Reluctant Rescuers

Reluctant Rescuers

While this book was published in 2012 it is still a must read for those who want to understand and change the Australian governments policy towards asylum seekers and refugees.

In Reluctant Rescuers, Tony Kevin addresses the rescue at sea of boat people who have entered Australian waters. He aims to provide a ‘fact-based analysis of a shadowy’ – and deeply controversial – ‘area of public policy’. Kevin begins by correcting the myth that ‘people smugglers’ are the ‘main culprits when people die at sea’. He investigates the border protection systems that were implemented by Liberal and Labor governments between 1998 and 2011. There is an explanation of how so-called ‘Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels’ (SIEVs) are detected and intercepted. Kevin describes the dangers of turning asylum seeker boats away from Australia. He argues that ‘it is vital for our nation not to lose our sense of common humanity in administering border protection policies’.

Camino de Santiago

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The Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain has become one of the most popular pilgrimage routes in Europe. This Guide book by John Brierley has become one of the most sought after guides. Now updated to include newer maps and photos, with height reduced by 20mm to make it even lighter in weight to support carefree traveling, this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information needed by modern-day pilgrims wishing to walk the sacred Way of St. James. Overview route planners plus daily stage maps and detailed town plans help sojourners with all the advance preparation they need. The maps feature contour guides to help distinguish the terrain that will be crossed each day, while full information on all pilgrim hostels, as well as details for alternative accommodation, allow travellers to plot adequate nightly stopping points. All reference information is accompanied by helpful spiritual guidelines to support the seeker’s inner journey as well as the outer pilgrimage. Otherwise known as the Camino Frances, the main route covered in this volume is the most popular sacred route through Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.
Updated each year and produced on light weight paper it is not too hard to carry. The 2016 edition is available now.

A Guide to Berlin

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A Guide to Berlin is the name of a short story written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1925, when he was a young man of 26, living in Berlin.
In this novel, a group of six international travellers, two Italians, two Japanese, an American and an Australian, meet in empty apartments in Berlin to share stories and memories. Each is enthralled in some way to the work of Vladimir Nabokov, and each is finding their way in deep winter in a haunted city. A moment of devastating violence shatters the group, and changes the direction of everyone’s story.

Brave and brilliant, A Guide to Berlin traces the strength and fragility of our connections through biographies and secrets.

India & Bhutan A Personal Guide

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India: an explosion of colour and light; of magic and chaos. A paradise for foodies and a feast for every sense. The depth and variety of food in India is incredible and this guidebook should be your starting point for your own gastronomic adventures. Indians are renowned for their generosity and hospitality, and the delights of travelling in India are infinite. You could be invited to share home-cooked food at the family table in a private house, savour delectable snacks from a street vendor, or experience the thrill of an early-morning train ride with the ubiquitous cup of chai.

Each chapter contains essential sights, local eats, top places to stay and the best places to shop. This personal tour from well-loved chef Christine Manfield is the result of years exploring India, the Himalayas and Bhutan – the perfect companion for travellers who want to find the really special places to eat and stay.

Chapters cover a large region of India, including most states, such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Gurjarat as well as Bhutan and the Himalayas. Many of the capital cities are also visited, like Bombay (Mumbai), Dehli, Chennai, Goa, Lucknow, Calcutta (Kolkata), as well as many more off the beaten track.