A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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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