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In this issue, we cover a BBC blockbuster, two nominees for the Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year, and a story of race in freeride skiing.

This is a feature from Issue 20 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

The Britannia's: An Archipelago's Tale
Alice Albinia

Also nominated for the Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2024, The Britannias tells the story of Britain’s islands and how they were woven into its collective cultural psyche. Albinia explores the furthest reaches of Britain’s island topography, from Neolithic Orkney in the north to modern-day Thanet in the south, and traces the ancient British mythology of islands ruled by women. Her literature sources include everything from Roman colonial-era reports to early Welsh poetry and Renaissance drama.

The Tourist

The Tourist returns for a second season, this time swapping Adelaide and the Outback of Australia for the city streets of Dublin, Ireland, and as the UK’s most-watched drama of 2022, anticipation is high. Jamie Dornan (pictured) and Danielle MacDonald return, and the story continues a year on from when the first season ended. Expect a gripping plot line and great views of not just Dublin, but Bray and Djouce Woods in County Wicklow too. Will ‘The Man’ ever recover from his amnesia?

The North Face Presents: Descendance

This is the story of Dennis Ranalter, one of the world’s most respected freeride skiers, known for his playful style and technical ability. Yet his self-assurance on the steep slopes of Austria is in contrast with his identity struggles and at the heart of this film is the question of race and what it means to be black in a sport that remains predominantly white. It’s a journey that takes him from his home valley in Austria to Accra, the capital of Ghana.

Stranger in your own city: travels in the middle east's long war
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Shortlisted for the 2024 Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year, this work of great beauty and tragedy was published on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and places the experience of ordinary civilians at its heart. From the American invasion to the Arab Spring, ISIS and beyond, Ghaith manages to de-centre the West’s position in the situation and instead focus on the human cost, the shifting allegiances and the generational changes.