Nancy Knudsen never meant to go to Istanbul. Maybe she might have included it as part of a holiday along with other dazzling European cities such as Venice, Paris or Salzburg. But the idea of actually living in a Muslim country as an ordinary citizen rather than tourist or expat corporate executive, would never have occurred to her. Knudsen’s story is vivid, lively and sometimes hilarious, full of insights into things she wished she’d known before she arrived in an all-black apartment above a sports field, with not a word of Turkish. She found almost nothing in guidebooks or histories to help her understand what seemed at first an inexplicable culture. In the course of her tale, she sets out to decipher many of the intricacies of Turkey and its lifestyle, and of Istanbul in particular. Both new and experienced visitors will find her observations invaluable and her personal love affair with this ancient yet totally modern city and its culture may well act as a springboard for others.
AUTHOR: NANCY KNUDSEN ISBN: 9780994509307 Publisher: TAMEJIN PUBLISHING AUSTRALIA Subtitle: DECODING TURKEY FOR THE ENQUIRING WESTERN TRAVELLER Author: NANCY KNUDSEN
In this delightful book, Emma Levine, a British photographer and journalist, offers an alternative cricket tour of the Indian subcontinent. She visits the nurseries from which tomorrow’s great players emerge— Shivaji Park and Azad Maidan in Bombay, Iqbal Park in Lahore, the school matches in Colombo—and some unlikely places where cricket is played. She wanders through narrow lanes in Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar where a rooftop hit constitutes a six, witnesses street games in some of Karachi’s most violent areas, and even journeys to war torn Jaffna, where net practice continues when the city itself has come to a halt. In equal parts an account of a pilgrimage by an ardent fan of cricket, a photographic travelogue, and a sociological interpretation of cricket as a way of life in the subcontinent, Into the Passionate Soul of Subcontinental Cricket is one of the most enjoyable cricket books to have been published in recent times. ISBN: 0140258922 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA Subtitle: Author: EMMA LEVINE
Seven Australians and one New Zealander set out on an epic adventure to trek Papua New Guinea’s remote Black Cat Track. As they make their first steps toward the track, they have no inkling of the disaster that will enfold them. Situated to the north of the Kokoda Track, the Black Cat Track is reputed to be much more demanding than its more famous neighbour, and these intrepid trekkers are keen to test themselves against its gruelling terrain. They share an avid interest in WWII military history, and with some excitement they learn that the Black Cat Track is littered with evidence of the savage battles between Australian and Japanese forces. The trekkers are also keen to experience the culture of the local people. Suddenly, events take a violent turn. Tribal tension erupts around them, and the trekking party is subjected to a horrifying attack. In its blood-stained aftermath a strong bond develops between the trekkers and the PNG porters. Ultimately, this is a story about culture shock, tragedy, heroism, generosity, and of an unlikely yet enduring bond of friendship that has develop out of a shared traumatic experience.ed traumatic experience.
AUTHOR: MAX CARMICHAEL ISBN: 9781925556018 Publisher: MELBOURNE BOOKS Subtitle: Author: MAX CARMICHAEL