Death of an Honest Man
A Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery
A newcomer to Lochdubh in Sutherland, Paul English voiced his opinions rather too freely. ‘I speak as I find’, he bragged, while offending locals across the county. When he is found dead, Sergeant Hamish Macbeth has a bewildering array of suspects.
Slap and Tickle
The Unusual History of Sex and the People Who Have It
This irreverent guide takes a peek at a perennially fascinating subject. A romp through the biological mechanics and history of human intercourse is spiced up with intimate true stories, public scandals, censorship, sex toys, fetishes, and a concise glossary of filthy language. Eclectic, entertaining and original, it reveals everything you always wanted to know about sex – and quite a few things you probably didn’t. Sexually explicit.
The British Oak
Visiting trees with names like ‘The Monarch’ and ‘Old Knobbley’, Archie Miles’s richly illustrated book combines profiles of 50 famous old oaks with an overview of the oak tree in British culture, society and economy. There are chapters on the history of the oak, its place in myth and folklore, art and literature, and its vital role in building and ship-building, but also in many smaller industries, from tanning and pannage (pigs foraging for acorns) to charcoal burning and fish smoking.
The Visitors' Book
In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller
When the artists Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller died, their friend Jon Lys Turner inherited a vast archive of letters and diaries. These writings reveal a remarkable tale of talent and transgression, of a group of largely gay young men who pushed boundaries in their art and their relationships against a backdrop of wild nights in Fitzrovia; of artistic fame and week-long parties at their cottage in Wivenhoe, Essex; and, towering over it all, the brilliant, disturbing figure of Francis Bacon.
Why Would Anyone Want to Swing a Cat?
and 499 Other Questions
How deep are the foundations of St Paul’s Cathedral? Why are ‘crack troops’ so called? Does anyone regularly eat seagulls? Such are the varied questions that have prompted submissions to the Daily Mail’s ‘Answers to Correspondents’ column. This compilation features 500 of the most unusual and entertaining queries, together with the responses – facts, theories and anecdotes – helpfully contributed by the paper’s readers.
Animals Under Fire 1939–1945
Pet owners were advised in 1939 that destroying their cats and dogs would be kinder than allowing them to face the Blitz. Later in the war family dogs were recruited into service as guards and mine detectors. This book investigates the wartime challenges for domestic pets and their owners, from bombed-out cats rescued from the rubble to the dogs that parachuted into France on D-Day.
The Complete Book of Paper Aeroplanes
Make Your Own Aircraft and Watch Them Fly!
David Woodroffe has taken the paper aeroplane to a new level in this magnificent collection of over 90 gliders, fighter jets, bombers, stunt planes, helicopters and kites. All the designs are printed in full colour on tear-out pages, with folding instructions for each one as well as the ‘pre-flight briefing’ on the essentials of making and flying paper planes. The designs can be photocopied if you want to keep the book intact.
The Day the Music Died
A Life Lived Behind the Lens
In this memoir the filmmaker behind such groundbreaking productions as Cathy Come Home, Kes and This Life looks back at a career full of battles with movie executives and the BBC over films that were thought too controversial. He also describes how his passionate work was influenced by his lifelong struggle to come to terms with the deaths of his parents when he was just five years old.
Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives
Limiting himself to one fact per personage, Frank Key presents an abbreviated, yet thoroughly engrossing biographical dictionary. Between Lascelles Abercrombie (an English poet challenged to a duel by Ezra Pound) and the Rumanian spirit medium Eleonore Zugun, we learn that Michael Tippett called his fridge ‘Bernard Levin’, that Alfred Hitchcock was terrified of eggs, and Robert Southey, otherwise a poet, once invited William and Mary Wordsworth to dinner and served roast owl.
The Spring 1917 Offensive in Panoramas Including Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt
After a lucid summary of the progress of the war and the political situation from August 1914 to April 1917, this book presents an extraordinarily detailed study of the Battle of Arras (incorporating the Battles of Scarpe, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt, Lagnicourt and Arlaux). The account is illustrated with maps, plans and, as well as archive photographs, over 50 rediscovered British and German panoramas of the battlegrounds: photographs that offer a view not seen for over 90 years - the prospect beyond the trench parapet.
Extraordinary Pets From Ordinary Homes
Cats with lovable foibles, nervous rescue dogs who find their confidence, and even a mischievous pet bear – such is the stuff of this collection of stories compiled from the 'Pets' Corner' column of the Sunday Telegraph. These heart-warming and often hilarious tributes from the newspaper's readers extol the everyday pleasures of owning a pet. Foreword by Ben Fogle.
Going beyond the familiar stories of children in wartime, usually dominated by evacuation, Longden deals with children as active participants in the Second World War. He tells the stories of child soldiers who lied about their age to enlist, but also of the Royal Navy's 14-year-old boy buglers serving on battleships, teenagers in the Merchant Navy, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides helping victims of the bombing, and the children who stayed in the cities during the Blitz.
Martin Amis's life is itself the stuff of fiction. Son of one of the most popular novelists of the post-war era, he forged a groundbreaking style of writing that owes little to his father, or to anyone else. This absorbing biography offers the real Martin Amis – elegant, tortured, kind, aloof, loved by women and devoted family man. It evaluates the unique achievement and wide-ranging influence of his menacing novels, and discloses the autobiographical thread that runs through his work.
Ralegh and His Queen
A former History Today 'Summer Reading Selection', The Favourite reveals Sir Walter Ralegh in the role in which his contemporaries knew him best: the courtier who could win the attention - and the heart - of Elizabeth I, while also being 'the most hated man in England'. Using first-hand accounts, Lyons uncovers a maze of ambition and desire, and a brutal Elizabethan world riven by crime, corruption and treachery.
Lady of the Loch
Once widely distributed, Ospreys had more or less died out in Britain by the early 20th century but were spotted again in the 1950s and have since re-established themselves, mainly in Scotland. This book tells the story of the fish-eating raptor's resurgence through its most famous representative Lady, who migrated from Africa to the same Scottish nest, and bred successfully, for more than 20 consecutive seasons.