A Life of Art and Nonsense
In 1827 the young Edward Lear (1812–1888) began to draw ‘for bread and cheese’; later he became a renowned wildlife and landscape artist and, later still, the author of the famous limericks and songs. Reproducing many of his paintings and drawings, Jenny Uglow’s critically acclaimed biography describes Lear the artist, traveller, writer of nonsense verse and self-appointed exile, and aims to discover ‘how the layers are laid down, how they overlap and twist like strata’ in a strange contradictory life of art and nonsense.
The A to Z History of London
Since the early 1930s, when Phyllis Pearsall walked the streets of London preparing the first Geographers’ A–Z Street Atlas, the capital has undergone tremendous expansions and transformations. Using the graphic mapping of A–Zs since 1936, Philip Parker first outlines the city’s history, then examines themes that have preoccupied Londoners since the 1930s, including public housing, transport and cultural diversity; and looks at eleven locations, among them Canary Wharf and Nine Elms, that have changed dramatically.
The Elements of Eloquence
How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Using examples from a vast range of writings, Mark Forsyth presents an amusing and wonderfully erudite guide to the ‘formulas, flowers and figures’ of rhetoric. For each of 39 figures, he explains some that are well-known - hyperbole, paradox, rhetorical questions – and other, less familiar strategies that work their magic behind the scenes, such as diacope in the immortal phrase ‘Bond. James Bond.’
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Christmas Activity Book
Based on Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s bestseller, this festive book offers a range of activities to enjoy in the countdown to Christmas. As well as stickers to complete an advent calendar, simple recipes and games, it has ideas for seasonal crafts, such as gathering leaves and pine cones to make a wreath, and, rather than a bear hunt, suggests an indoor treasure hunt. Age 5+
Around the World in Twenty Languages
More than 75 per cent of the world’s population can communicate in one of the 20 most-spoken languages, from Vietnamese and Korean (85 million speakers each) to Mandarin and English (1.3 and 1.5 billion respectively). As he profiles these successful lingua francas, Dorren discusses key features including their origins, scripts and pronunciation. He also analyses how linguistic oddities, such as the different ‘genderlects’ spoken by Japanese men and women, reflect aspects of cultural and political history.
Heath Robinson's Golf
Classic Cartoons and Ingenius Contraptions
Heath Robinson’s genius for creating absurd machines to execute unnecessary functions is well suited to the world of golf as the telescopic putter, moveable bunker and curled niblick in these cartoons prove. This collection of his drawings making fun of the royal and ancient game is a reproduction of a volume entitled Humours of Golf, first published in 1923, and retains the original introduction by celebrated golf writer and commentator Bernard Darwin.
The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
The SOE spy network set up by Churchill to sow discord in occupied Europe recruited a number of women to its ranks, including 39 agents in F (French) Section. This account of their activities focuses on three leading operatives, Andrée Borrel, Odette Sansom and Lise de Baissac, who played a key part in organizing local resistance units, carrying out sabotage attacks and gathering intelligence crucial to the planning of the Allied invasion.
AA British Road Map Puzzle Book
How well would you find your way if the satnav died? The AA’s quiz book invites you to use your map-reading skills to answer questions about the history and geography of roads in Britain and how to drive on them. Arranged by topics from early roads to record-breakers (the steepest, bendiest etc), each of the 40 quizzes is based on a section of an AA map, with ten questions and puzzles to challenge your general knowledge and driving skills.
The Classic University Challenge Quiz Book
Following the exact format of the venerable BBC2 television quiz (except you won’t have to sit on each other’s heads), this book poses the starters, each with three bonus questions, for 15 matches – altogether, over 2,000 questions. The dilemma will be to Google or not to Google. (Previously sold in Postscript as The All-New University Challenge Quiz Book).Slightly off-mint.
Today Programme Puzzle Book
The Today programme’s puzzles have become something of an institution at the BBC. While sometimes fiendishly difficult, they tend to require logical thought rather than mathematical ability or general knowledge – making solving them all the more compelling. The 280 conundrums in this collection are designed to stretch mental agility, but when all else fails, the answers are at the back.
Your Daily Maths
366 Number Puzzles and Problems to Keep you Sharp
With one exercise for each day of the year, this ‘cognitive workout’ poses mathematical problems that can be solved by creative thinking, even if you have not studied any maths since school. They fall into seven categories, including algebra, logic and number sense, and many relate to real-life scenarios. Laing explains the process for solving each problem, but emphasizes that ‘the goal is not to find the right answer. The goal is to think.’
The Constance Spry Cookery Book
Originally published in 1956, this is one of the great cookbooks – the sort that has its own bit of shelf, gets greasily annotated and is referred to as 'The Book'. It provides an encyclopedic range of basic know-how (even how to boil eggs); recipes for everyday and for special days; and describes techniques that pre-date most modern gadgetry, relying instead on sharp knives and elbow grease. This presentation edition is unchanged apart from the addition of metric measurements.
Christmas with Good Housekeeping
Tried, Tested, Trusted
Each of the 150 recipes in this illustrated compendium, from canapes to Christmas lunch-with-all-the-trimmings, have been triple-tested by the Good Housekeeping cookery team to ensure perfect results. A dietary index highlights the recipes that are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, and metric and imperial measurements are listed. The volume also includes time management tips, creative suggestions for leftovers and advice on making the most of festive gatherings.
Italian Vegan Cuisine
Challenging the assumption that products of animal origin are intrinsic to traditional Italian cookery, this illustrated guide offers vegan alternatives to many of the cuisine's staple ingredients. An introduction explains how to make pizza dough, egg-free fresh pasta and dairy-free versions of various cheeses. The recipes, organized into starters, mains and desserts, feature dishes such as 'Mozzarella' Croquettes, Vegetable Pizza, and Lemon Tiramisu, each accompanied by notes on their derivation.
The Jewelled Table
Cooking, Eating and Entertaining the Middle Eastern Way
Bethany Kehdy presents more than 80 authentic Middle Eastern dishes, with photographs of the area and notes on its food culture, including the concept of 'karam' – the gregarious hospitality of the region. The recipes, adapted to suit the modern cook and accompanied by detailed preparation instructions, range from meze-style favourites such as Whipped Hummus and Winter Tabbouleh to main platters including Pork Keftedes and Smoked Cod Tejen.
Macavity's Not There!
A Lift-the-flap Book
Taking a verse from the famous poem and the idea of an elusive cat, this lift-the-flap picture book has readers searching the house for Macavity. There are sturdy flaps on the bedcover, the bath, the cupboard… but each time they’re lifted, ‘Macavity’s not there!’ Children will enjoy chanting the familiar refrain, until Macavity finally appears on the very last page. Age 3+
10 Little Snowmen
Number Fun for Little Learners
Modelling counting back from ten to one and vice-versa, this ingeniously designed picture book follows ten jolly snowmen on their way to visit Father Christmas at the South Pole. One by one, they lose their way, only to reunite at their festive destination. Age 3+
L is for London
Paul Thurlby immortalizes the sights of London in his retro-style illustrations – from A for Abbey Road via I for ice skating at Somerset House and N for Nelson's Column to Z for London Zoo. Each double-page spread includes interesting facts about the landmark or sight depicted. Age 6+
A goose that didn’t get roasted; the nativity play that banished Princess Serafina’s sadness; a letter for Christmas from the First World War; one young shepherd boy’s astonishing meeting with the Angel Gabriel; and mother and baby Mountain Dragon reunited on Christmas Day... These five timeless stories by one of today’s greatest storytellers are illustrated by equally renowned children’s illustrators, including Sophie Allsopp, Michael Foreman and Quentin Blake. Age 4+.
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Throughout the 1930s TS Eliot (under the nom de plume 'Old Possum') wrote a series of verses featuring cat characters such as Macavity, Mr Mistoffelees and Old Deuteronomy. Illustrated with witty, whimsical drawings by Rebecca Ashdown, this edition of his poems also includes two CDs of the 1981 London cast performing Cats, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the poems, starring Brian Blessed, Elaine Page and Sarah Brightman.
Push-Pull-Turn! Up in the Air!
This illustrated rhyming picture book introduces a range of different types of air travel – such as a hot air balloon, a fighter jet and a space rocket. The interactive elements include planes that glide along a path on the page, a stunt aircraft that revolves 360 degrees and numerous flaps that lift to reveal pilots, passengers or crew. Age 4+
First Dinosaur Encyclopedia
Devised to develop the reading and comprehension skills of younger children, this reference book supports the primary curriculum and incorporates engaging bite-sized facts, quizzes and activities. Presenting concise information about where dinosaurs came from and how they lived during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods alongside multiple illustrations, diagrams and maps, it also explores other prehistoric species, extinction and fossils. Age 6+
From the Caddisfly’s ‘mobile residence’ to the Hummingbird’s ‘mini bedsit’ woven from plant fibres and spiders’ webs, Daniel Nassar describes 14 animal homes, with information about the animals as well as their building materials and techniques, all illustrated by the Spanish artist Julio Antonio Blasco. Age 8+
Wonderground Map of London
Featuring four different areas from MacDonald Gill's stylized Wonderground Map, commissioned in 1914 to attract people to the London Underground, these 20 notecards depict Oxford Circus, St James’s Park, Hyde Park and Victoria Station. Five of each design, blank inside.
I Like Birds: Family Planner
This spiral-bound planner comprises four tabbed inserts – 52 non-dated weekly planner pages, easy-tear-off shopping lists, monthly budget pages and notes for holidays/special occasions, plus an elastic strap closure. The cover design features a parliament of different species of owls.
Posters from the London Transport Museum Colouring Book
In the early twentieth century, many artists were commissioned to design posters encouraging the public to visit the capital's various attractions via public transport. This colouring book presents outlines of 22 of the resulting artworks, each page blank on the back to allow for display.
Colour Your Own Medieval Animals
Sourced from the British Library's extensive archive of illuminated medieval and Renaissance poetry, bestiaries and religious manuscripts, the 22 animal pictures in this colouring folio are printed on tear-out pages that are blank on the reverse. The original artworks are reproduced in colour on the inside cover.
100 Creative Papercraft Ideas
This crafting activity book includes ideas for imaginative paper-based projects using a range of techniques such as stamping, stencilling, origami and découpage. Step-by-step instructions outline each method and there are templates and decorative papers to cut out.
Wristwatch Annual 2019
The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models and Specifications
From performance chronometers for divers, aviators and yachtsmen to bejewelled timepieces for evening wear, famous watchmakers, predominantly from Switzerland, have created a market for exquisite and exclusive wristwatches that symbolize precision, craftsmanship, quality and luxury. This annual catalogue reviews the current models and the company profiles of over 130 leading manufacturers including Breitling, Cartier, Rolex and Jaeger Le-Coultre.
Haynes Kitchen Upgrade Manual
The Practical Step-by-Step Guide
Whether renovating an old kitchen or installing a new one, many homeowners opt to cut costs by doing it themselves. Illustrated with step-by-step photographs throughout, this guide explains how to plan, budget for and design a kitchen, and safely dismantle an old one. Dedicated chapters cover cabinets, counters, splashbacks, floors, lighting and appliances, with the emphasis on affordable goods widely available from DIY stores.
Antique Woodworking Tools
Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century
David Russell, a retired builder with a passion for woodcarving and antique tools, built up the collection catalogued in this book. Described as a ‘bible in its field’, it depicts over 1,500 tools including race knives, badger planes, bow drills and gimlets, with descriptive details and information on makers’ marks. The introductory essays tell the story of the collection and provide a brief history of woodworking tools from the Stone Age onwards.
The Faber Book of Christmas
You could ‘book a holiday coinciding with a Test match in the Southern Hemisphere, and leave the English Christmas far behind’, writes Simon Rae. ‘But then, of course, we’d miss it, wouldn’t we?’ Starting with ‘Christmas: For and Against’ (Bah! Humbug! from Scrooge, while Betjeman sings of ‘tissued fripperies’), the anthology is in 21 chapters, with poetry, prose and drama on themes such as food, war, Christmas in prison and Santa Claus. Bound in patterned linen.
Pens Ink & Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
The Bicycle Book
The Definitive Visual History
In 1885 British inventor John Kemp made use of two innovations for the Rover Safety Bicycle: a chain drive and pneumatic tyres – developments that made all previous designs obsolete. With hundreds of profile photographs of classic bikes and accompanying archive images and ephemera, this history analyses models from boneshakers, penny-farthings, shoppers, Choppers and BMX bikes to the carbon fibre racers and ingenious commuter cycles of today. Slightly off-mint.
Recipes from Indonesia
In this comprehensive, highly illustrated introduction to the food of Indonesia, Eleanor Ford presents 100 recipes that demonstrate the diversity of the region’s cuisine, from Sumatran Beef Rendang to Javan Spiced Tempah, and from Balinese Green Bean Lawar to Malukun Blackened Snapper. She also offers advice on preparing a Bumbu, the spice paste that forms the basis of most of the dishes featured.
The Danish capital is famed for simple cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients, served in an atmosphere of ‘hygge’, or cosiness. This introduction to the food culture features light dishes based on the smoked fish and meats for which Denmark is famous, more substantial meals such as pork cheeks slow cooked in beer, and specialities including the traditional Kransekage, or New Year’s Eve Cake.
Fantasy Flock 1000 Piece Puzzle
Designed by renowned artist and naturalist Julie Zickfoose, this 1,000-piece jigsaw features seven migratory birds of America in flight, against a dramatic backdrop of cumulonimbus cloud. Chosen specifically by the artist for their beauty and diversity, the species that are shown include the scissor-tailed flycatcher, black-headed grosbeak and hooded warbler.
British Library Maps Writing Set
Spanning half the globe, from Britain and Europe, eastward to the coast of California, the map reproduced in shades of cream and grey on these textured cards dates from the era when Australia was ‘New Holland’ and India was ‘Hindoostan’. The map also lines the envelopes and covers the rigid, lidded box. Twelve cards with ungummed envelopes.
Karin Fossum - 4 Books
The ‘Norwegian queen of crime’ Karin Fossum found international success with her Inspector Sejer novels. Beginning with In the Darkness in 1995, these complex and compassionate psychological thrillers introduce an unusual detective: the quiet, clean-living Konrad Sejer and his quest to understand the criminal mind. The four titles included in this set are:The Murder of Harriet Krohn (Read more...) The Drowned Boy (Read more...) In the Darkness (Read more...) Hellfire (Read more...)
Harlan Coben’s thrillers have ingenious plots, psychological complexity and the kind of suspense that keeps you turning the pages into the early hours. Our four novels feature some of Coben’s trademarks – mysteries of the past creeping into the present, family, and final, breath-taking twists.The four titles included in this set are:Run Away (Read more...) Home (Read more...) Fool Me Once (Read more...) Don’t Let Go (Read more...)
Bernard Cornwell - 5 Books
A hired skipper on a luxury charter schooner; a lone ocean wanderer aboard his cutter Sunflower; the Falklands war hero on the crew of an ocean racer ... Bernard Cornwell’s contemporary crime thrillers follow his sea-going protagonists into deep and deadly waters. The five titles included in this set are: Crackdown (Read more...) Wildtrack (Read more...) Stormchild (Read more...) Scoundrel (Read more...) Sea Lord (Read more...)
Josephine Cox, who died this year, was born in 1938 into a family of ten children brought up in a poor cotton-mill house in Blackburn, Lancashire. Despite her success as a bestselling novelist, she remained true to her roots and her books mingle new stories of northern life with scenes and characters from her own working-class past. The six titles included in this set are: Tomorrow the World (Read more...) The Gilded Cage (Read more...) Rainbow Days (Read more...) Love Me or Leave Me (Read more...) Let Loose the Tigers (Read more...) Her Father's Sins (Read more...)
Lizzie Lane - 4 Books
Lizzie Lane is a pseudonym of Jean G Goodhind, an author with a passion for storytelling with over 50 novels to her several names, including crime mysteries, exotic sagas and historical romance. Lizzie Lane specializes in stories set in England during the Second World War. The four titles included in this set are: Wartime Brides (Read more...) War Baby (Read more...) Home Sweet Home (Read more...) A Wartime Friend (Read more...)
My Book of Stories
Aimed at young readers who have wondered what would happen if the hero of a story chose a different course of action, each book in this series gives the openings of some of the greatest tales ever told. Ruled pages follow on which to write a new continuation, with inspiring illustrations, plot suggestions, storywriting tips, quizzes and useful words. Age 7+ The four titles included in this set are: My Book of Stories: Myths (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Adventures (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Fairy Tales (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Shakespearean Tales (Read more...)
Learn to draw
Each of these guides provides the instruction needed to master basic drawing techniques and develop an individual style. In addition to practical information on tools, materials and how to choose the right medium, the illustrations and exercises demonstrate the principles of proportion, perspective, light and shade, structure and form, and how to work from photographs.
BIRDS Watercolour Art Pad
Easily detached for painting and mounting, the 15 outline drawings in this art pad include a peacock, golden eagle and mandarin duck. Colour reproductions of the original watercolours are featured, with brief introductions to materials and techniques such as representing feathers and creating washes.
Extreme Maze Challenges to Complete and Color
With three inventive puzzle types – Bridge, Multi-floor, and Warp – these large and intricate mazes will challenge the most experienced solver, and in case you complete them in record time, these complex shapes can also be coloured in. Fortunately, there are solutions at the back of the book.
Mazes Colouring Book
An Anti-Stress Coloring Book with 60 Illustrations, 60 Mazes to Complete
Once complete, the paths through the 60 mazes in this book each create the outline of an animal. The mazes are surrounded by intricate line drawings inspired by the natural world, to colour in, detach and display.
Artist and Illustrator
Edward Ardizzone’s career began as an illustrator in the late 1920s, he served as a war artist from 1939 to 1945, and after the war his work ranged from illustrating literary classics to advertising Guinness. With over 230 reproductions, this study looks at every aspect of Ardizzone’s career, but particularly his own books, starting with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (1936), and his illustration for other children’s authors, notably Walter de la Mare and Eleanor Farjeon.
Landscape and the Life of Objects
Paul Nash (1889–1946) is now recognized as a major British artist, who drew on Modernism and Surrealism to create a distinctive vision of the English landscape. Illustrated with 100 colour images, this survey of his life and work assesses the impact his time as a war artist had on him, explores his work as a book illustrator, and considers what his poetry and other writing reveals about his personal mythology.
An Act of Homage
In words and photographs, Boris Friedewald traces the life of Salvador Dalí and the various incarnations of his moustache, from the art student dandy of the 1920s to the artist’s death in 1989; and he describes the afterlife of the moustache in popular culture and even haute couture.
In Search of Harriers
Over the Hills and Far Away
A founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and author of the Poyser monograph The Hen Harrier, Donald Watson (1918–2005) presents a collection of his bird paintings, mostly of harriers, but also of species associated with them, including Merlins, Black Grouse and Stonechats, all set in their natural landscapes. The reproductions are accompanied by Watson’s engaging personal observations and ornithological information about the various species of harrier – in Britain and abroad – and their habits and habitats. Slightly off-mint.
A Toast to the Most Aromatic of Spirits
For those who like an historical mixer with their spirits, Geraldine Coates tells the story of gin from 13th-century alchemical experiments to its recent renaissance as ‘the star of a new golden age of cocktails’. She then describes how gin is made; profiles the truly great brands, from Beefeater to Zuidam; and finishes by revealing the origins of classic cocktails and how to make them.
This comprehensive guide to Scotland’s whiskies begins with an illustrated history of the spirit, an introduction to how it is made and what to look for in tasting. The different whisky regions are explored, with maps pinpointing the locations of the distilleries. Each producer is examined in more detail in the A–Z directory, which includes information on their typical flavours.
The New Wine Rules
A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know
This concise beginner’s guide to buying, drinking and storing wine comprises 89 simple and practical rules. Covering everything from Grand Cru to appellations, it also introduces topics such as grape families and common wine faults.
The Life of Tea
A Journey to the World's Finest Teas
‘The taste and experience of pure nature, with all its exquisite flavours and aromas, are at the heart of the enjoyment of tea.’ For this spectacular three-part ‘Journey’, the authors, a documentary photographer and a tea expert, first went in search of the tea plants and the process from ‘earth to cup’, then explored the finest tea mountains of China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka and, finally, sought out the cultural world that has developed around tea drinking.
The Handmade Loaf
Aimed at the complete novice, this illustrated book has a straightforward approach to creating over 75 recipes – with very little kneading required. Taken from across Europe, they include simple milk loaves, doughs enriched with fruit or herbs, and crisp rye breads. While commercial yeast is used for some recipes, there are clear instructions on creating a sourdough starter, and information about how different starters and grains affect flavour and texture.
The Long and Short of Pasta
The restaurateurs and cookery school owners Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi offer a collection of pasta dishes inspired by their Italian travels, such as Roman Potato Gnocchi in a tomato sauce and Tuscan Linguine with Sausage and Kale Ragu. In addition to information about the origins of the featured recipes they explain how to make a variety of fresh pasta shapes and offer advice on flavour combinations.
The Catalan Kitchen
From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
Catalunya's diverse landscape is home to some of the world's finest produce, charcuterie and seafood. In this illustrated volume, the Catalan-trained chef Emma Warren draws on her visits to the homes and restaurants of the province and shares a wide range of recipes from rustic 'Mar i Muntanya' (sea and mountain) dishes to the sophisticated fusion food often associated with Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.
Made in London
Interspersed with historical snippets and shopping tips, and organized in sections including 'Breakfast and Brunch', 'Afternoon Tea' and ‘Late-Night London’, this illustrated compendium presents recipes invented in the city over the centuries. Traditional offerings, such as Chelsea Buns, and Omelette Arnold Bennett, feature alongside contemporary dishes that reflect the multicultural nature of the city, including Aromatic Beef Pho and Brick Lane Curry.
One of the most celebrated graphic artists of contemporary comic books, Alex Ross was obsessed with the genre from early childhood and his breakthrough series Marvels in 1994 laid the groundwork for creating the unified Marvel Universe of the film franchise. This retrospective of Ross’s work tells the artist’s story and includes hundreds of drawings, paintings and photographs of characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Century of Fashion Illustration
From Georges Lepape and Erté in the era of Art Deco to the contemporary artists Mats Gustafson, François Berthoud and Aurore de la Morinerie, this volume presents Joëlle Chariau’s remarkable collection of drawings and watercolours by some of the greatest fashion illustrators of the last 100 years. Originally published to coincide with the ‘Drawing Fashion’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London, the book comprises three essays on the art of the fashion illustrator and over 160 reproductions.
The Fashion Design Resource
This visual fashion guide features photographs of 1,000 modern dresses, including shifts, pinafores and kaftans. It places each style in its historical context and offers multiple examples of variations. Technical information about the cut, construction, embellishments, proportion and symmetry of each garment is given, as well as design and fabric considerations, a range of traditional and interpretive examples of the silhouette, and a glossary of terms.
Design Culture Fashion 1956–1976
For more than two decades, the Pop movement spanned the worlds of music, art, fashion and design. This book chronicles its development from the Beat Generation of the Fifties through the optimism of the Sixties to its demise amid the angry nihilism of punk. Almost 300 illustrations feature posters, paintings, record sleeves and clothing, including work by Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, David Bailey, Robert Crumb and Zandra Rhodes.
A Sourcebook for Old-School Designs and Tattoo Artists
Once the preserve of sailors and bikers, tattoos have become enormously popular in the last two decades. This book explores their history, illustrating many striking designs and recording the colourful lives of the great tattoo artists of the past. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme: the circus, naval and military, girls, hearts and banners, religious icons, rock and roll, and prison tattoos.
The Marvel Vault
A Visual History
Reacting to the appearance of Superman in Action Comics in 1938, Marvel introduced Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch in their new publication the following year, and have since entertained readers with the adventures of Spider-Man, Captain America and The Fantastic Four, among many other characters. This illustrated celebration charts the history and development of Marvel Comics and its characters up to the present day and contains hundreds of early sketches, artworks, covers, comic strip excerpts and pieces of memorabilia. Slightly off-mint.
The Story of a Sacred Landscape
Written by one of the UK’s leading archaeologists, this study of Britain’s most famous prehistoric monument draws on the latest research to explain its origins, development and eventual abandonment. Illustrated with colour photographs, historic images, maps and plans, it sets Stonehenge in the context of late Neolithic and Bronze Age society, discussing its astronomical alignment and its position within the wider ritual landscape – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that includes Avebury, Silbury Hill and the West Kennet Long Barrow.
Lost to the Sea
Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: The Yorkshire Coast and Holderness
In the centuries since the Roman occupation, Yorkshire’s coastline has moved more than three miles inland, while the mudflats at the mouth of the Humber have grown. This social history of the changing coast uses oral and documentary sources to tell how communities have lived with the threat of erosion and have attempted to protect their towns and villages by slowing down the relentless advance of the North Sea.
A Journey Round Britain's Quizzes
Starting with quiz night in the Prince of Wales on Highgate Hill, Mark Mason sets off in search of the perfect quiz question. In venues as far-flung as a hotel bar in Edinburgh and a village pub in Suffolk, he meets the aficionados of the quiz world and a veritable deluge of facts, figures and trivia.
Ancient Astronomy and the English Public House
Why are some pubs called ‘The Seven Stars’? Hugh Kolb has analysed the surviving pubs and their history and the symbolism of Seven Stars over the past 3,000 years to find the answer. In chapters illustrated with photographs of the pubs, Kolb pursues topics as diverse as the origins of hostelries, the immaculate conception, the solar system and the Anglo-Saxons, and concludes that the Seven Stars are the Pleiades – the ancient Greek Dionysians’ celestial bunch of grapes.
A vast dome covering part of Manhattan in a diaphanous skin; Frank Lloyd Wright’s mile-high skyscraper; a 19th-century ‘Gothic’ cathedral; or Vladimir Tatlin’s design for a stupendous monument to the Third International ... Some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture were never constructed, yet the plans survive. Illustrated with reproductions of architectural drawings, paintings and prints, this book surveys 50 abandoned schemes including ideal cities, eccentricities such as The Triumphal Elephant, and more recent green experiments.
Discover the Secrets of Our Planet's Iconic Structures
Continent by continent, the Polish graphic designer Micha? Gaszy?ski presents the world’s architectural and engineering masterpieces, each illustrated in his distinctive style and accompanied by facts and statistics about the buildings’ construction, architectural style and history. The book covers ancient monuments such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, places of worship, practical structures including the Suez Canal and Australia’s rabbit and dingo fences, the most remarkable skyscrapers and, beyond the planet, the International Space station.
A History of Deception, 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies
Judgement Days that never happened, too many pieces of the True Cross, spirit mediums, the forged evidence against Dreyfus, a fake Modigliani nude, and pseudocides ... Exploring the ‘vast swamp of morally dubious incidents’, this history reflects on how the unsuspecting are duped, as well as the dishonesty and ingenuity of the deceivers. All the most notorious forgers and confidence tricksters are here, along with some well-intentioned trickery such as Britain’s Operation Mincemeat during the Second World War.
Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions that Changed British History
In 1831, 26-year-old Captain Robert FitzRoy advertised for a companion to join him on a voyage to South America. The ship was the HMS Beagle; the successful applicant the young Charles Darwin; the result of the voyage the theory of natural selection. This entertaining compendium of 40 historical anecdotes, whose topics include science, politics, food and literature, illustrates how seemingly insignificant events can alter the course of history.
Great Stories from History for Every Day of the Year
Some dates, such as the Ides of March, are especially well remembered as the occasion of world-changing events, but this book demonstrates that every day of the year is the anniversary of at least one notable incident - from the birth of Mata Hari (March 13th) and the death of Leonardo da Vinci (May 2nd) to the abdication of the last Roman emperor (September 4th) and the opening of the Suez Canal (November 17th). Off-mint.
No Tradesmen and No Women
The Origins of the British Civil Service
Drawing on extensive research and 40 years’ experience as a civil servant, Michael Coolican describes how the machinery of government has developed since the time of Thomas Cromwell. His forthright account assesses the successes and failures of Whitehall departments in implementing government policy, and explains how Victorian reforms created an elitist culture of nepotism. He argues that the resulting poor leadership, distrust of modern management practices and preference for generalists over experts affect the service to this day.
in Bite-sized Chunks
Highlighting different cultures’ richly imaginative responses to the most basic questions about nature and mortality, this primer introduces the gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters of the world’s great storytelling traditions, from Australian and Maori tales to the Norse mythology of medieval Scandinavia.
Hollywood Love Stories
True Love Stories from the Golden Days of the Silver Screen
Gill Paul recounts fourteen real-life romances between 20th-century movie stars, beginning with the ‘Marriage of the Century’ of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in 1920. Illustrated with period images and ephemera, the tales include the stormy marriages of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the long affair between Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn and the scandalous liaison between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
Owners' Workshop Manual
Beginning life as an ambulance conversion of a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, the 'Ectomobile' from Ghostbusters was one of the stars of the film. This tongue-in-cheek technical analysis also includes dissections of vehicles from the sequels and of some of the special spook-hunting gadgets.
Heath Robinson's Great War
The Satirical Cartoons
Best known for his humorous cartoons featuring over-elaborate contraptions, William Heath Robinson published drawings in magazines satirizing the First World War throughout the conflict, among the most popular being his series ‘Inventions Rejected by the Inventions Board’ which included the ingenious ‘Hot-bottler for Warming Highlanders’ Legs after a Night in the Trenches’. This volume reproduces three collections of the best of this work, originally published during the war: Some Frightful War Pictures, Hunlikely! and The Saintly Hun.
An Illustrated Dictionary for Beer Lovers
From Aging to Altbier, Hefeweizen to Hops, and Skunky to Stout, this humorous dictionary defines terms associated with beer (a word that was first recorded by ancient Egyptian scribes). Written and illustrated in typically witty style by the aptly named Mark Brewer, the entries cover the many different varieties of lagers, ales and stouts, technical brewing jargon and beer lovers' slang.
A Collection of Round Robins
The letters folded inside Christmas cards can say more about the writers than they would like, revealing the lives they want rather than those they have. The correspondents satirized here include the teen blogger and the hypochondriac, the newlyweds married in a field of cows and the ex-MP completely lacking in self-awareness. ‘Any similarity to persons living or dead is entirely to be expected.’ Slightly off-mint.
A Gentleman's Bedside Book
This compendium will surely provide ‘entertainment for the last 15 minutes of the day’ whatever your inclination: mathematicians can drift off to half a page of pi; motorists might mug up on the Luton, Croydon and Belgravia methods of washing a car; there’s a handy list of people you are not allowed to marry (CofE rules); and for literary types there are the rude bits from Samuel Pepys.
A Game by Martin Wallace
In this revised edition of the classic card-based game, players must think strategically to rebuild the city following the Great Fire – the cost of creating monuments, rehousing people and generating commerce must be repaid before the game ends. The 121 cards feature coloured artwork of famous locations and buildings; a game board and tokens are included. 2–4 players. Young adult.
More Letters of Note
Letters of Note was an unexpected publishing sensation - a crowd-funded anthology of letters that became an international bestseller. This follow-up delivers the same mix of the tragic, the comic, the heartfelt and the historically significant. Illustrated with colour facsimiles of the original letters, it includes Richard Burton's farewell note to Elizabeth Taylor on their divorce, David Bowie's touching reply to his first American fan letter, and the final missive from a doomed Japan Airlines flight.