Monasteries and Monastic Orders
2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture
The history and culture of Europe have been shaped by monasticism, which has left a rich legacy of religious art and architecture. This magnificent volume charts the history of monasticism from late antiquity through its peak in the Middle Ages to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, paintings and illuminated manuscripts, the book describes the traditions, regulations and daily life of the different orders, profiles famous abbots and abbesses, and celebrates the continuing appeal of the contemplative life.
The English and Their History
In this much-acclaimed work, Tombs narrates the story of England’s development from ‘an idea’ to a kingdom, a country, a people and a culture, and he makes collective memory an inherent part of the story. The roles of memory creators and carriers such as language, literature, law, religious and political institutions, and historical writing are emphasized; and Tombs focuses on four ‘memory themes’: the aftermath of the Norman Conquest; the Civil War; empire; and the recent sense of the nation in decline. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Genius of Birds
Taking ‘genius’ to mean ‘a flair for meeting environmental and social challenges with acumen and flexibility’, Ackerman gives an engrossing account of the intelligence of birds and the different sorts of genius that have made them so successful. In chapters on technical, social, musical, artistic, spatial, inventive and adaptive abilities, the book covers birds ranging from the extremely clever corvids and parrots to ordinary pigeons (whose navigation skills are way ahead of ours).
A Fiery Heart
‘There’s a fire and a fury raging in that little woman,’ Thackeray said of Charlotte Brontë. Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, this compelling portrait depicts Charlotte’s inner life with almost novelistic intensity: her isolated upbringing in a remote Yorkshire parsonage, with her father and her equally imaginative siblings; her quiet rebellion and fierce ambition; her unrequited love for a married professor in Brussels; and her eventual literary success, blighted all too soon by devastating personal losses. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Even during his own lifetime, Julius Caesar was a legendary figure, not least because his own writings were carefully designed to enhance his image. Complementing Southern’s other engaging biographies of late-Republican figures, this new account of Caesar’s life and death sheds light on the man behind the legend through careful examination of contemporary sources. The book reveals how he surmounted each difficulty with ‘a combination of determination, quick thinking, opportunism and, more often than not, a certain amount of luck’.
Inventions that Didn't Change the World
It’s no wonder the ‘Combined Umbrella Handle and Railway Carriage Door Key’, or the ‘Continuous Stream Enema Fountain Syringe’, were never made, yet Victorian designers were ever hopeful of relieving life’s burdens. This fascinating collection of 240 illustrations, reproduced from the National Archives, features drawings of gadgets and appliances submitted to officialdom for copyright purposes but never realized as products. Domestic needs and health concerns are among the many aspects of Victorian life revealed by the quirky ingenuity on display.
Vintage Paper Toys
64 French Models to Make at Home
First made popular in the 19th century, designing paper toys can be likened to an art form; and putting them together can be enjoyed by both children and adults. These vintage cut-outs include circus acts, a merry-go-round, dress-up dolls and a church with wedding guests. Follow the instructions on the design, cut out the pieces with scissors and a craft knife, then glue together.
The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars
Charles I was a loving father, but what became of his children after his execution in 1649? This engaging, sympathetic and meticulously researched history charts the fortunes of the Stuart princes and princesses in exile and after: Elizabeth, imprisoned during the Civil War; the dashing Henry, who died within months of his brother Charles's restoration to the throne; James, Charles's ill-fated successor; Mary, child bride of the Prince of Orange; and Henrietta Anne, the youngest, who married Philippe d'Orléans.
The History of England, Volume IV
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd’s epic History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a victory. Against a vivid backdrop of coffee houses and playhouses, it charts the creation of those pillars of modern Britain, the Bank of England and the Stock Exchange, the rise of newspapers, the birth of the novel, and the technological developments that transformed England from a land of green fields to one of iron and coal.
Poet Laureate since 2009, Carol Ann Duffy is one of Britain's most popular practitioners of the art, blending supreme mastery of her craft with accessibility and rich emotional resonance. This first collected work includes all the poems from her nine acclaimed volumes of adult verse, from 1985's Standing Female Nude to 2014's Ritual Lightning, along with her much-loved Christmas poems. Funny, sexy, heartbroken and wise, they affirm her belief that 'poetry is the music of being human'.
River Cottage Fruit & Veg
The recipes in Veg Every Day! are suitable for vegetarians, though the book’s intention is to get us eating more vegetables, for our health and for the planet. Fruit Every Day includes meat, fish and pudding dishes, and aims to make us more adventurous in our fruit consumption. With straightforward instructions and bold colour illustrations, the recipes range from Baby Beet Tarte Tatin to Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin, and simple Apple Bangers.
You Are Here
Around the World in 92 Minutes
During the 2,597 orbits he made on the International Space Station, astronaut Chis Hadfield took 45,000 photographs of the Earth. In this edited collection of images, Hadfield creates a single, ‘virtual orbit’ of our planet, capturing close-up detail of six continents. From the scorched-red ripples of the Australian outback to the pixelated farmland of California’s San Joaquin Valley, his work reveals visual patterns and abstractions created by climate, geological processes, farming, urbanization and, disturbingly, deforestation.
At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow
In this second volume of his authorized biography, Moore describes Margaret Thatcher at the zenith of her power, from the aftermath of the Falklands War in 1982 and her subsequent victory in the 1983 general election, to her third election victory in 1987. He portrays a politician ‘more dominant, perhaps, than any peacetime predecessor’ as she faced challenges including the miners’ strike, the Westland crisis and the IRA and, on the world stage, negotiated with Reagan and Gorbachev. American-cut pages.
Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins
First Encounters with the Exotic
Nowadays, with the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it is hard to recapture the sense of wonder felt by explorers when they first encountered animals and plants, people and customs, stranger than anything they could imagine. Generously illustrated with contemporary prints and woodcuts, this captivating book draws on accounts from Roman times to the 19th century to convey the amazement felt by Europeans when they first saw giraffes and bananas, Mongolian yurts and the statues of Easter Island.
In Search of England's Lost King
Francis Young, himself at the forefront of the search to locate the lost coffin of King Edmund, tells the story of the historical search for the real man behind the legendary East Anglian king killed by the Vikings in 869. The book traces Edmund’s progress from martyred king to England’s national saint in medieval times; and describes current research into Edmund’s burial in the abbey at Bury St Edmunds and the present whereabouts of his mortal remains.
The History of Music in Fifty Instruments
From the double bass to the piccolo, and from medieval lute to modern synthesizer, the instruments of the Western musical tradition are profiled in this fact-filled illustrated guide. The book provides information on each instrument’s origins, developments in its design and its role in the orchestra, together with the names of the most significant makers and virtuoso performers. In addition to those found in standard ensembles, several unusual instruments are also featured, such as the serpent, glass armonica and baryton.
The Wonder Garden
This picture book sweeps the reader around the world, through five of Mother Nature’s most dazzling habitats. The text describes each journey as if the reader is witnessing it first-hand and engravings of the creatures encountered are embellished with bold colour – from poison-dart frogs in the Amazon Rainforest, to a red panda in the Himalayas. Age 7+
Macavity's Not There!
A Lift-the-Flap Book
Taking a verse from the famous poem and the idea of an elusive cat, this lift-the-flap picture book has readers searching the house for Macavity. There are sturdy flaps on the bedcover, the bath, the cupboard… but each time they’re lifted, ‘Macavity’s not there!’ Children will enjoy chanting the familiar refrain, until Macavity finally appears on the very last page. Age 3+.
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off...
Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph
‘Sir, It has all been a terrible mistake. We thought we were voting to leave Eurovision.’ In a year dominated by the EU Referendum, the Telegraph’s letter-writers were in full spate – and not just on the momentous vote. Here, in sections such a ‘The Use and Abuse of Language’, ‘Box Gogglers’ and ‘Royal Blushes’ are readers’ opinions – frankly stated – on everything from family life to ‘Benito Trump’.
Call The Midwife
A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
The book that sparked the award-winning TV series details Jennifer Worth’s very real experiences as a young midwife based in a convent amid the chaos of post-war London Docklands. Her true-life stories show how tough conditions were in the East End, especially for women, who often lived in slum accommodation – grateful if they had a cold-water tap – with ten or more children to look after.
The Midwife's Sister
Despite the success of Call the Midwife, little is recorded of author Jennifer Worth’s life outside midwifery. Here, her sister Chris describes her relationship with Jenny and tells the story of how their idyllic childhood was tragically cut short, the troubles that followed, their nursing training and the divergent paths they subsequently took. Though their relationship was sometimes difficult, the sisters’ lives regularly intertwined until Jennifer’s death in 2011.
Used for 40,000 years, and prized for its beauty and versatility, ivory is a material that humans have been prepared to kill for. This comprehensive study begins by looking at conservation, and the range of animals – from mastodon to sperm whale – from which ivory has been derived. The author goes on to examine ivory as a material, describes techniques for identifying and caring for existing ivory pieces, and finally charts its world history, from prehistoric times to the present day.
I-SPY Out and About Card Set
70 Great I-SPY Cards
Whether used to identify plants and animals or to pass time on a long journey, the I-SPY series of books has long been a popular way of entertaining children and encouraging them to explore their world. This card set draws content from the whole range of titles, including sections on trees, the seaside and the roads, and comes with an I-SPY notebook.