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The Library – Babylons on the Black Sea

Odessa Stories, by Isaac Babel (Pushkin Press, 2018)Black Sea – Through Darkness and Light. Dispatches and Recipes, by Caroline Eden (Quadrille, 2018) Read by Marcel Krueger: In the foyer of a hotel in Romania’s capital Bucharest a few years back, I struck up conversation with a group of English travellers. We talked about our travel […]

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The Library: Hard Border – Walking Through a Century of Irish Partition, by Darach MacDonald

Read by Marcel Krueger: The Automobile Associaton of Ireland’s 1962 handbook contains six pages of guidance for people planning to cross the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There are 18 approved roads with customs posts, and the AA warns that vehicles were liable for customs duty and purchase tax upon entering […]

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The Library: Travellers in the Third Reich – The Rise of Fascism through the Eyes of Everyday People, by Julia Boyd

Read by Marcel Krueger: I strayed by mistake into a room full of S.S. officers, Gruppen- and Sturmbannführers, black from their lightning-flash-collars to the forest of tall boots underneath the table. The window embrasure was piled high with their skull-and-crossbones caps.– Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts In 1934, 18-year old Patrick Leigh Fermor […]

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The Library: Wherever the Firing Line Extends – Ireland and the Western Front, by Ronan McGreevy

Read by Marcel Krueger: One of the interior decoration staples of many an Irish pub, or really any self-proclaimed ‘quirky’ beerhouse between Norway and Sardinia is the ‘On this site in 1856 (or 1768 or 1699) nothing happened’-sign. There is no statement more untrue. Even though the events that took place near the sign over […]

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Swimming in the city and country: Turning – by Jessica J. Lee

Read by Paul Scraton: Early on in the pages of Turning, a swimming memoir about taking a dip in 52 lakes in Berlin and the surrounding Brandenburg countryside, Jessica J. Lee admits to fears and insecurities in the water. This is something I share. I have never been a massive fan of swimming, whether in […]

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The Library: Signal Failure, by Tom Jeffreys

Review: Christo Hall For those who haven’t kept abreast with recent British infrastructural projects, HS2 is a £55bn high-speed railway plan first mooted by David Cameron’s government in 2009. It’s an attempt to renew Northern England’s economic potential after years of neglect from Westminster and deindustrialisation that has accentuated a north-south divide in the country. […]

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The Library: Down to the Sea in Ships by Horatio Clare

Read by: Marcel Krueger I awoke on the ferry from Cherbourg to Rosslare from ferry dreams, getting lost while searching for the ferry port in a small Italian seaside village in my slumber. Outside the cabin window, in the violet early autumn dawn I could see the dark shape of Cornwall; St. Ives, perhaps, or […]

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The Library: Yugoslavia, My Fatherland by Goran Vojnović

Read by: Paul Scraton In the departure lounge of Ljubljana airport, two hours early for our flight back to Germany, I pulled a book out of my bag and start to read. Two flights and about five hours later I read the final page as the plane made the final approach to Berlin’s Tegel Airport. […]

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Kowloon Walled City: An extract from ‘Fallen Glory’, by James Crawford

We are extremely pleased and proud to publish on the Elsewhere blog an extract from the fascinating new book Fallen Glory by James Crawford. In it, he uncovers the biographies of some of the world’s most fascinating lost and ruined buildings in a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture. In this extract, James […]

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The Library: Climbing Days, by Dan Richards – Review and Extract

Read by Paul Scraton: We are extremely pleased to be adding to the Elsewhere Library on the blog not only a review of Climbing Days by Dan Richards but also an extract from the book. The co-author of Holloway with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood, published in 2012, in writing Climbing Days Dan Richards has […]

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