30th Anniversary Giveaway
A History of Writing
From Hieroglyph to Multimedia
This lavishly illustrated history of written language comprises 58 chapters by leading specialists, who describe more than 30 significant scripts and alphabets from around the world. The book begins with the oldest, non-alphabetic systems, such as Mesopotamian cuneiform and the still undeciphered script of Easter Island. The second section focuses on the history and dissemination of alphabets, while the final chapters examine how imagery has been reincorporated into the Western alphabet, from illuminated manuscripts to digital typography.
Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secessionists
Gustav Klimt was one of a number of Viennese artists who strove to break free of the constraints of the late 19th-century academic art establishment. The self-styled Secessionists – among them Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the architect Otto Wagner – were united, not in the style of their work, but in their desire for freedom and the bid for Gesamtkunstwerk or total art. This volume explores their art, their involvement with literature and music, and the 'total art' of Klimt's Beethoven Frieze.
Radio Times from the Archive
Classic Photographs from the Picture Library
With a profile of Don Smith, the Radio Times staff photographer; chapters on comedians, actresses, musicians, actors, presenters and sports personalities; and a final section of writers, artists and politicians, this book has mined the magazine's picture archive to present almost 300 pages of portraits. It presents the work of Don Smith and many other distinguished photographers, and their subjects form a veritable who's who of British entertainment over the last 40 years.
Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles
Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) became famous for his society portraits in the 1920s and went on to photograph people in all walks of life – from royalty to rock stars. This volume presents more than 120 of his portraits, accompanied by the photographer's written observations or reflections on his sitters. His thoughts are often wicked – John Betjeman is described as 'an Edwardian vaudeville tramp' – but always compelling as notes from Beaton's vast experience of the worlds of society, art, literature and performance.
John Betjeman Collected Poems
With his boundless energy and capacity to delight and inspire, John Betjeman (1906–1984) was the best-loved poet of the late 20th century and, in the words of Andrew Motion, 'a television celebrity before the term was invented'. The Collected Poems first appeared in 1958 and through several editions has sold over two million copies. This expanded edition, published on the poet's centenary, includes Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells, and a new Introduction by Andrew Motion. Exclusive hardback edition for Postscript.
A History of War in 100 Battles
From the earliest recorded battles in the ancient Near East to Desert Storm in 1991, Richard Overy describes 100 of the most significant battles in military history, dividing them by the themes that can influence the outcome of armed combat: leadership, overwhelming odds, technical innovation, deception, raw courage, and good fortune.
The Constance Spry Cookery Book
Originally published in 1956, this is one of the great cookbooks – the sort that has its own bit of shelf, gets greasily annotated and is referred to as 'The Book'. It provides an encyclopedic range of basic know-how (even how to boil eggs); recipes for everyday and for special days; and describes techniques that pre-date most modern gadgetry, relying instead on sharp knives and elbow grease. This presentation edition is unchanged apart from the addition of metric measurements.
Lost Voices of the Nile
Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
Much of our knowledge about ancient Egyptian daily life concerns the highest levels of society, but archaeological excavations are now revealing valuable information about workers and their families. Examining this evidence, together with tomb inscriptions and papyri ranging from laundry lists to legal documents, Booth introduces intriguing characters such as the violent drunkard Paneb, the workmen who staged a strike over delayed payment, and Naunakhte, who disinherited her neglectful children.
Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake Set
What if a piece of toast turned into a ghost just as you were eating it? What if they made child-sized diggers for building really big sand castles? What if you went to the doctor and she was ill? What if the bed grew wings and flew to Japan? All things are possible – or at least discussed – in the breakfast, seaside, doctor and bedtime books: Hard-Boiled Legs, Smelly Jelly Smelly Fish, Spollyollydiddlytiddlyitis and Under the Bed. Age 5+
The Sherlock Holmes Collection
This is our very own set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. It comprises the first and last of the novels, A Study in Scarlet (1887) and The Valley of Fear (1915); two celebrated cases, The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles; and three volumes of short stories (The Adventures of the Engineer's Thumb, The Five Orange Pips and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, each with at least 12 'Other Cases'). This seven-volume, slipcased set is exclusive to Postscript.
Like its companion volumes, Flora Britannica and Birds Britannica, this is a richly illustrated cultural, rather than biological guide. Here, British bugs are seen through the eyes of writers, musicians, artists, photographers and naturalists, from Elizabethan proto-entomologist Thomas Muffet (father of Little Miss Muffet) to Irvine Welsh's talking tapeworm in Filth. The result is a beguiling look at some of our 40,000 species of invertebrates – from amoebas, through worms, ants and earwigs, butterflies and beetles to molluscs – and the eccentricities of some human bug obsessives.
Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn
Jonathan Glancey, formerly the Architecture and Design Editor at the Guardian, surveys buildings that have gone – whether by act of God, war or planning committee – and some that never were. Richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions, the book ranges from ancient structures 'lost in myth', such as the Tower of Babel and Darius's palace at Persepolis, to Norman Foster's Millennium Tower ('left on the drawing board'), and includes such famous lost buildings as Fonthill Abbey, Coventry Cathedral and the World Trade Center.
The Man and His Art
The acclaimed author of the Gormenghast novels was also a talented artist. Compiled by Alison Eldred and Peake's eldest son Sebastian, and edited by his biographer Peter Winnington, this lavish volume reproduces many examples of his work, from illustrations and paintings to photos and scrapbook pages, while the accompanying essays cover such topics as Peake's upbringing as the son of a missionary in China; marriage and fatherhood; the creation of his literary works; and stage and television adaptations.
May Martin's Sewing Bible
In a practical guide to sewing techniques, with over 30 projects for clothes, accessories and home furnishings, the star of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, shares tips and tricks from her 40 years' experience as a textile tutor. The book starts with the equipment and fundamental techniques you need to get started, then presents a range of projects – from simple wrap cushion covers to adults' and children's dresses – to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced degrees of skill.
The Great War
Using over 1,000 rare and unseen photographs, facsimile reports and contemporary newspaper articles, Hamilton presents an extraordinarily vivid chronicle of the First World War. From the situation in the 'European tinder-box' prior to the outbreak of war, to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the book provides a comprehensive narrative, a day-by-day chronology and a graphic guide to the progress of the conflict, its major battles and campaigns and the prominent military and political leaders.
Mozart's music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this concise biography, the historian Paul Johnson charts the composer's life from the age of three, when he first recognized chords, to the creation of his mature masterpieces Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. Dispelling popular myths, it explores his relationships with his father, his wife and the royal court of Vienna, and highlights the intelligence, wit, charisma and drive of this extraordinarily gifted man.
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs
In sections on Good Dogs, Bad Dogs, Top Dogs and Underdogs, this wonderful anthology gathers articles, short stories, poems and cartoons about dogs from the archives of The New Yorker magazine, along with reproductions of vintage dog-related covers. The authors include regular New Yorker contributors and well-known writers from both sides of the Atlantic, among them Roald Dahl, Mark Strand, Arthur Miller, John Updike and 'the first man of the dog', James Thurber.
The Art of Discovery
Johann Burckhardt's discovery of Petra in 1812; Henri Mouhot overwhelmed by his first sight of the temples of Angkor Wat; the search for the elusive source of the Nile; or retracing a vanishing Route 66 across the USA... These are among the 20 journeys of discovery described here and accompanied by full-page reproductions of the maps that inspired or led the adventurers. 'With a map anything is possible', writes Matteoli. 'We open it as we would a novel.'
Eiffel by Eiffel
Destined to be forever overshadowed by his extraordinary tower, the career of Gustave Eiffel (1832–1923) included a great many significant engineering achievements, among them the Nice Observatory dome, the Garabit Viaduct, the supporting framework of the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Panama Canal locks. As well as describing these and other important projects, Eiffel's direct descendant Philippe Coupérie-Eiffel draws on the family archives to present a richly illustrated portrait of the great engineer's public and private life.
The Prophetic Statesman
Winston Churchill was one of the most remarkable statesmen in history, not least because he had an uncanny ability to predict future events. James Humes explores this extraordinary aspect of Churchill's character, from his schoolboy prediction of an epic military clash in Europe in 1914 to his thoughts on the Cold War in the 1950s; and he shows how intense study of history allowed Churchill to understand the course of events and predict the future - and rarely get it wrong.
The Illustrated History
In this authoritative yet very approachable exploration of the Tudor dynasty and the politics of personal monarchy, Richard Rex presents a series of essays on the five monarchs, their public lives and such details of their private lives as were of intense interest to their subjects. Through these royal profiles, each richly illustrated with reproductions of contemporary paintings, Rex provides a vivid narrative of the Tudor era and its crucial role in the emergence of the English state.
Walking the Border
A Journey between Scotland and England
In 2013 Ian Crofton walked the Scots-English border from Gretna Green to Berwick-upon-Tweed. His journey, recounted in this richly evocative book, took him along river valleys, over bleak moorland and through dense conifer plantations, sometimes camping, sometimes staying in inns or B&Bs. In the best tradition of travel writing, he describes the landscape and the – farmers, shepherds, bar staff, anglers – he meets along the way, explores the region's history, literature and legend, and reflects on the nature of borders.
Edward Bawden and His Circle
The Inward Laugh
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was one of a golden generation of artists born in the early years of the last century, studying under Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art along with Eric Ravilious and Douglas Percy Bliss, and later becoming the focus of a circle of artists in Great Bardfield in Essex. Yorke's lavishly illustrated study sets Bawden among his contemporaries and examines the enormous variety of media he worked in. With a foreword by David Gentleman.
And the Viking Conquest of England 1016
While referred to as 'the Great' in Denmark, Cnut (?995–1035) is mostly remembered in Britain for his legendary attempt to turn back the sea. Bartlett sets out to give this much-neglected king of England and his forgotten conquest their proper place in history. Beginning with the earlier Viking incursions, Bartlett tells the story of the protracted 'time of terror' and the epic conflict between Cnut and Edmund Ironside that culminated in the Danish warrior's victory at Assandun in 1016.
Heritage Fruits & Vegetables
This is a sumptuously produced study and celebration of 70 heritage varieties that were in danger of being lost. Today more people grow them, not just to preserve them but because they look and taste so wonderful. With glorious photographs (was ever onion so lovingly portrayed?), this book tells the stories of fruits and vegetables, from asparagus in spring, through soft fruits, beans and salads in summer, to winter squashes and brassicas. Foreword by Raymond Blanc.
1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts
In ten illustrated articles, this volume presents a wide-ranging review of the material and documentary evidence for royal interest in handwritten and printed books, from Anglo-Saxon times to the collection in the Royal Library at Windsor today. Along with studies of individual works, including King Athelstan's Psalter and the Livre du Sacre of Charles V of France, there are essays on wider topics such as George II's gift to posterity - the Old Royal Library, transferred to a museum in 1757.