Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Lady Flora Hastings’s belly, Charles Darwin’s beard, George Eliot’s hand, Fanny Cornforth’s mouth and Sweet Fanny Adams: though close studies of these five famous or controversial body parts Hughes aims to understand ‘what it meant to be a human animal in the 19th century’.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Letters to the Lady Upstairs
No. 102 Boulevard Haussmann is an elegant address in the eighth arrondissement of Paris. Upstairs lives Madame Williams, with her second husband and her harp; downstairs, Marcel Proust is trying to write In Search of Lost Time. Between 1909 and 1919, a correspondence that starts with a request for silence develops into a touching friendship, discussing books, music, domestic arrangements, illness, and the sadness of losing friends in the war.
Dataclysm: Who We Are*
*When We Think No One's Looking
OkCupid founder Christian Rudder mines the big data of social media to reveal how age, beauty, gender, race and numerous other ‘tick-box’ signifiers influence our decision-making during the myriad of interactions that shape our lives online and beyond.
Animal Prints from the British Museum
A rampaging elephant, a giant fish, an amorous goat and a monstrous pig are some of the fabled creatures featured in this collection of British Museum prints from the 15th to the early 19th century. The prints, which include woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Goya, Stubbs and Bewick, are accompanied by insightful commentary on the history and symbolism of the depicted beasts.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era.
The Lost Landscape
A Writer's Coming of Age
In this candid and moving memoir, one of America’s most acclaimed novelists recounts her tough rural upbringing in upstate New York. Through the eyes of her younger self, the book evokes the emotions of childhood and adolescence, from early friendships to her first encounters with death. Recalling her burgeoning desire to tell stories about the world and the people she meets, Oates reveals how those experiences coloured her later writing.
Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
For over two centuries, Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet has been the pride of Russian culture, a source of national prestige under tsars and communists alike; yet the shocking acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin in 2015 was but the latest in a long line of scandals. Here, the musicologist Simon Morrison charts the Bolshoi’s history of political manipulation and artistic rivalry, with the focus always on the ballet, ‘the cruellest and most wondrous of the arts’.
The Man Without a Shadow
Through the relationship between research scientist Margot Sharpe and her patient, the charismatic but tortured amnesiac Elihu Hoopes, this poignant, unsettling novel explores the line between science, ethics and obsession, and probes the darkest corners of the human psyche.
Riverford Farm Cook Book
Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Guy Watson started the Riverford veg-box scheme and Jane Baxter set up the Riverford Field Kitchen, and both businesses influence the content of this cookbook. Each section features a different vegetable, providing an introduction, recipes and suggestions for how to use it. From Beetroot Haters’ Soup or Kale, Chorizo and Potato Hash to Chocolate Courgette Cake, the authors show that local, seasonal veg can be just as exciting as exotic varieties found on supermarket shelves.
A Journey Through Birds
From hen harriers nesting on Orkney, Lockhart travels south through Caithness and Sutherland, across to the Outer Hebrides and south again, bird-by-bird, until he reaches his home in Devon – and the sparrowhawks. He is driven by a lifelong passion to explore the habitats of the raptors, and celebrates the birds themselves while reflecting on the ornithologists of the past, including his own great grandfather, Seton Gordon. Raptor received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011.
For nearly 4,000 years Egyptians skilfully embalmed both human and animal bodies in accordance with beliefs about their destiny in the afterlife; many mummies are still so well preserved that we can extract evidence about ancient people's lives and even gaze on their faces. Presenting examples of the embalmer's art now in the British Museum, Taylor explains the mummification and burial processes and the techniques used to study mummies today.
The New English Kitchen
How to Make Your Food Go Further
First published in 2005, when it was described by the Observer as ‘Mrs Beeton’s 21st-century equivalent’, The New English Kitchen presents over 280 easy recipes, using cheaper cuts of better-quality meat and leftovers and, as far as possible, UK-grown ingredients. Much of the emphasis is on ‘rolling food into more than one meal’, but there are also chapters on store-cupboard food, making the most of gluts of fruit and vegetables, and ethical dairy shopping.
The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life
Thousands of people have adopted a gluten-free diet, believing it to be healthier. This book reveals how little scientific evidence there is to justify this trend, and shows that while a gluten-free diet is a lifesaver for those with coeliac disease, for others, it may injure their health. Dr Green provides an in-depth examination of every symptom and condition associated with gluten, how gluten works in the body, what the gluten-free diet cures – and what it doesn’t. Off-mint.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era. Silk marker.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
In collaboration with the novelist, Mike Poulton reimagined Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novels for the stage. In this incarnation, Wolf Hall takes the story of Thomas Cromwell up to the coronation of Anne Boleyn, and Bring Up the Bodies ends with her execution. The scripts of the plays are accompanied by Poulton's introduction and Mantel's notes on the characters.