The Illustrated Book of Shakespeare's Verse
This collection of Shakespeare's poetry on the theme of love includes sonnets and extracts from the plays and long poems and is divided into four chapters: on first love; expressions of adoration and commitment; on sorrow and yearning; and reflections on the nature of love. The poems are accompanied by art works that echo their sentiment or mood, including paintings by artists such as Alma-Tadema, Frederick Leighton and John William Waterhouse.
National Birds of the World
From Angola's Red-Crested Turaco to Zimbabwe's African Fish-Eagle, more than 90 avian species have been adopted as official symbols of national identity. Each bird is pictured and described in this comprehensive guide, which features data such as size, diet and habitat alongside an explanation of reasons for the bird's use as a national emblem, information on its conservation status and examples of its prevalence in the stamps, coats of arms and wider culture of its country. Foreword by Chris Packham.
German Fighter Squadrons
After a brief survey of the development of the Luftwaffe after 1918, this film examines Luftwaffe strategy, the attack on Poland in 1939, and the role of the German fighter squadrons as defence against the Allied strategic bombing offensive. 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.
The Red Baron
The True Story of Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was the leading ace of the First World War and helped to develop effective new aerial combat tactics while leading his Jagdgeschwader 1 fighter unit. This documentary includes original wartime footage, a revealing assessment of the controversial circumstances of his death and bonus galleries of archive photographs.
The German Wehrmacht
Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Tank Defence
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Among the topics covered in this film are the development of the tank and the wartime experience of armoured units on the Western and Eastern fronts, including Operation Barbarossa. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
The German Wehrmacht: Main Front Lines on the Eastern Front
Main Front Lines on the Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Beginning with a chapter on the origins of the Wehrmacht, this film deals mainly with tank warfare in the East, but also with Cossack associations and maritime distress and transport squadrons of the Luftwaffe. One DVD; running time approx 60 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Winter War on the Northern and Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Along with chapters on combat missions and conditions on the Northern, Eastern and Western fronts, this film covers topics including Stalingrad, North Africa, air combat and motorcycle troop missions. One DVD; running time approx 60 minutes.
The Unbelievable Truth
Introduced by David Mitchell as 'repentance' for Radio 4's Unbelievable Truth panel game and its 'dozens of episodes consisting of likely-sounding rubbish interspersed with accurate information rendered implausible', this book presents the true, if often rather bizarre, facts about subjects from Admiral Lord Nelson to Wool. Among all this bona fide information are Graham Garden's less than reliable lectures on a number of topics including Armadillos, Isaac Newton and Mrs Beeton.
The Radio Times
101 Classic Covers
First published in 1923, the Radio Times sold 11 million copies a week at its peak. Over the years it has commissioned the finest illustrators and photographers to create its covers, which together can serve as a visual history of national culture. This set of postcards includes designs from the radio age to covers featuring Daleks, royal weddings and other popular events, programmes and personalities up to the present day.
Press Out and Build Dinosaur
With this prehistoric press-out and build kit you can slot together your own full colour, 90cm Tyrannosaurus rex and learn about the terrible lizards in an illustrated 24-page book full of facts about these amazing creatures. The boxed set contains 20 sheets of card with the press-out, slot-together model, assembly instructions and Dinosaur Fact Bites. Adult assistance, but no glue required. Age 8+
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.
London Underground Map Jigsaw
This 1,000-piece jigsaw shows the famous Tube map that has been evolving since the 1930s, when Harry Beck first had the idea of using the conventions of electrical schematic diagrams to map the London Underground system. Made up, the jigsaw measures 750x500mm.
Hell Was an Ocean Away
From the Japanese invasion of the Philippines to General MacArthur's arrival in Japan in August 1945, this narrative of the Pacific war is based on the experiences of five American servicemen – one navy pilot and four marines, including the hero of Guadalcanal and Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone. The book is read on this audio version by Mike Chamberlain.
Brewer’s Famous Quotations
5,000 Quotations and the Stories Behind Them
Going far beyond the scope of most dictionaries of quotations, this engrossing compilation provides erudite and entertaining commentary on the origins and context of around 5,000 quotations and the ways in which they have been used, misused or misconstrued. Nigel Rees, the veteran writer and presenter of BBC Radio 4's Quote... Unquote, draws on an enormous fund of lexicographical expertise, historical research and anecdote as he explains what was actually said, who said it and why.
Quentin Blake's Ten Frogs/Diez Ranas
From 1 (One Crow/Un Cuervo) to 10 (Ten Frogs/Diez Ranas), and two big numbers – 20 and 100 – Quentin Blake’s counting book is illustrated in inimitable style with dogs, cats, rats, fish, ducks and chickens for young children to count and to learn their first number words in English and Spanish. Age 2+
Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule
What is the difference between Murphy’s Law and Sod’s Law? Why is the Pooh-Pooh Theory implausible? Will we fall victim to the Skyscraper Index? In chapters on everything from politics and economics to scuba diving, Philip Gooden sets out informal laws, unwritten rules and theories, and reveals their origins, the people responsible and what they mean – unless they are as inexplicable as Herblock’s Law: If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.
Reproduced from Fifty English Steeples by Julian Flannery, 16 pristine, meticulously accurate line drawings celebrate some of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England. Each of the high-quality, matt, pale-cream cards (white inside) has a different tower or spire. They are presented in a pale cream and purple box, with white envelopes.
Andrea Wisnewski Greetings Cards
12 Greeting Cards, Blank Inside
Six animals – rabbit, sheep, goat, bear, fox and chicken – by the American artist and children’s illustrator Andrea Wisnewski are featured on these greetings cards. There are two of each colourful, whimsical design in a boxed set of twelve cards and envelopes. The cards are blank inside for your own message. Slightly off-mint.
100 Faber Postcards
Selected from the Faber Archive, 100 classic book covers are reproduced in this boxed set of postcards. One could have fun thinking of who to send Lord of the Flies to, and when might Anyone Can Cook be appropriate; or you could simply admire the distinctive cover designs and lettering by artists including Edward Bawden, Charles Mozley, Edward Ardizzone, David Jones, Barnett Freedman and Berthold Wolpe.
Games from Childhood
A Nostalgic Compendium of Games We Used to Play
Marked-out boards for versions of the game known in Britain as Nine Men's Morris have been discovered on classical ruins, ancient clay tiles and even in a Viking ship burial, the longevity and wide reach of the game attesting to its appeal. This compendium explains Nine Men’s Morris and eight other enduring games, such as Hangman and Battleships, with rules, strategy tips, printed playing boards and grids.
Flags of the World
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this A–Z of nations and their flags contains basic information, a summary history and an example of each country’s postage stamps as well as the illustration and full description of its flag. The book also provides introductory sections on topics such as flag history, anatomy and styles; world maps; and illustrated lists of international organizations, sub-national flags, and alphabet and numeral signal flags.
The Disappearing Dictionary
A Treasury of Lost English Dialect Words
Professor Crystal’s celebration of English dialects also celebrates the seminal achievement of Joseph Wright and The English Dialect Dictionary (6 volumes, 1898–1903). Crystal has taken 900 of Wright’s words and expressions whose meanings remain relevant today: from abbey-lubber (an idle person) to zwodder (a drowsy, stupid state of mind), he describes their meanings, etymology and usage and, hopefully, gives them a new lease of life. A geographical index follows the A–Z.
The Long and the Short of It
How We Came to Measure Our World
In the seventh century a yard was as much a reckoning of the worth of some land as a set measure of its dimensions and, although the term came to mean a unit of distance, the 36-inch standard was not settled until 1855. This light-hearted compendium explores the origins of our weighing, measuring and timing systems from the Babylonian calendar to the metric system.
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.
Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover?
100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations
Let sleeping dogs lie – but why? Julian Baggini, co-founder and editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine, presents a selection of 100 proverbs and familiar quotations that are often used without much thought. Baggini subjects them to thought-provoking scrutiny and discussion with the aim of making the phrases ‘speak their wisdom afresh’, while dispelling some of the misunderstandings that cling to them.
The Word Detective
A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie
The former chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, John Simpson spent almost four decades immersed in the intricacies of language. His memoir describes the career of a lexicographer who revels in the excitement of historical dictionary work. It is also a celebration of the English language, describing how words come and go; how culture shapes the language we use; and how technology has transformed not only the way we speak and write but also how words are made.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Index of Contributors
Covering biographies from the earliest time to the year 2000, the Index of Contributors lists the authors of entries published in the Oxford DNB in September 2004, and shows which articles each wrote or revised. In earlier editions of the DNB (published between 1885 and 1900) articles were signed with initials; in the Index, these have been converted to full names. No jacket.
Oxford Atlas of the World
Opening with an urgently topical section on the future of the oceans, this authoritative, comprehensive atlas is packed with up-to-date statistical information. Around a substantial main section of country maps arranged by continent are thematic features on topics such as globalization, conflict, food supply and the refugee crisis; 32 pages of large-scale city maps; a gazetteer of all the world's 200-plus nations; tables showing national and city populations and income; and 16 stunning new satellite images of the Earth's surface.
How to Speak Fluent Sewing
The Indispensable Illustrated Guide to Sewing and Fabric Terminology
With chapters on tools, needles, machines, stitches, fabric, patterns and garments, and techniques, this is a handy directory of over 300 sewing-related terms, covering everything from basic hand-sewing needles to the flat-felled seam. Each entry provides a simple line drawing or diagram of the object or process and explains what it is, what it does and why it is used.
The Alan Turing Codebreaker's Puzzle Book
This collection of unusual puzzles challenges the reader not only to find solutions but, in the spirit of computing pioneer Alan Turing’s methodology, to tease out the rules of the puzzles themselves. The puzzles, which mainly involve words and letters, increase in difficulty as the book progresses, but cryptic titles and numerous optional hints (listed in a separate section) lead codebreakers step by step to solutions catalogued at the back.
Tails from the Booth
Set of 3 Notebooks
What happens when you put two dogs in a photo booth? Lynn Terry tried it and the result, Tails from the Booth (2015), became a huge success. Here some of the canine mug shots adorn the covers and (in sepia tone) the pages of three notebooks: one plain paper, one lined, one squared.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Super Mario Bros Notecards
12 Die-Cut Notecards
The ultra-low 8-bit resolution of the original Super Mario Bros game of 1985 provides the retro artwork for this set of twelve notecards featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. The cards can be transformed into self-standing cutouts and come with matching envelopes.
Based on a design by Molly McGrath, whose inspirations are the geometry, colours and curves of Moroccan architecture, this notebook has a black, laser-cut board forming a lattice over the vivid pink, orange and pale-green cover. The 128 pages are lined in neon orange, with orange endpapers and decoration at the foot of each page.
I Before E (Except After C)
OId-School Ways to Remember Stuff
Judy Parkinson’s collection of mnemonics includes rhymes, acronyms and curious phrases such as 'My Very Exotic Mistress Just Served Us Noodles’ (order of the planets): all of them learning devices for subjects ranging from spelling to the periodic table (the latter sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General').
The Christian Writer's Manual of Style
Religious texts pose many challenges for writers and editors that are not covered by general style guides, whether in print or online. This comprehensive, easy-to-use manual provides clear answers to such questions, including Biblical citation, capitalization, abbreviation and dialogue. Fully updated to keep pace with changes in English usage, it includes an all-new word list and advice on turning blogs into books.
The Novel-Writer's Toolkit
Your Ultimate Guide to Writing and Publishing a Successful Novel
There's a story deep inside you that's burning to be told. But you've never written much more than a thank-you note before. Where do you begin? Caroline Taggart brings together a team of novelists, editors, publishers and literary agents to provide insiders' information as well as practical advice on how to set about writing a novel and getting it published. This practical handbook includes over 150 pages of professional contacts, courses and competitions.