The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

An­to­nia and Her Daugh­ters Mar­lena de Blasi (Allen & Un­win, $32.99) The best-sell­ing au­thor of A Thou­sand Days in Venice and The Lady in the Palazzo has shifted her fo­cus to a sim­ple stone cot­tage in a re­mote prov­ince of Tus­cany, where she is tak­ing time out to write a book. Tem­pes­tu­ous el­derly ma­tri­arch An­to­nia, sus­pi­cious of tourists and out­siders, doesn’t want her there and this is the story of the un­fold­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two, which delves into the se­crets of the el­derly woman’s past. De Blasi notes in the fore­word that it is a true story, but with names and ex­act lo­ca­tions changed to pro­tect the fam­ily’s privacy. How to Get to the North Pole . . . and Other Iconic Ad­ven­tures Tim Moss (Foot­print Books, $28.95) MOSS has or­gan­ised ex­pe­di­tions from Siberia and Bo­livia to the Omani desert. In 2008 he de­cided to go to the North Pole and be­gan piec­ing to­gether the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion and skills but was struck by the con­flict­ing facts and opin­ions. This guide to con­quer­ing some of the world’s great­est chal­lenges helps ‘‘de­mys­tify what can be a con­fus­ing world’’ with tips on ev­ery­thing from how to choose the right tent and adapt to a cold en­vi­ron­ment to how to row across an ocean. One for arm­chair ad­ven­tur­ers, or those con­sid­er­ing the ul­ti­mate ac­tive hol­i­day.

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