Adventures of the Crumpsall Kid
The comedy for which Mike Harding became well known in the 1970s and 1980s grew out of increasingly lengthy stories told between songs during folk-club performances, and was inextricably linked to his Lancashire background. This memoir focuses on his early life in post-war Crumpsall, his Irish Catholic upbringing and schooling, memories of Manchester in the early 1960s and his formative musical experiences playing in beat groups while studying for his A levels.
Royal Rabbits Of London
Shylo is the smallest, weakest rabbit in his family, but when he overhears a band of rats (the Ratzis) plotting to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it’s up to Shylo to be a hero. He must travel to London, alert the secret society of Royal Rabbits who live under Buckingham Palace to protect the royal family, and save the day. Age 6+. Signed by the author.
The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton
The Trappist monk, social critic and ecumenist Thomas Merton (1915–68) produced an extensive body of writings, through which he continues to intrigue and challenge readers. In this study the Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral asks what meaning we should give to Merton’s contradictions and discontents, as well as considering how he speaks with a prophetic voice in areas of contemporary concern, such as war and peace, abuses of power and the freedom of the individual. Foreword by Rowan Williams.
Mr Digwell: A Year in the Garden
An Invaluable Resource for Every Gardener from Novice to Expert
Since the end of the Second World War, the cartoon gardener Mr Digwell has been dispensing horticultural advice to Daily Mirror readers, and he remains as popular as ever. This collection offers a comprehensive, month-by-month guide to a gardener’s tasks, from winter pruning through spring seed sowing and planting out to autumn lawn care. Clear, simple strip cartoons present up-to-date information on growing flowers, shrubs and vegetables in a reassuringly traditional manner.
Back to the Garden with Mr Digwell
Growing Your Own and Cooking it to Make a Little Go a Long Way
For around 40 years, up to the 1980s, Mr Digwell dispensed his vegetable growing wisdom via a cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror. Now his straightforward, illustrated instruction and advice on growing your own, which was invaluable during post-war austerity, is as relevant as ever. Based on the original strips, but updated for today’s gardeners, the book has advice on growing vegetables, fruit and herbs; combatting pests; growing in a greenhouse; and storing, preserving and cooking your produce.
The Scenery Handbook
Surveying new products and describing new techniques, Peter Marriott, author of the successful Scenic Modelling (2007), presents a new guide to creating scenery for model railway layouts. Written for both novices and experienced modellers, the book covers basic landscape contours, elements such as grass, hedging and trees, water and rocks, and adding people, all with detailed descriptions and practical step-by-step instructions.
Titles and Forms of Address
A Guide to Correct Use
At a time when long-established conventions in speech and correspondence are being eroded, there are still formal and social occasions when it is necessary to know and understand correct usage. This guide from the publishers of Who’s Who sets out forms of address for men and women with ranks, honours and official appointments. It includes simpler forms appropriate to email and there is guidance on replying to formal invitations and the pronunciation of tricky proper names.
Weekly World News
With the rallying cry of ‘To incredulity...and beyond!’ and headlines such as ‘Werewolf sues airline over flight delay’, ‘Angel shot down by US troops!’ and ‘Second coming POSTPONED!’, the Weekly World News has been entertaining Americans since 1979. Here, to celebrate its 35th birthday, is a selection of its sensation-packed pages.
The Quilter's Stitch Bible
The Essential Illustrated Reference to Over 200 Stitches with Easy-To-Follow Diagrams
Aiming ‘to provide inspiration and practical reference in equal measure’, this book draws on Nikki Tinkler’s search for textured and exotic threads and stitches to embroider and otherwise embellish quilts. There are over 200 stitches described, with easy-to-follow diagrams and sewing instructions and a photograph of the finished work; plus guides to quilting essentials and some special techniques – all presented in a sturdy, ring-bound book.
A Celebration of Film and Television
In 1929, three years after two large film stages were built near Elstree in Hertfordshire, the studio produced the first British ‘talkie’, Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail. Elstree has since been at the heart of the film and television industry in the UK. This celebration of Elstree explores its history through film stills and archive photographs of famous productions from The Dam Busters, The Avengers and Star Wars to The King’s Speech and Strictly Come Dancing.
London Transport Connections
From the end of the Second World War to 12 July 1985 - the day before current London route tendering to private companies began - this book surveys the various operators offering ordinary ‘stage carriage’ services on the outer London and country routes. It contains a wealth of detail for bus enthusiasts, with brief histories and detailed route profiles for services, along with period photographs of the vehicles.
Dinner with a Cannibal
The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo
In this thorough examination of human cannibalism, a palaeoanthropologist analyses the evidence, from ancient fossils to recent genetic findings, that marks us all as descendants of cannibals. Investigating when and why humans have eaten their own kind, she identifies cannibalism as an ancient, natural strategy used by early humans to survive periods of food scarcity, but also considers the religious and culinary contexts in which it has been practised in historical times.
Going for Gold
Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes
Generally adopted by the elite, the fashion for taking snuff in the 18th and 19th centuries required users to carry their tobacco around in pocket boxes. These became status objects wrought in gold and richly ornamented by the finest craftsmen. With reference to the collection held at the V&A and examples in private hands, this illustrated volume examines the art of the gold box in Europe, the development of different decorative techniques and the history of gold-box collecting.
Bloomers, Biros and Wellington Boots
How the Names Became the Words
As you sit on the davenport eating garibaldi biscuits, do you ever consider how people's names become words we use in everyday English? From Achilles to Zeppelin, this entertaining book investigates both familiar and unusual eponyms and tells the stories behind them. At last, we meet the man who gave the world the Hoover, the farmer responsible for macadamia nuts (John Macadam), and Dr Salmon, immortalized in salmonella.(Formerly in Postscript as Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Sweet Fanny Adams.)
Revolution in Mind
The Creation of Psychoanalysis
Few disciplines have had such a profound influence on the way we see ourselves and one another as psychoanalysis. This magisterial history contextualizes Freud’s early work amid the social and scientific changes of late 19th-century Europe, before charting its development to the end of the Second World War. Lucid, meticulously researched and scrupulously impartial, it describes the bitter split with Jung and Adler, and the eventual acceptance of psychoanalysis throughout the Western world.
The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe
Histories of Western science often begin their narrative with Galileo’s battle to gain acceptance for Copernicus’ heliocentric model. But physicist John Freely sets out ‘to right this historical injustice’ by showing how a succession of European scholars as far back as the Dark Ages paved the way for the exciting discoveries of later centuries. Discussing the influential work of such figures as the Venerable Bede and Albertus Magnus, he identifies those ‘giants’ on whose shoulders Newton said he was standing.
Crystal & Dragon
The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry & Chaos in Nature, Art & Consciousness
Presenting his argument for the dualistic interpretation of nature – order and disorder, symmetry and asymmetry – David Wade explores the interplay of form and energy and seeks to show how modern science is turning away from deterministic and inflexible views of the universe to embrace ancient philosophical traditions. He traces prevailing conceptions about the nature of the universe in religion, history, philosophy, science and art, and graphically illustrates their interconnectedness.
The Glory of Ancient Greece
Read by the actor Benjamin Soames, this introduction to ancient Greek culture for older children covers Greek mythology, society and warfare, Athens and democracy, the Athenian Empire, the Peloponnesian War, drama and philosophy. The reading is accompanied by excerpts from music from d’Indy, Beethoven and Glazuniov. 2 CDs: duration 2hrs 26mins.
Compiled by Elias Lonnrot in the 19th century, the Kalevala follows an ancient Finnish tradition of poetic and mythical storytelling in which its heroes solve their problems with magic more often than violence. For this unabridged recording of the Kalevala, the poet Keith Bosley reads his own translation of Finland’s great epic. 12 CDs: duration 13 hrs 23mins.
The Glory of the Pharaohs
Designed as an introduction to ancient Egyptian civilization for older children, this audiobook gives an account of Egyptian mythology, the world of the Egyptians and the history of the pharaohs, all brought to life in an exciting reading by Nicholas Boulton and accompanied by excerpts from Egyptian-inspired classical music. 2 CDs: duration 2hrs 26mins.
Miffy and Friends Colouring Book
This activity book is great fun, with appealing pictures to colour in and short sentences in big letters describing each scene, from springtime in the park to making snowmen in winter. The activities encourage imagination and can improve dexterity and concentration. Age 2+
The second half of the 18th century saw a revival of the use of classical Greek and Roman shapes and decoration in architecture and in the design of furniture, ceramics and silver. Christopher Hartop’s The Classical Ideal is a richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of over 110 exceptional pieces of neo-classical silver at Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. It is accompanied by another catalogue illustrating and describing 36 items of fine silver that were for sale in 2010. Slip-cased.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
More and more people are turning away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with strikingly modern style. Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide charts the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. The book includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and a list of suppliers.
The Edge of Physics
Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology
Why is the universe’s expansion speeding up? What is ‘dark matter’? Are there other universes besides our own? This book follows the author’s travels in search of experiments taking place in the planet’s most inhospitable locations to answer such cosmological questions. It explains not only the theory, aims and practicalities of each cutting-edge project but also the challenges facing researchers, whether they are working deep inside an abandoned iron mine or at the top of Hawaii’s highest mountain.
RHS How Do Worms Work
A Gardener's Collection of Curious Questions and Astonishing Answers
How do seeds know which way is up? When does a shrub become a tree? Where do bees go in winter? Guy Barter, the head of the RHS Members’ Advisory Service, provides expert, in-depth answers to 130 intriguing questions. However curious the query, Barter’s detailed, illustrated answers deepen our understanding of the garden, from the ‘millions of tiny organisms consuming millions of even smaller ones’ below ground, to the ‘chemical labs of mind-boggling complexity’ in the plants above.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 1)
This first volume features European coins depicting a range of watercraft from Nelson’s Victory on a coin of Gibraltar to a kayaker in the 1992 Olympics (Andorra). Each entry tells the story of the vessel and the lives of the sailors, naval commanders and explorers who sailed on her.
Rooms of One's Own
50 Places that Made Literary History
Virginia Woolf famously said that to write, a woman must have a room of her own. This book explores the rooms of writers of both genders over the past two centuries, and reflects on the way their surroundings may have influenced their work. The result is an entertaining and richly informative tour that ranges from Dr Johnson’s London house to the Brontë parsonage at Haworth; from Dorothy Parker’s room in New York’s Algonquin Hotel to Dostoyevsky’s St Petersburg apartment.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 2)
America and Asia, 1800-2008
This volume is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Americas and the second with Asia. The entries include a 1920 US half-dollar commemorating the tercentenary of the Mayflower, a 1995 Cuban series celebrating pirates of the Caribbean, and a five-yuan piece honouring the medieval Chinese admiral Zhen He.
Anyone Can Knit
A Step by Step Guide to Essential Knitting Skills
With clear tutorials that feature step-by-step photographs rather than diagrams, and 16 projects, this book guides the beginner through the basic techniques of hand knitting, from casting on to rib knitted cast off, and how to correct common mistakes. Each teaching chapter is followed by one or two patterns – projects that range from a very simple placemat set to a Fair Isle bag, a lady’s cardigan and a man’s tank top.
A Microscopic Voyage into the Plant Cell
The eminent botanist Stephen Blackmore tells the story of plant life on Earth, from the origin of the first cell more than three billion years ago to the present, and traces our quest to understand these structures, from the invention of the microscope to modern scanning electron microscopes. Illustrated with images made possible by advanced microscopy, the book explores the world of plant cells and explains how, through photosynthesis, they create the energy on which all life on Earth depends.
A New Verse Translation
Composed between the 12th and the 14th centuries, the Fabliaux are a series of ribald satirical poems in Old French. These smutty tales of lecherous priests, randy wives and cuckolded husbands influenced Chaucer, Boccaccio and Rabelais, yet the originals are little known today. This first major English edition translates 69 of these bawdy poems opposite the French text, bringing to life a very different Middle Ages from the familiar image of courtly romance – rebellious, irreverent and rude.