Julia Donaldson Activity Collection - 4 Books
The Gruffalo’s child seeing the enormous shadow of the mouse, the witch’s broom with its creatures and comforts, the snail and the whale swimming away – scenes and characters from the popular children’s stories can be completed by colouring, drawing or joining the dots in these books, with some extra puzzles in The Gruffalo Activity Book. Age 5+ The four titles included in this set are: The Gruffalo (Read more...) The Snail and the Whale (Read more...) The Guffalo's Child Colouring Book (Read more...) Room on the Broom (Read more...)
Ann Cleeves - 7 Books
DI Jimmy Perez, created by bestselling British crime author Ann Cleeves, has featured in eight novels since 2006, investigating suspicious deaths in the close-knit communities of the Shetland islands. The award-winning series inspired the popular BBC drama Shetland. The seven titles included in this set are: Cold Earth (Read more...) Thin Air (Read more...) Dead Water (Read more...) Blue Lightning (Read more...) Red Bones (Read more...) White Nights (Read more...) Raven Black (Read more...)
Room on the Broom
Colouring Book with over 20 scenes!
Flying her broom through the stormy wind, outrunning the fire-breathing dragon, and stirring ingredients in her cauldron – over 20 scenes from the popular children’s story can be completed in this book, by colouring, drawing or joining the dots. Age 5+
Set in the early 19th century, Thackeray's satire of high society follows the fortunes of two young ladies from Miss Pinkerton's Academy: the ruthless social climber Becky and her sweet-tempered and less worldly friend Amelia. Macmillan Collector’s Library edition. Embossed linen covers and gilt-edged pages.
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of d'Artagnan and his dare-devil companions, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, amid the intrigues of the French ancien régime, was a sensation when it first appeared in 1844 and has never lost its swashbuckling appeal. This abridged version is published in the Macmillan Collector’s Library. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
Rag, Tag and Bobtail
And other Magical Stories
This collection of twenty-three short stories features the mischievous pixies Rag, Tag and Bobtail, the adventurous rabbits Flop and Whiskers, the quarrelsome tin soldier, the two good fairies and many more of master-storyteller Enid Blyton's best-loved characters. Age 5+
Robert Service: Trotsky; Lenin; Stalin - 3 Books
A former Professor of Russian History at Oxford University and the author of several important works on Soviet history, Robert Service has been described by a fellow biographer of Stalin, Simon Sebag Montefiore, as ‘the founding maestro of Stalinist history’. This trilogy comprises a single-volume life of Lenin (2000), the critically acclaimed biography of Stalin (2004) and a genuinely revelatory study of Trotsky (2009). The three titles included in this set are: Trotsky (Read more...) Lenin (Read more...) Stalin (Read more...)
The Lost Pilots
The Spectacular Rise and Scandalous Fall of Aviation's Golden Couple
A pioneering flight from England to Australia in the 1920s earned Bill Lancaster and Jessie Miller international fame, but their lives unravelled a few years later when Lancaster was tried for murder. Their sensational story describes the financial and personal troubles that led to the death of Miller's lover and the desperate attempt by Lancaster to rebuild his reputation with a long-distance flight that resulted in disaster over the Sahara Desert.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
A small town in Washington State by the name of Twin Peaks was once the scene of a number of homicides that remain unsolved… This top-secret FBI dossier contains all the relevant files on the events surrounding the murder of Laura Palmer, including Agent Dale Cooper’s reports, transcripts of witness statements, legal documents, press cuttings, and archival material on the assassination of JF Kennedy.
The Last of the Tsars
Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution
The distinguished historian of revolutionary Russia, Robert Service brings a profound understanding of the period and a forensic examination of official and personal records to this study of Nicholas II’s life and thought in the 16 months after the February 1917 Revolution and his abdication. The book examines the political environments of the Tsar’s places of detention, Irkutsk, Tobolsk and Ekaterinberg; his thinking on Russia and his own role; and the circumstances of the Romanov family’s execution in July 1918.
Spain in Our Hearts
Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939
Many Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War – on both sides. This book tells the stories not only of famous names like Hemingway, but also of a 19-year-old Kentucky woman, a Pennsylvania student, and the Texas oilman who fuelled Franco’s army.
No Cunning Plan
After stints in regional theatre in Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol, Tony Robinson played small parts on television during the 1970s, including presenting Play Away, and began to make his name as a comedian in the early 1980s with the sketch show Who Dares Wins. The Blackadder star reads his engaging autobiography in this 12-CD set.
The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars
Charles I was a loving father, but what became of his children after his execution in 1649? This history recounts the fortunes of the Stuart princes and princesses in exile and after: Elizabeth, imprisoned during the Civil War; the dashing Henry, who died within months of his brother Charles's restoration to the throne; James, Charles's ill-fated successor; Mary, child bride of the Prince of Orange; and Henrietta Anne, the youngest, who married Philippe d'Orléans.
The Universe in Your Hand
A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond
As he sets off to conduct a journey through the universe, the astrophysicist Christophe Galfard aims to ‘not leave any readers behind’ and promises to use only one equation (E=mc²). In a widely acclaimed, non-scientists’ introduction to modern physics and cosmology, Galfard uses humour, storytelling and thought experiments to make concepts such as electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, general relativity and black holes intelligible to all of us.
The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated in Colour)
Kenneth Grahame's tale of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad was first published in 1908 and has been a children's favourite ever since. This Collector’s Library edition includes the original illustrations by Arthur Rackham, hand coloured by Barbara Frith, and the introduction by AA Milne. This pocket-sized, hardback edition is bound in dark green linen, with gilt-edged pages, a silk marker and dust jacket.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
And Other Stories
In Stevenson’s famous tale, Dr Henry Jekyll develops an elixir that allows him to explore the hidden depths of his psyche and transfer evil traits to another personality. The result – the repulsive Edward Hyde – proves to be unstoppable. The novel is accompanied by four short and sinister stories: The Body-Snatchers, Markheim, Olalla and The Suicide Club.
The Prince and the Art of War
During Machiavelli’s lifetime, his fame rested on The Art of War rather than The Prince; although written with the situation in Florence in mind, his practical military treatise was influential throughout Europe. It promotes the concept of war as an extension of politics, and the necessity of a state army, trained, disciplined and deployed on the classical Roman model. The Art of War accompanies The Prince in this Collector’s Library edition.
Poetry of the First World War
Edited and with a substantial introduction by Marcus Clapham, this anthology is arranged alphabetically by poet and includes both obscure soldier-poets and the great writers of the war years such as Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. A final section provides brief biographical notes on the poets.
Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751
Set in the wild West Highlands soon after the Jacobite Risings, this famous adventure follows orphaned David Balfour as he is kidnapped, shipwrecked and on the run from the Redcoats. Kidnapped is presented here in a pocket-sized, hardback edition is from the Collectors Library, a series that presents classic works of literature, complete and unabridged, with either a short introduction or an afterword by a literary scholar. Bound in maroon linen, with gilt-edged pages, a silk marker and dust jacket.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The story of a young hobo and an escaped slave who set off to find freedom, journeying by raft down the Mississippi, started out as a sequel to Tom Sawyer, but quickly became accepted as Mark Twain’s masterpiece and one of the great works of American literature. First published in 1884.
Counting One's Blessings
The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Drawing on the Royal Archives and the archives at Glamis Castle, the Queen Mother's official biographer presents a selection of letters written by Elizabeth to her family, friends and a circle of acquaintance that included Winston Churchill, Benjamin Britten and Ted Hughes. Covering all phases of her life - as Elizabeth Bowes- Lyon, Duchess of York, Queen Consort and Queen Mother - the letters illuminate a personality described by her grandson, Prince Charles, as 'wise, loving, with an utterly irresistible mischievousness of spirit'. Off-mint.
The Kamikaze Hunters
Fighting for the Pacific, 1945
The final effort of the Second World War against Japan is remembered as mainly an American affair, but the British fleet were there too and British airmen flying from carriers, mostly in leased American Corsair planes. This book recounts these last days of the Pacific War through the eyes of the Royal Navy pilots who flew hundreds of missions over Japan in the summer of 1945, in the face of the desperate Japanese kamikaze attacks.
An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist
A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States
Across the globe there are places without diplomatic recognition or UN membership that function semi-autonomously and largely go unnoticed, but are nonetheless considered countries by their inhabitants. Arranged by continent, this atlas introduces 50 such states and explains how they came into being. From well-known examples such as the Isle of Man to the more obscure breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, it presents maps and details of their size, political status, location, population and language.
Last Man Standing
Memoirs of a Political Survivor
As a child in a council flat in Epping, Jack Straw never imagined he would one day hold three great offices of state. In this candid memoir he charts his progress from student politics to Lord Chancellor. Without rancour or self-justification, he reveals the toll that public office takes on private life, discusses the fateful decision to go to war in Iraq, and offers first-hand insight into both the Blair government and the Bush administration. Off-mint.