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Tauris Parke Paperbacks is committed to publishing books that both inspire and are inspired by the world around us, focusing particularly on travel writing, history, biography and memoir. From past to present, from previously published gems, to new discoveries, and from Morocco to Antarctica, Iran and beyond, Tauris Parke Paperback books are united by a sense of place and by the individuality and pioneering spirit of their authors.


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William Dean Howells' Tuscan Cities and Italian Journeys.

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The Wandering Lake

Into the Heart of Asia

The lake of Lop Nur, the "Heart of the heart of Asia," is one of the world’s strangest phenomena. Situated in the wild Chinese province of Xinjiang, Lop Nur -...

"...journey to Lop Nur was in 1934. Travelling the length of the Konche-daria and Kum-daria rivers by canoe..."

Sven Hedin

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The Silverado Squatters

A Sojourn in Napa County, California, in the Summer of 1880

Memoir of Treaure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson.

"...of the most-loved writers in American history. Suffering from bronchitis and newly married, Stevenson..."

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St. Patrick

The Life and World of Ireland's Saint

St. Patrick is perhaps the most venerated saint of the modern age, whose feast day is marked each year by massive celebrations across the world, from Dublin to...

J.B. Bury

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Afghan Frontier

At the Crossroads of Conflict

For centuries, men have fought and died on the Afghan frontier -- American soldiers and the Taliban are merely the latest. As the gateway to India and the...

"...important role in international politics, understanding the history and geopolitical importance..."

Victoria Schofield

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Old Calabria

Though steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria had been lost from view when Norman Douglas visited in the early 1900s. Within Douglas’s vibrant account of...

"...Though steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria had been lost from view when Norman Douglas visited in the early 1900s. Within Douglas’s vibrant account of.... Though steeped in a rich and ancient past, Calabria had been lost from view when Norman Douglas visited in the early 1900s. Within Douglas’s vibrant account of his adventures is woven the rich history—from Greek settlers and Roman..."

Norman Douglas

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A Winter in Arabia

A Journey through Yemen

In 1934 Freya Stark made her first journey to the Hadhramaut in what is now Yemen—the first woman to do so alone. Even though that journey ended in...

"...of The London Times' "20 Best Travel Books of the Past Century" Praise for Freya Stark:   "...it is beautiful writing that encapsulates not only the history, but the feel, the smell, the sensation and sheer wonder of what she discovers... enriching and enjoyable."  --London Turkish Gazette   "Freya Stark..."

Freya Stark

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Ionia

A Quest

When Freya Stark traveled along the western coast of Turkey in 1952 she met only one other tourist; today, this region is the most popular in the country....

"...When Freya Stark traveled along the western coast of Turkey in 1952 she met only one other tourist; today, this region is the most popular in the country..... When Freya Stark traveled along..."

Freya Stark

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Travels through France and Italy

In 1763, Tobias Smollett set sail from Folkestone to Boulogne. He would not return to England for two years, during which time he traveled extensively—and in a...

"...In 1763, Tobias Smollett set sail from Folkestone to Boulogne. He would not return to England for two years, during which time he traveled extensively—and in a.... In 1763, Tobias Smollett set sail from Folkestone to Boulogne. He would not return to England for two years, during which time he traveled extensively—and in a notoriously ill-tempered fashion—through much of France and Italy. His..."

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Siren Land

A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy

Norman Douglas’s first travel book, Siren Land is an homage to a part of the world that captivated the author more than any other. Weaving the myths of the...

"...the myths of the Sirens into the landscape and history of the region, Douglas writes with knowledge..."

Norman Douglas

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Silk Roads

The Asian Adventures of Clara and André Malraux

André and Clara Malraux had the world at their feet. Wealthy and carefree, their life was a bohemian idyll spent frequenting the hottest clubs and restaurants,...

"...André and Clara Malraux had the world at their feet. Wealthy and carefree, their life was a bohemian idyll spent frequenting the hottest clubs and restaurants,.... André and Clara Malraux had the world at their feet. Wealthy and carefree, their life was a bohemian idyll spent frequenting the hottest clubs and restaurants, and traveling and mingling with the Paris literary set. But all..."

Axel Madsen

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Hitler's Vienna

A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man

What turned Adolf Hitler, a relatively normal and apparently unexceptional young man, into the very personification of evil? To answer this question, acclaimed...

".... Highly recommended." -- Library Journal "A valuable social history of Vienna's netherworld..."

Brigitte Hamann

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The Minaret of Djam

An Excursion in Afghanistan

Freya Stark traveled the difficult and often dangerous journey from Kabul to Kandahar and Herat in search of one of Afghanistan’s most celebrated treasures,...

"...Freya Stark traveled the difficult and often dangerous journey from Kabul to Kandahar and Herat in search of one of Afghanistan’s most celebrated treasures,.... Freya Stark traveled the difficult..."

Freya Stark

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Etruscan Places

Travels Through Forgotten Italy

The Etruscan civilization, which flourished from the eight until the fifth centuries BC in what is now Tuscany, is one of the most fascinating and mysterious...

"...fascinating and mysterious in history. An uninhibited, elemental people, the Etruscans enthralled D. H. Lawrence, who craved their "old wisdom," the secret of their vivacity and love of life. The exhilaration of Lawrence in his Etruscan adventures stands in stark contrast to his intimations..."

D. H. Lawrence

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Italian Journeys

From Venice to Naples and Beyond

In 1861, in recognition of his service to the election campaign of the previous year, Abraham Lincoln appointed William Dean Howells consul to Venice. Howells...

"...Lincoln appointed William Dean Howells consul to Venice. Howells.... In 1861, in recognition of his service to the election campaign of the previous year, Abraham Lincoln appointed William Dean Howells consul to Venice. Howells lived in Italy for four years during the pivotal and tumultuous years of Italian reunification. Italian Journeys describes Howells’ adventures across the country—from Genoa..."

By William Dean Howells and Matthew Stevenson

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Guided by a Stonemason

Exploring the Cathedrals, Abbeys and Churches of Britain

This highly illustrated, accessible book presents a completely new look at cathedrals, abbeys and churches through the eyes of a vastly experienced working...

Thomas Maude

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First Russia, Then Tibet

Travels through a Changing World

Over the course of several months during 1931 and 1932, Robert Byron journeyed to three countries teetering on the brink of change. In Russia, which was...

"...a journey instead of a trip." -- Kathleen Buckley "He would prove hugely influential: on travel literature..."

Robert Byron

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Land of Lost Gods

The Search for Classical Greece

From Athens to Troy, the glories of classical Greece are an essential part of our heritage and are echoed every day in the buildings and institutions we see...

Richard Stoneman

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The Station

Travels to the Holy Mountain of Greece

Mount Athos, the spiritual heart of Eastern Orthodox Monasticism, is perhaps the most sacred and mysterious place in Greece; it is an autonomous state where no...

"...become refined in Byron's later writings and establish him as one of the pre-eminent writers of his..."

Robert Byron

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Revolt in the Desert

The Authorised Abridged Edition of "Seven Pillars of Wisdom"

T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph from his memories of serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces...

"...T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph from his memories of serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces.... T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph from his memories of serving as a liaison..."

By T.E. Lawrence and Jeremy Wilson

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In the Footsteps of the Gods

Travelers to Greece and the Quest for the Hellenic Ideal

The classical world has for centuries influenced and inspired the west -- its poetry and literature, art, architecture -- but what provoked the move from the...

"..., History Today "An eloquent defense of the ideal to which the travelers bore witness: 'Accurate..."

David Constantine

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The Land of an African Sultan

Travels in Morocco

"There are men," say the Moors, "who have come from islands far away to the west, upon the great ocean, to see Morocco. Like all the world, they know that...

"...account of his journeys around Morocco from 1887-1889. In Tangier he writes of the eccentrics, artists..."

Walter Harris

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English Hours

A Portrait of a Country

Henry James left America for England in 1876 and remained in his adopted country for the next three decades. Arriving in Liverpool, he made his way first to...

".... James reveled in the exoticism and immensity of all that was unknown to him, and his writing..."

Henry James Henry James

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Lifting the Veil

Two Centuries of Travelers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt

From James Bruce’s intrepid journey up the Nile to the departure of the last British troops from Suez, Lifting the Veil portrays the shifting interests, dreams...

"...." --Charles Allen, Sunday Times "Lifting the Veil is based on the agreeable idea of travelling the tourist..."

Anthony Sattin

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A King Condemned

The Trial and Execution of Charles I

The reign of Charles I, defined by religious conflict, a titanic power struggle with Parliament, and culminating in the English Civil Wars, the execution of...

"...in English history. Six years after the First Civil War began, and following Charles’ support..."

C.V. Wedgwood

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