The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Carmarthenshire
Wales Herald at Arms 1963–1993
Francis Jones (1908–93) collected stories and local history throughout his life and published numerous articles, essays and books about Wales, focusing in particular on Carmarthenshire, where he was County Archivist. This collection of his writings includes stories about prominent figures and notable events in the county’s history, accounts of everyday life and civil organization, and reviews of the great houses and historic families. Off-mint.
Explore London's Square Mile
2000 Years of Heritage from the Romans to World Financial Centre
This walking guide begins with a brief overview of London’s historic centre before detailing a series of short tours, each illustrated with colour photographs and a map. The walks all focus on a different theme, such as food or religion, and together they highlight the rich heritage of the ancient city, from its financial and legal institutions to its gardens, former residents and locations used in television and film.
The Devon Landscape
An Appraisal of Devon's Landscape at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Published by Devon County Council in 2002, this survey breaks the county into 32 distinct ‘landscape character zones’. Each is described and evaluated with maps, photographs and statistics, providing a detailed reference for planners, landowners, geologists, local historians and visitors.
Lady Chatterley's Villa
DH Lawrence on the Italian Riviera
In November 1925, in search of a healthy climate, DH Lawrence arrived in the Italian resort of Spotorno with his wife Frieda. Drawing on recently discovered letters, this book tells the story of the next six months, in which the aristocratic Frieda’s affair with a muscular Italian army officer would plant in Lawrence’s mind the germ of the idea that became Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia
This unique voyage around Apulia, the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’, describes sites of cultural importance and links the region’s history to its topography, travelling from north to south and exploring the rugged landscape, cave towns and cities where successive conquerors have left their mark.
Victorians and Edwardians Abroad
The Beginning of the Modern Holiday
The Polytechnic Touring Agency (PTA) was created in 1888 to cater for the growing numbers of lower middle-class people who could for the first time afford to holiday abroad. From the PTA archive at the University of Westminster, this book presents the recollections of those who enjoyed ‘Poly holidays’ before 1914. Illustrated with postcards, photographs and promotional items, it records their train journeys to Paris, Switzerland and Italy, and reveals a penchant for mischievous fun.
Omaggio a Trieste
Top of the Lonely Planet's list of the world's unsung places, Trieste is almost cut off from Italy, by geography and history. This Omaggio a.. volume shows the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it was a great cosmopolitan centre for art and literature. The book contains around 80 sepia tone photographs with captions, and a short introduction. Texts are in Italian and English.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice plains, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it retells the dramatic expeditions of explorers including Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark and Edmund Hillary.
Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn
The Great British Holiday
In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the British holidaymaker at home and abroad. A surprising recent phenomenon is the increase in holidays in Britain, while the holiday abroad appears to be in decline. From holiday flings to hen nights, and from the 'full English' to the long-haul gap year, the minutiae of British holiday-making is examined here in all its glory. Slightly off-mint.