My Grammar and I Activity Book
(Or Should That be 'Me'?)
From identifying parts of speech to spotting the grammatical error in whole sentences (including ‘I think therefore I am’), Daniel Smith presents 103 ‘grammatical games’ to keep you in touch with the formal rules of the English language. Covering such thorny topics as compound nouns, reciprocal pronouns, the subjunctive, tautology and the dreaded apostrophe, the quizzes range from simple to very taxing, with answers at the end of the book.
*A Visual Exploration of Punctuation Marks and Other Typographic Symbols
From simple commas to the complexities of en and em dashes and the meteoric rise of the hashtag, this engrossing little book tells the stories of symbols and punctuation marks, explains their roles in written and digital communication, and gives up to 20 examples of each glyph’s appearance in various fonts.
Earth from Space
Views from space can provide telling information about the Earth’s ecosystems and their health. Forest fires in Siberia, ice cracks in Antarctica and smog in Beijing are all visible from on high and are among the beautiful – and disconcerting – satellite images that fill this book. Images are grouped by topic, including deforestation, farming, pollution and urbanization, and discussed by environmental experts who also allude to the fascinating ways in which satellite imagery can be used to protect the planet.
Rogerson's Book of Numbers
The Culture of Numbers from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World
Barnaby Rogerson counts down from the many millions of angels who could dance on a pin to the ultimate zero of Nirvana. On the way he delves into the cultural significance of important integers, explaining why 13 is unlucky in the West but 14 is the number to avoid in China, how John Buchan decided to write about 39 steps and which six patrician families were Rome’s greatest.
Philip's Night Sky Atlas
Specially designed for observers with binoculars or small telescopes, this atlas contains all the maps needed to learn your way around the night sky. It can be used anywhere in the world, at any time of year, and although it is exceptionally straightforward to use, with five different sets of maps and 50 lists of observing targets it contains plenty of material for the experienced observer.
Collins-Robert French Dictionary
A collaboration between Collins and Le Robert, this is a complete and unabridged French–English and English–French dictionary containing some 500,000 translations and including, among its many features, a section of colour maps of the French- and English-speaking worlds.
An Anthology of Famous Last Words
Salvador Dali’s enigmatic parting question, ‘Where is my clock?’; Louis B Meyer’s gloomy conclusion, ‘It wasn’t worth it’; Hegel’s final, impenetrable comment, ‘Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me’... The last words of 200 famous men and women, together with notes on their deaths, are gathered here in five chapters on Hedonists, Optimists, Pragmatists, Visionaries and those who delivered a Parting Shot.
Can Crocodiles Cry?
Amazing Answers to Mind-Blowing Questions
The sea is salty because minerals (including salts) wash down to the oceans through rocks and up through vents in the ocean floor. Icebergs, conversely, are made of fresh water from glaciers and compacted snow. This book reveals a host of such fascinating facts in answering hundreds of baffling questions about science, the world, the universe, the human body and the animal kingdom.
Titles and Forms of Address
A Guide to Correct Use
At a time when long-established conventions in speech and correspondence are being eroded, there are still formal and social occasions when it is necessary to know and understand correct usage. This guide from the publishers of Who’s Who sets out forms of address for men and women with ranks, honours and official appointments. It includes simpler forms appropriate to email and there is guidance on replying to formal invitations and the pronunciation of tricky proper names.
Maps and Sketches from Georgian and Early Victorian Birmingham
By 1770, Birmingham – once a small market town – was the third most populous city in England. Its rapid expansion as a commercial and industrial centre left it with a rich legacy of Georgian and Victorian public buildings. Lavishly illustrated with period maps and engraved views, this book charts the city's development and records its assembly halls, churches, factories and pubs, both extant and long vanished. The text is complemented with verse by Ian Henery, Poet Laureate of Walsall.
The Atlas of the Real World
Mapping the Way We Live
Cartograms are digitally modified maps that enlarge or reduce areas of the globe to reflect statistical data. This flexibound atlas contains 382 such cartograms in full colour, depicting a broad range of topics: population, transport, natural resources, trade, food sources, health, wealth and poverty, war, crime, the environment and pollution. This revised second edition includes 16 new maps on the world’s religious beliefs. The result is a powerful and surprising visual presentation of the way people live around the world. Slightly off-mint.
The Great Houdini's Puzzle Vault
A Collection of Mystifying Puzzles Inspired by The Astounding Escapologist
The great Hungarian-American magician Harry Houdini won his reputation for making seemingly impossible escapes and undertaking baffling feats of endurance or agility. This illustrated puzzle book presents conundrums and teasers inspired by his work, and describes many of his most famous tricks (such as the flooded tank escape, the bullet catch and the milk-can escape), providing explanations of how he did them in the solutions section.
The Ultimate Guide to The Building Blocks of Our Universe
From hydrogen to ununoctium, this accessible guide explores the properties of each element in the periodic table, explaining their chemical behaviours – how their atoms interact with atoms of other elements – and their worldly uses, from light bulbs and mobile phones to dental fillings and space suits. The introduction explains the chemistry and physics of nuclei, electrons and chemical bonds and provides the groundwork for understanding the entries and their data.
The Times Reference Atlas of the World
Ideal for the office, school, university or home, this authoritative atlas comprises over 100 pages of Collins Bartholomew mapping, including political and physical maps of the world, the oceans and the continents, with an index of 45,000 places. In addition, there are sections of satellite images of the world; historical maps from 1858 to the present day; geographical information covering states and territories and physical features; and plans of 44 major cities. No jacket.
For the Incurably Curious
Where are the world’s highest mountains, its longest rivers, its deepest oceans? Which country is the largest producer of cinnamon, and how heavy is the world’s heaviest insect? With distinctive maps and a wonderful miscellany of information on subjects from ancient history to football, economics to endangered animals, every page in this unusual atlas is a voyage of discovery. There are maps of the world (including one showing the early explorers’ routes), whole continents, regions, countries and the oceans.
Atlas of Oceans
An Ecological Survey of Underwater Life
All life on Earth depends on the oceans and seas that cover two-thirds of the planet’s surface, and these are now under threat as never before. With maps, diagrams and colour photographs, this ecological survey explores the geology of the oceans, their tides and currents, their diverse habitats and the dazzling array of creatures that live in them. There is also information on environmental dangers such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change, and the ‘red list’ of endangered species.
The Times Concise Atlas of the World
For the 13th edition, this major atlas has been updated to 2016 and includes, among several new features, nine historical maps of the world since 1858 and satellite images of the continents. The main body of the atlas comprises over 200 pages of Collins Bartholomew maps covering the continents, oceans and polar regions. Other features include world maps, 41 city plans and geographical information, new sections on climate change and economy, a glossary and a comprehensive index of place names. Slipcased.
Collins World Atlas
Beginning with a section of world maps and diagrams covering topics including landscape, climate and conflict, this atlas contains full-page, physical mapping of the continents, oceans and poles, with illustrated introductions to the physical and political geography of each major region. There is also a statistics section with a full listing of the world’s states and territories and an index of over 50,000 place names. Fifth edition.
The West Point Atlas of War
World War II: European Theater
Originally used to train cadets at the US Military Academy, the maps in this book were created by the Department of Military Art and Engineering and were first commercially published in 1959. The 62 detailed plans and accompanying commentaries describe troop deployments and movements in the key European and North African battles of the Second World War, from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the Allied offensive in Italy in 1945.
This Book Will Make You Think
Philosophical Quotes and What They Mean
Beginning with Bentham on happiness ('The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation'), Alain Stephen examines the best-known quotes of the great philosophers and, in concise essays, explains the theories behind the words.
I Used to Know That: English
Stuff You Forgot From School
If you were taught grammar the 'old fashioned way' and have forgotten everything except the boredom, or went to a school where it was deemed unnecessary, this book provides a simple guide to the grammar, spelling and correct usage of British Standard English.
Divorced, Beheaded, Died...
The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-sized Chunks
Kevin Flute’s history of Britain's kings and queens in bite-sized chunks includes legendary kings, Dark Age warlords, Scottish monarchs and kings of Wales as well as Normans, Plantagenets etc – up to the House of Windsor and Elizabeth II.
I Used to Know That: History
Stuff You Forgot from School
From Mesopotamia c.5000 BCE to the collapse of communism c.1991, Emma Marriott succinctly presents 'the essentials of the history you really should know’. This is history-made-easy, with the British Civil War straightened out in a mere five pages, Queen Victoria in a paragraph and a minimum of dates.
A Journey in Search of Language
Why is Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins ‘eleventy-one’ years old? Is Leominster named after lions or nuns? What is the origin of the idiom ‘to face the music’? As one of our foremost experts on the English language, Professor Crystal often finds himself travelling down curious and quirky linguistic side roads. This travelogue follows his explorations of the language’s history through encounters with modern-day speakers across the globe, from Anglesey to Zimbabwe.
It's Been Said Before
A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés
While most people agree that clichés are to be avoided, there is no general agreement on what is and what is not a cliché. For the lexicographer Orin Hargraves they are 'the sterile offspring of a mind that is not engaged in creativity', and by analysing hundreds of examples he presents a thorough guide to identifying tired, overused phrases that prompts us to examine how we express our ideas and to construct our speech and writing thoughtfully.
Is That a Word?
From AA to ZZZ, the Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble
After a history of Scrabble, rules of the game, tips on playing and some interesting variants (including Haggle Scrabble, Strip Scrabble and online Scrabulous), Bukszpan’s guide comprises lists of interesting and, above all, playable words. As well as the essential two-letter words, there are playable first names, Shakespearean characters, words without vowels and an A–Z of uncommon vocabulary. Be aware that this book is American and uses the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (2005), based on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Mensa Logic Brainteasers
Over 150 Diverse Logic Puzzles
Logic puzzles require no specialist knowledge, just the ability to follow a line of reasoning, step by step, to its ultimate conclusion. This selection of more than 150 brain-teasers ranges from verbal and mathematical riddles to visual conundrums that test your spatial reasoning as well as your powers of logic.
Understanding English Grammar
For students of English language and linguistics who are frustrated by the tedious ‘rule book’ teaching of English grammar, this textbook approaches the grammar of a language ‘as a dynamic, constantly changing set of habit patterns that allows people to communicate with one another’. The book offers a rigorous introduction to English grammar and syntax, with examples, exercises and chapter summaries.
The Dictionary Series
'A browser's paradise', this set comprises four dictionaries: one defines and traces the origins of almost 300 commonly used words from 'accolade' to 'zoo'; another provides detailed explanations of over 400 idioms in current use; English Down the Ages starts from historical events (from 1066 to 1989) and explores how they brought new vocabulary into the language; and Proverbs and Their Origins explains the meaning and usage of 400 proverbs, chosen for their interesting etymologies and stories. Slipcased.
What are the unique characteristics of sign languages and what can they tell us about language more generally? This volume comprises 25 chapters by an international team of scholars, who discuss more than 40 sign languages, old and young, around the world, providing a wealth of linguistic and anthropological information on such topics as the languages’ history and transmission, their grammatical structures and variation both within and between languages.
The Puzzler's Dilemma
From the Lighthouse of Alexandria to Monty Hall, a Fresh Look at Classic Conundrums of Logic, Mathematics, and Life
‘A man is found hanging in a locked room with no furniture and a puddle of water under his feet. What happened?’ From ancient Greek paradoxes to the role of probability in television game shows (via the Rubik’s Cube, chess problems and crosswords) this entertaining book illustrates eleven classic types of logic puzzle, tells the stories behind their creation and shows how to go about solving them.
Everything Explained That Is Explainable
On the Creation of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910–1911
With 29 volumes containing 40,000 entries, the vast eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a high point of Edwardian optimism and is considered to mark the last stand of the Enlightenment. Boyles draws on letters and newspaper articles to trace the history of its production and to reveal the contribution of two American entrepreneurs in the spectacular revival of an ailing British publication. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Do I Make Myself Clear?
Why Writing Well Matters
The right words are essential to clarity of thought and expression, but the use of digital media promotes more speed, more words – and less precision. The veteran journalist Harold Evans has edited everything from battlefield reports to the thoughts of Henry Kissinger, and in this concise, witty guide, he brings his insight to bear on the craft of writing well. Through practical examples using real copy, he shows how editing can cut through clichés, jargon and verbosity to enable clear, effective communication.
Ware's Victorian Dictionary of Slang and Phrase
A goldmine for anyone intrigued by the weird and wonderful usages of slang, Ware’s 1909 compilation of ‘Passing English’ is introduced by John Simpson, former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, who describes it as full of expressions ‘that might never find their way into more straitlaced dictionaries’. As well as words and phrases dating from the late 19th century, including slang from different occupations, sports, countries and ‘street’, Ware explains new idioms such as cads on castors (bicyclists) and the American brownstone fronts (aristocrats).
Making a Point
The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation
With its unique mixture of logic and eccentricity, English punctuation excites both anxiety and fiercely held opinion. What other area of language has produced an organization such as the Apostrophe Protection Society? With wit, clarity and common sense, this entertaining volume offers both a history of English punctuation from medieval scribes to the internet and a complete guide to how to use it. From the question mark to the semi-colon, the book is packed with both amusing anecdote and sound practical advice.
The All-New 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. Off-mint.
The Atlas of the Real World
Mapping the Way We Live
Cartograms are digitally modified maps that enlarge or reduce areas of the globe to reflect statistical data. This flexibound atlas contains 382 such cartograms in full colour, depicting a broad range of topics: population, transport, natural resources, trade, food sources, health, wealth and poverty, war, crime, the environment and pollution. This revised second edition includes 16 new maps on the world’s religious beliefs. The result is a powerful and surprising visual presentation of the way people live around the world.
The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names
Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society
Arranged alphabetically from Aballava (the Roman fort at Burgh-by-Sands) to Zone Point, Cornwall, this is a totally new compilation of English place names and their meanings and etymologies, based on the archives of the English Place-Name Society and recent scholarship. It contains entries for cities, towns, villages and hamlets, and for geographical features such as rivers, streams and hills, all with National Grid references and historical and variant spellings. First published in 2004. This reprint edition is exclusive to Postscript. Previously published at £330.00 Laminated cover.
And Other Grammatical Grumbles
Greengrocers are not alone, even PhDs can misuse apostrophes: these ‘little things’ cause more problems in the English language than any other element of grammar. By going back to the roots of the language and understanding why we use apostrophes, Patrick Notchtree promises that ‘all will be made clear’, and he presents the ‘One Easy Rule’ that will point the way to apostrophe mastery.
A History of the English Language in 100 Places
In 100 Places
How did the Germanic dialect of a small island become a lingua franca spoken by two billion people across the globe? This compelling guide charts the history of the English language from the earliest texts to the age of Twitter. Attractively illustrated with colour photographs and maps, the book focuses on 100 places that played a key role in the development of the language, from Canterbury – where the Latin alphabet was adopted – to Kolkata, and from Salford to San Francisco.
The 25 Rules of Grammar
The Essential Guide to Good English
Grammar does matter, and Joseph Piercy argues cogently that understanding and using grammatical rules is not pedantic, but essential if we want to make ourselves understood. Presented with a very light touch, a scattering of anecdotes, and quotes from literature, his 25 rules and essential tools are lucidly explained with examples and summaries. The book ends with a quiz, a glossary and a selection of 'A Grammarian Walks into a Bar' jokes.
Bloomers, Biros and Wellington Boots
How the Names Became the Words
As you sit on the davenport eating garibaldi biscuits, do you ever consider how people's names become words we use in everyday English? From Achilles to Zeppelin, this entertaining book investigates both familiar and unusual eponyms and tells the stories behind them. At last, we meet the man who gave the world the Hoover, the farmer responsible for macadamia nuts (John Macadam), and Dr Salmon, immortalized in salmonella. (Formerly in Postscript as Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Sweet Fanny Adams.)
Dictionary of Accounting
In clear, simple English, this dictionary covers more than 6,000 terms relating to accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts, balance sheets and stock valuations. Many entries include examples and quotations from journals showing the words used in context, and there is a supplement with sample financial documents and a list of industry contacts.
Who Was Who
Volume IV: 1941–1950
Since 1897, when it first included biographical entries instead of a simple list of names, Who's Who has been an invaluable source of information on the careers of people from every walk of life and all parts of the world – while they lived. This fourth volume of Who Was Who contains the biographies of those who died during the decade 1941 to 1950. The entries are as they last appeared in Who's Who, plus the date of death and occasionally some revision.
Sherlock Holmes Everlasting Diary
With apposite quotations from the Holmes stories or information about Arthur Conan Doyle on every page, along with Sidney Paget’s original illustrations from The Strand magazine, this perpetual diary would be excellent for recording birthdays and anniversaries – Ma and Pa’s wedding forever remembered on the day of Ryder’s desperate plea in 'The Blue Carbuncle'. The diary is bound in red linen with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.