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Posted by bradttravel on 26 July 2012
Posted by bradttravel on 10 July 2012
Explorer-publisher Hilary Bradt tells the story of her long-distance ride on horseback across Ireland in the new travel narrative Connemara Mollie.Set against the vivid backdrop of rural Ireland, it is a witty and ultimately moving tale of the growing bond between horse and rider. As Hilary says, “More than any of my travels before or since, this was the journey that had consumed me since childhood.”
The story centres on the growing bond between the author and her Connemara pony, Mollie and the many challenges they face before the tragic conclusion in the mountains of Kerry. It is also a portrait of rural Ireland before the “Celtic Tiger” era, built up from conversations with the local people. The journey takes them through Counties Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry. “Each day presented a challenge” says Hilary, ”a river to ford, a stone wall to dismantle – and even the seemingly insuperable problem of hitchhiking with a horse”.
Hilary writes more about her relationship with Mollie here.
Extract from ‘Connemara Mollie’
We came to the river and Mollie gazed at it with bulging eyes and a “You cannot be serious!” snort. I saw no reason for such a fuss considering she’d actually swum with me in Connemara so urged her on with plenty of verbal encouragement. Reluctantly she waded in to the deep fast water in the centre. Here the river bed was composed of slippery seaweed-covered stones and the water swirled well above her knees and splashed over my boots. Half way, though. Silly to go back at this point. I kept up my encouragement, Mollie kept up her snorts of complaint, and we emerged the other side with mutual expressions of relief.
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Title: Connemara Mollie: An Irish Journey on Horseback Author: Hilary Bradt
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Publication: 17 July 2012
Price: £9.99 ISBN: 9781841623863
Posted by bradttravel on 3 July 2012
Bradt guide opens up the Northwest Passage
Tony Soper’s new book for Bradt, The Northwest Passage, shows how the five-century dream of a trade route to Asia by way of a short-cut through the Arctic archipelago is finally a reality. This is the first book to draw together the rich history with a guide to the region. The ice-choked waterway with spectacular landscapes and a powerful history of naval endeavour is also an unfolding opportunity for adventurous travel, with a wealth of wildlife. Over the last decade global warming has opened this fabled passage in late summer for freight and for bold tourists.
Tony Soper uses his wealth of experience as a naturalist to describe this icy home for the majority of the world’s seabirds, enormous numbers of seals, plenty of polar bears and narwhals and more than enough mosquitoes. It is also home for Inuit, who arrived from the east, adapting superbly to a cruel climate.
In 1819 John Franklin commanded one of the first naval expeditions to attempt the passage. He was reduced to eating his boots in order to survive. Tony Soper was more fortunate in his own five transits of the Passage and draws on these to describe this unique and relatively unexplored territory for those lucky enough to be joining one of the growing number of cruises to the region. Those less lucky, or less adventurous, will find it an absorbing armchair read.
Tony Soper is best known as a naturalist who has presented many programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit.
Title: The Northwest Passage Author: Tony Soper
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides Publication: 6th July 2012
Price: £14.99 ISBN: 9781841624389
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