Auckland Libraries: River adventures

River adventures

Once used as the main mode of transportation, the rivers of today provide travellers with a unique perspective over the landscape. If you enjoy some diversity in your travelling reads, then this list is for you.

Crossing the Driftless

Lynne Smith Diebel

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This book is both a traveller’s tale and an exploration of this dramatic environment, following the streams of geologic and human history. Lynne Diebel with her husband, crossed the Driftless Area by canoe, journeying 359 river miles.

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The Danube

Nick Thorpe

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Travelling from east to west, Nick Thorpe embarks on an inspiring year-long journey that leads to a new perspective on Europe today. For readers who anticipate their own journeys on the Danube, this book will be a unique and treasured guide.

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Black dragon river

Dominic Ziegler

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Black Dragon River recounts a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers. Part travel writing, part history, it reveals how the long-shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other.

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The Emerald Mile

Kevin Fedarko

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This is the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.

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Original highways

Roy MacGregor

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Long before our national railroad was built, our rivers held Canada together. In these sixteen portraits, filled with yesterday's adventures and tomorrow's promise, MacGregor weaves a story of Canada and its relationship with her rivers.

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Waterwalk

Steven Faulkner

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Waterwalk is not just a journey into the heart of this continent 300 years ago, but a modern exploration of the quiet waterways that weave their way through America, and a voyage through the heart of a father-son relationship.

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The Rhine

Ben Coates

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In this book, Coates sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where it enters the North Sea, through Germany, to its source in the Alps. Blending travelogue and offbeat history this fascinating story tells of a great river that shaped a continent.

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On the Nile

Andrew Humphreys

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Since Antony and Cleopatra sailed the Nile on a gilded barge, visitors to Egypt have taken to the river as the best way to experience the country's wonders. This book tells the story of the people, the places, and the boats.

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Meander

Jeremy Seal

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A natural storyteller, Seal takes readers from the Meander's source in the uplands of central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, with as many historical, cultural, and personal asides as there are bends in the river.

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Yellow River odyssey

Bill Porter

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Bill Porter follows the Yellow River from its mouth to its source high in the Tibetan Plateau, through nine Chinese provinces. The trip takes him into the cradle of Chinese civilization and to the hometowns and graves of key historical figures.

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