A Land Between Tradition and Modernity
Based on the journals that the author kept during his exploration of Anatolia, Istanbul and the Aegean coast, this travelogue blends Reichart’s own experiences with an overview of Turkey’s history, and reveals his profound fascination with its character and culture.
Sailing by Starlight
In Search of Treasure Island
Alex Capus traces Robert Louis Stevenson's last years, focusing on his seemingly inexplicable decision to settle on Samoa. He concludes that Stevenson had discovered a real-life ‘Treasure Island’ nearby – and that it was this discovery that inspired his most famous work. Literary Traveller series.
The Prisoner of Kathmandu
Brian Hodgson in Nepal 1820–43
Posted to Kathmandu as a junior officer, Brian Hodgson found himself in a delicate position as relations between Britain and Nepal became hostile. This biography tells how he learned the Nepalese language, studied Buddhism and natural history, and helped to negotiate peace with the mountain kingdom.
A History of Travellers and Pilgrims
Since the 3rd century CE, the biblical Mount Sinai has been identified with the mountain peak above St Catherine’s Monastery at South Sinai in Egypt. Focusing on six periods of activity at the site, this history traces its evolution through the centuries, from the time of the earliest Christian anchorites to the arrival of intrepid tourists during the 19th century. Manginis also discusses Sinai’s natural environment, the mountain’s importance in Muslim tradition and the topographical investigations of western scholars.
In Search of Ancient North Africa
A History in Six Lives
Informed by the author’s long experience of travel in North Africa, this ‘journey into a landscape of ruins’ is structured around the lives of six much-mythologized figures who represent the region’s rich classical culture: the refugee Queen Dido, the generals Hannibal and Masinissa, King Juba II, Septimus Severus and Augustine the intellectual careerist. Rogerson argues that the choices each made about cultural assimilation and resistance to Rome resemble those still faced by their modern descendants.
From Midnight to Glorious Morning?
India Since Independence
India became a free nation in August 1947 and here, the journalist and broadcaster Mihir Bose analyses how the country that many doubted would survive has been transformed into one capable of rivalling China as the pre-eminent economic superpower.
Consequences of the Peace
The Versailles Settlement: Aftermath and Legacy 1919–2010
In this concluding volume of the Makers of the Modern World: The Peace Conferences of 1919–23 and Their Aftermath series, Alan Sharp investigates some of the most significant, long-term legacies and contributions of the peace treaties signed at the end of the First World War, including the creation of the League of Nations and the United Nations.
The Bible Hunter
The Quest for the Original New Testament
In 1859 Constantin Tischendorf brought to Europe the Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest known copy of the New Testament, previously kept at the remote Sinai monastery or St Catherine's. Gottschlich describes his own visit to Sinai, reflecting on his predecessor’s obsessions and the continuing controversy over the manuscript’s removal.
A Star of Life
A vicar’s daughter from Kent, Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976) became one of the most admired stage actresses of the 20th century. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished letters and interviews with colleagues, family and friends, this authorized biography records how she led the pioneering Old Vic company during the First World War while bringing up four children, her tireless commitment to feminism, socialism and pacifism, and her intense, often troubled relationship with her husband, Lewis Casson. Slightly off-mint.
A History of Crete
The largest of the Greek islands has often been ruled by invaders attracted by its strategic position close to Europe, Africa and Asia. After describing the ancient Minoan civilization, this historical survey follows Crete’s fortunes through periods of occupation by powers from both west (Romans, Venetians, the Third Reich) and east (Byzantines, Ottomans), and illustrates how these experiences shaped Cretans’ fierce love of freedom as well as the traditional society and culture that continue to flourish today.
Re: viewing Egypt
Image and Echo
Duality is the theme running through Xavier Roy’s magnificent photographs of Egypt. Images of ancient Egyptian civilization are echoed in photographs of modern-day Egyptians – or a relief of Horus stands alongside a real hawk – while landscapes capture unchanging scenes such as feluccas on the Nile. The 145 monochrome photographs are introduced by Gamal al-Ghitani.
The Man, His People and the Empire
Mahatma Gandhi was a man of apparent contradictions: a London-trained lawyer who wore the clothes of India's poorest, an apostle of non-violence who urged Indians to enlist in the First World War, and a champion of independence with an enduring affection for all things British. Drawing on family archives, this monumental biography by his grandson offers a complete and balanced account of Gandhi’s life, the development of his political and religious beliefs, and his complex relations with his family.
The English Garden
A Journey Through its History
This journey through the history of the English garden features twelve of the most important, original and beautiful parks in the country. Garden design changed radically during the 18th century, when French symmetry was replaced by a new landscaped naturalism, and gardeners at Chiswick House, Castle Howard, Studley, Rousham, Stowe, Petworth and elsewhere redefined our ideas of beauty. The erudite narrative is accompanied by contemporary illustrations. No jacket.
Portrait of the Gulf Stream
In Praise of Currents
The prizewinning novelist Erik Orsenna grew up on an island off the coast of Brittany, giving thanks to the Atlantic current that brings warmth to the shores of Europe. In this remarkable book, he follows the Gulf Stream from Cape Hatteras to the legendary Norwegian Maelstrom, meeting scientists and scholars in an attempt to understand the phenomenon and the threat posed by global warming.
A Literary Expedition
In this book from the Armchair Traveller series, Gorner is our guide on ten literary rambles through London. He follows Heinrich Heine through Southwark; meets Blake and Trollope in Westminster and Virginia Woolf and Ottoline Morrel in Bloomsbury; he visits the Hampstead of Keats and Carlyle's Chelsea; and finishes on the outskirts, with Hanif Kureishi and The Buddha of Suburbia.
Sarajevo 1914–Versailles 1919: The War and Peace that Made the Modern World
Approaching the First World War from a global perspective, this collection of 28 essays seeks to explain how each of the participating countries that signed the first Versailles peace treaty on 28 June 1919 came to be there, or, in the case of Russia and China, why they were absent. Starting with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, chapters describe how the major states reacted to events in Sarajevo and how countries such as Greece, Portugal and Brazil entered the war.