Colours of the Earth
Exploring some of the most spectacular – and most inaccessible – places on earth, this volume of aerial photographs covers the entire spectrum of colours in nature, from vivid blue and turquoise seas, to volcanic blacks and greys and the white of salt flats. It gives bird's-eye views of remote deserts, glaciers and coral reefs, and close-up studies of rock formations such as the violet fissured slate of Namibia, with notes on how each landscape’s colours are formed.
The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Rulers and Their World
In the modern West, the Ottoman Empire is associated with just a few significant events, such as the fall of Constantinople in 1453, but the dynasty of the sultans exercised its wide influence for longer than the British, French or Mughal Empires. This account of Ottoman history sets out the full 600-year process of growth and decline, focusing on the lives and achievements of the sultans themselves and giving the background to the power struggles in today’s Islamic world.
Telling ‘the story of Winston Churchill’s appointment with destiny’, the historian Ashley Jackson begins at his place of birth: Blenheim Palace, with its legacy of military and political greatness that was to profoundly influence Churchill’s life. From ambitious, headstrong subaltern to the nation’s war leader, and into the post-war years, Jackson presents a focused, even-handed portrait of Churchill as soldier, politician and statesman, and as a journalist, Nobel Prize-winning author, husband and father.
Things That Are
Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals
Amy Leach’s debut collection of creative non-fiction displays a remarkable fusion of enchanting poetic language, quirky humour and factual information relating to the natural world and our communion with it. From lilies and peas, frogs and beavers to the moon, constellations and exploding stars, each of these 26 short pieces is filled with what Olivia Laing has called a ‘tumultuous, incantatory rejoicing in the astonishing multiplicity of the Earth’.
The Blue Book Modelling Years
Miss Emmeline Snively, head of the Blue Book Agency, nurtured 19-year-old Norma Jeane Dougherty at the beginning of the young woman’s modelling career, before she transformed into the movie icon Marilyn Monroe. It was Miss Snively’s archive, which includes previously unseen colour and black-and-white photographs, adverts, notes and press clippings from the agency, which enabled the authors to put together this unique and detailed account of Marilyn’s first tentative steps along the road to fame.
The New Army to the Somme
Lord Kitchener recognized the need for recruitment on an unprecedented scale in 1914 and his call for 'the First Hundred Thousand' was quickly met by enthusiastic volunteers. Local regiments were then created, encouraging brothers, friends and workmates to join up in companionable 'pals' battalions, but eventually the government was forced to introduce conscription. This study of these early volunteer soldiers, dubbed by the original regulars of 1914 as Kitchener's Mob, includes illustrations of recruitment literature, archive photographs and military memorabilia.
Representing the Domestic Interior Since the Renaissance
With contributions from 31 art and design historians, this richly illustrated volume surveys changing representations of domestic interiors and discusses the meanings ascribed to them in Europe and North America over time. The essays explore key issues through subjects ranging from the interior settings of the birth of the Virgin in 15th-century painting to television ‘make-over’ shows today; while short, illustrated features look at ways of interior image-making including Renaissance prints, inventories and photography.
The Tudors in 100 Objects
Beginning with a silver-gilt boar, the emblem of Richard III, retrieved from the site of the Battle of Bosworth and Henry Tudor’s victory, John Matusiak sets himself the task of ‘recreating Tudor England through the medium of 100 objects’. Arranged by theme, and unravelling the stories behind objects as diverse as a birthing chair, a velvet sun mask, a chimney and an executioner’s axe, the book is a fascinating exploration of the social and material world of Tudor times.
British Intelligence and The Occult in the Second World War
Astrology, magic, political warfare and black propaganda, Commander Ian Fleming’s meeting with the ‘Beast’ Aleister Crowley... Nicholas Booth tells a surreal tale that begins with British Intelligence wanting to know whether Adolf Hitler was being advised by astrologers and ends with Rudolf Hess parachuting into Scotland. Using declassified files, Booth explains some of the peculiar events and personalities of the secret war in 1941, when Britain’s situation was desperate and even an occult straw seemed worth clutching.
The Fun of the Fifties
Ads, Fads and Fashion
British consumer culture in the 1950s reflected a newly optimistic nation, eager to be seduced by such luxuries as cars, household gadgets, toys, records and a host of exciting branded groceries. Robert Opie, the founder and curator of the Museum of Brands, celebrates the era with evocative descriptions and nostalgic images ranging from chocolate bars, cigarette packets and magazines to advertisements for washing machines, televisions and aspirational holiday destinations.
A Signaller's War
The Sketchbook Diary of Pte L Ellis
Underage at 17, Lawrence Ellis joined up to fight in 1915. He served first as a private in the Royal Field Artillery, then in the Corps of Royal Signallers on the Western Front, witnessing the aftermath of the Somme and action at Cambrai. Ellis kept a diary of his wartime experiences, from training to demobilization, to which he later added more detail and over 1,000 sketches: a vivid account of a young volunteer’s coming of age in the trenches.
Malcolm Root's Pageant of Transport
A Treasury of Transport Paintings from Times Past
In this third collection of his meticulously detailed paintings, Malcolm Root presents a chronological pageant of transport, tracing the development of travel by land, sea and air over the last century or so. Each painting sets the vehicles within an evocative, often nostalgic scene – such as the AEC lorry and Royal Navy airship at an airfield in 1919, or steam traction engines towing a locomotive through Glasgow in the 1950s – all accompanied by Tom Tyler’s informative narrative.
A History of the Leyland Bus
Leyland Motors Ltd was one of the first manufacturers of buses in Britain and went on to dominate the market with highly successful models such as the Titan and Atlantean. Illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs, this essential guide charts the complete production history of the Leyland buses and tells the story of the company from its origins in the 1880s, producing steam-driven vehicles, to its demise and purchase by Volvo in 1988.
Tiles and Tilework of Europe
This handsome, lavishly illustrated book charts the production and use of ceramics in architecture and interior decoration from the Middle Ages to the present. Drawing on the rich collection of London’s V&A, its discusses different traditions and techniques, from the encaustic tiles of the Gothic era through Dutch Delftware to the lively, inventive work of Duncan Grant, while the influence of the Islamic world is shown in the tiles of Moorish Spain and Victorian England.
All The Countries The Americans Have Ever Invaded
Making Friends and Influencing People?
Following on from Laycock's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded, the authors turn their attention to the USA and present an A–Z of articles describing the American invasion, bombing or military involvement (in conflict and peacetime) with a staggering 194 countries. Along with the obvious - Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam - there are some surprising forays, including attacks on 18th-century Canada, the 1856 Watermelon War in Panama, and the ill-fated Polar Bear Expedition into Russia in 1918.
Saving British and American Women at Ravensbruck
In April 1945, a score of British and American women emerged from the ‘Women’s Hell’ of Ravensbrück concentration camp, kept alive by the willpower of one woman, Mary Lindell, Comtesse de Milleville. Movingly supported by personal testimonies, this book tells the remarkable story of this courageous woman, already a heroine of the First World War, who smuggled out a list that belied German claims that they had no British or American prisoners, and saved the lives of her fellow inmates.
Incredible Voyage of Ulysses
On their epic journey home after defeating the Trojans, Ulysses and his men encounter an array of mythical creatures from Cyclops and Sirens to giants and goddesses. Including a list of characters and a map of the locations, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel retells the story in simple, powerful language, capturing the drama and mystery of Ulysses’ ten-year quest. Age 8+
Ships to Remember
1400 Years of Historic Ships
The world’s largest passenger ship when it was launched in 1906, and holder of the Blue Riband transatlantic speed record, the Lusitania was already notable before it was sunk by a U-boat in 1915. Other less grand vessels, including the lifeboats in which Captain Bligh and Ernest Shackleton made spectacular voyages, are also included in this collection of maritime stories, and illustrated with maps and drawings and paintings by Austin Dwyer.
The Fate of Achilles
With clear, poetic language and illustrations reminiscent of the art of ancient Greece, this striking picture book retells the story of Achilles from Homer’s Iliad. Invincible except for one weak spot, Achilles seeks glory in the Trojan War. He is a formidable warrior and the son of a goddess, but as a mortal man he cannot escape his destiny.Age 8+
The Victorian Master Criminal
Charles Peace and the Murders of Cock and Dyson
Charles Peace had served several short prison terms for burglary before he killed a policeman during a robbery in Manchester in 1876. Later the same year a second murder provoked a nationwide hunt for Peace, who was only apprehended two years later in London, where he had been living luxuriously on the proceeds of his crimes. This book tells the story of one of Victorian England's most notorious criminals, his trial, eventual confession and execution.
The Grand Old Duke of York
A Life of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, 1763-1827
Although commander-in-chief of the British army during the Napoleonic Wars and a reformer responsible for transforming the British military, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany is remembered now as the bungling ‘Grand Old Duke’ of the nursery rhyme. This biography shows him to be far from incompetent; it offers a new assessment of Prince Frederick’s distinguished career as a general and administrator, a full account of his scandalous private life – and the origins of that nursery rhyme.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
The Lost Tudor Princess
The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
The granddaughter of Henry VII, niece of Henry VIII and grandmother of James VI, Lady Margaret Douglas (1515-1578) was an important figure in Tudor England, yet despite modern interest in that era she is largely forgotten. Alison Weir focuses on this shadowy figure whose life spanned five reigns and whose political intriguing landed her in the Tower three times, and in this biography reveals a strong, intelligent woman who 'operated effectively, and fearlessly, at the very highest levels of power'. Off-mint with Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Anatomy of a Dictator
As a dictator who came to power before the Second World War and outlasted his allies Hitler and Mussolini by decades, Francisco Franco is central to 20th-century European history, and his ghost still haunts modern Spain. This lucid biography examines the man, the dictator, and the Spain he forged, charting a childhood scarred by his country’s humiliating defeat in the Spanish-American War, and analysing an ideology based on nationalism, military discipline and the Catholic church.