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A Corkscrew is Most Useful: The Travellers of Empire
     

A Corkscrew is Most Useful: The Travellers of Empire

by Nicholas Murray
 

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In the early 19th century there was a huge surge forward in travel of all kinds. Queen Victoria's accession in 1837 came barely a year after John Murray's first guidebook was published. Then in 1838 Bradshaw's famous portable railway timetable appeared. In 1841 Thomas Cook, the world's first travel agent, organised its first tour (from London to Leicester and back by

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In the early 19th century there was a huge surge forward in travel of all kinds. Queen Victoria's accession in 1837 came barely a year after John Murray's first guidebook was published. Then in 1838 Bradshaw's famous portable railway timetable appeared. In 1841 Thomas Cook, the world's first travel agent, organised its first tour (from London to Leicester and back by train). The age of mass tourism had arrived. Side by side with it another phenomenom began to develop: exploration to wilder shores and uncharted lands. This is the focus of Nicholas Murray's fascinating book which draws upon the extraordinary stories of Livingstone's journey across Africa; Burton and Speke reaching Lake Tanganyika; John Stuart crossing Australia from south to north; Livingstone reaching the Zambezi; Richard Burton's travels across Arabia, and countless others' extraordinary and brave expeditions.

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** 'Murray casts a detailed portrait of Victorian international exploits both great and smaill.—Scotland on Sunday

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** '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 detailâ??

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748111503
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
06/04/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,168,529
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Murray was born in Liverpool in 1952. He has written acclaimed biographies of Bruce Chatwin, Matthew Arnold and the poet Andrew Marvell. He is married and lives in the Welsh Marches.

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