The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World
With over 200 photographs, renowned wildlife photographer Bob Gibbons presents his personal pick of the world’s most ‘flowery’ places for armchair readers and travellers alike. From British bluebell woods to the home of the tulip in China’s Tien Shan Mountains, each location is accompanied by a map, information on local ecology and conservation status, and details of animals in the region. All sites are accessible and some visitor information is included alongside useful websites.
In the Theatre of the Imagination
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, whose collaboration with Roald Dahl has made him world famous. Ghislaine Kenyon has known him for 20 years, and offers an intimate portrait of the artist and the man. We see him at work in his south London studio, and learn of his love of flying machines, of all things French, and of his lesser-known work for schools, hospitals and charities. The book is liberally illustrated with Blake’s inimitable sketches and paintings.
A collaboration between Ralph Steadman and the filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy, the award-winning Extinct Boids surveyed the birds we have lost; Nextinction shifts the focus to those we are about to lose. Levy’s ‘With a Wing and a Prayer’ commentary tells the stories of 192 species on the Critically Endangered List; while Steadman depicts the birds on the brink of extinction, such as the Giant Ibis and the Kakapo, and some rather dubious species including the Unsociable Lapwing and the Ooshut Doorbang.
World of Peyton
Drawing his first cartoon in a German PoW camp, Mike Peyton started selling his pictures after the war, contributing to a range of magazines, including New Scientist and Yachting Monthly, and earning his reputation as the world's leading yachting cartoonist. From boating mishaps to the yacht club bar, this retrospective includes the best of his work from his 70-year career poking fun at the sailing fraternity.
Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation
The Grantchester Mysteries
This fifth instalment of The Grantchester Mysteries finds archdeacon and part-time detective Sidney Chambers embroiled in the workings of a mysterious cult as he searches for a missing teenager, and investigating a murder, the theft of a precious heirloom and a case of blackmail.
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.
Ultimate Classic Yachts
20 of the World's Most Beautiful Classic Yachts
From the 1889 Bristol Channel pilot cutter, Marian, to the 1936 racing yacht Bloodhound, owned and sailed in the 1960s by Prince Philip and the Queen, this book examines 20 classic sailing yachts. The selection explores a range of notable boats from sensitive restorations to lavish replicas, rebuilds and new-builds. The story of each craft is illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs of the vessels on the water and images of their fittings and interiors.
Printmaking Off the Beaten Track
Richard Noyce has journeyed around the world exploring printmaking traditions and techniques in less familiar centres of art production. Featuring an extensive selection of works rarely found in contemporary art books, by printmakers from Alaska to Japan, this unique collection provides the opportunity to compare artworks from a wide variety of places, setting them in their historical context and examining how artists have reflected their experiences of conflict, resolution, diaspora and exile.
Fizzlebert Stump and the Great Supermarket Showdown
Fizz is forced to work in a supermarket, but stacking shelves and wearing outfits without sequins just isn’t his style. Will he ever find his way back to the circus? With a quirky narrator and a cast of eccentric characters, this madcap story is full of fun. Age 9+
The Boy Who Did PE in his Pants
Fizz is used to playing football with sea lions rather than sitting up straight in a classroom, but no one at school believes he belongs at the circus. How can he ever escape? Fizz faces foolish grown-ups and a devious lookalike in this seriously silly tale. Age 9+
Cats and Curses
The Marsh Road Mysteries
In the fourth Marsh Road Mysteries adventure, a mummified cat turns up at the junk shop where Andrew’s mum works, and strange things start to happen. Has the shop been cursed? And can Andrew and his friends Piotr, Minnie, Flora and Sylvie solve the case? Age 9+
The War We Never Fought
The British Establishment's Surrender to Drugs
In this meticulously researched, fiercely argued book, the columnist Peter Hitchens responds to the legion of politicians, commentators and cultural figures who repeatedly declare that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed. Hitchens makes the case that the ‘war’ was never really fought, and that since the adoption of the Wootton Report in 1971, which classified cannabis as a ‘soft’ drug, successive governments have pursued a policy of covert legalization, effectively disarming the police in their efforts to counter this threat.
The Strangers Who Came Home
The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
The review of the 1878 season in Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual admitted that 'the idea of a visit from an Australian team...was at first treated as something of a joke' but the success of the tour did much to spark the international rivalry. Including a victory over the MCC at Lord's and controversy and skulduggery involving WG Grace, this book chronicles the adventures of the first representative Australian touring team.
A Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland
Orchids are among the most diverse groups of plants and although many varieties grow in the British Isles, including Lady's Slipper and Ghost Orchid, two of the rarest native wildflowers, most are in retreat in the face of environmental changes. This pocket guide includes detailed descriptions and information for all 52 species that grow wild in Britain and Ireland with colour photographs and distribution maps.
A Year at Otter Farm
Inspiring Recipes Through the Seasons
It was the taste of a ripe mulberry that gave Mark Diacono the inspiration for Otter Farm, the Devon smallholding where he runs courses to share his love of fresh, seasonal food. In this beautiful book, illustrated with his own superb colour photography, he charts the story of the farm, and shares its seasonal recipes: Warm Salad of Padron Peppers, Cherries and Halloumi; Chicken, Pork and Borlotti Bean Casserole; and a refreshing Cucumber Ice-Cream.
What Matters in Jane Austen
What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? How old is Mr Collins? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? One of the delights of reading Jane Austen is noticing the puzzles she sets her readers. In 20 succinct chapters, Mullan asks and answers a number of apparently superficial questions about Austen’s world, to demonstrate how its rituals and conventions reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist.
Tudor Warship Mary Rose
Anatomy of The Ship
The pride of the Tudor fleet, Mary Rose served 34 years in Henry VIII’s navy before sinking at the Battle of the Solent in 1545. The raising of the ship in 1982 gave archaeologists, including Douglas McElvogue, a unique opportunity to learn about the Tudor navy. Analysing the archaeological evidence, this book reconstructs the service history of Mary Rose, and provides a complete set of scale drawings and technical plans of the great warship. From the Anatomy of the Ship series.
House Guests, House Pests
A Natural History of Animals in the House
However fond of wildlife the British are, we don’t want the birds, butterflies and bats in our houses, still less the beetles and clothes moths. Richard Jones starts his ‘natural history’ with a survey of how human homes evolved, from caves to the first houses, before describing how the hangers-on – from dogs and cats to dust mites – adapted to ‘the attractions of home’. The book ends with an identification guide to the animal life that shares our living space.
Face to Face
Battling the elements at sea is as stern a test of character as any, and resilience and resolve can be read on the faces of many of the 100 'ocean portraits' chosen for this collection. Including a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and essays about maritime photography, the book includes images drawn from historic museum collections and the work of contemporary photographers' and features notable seafarers from 19th-century skippers to champion surfers, Jacques Cousteau to Ben Ainslie.
Captain of the Carpathia
The Seafaring Life of Titanic Hero Sir Arthur Henry Rostron
Destined to be remembered for being first to the scene of the Titanic disaster in 1912, Arthur Rostron later commanded the Mauretania as a hospital and troop ship during the First World War and on transatlantic passenger service throughout the 1920s. Drawing on contemporary publications and personal memoirs this book recounts the life of a distinguished seafarer who began his career in the last days of sail and ended as Commodore of the Cunard Line.
In this second, updated edition of a pioneering work in the social history of Britain and the Welfare State, Welshman explores the idea that an underclass has been successively reinvented since 1880, in Britain and the US. After discussing general ideas such as the undeserving poor and the lumpenproletariat, the study examines the continuities and differences in concepts ranging from the ‘social residuum’ of the 1880s, through the ‘problem family’ of the 1950s to today’s ‘troubled families’.
The UFO Files
The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings
From the ‘foo fighters’ that accompanied aircraft during the Second World War, through episodes such as the Roswell incident, the flying saucer sighting by RAF personnel at Farnborough in 1950 and the phenomena seen by radars at RAF Lakenheth-Bentwaters, to crop circles and alien abductions, this book examines the most impressive UFO stories of last century and weighs the claims of alien craft against the evidence as recorded in the Ministry of Defence files.
The Story of the Malakand Field Force
In 1897, the young Churchill was a war correspondent attached to the Malakand Field Force, fighting local tribes led by the ‘Mad Fakir’ on India’s north-west frontier, an area now part of Pakistan. Written in that year, Churchill’s book sets the scene for the conflict and, drawing on his letters to the Telegraph and official despatches, records the violent engagements of the war, including the relief of Chakdara, the march to Nawagai and fighting in the Mamund Valley.
Step By Step
In the years that followed the Great Depression, with Germany re-arming and the British establishment united in their desire to appease Hitler, Churchill was a voice in the wilderness. This powerful collection of newspaper articles from the period reveals his political foresight as he reports on the Spanish Civil War and the Munich agreement, warns of the inadequacy of Britain’s Navy and aircraft manufacturing, and urges the country to prepare for the inevitable war.
The First Book of Foundations
The first volume of philosopher Michel Serres’ Foundations Trilogy comprises a ‘continuous and free reading’ of the Roman historian Livy’s account of the origins of Rome. As Serres identifies the ancient author’s key themes – violence, murder, sacrifice, hospitality – he considers what the foundation of Rome reveals about the beginnings of society, knowledge and culture. Originally published in French in 1983, the book now appears in a new English translation by Randolph Burks.
Pliny the Elder
The Natural History Book VII
In Book VII of his encyclopedic Natural History, Pliny turns to the human animal, ‘for whose sake nature was created’. This edition presents both the Latin text and analysis of Pliny’s historical, scientific and literary contexts, highlighting what his discussion reveals about the ancient Roman worldview. For less experienced readers, the commentary offers plenty of linguistic explanation and the volume ends with a thorough glossary of vocabulary.
Ovid: Metamorphoses X (Latin Texts)
The tenth book of Ovid’s vast compendium of myth focuses on Orpheus and Eurydice, Venus and Adonis, Myrrha’s incestuous passion for her father and Pygmalion’s love for the statue he created. Ideal for first-time readers of Ovid, this edition contains the Latin text, line-by-line commentary on linguistic and literary matters and a concise introduction addressing the poet’s context and the themes of Book X.
In Search of Authority
Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment
Throughout its history, the Anglican Church has attempted to pursue a middle course – the ‘Religio Medici’ advocated by Sir Thomas Browne in the 17th century – between doctrinal purity and compassionate pragmatism, an approach that still generates fierce controversy today. This important, thought-provoking book charts its intellectual development in response to secular society and modern science, and addresses the fundamental question: from where does the Church derive its authority – scripture, tradition, reason or conscience?
Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
The serene beauty of Monet’s water lily paintings belies the turmoil out of which they were created. King’s sympathetic and insightful account focuses on the period when Monet stopped painting, grief-stricken by the death of his wife and facing the onset of blindness. As the guns roared on the Western Front, his friend Georges Clemenceau, the French premier, encouraged him to take up his brushes again. This book tells the compelling story behind Monet’s most iconic works of art.
The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton
The Trappist monk, social critic and ecumenist Thomas Merton (1915–68) produced an extensive body of writings, through which he continues to intrigue and challenge readers. In this study the Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral asks what meaning we should give to Merton’s contradictions and discontents, as well as considering how he speaks with a prophetic voice in areas of contemporary concern, such as war and peace, abuses of power and the freedom of the individual. Foreword by Rowan Williams.