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Eat Pray Love - One Woman's Search For Everything (Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition): Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love - One Woman's Search For Everything (Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition)
Elizabeth Gilbert 1
R240 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R51 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

So begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally, in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again.

A worldwide phenomenon on first publication, Eat Pray Love now celebrates ten years of capturing the hearts and minds of women across the globe.

The Shanghai Free Taxi - Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Hardcover): Frank Langfitt The Shanghai Free Taxi - Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Hardcover)
Frank Langfitt 1
R542 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A unique, kaleidoscopic view of Chinese society ... A must read' Qiu Xiaolong, author of Shanghai Redemption As any traveller knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when journalist Frank Langfitt wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab - and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change. The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the twenty-first century. Yet few realise that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China is unequal growth, political anxiety and a newly empowered strongman president in Xi Jingping. In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered the citizens of Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself. Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country. 'Langfitt excels at humanising a country increasingly presented in purely oppositional terms [and] achieves a breadth rarely found in journalistic accounts' Financial Times

The Kingdom Of Women - Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains (Paperback): Choo Waihong The Kingdom Of Women - Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains (Paperback)
Choo Waihong
R410 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R80 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a mist-shrouded valley on China's invisible border with Tibet is a place known as the "Kingdom of Women," where a small tribe called the Mosuo lives in a cluster of villages that have changed little in centuries. In a mist-shrouded valley on China's invisible border with Tibet is a place known as the "Kingdom of Women," where a small tribe called the Mosuo lives in a cluster of villages that have changed little in centuries. This is one of the last matrilineal societies on earth, where power lies in the hands of women. All decisions and rights related to money, property, land and the children born to them rest with the Mosuo women, who live completely independently of husbands, fathers and brothers, with the grandmother as the head of each family. A unique practice is also enshrined in Mosuo tradition--that of "walking marriage," where women choose their own lovers from men within the tribe but are beholden to none.

Travel Listography - Exploring the World in Lists (Paperback): Lois Nesbitt Travel Listography - Exploring the World in Lists (Paperback)
Lois Nesbitt
R355 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R75 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Listography for travel! This guided journal features 4-colour illustrations and over 70 thought-provoking list topics for journalers to list all their travel adventures, near and far - including past trips and future destinations. Prompts range from the quintessential (cities and countries visited/hope to visit, world cuisines, road trips) to the idiosyncratic (memorable people met, places you have no interest in visiting, where to time travel to).

The Unlikeliest Backpacker - From Office Desk to Wilderness: A Hike Along America's Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback):... The Unlikeliest Backpacker - From Office Desk to Wilderness: A Hike Along America's Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback)
Kathryn Barnes
R285 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R26 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
From Here to Eternity - Travelling the World to Find the Good Death (Paperback): Caitlin Doughty From Here to Eternity - Travelling the World to Find the Good Death (Paperback)
Caitlin Doughty; Illustrated by Landis Blair 1
R291 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R87 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with 'dignity' and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.

India Ride - Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, an Incredible Adventure (Paperback): Colin Pyle, Ryan Pyle India Ride - Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, an Incredible Adventure (Paperback)
Colin Pyle, Ryan Pyle
R368 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R102 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle finished their record-breaking motorcycle adventure around China in 2010, they promised themselves that it would be their last such venture. Of course, they were wrong. Back in the saddle again, Colin and Ryan have set out to tackle the diverse country of India, and they had no idea what to expect! Whether it was monsoon rains, crashes in Mumbai, the claustrophobic roads of Kerla or even a brutal paragliding landing in Manali; nothing could stop these two adventurers as they triumphantly completed a 54 day -- 14,000 km -- motorcycle circumnavigation of India. In an Indian expedition of unforeseen extremes, Colin and Ryan battled the Rohtang Pass in a rainstorm, made a pilgrimage to the most visited holy site on earth in Amritsar; they also jumped off a perfectly good mountain and learned how to make the perfect cup of Indian tea in Darjeeling. If that seems like a lot, all of this was done while traversing over isolated mountain passes, blazing a trail through the roasting hot deserts and battling the insane traffic of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. In this book Colin and Ryan take us with them as they make their way through the remarkable and stunning landscapes of India. In the end, the brothers had learned what it takes to succeed as a team as they had circumnavigated a billion people, pushed themselves to new limits, and shared in an adventure that most of us will only ever dream of.

Blue Ice - Travels In Antarctica (Paperback): Don Pinnock Blue Ice - Travels In Antarctica (Paperback)
Don Pinnock
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most people think of Antarctica as a white smudge at the bottom of the world map. Yet it’s a landmass almost half the size of Africa with weather and ocean currents that dominate the planet.

In Blue Ice, award-winning travel writer Don Pinnock journeys to the seventh continent – the last to be discovered. He explores what drew Cook, Bellingshousen, Shackleton, Scott and other adventurers and naturalists to this vast terrain

With sensitive descriptions and startling photography, he travels to the heart of Antarctica’s wilderness and explores the intimate relationship between Cape Town and the frozen south.

This is an extravagant travelogue, which paints a vivid portrait of one of the most remote and unforgiving places on earth. It reveals the extremes of adventure, courage and unspoilt beauty with precision, humour and a sense of wonder.

Cities of Gold - A Journey Across the Southwest (Hardcover): Douglas Preston Cities of Gold - A Journey Across the Southwest (Hardcover)
Douglas Preston
R717 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This riveting true story recounts the authoras journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronadoas desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. aThe great myth of the American West, a Preston writes, ais that there was a winning of it.a

One Mallorcan Summer (previously published as Manana Manana) (Paperback): Peter Kerr One Mallorcan Summer (previously published as Manana Manana) (Paperback)
Peter Kerr
R282 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Having battled and succumbed to the manana pace of rural Mallorca, spring sees Peter Kerr and family relaxing into a supposedly simpler way of life, growing oranges on their little valley farm, Ca's Mayoral. However, even after the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their initiation, Spain has not yet finished with them. Embarrassing subtleties of the language, brushes with the local police, the unfortunate outcome of a drinking session... surprises aplenty await this venturesome emigre family. A colourful account of tranquilo life from the author of Snowball Oranges, here's all the charm of Mallorca: where you seldom do today what can be more judiciously put off till manana!

Growing - Seven Years in Ceylon (Paperback): Leonard Woolf Growing - Seven Years in Ceylon (Paperback)
Leonard Woolf
R363 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Growing is a portrait of a young man sent straight out from university to help govern Ceylon. It is doubtful that any Empire at any time has been served by such an intelligent, dutiful, hardworking and incorruptible civil servant as the young Leonard Woolf. He was determined to do what was good but discovered for himself that colonial rule, be it ever so high-minded, is fated to do wrong. Growing is also a deeply affectionate account of the mystery, magic and savage beauty of Ceylon at the turn of the century, an island whose diverse beliefs and cultures Woolf had the time and wit to explore in detail.

Sails & Winds - A Cultural History of Valencia (Paperback): Michael Eaude Sails & Winds - A Cultural History of Valencia (Paperback)
Michael Eaude
R437 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R31 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The towns of Valencia's long coast and privileged climate, in particular Benidorm, southern Europe's skyscraper capital, are famous beach tourism destinations. Country of fire, fireworks and long meals (often featuring the renowned paella), Valencia is a Mediterranean land where people know how to enjoy life. This book tells the story of today's Spanish provinces of Valencia, Castello and Alacant (Alicante), with their profound Moorish legacy. The Moors designed the intricate system of irrigation that still nourishes Valencia's prosperous horta (market garden). They brought, too, the silk, paper and orange industries. The area is rich in monuments, many from its golden fifteenth century, when the capital became the wealthiest city on the Western Mediterranean. Sails & Winds discusses Sagunt's Roman theatre and castle; Gandia, home to the ill-reputed Borja (or Borgia) family of popes; Elx, embraced by 200,000 palms; and Alcoi, anarchist stronghold. Michael Eaude discusses Valencia's art, literature and architecture: the painters Ribera and light-filled Sorolla; the great medieval poet of anguish Ausias March. Santiago Calatrava's architecture, conjuring the sensation of soaring flight from steel, has given Valencia city its new trophy buildings. Despite the continuing holiday boom, there are still deserted beaches, sinister and beautiful marshland, orange groves and a depopulated mountainous interior. Sails & Winds seeks to explain this contradictory and divided land, its identity pulled between the Spanish state and Catalonia.

From Source to Sea - Notes from a 215-Mile Walk Along the River Thames (Hardcover): Tom Chesshyre From Source to Sea - Notes from a 215-Mile Walk Along the River Thames (Hardcover)
Tom Chesshyre 1
R488 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R135 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over the years, authors, artists and amblers aplenty have felt the pull of the Thames, and now travel writer Tom Chesshyre is following in their footsteps. He's walking the length of the river from the Cotswolds to the North Sea - a winding journey of over two hundred miles. Join him for an illuminating stroll past meadows, churches and palaces, country estates and council estates, factories and dockyards. Setting forth in the summer of Brexit, and meeting a host of interesting characters along the way, Chesshyre explores the living present and remarkable past of England's longest and most iconic river.

Uniquely Crete - Life Redefined on a Greek Island (Paperback): Melanie Crane Uniquely Crete - Life Redefined on a Greek Island (Paperback)
Melanie Crane
R860 R724 Discovery Miles 7 240 Save R136 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Bells of Old Tokyo - Travels in Japanese Time (Hardcover): Anna Sherman The Bells of Old Tokyo - Travels in Japanese Time (Hardcover)
Anna Sherman 1
R432 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R89 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As read on BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 'Sherman's is a special book. Every sentence, every thought she has, every question she asks, every detail she notices, offers something. The Bells of Old Tokyo is a gift . . . It is a masterpiece.' Spectator For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the time. In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture - and the Japanese language - to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history. Through Sherman's journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo presents a series of hauntingly memorable voices in the labyrinth that is the metropolis of the Japanese capital: An aristocrat plays in the sea of ashes left by the Allied firebombing of 1945. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. A sculptor eats his father's ashes while the head of the house of Tokugawa reflects on the destruction of his grandfather's city ('A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness'). The result is a book that not only engages with the striking otherness of Japanese culture like no other, but that also marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life through an exploration of a great city and its people.

Once Upon a Time I Went To . . . - A Stimulating Notebook to Help you Travel to the Fullest (Paperback): Lavinia Bakker Once Upon a Time I Went To . . . - A Stimulating Notebook to Help you Travel to the Fullest (Paperback)
Lavinia Bakker
R364 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Travelling is one of the most exciting things you can do. Getting lost in a beautiful forest or visiting every museum in a city; whatever your idea of a perfect trip is, it will always enrich your life. This book helps you to enjoy your trip to the fullest and gives you the opportunity to write down your favorite new memories.It's perfect for people who love to travel, but want some help exploring. If you want to get more out of your trip, Once Upon a Time I Went is a book they should definitely take with them when they travel.It's a notebook with prompts to make the most of your trip and it's full of questions and assignments to help you explore a new city or country

Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie (Paperback): Andrew P. Sykes Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie (Paperback)
Andrew P. Sykes 1
R283 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Meet Andrew: French teacher, writer and long-distance cyclist. Now, meet Reggie, his bike. With two European cycling adventures already under his belt, Andrew was ready for a new challenge. Exchanging his job as a teacher in Oxfordshire for an expedition on Reggie the bike, he set off on his most daring trip yet: a journey from Tarifa in Spain to Nordkapp in Norway - from Europe's geographical south to its northernmost point. Join the duo as they take on an epic journey across nearly 8000 km of Europe, through mountains, valleys, forests and the open road, proving that no matter where you're headed, life on two wheels is full of surprises.

African Journeys (Paperback): Don Pinnock African Journeys (Paperback)
Don Pinnock
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of South Africa’s most accomplished travel writers takes you on a series of journeys through Africa – following the footsteps of David Livingstone, wandering the back streets of old Stone Town in Zanzibar, crossing the central Sahara, puzzling over the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia.

He hikes over lost mountains, motorcycles along the 29th parallel, canoes clear across the Okavango Delta and explores the secrets of Knysna Forest.

His descriptions show a sharp eye for detail, a fascinating knowledge of the continent’s history and, above all, a deep love of the warm people and strange creatures of Africa.

The Shanghai Free Taxi - Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Paperback): Frank Langfitt The Shanghai Free Taxi - Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China (Paperback)
Frank Langfitt 1
R288 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As any traveller knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when journalist Frank Langfitt wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab - and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change. The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the twenty-first century. Yet few realise that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China is unequal growth, political anxiety and a newly empowered strongman president in Xi Jinping. In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered the citizens of Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself. Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country.

That Untravell'd World - Seven Journeys Through Turkey (Paperback): Nicholas Dylan Ray That Untravell'd World - Seven Journeys Through Turkey (Paperback)
Nicholas Dylan Ray
R377 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nicholas Dylan Ray grew up next to an American national park, whose mountains and forests he explored to escape his troubled home. As a young man, he left the United States, and aged twenty-two set out on a six-month journey from France to Tibet, travelling through Turkey. That journey forms the first chapter of this book, and led to a career working with the Middle East. In middle age, the author returned to the road, travelling throughout Turkey. In the six subsequent chapters, one for each journey, he recounts his adventures, discusses the archaeology and history of the places visited, and the people met along the way. In Konya he is transported by the beauty of an Arabic quotation from the Qur'an inscribed on Rumi's tomb. In Istanbul, among Syrian refugees, he considers the concept of charity in Islam. In Antalya, just after the Islamic State terrorist attack in his home country of France, he analyses the textual foundations of jihadism in Islamic law. Within earshot of the shelling in Syria, he contemplates genocide, and climbs Musa Dagh mountain, the last redoubt of the Armenians who fought the Ottoman troops in 1915. In the coastal region of the Black Sea, he examines the monastic urge in religion and experiments with fasting during Ramadan. And finally, on the north-western Mediterranean coast, he visits two battlefields, Troy and Gallipoli, before returning to Istanbul for a last visit to Sultanahmet, the centre of the Islamic world for five centuries. During these wanderings Nicholas Dylan Ray shares with the reader his deep knowledge of Islamic religion, culture and history, discussing the foundational texts and their role in current events in the Middle East. He also takes note of those who have travelled these lands before him and reflects on the mixed experience of travel itself.

Under the Rock - Stories Carved From the Land (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Benjamin Myers Under the Rock - Stories Carved From the Land (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Benjamin Myers 1
R292 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

**Shortlisted for the Portico Prize 2019**; The astonishing new work of non-fiction from the prize-winning author of The Gallows Pole and The Offing.; Under the Rock is about badgers, balsam, history, nettles, mythology, moorlands, mosses, poetry, bats, wild swimming, slugs, recession, floods, logging, peacocks, community, apples, asbestos, quarries, geology, industrial music, owls, stone walls, farming, anxiety, relocation, the North, woodpiles, folklore, landslides, ruins, terriers, woodlands, ravens, dales, valleys, walking, animal skulls, trespassing, crows, factories, maps, rain - lots of rain - and a great big rock.; ______________; 'Extraordinary, elemental ... never less than compelling: this is a wild, dark grimoire of a book' - TLS; 'Exceptionally engaging ... beguiling ... this is a startling, unclassifiable book' - Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman; 'Compelling ... admirable and engrossing. Myers writes of the rain with a poet's eye worthy of Hughes' - Erica Wagner, New Statesman; 'A bone-tingling book' - Richard Benson, author of The Valley and The Farm; 'A truly elemental read from which I emerged subtly changed... It has all the makings of a classic' - Miriam Darlington, author of Otter Country and Owl Sense

Travels with a Primate - Around the World with Archbishop Robert Runcie (Paperback): Terry Waite Travels with a Primate - Around the World with Archbishop Robert Runcie (Paperback)
Terry Waite 1
R282 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R57 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`A travelogue that is refreshingly irreverent and deeply human.' James Naughtie `What makes this book so enjoyable is that the great friendship, affection, and respect that Waite and the Archbishop have for each other really shines throughout each tale.' Library Journal From darkest Africa to the darker and infinitely wetter birthplace of John Knox, from the remote expanse of the Alaska Highway to part of the Antipodes that even Bill Bryson could not reach, Terry Waite takes us on a guided world tour in the company of Dr Robert Runcie. Even an archbishop has little control over wars and missed connections, floods and food poisoning. But this Primate sailed majestically through the most troubled of waters, as his companions (including Chaplain Richard Chartres) baled energetically in his wake. Hilarious and affectionate, Travels with a Primate offers an unashamedly nostalgic return to the 1980s. It is a delightful tribute to enduring friendship.

The Seine - The River that Made Paris (Hardcover): Elaine Sciolino The Seine - The River that Made Paris (Hardcover)
Elaine Sciolino
R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the spring of 1978, as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she builds the story of the river through memoir, travelogue and history, writing a love letter to the city she has called home since 2002. Sciolino begins in Paris, then moves east to discover the river's origins-both real and mythical-in Burgundy. She celebrates the river's rich history and captures the charm of its lively characters: a bargewoman who worked on the river for decades, a bookseller along the riverbanks, a houseboat dweller and a famous cameraman who knows how to capture the river's light. She patrols the Seine with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to drink from and swim in the river. In this rich portrait, Sciolino explains why the Seine is the world's most romantic river and invites readers to explore its secrets and magic for themselves.

Travellers on a Trade Wind (Paperback, New Ed): Marcia Pirie Travellers on a Trade Wind (Paperback, New Ed)
Marcia Pirie
R290 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R65 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Marcia Pirie's account of her travels across the Pacific Ocean.

Autumn Light - Japan's Season of Fire and Farewells (Hardcover): Pico Iyer Autumn Light - Japan's Season of Fire and Farewells (Hardcover)
Pico Iyer 1
R557 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R121 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For decades now, Pico Iyer has been based for much of the year in Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, share a two-room apartment. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honouring the dead, this question has a special urgency and currency. Iyer leads us through the autumn following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.

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