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Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America
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One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed 'southernmost city in the world,' at the end of a long trip designed to put as much distance between himself and a frustrating job as possible, writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-twenties when he travelled to the continent, having joined a five-year expedition to survey and map the coastline of South America, as the expedition's naturalist. Simons found himself compelled to follow Darwin further into South America - to stand where Darwin had, and to explore the landscapes, legends and people that had fascinated Darwin two centuries before. Simons trekked to as many of the locations Darwin wrote about as he could find, to see if he could see these places through Darwin's eyes, and to see what South Americans know about Darwin. Part travelogue, part insight into one of the greatest scientific minds in history, Darwin Slept Here will fascinate and enthral.

Russia and the Classics: Poetry's Foreign Muse
Russia and the Classics: Poetry's Foreign Muse
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This important study, the first in a new series on "Classical Diaspora", explores the reception of classical antiquity in Russian poetry with a particular focus on the writings of several significant twentieth-century poets: Innokentii Annenskii, Viacheslav Ivanov, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelshtam and Joseph Brodsky. These poets' engagement with the classics is analysed within the wider context of Russia's relationship with Greco-Roman heritage as a gateway to European culture. The earlier phase of the development of classical reception in Russian poetry is traced from Antiokh Kantemir and Mikhailo Lomonosov to Alexander Pushkin. Thus the book offers a concise chronology of Russian poetry's self-construction as a legitimate Euopean heir to the legacy of Greece and Rome. The Russian poetic reception of classical literature has its own distinctive features such as a preoccupation with mythological tragedy and with the reception of Ovid's poetry of exile, setting it apart from the traditions and movements associated with Western European classicism.This fascinating study combines historicist scholarship with a sophisticated alertness to recent developments in reception theory, producing a compelling account of a hitherto neglected aspect of the classical tradition.

Our Future Earth
Our Future Earth
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Our Future Earth vividly describes how the decisions made about the environment in the next decades will affect the next 100,000 years of life on the planet, and shows how far today's environmental debate is overlooking crucial long-term evidence. By considering the Earth's history over millions of years, and not merely over the last couple of centuries, this book changes our understanding. It draws on geological evidence to show that the greatest immediate threat to humans will not be global warming, but global cooling. And the extent of human control over the environment now makes the direction of climate change a greater matter of choice than the public realises. This lucid book will prompt climate sceptics, activists and everyone in between to think again about our future Earth, because the real consequences of our behaviour are set to be far more dramatic than we expect.

The Comeback
The Comeback
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Rosemary Paul used to be celebrated singer, but now past her prime she lives reclusively with her assistant and helper Carrie, avoiding the limelight. Until one of her album unexpectedly gets re-released and excidedly the pair plan her comeback, relaunching her into the public stratosphere. But as preparations commence, long buried secrets begin to resurface and signs of strain start to show in Rosemary and Carrie's relationship until reaching dramatic breaking-point... The Comeback is a clevely crafted tale of deceit and revenge with a wicked ending, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Ice Twins.