The Most Beautiful Universities in the World
From the ancient Italian and Spanish universities of Bologna and Salamanca, to the ultramodern Rolex Learning Centre, part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology opened in 2010, the architecture of universities has reflected a striving for cultural and intellectual excellence. In this selection of 23 universities from 15 countries, Guillaume de Laubier presents photographic studies of their facades, libraries, ceremonial halls and teaching buildings, while writer Jean Serroy outlines the history of each institution and its architecture.
The Places, the People, the Stories
Drawing on Mirrorpix, the photographic archive of The Daily Mirror, Paul Joseph presents London and Londoners as they were between about 1900 and the 1970s. In nine chapters, these often informal and highly evocative black and white photos explore various themes, from public buildings and spaces, through entertainment, youth culture and transport, to the drama of wartime, protest in peacetime and milestone events such as the 1908 Olympics and the 1951 Festival of Britain.
A History Through Fact and Fiction
Working spacesuits were not required until the 1960s, but the technology used reaches back to pressurized suits developed for aviators in the 1930s and further to diving suits of the 19th century. This exploration of the spacesuit mixes the history of technical development with the predictions and hypotheses of science fiction. The book is illustrated with archive photographs and diagrams, and classic sci-fi artwork from comic books and pulp fiction.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
The Life of an Engineering Genius
Colin Maggs, one of the UK’s foremost transport and engineering historians, has written a compelling biography of Brunel (1806–1859) that integrates the engineer’s tremendous achievements – from the Thames Tunnel to the SS Great Eastern – into his life as son, husband and father. Quoting from Brunel’s diaries, letters and business papers, Maggs offers a new perspective on iconic feats of engineering including the Great Western Railway, the Royal Albert Bridge and the first propeller-driven ship, SS Great Britain.
Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Percy Jackson’s Ancient Greek Gods was an amazing success; now, having been promised a year’s supply of pepperoni pizza and blue jelly beans, he has agreed to tell the stories of twelve mortal heroes, among them Perseus, Daedalus, Theseus, Orpheus and Hercules. Told in 21st-century style, the tales are vividly illustrated by John Rocco. There is also a cheat sheet at the back, in case you get lost in the myths. Age 8+
The Seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World
Beginning with basic technologies including stone tools, pottery and metallurgy, this selection covers many less obvious, but no less crucial inventions such as eyed needles that made warm clothing possible or the camel saddle that opened the Sahara to long-distance trade. The five richly illustrated sections – on technologies, transportation, hunting and warfare, art and science and personal adornment – range across time from prehistory to 500 CE in the ‘Old World’ and the fall of the Aztecs (1520 CE) in the Americas.
Blood Cries Afar
The Magna Carta War and the Invasion of England 1215-1217
‘To really understand History’, writes Sean McGlynn, ‘you have to pick up the stone and see what is crawling underneath’. In this book he explores the relationship of war and politics and the nature of warfare in medieval western Europe through a closely detailed study of a much-neglected episode: the invasion of England that was led by Louis, son of the French king Philip Augustus, in 1216, and the civil conflict in England that gave Philip the opportunity to attack.
A History of World's Fairs and Expositions, from London to Shanghai, 1851-2010
The cultural phenomenon of the World’s Fair began in 1851 with the Great Exhibition in London and the events became ever more spectacular: ‘urban centres were re-planned to accommodate them, national economies damaged, fortunes made and international hostilities postponed’. This richly illustrated volume describes more than 40 fairs and expositions as it traces the history of these great staged events of which nothing remains save a few iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower or the Atomium in Brussels.
The Fry Chronicles
Stephen Fry is firmly established as a massively popular actor, presenter, writer, director and comedian, yet when he arrived at Cambridge as a teenager, he was a convicted fraudster and thief, fantasist and failed suicide. Combining brilliant prose, dazzling wit, scandalous gossip and excruciating honesty, this remarkable autobiography charts his ascent to stardom and his very public setbacks. Fearless, funny and frank, it reveals the aching chasm between his affable public persona and the intensely vulnerable private man.
The Wartime Battle for Britain's Health
At the beginning of the Second World War experts feared that rationing, a shortage of medical resources, the spread of disease via evacuation and air-raid shelters, and the psychological impact of bombardment would wreck the nation's health. This eye-opening account tells how, through a combination of planning and improvisation, doctors, nurses, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, Boy Scouts and tea ladies ensured that Britain ended the war in better health than ever before, and paved the way for the NHS and the welfare state.
Fleeing from the Fuhrer
A Postal History of Refugees from the Nazis
Between 1933, when the Nazis came to power, and the end of the Second World War in 1945, displacement, enforced emigration and deportation became commonplace for families, particularly Jewish families, across Europe. Based on a collection of postcards, envelopes and other ephemera, and covering post from alien internment camps, refugee organizations, refugees in China and Japan, and displaced persons after 1945, this book explores how postal communication – often the only remaining link between separated family members – was achieved in wartime.
Discovering the Origins, Lore and Meanings of Botanical Names
The binomial system used for Latin botanical names was developed in the 18th century by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus. His highly organized nomenclature allows gardeners to identify significant characteristics of each species, with such descriptions as ‘very fragrant’ (fragrantissimus), ‘late-flowering’ (tardiflorus) or ‘growing in a salty habitat’ (halophilus) offering clues to a plant’s suitability for particular locations. This glossary lists hundreds of adjectives with their meanings, complemented by related trivia and horticultural lore.
First World War in 100 Objects
From Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car, which stalled and gave the assassin his opportunity to shoot, to the Menin Gate commemorating the missing from the battlefields around Ypres, each of Peter Doyle’s 100 objects represents an element of the conflict. Discussions of apparel, equipment and weapons shed light on the realities of trench warfare, while other entries cover the war in the air and at sea and the badges of less familiar groups such as the Chinese Labour Corps or the Legion of Frontiersmen.
Through the Keyhole
Sex, Scandal and the Secret Life of the Country House
From around 1760 to the 1830s, stories about the sex lives of the rich and powerful were guaranteed to increase the readership of popular printed literature. Papers were so packed with salacious tales of secret sex that there seemed to be an epidemic of adultery among the aristocracy. This study explores the personal stories of men and women involved in adulterous affairs and compares their accounts of infidelity and its sometimes tragic consequences with the stereotypes of dissolute aristocrats in the popular press.
Wonders of the World
5 Models to Build & Display
With introductions to the buildings, instructions for making the models of them and the press-out pieces, this book features five structures from different architectural eras and elements. The Colosseum epitomizes the great monuments of ancient Rome; the Eiffel Tower represents the Industrial Revolution; architectural vision is celebrated by Sydney Opera House, engineering prowess by the CNN Tower; and the One World Trade Center, standing on the site of the Twin Towers, is an eloquent symbol of American defiance.
On Further Reflection
60 Years of Writing
Actor, doctor, sculptor, TV personality, and director of film and opera, Jonathan Miller is a true polymath, yet his learning is worn lightly, his serious insights balanced by playful humour. All these qualities are evident in this collection of his writings from the past six decades, on subjects as diverse as drama, comedy, art history, mesmerism, neurology, psychology, how television changed after the Kennedy assassination, and how we see ourselves and the world.
The King's Pearl
Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary
Against the traditional image of ‘Bloody Mary’ promoted by Protestant propaganda, and against the more recent portrayals of Mary Tudor as a pitiable and tragic figure, this study presents Mary as her father’s daughter, a strong-willed risk-taker. The book examines her life during the reign of Henry VIII and her complex and dramatic relationship with her father, and reveals England’s first queen regnant as a gambler who ‘staked everything – life, freedom, religion – in a bid for the throne, and won’.
The Dublin King
The True Story of Edward, Earl of Warwick, Lambert Simnel and the 'Princes in the Tower'
In 1487, the Yorkist claimant to the throne, Lambert Simnel, was crowned king in Dublin. To the Tudors he was an impostor, and history has generally agreed with their interpretation. However, many aspects of the Lambert Simnel story are contradictory. In this study, Ashdown-Hill presents a re-examination of the pretender and his claim by meticulously tracking the life stories, including alternative versions, of the four – or possibly five – boys who may have been the Dublin king.
BBC Proms 2018
13 July - 8 September 2018
Published annually to accompany the world's greatest classical music festival, the BBC Proms Guide contains illustrated articles on composers and performers and on events commemorating the end of the First World War and the significance of 1918 for music. There are complete listings for over 90 concerts, ranging from solo recitals to Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, and the Guide provides booking information and a pull-out calendar showing all the concerts and events at a glance.
7 Essential Ingredients for Living Well
Through this lavishly illustrated collection of recipes, Rena Patten, author of the Quinoa cookbook series, introduces seven superfoods that are all packed with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as many other beneficial nutrients. With a surprisingly wide variety of recipes, each chapter is dedicated to one of the seven ingredients: broccoli, kale, quinoa, amaranth, chia, seaweed and raw cacao.
Sicilian Seafood Cooking
Sicily has a unique and distinctive cuisine shaped by Greek, Arab, French and Spanish influences and, above all, by the rich harvest of the surrounding seas. This richly illustrated book takes the reader on a culinary journey around the island, and brings together 120 traditional, seasonal recipes for seafood and its accompaniments, from Spaghetti with Fried Crab to Tuna alla Stemperata and Artichokes Braised in Citrus Sauce.
My Italian Kitchen
Working in his Italian kitchen at Vic’s Cucina & Bar, Australia’s foremost Italian chef reveals the secrets of cooking authentic Italian food at home. Packed with advice on ingredients and methods, My Italian Kitchen offers recipes for pizzas, gnocchi and handmade pasta sauces, side dishes, entrées, main meals and desserts, including the recipe for Vic’s own Bolognese sauce, which he learnt in Perugia before spending many years perfecting it.
My Greek Kitchen
Welcome to Mary Valle’s Greek kitchen, a place to share simple food and warm laughter. Her passion for the dishes of her childhood informs these classic recipes, handed down through generations and enlivened with her own modern twists: vegetables grilled with a drizzle of lemon and a sprinkling of oregano, roast lamb that melts in the mouth; sticky baklava; and the tender juiciness of a great moussaka.
Classic Hymns and Carols
Jerusalem, God of our fathers, Let us with a gladsome mind: many of our best-loved hymns are based on the words of famous British poets such as Cowper, Dryden, Kipling and Blake (whom Sir John Betjeman calls ‘our greatest religious poet’). This colourfully illustrated anthology presents the texts of 65 hymns and seven carols, with an appendix highlighting where these familiar versions differ from the original poems. Based on Hymns as Poetry (1980).
The Making of the British Landscape
From the Ice Age to the Present
How much do we really know about the place we call home? This sweeping narrative tells how the British landscape has evolved over 12,000 years of human habitation. Epic in scope, it charts the age-old relationship between people and place and the deep-rooted tensions between town and country. From henge to high-rise, from Snowdonia to suburbia, it explores the way we have shaped the land and it has shaped us, and assesses the prospect of a sustainable future.
A True King's Fall
From his birth in Bordeaux in 1367 and early years in Aquitaine, to his deposition by Henry of Lancaster in 1399 and his death, a few months later, in Pontefract Castle, this biography of Richard II is intended as a portrait of an individual rather than an account of his reign. It is, nevertheless, a very complete study that reassesses Richard’s reputation as a crazed and vicious ruler, and depicts a complex and conflicted man thrust into a role that demanded greatness.