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A Corkscrew Is Most Useful
Nicholas Murray

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : May 07, 2009
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 544
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349119267
Price : 850

About the book
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

** '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 . . . the attitudes of empire, the entitlement, the romanticisation of the exotic and the 'scientific racism' . . . 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 Fanny Parks pleasurable "vagabondizing over India"' The Times
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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 casts a detailed portrait of Victorian international exploits both great and smaill.
     
Nicholas Murray
Nicholas Murray is the acclaimed biographer of Victorian poet and critic MATTHEW ARNOLD (Hodder), ANDREW MARVELL and ALDOUS HUXLEY, which was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award.
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