Through dark forests, fighting against the rain, wind and snow, over mountains and wild oceans: Michael Morpurgo narrates an exciting, unforgettable journey. The traveller is a robin, flying from Scandinavia to meet his mate in a wintry English garden. Morpurgo’s lyrical tale is illustrated with atmospheric paintings by Kerry Hyndman. Age 4+
A History of the Southern Railway
The Southern Railway was formed in 1923, an amalgamation of three companies. This meticulously detailed study by the veteran railway historian Colin Maggs traces the history of the three main companies and smaller railways, such as the Isle of Wight Railways and the London, Chatham & Dover Railway. It also describes and illustrates, with around 100 period photographs, the locomotives and rolling stock, and covers topics such as major accidents and the railways’ cross-Channel shipping enterprises.
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.
Dashing for the Post
The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011)was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly entertaining letter writer. This judiciously edited selection of his correspondence spans almost 70 years, and includes letters to Nancy Mitford, Diana Cooper, Lawrence Durrell and his lifelong companion Joan Rayner. They sparkle with his humour, zest for life, unending curiosity, lyrical descriptive powers – and his tendency to get into scrapes.
Stella Rimington’s compelling thriller tells the story of MI5 officer Liz Carlyle who is posted to Northern Ireland, where she uncovers a plot against the resident security forces. As the intrigue unravels, Carlyle finds that all the obvious suspects, as well as her partner, are vanishing.
Power of Herbs
Origins, Traditions, Facts & Flavours
Attempting to explain the effectiveness of herbal remedies used for generations, the medieval 'doctrine of signatures' proposed a connection between a plant’s resemblance to a part of the body and its effectiveness in treating ailments of that area. This guide explores the history and traditions of the use of herbs, for culinary as well as medicinal purposes, providing an illustrated profile of 65 key herbs and information about their various uses and associated folklore.
Misadventures in the English Language
Are your commas, colons and semicolons in good working order? Would you know a marker of empathy (aka a pragmatic participle) if you encountered one? Caroline Taggart has the answers to these and many other confusing aspects of modern grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. Enlivened with anecdote and examples, she gives lucid explanations of the basic rules of grammar - and shows how they really do help us to communicate. A marker of empathy? Lol.
Trouble on the Thames
Newly colour-blind, Owen Bradwell believes his naval career is over. But as Hitler's Germany threatens, he is assigned a special mission: to spy on a spy over a fishing weekend. First published in 1945, this vintage, twist-filled thriller was written by a prolific and unjustly forgotten author.
New discoveries are constantly revealing more about dinosaurs and the subject continues to fascinate children. This introduction for young readers is crammed with illustrations in the trademark Dorling Kindersley style, and includes colourful spreads on the different periods and different species as well as describing the prehistoric Earth and explaining how experts learn from fossils. Age 5-11
Exploring Britain's Lost Railways
Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the infamous 'Beeching Report' in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, some of the old trackbeds have been converted to footpaths and cycleways - hidden byways through beautiful, tranquil countryside. Richly illustrated with maps and photographs, old and new, this book explores 50 of these routes, outlining their history and describing what they have to offer today's walkers, cyclists and railway enthusiasts.
The Age of Steam
Lines serving the coalfields were an important part of the development of Nottinghamshire’s railways and in the 1850s competing operators battled over access to this industrial traffic as well as the passenger routes. This concise history explores Nottingham's railways from their beginnings to the Beeching cuts and the decline of steam, and investigates remnants of the steam age in the region today.
Secrets, Spies and Sources
The release of thousands of intelligence files to the National Archives means that we are no longer dependent on sensationalist journalism or the memoirs of ex-operatives for our understanding of the role of secret intelligence. Drawing on recently accessible material, this book illuminates the shady world of espionage, how it has served Britain since the early 1900s, and how ‘in its long and distinguished history, British intelligence has spied on almost every country in the world’.
A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
For centuries, vast swaths of Europe were ruled by the Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of autocrats, obsessives, wizards and melancholics, they saw off many rivals before they were finally toppled in 1918. This entertaining, richly anecdotal history leads the reader through their Central European heartlands from Vienna to Transylvania, Prague to Sarajevo. Negotiating a labyrinth of intrigue, war, alchemy and religion, it charts the fortunes of this eccentric dynasty and the many peoples of its ramshackle empire. Previously available from Postscript as a paperback.
Had the first-born son of Henry VII lived into adulthood, the crown would not have passed to his younger brother: Arthur Tudor, rather than Henry VIII, would have ruled and England’s subsequent history would have been quite different. This study of Arthur (1486-1502) describes the life of a prince royally matched to Catherine of Aragon, groomed and destined for the throne; and it shows how, when Arthur died, Henry inherited his brother’s wife, but not his careful preparation for kingship.
Railway Day Trips
150 Classic Train Journeys from Around Britain
In another of his richly illustrated guides to seeing the world by train, Julian Holland presents a guide to 150 train journeys around Britain, each one suitable for a day trip. Every entry provides a location map, route diagram and essential information for travellers as well as Holland’s enthusiastic accounts of the railway journeys, many of them on preserved steam lines, and the destinations - places of interests ranging from pubs to palaces.
The Origin of Species
A landmark of scientific investigation and discovery by the pioneer of evolutionary biology, Origin of Species (1859) presents Darwin’s revolutionary theory that the process of natural selection ensures the survival of those species most efficiently adapted to their environment. This reprint of the 1859 edition is published, complete and unabridged, in the Collector's Library series. Bound in linen, with gilt-edged pages, a silk marker and dust jacket.
Everyday Life on a Roman Frontier
Beginning with a survey of the period 55 BCE to 122 CE and the decades of Roman government in Britain before the wall was begun, Patricia Southern, a renowned authority on ancient Roman history, gives a closely detailed account of Hadrian himself, how his wall was built and manned by Roman soldiers, what life was like on this northernmost outpost of the Empire, the building of the Antonine Wall, and what happened to Hadrian’s Wall when the Romans left.
A dual collection of erotic literature, Agent Provocateur can be read from both ends: the Pink Side with erotic short stories, articles and poems; or the Dark Side, also made up of stories and poems, but with a wilder, sadomasochistic streak. The book is illustrated with drawings by David Bray. Bound in black and pink embossed covers, with a black silk marker. Sexually explicit.
The Liz Carlyle novels draw on Rimington's own experience as a former head of MI5 and are much-acclaimed for their authenticity and pace. Here, Ms Carlyle's Counter Terrorism unit in MI5 is charged with watching the international arms trade after an agent is attacked in a Middle Eastern souk.
Grantchester: Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
A popular ITV adaptation has brought vicar and part-time detective Sidney Chambers to our TV screens. He investigates six cases in this anthology of short stories including the apparent suicide of a solicitor, a jewellery theft on New Year's Eve and a shocking art forgery.
The Rings Of Saturn
In the aftermath of a personal crisis Sebald, the celebrated German author, sets out on foot through the eerie, liminal landscape of coastal East Anglia. Deftly skirting the porous border between memoir, travelogue and fiction, the result is a haunting meditation on people and cultures past and present, on writers from Thomas Browne to Joseph Conrad, on fishing fleets, silkworms, a town that vanished beneath the sea, and the transience of human existence.
Sherlock Holmes Everlasting Diary
With apposite quotations from the Holmes stories or information about Arthur Conan Doyle on every page, along with Sidney Paget’s original illustrations from The Strand magazine, this perpetual diary would be excellent for recording birthdays and anniversaries - Ma and Pa’s wedding forever remembered on the day of Ryder’s desperate plea in The Blue Carbuncle. The diary is bound in red linen with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
A Book of Voyages
Ed. Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic naval stories are among the most widely read and best-loved works of historical fiction. But what sources nurtured his vivid imagination? Edited and introduced by the writer, this anthology of historic travelogues transports the reader to a vanished world where travel was a perilous adventure, among them Edward Pellham’s voyage to Greenland, Lady Craven’s visit to the court of the Crimean Tartar Khan, and John Bell’s account of a day’s hunting with the Emperor of China.
A Story of Crime by
The most famous novel by Hugh Conway, Called Back was first published in 1883 and later summarized by one critic as ‘a sensational novel of murder, amnesia, Siberian exile, political assassination and detection’. Set in the 1860s, the story begins as a blind man stumbles upon a terrible murder, and hears everything. Reprinted in a The Detective Story Club edition.
Old England Scotland & Wales
Drawn from the Francis Frith Collection photographic archive, this volume of over 400 photographs from the period 1865 to 1928 shows urban and rural Britain, people at work and play and tourist attractions such as Stonehenge and Bodiam Castle. The book includes chapters on childhood in Victorian and Edwardian times, the new world of leisure opening up during that period, and the shops and markets in the ‘empire of trade’. Text in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
The Liberation of the Camps
The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath
In the popular imagination, the Allies’ arrival at the Nazi concentration camps was a liberation; for the survivors, it was just the beginning of a slow, painful journey back to some semblance of normality. This unprecedented enquiry into the days, months and years that followed draws on archive material and moving personal testimonies to examine the experiences of former inmates, often consigned to the limbo of Displaced Persons’ Camps, and the challenges faced by the British, American and Russian authorities.
In Paris in August 1918, Captain Alan Clinton spent the night with a young Frenchwoman and disclosed British military secrets: 17 years later his indiscretion has disastrous consequences. First published in 1936, Horler's spy novel is now part of the British Library's Classic Thrillers series.
English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
Was it a betrayal of the modern movement to be in love, as John Piper was, with old churches? Harris finds the engagement of artists and writers with the English countryside during the interwar years ‘an expression of responsibility - towards places, people and histories too valuable and too vulnerable to go missing from art’. Among the now much-admired figures discussed are Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Gertrude Hermes, John Betjeman and Daphne de Maurier, and the book features carefully chosen quotations and reproductions of their works.
A Memoir of Growing Up
In this magical memoir, Antonia Fraser recalls her idiosyncratic upbringing with inimitable humour and style. Packed with incident and anecdote, it vividly evokes her childhood in Oxford where her father, the future Lord Longford, was a don, her education at a convent school, wartime evacuation to a romantic Elizabethan manor house, and her 'deeply, gloriously, heroically eccentric' great-uncle, Lord Dunsany. Above all, it charts her growing fascination with the subject to which she would devote her adult life: history. American cut pages.
The psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn is working to unlock the memories of a traumatized four-year-old; her former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the suspicious death of an officer in Afghanistan; but when a dead body washes up on a Sussex beach, their cases mysteriously converge.
Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal
The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally
Beginning with an overview of nutrition and food safety, this directory explains the links between nutrition and health and includes features on topics such as dietary supplements, travel and food, and glycemic index. Part 2 comprises an A-Z of more than 170 foods - from acorn squash to zucchini - with details of their nutritional benefits and risks; and Part 3 lists over 100 health problems, with advice on which foods to eat to help the condition and which to avoid.
George Cole: My Autobiography
The World Was My Lobster
George Cole was adopted as a baby by a South London couple, and then again at 15 when the comic actor Alastair Sim took him in as an evacuee. This autobiography reflects on Cole's childhood and relationships as well as the long career during which he worked with many legends of the stage and screen and created such memorable characters as Flash Harry in the St Trinian's films and Arthur Daley in Minder.
1386 and the Road to Canterbury
Chaucer was not always the revered creator of The Canterbury Tales. As this meticulously researched history explains, until 1386 he was an obscure civil servant writing elegant verses for an aristocratic coterie in London. That year, a storm of personal, political and financial crises drove him into exile in Kent, where he embarked on a new kind of poetry: a verse narrative that gave voice to ordinary people and ensured his recognition as one of England’s greatest poets.
100 Ways to Understand Your Dog
Roger Tabor begins his book with chapters on the origins of the dog as a pack hunter and its ancient and complex relationship with man, emphasizing the importance of the dogs’ ancestry for an understanding of its modern character and behaviours. He goes on discuss the different types of breed - from hounds to toy dogs, and presents a comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to training a dog and dealing with behavioural problems.
Thomas the Tank Engine Manual
1945 Onwards (All Aboard): Owners' Workshop Manual
For Thomas the Tank Engine fans who are curious about the nuts and bolts of the little blue locomotive, the Manual is full of information about how steam engines work. It has big, cutaway drawings of Thomas and friends and simple explanations of things such as fireboxes and tenders; and there are illustrated guides to other parts of the railway, such as tracks and cranes; a diesel engine (Mavis); a map of Sodor's railways; and Thomas's really useful words. Age 3-8
On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
Long resident in Italy, Tim Parks decided to travel the length of the country by rail to discover what his adopted home and its people were really like. The result is an epic journey on which he meets conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, lovers and scholars, gypsies and immigrants, in a series of vivid, insightful and often humorous encounters that capture the essence of the country in all its beauty, absurdity, frustration and joy.
Reproduced from Fifty English Steeples by Julian Flannery, 16 pristine, meticulously accurate line drawings celebrate some of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England. Each of the high-quality, matt, pale-cream cards (white inside) has a different tower or spire. They are presented in a pale-cream-and-purple box, with white envelopes.
501 German Verbs
One of Barron’s bestselling foreign language guides, this book contains the 501 most common German verbs, alphabetically arranged, with one verb per page, apart from more detailed coverage for the ‘Essential 55' verbs such as sein (to be), haben (to have) and kennen(to know). Each verb is fully conjugated in all the tenses in an easy-to-learn format, with examples of its usage. Plus verb tests, indexes and a CD-ROM of exercises, with answers.
The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World
From 'How did the Earth form?' to 'Human behaviour and saving the planet', the 70 chapters in this colourful survey of natural history draw on the expertise of more than 60 scientists to give concise, lucid explanations of concepts and phenomena as diverse as selfish-gene theory, the eye, asteroid and comet impacts and flu pandemics. The book is arranged in sections on origins, the Earth, evolution, biogeography and environments, plants and animals, animal behaviour and global warming and the future.
The British offensive at Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was launched at 3.30am on 31 July 1917; led by Sir Douglas Haig, this ‘big push’ was to achieve a breakthrough, but it became a four-month-long stalemate of constant shelling, torrential rain, mud and filth. Parker chronicles the operation, describes the conditions on the battlefield and the increasingly industrialized warfare of tanks, gas and mines that added to the carnage; and he questions the necessity of the sacrifice.
Woman Owner Driver
The Complete Guide for Lady Motorists
The Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce (1895-1990) was a pioneering motorist, a racing driver in the 1920s and the first woman to be prosecuted for speeding. In this guide, first published in 1928, she gives advice on the art of driving and maintaining a car; the cost of motoring; and topics such as driving apparel, picnics, and driving abroad (almost essential to invest in a ‘peep-peep’ horn before crossing the Channel). This is a British Library reprint of the 1928 edition.
The Great Cities in History
From Gilgamesh’s Uruk in third millennia BCE Mesopotamia, to modern day Shanghai, John Julius Norwich presents a lavishly illustrated history of the world through 70 of its greatest cities. The volume brings together over 50 distinguished authors to describe the history, culture, art and architecture and the people of each city at its zenith. The result is a spectacular survey of human achievement, not only in building and expanding cities, but in living together in close proximity and concord.
Some 170 parish churches are featured in this book, which was inspired by a year-long pilgrimage through Devon’s atmospheric landscapes in search of the county’s finest ecclesiastical architecture. From the tiny church of Trentishoe on the remote fringes of Exmoor to the soaring spire of St Michael’s in Exeter, it highlights each building’s most interesting features, with photographs illustrating treasures such as medieval rood screens and roof bosses, Norman fonts and Elizabethan monuments.
The Holistic Cat
A Complete Guide to Natural Health Care
Written by a veterinary surgeon and focused on diet, preventative and integrated health care and natural remedies, this is a comprehensive guide to the holistic approach to feline health. As well as introducing complementary therapies, including herbal medicines and homeopathy, the book covers nutrition and routine health care such as flea and worm treatments. It also has chapters on understanding the feline mind, kittens, elderly cats, multiple-cat households and keeping an ‘indoor cat’.
Search For Wisdom
Each of these ten engaging and accessible essays focuses on one ancient Greek author whose achievements in poetry, drama, history or philosophy have profoundly influenced Western culture. The essays set authors, from Homer to Aristotle, in historical context, delineate the themes of their work and show what we can learn today from the Greeks’ rigorous pursuit of logic, their timeless reflections on our place in the world and their practical advice about the best way to live our lives.
The Oldest Enigma of Humanity
The Key to the Mystery of the Paleolithic Cave Paintings
How did prehistoric people, some 30,000 years ago, paint realistic images of animals on cave walls? What meaning did these images convey? For centuries archaeologists and art historians have pondered these questions, but the animals of Lascaux or Chauvet remained an enigma. Working together, the artist Bertrand David and historian Jean-Jacques Lefrere made a breakthrough in understanding how, if not why, prehistoric peoples made these wonderful images.