In this Masterpieces of Art study of the four painters who came to be known as the Scottish Colourists – Samuel Peploe (1871–1935), John Duncan Fergusson (1874–1961), George Leslie Hunter (1877–1931) and Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883–1937) – Susan Grange examines their shared artistic influences, including the Glasgow Boys and continental Post-Impressionism, gives an illustrated introduction to the career of each artist, and presents 88 reproductions, including still life, landscapes, portraits, townscapes and interiors.
The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom
Negotiating the bias in surviving sources about the kingdom of Mercia – as most written evidence was lost during Viking aggression and other material comes mainly from enemies of the Mercians – Annie Whitehead presents a history of the kingdom of middle England. Beginning with Penda in the 7th century, the book describes the reigns of Aethelbald, Offa the Great, Burgred and Ceolwulf II, Aethelred of Mercia and Lady Aethelflaed, and rulers of the house of Leofric up to the early 11th century.
'You've Never Had It So Good!'
Recollections of Life in the 1950s
With full employment, a boom in car sales, and washing machines making housework less of a chore, life in the 1950s certainly seemed better than ever before. Following a theme, such as family life, childhood or the rise of television, each chapter in this compendium brings together recollections of those who lived through the decade, remembering everything from sweet rationing to the meagre contents of a Christmas stocking, and how to find Indian spices.
A New History of the Bubonic Plagues of London
From its onset in the 6th century AD, bubonic plague has excited fear and revulsion like no other disease, so hideous are its symptoms and so small the chance of survival. Crowded, insanitary London was badly hit in 1347 and 1665, and plague pits are still being uncovered, for example during Crossrail construction works. This readable history combines documentary sources with the latest scientific evidence to convey the full horror of the plague and the conditions in which it thrived.
Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious
Published in association with the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, this book originally accompanied an exhibition of the design work of Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. A short essay on the two artists introduces over 100 reproductions of their work in a great range of media, including wallpaper design, book jackets and illustration, posters and ceramics, for clients including Wedgwood, Kew Gardens and the Golden Cockerel Press.
Bloomers, Biros and Wellington Boots
How the Names Became the Words
As you sit on the davenport eating garibaldi biscuits, do you ever consider how people's names become words we use in everyday English? From Achilles to Zeppelin, this entertaining book investigates both familiar and unusual eponyms and tells the stories behind them. At last, we meet the man who gave the world the Hoover, the farmer responsible for macadamia nuts (John Macadam), and Dr Salmon, immortalized in salmonella. (Formerly in Postscript as Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Sweet Fanny Adams.)
The Ultimate Guide to The Building Blocks of Our Universe
From hydrogen to ununoctium, this accessible guide explores the properties of each element in the periodic table, explaining their chemical behaviours – how their atoms interact with atoms of other elements – and their worldly uses, from light bulbs and mobile phones to dental fillings and space suits. The introduction explains the chemistry and physics of nuclei, electrons and chemical bonds and provides the groundwork for understanding the entries and their data.
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off...
Unpublished Letters to the Daily Telegraph
‘Sir, It has all been a terrible mistake. We thought we were voting to leave Eurovision.’ In a year dominated by the EU Referendum, the Telegraph’s letter-writers were in full spate – and not just on the momentous vote. Here, in sections such a ‘The Use and Abuse of Language’, ‘Box Gogglers’ and ‘Royal Blushes’ are readers’ opinions – frankly stated – on everything from family life to ‘Benito Trump’.
Sisters to the King
The Tumultuous Lives of Henry VIII's Sisters – Margaret of Scotland and Mary of France
Much has been written about the six wives of Henry VIII, but less attention has been paid to his two sisters. This groundbreaking volume restores these two women to their rightful place at the crux of European history. The book describes how Margaret became Queen of Scotland at 13, how her younger sister Mary was married to the ageing king of France, and how both, defying convention, chose their second husbands for love.
The Romanov Sisters
The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
With access to previously unseen or unpublished diary entries, letters, photographs and archival material, Rappaport brings the four daughters of Russia’s last tsar back to life, incorporating some of their own words. Among the most photographed royals of their day, outwardly the sisters seemed to live charmed lives; inwardly, the family was loving, deeply religious and often claustrophobic. Intelligent and sensitive, the girls were not completely unaware of the fate that might await them as the Russian Revolution approached.
Unbelievable Moments from the Past
Have you heard about the ancient Egyptian workers who organized a mass walkout, or the Kettle War, during which only one shot was fired? This entertaining book is full of quirky and intriguing snippets of history that you probably didn’t find out about at school: read it to learn where to locate the other ‘Hadrian’s Walls’, when the world’s first cyberattack happened and which Pope put his dead predecessor on trial.
A Brief History of the Private Life of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II is now the longest-reigning British monarch. Her life has been exhaustively documented, but what of the woman beneath the crown? Who are her friends? How does she feel about the demands of duty? What are her hobbies? Examining her early life, the training she received, and her attitudes to national life, historian Michael Paterson offers a refreshing portrayal of Britain's figurehead.
A Brief Guide to Native American Myths and Legends
The world of Native American mythology is inhabited by such fantastical and capricious characters as the shape-shifting trickster Coyote and the mischievous Blue Jay. The seminal study of these sacred tales was written by the Scottish folklorist Lewis Spence in 1914; this updated edition has a new introductory essay, commentary on Native American culture and stories from tribes, not covered by Spence such as the Inuit.
One of the most highly regarded British painters of the 20th century, John Piper (1903–1992) also worked in a variety of media including book illustration, murals, textiles and stained glass. This volume provides a concise biographical essay on the artist as well as reproducing a wide selection of his work, notably the Brighton Aquatints published by the Curwen Press, wallpaper designs for Sanderson & Co, and his Festival of Britain South Bank murals.
The Philosophy of Cats
Federica Sgarbi combines her passions for philosophy and felines in this heart-warming account of her successful project to rehome all 78 residents of her local cattery. She tells how she wrote 'lonely-cat ads' for them, and describes their character and appearance before reflecting on what their stories teach us about our relationship with animals, as theorized by philosophers from Plutarch and Schopenhauer to contemporary thinkers on animal rights.
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey
The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Almina Wombwell married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon in 1895. She brought with her a large dowry, as the daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. This is the story of her life at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, and especially the ways in which the First World War affected the fates of the family and staff alike. The author, the current countess, draws on the extensive family archive to write this engaging and personal history.
A Brief History of the Knights Templar
The Knights of the Order of the Temple of Solomon are found in fictional literature from the Middle Ages to Sir Walter Scott and beyond, even appearing in computer games. Nicholson separates the surviving historical evidence from speculative associations with Freemasonry, the Holy Grail and space travel: beginning with the Templars' origins during the Crusades she considers their religious life, their service to Europe's kings and their commercial and economic activities, up to the order's dissolution in 1312.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Launched by Historic England and Ecclesiastical, the History of England in 100 Places project called on the public to nominate sites that have played a crucial role in the nation’s science, industry, arts and culture. The final list, selected by a team of judges including Tanni Grey-Tompson, Monica Ali, Mary Beard and Tristram Hunt, includes both familiar landmarks such as Stonehenge and St Paul’s, and lesser-known but crucially important places such as the ICI research laboratory in Widnes.
An Anthology of Poems
'According to legend,' writes Hamish Whyte in his introduction, 'the Scots were the first northern people to keep cats.' Be that as it may, many Scottish poets do seem to have been much taken with cats, from Henryson and his 'Gib Hunter, Our Jolie Cat' in the 15th century to George MacBeth's 20th-century ode 'To the Flea, Combed from My Cat's Back'. With black cat illustrations by James Hutcheson.
Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body
Moving Stretch® is a form of resistance stretching that can relieve pain and help anyone, from athlete to office worker, feel relaxed, stronger and more flexible. It works by reshaping the ‘fascia’ – a network of connective tissue that holds our bodies together. Including background information and a questionnaire, this comprehensive guide gives clear descriptions of over 100 stretches with multiple photographs and tips for getting each exercise just right.
The Richard Burton Diaries
Richard Burton's rugged good looks, dark charisma and resonant voice made him one of the most admired actors of his day, while his bouts of drinking and tempestuous marriages to Elizabeth Taylor were seldom out of the tabloids. Throughout much of his life he kept an intimate diary, published here for the first time. Perceptive, humorous and indiscreet, it reveals the conflicted man behind the public image: proud, passionate, fiercely intelligent, awesomely well-read, yet self-lacerating and insecure.
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.
London has a rich tradition of esoteric practices, obscure institutions and forgotten locations. This volume reveals its hidden history, from the Elizabethan necromancer John Dee to Madame Blavatsky, from the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor to the notorious Aleister Crowley. The book charts London’s mysterious psychogeography, explores its myths and legends, and provides a gazetteer of its most resonant locations.
Ravilious & Co
The Pattern of Friendship
An ‘outbreak of talent’ was how Paul Nash described the group of students he taught at the Royal College of Art in 1924–5. Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx formed the core of a network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Nash. This group biography explores their lives and relationships from the 1920s to Ravilious’s death in 1942 and, with reproductions of over 200 examples, it examines their painting, illustration and a variety of work in commercial design.
Gangs, Vice and Packet Rats: 19th-Century Crime and Punishment
The crowds of immigrants, merchants, sailors, slave traders and soldiers passing through the colonial port of 19th-century Liverpool provided an ideal cover for gang-led criminality and drink-fuelled depravity. This entertaining survey of Liverpool’s Victorian underworld presents a litany of crime stories, including murder, robbery, prostitution and bodysnatching, many of which involved sailor gangs like the notorious Packet Rats. The presence of Irish Catholic immigrants in the city, as Archibald points out, also raised tensions.
The Lower Deck of The Royal Navy Since 1939 To The Present Day
The Royal Navy was the largest in the world in 1939, and conscription during the Second World War increased the total of employed men to 790,000, the vast majority of whom were seamen of the 'lower deck'. Based on primary research and first-hand accounts, this book examines the lives of these sailors during a period that has seen the introduction of women, the end of hammocks and the rum ration, and ever more emphasis on technical skills.
Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation
The Grantchester Mysteries
This fifth instalment of The Grantchester Mysteries finds archdeacon and part-time detective Sidney Chambers embroiled in the workings of a mysterious cult as he searches for a missing teenager, and investigating a murder, the theft of a precious heirloom and a case of blackmail.
I Before E (Except After C)
OId-School Ways to Remember Stuff
Judy Parkinson’s collection of mnemonics includes rhymes, acronyms and curious phrases such as 'My Very Exotic Mistress Just Served Us Noodles’ (order of the planets): all of them learning devices for subjects ranging from spelling to the periodic table (the latter sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General').
Boswell's London Journal
‘Friday 19 November 1762... When we came upon Highgate Hill and had a view of London, I was all life and joy.’ Fresh from Scotland and lodging in Downing Street, 22-year-old James Boswell revelled in London - its theatres, coffee houses and conversation, sexual adventures and freedom. His journal is a vivid portrayal of the city's high-life and low-life, rich and poor, and of his new acquaintances, from prostitutes to the great Dr Johnson.
The Secret Train Robber
The Real Great Train Robbery Mastermind Revealed
The London crime scene of the 1950s and 1960s was rife with notorious villains such as the Krays and the Richardsons, but this book reveals that behind the headline-grabbers there was an unsuspected mastermind planning the Great Train Robbery and a string of other major robberies, a shadowy Mr Big controlling London's crime from the cover of his day job as a solicitor's clerk. His only confidant, his nephew Lee Sturley, tells the story.
The Five Giants
A Biography of the Welfare State
Five giants loomed over the reconstruction of postwar Britain: want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness. The battle against them was fought by five great programmes at the core of the Welfare State: social security, health, education, housing and full employment. Meticulously researched and vividly written, this award-winning history charts the epic struggle to forge a fair and decent society from the ashes of war, and chronicles the highs and lows of the decades that followed.
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 Liberation of Europe 1944–1945
The Photographers Who Captured History from D-Day to Berlin
This collection of archival images from The Times and Kemsley Newspapers, many published here for the first time, documents remarkable scenes from the Allies’ invasion of Europe, including the capture of Berlin, where a sombre Churchill inspects the site at which Hitler’s body was burnt. Set against a backdrop of devastation, action shots of airdrops, beach landings, tank battles and troop manoeuvres contrast with the delighted faces of liberated civilians, telling stories as compelling as they are harrowing.
A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths
From the birth of the gods to the aftermath of the Trojan War and Plato's myth of Atlantis, Kershaw tells the stories of Greek mythology and discusses the wide-ranging influence of these tales on western culture. The book's final section surveys the ways in which people have tried to understand and rationalize myths, from antiquity to the present.
Country House Life
A Century in Photographs
With an engaging commentary and over 250 photographs of the people who lived and worked in houses such as Polesden Lacey, Lacock Abbey and Castle Drogo, this book offers an authentic picture of life in the English country house during its heyday. Drawn from family albums and collections and covering the period from the 1840s to 1945, the photographs record everyday life for the families and staff as well as family celebrations, garden parties, sporting events and the occasional visit by royalty.
The Photographs of Paul Nash
Paul Nash was 41 in 1930 when his wife Margaret gave him a Kodak pocket camera; between then and his death in 1946, Nash took around 1,200 photographs. Some were snapshots, some were studies for paintings, most display what fellow artist John Piper described as Nash’s ‘economical and obsessive’ eye. This book explores this aspect of the artist’s work, with 138 photographs depicting subjects as varied as standing stones, wrecked aircraft, fallen trees and the White Horse at Uffington.
15 Million Degrees
A Journey to the Centre of the Sun
At the heart of the Sun, a vast nuclear furnace casts out the warmth, light and magnetism which nurtures life on Earth. Supported by data from laboratories, telescopes, probes and thousands of years of naked-eye observations, solar physicist Lucie Green’s authoritative guide to the science of the Sun provides answers to questions posed since the dawn of history: Why does the Sun shine? What is the source of its heat? How long will it shine?
The Power of... Spices
Origins, Traditions, Facts and Flavours
With uses far beyond the flavouring of food, spices come from seeds, fruits, berries, trees and roots, some of which have been traded for over 4,000 years. Exploring 60 specific spices, this comprehensive guide explains their taste, uses and origins, incorporating colour photographs to aid identification. Fact sections, including maps, tell the story of salt and the spice trade, concluding with a list of meanings connected to different spices, from Allspice to Orange Zest.
The Battle for Burma
Wild Green Earth
Bernard Fergusson was with Orde Wingate's 'Chindits' in Burma in 1943 and, once the success of their guerrilla tactics had been acknowledged by Allied commanders, was sent back in 1944 to establish strongholds in Japanese-occupied territory. This book is a reprint of his account of the period, first published in 1946, and contains reflections on coping with the jungle conditions as well as military operations.
The Seventy Wonders of China
China is both the oldest continuous civilization on Earth and an emerging economic superpower. This impressive volume assembles a team of leading scholars from Asia and the West to provide an accessible introduction to the natural, historical and cultural wonders of this vast nation. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, the book celebrates China's rivers, mountains and deserts; its cities ancient and modern; its monuments such as the Great Wall; and its myriad art forms, from porcelain to jade carving.
Beautiful Paper Stars
Craft Decorations for Every Season
The six sections of this guide each include instructions for creating a basic type of star using paper, scissors, glue and other simple tools. A range of effects is created from these star styles, with ideas to fashion them into Christmas decorations, table ornaments, gift packaging and fairy lights, for example. Each of the 40 projects has clear, step-by-step, instructions and a set of templates helps to ensure accuracy.