Suggested Reading List
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
Author: John Reader
Description: With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
Eyewitness Guide Canary Islands
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This compact, visually appealing guide features excellent short essays on the history, nature and attractions of the islands, color photographs and many maps.
Eyewitness Guide Norway
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions.
Ghosts of Spain
Author: Giles Tremlett
Description: Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Lonely Planet Pocket London
Author: Lonely Planet
Description: A practical city guide to the city of London that fits in your pocket, with the top sites, the best walks, food, art, shopping, views, nightlife and more. Includes pull out city map.
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
Author: John Haywood
Description: The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World.
The Body in the Fjord
Author: Katherine Hall Page
Description: A Faith Fairchild mystery, distinguished by its intricate plot and its setting along the fjords of Norway. Hall Page, as usual, includes a section of recipes at the end (part-time sleuth Faith Fairchild is, after all, a caterer).
The Emperor's Last Island, A Journey to St. Helena
Author: Julia Blackburn
Description: Not simply a travelogue, this book is a wonderfully written portrait of the island and its culture by an inventive novelist. Blackburn displays her impressive historical research in this account of Napoleon's final six years
The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun
Author: Paul Watkins
Description: Novelist Watkins tries his hand at travel, interweaving a memoir of his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. His solo wanderings also take into account the beautiful Norwegian countryside, with vivid descriptions of dramatic cliffs and expansive snowfields.
The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis
Author: Lucy Jago
Description: The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon.
The Story of England
Author: Christopher Hibbert
Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
The Zambesi Expedition, To the Zambesi River and Its Tributaries
Author: David Livingstone
Description: Livingstone's original account of his second expedition to Africa, first published in 1864 -- a sympathetic portrait of African peoples, rich in nature, culture and politics.
Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands
Author: Robert B. Haas
Description: In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.