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The extraordinary women whose writings are included in this remarkable collection are all observers of the world in which they wander.

The Virago Book of Women Travellers

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Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure, by Amanda Adams. The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Canvas tents were their domains, hot Middle Eastern deserts their gardens of inquiry and labor.

Ladies of the Field

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20 Books to Read in Your Twenties - The Night Circus

Travels in Abyssinia and Nubia1768-1773 to Discover the Source of the Nile by James Bruce [of Kinnaird] London Adam & Charles Black 1873 second edition

Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh. The story of the more than 150 engineers, artists, doctors, and scientists who accompanied the 28-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte on his expedition into the Nile Valley in 1798. They invented Egyptology and, indeed, archeology, and produced a huged Encyclopedia of Egypt when they got back to France. This opened up many fields of knowledge and started a craze for all things Egyptian in Europe.

Travels into Bokhara - Alexander Burnes

Peter Hopkirk's brilliant book on the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The term "The Great Game" is usually attributed to Arthur Conolly (1807–1842), an intelligence officer of the British East India Company's Sixth Bengal Light Cavalry. It was introduced into mainstream consciousness by British novelist Rudyard Kipling in his novel Kim (1901). Wikipedia.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

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