A LITTLE FLIGHT READING
Liz Ginis/Viola Design Explore Australia, $29.95 PRESENTED like a Moleskine notebook, with a soft cover and elastic strap, this chunky compendium of 122 trails for experienced bushwalkers or Sunday strollers in and around seven capital cities is a follow-up to a pair of ‘‘walking card decks’’ covering Melbourne and Sydney. Writer Liz Ginis and Anna Carlile of Viola Design have collaborated on the easy-toaccess and well-ordered volume, which features detailed maps and basic info on all the featured walks. Ten per cent of sales goes to Bush Heritage Australia and there’s good green synergy, too, in the use of 100 per cent recycled paper printed with soya-based inks. Carla Coulson and Lisa Clifford Lantern, $49.99 THIS is a good-looking book, with all the production values we’ve come to expect from the Lantern imprint and the matte paper works more stylishly than the expected glossy stock, particularly for black-and-white images. Carla Coulson’s photography is evocative, zooming in on life in Naples, from fashion to culture. But this is more than a pretty-faced album; Lisa Clifford’s interviews with Neapolitans of myriad backgrounds give extra dimension to the city. Says shop assistant Fabio Russo: ‘‘We [Neapolitan men] must present well; it’s important to us.’’ He must be pleased to feature in such a well-presented book. Jack Mercer Transit Lounge, $29.99 MELBOURNE-BASED Transit Lounge continues to publish small-run travel narratives and to champion little-known Australian writers. In this case, Jack Mercer’s adventures wouldn’t have been shared if not resurrected by his grandson Brett Pierce, who shares his granddad’s wanderlust. Mercer died in 1976 but the book’s broad sweep takes us on his much earlier travels to South and North America, including in the section unambiguously titled Destitute in the USA, riding freight trains as a tramp ‘‘with pangs of hunger gnawing at my vitals’’.
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