Home And Away

DAVID SAMUEL ROBBINS / CORBIS

St. Augustine famously declared that "the world is a book"; Haus Publishing obviously agreed. So last month the London-based publisher launched The Armchair Traveller, a series of insightful travelogues documenting personal journeys all over the globe. Each volume, printed on thick, creamy paper, features a foldout map. Otherwise, there's no fixed format for The Armchair Traveller.

The first four titles are as different in tone and approach as the smooth, expansive river that dominates Along the Ganges is from the wild Celtic waters in the sailing odyssey Cape Wrath to Finisterre. New works arriving in 2006 serve up...

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