9 An ad­ven­ture is what you make it

This month’s book­shelf yearns for the open tun­dra

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The spirit of ad­ven­ture clings to this month’s book­shelf, like morn­ing mist over a Bri­tish river. First into the water is Matt Gaw, who pad­dles his home­made ca­noe through the UK’S wa­ter­ways to get an in­ti­mate view of a wild is­land. The Pull of the River (El­liott & Thomp­son, £15) draws in the peo­ple, wildlife and lit­er­a­ture that colour those chan­nels and turns them into fresh in­spi­ra­tion to do a lit­tle me­an­der­ing your­self.

Will Buck­ing­ham en­gages with a very dif­fer­ent cul­ture at the end of his boat trip: the vil­lages of In­done­sia’s Tan­im­bar Is­lands. Steal­ing with the Eyes (Haus Pub­lish­ing, £15) sees the for­mer an­thro­pol­o­gist re­count his lifepiv­ot­ing en­coun­ters with a su­per­sti­tious, sto­ry­telling peo­ple on the verge of big change.

Find­ing gen­uinely off-the-beaten-track places is tricky in this day and age. Be­yond the Map (Au­rum Press, £10; pa­per­back) takes Alas­tair Bon­nett even fur­ther off the charts, dis­cov­er­ing lost places, am­bi­tious ideas and geo­graphic anom­alies – some of which are def­i­nitely vis­itable if you fancy adding some­thing a lit­tle un­usual to your itin­er­ary.

And talk­ing of un­usual: Norths (Co­nun­drum Press, $20/£15) is a col­lec­tion of 180 post­cards, each drawn and writ­ten by Cana­dian artist Ali­son Mc­creesh to mark ev­ery day of her jour­ney – with young fam­ily in tow – above the 60th par­al­lel. Tak­ing in Rus­sia, Canada, Ice­land and Green­land among other places, it’s a de­light­fully de­tailed in­sight into trav­el­ling and liv­ing at the top of the world.

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