Glasgow Boys Masterpieces of Art
From the 1880s to around 1914, a group of young painters based in Glasgow challenged the traditional art of the Scottish Academy, favouring instead the naturalistic ideas of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and en plein-air painting. The realism and freedom of their portraits, informal scenes and landscapes was to revolutionize Scottish art. This book introduces the Glasgow Boys – among them James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and David Gauld – and presents over 85 reproductions of their work.
The Curious Map Book
The creation of maps is often a serious business in which accuracy takes precedence over the imagination. This delightful book offers 100 unusual maps, from the British Library collection, in which the equation is reversed and fantasy comes to the fore. Here are nations portrayed as humans or animals: the British bulldog, the ‘Lion of the Low Countries’, the Russian bear. Many satirize the politics of their time; some depict fictional countries; while others are board games or jigsaw puzzles.
The English Village
History and Traditions
The former Northern Editor of the Guardian, Martin Wainwright has collected, 'like a magpie', facts about place names, festivals, ancient customs and recent history to offer a succinct but richly informative survey of the English village in its many aspects. In chapters on themes including the 'Big House', the church and the pub, village 'frolics', farming and dwellings, Wainwright reflects on the character of villages past and present and ends by looking to the future challenges and comforts of village life.
The Life of Georgy Zhukov
It is arguable that Georgy Zhukov was the greatest of the Allied generals of the Second World War, surpassing Eisenhower, Montgomery or Patton in military effectiveness. Unlike his rival Red Army generals he was prepared to stand up to Stalin when necessary and although charming in his private life, was a brutal and decisive commander. This is the first major biography of the Soviet hero, drawing on newly available sources in the Russian archives and previously unpublished excerpts from Zhukov's own memoirs. Slightly off-mint.
The Windsors, The Nazis and the Cover-Up
Edward Windsor, the former king, and Wallis Simpson were already an embarrassment to the establishment, and their connections to leading Nazis during the 1930s were too damaging to the crown to be allowed to surface after the war. This investigative report reveals their links to Nazi sympathizers and examines Hitler's plan to install Edward as a puppet king. The title refers to flowers apparently sent by German diplomat von Ribbentrop to Simpson commemorating their love affair.
London can boast a magnificent array of public clocks, though the capital’s time-poor inhabitants often rush past them without a second glance. This captivating book illustrates more than 100 examples, from Big Ben itself to ‘Big Benzine’, the Art Deco clock that tops Shell Mex House; and from Fortnum & Mason’s neo-Georgian fantasy to the splendid clock on the 1882 Royal Courts of Justice.
Jackie Morris Notecards in a Wallet
The two artworks featured on these notecards - a hare and an owl - are by Jackie Morris, the author and illustrator of much-loved story books about animals, among them The Snow Leopard and The Song of the Golden Hare. The 10 notecards, five of each design, are presented in a card wallet, with envelopes.
Crown of Blood
The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
In 1553, 17-year-old Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England to prevent the accession of Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter Mary. Thirteen days later she was imprisoned in the Tower, and in February 1554 she was beheaded. This absorbing narrative history draws on previously overlooked sources to create a vivid and engaging portrait of an intelligent, charismatic and deeply religious girl caught up in the power politics of her age, whose courage shone through her final, harrowing ordeal.
The Spencer Family
In this engaging family history, Charles Spencer draws on his unique access to family papers to trace the history of the Spencers from their origins as medieval sheep farmers to the marriage of Diana to Prince Charles. Along the way we encounter the enchanting Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and George Spencer, who rejected a life of privilege for the poverty and chastity of a monk.
Malcolm Root's Transport Paintings
Best known for his atmospheric railway scenes, Malcolm Root has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to period and engineering detail in his nostalgic paintings. This collection of his work encompasses all forms of British transport in realistic historic settings from an Edwardian tram and an Empire flying boat in the 1930s to a Dodge fire engine going out on call in the 1950s and a Massey Ferguson tractor working the fields in the 1960s.
The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
By Winston Churchill’s own admission, his role in the Second World War would have been impossible but for ‘Clemmie’. This biography tells Clementine’s often ignored story, from her birth into an aristocratic yet loveless family to her meeting with Winston in 1908; then traces the couple’s personal and political upheavals during the First World War, through their ‘wilderness years’ in the 1930s, to Clementine’s crucial support of her husband in the struggle against Hitler and the difficult years after the war.
Puff, the Magic Dragon
In the magical land of Honalee lives Puff, a gentle dragon who becomes the devoted playmate of young Jackie. Together they sail the seas and meet princes and pirates. This storybook version of the popular song was written by Peter (of Peter, Paul and Mary), with Lenny Lipton, and paintings by Eric Puybaret. Age 3+
The 5:2 Diet Book
Feast for 5 Days a Week and Fast for Just 2 to Lose Weight, Boost Your Brain and Transform Your Health
Fasting for two days a week and eating normally for five encourages weight loss and may cut the risk of conditions such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. This book explains the concept and research behind the 5:2 diet, discusses how to get started and provides ideas for meals and snacks. The author’s diary entries also offer a revealing insight into life on the diet.
The Double Comfort Safari Club
and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
This Alexander McCall Smith double bill introduces two of his hugely popular series. In The Double Comfort Safari Club, we rejoin Precious Ramotswe in Botswana and another case for The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate is the second book in The Sunday Philosophy Club series and the second risky investigation for the Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. The two books are shrink-wrapped together.
A Selection of His Poems Chosen and Illustrated by Tom Pohrt
This selection of the rural poetry of John Clare (1793–1864) was chosen by the artist Tom Pohrt, for whom the poems evoked the countryside of northern Michigan. Sharpened by the encroachments of the Enclosure Act and the Industrial Revolution, Clare’s appreciation of the natural world, from oak trees to insects, is perfectly matched by Pohrt’s watercolour illustrations. Introduction by Robert Hass.
Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation
Speeches and Scenes Performed as Shakespeare would have heard them
How did Shakespeare’s poetry and plays sound to the audiences of his day? In this recording, a company of actors recite five sonnets and perform excerpts from 19 plays, including less-familiar scenes along with famous speeches such as Henry V’s ‘Once more unto the breach’ and Macbeth’s ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me?’ Using the pronunciation of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, the performances reveal new rhymes, new puns and jokes and new meanings. 1 CD 75mins
The Whitehall Mandarin
In Wilson’s critically acclaimed Cold War thriller, MI6 agent William Catesby is given the job of finding – then burying – a secret from the past of Lady Somers, who is the new head of the Ministry of Defence; but the search takes a dangerous turn, even confronting him with the enigma of China’s emergence as a superpower.
A History of Horror
Jacques Delarue was a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War and as a policeman from 1945 was able to interview many of the Gestapo leaders that operated in France when they were brought to trial. His analysis of the organization, originally published in 1962, explores how it was formed and run, examines the motivation of the men responsible for unspeakable brutalities and reveals how dissent began to emerge as the regime collapsed.
The railways in Dorset evolved around four main routes, two running east–west and two running north–south. Including some images dating to the early 20th century, this collection of archive photographs explores the county's lines during the steam era, including the small branch lines and other interesting aspects of the region's railways, such as the Weymouth Quay Tramway where trains ran on public roads through the town.
London Through a Lens
One of the earliest photographs in this book – Fox Talbot's 1843 image of Trafalgar Square – is contrasted with a similar view captured in 1900 with a horse-drawn omnibus passing Nelson's Column. Selected from the Getty collection, which includes the Picture Post archive, the images reveal aspects of London throughout the photographic era from coronations and protest marches to suffragettes and teddy boys.
A Very British Ending
Often compared to Le Carré, Edward Wilson’s series of intelligent, skilfully plotted Cold War thrillers follows the career of MI6 officer William Catesby. In this book, his task is to outwit agents on both sides of the Atlantic as they plot to remove the British PM – Harold Wilson – from power.
I Before E (except after C)
Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff
Judy Parkinson takes a nostalgic look back at the many quirky ways people were taught to remember things in days of old. Her book is a collection of mnemonics, rhymes, acronyms and curious phrases such as 'there's a little RED PORT LEFT in the bottle' - learning devices for subjects ranging from basic language and spelling (A was an apple pie, B bit it, C cut it, etc) to the periodic table sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General'.
The Bible for Grown-Ups
A New Look at the Good Book
Why do the creation stories in Genesis contradict each other? Did the Exodus really happen? In a discussion which ‘neither requires, nor rejects, belief’, Loveday brings a literary critic’s eye to the Biblical authors. Presenting insights from modern scholarship, he shows how to read their texts ‘with our brains in gear’, by viewing the Bible as a structure of the imagination rather than through modern concepts of ‘history’ and ‘truth’.
Abducting a General
The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete
One of the most celebrated travel writers of the 20th century, Patrick Leigh Fermor maintained a lifelong silence about his most famous exploit. In 1944, he and his fellow SOE officer Billy Moss, aided by local partisans, kidnapped the German commander of Crete, General Heinrich Kreipe, and spirited him away to captivity in Egypt. This gripping first-hand account, published after his death, includes Fermor's own intelligence reports, sent from caves deep within the island.
Love and War in the WRNS
Sheila Mills was a clever Norfolk girl who joined the WRNS in 1940 to escape secretarial work and her social climbing mother. After her death, her daughter, Vicky Unwin, found hundreds of letters, scrapbooks and mementoes that chart wartime adventures from a posting in Egypt through the invasion of Sicily to working amid the ruins of a defeated Germany. Pieced together from this memorabilia, Sheila’s story is a rare and fascinating record of the Second World War from a young woman's perspective.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
Dictionary of Classical Mythology
This expanded edition of an acclaimed reference work has substantial entries for the greatest gods and heroes, from Achilles to Zeus, together with information on a host of minor figures, such as nymphs, seers and river-gods. References are given to the passages of Greek and Roman literature where their stories appear, as well as examples of the ancient myths’ influence on modern works. The book also features more than 170 illustrations, largely redrawn from Greek vases.
Overcoming High Blood Pressure
The Complete Complementary Health Program
High blood pressure often goes undetected, and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This book outlines simple steps, such as taking regular exercise and relaxation through meditation, to overcome symptoms and treat the condition naturally and safely.
A Short History of Disease
Over the centuries, disease has claimed more lives than natural disasters and warfare combined. Largely a social history, this book starts in prehistoric times, and moves from the Black Death of the 14th century to more modern conditions such as Ebola and MRSA. Incorporating individual case studies, the text also explores the human struggle to drive all disease to extinction.
Am I Missing Something...?
Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph
A letters page may seem antiquated in an era of texting and tweeting, yet the Telegraph's letter writers - often bemused, sometimes furious, always erudite - are a breed apart. Here are their wise, waggish and unpublished opinions on everything from gay marriage ('Sir - Gays should be able to marry so they can suffer like the rest of us') to royal babies ('Sir - Maybe the hospital could release pink or blue smoke when the baby is born').
'You're nearly old enough to be dead, aren't you, Grandma? If teachers keep asking you questions, does that mean they don't know much? ‘Children’, writes Gervase Phinn, ‘are such a source of amusement and wonder’: Little Treasures and Little Angels are collections of their disarming observations and impossible-to-answer questions.
'You're nearly old enough to be dead, aren't you, Grandma?' ' If teachers keep asking you questions, does that mean they don't know much?' Compiled by former school inspector Gervase Phinn, these best-selling collections of children's disarming observations and impossible-to-answer questions prove Phinn's point that 'on the whole', children are an amazing source of amusement and wonder.
None Dare Oppose
The Laird, The Beast and the People of Lewis
In 1844, James Matheson, having made his fortune selling opium in China, bought the Isle of Lewis, but left it in the charge of his 'chamberlain', an unscrupulous lawyer named Donald Munro. This book reveals how Munro seized every office of civic, legal and industrial power in the community, which he ruled with monstrous brutality – and how the islanders rose up and brought about his downfall.
Scottish Nursery Rhymes
For this classic collection, first published in 1985, the distinguished poets and folklorists Norah and William Montgomerie gathered over 200 traditional nursery rhymes from all over Scotland. Arranged in sections including Birds and Beasties, Bairns’ Play and Sangs and Ferlies (wonders), there are games, counting rhymes, riddles, songs and lullabies as well as familiar rhymes such as ‘Bobbie Shafto’ and ‘Dance tae yer Daddy’.
Traditional Houses of Somerset
A richly illustrated survey of local building traditions in Somerset (including South Avon) from the late 13th to the early 18th centuries, this volume begins with a general overview of landscape and buildings in the county. It then looks in turn at rural farmhouses, cottages and village houses, high-status houses, town houses and farm buildings, describing local materials and styles, plans, roof structures and decorative features, with examples shown in drawings and photographs.
Unbelievable Moments from the Past
From the ancient Egyptian workers who took strike action at Deir el-Medina in 1152 BCE, and the fearsome female warriors of medieval Japan, to the origin of croissants in Vienna (not France) in 1683 and the world’s first cyber-attack... Jem Duducu races through millennia of world history, picking out the almost forgotten, but wonderfully strange stories that you’ll never learn about in school.
The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Bernard Cornwell is renowned for his historical fiction, particularly the Sharpe series set in the Napoleonic Wars. In this book he combines those storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history of the days leading up to Waterloo and the battle itself. Cornwell's aim is to give an impression of what it was like to be on the field on 18 June 1815, and he agrees with Wellington's judgment: Waterloo - no matter how many accounts you read - 'is a cliffhanger'.
The Lithographs of John Cooke Bourne
Once described as ‘the Piranesi of the age of steam’, John Cooke Bourne (1814–1896) recorded the building of the railways and great feats of engineering such as deep cuttings, tunnels and viaducts in two books of lithographs: Drawings of the London & Brighton Railway (1839) and The History and Description of the Great Western Railway (1846). Along with essays on Bourne, this book reproduces more than 60 topographical prints, with commentaries, providing a view of England in an era of transformation.
All Behind You, Winston
Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45
Beginning with the dramatic events of 10 May 1940 and the beginning of the coalition government with Winston Churchill as Prime Minister, Roger Hermiston provides a meticulously researched account of the men and women of Churchill’s war ministry, among them Clement Attlee, Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, Anthony Eden, Lord Beaverbrook and Ellen Wilkinson: ‘the government that would win the war’.