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    DescriptionAt the height of the British Empire, countless travellers set off to explore the globe, at the very same moment that the phenomenon of mass tourism was being launched by a certain Mr Thomas Cook. Their reasons for leaving Britain were many and various. They were searching for knowledge, for adventure, for fame, for exotic animals to kill. Some hoped to be the first to stamp their mark upon a lake, a river source or an unknown inland sea, while others dreamed of finding untold natural riches or ancient works of art. Some were soldiers, sailors, spies, scholars or scientists, and some wished to convert the heathen and spread their religion. And some travelled, as people have always done, for no reason at all except the sheer marvellous enjoyment of it. Drawing on the travellers' own unique and colourful accounts, from Livingstone and Stanley in Africa, Darwin aboard the Beagle and Richard Francis Burton on the road to Mecca to less well-known but equally intrepid explorers, A CORKSCREW IS MOST USEFUL is a fascinating odyssey.


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    Title
    A Corkscrew is Most Useful
    Subtitle
    The Travellers of Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicholas Murray
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 859 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780316731041
    ISBN 10: 0316731048
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: TRV
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: 910.4
    BIC subject category V2: WTLC
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, HIS051000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    Section: 16, b/w photos
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    03 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Nicholas Murray is the acclaimed biographer of Victorian poet and critic MATTHEW ARNOLD (Hodder), ANDREW MARVELL, ALDOUS HUXLEY and KAFKA.
    Review quote
    ** 'Murray casts a detailed portrait of Victorian international exploits both great and smaill. Scotland on Sunday ** 'Nicholas Murray's diligent, informative and well-written book summarises the histories and writings of a diverse collection of travellers in India, Africa, the Far, Near and Middle East, South America, Australasia, the Poles ... The book reveals . . ... Murray fills the book with illuminating anecdote and detail' Daily Telegraph ** 'Murray's snapshot guide to explorers of the Empire entertainingly presents, as sideshow acts supporting top-of-the-bill adventurers, such neglected characters as Julia Pardoe looking for literary romanticism in Constantinople [and] the enthusiastic Fa The Times