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Animal Explorers: Toby the Deep-Sea Diver PB (Paperback): Sharon Rentta Animal Explorers: Toby the Deep-Sea Diver PB (Paperback)
Sharon Rentta; Illustrated by Sharon Rentta
R187 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R31 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Calling all budding explorers! The Animal Explorers series will inspire you to follow your dreams. In Toby the Deep-Sea Diver, Toby is a young tiger who longs to explore the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. All he needs is courage, determination - and a home-made submersible! Mini biographies at the end of the book also tell the stories of three amazing, real-life oceanographers.

Animal Explorers: Toby the Deep-Sea Diver HB (Hardcover): Sharon Rentta Animal Explorers: Toby the Deep-Sea Diver HB (Hardcover)
Sharon Rentta; Illustrated by Sharon Rentta
R335 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Calling all budding explorers! The Animal Explorers series will inspire you to follow your dreams. In Toby the Deep-Sea Diver, Toby is a young tiger who longs to explore the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. All he needs is courage, determination - and a home-made submersible! Mini biographies at the end of the book also tell the stories of three amazing, real-life oceanographers.

Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback): A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh's 50 things to do before you're 5 3/4 (Paperback)
A.A. Milne; Illustrated by E.H. Shepard 2
R212 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R47 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Have you ever made mud pies? Or a secret den? Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and their friends have come up with 50 outdoor activities they think everyone should enjoy before their 6th birthday.

With helpful hints and spaces for your records and photographs, this book is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the outdoors and a helpful guide for parents. It's packed with ideas to keep little ones busy at weekends and during school holidays.

Activities range from spotting animal babies to making your own tree monster so that, whatever the weather, children can enjoy the magic of playing outdoors.

Columbus and the Crisis of the West (Paperback): Robert Royal Columbus and the Crisis of the West (Paperback)
Robert Royal
R445 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R72 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue): Stephen E.... Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue)
Stephen E. Ambrose 1
R251 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R54 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters - Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter - this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

Fighting for Space - Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight (Paperback): Amy Shira Teitel Fighting for Space - Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight (Paperback)
Amy Shira Teitel
R448 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R61 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Queen's Pirate: Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hind (Paperback): Kevin Jackson The Queen's Pirate: Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hind (Paperback)
Kevin Jackson
R207 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Darwin's Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle (Paperback): Kevin Jackson Darwin's Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle (Paperback)
Kevin Jackson
R212 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Hardcover): ' Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Hardcover)
' Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee
R807 R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Save R151 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On September 4, 1805, in the upper Bitterroot Valley of what is now western Montana, more than four hundred Salish people were encamped, pasturing horses, preparing for the fall bison hunt, and harvesting chokecherries as they had done for countless generations. As the Lewis and Clark expedition ventured into the territory of a sovereign Native nation, the Salish met the weary explorers with hospitality and vital provisions, while receiving comparatively little in return. For the first time, a Native American community offers an in-depth examination of the events and historical significance of their encounter with the Lewis and Clark expedition. The result is a new understanding of the expedition and its place in the wider context of U.S. history. Through oral histories and other materials, Salish elders recount the details of the Salish encounter with Lewis and Clark - their difficulty communicating with the strangers through multiple interpreters and consequent misunderstanding of the expedition's invasionary purpose, their discussions about whether to welcome or wipe out the newcomers, their puzzlement over the black skin of the slave York, and their decision to extend traditional tribal hospitality and gifts to the guests. What makes "The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition" a startling departure from previous accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition is how it depicts the arrival of non-Indians - not as the beginning of history but as another chapter in a long tribal history. Much of this book focuses on the ancient cultural landscape and history that had already shaped the region for millennia prior to the arrival of Lewis and Clark. The elders begin their vivid portrait of the Salish world by sharing creation stories and the traditional cycle of life. The book then takes readers on a cultural tour of the Native trails that the expedition followed. With tribal elders as our guides, we now learn of the Salish cultural landscape that was invisible to Lewis and Clark. "The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition" also brings new clarity to the profound upheaval of the Native world in the century prior to the expedition's arrival, as tribes in the region were introduced to horses, European diseases, and firearms. The arrival of Lewis and Clark marked the beginning of a heightened level of conflict and loss, and the book details the history that followed the expedition: the opening of Salish territory to the fur trade, the arrival of Jesuit missionaries, the establishment of Indian reservations, the non-Indian development of western Montana, and more recently, the revival and strengthening of tribal sovereignty and culture. Conveyed by tribal recollections and richly illustrated, "The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition" not only sheds new light on the meaning of the expedition, but also illuminates the people who greeted Lewis and Clark, and despite much of what followed, thrive in their homeland today.

Travels in North America, 1832-1834 - A Concise Edition of the Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied (Hardcover, Annotated... Travels in North America, 1832-1834 - A Concise Edition of the Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Prince Alexander Philipp Maximilian of Wied; Edited by Marsha V. Gallagher
R1,009 Discovery Miles 10 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied rank among the most important firsthand sources documenting the early-nineteenth-century American West. Published in their entirety as an annotated three-volume set, the journals present a complete narrative of Maximilian's expedition across the United States, from Boston almost to the headwaters of the Missouri in the Rocky Mountains, and back. This new concise edition, the only modern condensed version of Maximilian's full account, highlights the expedition's most significant encounters and dramatic events. The German prince and his party arrived in Boston on July 4, 1832. He intended to explore ""the natural face of North America,"" observing and recording firsthand the flora, fauna, and especially the Native peoples of the interior. Accompanying him was the young Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, who would document the journey with sketches and watercolors. Together, the group traveled across the eastern United States and up the Missouri River into present-day Montana, spending the winter of 1833-34 at Fort Clark, an important fur-trading post near the Mandan and Hidatsa villages in what is now North Dakota. The expedition returned downriver to St. Louis the following spring, having spent more than a year in the Upper Missouri frontier wilderness. The two explorers experienced the American frontier just before its transformation by settlers, miners, and industry. Featuring nearly fifty color and black-and-white illustrations - including several of Karl Bodmer's best landscapes and portraits - this succinct record of their expedition invites new audiences to experience an enthralling journey across the early American West.

The White Darkness (Hardcover): David Grann The White Darkness (Hardcover)
David Grann 1
R339 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R107 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure' JOHN GRISHAM on David Grann's The Lost City of Z `A wonderful story of a lost age of heroic exploration' Sunday Times on The Lost City of Z `Marvellous ... An engrossing book whose protagonist could out-think Indiana Jones' Daily Telegraph on The Lost City of Z DAILY MAIL BOOK OF THE WEEK One man's perilous quest to cross Antarctica in the footsteps of Shackleton. Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honour and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the 20th-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artefacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modelled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called `simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today'. Illustrated with more than 50 stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity. Praise for David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon: `A riveting true story of greed, serial murder and racial injustice' JON KRAKAUER `A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil' KATE ATKINSON `A fascinating account of a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West' JOHN GRISHAM `Disturbing and riveting...Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true...It will sear your soul' DAVE EGGERS, New York Times Book Review `An extraordinary story with extraordinary pace and atmosphere' Sunday Times `A marvel of detective-like research and narrative verve' Financial Times

Off Trail - Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies (Paperback): Jane Parnell Off Trail - Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies (Paperback)
Jane Parnell
R418 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R75 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Only one person believed Jane Parnell when she reported being raped at twenty-one: the mountain man who first led her up one peak after another in the Colorado Rockies and who then became her husband. Parnell took to mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains as a means to overcome her family's history of mental illness and the trauma of the rape. By age thirty she became the first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks of the state. But regaining her footing could not save her by-now-failing marriage. Unprepared emotionally and financially for singlehood, she kept climbing - the 200 highest peaks, then nearly all of the 300 highest. The mountains were the one anchor in her life that held. Finding few contemporary role models to validate her ambition, Parnell looked to the past for inspiration - to English travel writer Isabella Bird, who also sought refuge and transformation in the Colorado Rockies, notably by climbing Longs Peak in 1873 with the notorious mountain man Rocky Mountain Jim. Reading Bird's now-classic A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains emboldened Parnell to keep moving forward. She was not alone in her drive for independence. Parnell's memoir spans half a century. Her personal journey dramatizes evolving gender roles from the 1950s to the present. As a child, she witnessed the first ascent of the Diamond on Longs Peak, the ""Holy Grail"" of alpine climbing in the Rockies. In 2002, she saw firsthand the catastrophic Colorado wildfires of climate change, and five years later, she nearly lost her leg in a climbing accident. In the tradition of Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Tracy Ross's The Source of All Things, Parnell's mountaineering memoir shows us how, by pushing ourselves to the limits of our physical endurance and by confronting our deepest fears, we can become whole again.

Wildlife of the Arctic (Paperback): Richard Sale Wildlife of the Arctic (Paperback)
Richard Sale 1
R527 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R132 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book celebrates the Arctic, exploring the natural history that has so inspired generations. Early travellers to the Arctic brought back tales of amazing creatures and of the endurance required of visitors, the Arctic becoming a land of inspiration and imagination. Adventurers test themselves against it. Its wildlife still amazes - when film and television show Earth's natural wonders it is always the polar regions that draw the biggest audiences. But today the Arctic is in retreat. Humanity's relentless exploitation of the Earth's resources in the pursuit of progress has, it seems, altered the climate and threatens the ice and ice-living organisms. It is a cliche that the loss of a species diminishes us, but it is true nonetheless. Even to people who have never seen a Polar Bear its loss will be immeasurable as the bear is iconic, both defining and reflecting the Arctic. This Traveller's Guide is designed to give visitors a handy identification guide to the wildlife they might see as they travel around, including stunning photography and detailed descriptions of each species.

Graveyard of the Atlantic - Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast (Paperback, New edition): David Stick Graveyard of the Atlantic - Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast (Paperback, New edition)
David Stick
R499 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R82 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a factual account, written in the pace of fiction, of hundreds of dramatic losses, heroic rescues, and violent adventures at the stormy meeting place of northern and southern winds and waters -- the Graveyard of the Atlantic off the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The Heart of the World - the life and death of a glacier pilot (Paperback): Ned Rozell The Heart of the World - the life and death of a glacier pilot (Paperback)
Ned Rozell; Illustrated by Susan Campbell
R416 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Morning of Fire - America's Epic First Journey Into the Pacific (Paperback): Scott Ridley Morning of Fire - America's Epic First Journey Into the Pacific (Paperback)
Scott Ridley
R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Forgotten True Story of America's Daring First Exploration of the Pacific

Just four years after the Revolutionary War and more than a decade before Lewis and Clark's expedition, a remarkable--but now forgotten--plan was hatched along the docks of Boston Harbor. Two ships carrying the flag of the newly formed United States would be dispatched in 1787 on a landmark adventure around South America's Cape Horn and into the largely uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean, far past the western edge of the continent. The man chosen to lead the expedition was Captain John Kendrick, a master navigator who had made his name as a charismatic privateer during the Revolution. On the harrowing seven-year voyage that followed, Kendrick would establish the first American outpost in the remote Pacific Northwest, sail into a deadly cauldron of intertribal war in the Hawaiian Islands, wage a single-ship campaign to hold off advances of the British and Spanish empires, and narrowly escape capture by samurai in Japan before meeting his own violent and tragic end thousands of miles from home. Brilliantly brought to life by historian Scott Ridley, Morning of Fire is a startling rediscovery of a thrilling lost chapter of American history.

Nature in the New World - From Christopher Columbus to Gonzalo Fernandez De Oviedo (Paperback, Reissue): Nature in the New World - From Christopher Columbus to Gonzalo Fernandez De Oviedo (Paperback, Reissue)
R969 Discovery Miles 9 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In ""Nature in the New World"", Antonello Gerbi examines the fascinating reports of the first Europeans to see the Americas. These accounts provided the basis for the images of strange and new flora, fauna, and human creatures that filled European imaginations. Initial chapters are devoted to the writings of Columbus, Vespucci, Cortes, Verrazzano, and others. The second portion of the book concerns the ""Historia general y natural de las Indias"" of Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, a work commissioned by Charles V of Spain in 1532 but not published in its entirety until the 1850s. Gerbi contends that Oviedo, a Spanish administrator who lived in Santo Domingo, has been unjustly neglected as a historian. In this book, Gerbi shows Oviedo to be a major authority on the culture, history, and conquest of the New World.

The Way of a Ship - A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail (Paperback): Derek Lundy The Way of a Ship - A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail (Paperback)
Derek Lundy
R378 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R20 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When, as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for duty aboard a square-rigged commercial sailing vessel, he began a journey more exciting, and more terrifying, than he could have ever imagined: a treacherous, white-knuckle passage around that notorious "graveyard of ships," Cape Horn.

A century later, Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling "Godforsaken Sea" and an accomplished amateur seaman himself, set out to recount his forebear's journey. "The Way of a Ship" is a mesmerizing account of life on board a square-rigger, a remarkable reconstruction of a harrowing voyage through the most dangerous waters. Derek Lundy's masterful account evokes the excitement, romance, and brutality of a bygone era -- "a fantastic ride through one of the greatest moments in the history of adventure" ("Seattle Times").

Searching for the Roanoke Colonies - An Interdisciplinary Collection (Paperback): E. Thomas Shields, Charles R. Ewen Searching for the Roanoke Colonies - An Interdisciplinary Collection (Paperback)
E. Thomas Shields, Charles R. Ewen
R309 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R39 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Atlas of North American Exploration - From the Norse Voyages to the Race to the Pole (Paperback, Oklahoma Paperbacks ed):... The Atlas of North American Exploration - From the Norse Voyages to the Race to the Pole (Paperback, Oklahoma Paperbacks ed)
William H Goetzmann, Glyndwr Williams
R553 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For more than five hundred years, explorers roamed the wilderness of North America, some in search of a route to the East or fabled cities of gold, others seeking the glossy pelts of the beaver or souls to convert. From the early voyages of Norse seafarers to the opening of the American, Canadian, and Alaskan frontiers and the grueling twentieth-century race to the North Pole, this great adventure is captured as never before in the lavishly illustrated Atlas of North American Exploration. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann and exploration historian Glyndwr Williams, The Atlas of North American Exploration presents this bold drama through more than one hundred full-color maps employing state-of-the-art cartographic techniques. The routes of explorers Ponce de Leon, Henry Hudson, Hernando de Soto, Daniel Boone, Vitus Bering, Lewis and Clark, Admiral Peary, and dozens more are charted, showing the sites of encounters with native inhabitants or rival colonial powers, shipwrecks and uprisings, settlements and trading posts, and the death or disappearance of expeditions.

The World at 10 MPH - A Masterful Prenup Leads to a 3-Year 33,523-Mile Bicycle Adventure (Paperback): Ward Budweg, Jacky Budweg The World at 10 MPH - A Masterful Prenup Leads to a 3-Year 33,523-Mile Bicycle Adventure (Paperback)
Ward Budweg, Jacky Budweg
R419 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The World at 10 MPH - A Masterful Prenup Leads to a 3-Year 33,523-Mile Bicycle Adventure (Hardcover): Ward Budweg, Jacky Budweg The World at 10 MPH - A Masterful Prenup Leads to a 3-Year 33,523-Mile Bicycle Adventure (Hardcover)
Ward Budweg, Jacky Budweg
R635 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R113 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Magellan's Voyage: v. 1 - A Narrative Account of the First Circumnavigation (Paperback, New edition): Antonio Pigafetta Magellan's Voyage: v. 1 - A Narrative Account of the First Circumnavigation (Paperback, New edition)
Antonio Pigafetta; Translated by R.A. Skelton
R300 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R46 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Remarkable firsthand account by one of the few survivors. Detailed record of new lands, flora, fauna, shipboard life, etc.

SPICE ROUTE (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): SPICE ROUTE (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
R413 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R51 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tells the fascinating tale of the quest for ownership of the Spice Islands, a quest that caused international conflict and resulted in nations warring, both at sea and in there own parliaments.

The Kon-Tiki Expedition (Paperback, Reissued [New Ed.]): Thor Heyerdahl The Kon-Tiki Expedition (Paperback, Reissued [New Ed.])
Thor Heyerdahl
R263 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R60 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of how Thor Heyderdahl and five other men crossed the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft in an extraordinary bid to prove Heyderdahl's theory that the Polynesians undertook the same feat on such a craft over 1000 years ago.

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