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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

May 31, 2013
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The BookWag List 11: 10 Books to Buy/Beg/Borrow and Read This Week

As we head into the weekend, here is our list of ten books that are worth getting your reading teeth into. They will remain stuck there for a while, we promise. As usual, our selection goes across genres and focuses on entertaining reading rather than the educational (we really believe we had an overdose of…

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Book Review: The Travelogue as a Graphic Novel

March 27, 2013
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Jerusalem

Mention the word ‘travelogue’ and people tend to think in terms of a diary-like book, describing the author’s experiences in a place and those who lived there, generally with a background of the history and culture of the region thrown in. Well, Guy Delisle’s take on one of the holiest and most controversial cities in the word is…

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Seven books by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

November 25, 2011
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Seven books by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

by Nimish Dubey The world knows him as an intrepid adventurer, who last month became the oldest Briton to stand atop Mount Everest. But the 65-year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes is also a fine author with a dry sense of humour and a narrative skill that matches his flair for adventure. So even as Sir Ranulph…

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Four books on George Mallory to read before ‘Paths of Glory’

November 25, 2011
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Four books on George Mallory to read before ‘Paths of Glory’

by Nimish Dubey His effort on Everest in 1924 might have cost him his life, but it made George Mallory a legend. Speculation is rife as to whether he actually made it to the top or failed while doing so, and almost every year an author tries to unravel the mystery of what has now…

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Three Men in a Boat: The Funniest Travel Book Ever?

November 24, 2011
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Three Men in a Boat: The Funniest Travel Book Ever?

It started out as a serious travel guide, but by the time Jerome K Jerome finished Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), it was arguably the most humorous book ever written on travel. Basically a narrative revolving around three friends – the author, George and Harris, (and their dog, Montmorency) …

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Scotland, as seen by Bond, James Bond

November 24, 2011
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Scotland, as seen by Bond, James Bond

By Nimish Dubey Whatever you associate Sir Sean Connery with, it is certainly not writing about a country, even his own. The man, who many (us at Kunzum.com included) consider to have been not just the first but the best Bond of them all, however, does have a writing streak in him. And it has…

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Tragic, terrifying and one of the best travel books ever written

November 24, 2011
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Tragic, terrifying and one of the best travel books ever written

Contributed by Nimish Dubey It is rare to see an adventure or travel being hailed as a literary classic, but this status has been accorded to Apsley George Bennet Cherry-Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World. Apsley Cherry-Garrard is best known for being part of Robert Scott’s ill-fated 1910-13 Antarctica expedition in which Scott and…

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Fantastic Premise, Fantastic Journey, Fantastic Book

November 24, 2011
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Fantastic Premise, Fantastic Journey, Fantastic Book

By Nimish Dubey How do you reach the center of the earth? And while on the subject, why on earth (pun intended) would you like to travel down the bowels of the planet? Well, both questions were answered in spectacular style by Jules Verne when he wrote A Journey to the Center of the Earth…

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5 books to read about the 1996 Everest disaster

November 24, 2011
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5 books to read about the 1996 Everest disaster

By Nimish Dubey Few events have generated as much interest (albeit morbid) as the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest when several climbers perished in an attempt to make the summit. One of the main reasons for this interest is the fact that it inspired arguably the best mountaineering book in terms of narration, Into Thin…

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K2′s Into Thin Air

November 24, 2011
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K2′s Into Thin Air

By Nimish Dubey Jon Krakauer added a whole dimension to mountaineering and travel literature when he wrote Into Thin Air in 1996, describing the disaster that claimed the lives of eight climbers on Mount Everest earlier that year. A dozen years later, eleven climbers died on the second highest peak in the world, K2. As…

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