At Elizabeth David's Table
Classic Recipes and Timeless Kitchen Wisdom
With books such as French Provencal Cooking, published in 1960, Elizabeth David (1913–1992) transformed British attitudes to cooking and eating, importing Mediterranean influences, but also celebrating the best in English cuisine and particularly English baking. This beautifully presented anthology contains a selection of both quick recipes and classic dishes from David's books, some in her narrative style, some with their ingredients listed. The recipes have been photographed in muted style, and interspersed with essays and articles, including 'My Dream Kitchen'. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
Clematis, A Book for Gardeners
Vigorous, fragrant and easy to plant and prune, the montana is the most popular of the Clematis family. Suitable for both amateur and expert gardeners, this illustrated guide explains the history of each variety, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to choose the right plant for a particular plot, and offers advice on cultivation and display.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
The Paleo Diet
Food Your Body is Designed to Eat
As an overweight young adult, Daniel Green lost 4½ stone by cutting out gluten, dairy, bad fats and bad carbohydrates and he has never put the weight back on. With recipes for breakfasts, light meals, soups, salads, side dishes, dinners and desserts, his book shows how simple it is to create delicious and nourishing meals from fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, nuts and seeds, and proves how a Paleo lifestyle can keep you healthy while still enjoying gourmet dishes.
Battle of Britain Micro Fliers
For younger aviation enthusiasts, this book offers a great introduction to the aircraft and the history of the Battle of Britain. As well as the Spitfire, Hurricane and their chief adversary, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the book describes another nine planes that took part in the aerial battles over southern England in 1940 – among them the Bristol Beaufighter, Gloster Gladiator and Junkers Ju87 'Stuka' – and there are die-cut card pieces to make models of all twelve planes. Ring bound. Age 8+
Robert Louis Stevenson's spellbinding tale of adventure, murder and revenge has all the elements of a great graphic novel, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh's Unesco City of Literature Trust turned to veterans of the strip Judge Dredd to effect this translation. Tight, dramatic, atmospherically coloured panels and terse dialogue bring the action vividly to life. The handsome, slipcased, two-volume set includes both the graphic novel and a fascinating account of its creation, including original scripts and storyboards.
Drawing inspiration from the National Trust's traditional kitchens, mills and dairies, orchards, kitchen gardens and hedgerows, award-winning food writer Sybil Kapoor has brought together a collection of modern British baking recipes using traditional ingredients and seasonal produce. There are recipes for every level of skill, from easy Leek Tart and Cheese Straws to Hazelnut and Blackberry Roulade and Chocolate Pear Cake – something for everyone who loves to bake.
Classic Vegetarian Cookery
Arto der Haroutunian (1940–87) was born in Aleppo, Syria and lived in the Levant. He came with his family to England as a child, and recalls how he longed for the fruits of their Beirut garden. In this cookbook, first published in 1985, he explores 'the known, the little-known and the few still unknown to the British' vegetables in recipes ranging from salads and simple cooked vegetables to casseroles, pies and nut and pulse-based dishes. Slightly off-mint.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This third volume in the series presents selections of the nude work of 17 photographers. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
Treasures of the Habsburgs
The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The House of Habsburg was one of the wealthiest and most powerful dynasties in Europe, and many of its members were great patrons and collectors of art. Illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs, this book presents about 150 examples of the Kunstkammer – or cabinet of curiosities – where wonders of art, science and nature were brought together, ranging from pieces of sculpture and metalwork to exotic objects fashioned from ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, rhinoceros horns and sharks' teeth.
Make Your Own London Landmarks
5 Models to Construct
The London Eye, the Shard, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and Tower Bridge are some of the capital's most widely recognized landmarks. These five models offer a chance to understand their construction and to examine their architectural details more closely. The step-by-step instructions make it easy to assemble the press-out pieces, while the accompanying facts and figures on the design and history of each structure will enable you to speak knowledgeably as you show off your handiwork.
The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants
Volume I: Angiospermae – Monocotyledons
Accessible to gardeners as well as professional botanists, this manual assists with the accurate identification of ornamental flowering plants cultivated in Europe. It now appears in a revised edition, reorganized in line with new taxonomic methods; Volume I covers all the Monocotyledons, the grasses and sedges, the aroids and the large and diverse family of the Orchidaceae.
The New Dictionary of Things There Should Be Words For
What should we call 'something that looks like minced beef but isn't'? Minsk, of course! 'Luxuriant nostril hairs'? Utrillas! Three decades after Douglas Adams and QI creator John Lloyd compiled The Meaning of Liff, here is a new collection of more than 900 familiar things that have hitherto remained unnamed, an oversight now corrected by recycling the appellations of places near and far.
Gustav Klimt: The Founder of the Vienna Secession
Klimt (1862–1918) is one of the key figures in 20th-century art and 20 of his paintings, including The Virgin, both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss, are reproduced in this book alongside outlines to colour in and brief introductions to the artworks.
More Miniature Merchant Ships
The New Guide to Waterline Ship Modelling in 1/1200 Scale
The 32 sets of plans in this miniature modelling guide include Cunard's Carpathia (rescuer of survivors of the Titanic) and the White Star Liners Britannic and Mauretania, rendered as if afloat, from the waterline up. The book includes a reference section explaining ship design and construction, describing typical fittings, from winches and derricks to windows and ladders, and providing expert guidance on the required tools and techniques for this specific form of maritime modelling.
Paleo: Monday to Friday
A Diet So Good You Can Take the Weekend Off!
The Paleo diet eliminates heavily processed foods, replacing them with fresh meat and fish, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables – and the health benefits are so dramatic that you can stray at the weekend and still lose weight. Here the bestselling author of The Paleo Diet shares 100 highly varied recipes that are easy to shop for and simple to prepare – from Kale and Eggs to Berry Compôte, Tomato Soup, Grilled Salmon Salad, Meatloaf, Pad Thai and Apple Pie.
The Sultan's Sex Potions
Arab Aphrodisiacs in the Middle Ages
Arab erotological and erotic literature has a long and remarkably rich history stretching back to the ninth century. This volume presents a critical edition, translation and study of a 13th-century work from that tradition: The Sultan's Sex Potions, a sober treatise on aphrodisiacs for those afflicted with sexual impotence and other ailments, written by one of the leading scientists of the age. Edited, translated and introduced by Daniel L Newman.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements. Off-mint.
More Than 100 Beautiful Projects
Catering for every level of skill, this collection comprises more than 100 knitting projects, including patterns for cardigans, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves and socks for children and adults, and blankets, pillows, bags and toys for the home. A substantial section on basic equipment and techniques includes step-by-step illustrated instructions for everything from casting on to seams and blocking, plus a useful photo gallery of stitch patterns.
Get Started Knitting
Learn Something New
Aimed at the complete novice, this book begins with an overview of the materials and tools that knitters use regularly. Photographs and step-by-step instructions explain the basic techniques needed to make simple projects such as a striped scarf. More advanced skills including shaping, cables, lace and colourwork are introduced, and can be practised in the patterns for a cushion cover and raglan sweater. A stitch gallery shows the different textures that can be achieved.
The Women's Institute
This collection of over 50 recipes focuses on one-pot soups, casseroles, stir-frys and risottos, with some calling for a separate pan for accompaniments. Each entry has been contributed by a bestselling WI writer and chosen for its simplicity, with ingredients and equipment kept to a minimum. Slow-cooked options, including Beef in Guinness Cobbler, and Bean and Vegetable Hotpot, feature alongside quick, family-friendly dishes such as Chinese-style Chicken.
Written for anyone interested in making clothes, whether a complete beginner or experienced needleworker, this guide to basic and intermediate techniques includes chapters on identifying and choosing fabrics, body types and size charts, seams and shaping, hems and closures, all with step-by-step, illustrated instructions showing how to create fashionable, professional-looking garments.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by-decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand-knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses on 21st-century catwalks. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine-produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural contexts.
Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This practical guide to knitting draws on traditional Swedish techniques to help the reader develop and practise key skills, from casting on and off, and adding holes and pockets, to repairing mistakes and decorating with beads, sequins and embroidery. Patterns are provided for the garments featured in the book, including sweaters, a bedspread and a gold evening bag, and there is also advice on how to create a pattern of your own.
Garlic: The Mighty Bulb
Cooking, Growing and Healing with Garlic
Natasha Edwards, who grew up on her parents’ garlic farm on the Isle of Wight, introduces the many properties of ‘the mighty bulb’ in cookery and as medicinal marvel. As well as 50 recipes for dishes and drinks, including the famous Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves and Garlic Bloody Mary, the book provides detailed information and guidance on using garlic in natural remedies, and a final chapter explains how to grow your own. Foreword by Clarissa Dickson Wright.
The Customer's Always Wrong
Stupid Things Shoppers Say
Will cinemas pause films while you pop to the toilet? Can you get a refund after cutting the legs off new jeans? Is pouring butter into your computer a good idea? This book contains some of the most bizarre queries and complaints that staff have faced from the kind of customer who spends two frustrating days 'rewinding' a DVD or is upset when an omelette smells of eggs.
I Don't Believe It!
Original Complaints of Tunbridge Wells
The British used to be better at complaining, as this sequel to the bestselling Outraged of Tunbridge Wells demonstrates. Before the internet debased the subtle art of invective, newspaper readers would take up their pens to inform editors of their disgust and outrage, perfectly balancing insouciance with sarcasm. The letters collected here appeared in Kent newspapers between Georgian times and the Second World War, and range from the pedantic and humorous to the poignant and political.
The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts... and More!
Over 60 examples of machine and hand stitches are illustrated in this directory, including basic utility stitches as well as those that are purely decorative. Each entry contains practical information on the types of fabric, thread and needle the stitch is suitable for; step-by-step instructions on how to create and use it; and suggestions for alternatives, should a stitch recommended by a pattern not be available on the crafter’s machine.
Painting the Nude in Oils
The nude has inspired artists for centuries, but capturing the beauty of form and the delicate colours of the figure in oils presents particular challenges. This book provides a historical study of the nude in painting, together with a wealth of practical advice. There are tips on working with a model, on lighting and on choosing a pose, and step-by-step examples to show the progress of many paintings. The author exhibits widely and her work is in collections throughout Europe.
Eat your Way to Better Health
An estimated seven million people suffer from cardiovascular disease in the UK. Here the chef, nutritionist and co-presenter of the new ITV series Eat Shop Save Dale Pinnock explains how stress and a poor diet promote CVD, and the complex physiology of when things go wrong. He details a range of essential ingredients to keep in stock, and follows this with simple, heart-healthy recipes for every meal, strong on vegetables, fish, pulses and fruit.
The Secret Diaries of Almost Everyone
Since 2006 the 'My Week' column in The Times has parodied days in the lives of such luminaries as David Cameron, Prince Harry, Vladimir Putin – and Jeremy Clarkson ('Wednesday... brainstorming new ways to be mean about the Germans'). The author has personally selected this collection and given the entries new introductions to place them in their political or social context.
The Della Robbia Pottery
Named after the great Italian Renaissance ceramicist, the Della Robbia Pottery was founded by Harold Rathbone, the son of a Liverpool businessman. Embodying the principles of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement, it produced uniquely beautiful tiles, vases and other wares for more than a decade. This lavishly illustrated book charts its history, explains its working methods, and includes a catalogue of its products, an A–Z of the pottery's artists, and a guide to its marks.
This practical guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour with many fine examples and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.
Cooking on the Bone
Recipes, History and Lore
In this award-winning cookbook, chef Jennifer McLagan aims to restore bones to their deserved place in our kitchens. Each chapter includes a diagram of the whole animal, advice about buying and getting the most flavour out of the various cuts, and recipes to suit every palate and skill level, from Lancashire Hot Pot and Roast Leg of Pork with Crackling to Double-Bone Beef with Red Wine Sauce, Seven-Hour Leg of Lamb, and Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. (Previously published as Bones.)
The Banned List
A Manifesto Against Jargon and Cliche
John Rentoul's polemical essay, which highlights annoyingly pretentious and hackneyed phrases, might make uncomfortable reading for those who exhibit a tendency to issue cast-iron guarantees while pulling out all the stops and proactively strategizing going forward. This is followed by the full 'banned list' of such objectionable locutions, which Rentoul has diligently compiled to save his fellow writers from annoying their readers.
The Best of Jane Grigson
The Enjoyment of Food
Like her friend Elizabeth David, who introduces this book, Jane Grigson (1928–1990) saw food as an expression of human culture, and wrote about it with elegance and erudition. This collection of her best-loved recipes is arranged by region. There are chapters on England, France, the Mediterranean, the rest of Europe, the Americas, and India and the Far East, plus Charcuterie as well as Treats and Celebrations, and Grigson also offers advice on the choice and preparation of ingredients.
Ideal for those new to creating meat-free meals, this cookbook offers nutritional advice and over 100 traditional, Mediterranean and more exotic recipes. Dishes for entertaining are featured, in addition to everyday snacks, lunches and dinners including potato pancakes served with tzatziki, Japanese inspired red cabbage salad and Vegewok with Thai coconut sauce.
The Yogurt Cookbook
Armenian-born writer Arto der Haroutunian (1940–1987) shares more than 200 recipes for using yoghurt more widely than as an ingredient for breakfasts, desserts and dips. As well as instructions for making yoghurt, this well-illustrated book shows how to incorporate it into soups, salads and breads as well as heartier meals using eggs, meat and fish. Drawing on culinary traditions from around the world, each recipe is clearly explained, with measurements given in imperial and metric.
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Collection
(three volume set)
As a virtuoso pianist, Beethoven composed sonatas for his instrument throughout his career, developing the Classical style into a new Romantic idiom through such popular and revolutionary works as the Pathétique, Moonlight and Hammerklavier sonatas. This urtext performing edition contains the full cycle of 32 works, from the early Op. 2 set of 1795, which Beethoven dedicated to his teacher Haydn, to the great C-minor Op. 111 written in 1822.
Riverford Farm Cook Book
Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Guy Watson started the Riverford veg-box scheme and Jane Baxter set up the Riverford Field Kitchen, and both businesses influence the content of this cookbook. Each section features a different vegetable, providing an introduction, recipes and advice on storage and preparation. From Beetroot Haters’ Soup or Kale, Chorizo and Potato Hash to Chocolate Courgette Cake, the authors show that local, seasonal veg can be just as appetizing as exotic varieties found on supermarket shelves.
Eating Well Made Easy
Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Everyone, Every Day
In this cookbook, TV chef Lorraine Pascal adjusts the cooking methods and ingredients of well-known dishes to make them healthier and more nutritious, creating a range of tasty, satisfying and simple-to-prepare meals. The recipes include meat-free versions of classics such as Mushroom and Chestnut Lancashire Hotpot, as well as ideas for breakfasts, snacks, puddings and Sunday roasts. Slightly off-mint.
From Petticoat Tails to Arbroath Smokies
Traditional Foods of Scotland
One of the Taste of Britain series, described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his preface as 'an exciting journey to find Britain's edible treasure', this volume goes north of the border into the land of oatcakes and haggis, Irn-Bru, Aberdeen Angus Cattle and mealie puddings. The authors explain the culinary history and traditions of each raw ingredient or product, how it is prepared (unless it is a trade secret), and where to find it.
From Bath Chaps to Bara Brith
The Taste of South West Britain
This volume is from The Taste of Britain series that describes British foods – both raw ingredients and products – that belong to their region in the same way as French foods are linked to their terroir (soil). Surveying the foodstuffs of South West England, the Channel Islands and Wales, the authors delve into the history and culinary traditions of local fare such as Dittisham plums, Plymouth Gin, Caerphilly Cheese and the mighty Jersey Royal Potato.
The New English Kitchen
How to Make Your Food Go Further
First published in 2005, when it was described by the Observer as ‘Mrs Beeton’s 21st-century equivalent’, The New English Kitchen presents over 280 easy recipes, using cheaper cuts of better-quality meat and leftovers and, as far as possible, UK-grown ingredients. Much of the emphasis is on ‘rolling food into more than one meal’, but there are also chapters on store-cupboard food, making the most of gluts of fruit and vegetables, and ethical dairy shopping.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook
This comprehensive introduction to slow cooking comprises more than 200 easy-to-prepare recipes from around the world – including soups, stews, pot roasts, risottos, cakes and desserts – plus clear guidance on how to choose and care for your slow cooker, adapt and scale recipes to suit different requirements, and common troubleshooting issues.
Great British Village Show
Royal Horticultural Society
With a foreword by village fair stalwart Alan Titchmarsh and advice from cookery teacher Thane Prince and gardening expert Matthew Biggs, this illustrated compendium offers a unique insight into the particularities of a great British tradition. It looks at the RHS guidelines on selecting and presenting produce and includes interviews with show veterans and tried-and-tested recipes for cakes, chutneys and jams.
Something in the Cellar...
Wonderful World of Wine
Surveying wine and its devotees in pen and ink, these drawings were created for a variety of publications in the 1970s and early 1980s by the great satirical cartoonist, Ronald Searle (1920–2011). Along with 'The World of Wine' series covering wine ceremonies worldwide, from the fraught Annual Ceremony of Accepting the Kremlin Rouge in the USSR to Spain's joyful Festival of Hoofing the Rioja, are various lunatic methods for opening a bottle of wine and other wine-related mishaps.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
The Jimmy Hill Story
As a revolutionary players' union rep, innovative manager and pioneering presenter and pundit, Jimmy Hill had a profound effect on football. This new edition of his autobiography, first published in 1998, contains an additional chapter reflecting on his remarkable career.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
The Old Man and the Knee
How to Be a Golden Oldie
‘I’d like to get one thing straight. I am not old. I know what old is, and I’m not it.’ This light-hearted guide to retirement discusses the amusing and exasperating points of ageing, from what to do with your spare time and coping with the changing attitudes and manners of younger generations to worrying about declining physical fitness and the perils of social media.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 21st century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
Covering an extraordinary diversity of gardens across the world – classical Chinese aesthetics in Suzhou, cactus terraces in Lanzarote, a Persian oasis in Iran and Gertrude Jekyll’s Arts and Crafts garden at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire – this is a survey to inspire gardeners and designers. The book looks at 100 exceptional gardens, describing, illustrating and explaining in detail the key elements of each one from a design perspective.
The Cambridge History of Western Textiles
From Iron and Bronze Age spinning tools to the globalized, branded leisure wear of the late 20th century, this two-volume history brings together 32 essays by contributors ranging from archaeologists to historians of fashion to give a full account of the production and uses of textiles in the western world. The history of all the major textile industries, including wool, linen, silk, cotton and artificial fibres is explored; and the work also examines the far-reaching implications of textiles in the history of economies and societies. Slipcased.
Card Games for Gambling
Great Games for Pleasure and Profit
Famous casino card games such as baccarat and blackjack are fully explained in this guide as well as games better suited to home play, such as poker, pontoon and Newmarket. Entries for each give a brief history and comprehensive instructions for the procedure of play, with example hands and tips on game play and betting strategy.
Through It All I've Always Laughed
(An Autobiography of Myself)
Well known from the Radio 4 comedy, Steve Delaney's cult character, Count Arthur Strong, is an ageing entertainer from Doncaster with a deluded sense of his own importance and a talent for mangling words. This memoir, presented as a typewritten script with the great man's own handwritten annotations, is a satire of British show business autobiographies, with stories of childhood struggles, national service, early theatrical breaks and celebrity anecdotes accompanied by the author’s nonsensical thoughts and opinions. Off-mint.
How Traditional Crafts Are About More than Just Making
When it first appeared in Old English, 'cræft' signified a sense of knowledge, wisdom and resourcefulness. Using our collective nostalgia for authentic objects produced by human hands as a starting point, the archaeologist and broadcaster Alexander Langlands interweaves historical research, scientific analysis and personal anecdotes. He attempts to recover the lost meaning of the word, stressing the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.
The author of eleven novels such as Headlong and the Booker-longlisted Skios, and many plays including Noises Off, Michael Frayn is also a prolific newspaper columnist. Dating from 1962 to 1994, this selection of his pieces deploys his characteristic wit, razor-sharp observation and offbeat comedy on a range of topics from bureaucratic absurdity to pretentious productions of Shakespeare. They are arranged in alphabetical order ‘because I couldn’t think of any more rational system’. Slightly off-mint.
Thirty-Six Short Entertainments
Beginning with flatpack ‘Instructions for Assembling Your Pocket Playhouse’, Michael Frayn’s miniature sketches relish the absurdities of modern life. Here we find a telephone prayer answering service (‘Your prayer has been placed in a queue’); flirting academics in the Working Group on Gender Stereotyping in Indefinite Pronouns; and the nail-biting national semi-finals of the UK TV Watching Championship. Slightly off-mint.
The Life and Art of a Garden Designer
Norah Lindsay was a major influence on English garden design between the wars. Having developed her skills in her own Oxfordshire garden, she turned professional in 1924 when the collapse of her marriage left her penniless. Well-illustrated with historic and modern photographs, this book celebrates her life and work creating gardens for Nancy Astor, the Prince of Wales and royalty across Europe. It includes a directory of all her clients and the work she undertook for them.
The English Garden
From formal topiary at Levens Hall, Cumbria, to the seemingly natural flower meadows of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park in Norfolk, Ursula Buchan presents a thematic survey of English domestic gardens, illustrated with over 300 photographs by Andrew Lawson.
Wolfgang Oehme and the New American Garden
Wolfgang Oehme (1930–2011) spearheaded the ‘New American’ garden style that is defined by vast sweeps of herbaceous perennials and grasses. This volume, with photographs of his creations, documents his life in landscape architecture and includes a detailed glossary of the plants that featured in his projects in Germany and the United States.
The Garden Anthology
Celebrating the Best Garden Writing from the Royal Horticultural Society
From an article published in 1900 on Gregor Mendel’s work on peas by William Bateson, the man who coined the term ‘genetics’, to Toby Musgrave on growing heritage fruit and vegetables in 2012, this anthology brings together the best and most important writing from The Garden, the journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. The selections are in chapters ranging from seasons and the weather to the RHS itself, and are interspersed with vibrant illustrations by Jenny Bowers.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors, and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing.
A Passion for Patchwork
Over 100 Quilted Projects for All Seasons
From simple items that can be completed in a few hours to more intricate and ambitious creations, the projects in this workbook include purses, bags, place mats, hangings, cushions and quilts. Using simple patchwork, appliqué and quilting techniques and a variety of fabrics, the designs include step-by-step instructions, templates and piecing diagrams.
Knitted Toy Tales
Irresistible Characters for All Ages
Including bunnies, bears and robots, each toy in this manual has a name and comes with its own introductory story and rhyme. The patterns use a minimal number of parts to avoid having to sew together too many components afterwards, and there is a clearly illustrated section on techniques, with templates, lists of suppliers and yarns used, and advice on which projects best suit a beginner.
How to Create an Heirloom Quilt
Learn Over 35 Machine Techniques to Build a Beautiful Quilt
Pauline Ineson designed her Heirloom Quilt to explore machine sewing techniques in the creative classes she runs. Using motifs inspired by Venetian architecture, the quilt comprises nine main and several smaller blocks, showing off techniques including shadow appliqué, cutwork, puffing and trapunto – all clearly explained and illustrated.
Folk Quilt Appliqué
20 Irresistible Projects to Brighten Your Home
Table mats, bags, wall hangings and quilts are some of the appliqué projects featured in this illustrated how-to guide, which contains templates for 20 designs. Listing all necessary materials, the book features chapters on fabric selection, tools and equipment and the different machine and hand techniques, including needle-turn, needle felting, piecing, embroidery, quilting and finishing.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
Beast Friends Forever
Animal Lovers in Rhyme
From the perfumed courtship tactics of Babette the Skunk to happily married Rose the Grisly, whose snoring keeps her adoring fellow sleep-deprived, but mellow, these tales are often hilarious, but never too risqué. Juana and Anna, although they cruise the bars in search of likely male iguanas, are only looking for true love. This wonderful collection of friends and lovers is illustrated in manic style by Ronald Searle.
Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks
Classic Cocktail and Punch Recipes for the Discerning Drinker
With recipes incorporating wines, ales, ciders, liqueurs, spirits and alcohol-free drinks, and an introduction to the ‘new art’ of refrigeration, this first British cocktail book, originally published in 1869, provides an entertaining insight into the drinking habits of the Victorians.
How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures
A How to Book
Mark Linley reveals the secrets of his craft and provides tips and assignments as he guides readers to produce drawings that capture the essence of a character. From doodling to focusing on facial features, he explains how to caricature friends and famous people. First published in 1999.
Used for 40,000 years, and prized for its beauty and versatility, ivory is a material that humans have been prepared to kill for. This comprehensive study begins by looking at conservation, and the range of animals – from mastodon to sperm whale – from which ivory has been derived. The author goes on to examine ivory as a material, describes techniques for identifying and caring for existing ivory pieces, and finally charts its world history, from prehistoric times to the present day.
The Times on the Ashes
Covering Sport's Greatest Rivalry from 1877 to the Present Day
The Times reported on the first England-Australia Test in 1877, and has followed the action ever since. This collection features some of the best writing about cricket’s most memorable moments, from journalists including John Woodcock, Neville Cardus and the present correspondent Mike Atherton.
The Complete Guide to... Anime Techniques
Create Mesmerizing Manga-Style Animation with Pencils, Paint, and Pixels
With its origins in manga graphic novels, the anime animation style has become highly popular and influential beyond Japan in recent decades. Aimed at the novice animator, this guide examines the graphic elements that are important in creating the distinctive style and explains how to make an authentic anime film, from script to finished movie, using both traditional animation techniques and the latest digital tools.
The Cartoonist's Bible
An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist
Comic exaggeration and distortion are important tools in the cartoonist’s toolkit and this reference guide provides hundreds of examples and step-by-step sequences outlining how to achieve these and other key techniques. As well as how to draw with traditional media and digital tools, there is also advice on generating ideas and selling your work.
Chess and the Art of War
Ancient Wisdom to Make You a Better Player
‘To mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy is one of the first principles in war.’ As this manual shows, the timeless tactical lessons of the ancient Chinese treatise The Art of War are applicable as much to the chessboard as to the battlefield. Two experienced chess teachers share a selection of Sun Tzu’s advice and, through their analyses of classic games, illustrate how the most successful grandmasters have put each of these ideas into practice.
Wonders of the World
5 Models to Build & Display
With introductions to the buildings, instructions for making the models of them and the press-out pieces, this book features five structures from different architectural eras and elements. The Colosseum epitomizes the great monuments of ancient Rome; the Eiffel Tower represents the Industrial Revolution; architectural vision is celebrated by Sydney Opera House, engineering prowess by the CNN Tower; and the One World Trade Center, standing on the site of the Twin Towers, is an eloquent symbol of American defiance.
Pastel Painting Atelier
Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials
The art of drawing and painting with pastel is comprehensively explored in this illustrated guide for the serious artist. Beginning with a look at historical use of the medium, the author (an accomplished pastel artist herself) explains best studio practice, how to adapt pastel use for different genres, the working process (including application, gradating tone and making corrections), and how to care for finished works. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles
After smoking was prohibited in the 17th century, the Chinese began using snuff as medicine, producing special bottles for its storage. Highly collectable items today, this book explains their allure, with chapters on materials used – glass, jade, quartz – and the motifs and painting styles that decorate some exteriors. Including many photographic examples that reveal the variety of designs, Stevens reserves his favourites for the final chapter. Slipcased.
Fans in Spain
This illustrated guide to Spanish fans offers a comprehensive overview of their origin, development and use, from the gem-encrusted status symbols of the wealthy to the mass-produced, disposable paper trifles used to advertise goods and services. The various religious and cultural influences that inspired their design are considered, along with the range of materials used to construct them and the artists who decorated them.
The Whole Hog (all techniques, equipment and recipes) Owners' Grilling Manual
In common with all Haynes manuals, this illustrated, no-nonsense guide covers the history and science of barbequing. It offers advice on equipment selection and basic grilling techniques and also includes 100 recipes and a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect hog roast.
Mr Digwell: A Year in the Garden
An Invaluable Resource for Every Gardener from Novice to Expert
Since the end of the Second World War, the cartoon gardener Mr Digwell has been dispensing horticultural advice to Daily Mirror readers, and he remains as popular as ever. This collection offers a comprehensive, month-by-month guide to a gardener’s tasks, from winter pruning through spring seed sowing and planting out to autumn lawn care. Clear, simple strip cartoons present up-to-date information on growing flowers, shrubs and vegetables in a reassuringly traditional manner.
Owners' Workshop Manual 1973 Onwards (All Marks)
When James Hunt drove an M23 to victory in the 1976 World Championship, the car was already a veteran of Formula 1, having been a championship winner for Emerson Fittipaldi. The racing history in this guide is accompanied by a technical breakdown of the car, including revisions and modifications over its long racing career, reminiscences of McLaren team members and drivers, and insights into owning and running examples today.
How to Assess, Buy, Set up and Maintain Your Violin
After describing the instrument’s history and anatomy, two restoration experts introduce the tools and techniques of the violin repair shop. Their illustrated, step-by-step instructions guide violinists through maintenance routines at basic, intermediate and advanced level, from changing a string to re-gluing a whole plate.
Ferrari 512 S/M
Owner's Workshop Manual 1970 Onwards (All Models)
Challenging at Le Mans and other international endurance events in the early 1970s, the Ferrari 512 became one of the marque’s best-loved competition sports cars, despite never quite delivering on its promise in race wins. This guide provides a mechanical and design analysis, with detailed photographs and cut-away diagrams, as well as an account of the car’s racing years, personal views from drivers and engineers, and information about restored models today.
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.