Shiels to Shields
The Life Story of a North Tyneside Town
Although North Shields was more advantageously positioned on the Tyne than its upstream neighbour, the 13th-century royal charter granting Newcastle a monopoly over trade held back the settlement's expansion for centuries. This illustrated history identifies the events that shaped the town, describing the local industries of coal mining, shipbuilding and fishing and giving an insight into the working and living conditions of its inhabitants during the period of rapid expansion in the 19th century.
Ribble: Valley and River
A Local and Natural History
Along its winding course through Lancashire, the River Ribble passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in England. Following the river from its source to the sea, this illustrated guide describes the region’s history, landscapes and wildlife. It takes in Iron Age hillforts, Roman camps and monastic farms, and the industrial centres of Accrington, Blackburn and Preston.
Home Sewing Techniques
Essential Sewing Skills to Make Inspirational Soft Furnishings
Ideal for beginners, and including basic information on equipment from pencils to sewing machines, each technique in this practical guide is explained with tips and colour photographs and followed up with an activity: from sewing seams to making a tablecloth; piping to stitching a headboard cover; pleating to upholstering a footstool. In addition, 30 easy-to-follow household projects include a throw, cushions and curtains.
Encyclopedia of Classic & Vintage Stitches
Including detailed depictions of and explanations for 245 stitches, with instructions on tools and materials and 24 projects to complete – from a skill-displaying sampler to a glittery evening bag – this is a valuable resource for stitchwork practitioners. Although some techniques are suitable for beginners and others require a degree of knowledge and experience, this comprehensive reference book can provide inspiration for all.
A Life in Conflict
Sergei Eisenstein, one of the geniuses of world cinema, was not only a leading practitioner of his art, but also its principal theorist. Here, Bergan tells the dramatic story of the director's life and his groundbreaking work, from a precocious childhood to the revolutionary art scene of the 1920s, through a landmark film career and relationships with artists as diverse as James Joyce and Walt Disney, to his untimely death at the age of 50.
The Last Love of George Sand
A Literary Biography
George Sand is one of the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of 19th-century France; as famous for her Bohemian lifestyle and love affairs as for her writing. This biography portrays the writer, political activist and cultural figure as she starts a new chapter in her ever-surprising life: the mature and very productive years with her last, and much younger lover, the talented engraver Alexandre Manceau. Translated from the French by Allison Charette.