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The Ten Pains of Death - 'Gavin Maxwell first went to Sicily in I953 to try to discover the truth about the life and mysterious death of the outlaw Salvatore Giuliano, and, in his own words, 'became horrified and fascinated by Western Sicily'. From then until 1957 he spent several months of each year in the poverty-stricken north-west of the island, and formed the conclusion that Sicily's fantastically high crime rate had its true roots in a degree of destitution and oppression not easy for a northern Europ by Gavin Maxwell

The House of Exile: Supplemented Edition (with Return to the House of Exile) by Nora Waln

I Married Adventure: The Lives of Martin and Osa Johnson - Osa Johnson's travel adventures and explorations come across as vibrantly today as they did when they were written in 1940. They're richer now with the added perspective of history, and the added wealth of Martin Johnson's photographs of charging elephants, reposing lions, and head hunters roasting heads, marshmallow-like, over a campfire. The life the Johnsons led was nothing like the life Osa expected. From 1917 to 1937 she and Martin were visitin by Osa Johnson

Phoenix: Superior Person: A Portrait of Curzon and His Circle in Late Victorian England by Kenneth Rose

The Corncrake and the Lysander - This book gave me much pleasure. It's style reflects the unhurried pattern of life in the 30's on a remote island in the Outer Hebrides, with rich and warm characterisation of people long gone.It mixes joys, sadness, and nostalgia.Mr. MacDonald must have been a remarkable man to move from such a basic lifestyle of almost peasantry on Harris, to a successful career in journalism. Although English was a second language he uses it with simple mastery.It is a book that can be re by Finlay J. Macdonald

My Family and Other Animals - The azure skies, the olive groves and the mountains of Corfu provide the stunning setting for My Family and Other Animals. Here, the Durrell family live in chaotic harmony, welcoming a constant stream of eccentric visitors to their villa. This island paradise is exquisitely described by the keen young naturalist, Gerald. With a sense of wonder he evokes the magical world of the creatures he observes and collects: chameleon spiders, cicadas, tortoises, toads, fireflies and scorp by Gerald Durrell

Beyond the Chestnut Trees - This absorbing and evocative memoir received warm praise from readers and reviewers alike upon its hardcover publication. It is impossible not to be moved and transported back in time by this masterfully written reminiscence of a woman who returns to Prague, the city of her youth, after a forty year absence.A memoir from a delightfully non-professional writer. Has the flavor of older memoirs, before the advent of ghost writers. The book skips about a bit, as she fits in her fasci by Maria Bauer

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