A Brief Life
Hitchcock carefully controlled his public persona, emphasizing his lugubrious humour and often retelling selected anecdotes from his childhood to explain his mastery of the cinematic thriller. Delving behind these stories Ackroyd investigates what the director also owed to his formative experiences in British and German film-making and how the fears, fantasies and obsessions of his lonely upbringing in East London shaped his lifelong controlling personality and his films’ characteristic mixture of comedy and suspense. Off-mint with American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Hero of the Empire
The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
In 1899 the 25-year-old Winston Churchill scaled the fence of a PoW camp in Pretoria to make a perilous 300-mile escape across Southern Africa. This account of his journey to freedom is set within the context of his early years as a war correspondent, soldier and budding politician, and paints an intimate portrait of a young man keen to seek out danger -– he narrowly survived conflicts in Cuba, the Hindu Kush and Sudan – yet assured of his own long-term destiny. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Flamboyant, eccentric and driven by nervous energy, Wilkie Collins was one of the great storytellers of the Victorian era. Peter Ackroyd charts Collins’s life and career from his childhood as the son of a well-known artist through his early struggles as a writer to his lifelong friendship with Dickens, and encourages readers to explore his less well-known works as well as the two masterpieces The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages..
Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink
Forged in the Weimar Republic's heady mix of art and politics, the partnership between the playwright and Marxist intellectual Bertolt Brecht and the avant-garde composer Kurt Weill was one of the most important artistic collaborations of the 20th century. In telling the story of that partnership, this book is the first to emphasize the important roles of three women: Weill's wife, Lotte Lenya; Brecht's wife, the actress Helene Weigel; and Elisabeth Hauptmann, Brecht's lover, secretary and literary collaborator. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Slightly off-mint.
A Brief Life
The first icon of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp remains one of cinema's most memorable characters. In this 'brief' biography, Ackroyd explores the character behind the bowler hat and baggy trousers, tracing Chaplin's progress from a background of estranged, alcoholic parents and workhouses in London, to the artistic achievements as actor and director in Hollywood that would make him 'the most famous man on earth'. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Between Man and Beast
From the moment the explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, our understanding of this extraordinary animal - and of our own place in the universe - changed irrevocably. Part swashbuckling jungle adventure, part gas-lit Victorian thriller, this book recounts Du Chaillu's extraordinary story, restoring a forgotten hero to his rightful place and charting a controversy that embroiled many notable figures of the age, including Charles Darwin,Thomas Hardy and Abraham Lincoln. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages (signed).
A Short History of Private Life
Bill Bryson's room-by-room journey of discovery around his home, an old rectory in Norfolk, was a bestseller on first publication. This handsome new edition of his chronicle of domestic history is illustrated with over 300 photographs, reproductions and advertisements. Delving into topics such as electricity, food preservation, crinolines and toilets, Bryson reveals that there is a huge amount of history and interest – and even a little danger – in every home.
Today most people believe that the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 forced the surrender of Japan and spared the millions of deaths that would have resulted from a continued war. Examining the bombings, the science and politics leading up to them and, through harrowing personal testimonies, the experiences of some of the survivors, Paul Ham concludes that, despite the American claim that they had opted for 'the least abhorrent choice', viable alternatives were never considered.
Augustine and the Jews
A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism
In a book which sheds light on the origins of anti-Semitism and opens a path towards better understanding between Judaism and Christianity, Paula Fredriksen examines the thought of Augustine of Hippo (354-430) who opposed his church's hostility to Jews. Investigating Augustine's intellectual inheritance and spiritual development she shows how he reached his influential conclusion that the Christian empire was right to ban paganism and to coerce heretics, but should not attack Judaism.