The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
Country House Life
A Century in Photographs
With an engaging commentary and over 250 photographs of the people who lived and worked in houses such as Polesden Lacey, Lacock Abbey and Castle Drogo, this book offers an authentic picture of life in the English country house during its heyday. Drawn from family albums and collections and covering the period from the 1840s to 1945, the photographs record everyday life for the families and staff as well as family celebrations, garden parties, sporting events and the occasional visit by royalty.
Writing with Military Precision
During his many years as an intelligence officer, Craig Shrives learned how to write clearly for the eyes of British and American generals. In this guide he shares his practical experience: he identifies common mistakes and ambiguities and offers suggestions for correcting and clarifying what you want to say, and a final section gives useful advice on easily confused words. (Previously sold in Postscript as Grammar for Grown-ups.)
Then and Now
Matching archive images of the landmarks of Paris with photographs taken from the same viewpoints today, this book captures the changes that have taken place in the French capital from the heady days of the Belle Epoque. Here are the great monuments such as Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, alongside the atmospheric old streets of the Marais and the Left Bank. A detailed colour map shows the location of every view.
His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy
Although his name has become a byword for tyranny, Genghis Khan is also credited with creating the unified trade routes that brought the cultures of Europe, the Middle East and Asia into contact, as well as some enlightened lawmaking (by medieval standards). This account of the great conqueror explores the cultural background of the nomadic Mongolian tribes and analyses the Khan's personality as well as the events that saw him acquire and rule the largest contiguous empire in history.
Waiting for the Albino Dunnock
How Birds Can Change Your Life
Despite having written many books about the countryside, including the bestselling Country Wisdom, Rosamond Richardson only picked up a pair of binoculars and started birdwatching in her sixties. In a series of lyrical prose poems, this book charts her growing engagement with the world of birds over a single year, and the joy and serenity it brought. The result is a precisely observed exploration of the importance of nature to one’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus
Samarkand, the turquoise oasis in the valley of the Zerafshan River, Uzbekistan, has been a cultural crossroads for centuries. In this book, the authors have gathered the cuisines of seven ethnic groups that have left their mark on the city: the Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Jews, Koreans, Caucasians and native Uzbeks. The result is a wonderfully spiced and perfumed collection of recipes for soups, main courses, accompaniments, sweets and drinks.
Legacies of the First World War
Building for Total War 1914–18
Drawing together studies by English Heritage and Historic England’s archaeologists and historians, this volume explores the physical effects of the First World War on the English countryside and built environments. Among the topics discussed in the ten illustrated essays are army camps, airfields and coastal defences; munitions factories, civic and civilian building during wartime and the impact of enemy blockade on the nation’s agriculture; and a final essay examines the building of war memorials.
Boswell's London Journal
‘Friday 19 November 1762... When we came upon Highgate Hill and had a view of London, I was all life and joy.’ Fresh from Scotland and lodging in Downing Street, 22-year-old James Boswell revelled in London - its theatres, coffee houses and conversation, sexual adventures and freedom. His journal is a vivid portrayal of the city's high-life and low-life, rich and poor, and of his new acquaintances, from prostitutes to the great Dr Johnson.
The Liberation of Europe 1944–1945
The Photographers Who Captured History from D-Day to Berlin
This collection of archival images from The Times and Kemsley Newspapers, many published here for the first time, documents remarkable scenes from the Allies’ invasion of Europe, including the capture of Berlin, where a sombre Churchill inspects the site at which Hitler’s body was burnt. Set against a backdrop of devastation, action shots of airdrops, beach landings, tank battles and troop manoeuvres contrast with the delighted faces of liberated civilians, telling stories as compelling as they are harrowing.
The Lost Border
The Landscape of The Iron Curtain
For almost half a century, the Iron Curtain divided the nations of Europe. Then, almost overnight, it vanished. During the 1980s, the photographer Brian Rose followed its course, before going on to record its disappearance. His images capture the eerie concrete and barbed-wire barriers running through mundane towns and villages, the tumultuous scenes as the Berlin Wall came down, and the ghostly traces that are all that remain today.
Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books
The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.
The World of Mummies
From Ötzi to Lenin
Mummies are found not only in ancient Egyptian tombs but all around the world, in locations as varied as the mountains of South America, European churches and the ice of Greenland. This introduction to the subject, by a distinguished mummy-researcher, explains the natural and artificial processes by which human remains are preserved. The book features colour photographs of several mummies, together with case studies that reveal what scientific analysis of their bodies can teach us about these people’s lives, deaths and diseases.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Launched by Historic England and Ecclesiastical, the History of England in 100 Places project called on the public to nominate sites that have played a crucial role in the nation’s science, industry, arts and culture. The final list, selected by a team of judges including Tanni Grey-Tompson, Monica Ali, Mary Beard and Tristram Hunt, includes both familiar landmarks such as Stonehenge and St Paul’s, and lesser-known but crucially important places such as the ICI research laboratory in Widnes.
The Five Giants
A Biography of the Welfare State
Five giants loomed over the reconstruction of postwar Britain: want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness. The battle against them was fought by five great programmes at the core of the Welfare State: social security, health, education, housing and full employment. Meticulously researched and vividly written, this award-winning history charts the epic struggle to forge a fair and decent society from the ashes of war, and chronicles the highs and lows of the decades that followed.
A Visual Guide to the Animal Kingdom
Beginning with cells – ‘the smallest units of independent existence’ – and covering all animal life, from simple sponges to the great apes (gorilla, chimpanzees and orang-utan), this carefully designed, large-format guide is arranged by scientific classification in a way that illuminates the place of each family and species within the animal kingdom. The deeply informative and very accessible text is accompanied by over 350 colour photographs taken in the animals’ natural habitats by leading wildlife photographers.