By Train; Murray Naylor
(two volume set)
In these two books, Murray Naylor acts as our guide to a selection of cathedrals and churches, all of which are within easy reach of a railway station. He offers an introduction and personal appreciation of the ecclesiastical builders and their contribution to Christian culture, and observations on the railway, past and present, and its engineers. Both books include details and maps of rail routes and around 200 photographs. The two titles included in this set are: England's Cathedrals by Train (Read more...) England's Historic Churches by Train (Read more...)
Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
From a commentary on the dawn chorus in a Dorset village, with quotations from the poets as well as explanations of the behaviour compelling the birds to sing, to his final, powerful argument for conserving birds’ habitats, Dominic Couzens’s book illuminates the realities of life for songbirds. Here are the grim truths of sparrows killed by sparrowhawks, the aggression inspired by feeding tables and crows made homeless by tree-felling as well the marvels of the skylark’s song and starlings’ murmurations.
Built to Thrill
More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
The author Clive Cussler's interest in vintage and collectible cars matches that of his fictional hero Dirk Pitt, and many of the cars the adventurer drives in novels such as Raise the Titanic! are part of the writer's own collection. This volume provides photographs and brief histories of 49 of his fully restored classics, from a 1959 Hudson Hornet Convertible to a 1965 Corvette Stingray. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Malcolm Root's Transport Paintings
Best known for his atmospheric railway scenes, Malcolm Root has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to period and engineering detail in his nostalgic paintings. This collection of his work encompasses all forms of British transport in realistic historic settings from an Edwardian tram and an Empire flying boat in the 1930s to a Dodge fire engine going out on call in the 1950s and a Massey Ferguson tractor working the fields in the 1960s.
Burns and Laird
This volume from the Ships in Focus series is a photographic record of the ships of the famous Glasgow shipping company which played a pioneering role in developing British coastal and short sea steamship services until its demise in the 1970s. The book also includes vessels operated by the separate Burns and Laird lines before their amalgamation in 1922. The extensive captions give details of builders, engines and basic dimensions and outline each ship's history.
An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection
Based on an unsurpassed private collection, this lavish book is a survey of the skull – in humans and other mammals, and also birds, reptiles and fish. Exploring anatomy and species-specific features such as horns, teeth, beaks and bills, the author also discusses the skull as a powerful symbol in art, culture and religion. Specimens are displayed in more than 300 photographs, ranging from an ostrich to an orangutan, and from a crocodile to a seahorse, with notes highlighting interesting features.
The Evolution of Battle
From the horns of dung beetles or the enormous claws of male fiddler crabs to the elaborate antlers of elk, some animals have developed extravagant weapons that seem out of proportion with their size. Evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen has made a study of the factors that drive the evolution of these extreme specializations and, in this study, draws parallels with the development of military technology in human history, concluding that the governing factors are the same.
The Moving Metropolis
A History of London's Transport Since 1800
From horse-drawn trams and the opening of the first passenger railway in 1836, to the UK's first urban cable car, this engrossing volume traces the history of the transport systems that have made a vital contribution to the development of London. With informative texts and hundreds of captioned artworks and photographs, the book covers topics such as transport during wartime, the challenge of the motor car and architectural design as well as the trams, trains and buses that have kept London moving since 1800.