Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle has Landed
The period from the 1950s to the 1970s was a golden age for British spy fiction. Based on conversations with many of the 150 writers covered, this book sets the phenomenon against the backdrop of imperial decline, the Cold War and a burgeoning paperback market. It identifies two distinct genres: the glamorous fantasy of James Bond, and the sombre realism of Le Carré and Deighton. With a foreword by Lee Child.
Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps
Mapping the Modern World
Graphic artist Martin Vargic presents cultural and factual information about the world in the form of 70 colourful maps. His Map of Stereotypes, which parodies a narrow Western view of other nations with labels such as ‘Dracula’ for Romania and ‘Kangaroo’ for Australia, is followed by examples depicting topics such as national foods, internet use, and the prevalence of heavy metal bands. With four foldout maps and two posters. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Wartime for the District Nurses
After their first year as district nurses in East London, Alice and Edith struggle to cope, and this second novel in the series follows them as rationing takes hold and the Blitz escalates. Now they have to deal with the aftermath while facing up to their own emotional problems.
The Double Dangerous Book for Boys
This follow-up to the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys continues its mission to make growing up an adventure. Between stirring tales of famous battles, great explorers and terrible Roman emperors, diagrams show how to build a flying machine, pick a lock, make a stink-bomb and light a fire using a battery and a chewing-gum wrapper. There are card games, puzzles, fun facts, a tree ID guide and a list of all the British prime ministers. Age 9+
Jerry Lee Lewis
His Own Story
The scandal over his marriage to his teenage cousin stopped Jerry Lee Lewis’s career in its tracks in 1958 but he made a comeback in the 1970s as a country artist. Extensive recent interviews with the singer provide the basis of this biography, telling his story of rags to riches success, multiple wives and divorces, drug and alcohol abuse and eventual rehabilitation as a respected elder statesman of rock. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Book of English Cheeses
Following a letter in The Times in 1937 about the difficulty of sourcing Stilton, Sir John Squire asked ten writers to raise awareness of local cheeses by recording the provenance and mythology relating to their favourite. Their entertaining and often humorous anecdotes, reprinted here with illustrations by EH Shepard, reveal an artisanal world as much under threat from mass production then as it is today.
Anne Bennett - 3 Books
Former teacher Anne Bennett discovered her talent for writing following an accident that left her unable to walk. Irish by birth, she grew up in Birmingham and uses both locations as settings in her gripping, historically accurate sagas, all of which depict ordinary people facing challenging situations. The three titles included in this set are: A Girl can Dream (Read more...) Another Man's Child (Read more...) Child on the Doorstep (Read more...)
Making Sense of the Bible
Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today
As a pastor, Hamilton is often asked thoughtful and difficult questions about aspects of the Bible that people find confusing or disturbing. Here he responds by investigating the debates about the nature of scripture, and wrestling with some of the Bible’s most challenging passages. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn is working to unlock the memories of a traumatized four-year-old, while her former patient, Captain Ben Callan, is investigating the suspicious death of an officer in Afghanistan. When a dead body washes up on a Sussex beach, their cases mysteriously converge.
A Powerful True Story
Returning to Ireland after 50 years, Gordon Lewis began to investigate the secrets of his childhood, only to be told not to go ‘digging up that old stuff’. Brought up in the 1950s in a secretive Catholic hostel for unmarried women, he had little idea of the hardships his mother had suffered, or her determination to keep her child, in defiance of an intolerant society.
Eating Well Made Easy
Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Everyone, Every Day
In this cookbook, TV chef Lorraine Pascal adjusts the cooking methods and ingredients of well-known dishes to make them healthier and more nutritious, creating a range of tasty, satisfying and simple-to-prepare meals. The recipes include meat-free versions of classics such as Mushroom and Chestnut Lancashire Hotpot, as well as ideas for breakfasts, snacks, puddings and Sunday roasts. Slightly off-mint.
The Secret Lives of Monsters
Presented as a dossier of evidence for the existence of hostile aliens (gleaned from the evidence provided by the adventures of Doctor Who) this well-illustrated volume explains the origins and nature of 14 extra-terrestrial threats to humankind. Chapters include case files of the Doctor's adventures with each monster, from the Daleks to the Slitheen, and behind-the-scenes insights into how the creatures were created and filmed. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Now We Are Dead
Inspired by his mugging-up on Winnie the Pooh for Celebrity Mastermind, Stuart MacBride describes his book as ‘the story of what happens to Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel after she was caught being Very, Very Naughty in In the Cold Dark Ground’. Now, the man she was accused of fitting up is freed and back on the streets of Aberdeen – but Roberta knows he is guilty.
Collins Easy Learning Italian Dictionary
Designed specifically for anyone starting to learn Italian, this dictionary has several invaluable features for the novice. As well as clearly laid out headwords, translations and examples of usage in the Italian–English, English–Italian listings, there are sections on pronunciation, Italian verbs and ‘Italian in Action’, which includes lists of common words and phrases and information on topics such as writing letters, email and texts.
From Petticoat Tails to Arbroath Smokies
Traditional Foods of Scotland
One of the Taste of Britain series, described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his preface as 'an exciting journey to find Britain's edible treasure', this volume goes north of the border into the land of oatcakes and haggis, Irn-Bru, Aberdeen Angus Cattle and mealie puddings. The authors explain the culinary history and traditions of each raw ingredient or product, how it is prepared (unless it is a trade secret), and where to find it.
From Bath Chaps to Bara Brith
The Taste of South West Britain
This volume is from The Taste of Britain series that describes British foods – both raw ingredients and products – that belong to their region in the same way as French foods are linked to their terroir (soil). Surveying the foodstuffs of South West England, the Channel Islands and Wales, the authors delve into the history and culinary traditions of local fare such as Dittisham plums, Plymouth Gin, Caerphilly Cheese and the mighty Jersey Royal Potato.
A murder mystery that enmeshes DI Archer of Scotland Yard in a high-level espionage drama, Len Deighton’s novel is set in Britain in 1941, nine months after British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Written in 1978, this compelling ‘alternative reality’ portrayal of Britain under Nazi rule became a BBC drama series in 2017. Reissued with a new introduction by Deighton.
The Lost Book of Moses
The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
When the flamboyant treasure-hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London in 1883, he claimed to have discovered the world’s most ancient copy of Deuteronomy – and was quickly denounced as a fraudster. Over 70 years later the emergence of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls prompted reassessment of Shapira’s claims, but by then his scrolls had vanished. Tigay describes his own worldwide quest to locate these mysterious documents and establish whether they truly were a forgery. Felt-tip mark on lower edge.
Some Sunny Day
Born in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn was 92 when she realized that her great age gave a better perspective (she wrote her first autobiography in her fifties) and she had to 'get everything down on paper in a final account'. Here then is the life of 'an ordinary girl from an ordinary family with a voice that you could recognize' – but also an embodiment of British spirit during the Second World War.
The Dangerous Book of Heroes
From the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, this wide-ranging collection celebrates the men and women who prove how much you can achieve when powered by courage and self-belief – from the explorer Richard Burton to Douglas Bader, and from Florence Nightingale to Lisa Potts, the nursery nurse who protected children from a machete attack in 1996.
They All Love Jack
Busting the Ripper
The mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper's crimes has led to more than a century of obsessive theorizing about his identity. Now, indignant at Ripperologists' tendency to believe the 19th century's 'greatest liars', Bruce Robinson offers 'a repudiation of virtually everything' published on the subject; his lengthy but lively analysis of the evidence exposes a web of corruption and cover-up that helped the killer to escape. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Tree Climber's Guide
Adventures in the Urban Canopy
London has more parks and green spaces than any other capital of a comparable size, so a climbable tree is never far away. Extolling the virtues of lifting oneself out of the city bustle and finding new perspectives on the urban scene, this book records the exploits of a committed tree climber seeking out interesting specimens and unusual vantage points, from a tall sweetgum alongside the walls of St Paul's Cathedral to a scruffy willow on the Swiss Cottage roundabout.
Tales of a Tiller Girl
My True Story of Dancing in Wartime London
In the early 1950s, after growing up in Battersea, dancing with the Italia Conti school on the West End stages of wartime London and performing through summer seasons in Blackpool and winter seasons in pantomime, Irene Holland won a coveted place in the Tiller Girls troupe at the London Palladium. Her very engaging memoir describes her passion for dancing and the thrill of achieving her ambition.
Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540
The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South
Robert Goodwin chronicles the adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history - one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Slightly off-mint.
Love, Loyalty and Sacrifice on the Front Line
Specially trained sniffer dogs play a vital role in bomb detection in the British Army; this book tells the story of two such animals, killed in action alongside their handlers, Lance Corporals Kenneth Rowe and Liam Tasker, in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2011. Told through the words of family, friends and colleagues, and letters home from the soldiers, the book describes the bond between dog and handler and the courageous work they undertook together.