Paul Nash Masterpieces of Art
Michael Kerrigan’s concise, illustrated biography introduces the life of Paul Nash (1889–1946) and traces his artistic development through the earlier artists who inspired him and the landscapes and experiences that informed his art, particularly the devastation of the Western Front, which he witnessed as both soldier and war artist during the First World War. The essay accompanies around 90 full-page reproductions of Nash’s paintings, lithographs and engravings, in sections on war, landscape and abstracts and still life.
Cracking the Capital
The clay on which London stands is riddled with tunnels: dusty, dank, deserted, often dangerous and frequently off-limits. Through atmospheric photographs, taken during forbidden subterranean expeditions, this book explores the mysterious world beneath the capital, from abandoned tube stations to World War II shelters, from brick-vaulted Victorian sewers to secret government bunkers. These images, taken without permission, offer the armchair explorer a glimpse of the obscure realm beneath their feet that few people dare to seek out.
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands
Best remembered for her nursing activities in the Crimean War, Mary Seacole was also a traveller, businesswoman, doctor and gold prospector. Her autobiography, first published in 1857, gives a rare insight into the Victorian world from the perspective of a black British woman born into slavery in Jamaica. Reissued with a new introduction and notes, this is a lively and readable account of a varied, adventurous life untrammelled by the social restrictions of the day.
Earth to Earth
A Natural History of Churchyards
As protected sacred places, churchyards provide a tranquil environment in which wild plants and animals can thrive even when their nearby natural habitats have been destroyed. With photographs, newly commissioned drawings and passages from literature, Professor Buczacki celebrates this abundance of nature among the headstones, exploring the long history of our churchyards and describing the species most commonly found there, from mighty ancient yews to woodlice (nicknamed ‘church pigs’), graveyard beetles and lichens. Foreword by Lord Harries.
The Making of the British Landscape
From the Ice Age to the Present
How much do we really know about the place we call home? This sweeping narrative tells how the British landscape has evolved over 12,000 years of human habitation. Epic in scope, it charts the age-old relationship between people and place and the deep-rooted tensions between town and country. From henge to high-rise, from Snowdonia to suburbia, it explores the way we have shaped the land and it has shaped us, and assesses the prospect of a sustainable future.
Masterpieces of Art
In this volume from the attractive Masterpieces of Art series, Susie Hodge presents a concise introduction to the British painter, designer, wood-engraver and war artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42), followed by around 90 full-page reproductions. Among the works shown are colour lithographs of shops from High Street (1938), idiosyncratic landscapes, including The Westbury Horse and a selection of war art, ending with the watercolour painting, Runway Perspective.
A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable
From da Aald Rock (Shetlanders’ name for their native islands) and all things Aberdonian, to Zeenty-teenty (an old children’s rhyme that involves slicing and frying mice), Ian Crofton presents a miscellany of colourful and interesting words, phrases, names and stories that together offer a kaleidoscopic view of Scottish legends, customs and culture past and present. Above all, the Dictionary is wonderfully diverting, with cross-references, and hundreds of quotations from prose, poetry and song.
And Other Grammatical Grumbles
Greengrocers are not alone, even PhDs can misuse apostrophes: these ‘little things’ cause more problems in the English language than any other element of grammar. By going back to the roots of the language and understanding why we use apostrophes, Patrick Notchtree promises that ‘all will be made clear’, and he presents the ‘One Easy Rule’ that will point the way to apostrophe mastery.
From the murder of sweet Fanny Adams in 1867 to that of Florence Dennis – shot in the head and left in a ditch in 1894 – Jan Bondeson has scoured the archives of the Victorian Illustrated Police News (IPN) to give accounts of 56 murders, with background details of the victims and the fates of the killers. Each case features at least one illustration – often depictions of the crime scene and the scaffold – from the pages of the IPN.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
The Quality of Numbers One to Thirty-one
In these essays – one for each day of the month – Held demonstrates the fascinating qualities and associations, both cultural and scientific, of the first 31 integers. His ‘excursions into the realm of number’ visit such varied calling-points as the eleven-year sunspot cycle, humans’ 23 pairs of chromosomes, Snow White’s seven dwarves and Judas’ 30 pieces of silver.
The Lost Tudor Princess
The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
The granddaughter of Henry VII, niece of Henry VIII and grandmother of James VI, Lady Margaret Douglas (1515-1578) was an important figure in Tudor England, yet despite modern interest in that era she is largely forgotten. Alison Weir focuses on this shadowy figure whose life spanned five reigns and whose political intriguing landed her in the Tower three times, and in this biography reveals a strong, intelligent woman who 'operated effectively, and fearlessly, at the very highest levels of power'.
My Grammar and I Activity Book
From identifying parts of speech to spotting the grammatical error in whole sentences (including ‘I think therefore I am’), Daniel Smith presents 103 ‘grammatical games’ to keep you in touch with the formal rules of the English language. Covering such thorny topics as compound nouns, reciprocal pronouns, the subjunctive, tautology and the dreaded apostrophe, the quizzes range from simple to very taxing, with answers at the end of the book.
50 Cars that Changed the World
Taking into account their aesthetics as well as engineering innovation, cultural impact and influence on the motor industry, the Design Museum's assessment of the most important cars in automotive history begins with Ford's first car for the masses, the Model T of 1908, and includes practical workhorses such as the Land Rover and Austin FX4 (London) taxi, supercars like the Lamborghini Miura and design classics such as the Citroën DS.
The Wiltshire Cotswolds
Exploring Historic Wiltshire 3
With their undulating landscape sheltering old churches and cottages of honey-coloured stone, the Cotswolds are one of the best-loved corners of England. Few, however, are aware that they extend beyond Gloucestershire into northwest Wiltshire. Combining history, archaeology, biography, landscape and architecture, this illustrated guide unlocks some of the region's best-kept secrets, from Cricklade in the north to Bradford-on-Avon in the south.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Masterpieces of Art
The 'best-known living architect in Europe' during his lifetime, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is still admired today as an innovative architect, craftsman, designer and artist. This volume from the 'Masterpieces of Art' series presents Mackintosh's finest works as well as some lesser-known details and pieces by his wife and collaborator, Margaret Macdonald. After an illustrated introduction, the book contains colour photographs of around 90 examples, including buildings, tea rooms, watercolours and interiors.
John Le Carré
As both spy and novelist, David Cornwell has, in the words of Adam Sisman, ‘perfected the art of hiding in full view’. Written with exclusive access to Cornwell, his private archive, and his family, friends, enemies, ex-intelligence colleagues, and ex-lovers, Sisman’s authoritative and insightful biography explores a life that has been as complex, confounding and filled with treachery as the novels of Cornwell’s pseudonym, John le Carré. Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge
Coloring for Mindfulness
Mesdemoiselles are the French illustrators Aurelie Castex and Claire Laude. For this colouring book they have created a quirky world of stylized cats - in harems, on the dance-floor, playing in a jazz band, trying on hats, hiding in trees - and generally having a lot of fun.
The River's Voice
An Anthology of Poetry
Since antiquity, rivers have given poets a rich source of metaphor and meaning, yet never before have they been under such environmental pressure. This anthology brings together more than 180 verses, from classics by Clare, Wordsworth and Tennyson to works by modern poets such as Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy, celebrating the importance of rivers in our lives and imaginations.
We have a great deal of information on Geoffrey Chaucer's busy and eventful life - from the important offices he held while doing the king's business to his capture in battle and indictment for rape. In the first volume in his Brief Lives series, Peter Ackroyd shows that the real-life figure is often at odds with Chaucer's persona, presented in his literary works as a bookish and self-deprecating poet.
There was once a duck who had the misfortune to live with a lazy farmer who stayed in bed all day eating chocolates while the duck did all the work. Then one day the other animals decided to take action... Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this tale of laziness getting its comeuppance will delight children who can quack, moo, baa and cluck along with the animals. Age 3+
Jams, Preserves and Chutneys Handbook
The Basic Basics
First published in 1995 as part of The Basic Basics series, this is a complete guide to successful preserving, written by one of Britain’s most distinguished cooks, Marguerite Patten (1915–2015). After describing the basic techniques, the book covers jams, jellies and marmalade, syrups, crystallized fruit, pickles, chutneys and vinegars and, finally, drying herbs.
Cats in Movies
A frantic tabby flees down the runway in North by Northwest; the marmalade Lawrence of Arabia with startling blue eyes leads the way across the desert... These notecards feature ‘stills’ from 20 great movies, all with feline stars. The paintings by the very distinctive cat artist Susan Herbert (1945-2014) are drawn from her bestselling Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats (2015). There are 20 blank notecards with envelopes. Boxed.
Glorious Son of York
A charismatic Plantagenet ruler, described by a contemporary as ‘the handsomest prince my eyes ever beheld’, Edward IV (1442–1483) fought hard for his crown, contesting some of the most important battles of the medieval period, including Mortimer’s Cross, Towton, Barnet and Tewkesbury. Covering Edward’s background, the Yorkist takeover and the tensions created by the king’s controversial Woodville marriage, this history follows his struggle to gain and regain the kingship of England during a period of great dynastic turmoil.
Jeremy Bowen's first assignment as a war correspondent was in El Salvador and he went on to report from conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and the Balkans before becoming the BBC’s Middle East correspondent. This account of his experiences gives an insight into the reality behind the headlines, the excitement of reporting from the front line and the danger and stress that led him to a personal crisis following a colleague's death in Beirut in 2000.
Hollywood Movie Stills
Art and Technique in the Golden Age of the Studios
The glamorous portraits of stars such as Marlene Dietrich were an important component of movie promotion in Hollywood's heyday and photographers were also employed to record scene stills, production shots and lifestyle portraits of stars in their homes. Including hundreds of images of iconic stars from Gable and Garbo to Brando and Monroe, the book explores this work from its beginnings in the silent era to the decline of the studio system in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford
Admirers and detractors use the same words to describe Jessica ‘Decca’ Mitford: subversive, muckraker, mischief-maker. Born into an aristocratic family, she eloped at 19 with Winston Churchill’s nephew. While her sisters Unity and Diana were drawn to fascism, Decca became a communist, civil-rights activist and investigative journalist in the United States. Packed with incident and anecdote, this sympathetic, absorbing and entertaining biography recounts a remarkable life lived at the epicentre of the major events of 20th-century history.
The Sherlock Holmes Collection
This is our very own set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It comprises the first and last of the novels, A Study in Scarlet (1887) and The Valley of Fear (1915); two celebrated cases, The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles; and three volumes of short stories (The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb, The Five Orange Pips and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, each with at least 12 'Other Cases'). This seven-volume, slip-cased set is exclusive to Postscript.
This second volume of Lakeland Yesterday includes many richly nostalgic stories and more than 190 photographs from a century ago. The book vividly evokes a vanished world of shepherds and slate miners, milkmaids and farmhands, where labourers crowded the streets at hiring fairs, a straw in their caps to show they wanted work, boys stripped bark for the tanneries, and horse-drawn stagecoaches were more common than motorcars.
The People's History of Native Americans
Discovered after the death of the distinguished American historian Page Smith (1917-1995), and published posthumously, this volume was intended as the final part of Smith's People's History of America. The narrative traces the Native American story from the first encounter with Europeans to the end of the Indian Wars at Wounded Knee in 1890, but rather than a comprehensive history, Smith aims to explore the nature of the interchange between white settlers and the indigenous peoples of North America.
Paved with Gold
Discovering the West End of London
This book surveys the architecture, history and institutions of the engine room of one of the most dynamic cities on Earth. Each of the eight distinctive areas that make up the West End is covered in depth: Mayfair, St James's, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Soho, Covent Garden, Westminster and Belgravia, set out street-by-street in alphabetical order to make the book easy to search. There are telling anecdotes in the lively text, and hundreds of photographs including those reproduced in the 16-page colour section.
The Story of You
‘In the brain’s microscopically small circuitry is etched the history and future of our species.’ The neuroscientist David Eagleman looks deeply into what the latest brain science findings mean for our lives. Without presupposing any specialized knowledge, the book challenges readers’ assumptions as it tackles questions such as how we decide, how we perceive reality, who we are, who’s in control and where we are heading as a species.
The Templar Treasure at Gisors
When the French King Philip the Fair ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and the confiscation of their property in 1307, the Order was one of the most powerful and wealthy forces in Europe, answerable only to the Pope. Focusing on the medieval city of Gisors in Normandy, Jean Markale tells the story of the hunt for the fabled wealth that disappeared with the Templars, and sheds new light on the activities of the mysterious Order.
The Happy Prince and Other Stories
Comprising three collections – The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories, and A House of Pomegranates – this volume presents 13 of Wilde’s entertaining, but often dark and intellectually challenging short fictions, fables and fairy stories for adults.
A True King's Fall
From his birth in Bordeaux in 1367 and early years in Aquitaine, to his deposition by Henry of Lancaster in 1399 and his death, a few months later, in Pontefract Castle, this biography of Richard II is intended as a portrait of an individual rather than an account of his reign. It is, nevertheless, a very complete study that reassesses Richard’s reputation as a crazed and vicious ruler, and depicts a complex and conflicted man thrust into a role that demanded greatness.
Charlie Martz and Other Stories
One of the most admired and most prolific American novelists, Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) was a copywriter in a Detroit ad agency during the 1950s, writing his fiction before and after work. Unpublished at his death, these 15 razor-sharp stories date from those early years. With a foreword by Peter Leonard, the writer’s son.
The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography
These female nudes and erotic portraits and self-portraits represent some of the best recent work from outstanding photographers. Each of the 74 photographers has worked with his or her favourite model and contributes a brief statement about their work and their muse. Slightly off-mint.
The Natural Heritage of the World
The Most Beautiful National Parks, Protected Areas and Biosphere Reserves on Earth
The world’s wild places offer a refuge for endangered species, an information bank for scientists, and a priceless gift to the human spirit. Illustrated with breathtaking colour photographs throughout, this magnificent book explores all 229 areas of natural beauty on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, from Lapland’s Arctic wastes to the Amazon rainforests, from the Great Barrier Reef to the reserves of East Africa, and from the primeval beech forests of the Carpathians to the natural parks of North America.
The Story of Coventry
The history of Coventry is often overshadowed by its bombing during the Second World War, but this richly illustrated account explores the city's whole heritage down the centuries, through records, architectural developments and anecdotes. Archive photographs in every chapter provide much to pore over, while the text concludes with comments on the challenges and opportunities that the 21st century will present.
A Dog Called Dez
The True Story of How One Amazing Dog Changed His Owner's Life
John Tovey's story is one of delinquency during a tough childhood in Bristol, followed by episodes of violence, alcoholism and a spell in prison. Redemption for him came following the greatest catastrophe of his life when he went blind at the age of 42. This memoir recounts how a self-confessed 'bad lad' came to view life from a completely new perspective thanks to his partnership with his guide dog, Dez.
A Brief History of the Battle of Agincourt
Few victories have been so complete, or achieved against such heavy odds, as that won by Henry V against Charles VI's army at Agincourt on 25 October 1415. In a pitched battle lasting barely three hours, a depleted, exhausted and outnumbered English force of around 5,900 knights and archers routed the French. Hibbert's concise narrative history explores how the English accomplished such a feat of arms. Previously in Postscript as 'Agincourt'.
Precious and the Zebra Necklace
When Precious Ramotswe discovers that her new friend Nancy has only a photograph and a necklace of carved zebras to remind her of her missing parents, the girls set off to find them. It is another case for Precious, the girl from the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and an exciting adventure in the wilds of Botswana. Age 7+
The Classic Guide to Sailing
Edward Knight was a journalist, adventurer and yachtsman who compiled the knowledge he had acquired on sailing into Small Boat Sailing, one of the first manuals on the subject. The book influenced a generation of sailors, not least Arthur Ransome, whose Swallows and Amazons characters refer to it. Including contemporary sketches, illustrations and photographs, this is a newly set version of the 1902 edition of Knight's classic.