Finding the Plot
100 Graves to Visit Before You Die
From the splendour of Nelson's tomb in the crypt of St Paul's to the more commonplace gravestone of Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool, this guide selects the most interesting resting places to visit in Britain, telling the stories of the lives and deaths of the memorialized. Arranged geographically, the selection ranges from the much-visited shrine to Marc Bolan in Barnes to the Leicester car park where Richard III's remains were found.
Britain from the Air
Exploring Britain's architectural, industrial and spiritual heritage, this set of three documentaries on DVD uses spectacular, high-definition aerial photography to see the most important cathedrals, abbeys and churches, historic mills, harbours and bridges, domestic buildings and masterpieces by architects such as Wren, Vanbrugh and Adam from the air. The films are from the producers of the BBC's Wainwright Walks and narrated by Richard Mervyn. 3 DVDs: running time 52 minutes each. Slipcased.
Queen Elizabeth II
From bridesmaid to great-grandmother, this selection of photographs from the Press Association archives presents scenes from the life of possibly the most photographed woman in the world: Queen Elizabeth II. The photographs span a period of 80 years, from 1931 to 2011, and are mostly informal, whether Her Majesty is trooping the colour or the corgis. 20 snap out postcards.
The Times Atlas of Britain
Clear, authoritative and comprehensive, this first atlas of Britain to be published for 40 years gives an exceptionally accurate view of every part of the United Kingdom. National maps of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are supplemented by detailed maps of every county, and plans of major cities. The atlas includes up-to-date information on administrative divisions, population, climate, economic activity and energy production, while superb colour photographs and historical maps convey the nation’s culture and traditions. No jacket. Slightly off-mint.
Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase and Fable
Like the original Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the London version contains much more than sayings and stories: as well as London-related entries from other Brewer's dictionaries, it includes geographical information, selected articles from Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters and over 1,000 completely new entries. This A-Z, from 'abandoned habits' (not quite what you would assume) to the Zoroastrian Centre (in a former cinema on Rayner's Lane), is the essential London reference book you didn't know you needed.
The Writing on the Wall
100 Iconic Blue Plaques Commemorating Britain's History
Across Britain, blue plaques on houses record the notable people who lived there: writers, artists, musicians, actors, sportsmen and women, scientists, politicians and social reformers. In this celebration of individual achievement, Mike Read, who helped create a series of plaques for BBC Music Day in 2017, presents 100 of these memorials. Each entry tells the story of the personality commemorated, from David Bowie to William Shakespeare, and contains an often surprising link to the next featured plaque.