Marco Polo Travel Handbooks offer expert advice and are aimed at travellers looking for in-depth coverage of a destination – from detailed cultural information to Insider Tips – in an easy to use format. At just $33.00 each, the guides also contain a large pull-out map handily placed in a high quality plastic wallet at the back of the book, which can also be used as a storage pocket.
- Dalrymple, William
In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain’s greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple’s masterful retelling of Britain’s greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.
Initiated and edited by viction:ary, these pocket-sized guides sport an artistic edge with a city map jacket drawn by Allan Deas as well as practical info essential for a satisfying trip.
A unique collaboration with local creatives from selected cities, each CitiX60 guide points you to 60 hangouts loved by 60 stars of the cities’ creative scene, covering architecture, art spaces, shops and markets, eating and entertainment. All featured artists and designers are at the cutting edge of what’s on and when, and known for their accomplishments in fields across advertising, architecture and graphics, fashion, industry and food, music and publishing.
The Monocle Travel Guide to Hong Kong takes you on a fresh journey from the best dining spots to side-street food stalls. We’ll also show you where to head for rich retail experiences and handmade shoes and shirts. Then there are walks to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Central into plant-filled streets where the din f the city disappears. Hong Kong may have been built on trade and commerce but it’s now also a place where contemporary art thrives. It’s a global hub that welcomes visitors.