Grow Food for Free
Determined to counter the misconception that gardening is expensive, Huw Richards spent a year producing food at no cost. Illustrated throughout, his guide to making raised beds and containers, composting, harvesting seeds from shop-bought produce and sharing tools demonstrates the rewards of a frugal approach before showing how to grow a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables.
Field Guide to the English Clergy
A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising
Celebrating England’s long tradition of tolerance towards unconventional men of the cloth, these short biographies describe how clergy have displayed their own unique forms of holiness by treading ‘the thin line between prophet and clown’. The peculiar parsons include a mermaid-impersonator, a collector of French pornography and the incumbent who surrounded his vicarage with barbed wire – not to mention the infamous Vicar of Stiffkey, whose performance as Daniel in a den of real lions brought predictably fatal results.
Votes for Women
The Pioneers and Heroines of Female Suffrage
Jenni Murray, the former presenter of BBC Radio 4's Women’s Hour, counter’s Carlyle’s assertion that history ‘is but the biography of great men’ with a personal selection of inspirational women who have made significant contributions to British history. In 21 short biographies, Murray includes just one queen, Elizabeth I, among writers, artists and scientists, social reformers and politicians from Boadicea to Nicola Sturgeon.
The Lost City of the Monkey God
Since the days of the conquistadors, rumours have circulated about a deserted city deep in the Honduran interior. Local people said it was cursed; a journalist who reached it in 1940 committed suicide on his return. In 2012 Doug Preston joined a team of scientists set on travelling to it; his account describes how – despite torrential rain, deadly snakes and a terrifying disease – they found a great metropolis beneath the rainforest, and explains the cause of its sudden abandonment.
Voices from the Blue
Since London's first women police officers went into operation in 1919, the glass ceiling has been broken to the extent that the Met now has a female Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick. This oral history of a century of service is told through the voices of the women who fought inequality, sexism and prejudice, while winning widespread respect for fighting crime and maintaining order in the capital.
Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women's Rights, Then and Now
The suffragette descendant and activist Helen Pankhurst records the changes in the lives of women since 1918 – the year in which, with certain caveats, those over the age of 30 won the right to vote in national elections. In the context of themes including politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms, she celebrates landmark successes and little-known victories, and considers how far women still have to go to achieve true equality. Slightly off-mint.
The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Anne Sebba recasts the most famous love story of the age as 'a tale of gothic darkness with a Faustian pact at its core'. Drawing upon previously unseen sources, including declassified government files and letters between Wallis Simpson and her second husband (a correspondence that continued after she began her relationship with the Duke of Windsor), she offers fresh insights into the character and motivations of one of the most vilified women of her generation.
Journeys from the Abyss
The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present
Focusing on women, children, and ‘illegal’ boat migrants, Tony Kushner examines Jewish refugee movements before, during and after the Holocaust and places them in a longer history of forced migrations, from the 1880s to the present.
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
Native America from 1890 to the Present
Blending history, reportage and memoir, the Ojibwe sociologist Treuer challenges the idea that Native American culture ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. By recording the ways that depredations have been resisted over the past century, he demonstrates how land seizures sharpened legal skills; forced assimilation of children was met by a unifying indigenous identity; and most recently, digital technology has become a tool of organized resistance.
What We're Really Thinking (When We're Not Saying Anything)
Paul Bühre, an articulate, self-aware 15-year-old, reveals the teen view on everything from gaming and social media to mood swings and sex. He also shares the Ten Commandments that all parents should follow when interacting with their adolescent offspring, including 'Thou shalt try not to worry so much about me' and 'Thou shalt leave me in peace'.
The Life of Germaine Greer
With unprecedented access to her personal and professional archive at Melbourne University, this first biography of Germaine Greer in two decades records her difficult childhood in 1940s Australia, her simultaneous immersion in the worlds of academia and hippie counterculture, the international success of The Female Eunuch, and the more recent pronouncements that have angered many former admirers.
Everyday Life in Hadrian's Britain
With characters from across the social strata, from high-born ladies to farmers' daughters, archaeologist Allason-Jones recreates the lives, habits and thoughts of women in Britain during Roman occupation through the story of Senovara, the wife of a former legionary. The detailed narrative reveals the nature of their home lives, health, religion, dress and jewellery and this revised edition includes fresh insights provided by the latest archaeological discoveries, including burials, tombstones and curse tablets.
The Forgotten Suffragettes
The long struggle for women's suffrage involved thousands of campaigners and activists from every walk of life. While some protested peacefully, others – exasperated with the government's indifference to their demands, burned down football stadiums or refused to pay their taxes. This compendium tells the stories of 48 lesser-known figures in the movement including the arsonist Edith Rigby, the Irish nationalist Mary Hayden and the Communist Ellen Wilkinson.
A Brief History of Secret Societies
The idea of secret societies that preserve hidden knowledge has exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination for centuries. Taking a balanced view of the evidence for such groups, a former intelligence analyst traces the history of beliefs about arcane wisdom, from the ancient roots of esoteric religion and magic to medieval movements including the Knights Templar and the present-day secrets of the Freemasons.
A Biosocial Perspective
Homosexuality is an evolutionary paradox that occurs in various social, sexually reproducing species. This study examines evolutionary, biological, psychological and sociological aspects of homosexual behaviour and concludes that it can be understood in the context of adaptive evolution and is not a malfunction of sexuality.
The tragic life of Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755–93) has fascinated and divided historians ever since her execution. Was her thoughtless interference in affairs of state the catalyst that provoked the French Revolution, or was she an innocent victim of the dangerous world of late 18th-century power politics? Antonia Fraser's meticulously researched biography explores these contradictory assessments and offers the fullest portrait yet of the much-maligned ‘Austrian woman’, the doomed queen consort of Louis XVI.
The Mammoth Book of Women's Erotic Fantasies
For this collection of over 50 stories, Sonia Florens asked ordinary women about their erotic fantasies and persuaded them to write them down. Classic dreams of sex with a stranger are joined here by tales of much wilder and more imaginative abandon. Sexually explicit.
The Masonic Magician
The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
When he was arrested by the Inquisition in 1789, Count Alessandro Cagliostro had won fame across Europe as an alchemist, healer and Freemason. This account of his rise and fall draws on new documentary evidence to examine both the case against him and the reasons for the devotion and ridicule that he attracted. The book features a full English translation, with commentary, of Cagliostro’s ‘Ritual of Egyptian Freemasonry’.
Through the African American Lens
Based on the photography collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, each book in this series illuminates a facet of 20th-century African American history through 50–60 photographs, with brief captions and curators’ commentaries.This first volume in the series introduces the collection and illustrates the ways in which African Americans have used activism, community and culture to fight for social justice and better living standards.
Fighting for Freedom
Based on the photography collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, each book in this series illuminates a facet of 20th-century African American history through 50–60 photographs, with brief captions and curators’ commentaries.Including a panoramic photograph of the entire Machine Gun Company 372nd Infantry in 1919, reproduced on a gatefold, this volume shows African Americans in uniform, serving in conflicts from the American Civil War to Iraq, 2011.
The Good Assassin
Mossad's Hunt for the Butcher of Latvia
Before the Second World War, Herbert Cukurs was a world-famous aviator and a hero in his native Latvia; then he joined the SS and contributed to the genocide of 30,000 Latvian Jews. The Good Assassin uncovers this little-known episode of the Holocaust, before moving forward to the 1960s, when the Israeli secret agent Yaakov Meidad found Cukurs living under an alias in Brazil, and set about bringing him to justice.
Women's Hairstyles and Culture from 1920 to 1980
Illustrated with vintage photographs, contemporary images and sketches, this visual history explores how the coiffeurs of western women evolved as social expectations gradually relaxed. The author considers the rise of fashions such as the kiss curls favoured by the dancers of the Folies Bergère, Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature bouffant, rock-n-roll beehives and anarchic punk spikes, and closes with a section dedicated to iconic hairstylists, past and present.
The Accomplished Lady
A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660–1860
Drawing on a broad range of sources, including contemporary diaries, letters and periodicals, this richly illustrated social history examines the pastimes of upper-class women within the context of the highly restrictive patriarchal society in which they lived. Covering pursuits such as painting, embroidery, feather work and photography, the author also considers how other aspects of the female experience, notably education, marital status and domestic responsibilities, influenced their creative output.
Women in Ancient Greece
Seclusion, Exclusion, or Illusion?
Most histories of Ancient Greece focus on male protagonists, implying that women were a secluded, excluded part of society. Paul Chrystal questions this assumption, investigating the lives of Ancient Greek women writers, philosophers, artists and scientists, and their experiences of love, marriage, religion and death. Drawing on Homer, Hesiod and others, he demonstrates that women’s roles were far more nuanced and complex than previously portrayed.
A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna Through Wartime France
Literary editor of a Viennese newspaper, Moriz Scheyer was forced to flee the Nazis, only to be arrested when they invaded France. In this memoir, begun in hiding in a French convent in 1943 and found in an attic half a century after its author’s death, he recalls his incarceration in a concentration camp, escape, contact with the Resistance, and many threats to his life.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print
The Jewish World
100 Treasures of Art and Culture
The Magnes Collection was founded in Berkeley, California, in 1962 and dedicated, in the words of its director, Alla Efimova, to ‘salvaging the floating remnants of the post-Holocaust Jewish world’. This volume, reflecting Dr Efimova’s personal view of the museum’s global mission and the range of artefacts within the collection, includes ritual objects and manuscripts from far-flung Jewish communities, past and present, and paintings, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of Californian congregations since the gold rush era.
And How You Can Make it Happen
As Minister for Women and Equalities in the coalition government, Jo Swinson learned the hard way that gender imbalance was ‘the most intractable and biggest of problems to address’ – and not only for government. In this book, she explains how inequality permeates our lives and institutions and, focusing on how power is conferred in favour of men, her ‘call to arms’ offers ways for the individual to make a difference.
A Brief History of the Freemasons
In the popular imagination the Freemasons are often regarded as a sinister secret society practising arcane rituals: Jasper Ridley’s reassessment traces the origins of Freemasonry in the medieval craftsmen's guilds and its spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Dispelling the more lurid misconceptions, Ridley sheds new light on the organization's beliefs, activities and current role in society.
David Bowie Made Me Gay
100 Years of LGBT Music
From ragtime pianist, Tony Jackson, who lived as an openly gay man in Chicago in the 1910s, to Dusty Springfield, Boy George and beyond, this musical history explores how LGBT artists have coped with prejudice and considers their influence on the development of popular music.
The Glass Universe
The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Before women could vote, Harvard Observatory was employing them to interpret astronomical observations. This book tells the stories of a Cambridge student, a young deaf woman, a pregnant Scottish housemaid and several others who between them helped to unravel the principles governing the universe.
The Lives of The Mitford Sisters
Born into privilege, the six Mitford sisters were the ‘bright young things’ of high society London in the 1920s and 1930s. As the shadow of Fascism crept over Europe and war loomed, the stark differences in their outlooks would reflect the extremes of an explosive political era. The first account in the post-Mitford era to explore the intertwined lives of the ‘six-pack’ reflects upper-class English life before and after the Second World War.
The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in France, 1917–1921
Women Urgently Wanted
Documenting the experiences of the WAACs who served in France, this study follows the women from enrolment to demobilization, notes the part they played in the Spring Offensive of 1918 and the Armistice, and analyses how the army, the general public and the press viewed them.
Holding the Home Front
The Women's Land Army in the First World War
Within days of the start of the First World War there were calls for women to come to the fields, but it would be almost three years before the Women’s Land Army was formally established. Using previously unpublished accounts and photographs, this social history looks at how the movement impacted agriculture at a time of national crisis and examines the rhetoric surrounding it, the political purpose that shaped it and the experiences of those who worked for it.
Edwardian Ladies' Hat Fashions
'Where Did You Get That Hat?'
Based on the historian Peter Kimpton’s collection of fashion postcards from Edwardian times, this well-illustrated guide documents the hat (and hatpin) fashions that defined that era and the designers – including Coco Chanel – who created them. The author also explores the darker side of the millinery industry, from the wholesale slaughter of exotic birds for their ornate feathers to the appalling conditions in the hat-making sweatshops of New York.
Childhood and Death in Victorian England
Sarah Seaton surveys the hazards of childhood in an age when childbirth was fraught with danger, child labour was exploited, there was no adequate protection against disease, and little, if any social support for the poor. As well as these daunting obstacles to health and happiness, the book describes cases of child murder, infanticide and concealment of birth, and explains the often desperate circumstances in which such crimes were committed.
Women at War in the Classical World
Ancient warfare is often assumed to have been the exclusive preserve of men, but Chrystal draws attention to the important roles played by women throughout Greek and Roman military history. He considers female commanders who were directly involved in strategy and tactics, including Cleopatra and Artemisia, as well as the countless thousands of ordinary women who came into contact with the military, as soldiers’ wives, camp followers or as non-combatant victims of war.
From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains
250 Years of Women at Sea
For centuries the sea was considered a male preserve. Using interviews and unpublished sources, this book traces the lives of women seafarers, from 18th-century pirates such as Anne Bonney, and girls disguised as cabin boys, to the cruise-liner and container-ship captains of today.
British Women's History
A Documentary History From the Enlightenment to World War I
This anthology presents a highly readable selection of extracts from a wide range of female sources, usefully grouped by theme. Topics naturally include motherhood, marriage and domestic life, but here is also commentary on religion, politics, work and education by contributors from all walks of life. These are the authentic voices of British women's experience (and the occasional man's), from the close of the 18th century to the outbreak of the First World War. No jacket.
The Mistress of Paris
The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret
Painted by Manet, immortalized by Émile Zola in Nana and a connoisseur and collector of the arts, the Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne was one of the most celebrated courtesans of 19th-century Paris. Catherine Hewitt's biography tells the story of this remarkable woman's journey from poverty and obscurity to the wealth, glamour and scandal of Parisian high society.
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.
My Life on a Plate
Chef, television presenter and award-winning businesswoman Prue Leith (b.1940) is one of Britain’s foremost culinary authorities and has helped to revolutionize the country’s eating habits. In this candid and witty autobiography she describes her childhood in apartheid South Africa, her arrival in London in the 1960s and her rapid ascent to restaurant owner, Daily Mail columnist and cookery book author.
A Star is Born
The Moment an Actress Becomes an Icon
Vivien Leigh's performance in Gone with the Wind or Anita Ekberg's in La Dolce Vita were pivotal moments in cinema, when a relatively unknown actress was transformed into a major international star. With full-page portraits and brief biographies, this film history identifies the breakthrough moments of 75 leading actresses from Greta Garbo in Mata Hariand Grace Kelly in High Noon to Jane Fonda in Klute and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
The mid 20th century saw the emergence of a cohort of independent-thinking women writers in the United States. This collective biography profiles Dorothy Parker, Zora Neale Hurston, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion, among others, and assesses their influence on American cultural and intellectual life.
Same Sex Love 1700–1957
A History and Research Guide
Family history is often seen as concerned with the traditional heterosexual unit, but what of ancestors who were attracted to same-sex partners? This first history of gay relationships aimed specifically at family historians offers valuable insights into those often seen as outcasts. Empathetic and meticulously researched, it charts the ways in which gay men and women lived their lives, from the Mollies and Sapphists of Georgian England to the Wolfenden Report of 1957.
A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Scout to Go Set A Watchman
Despite the success of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (1926–2016) remained a reclusive figure. This biography sheds light on her enigmatic character and her relations with Truman Capote and her editor Tay Hohoff. Fully revised and updated in 2016, this edition includes the death of her beloved sister Alice, the controversy around her former agent’s acquisition of the Mockingbird copyright, and the surprise publication shortly before she died of her first novel, long believed lost. Slightly off-mint.
Mapping the City
From the bird’s-eye views and flat maps of Renaissance Europe to GPS-derived imagery and digital mapping of the present day, and from Asia to North America, Jeremy Black traces the development of the city and its representation by cartographers over the last 500 years. More than 150 reproductions illustrate the variety of maps and plans and their increasing sophistication through the centuries, ending with past visions of what the future city might look like.
Sounds and Sweet Airs
The Forgotten Women of Classical Music
For centuries female composers have been unjustly ignored and patronized, since they worked within a male-dominated musical culture that sought to exclude them, even to the extent of questioning their music’s authorship. The eight composers profiled here all challenged this prejudice with courage and pragmatism, from Francesca Caccini, who manipulated the gender politics of the Medici court, to Vaughan Williams’ pupil Elizabeth Maconchy, who fought back against sexism by working with ‘rigid self-discipline’.
A Matter of Breeding
A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs
With retrievers suffering hip dysplasia and some pugs unable to breathe properly, Brandow argues that there is something wrong in the world of pedigree dogs. Having walked, owned, studied and performed with dogs, he combines personal knowledge with social history and research in this exposé of the dog industry and encourages a trip to the local animal shelter to take home a friendly mongrel.
Between the Sheets
Nine 20th Century Women Writers and their Famous Literary Partnerships
In her accounts of nine 20th century women and their literary partnerships, Lesley McDowell gives each a role – Hilda Dolittle is the ‘Novice’ in her affair with Ezra Pound, Anaïs Nin the ‘Mistress’ of Henry Miller, Rebecca West ‘Mother’ of HG Wells’s child – but none of them is labelled ‘victim’. These women writers, McDowell argues, ‘chose their own fates knowingly’ to further their own poetic consciousness and literary ambitions.
The Invisible Woman
Taking on the Vintage Years
Following the success of her ‘Vintage Years’ column in the Guardian, Walmsley-Johnson bases this humorous guide around her own roller-coaster life. She tackles topics such as shopping, sex and finances, describes the difficulties of finding work at the age of 45 and discusses how lack of opportunities and the media’s negative attitude can combine to make middle-aged women feel invisible.
Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution
This history compares events in Paris, New York and London from 1765 to 1795, when the first two were convulsed by revolution, and the third came close. Drawing on archives, letters and travelogues, the book evokes a world in which aristocrats, lawyers, artisans and society hostesses passionately debated the issues of liberty, justice and the social order, and assesses how those momentous years have shaped the political and physical fabric of all three cities to this day.
Voices of Indian America
'This land belongs to us, for the Great Spirit gave it to us when he put us here.' Sitting Bull's speech is among the treasures presented in this magnificent survey of Native American culture. Published to mark the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the book combines chapters by Native American scholars, poets and tribal leaders with illustrations of art and artefacts from across the Americas and across time, from ancient traditions to the 'new narrative' of today. Slightly off-mint.
The French Resistance Heroine Who Outwitted the Gestapo
For carrying out an audacious ambush to free her husband and other prisoners from a Gestapo van in 1943, Lucie Aubrac (1912–2007) is still hailed as a heroine of the French Resistance. This first full English-language biography tells her compelling story but also analyses the Aubracs' defence of inconsistencies in her account, which were exposed when the former head of the Gestapo claimed that the couple had become informers and betrayed their comrades.
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women
Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind
Why are the sciences considered masculine and hard, the arts feminine and soft? And why is hard better than soft? In these groundbreaking essays, the award-winning novelist looks at artists including Picasso and Bourgeois to challenge such long-held assumptions.
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.
Scotland's Hidden Harlots & Heroines
Women's Role in Scottish Society from 1690–1969
Women have played a crucial role in the history of Scotland, yet their contribution has often been overlooked. This study reveals the harsh realities of life for witches, prostitutes, factory hands and bodysnatchers in a misogynist Presbyterian society where women had no personal possessions, no vote and few career options. The final section of the book charts the struggle for women’s rights in the 20th century, and celebrates its heroines.
Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland
An Architectural Guide
Britain’s Jewish community is its longest-established religious minority and, since its readmission to the country in the 17th century, has created a rich architectural legacy of synagogues and charitable institutions. Illustrated in colour, this book remains the only comprehensive guide to such sites, from the ancient Jew’s House in Lincoln to London’s historic Bevis Marks Synagogue. It includes easy-to-follow heritage trails around former Jewish quarters, with full postcodes for satnav users. Slightly off-mint.
The People and the Books
18 Classics of Jewish Literature
This exploration of Jewish literature looks beyond the scriptures to understand how various writers have reflected the central questions and themes of Jewish culture, from religious commentaries to history, biography and fiction. The selections include The Jewish War by Roman historian Josephus, Spinoza’s heretical Theological-Political Treatise and the Tevye the Dairyman stories by Sholem Aleichem.
The Dead Do Not Die
'Exterminate All the Brutes' and Terra Nullius
The two works presented in this volume are concerned with the impact of European colonialism on native peoples: in ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ – a phrase taken from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – Lindquist travels in Africa and explores the history of the concept of extermination; Terra Nullius is about the shameful treatment of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. With an introduction by Adam Hochschild. Translated from the Swedish.