A Corkscrew is Most Useful

A Corkscrew is Most Useful : The Travellers of Empire

By (author) Nicholas Murray

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At 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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  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 35mm | 859g
  • 03 Apr 2008
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York
  • English
  • Section: 16, b/w photos
  • 0316731048
  • 9780316731041
  • 1,173,190

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Nicholas Murray is the acclaimed biographer of Victorian poet and critic MATTHEW ARNOLD (Hodder), ANDREW MARVELL, ALDOUS HUXLEY and KAFKA.

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** '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

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