Barron's Spanish–English Pocket Dictionary
Diccionario de bolsillo Español-Inglés
This well-presented pocket dictionary contains listings of 70,000 words, phrases and examples presented in two sections: American English to Spanish as spoken in Spain and Latin American countries, and Spanish to American English. A final section covers irregular verbs in both languages, numbers, weights and measures etc. American spelling. Clear plastic jacket.
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.
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 References in the book to interactive elements are no longer valid.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 first in a series of Special Operations programmes, this DVD uses archive film and revisits the exact locations to tell the story of the 1941 joint operation to seize the German Würzburg radar system sited on the cliffs of Northern France at Bruneval. One DVD; running time approx 105 min.
Defensive Battles on the Western Front
From the Channel to the Ardennes 1942-1945
This DVD covers three battles involving panzer and heavy artillery in the West: Operation Cerberus, a spectacular operation by the German Kriegsmarine in the English Channel; the Dieppe Raid; and the last major German attack - the Ardennes offensive. One DVD, running time approx 58 min.
Last Boat to Normandy
D-Day Landings – The Veterans' Accounts
For this film, the camera crew joins a band of D-Day veterans as they make the journey across the channel to revisit the Normandy beaches, pay respects to their fallen comrades, and share their memories of the D-Day landings and the fierce fighting of 6 June 1944. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
What Hitler's Butler Said
As Adolf Hitler's valet and adjutant from 1934 to 1943, Karl Wilhelm Krause was one of the most important witnesses to Hitler's close circle during the Third Reich. Fifty years on, Krause tells his story, with archive film of the people and events he describes. German soundtrack with English voice-over translation. Two DVDs; running time approx. 88 min.
8 Notecards with Envelopes
In Ravilious's The Westbury Horse, 1939, a train is visible steaming through the valley below Westbury Hill; in Train Landscape we are inside the carriage and the white horse can be seen through a window. These notecards feature reproductions of both watercolours – four of each picture, with plain envelopes.
German Battle Units
The first half of this documentary traces the development and organization of the German army from the Versailles Treaty to the introduction of conscription in 1935. The second half concentrates on the army's Barbarossa campaign in the east and the battle for Stalingrad. Running time: 55 minutes. This DVD is from a series that uses original German film footage, with English voice-overs, offering the opportunity to see elements of the Second World War from a contemporary German perspective.
German Main Battle Lines
Focusing on the home front, this documentary includes extraordinary colour footage of pre-war Nazi Germany, then examines the impact of the war on German civilian life, including public information film on rationing and blackout precautions, and ends with the catastrophic results of the Allied bombing raids of 1943/4. Running time: 55 minutes. This DVD is from a series that uses original German film footage, with English voice-overs, offering the opportunity to see elements of the Second World War from a contemporary German perspective.
Great Authors: Charles Dickens
Three DVD Set
This BBC box set explores Charles Dickens’s colourful life and work in three films: a drama-documentary presented by Dickens’s biographer, Peter Ackroyd; a dramatized narration of A Christmas Carol and a 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield, the most autobiographical of the novels, starring Bob Hoskins and Daniel Radcliffe. 3 DVDs total duration 8 hrs 30 min.
The Lady Elizabeth
The Lady Elizabeth is the daughter of Henry VIII, but disinherited and declared a bastard after the execution of her mother. How the young Elizabeth survives the savage world of Tudor politics, inherits the throne and becomes queen is the subject of Alison Weir's novel. It is read here by Emma Fielding. Abridged.
Rip Van Winkle
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Pride of the Village
This famous tale by Washington Irving (1783–1859) is set before and after the American Revolutionary War and tells of a Dutch villager who went wandering in the Catskill Mountains, fell asleep and awoke 20 years later – after the Revolution – to find the world much changed. Rip van Winkle and two more short stories are read here by Adam Sims. Unabridged.
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read
Bernard Richards's survey of unpublished masterpieces by the world's greatest writers spans Western literature from Virgil's Aeneid and its 57 truncated hexameters to García Márquez's We'll Meet in August, a novel in limbo during the author's final years. The book gives detailed, richly illustrated and anecdotal accounts of unfinished, never started or lost works, among them Shakespeare's lost play, the manuscripts in Hemingway's mislaid suitcase, and the unfinished novel found in the wreckage of the car in which Camus died.
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.
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.
A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams and Other Curiosities of the English Language
Taking English speakers' most frequently used greetings as his starting point, Gyles Brandreth embarks on an entertaining journey through nonsense words, cryptic crosswords, spoonerisms, malapropisms, famous last words and candidates for the world's most powerful word – 'love', 'freedom' or 'money'? In this audio version, the book's text alternates with clips from the master raconteur's Word Power stage show, recorded live at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Unabridged.
A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens, from Politics to Pop
'Panther spotted in Devon' makes it to number two in the list of 'Recurring news stories' and The Doors are number one in 'Most overrated 1960s bands'. This collection of amusingly debatable lists from John Rentoul's Independent on Sunday column ranges from 'Lost positives' (such as ert, gorm and gusted) to 'Films panned as turkeys that are actually quite good'.