture to think, is not 'wholly serious,' of its nature, in modern days; and he did not persevere. Nor did the taste for these trifles long endure. A good ballade is almost as rare as a good sonnet, but a middling ballade is almost as easily written as the majority of sonnets. Either form readily becomes mechanical, cheap and facile. I have heard Mr. George Meredith improvise a sonnet, a Petrarchian sonnet, obedient to the rules, without pen and paper. He spoke 'and the numbers came'; he sonneted as easily as a living poet, in his Eton days, improvised Latin elegiacs and Greek hexameters.
Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Mixing history, geography, interviews, personal experiences, and photographs, father and son find a wealth of stories and memorable sights in the multiplicity of landscapes,
California on the Edge
Author: Philip L. Fradkin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
For the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to pack a full-size guidebook, here's a new series that selects the very best in each destination and presents it all at a glance. Plus the latest on hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, shopping and nightlife. Maps.
The Maine Coast
Author: Wayne Curtis
Category: Atlantic Coast (Me.)
Penelope Down East is a collection of stories about sailing the Maine coast in a small catboat with no engine. This is cruising the way it was done a hundred years ago—and it takes a high level of seamanship to get anywhere. If the wind or the tide is against you, you must adapt, change plans, tack all day, or hole up in a harbor and wait for better conditions. It makes for delightfully unpredictable adventures. Cheney’s writing style is clear and familiar, like the old salt at the dock spinning yarns of his many voyages. He loves and appreciates all the beauties, big and small, of the Maine coast, and of his faithful boat. This book will appeal to native Mainers and to sailors anywhere in the world. --- “Bill Cheney is a fine sailor, storyteller, and wordsmith. Put together, it’s no surprise that he has given us a fine collection of sailing stories. If you have heard much about cruising the fabled coast of Maine and, as yet, have never done so, here is the vicarious experience you have been waiting for. If you have cruised this iconic, watery world, as I have, and want a companion to share many of your favorite bays, islands, harbors . . . and to introduce you to new experiences and places . . . here you will find your soul mate and guide.” —Roland Sawyer Barth, author of Tales of the Intracoastal Waterway: An Account of a Passage from the Florida Keys to Cape Cod in a Seventeen Foot Catboat “Bill Cheney is a skilled mariner and an even better essayist. His descriptions of life aboard an engineless catboat along the rugged Maine coast are vivid, tender, poetic, and sometimes wildly humorous. He speaks to us in every key. There is no one quite like him.” —Clinton Trowbridge, author of The Boat That Wouldn’t Sink and The Crow Island Journal ----- E-book bonus: All the photos and charts, of which there are many, are in full color in the e-book. ------
Cruising Adventures in an Engineless Catboat Along the World's Most Beautiful Coast
Author: W. R. Cheney
Publisher: Breakaway Books
Category: Sports & Recreation