The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek
The only athlete to have won the 5,000m, 10,000m and Marathon at the same Olympic Games (Helsinki, 1952), Emil Zátopek only took up running at the age of 16. This biography describes his extraordinary achievements, his prominence in Czech national life, alongside fellow champion and wife Dana, and the cruel sidelining and humiliation he suffered when he fell out of favour with the Communist government.
The Medieval Shepherd
Jean de Brie's Le Bon Berger (1379)
Dedicated to Charles V, Jean de Brie’s treatise on sheep husbandry is a systematic, month-by-month account of raising sheep from the shepherd’s perspective; a subject of great interest given the importance of the wool trade in medieval France. This scholarly edition comprises the original Middle French text, with facing translation, introduction and notes.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Exploring an ostensibly simple activity, this manual analyses every aspect of the sport from the mechanics of the running action and the body's energy systems to specific training programmes and exercise routines for sprinting, middle distance and endurance running.
Katie Jerram's Modern Horse Management
With advice on stables and shelters, grooming and bodywork, general handling and leading, this illustrated manual outlines ways of improving horse management skills for show horses, racehorses and eventers by rethinking habitual practices and applying new techniques to traditional training principles. Off-mint.
The Sheep Stell
Memoirs of a Shepherd
Despite coming from a middle-class, academic family, Janet White dreamed of living and working somewhere wild and beautiful, ‘a place high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal’. Here, she describes how she followed her ambition to be a farmer, from her first job as a dairymaid to owning her own sheep farm on a remote island in New Zealand. Originally published in 1991, and reissued with a new introduction by Colin Thubron.
The Secret Life of Cows
On Rosamund Young’s organic farm, cows live in family groups, rear and wean their own calves, and have personalities and names. Having lived and worked alongside generations of animals and observed their interactions with each other and with humans, Young tells the cows’ stories and offers ‘a glimpse of what goes on in the lives of ordinary bovines as they pursue their daily routine’. With a foreword by Alan Bennett.
Inside the Radical Right: The Development
of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe
David Art examines the roles of leadership, activists and organization in the success or failure of the radical right parties, such as Le Pen's Front National, that have appeared throughout Western Europe in recent decades.