Avoid Them Like The Plague!
From 'affluent society' to 'zero-sum game', Nigel Fountain lays bare the origins, meaning and misuse of around 150 familiar phrases. Whether explaining the technical basis of 'pushing the envelope', the business credentials of 'bottom line' or the former military efficacy of 'heads-up', the book offers cogent arguments for cleaning up our vocabulary and simply abandoning some of the worst offenders. Previously in Postscript as The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.
The 20th-century artist Eric Ravilious created many designs for the ceramics manufacturer Wedgwood between 1936 and 1940, and his work remains hugely popular. Reproductions of illustrations from his Garden series adorn the covers and endpapers of this handsome hardback journal, which features 200 lined pages, a handy pocket attached to the inside back cover and an elastic band to keep the notebook closed.
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.
This self-study course in French is part of the Berlitz Confident series, designed to enable advanced beginners – those with some prior knowledge of the language – to learn to speak, write and understand French using traditional, world-renowned Berlitz methods. The set contains a 280-page coursebook and a one-hour audio CD and there is additional audio content available to download online.
This self-study course in Italian is part of the Berlitz Confident series, designed to enable advanced beginners – those with some prior knowledge of the language – to learn to speak, write and understand Italian using traditional, world-renowned Berlitz methods. The set contains a 280-page coursebook and a one-hour audio CD and there is additional audio content available to download online.
This accessible introduction to the French language is divided into sections dealing with different subject areas, such as family and home, occupations, food and travel. The lessons are supported by quizzes and exercises as well as side panels pointing out common pitfalls and idioms, and exploring history, culture and the French way of life. References in the book to interactive elements are no longer valid. American spelling. Age 11+
Gladstone's Games to Go: Verbal Volleys, Coin Contests, Dot Duels,
And Other Games for Boredom-Free Days
Expanding on the usual repertoire of Noughts and Crosses and I Spy, this glove-box compendium provides dozens of entertaining travel games using only coins, pen and paper – or nothing at all. All the games are for two or more players (a few can even be played solo), and the selection includes classics such as Battleships as well as some of a more recent vintage, like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. American spelling.
Collins Chinese Concise Dictionary
With more than 130,000 entries and translations in the Chinese–English and English–Chinese listings, and other features including the Language in Action guides to modern usage, this dictionary offers up-to-date coverage of contemporary Mandarin Chinese. Among its invaluable aids for learners are detailed language notes, a radical index and Pinyin romanization of Chinese words.
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.
Collins World Atlas
Beginning with a section of world maps and maps, diagrams and data on topics including climate, urbanization, earthquakes and volcanoes, this atlas contains full-page, accurate physical mapping of the continents, Oceania, the oceans and poles, with illustrated introductions to the physical and political geography of each major region. There is also the 'World Statistics' section with a full listing of states and territories giving details of population, economy etc, and a complete index of all names shown on the reference maps.
The Ultimate Book of Impostors
Over 100 True Stories of the Greatest Phonies and Frauds
Kidnappers, murderers and conmen, pretenders to the throne and even an ex-Postmaster General (the infamous John Stonehouse)... Ian Graham presents a collection of impostors who were mostly up to no good, but some had good reason to pretend to be somebody else – warehouseman Marvin Hewitt stole a scientist's identity in order to teach physics, and ME Clifton James became Montgomery's double to fool Nazi intelligence officers.
The Word at War
World War Two in 100 Phrases
From 'concentration camps' to 'Germanophobia', the authors' selection of words and phrases born of the Second World War (and some left over from the First) has been arranged chronologically to follow the course of the conflict through its linguistic inventions. In each of the 15 chapters, they explore the derivations and the stories behind the popular terms and phraseology of the period – in European and Axis nations as well as Britain and the USA.
Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through
the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
Beginning with 'From swelt to zonk: words for dying', this book follows the semantic development of words in timelines for each of 15 topics, using an extraordinary linguistic tool: The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Barron's French–English Pocket Dictionary
Dictionnaire de poche Français–Anglais
This Barron's pocket edition contains approximately 70,000 words, phrases and examples presented in American English–French and French–English sections. It also provides guides to French pronunciation and French and English phonetic symbols; and a final section gives lists of irregular verbs in both languages, numerals, symbols and weights and measures. American spelling. Clear plastic jacket.
Reeds Dictionary of Shipping and Marine Finance
Invaluable for keeping abreast of the terminology and jargon of the shipping world, this dictionary explains the meanings of hundreds of words, acronyms and abbreviations in common use in the shipping and marine finance industries. Among the topics it covers are maritime and port economics, specific American terms, financial terms and definitions of ship's crew job titles.
Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds
Who was the Adélie of penguin fame? How did the person who named Pamela's Sunbeam get it wrong? And was Bonaparte's Gull named after Napoleon? The answers are all in this A–Z of individuals who have given their name to a species of bird. Altogether the book covers 2,246 birds in potted biographies of 1,124 people, plus information boxes on topics – among them taxidermists, New Zealanders and the East India Company – connected with the scientific discovery and study of birds.
Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide
How to Read and What to Read Next
A guide to more than 350 major authors and 4,000 books with a short article on style, influences, settings, theme and salient works for each author. For the 12 main genres, directions are provided to similar books by other authors, books with similar themes and popular books.
Bradford's Crossword Key Dictionary
'Eight letters, the fourth letter is x'. In answer to such old refrains, this dictionary lists over 480,000 words, organized into chapters by length – from four to fifteen letters – and then sorted alphabetically according to each letter position within the word. So you can take your pick from flexible, flexibly, fraxinus, gloxinia, inexpert, quixotic and Vauxhall. There is also an introduction with tips on solving crosswords from the Dictionary's namesake, crossword expert Anne Bradford.
Geography of Religion
Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk
This sumptuously illustrated volume explores the birthplaces of the world's five great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism in India and the monotheistic faiths in the Middle East - and follows the spread of their monuments and practices around the globe. At a time when the world is divided by faith, the book's focus on the universal principles they share shows that, while they all have both saints and fanatics, our religions bind us together in the quest for a higher truth.
Dictionary of Christian Biography
The scope of this Dictionary extends beyond 'professional' Christians such as churchmen, saints, theologians and mystics: in 6,500 or so brief biographies it covers many hundreds of people from diverse walks of life, selected because their commitment to Christianity played an important part in their public lives. Here are profiles of economists, artists, archaeologists and journalists alongside the major, and many minor, figures of Christian history. The Dictionary covers the period from the end of the New Testament era to the 20th century.
The Superior Person's Third Book of Words
Why say 'willy-nilly' when you could say 'nolens volens'? Peter Bowler's third collection of verbarian exotica aims to fortify your vocabulary and allow you to assert your ascendancy 'at the traffic lights of life', possibly. Along with practical definitions for words like haptephobia (fear of being touched) and oscitancy (yawning), Bowler relates cheerful anecdotes of eccentric scholars, idiotic concepts, oddities of the intellectual life and the odd deliberate mistake.
Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts
This first volume of a comprehensive guide to the British Library's renowned collection of Greek manuscripts describes over 600 manuscripts from the Arundel, Burney, Harley, King's, Landsowne, Royal, Stowe and Yates Thompson collections, plus additions to the Additional and Egerton MSS since 1925. Cellophane jacket.
Do You Think You're Clever?
The Oxford and Cambridge Questions
How would you reduce crime through architecture? Why is there salt in the sea? Is feminism dead? Probably the stuff of nightmare if you are an Oxbridge candidate, but compulsive reading when your career doesn't depend on coming up with an answer, these are the questions asked at interviews for Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Ranging across disciplines from literature to physics, Farndon discusses 60 conundrums designed to separate the merely bright from the truly clever.
Companions of Honour
The Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 as an offshoot of the Order of the British Empire. Originally designed to honour 'conspicuous service of national importance' in the First World War, it is now conferred more broadly on high attainment and national renown. This volume tells the story of the foundation and development of the honour and includes short biographies of more than 300 past and present members of the Order.
Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves and Symbols
Focusing on arcane and curious aspects of language, Blake's intriguing book 'explores the reasons for obscurity and secrecy, and touches on some of the fascinating beliefs that underlie the constraints on using language freely'. He begins with word games and the former uses of anagrams and palindromes, then discusses topics including riddles, ciphers and codes, secret language in the Bible, allusion, and the 'everyday oblique' such as euphemism and oxymora.
Where a Dobdob Meets a Dikdik
In this potted tour through the nooks and crannies of the English language, renowned etymologist Bill Casselman considers the difference between a petard and a queef, and explains why you might want to avoid a pilliwinks. From nautical slang to sporting cliche to 'words of exquisite rarity', his book – part-lexicon, part rumination – revels in the language's eccentric history.
Walsall and Sutton Coldfield
1834 to Present Day
Cassini's enhanced reproductions of historic Ordnance Survey maps are an invaluable resource for local historians, genealogists and social scientists. The maps have been carefully scanned, digitally re-projected and enlarged to the equivalent modern scale. Centred on a city or town and covering 15km x 15km, each of the sheets in the Past and Present series comprises four OS maps of the same area from the mid and late 19th century, the 1920s and the present. Scale 1:50,000.
Mucha: Summer 1896
In Alphonse Mucha's Seasons (1896) series of colour lithographs, Summer is represented by a girl wearing scarlet poppies in her dark hair. She is magnificently reproduced on the embossed foil covers of this journal – one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Van Gogh: Sunflowers
With Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers magnificently reproduced in colour on its embossed foil covers, this is one of a series of journals that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 144 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
The Language Wars
A History of Proper English
For centuries bitter arguments have raged over the correct usage of the English language, with ideas of correctness often having more to do with morality and politics than language itself. 'But feeling outrage is not the same as being right': in a witty, combative and thought-provoking book, Hitchings presents the most persistent disputes in chronological order, asking where ideas of 'proper' English have come from and assessing their implications for our relationships, work and freedoms.
Mackintosh: Rose Motif
The stylized cabbage rose was a favourite motif of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, appearing in designs such as the glazed doors in the Glasgow School of Art. The motif decorates the embossed foil cover of this journal - one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Literary Invective from Amis to Zola
'Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone' – such was Mark Twain's regard for Jane Austen's writing prowess. Similarly acrimonious sentiments fill this entertaining compendium of literary backbiting, from Thomas de Quincey's low opinion of Homer to the cut and thrust of modern reviewing with Bevis Hillier v. AN Wilson.
The Illustrated Book of Prayer
Poems, Prayers and Thoughts for Every Day
Arranged by theme – Thanks and Praise, Love and Forgiveness, Children's Prayers and Strength and Healing – this anthology includes prayers by churchmen and poets, hymns, psalms, and words from the Bible, including Daniel's Blessing and the Magnificat. The book is illustrated with a wonderfully varied collection of paintings on religious themes, with Botticelli's The Virgin and Child on the cover.
Pedlar's Guide to the Great Outdoors
A childhood spent outdoors led the authors of this inspiring book to offer their six children a similarly free upbringing in the Highlands of Scotland. Charmingly illustrated, this miscellany of all things outdoors includes sections on bird and tree identification, cloud spotting, treehouse building, survival tips, foraging, outdoor games and camping. For any family wishing to spend more time in nature and less time in front of a screen, this book is the perfect companion.
12th Hitlerjugend Panzer Division
Formed of volunteers from the Hitler Youth, with officers and NCOs from the Leibstandarte, the Hitlerjugend SS Division quickly emerged as an elite formation. It moved to Normandy in the spring of 1944, was declared operational on 1 June, and a few days later was fighting to frustrate Montgomery's invasion plans. Running time approx 100 min. DVD.