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James McConnachie was born and brought up in south London, and was a scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied English. Touring the Loire in the back seat of a Citroen DS, as a child, inspired an early love of travel, but his first trips for Rough Guides were to Spain and Italy - and he remains passionate about both countries. Then, in 2002, James joined Dave Reed as co-author of the Rough Guide to Nepal. As a student, he had spent nine months teaching in a village in the Everest foothills, but travelling all over the country, in the middle of a Maoist insurrection, really put his knowledge of Nepali culture and language to the test - and never more urgently than when persuading a local Maoist that he was not in fact a CIA spy. After Nepal, James returned to his Francophile roots. He was commissioned to rewrite the Rough Guide to Paris, alongside Ruth Blackmore, and then headed back to the Loire valley to write his own, new guidebook: the Rough Guide to the Loire. Meanwhile, travel-related TV and radio appearances, including stints on the sofa with Richard and Judy and guesting on Radio 4's Excess Baggage, led to presenting work on Italy Inside Out, a five-part BBC series on Italian language and culture, and Kirsty Wark's Tales from Paris. James has also taken photographs for Rough Guides in Rome, Florence, Venice and Hawaii.In recent years, James has turned to history. With Robin Tudge, he co-authored the bestelling Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories, which exposes the truth behind over a hundred conspiracy canards, and explores whether there is a conspiracist version of history. Bevis Hillier, in the Spectator, called it "unusually intelligent and laced with black humour". In The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra (Atlantic), James traced the secretive story of the world's most notorious sex book, focusing on its discovery and pirate publication by the nineteenth-century explorer Richard Burton and his scandal-mongering coterie. William Dalrymple, writing in The Times, called it "elegant and stylish", The Washington Post found it a "first-rate work of intellectual history", and it won him a shortlisting for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2008. Scandalized by the shrill and shallow quality of most modern sex manuals, James then decided to write his own: a book that wouldn't only discuss "how to do it", but would bring in history, ethics, politics, science and culture as well. The Observer called his subsequent Rough Guide to Sex "a comprehensive, fearless book, part socio-history and part manual". The writer and feminist Jenny Diski found it "funny and thoughtful"; the book's "clarity and straightforwardness", she reckoned, "would make anyone who has been young and befuddled (or old and befuddled) weep with gratitude." James now lives in Winchester, Hampshire, with his young family, but makes regular trips to France and Nepal to keep his guidebooks up to date. He is passionate about singing, books, languages, walking and wildlife. He is represented by David Godwin (www.davidgodwinassociates.co.uk) and welcomes comments via his blog (www.mcconnachie.net).
The Rough Guide to Devon & Cornwall (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Devon & Cornwall (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Vietnam (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Vietnam (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Guatemala (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Guatemala (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Switzerland (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Switzerland (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Southwest USA (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Southwest USA (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Jamaica (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Jamaica (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Spain (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Spain (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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Rough Guides Make the Most of Your Time on Earth By Rough Guides
Rough Guides Make the Most of Your Time on Earthby Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Belgium and Luxembourg (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Belgium and Luxembourg (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Cancun and the Yucatan By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Cancun and the Yucatanby Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Sardinia (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Sardinia (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Laos (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Laos (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Psychology By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Psychologyby Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Panama (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Panama (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Sweden (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Sweden (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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Pocket Rough Guide Porto (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
Pocket Rough Guide Porto (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Belize (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Belize (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Poland (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Poland (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Brazil (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Brazil (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to The Dordogne & The Lot (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to The Dordogne & The Lot (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to the Lake District (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Germany (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Germany (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Paris (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Paris (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Portugal (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Portugal (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Fiji (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Fiji (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Provence & Cote d'Azur (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Provence & Cote d'Azur (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to the Greek Islands (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Romania (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Romania (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Sicily (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Sicily (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Kenya (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Kenya (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Morocco (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Mexico (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Mexico (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Taiwan (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Taiwan (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Tanzania By Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Languedoc & Roussillon (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Languedoc & Roussillon (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Iceland (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Iceland (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong & Macau (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong & Macau (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Cape Town, The Winelands and The Garden Route By Rough Guides
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The Rough Guide to Cuba (Travel Guide) By Rough Guides
The Rough Guide to Cuba (Travel Guide)by Rough Guides
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