Bernard Cornwell - 5 Books
A hired skipper on a luxury charter schooner; a lone ocean wanderer aboard his cutter Sunflower; the Falklands war hero on the crew of an ocean racer ... Bernard Cornwell’s contemporary crime thrillers follow his sea-going protagonists into deep and deadly waters. The five titles included in this set are: Crackdown (Read more...) Wildtrack (Read more...) Stormchild (Read more...) Scoundrel (Read more...) Sea Lord (Read more...)
An Illustrated History
After briefly surveying ancient constructions such as Maiden Castle and Gwalior Fort in India, Jeremy Black goes on to present a history of fortifications based on their depiction on maps and plans. From Norman castles – Pontefract is shown in a plan from 1561 – the book shows how buildings as bases for attack or defence changed as ever more powerful armaments were developed, up to the trenches and defences such as the Maginot and Siegfried Lines in the 20th century.
The Portable Renaissance Reader
During the 15th and 16th centuries Europe rediscovered the ancient world and underwent a revolution in scientific knowledge. This classic anthology brings together selections from a range of Renaissance texts illustrating ‘characteristic tendencies, themes and seminal forms of the self-expression of the age’. It features the words of more than 100 writers including scientists and scholars (Erasmus, Copernicus), poets and artists (Petrarch, Michelangelo), and prelates and saints (Pius II, Teresa of Avila). Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Dava Sobel is the best-selling author of Longitude and a science writer of such renown that she has an asteroid named for her. In this book she indulges a life-long ‘planet fetish’, giving a personal account of her response to each planet in the Solar System, while presenting essential information about these neighbouring worlds and illuminating often difficult astronomical concepts. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Empire of Guns
The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution
Challenging the conventional narratives of cotton mills and inspired innovators, Priya Satia argues that the constant state of war and Britain’s thriving gun trade were driving forces in the Industrial Revolution. Discussing the economic impact of war on political and industrial progress, she scrutinizes the claims by Samuel Galton Jnr, the leading gun manufacturer, that his industry was no worse than any other as everyone was participating in war manufacturing, and that guns were instruments of civilization, essential for preserving property. Slightly off-mint.
The Dawn Watch
Joseph Conrad in a Global World
The novelist Joseph Conrad lived at a time of rapid and unsettling change, which he reflected in his work. Blending history, biography and travelogue, this book explores his childhood and youth in Russian-occupied Poland, his experiences as a sea-captain, and his life as an emigrant. It argues that the forces that shaped his world – migration, nationalism, revolution and terrorism – are still shaping ours, which is why his books resonate so strongly today.
Churchill and Orwell
The Fight for Freedom
During the 1930s Winston Churchill and George Orwell were men out of time. While many in Churchill’s Conservative Party saw Hitler and Mussolini as men they could do business with, Orwell’s comrades on the left were largely uncritical admirers of Soviet Russia. This dual biography emphasizes their rare ability to see the dangers from both sides, and how their convictions were brought to the fore in the Second World War and the Cold War. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
Crimea from Potemkin to Putin
Since it was founded in 1783, during the reign of Catherine the Great and Potemkin, Sevastopol has survived a long history of conflict, including two major sieges: the city’s commanding strategic advantage as a naval anchorage in the Black Sea has made it a city worth fighting for. In this study, Mungo Melvin traces the story of Sevastopol and its Crimean hinterland since prehistory, illuminating the historical background to the 2014 referendum vote to return to Russia.
Meg and Mog Collection
The first Meg and Mog adventure was published in the early 1970s and the books have been a firm favourite with children ever since for their bold shapes and bright colours. This collection includes five stories about the witch and her cat, including Meg’s Castle and Mog in the Fog. Age 2+
The Hawker Hurricane was designed and built to counteract the growing aerial power of the Axis nations in the 1930s. With its stable firing platform and robust construction, it played a vital role in the RAF’s success. This illustrated guide details the technical history and combat performance of the aircraft, which chalked up more kills than the better-known Spitfire in the battles over Britain and France.
One of the most celebrated graphic artists of contemporary comic books, Alex Ross was obsessed with the genre from early childhood and his breakthrough series Marvels in 1994 laid the groundwork for creating the unified Marvel Universe of the film franchise. This retrospective of Ross’s work tells the artist’s story and includes hundreds of drawings, paintings and photographs of characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Dawn French - 3 Books
BAFTA-winning actress and comedian Dawn French is probably best known for her comedy collaborations with Jennifer Saunders and her role in The Vicar of Dibley. She is also a bestselling author of several humorous novels that encompass themes such as love, death, grief, childhood and motherhood. The three titles included in this set are:A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Read more...) Oh Dear Silvia (Read more...) According To Yes (Read more...)
Dinah Jefferies - 3 Books
Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia in 1948, and although she moved to England in 1956, her first three novels recall the East, evoking the heat, scent and the unease of life in colonial Malaysia, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Indochina (now Vietnam). The three titles included in this set are: The Silk Merchant's Daughter (Read more...) The Separation (Read more...) The Tea Planter's Wife (Read more...)
Hornblower in the West Indies
A Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars, Horatio Hornblower was created by CS Forester in 1937 and his adventures continued through eleven novels and many more adaptations for film and television. Hornblower is now Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s ships in the West Indies, struggling to impose order in the chaotic aftermath of the French wars, dealing with violent pirates and revolutionaries and weathering a hurricane.
Hornblower and the Atropos
A Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars, Horatio Hornblower was created by CS Forester in 1937 and his adventures continued through eleven novels and many more adaptations for film and television. For his first assignment as captain, Hornblower has command of HMS Atropos, which is to be the flagship for the Nelson’s funeral procession before leaving for the Mediterranean and a daring salvage mission in Turkish waters.
A Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars, Horatio Hornblower was created by CS Forester in 1937 and his adventures continued through eleven novels and many more adaptations for film and television. Sent north to protect British interests in the Baltic, Hornblower has to confront atrocious weather, Russian political intrigues, assassins and French privateers as well as halting Napoleon’s advance into Sweden and Russia.
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot
Walking a thousand miles or more along tracks and holloways, drove roads and seaways in England, Scotland and abroad, Macfarlane goes in search of ‘the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths’, but encounters both past and present in the landscape. A journey of the imagination as well as over land and sea, the book ranges across topics including sailing to the Shiants, the Calzada Romana in Spain and another walker of old roads, the poet Edward Thomas.
As we lose touch with nature, writes Robert Macfarlane, we forget the words that describe it. This book seeks to reclaim that language, using the work of nature writers such as Nan Shepherd, JA Baker and Barry Lopez, alongside resources such as the ‘peat glossary’ compiled by Lewis islanders. Between each chapter is a list of words relating to a particular landscape – uplands, coastlands, woodlands – from all parts of the British Isles.
Medea and Other Plays
Four tragedies are presented in this modern prose translation – the relatively light Alcestis contrasting with the darker human passions of Medea, The Children of Heracles and Hippolytus. A general introduction and individual prefaces to each play provide context and analysis. (Previously published as Alcestis and Other Plays.)
1923-1968: The Idealist (Volume 1)
Few US statesmen have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
The Myth of Sisyphus
‘It is legitimate and necessary to wonder whether life has a meaning; therefore it is legitimate to meet the problem of suicide face to face’: this is how Camus, in his preface, describes the subject of this profound philosophical statement. The Myth is accompanied by five short essays, including ‘Summer in Algiers’, evoking the city in which Camus’ novel The Outsider is set.
When the Going was Good
Between 1929 and 1935 Evelyn Waugh travelled widely and wrote extensively about his experiences. This collection brings together his accounts of a Mediterranean cruise, and his travels in Abyssinia, Aden, Zanzibar, Kenya, the Congo, Guyana and Brazil. Written with his characteristic dry wit and perception, these reports contain the seeds of his classic novels Scoop and Black Mischief.
The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner
Born into an era of far-reaching change, Turner revolutionized landscape painting – and bewildered his contemporaries – with his visionary canvases. This biography recounts his life and career, from his birth as a barber’s son in Covent Garden to his burial amid the pomp of St Paul’s Cathedral. Moyle explores Turner’s fraught personal relations, follows his travels in Europe, and addresses the rumours of madness that haunted his last years. Felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
1923–1968: The Idealist
Few US statesmen have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Battle of the Bulge
In a last, desperate counter-attack in December 1944, the German Army advanced rapidly through the forests of the Ardennes, achieving complete surprise and almost accomplishing their goal of dividing the advancing Allied armies. Reflecting the perspectives of participants at every level, the celebrated historian Antony Beevor’s account of the pivotal engagement describes how this bloodiest battle of the Second World War ‘brought the terrifying brutality of the eastern front to the west’. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The First Battle of the Cold War
At the end of the Second World War, as Germany lay in ruins, the Western Allies looked with alarm towards a new adversary in the east: Stalin’s Russia. The Italian port of Trieste, occupied by Yugoslav troops, was a flashpoint. Like a Cold War thriller, this history charts the destinies of a British SOE officer, an Austrian SS general, an American spy and a teenage Italian female partisan in a true story of espionage, escape and revenge.
The Splintered Empires
The Eastern Front 1917–21
At the beginning of 1917, three warring empires were at breaking point. Russia was the first to collapse, triggering the Bolshevik Revolution; but by the end of 1918, both the German and Austro-Hungarian empires had also disintegrated. The fourth and final volume of Prit Buttar’s history of the Great War’s Eastern Front charts these momentous events and describes the ‘successor wars’ that followed the Armistice – the bitter struggles for national sovereignty that paved the way for the Second World War.
The Civil War Through Photography and its Photographers
The entrepreneurial spirit has often thrived during times of war, and the makeshift photography studios that sprung up in attic rooms, chemists’ shops, cabins and tents in the military encampments of 1861 America did a roaring trade. The result was an unparalleled photographic record of the American Civil War, capturing not only portraits of loved ones, politicians and generals, but battlefields, ordnance and the devastation of conflict, pictured here in this erudite illustrated study of Civil War photography. Slightly off-mint.
At War on the Gothic Line
Fighting in Italy 1944–45
If much of the attention in Summer 1944 was on Normandy and the progress of the Allies through France, another enormous multinational army was also fighting doggedly further south and facing the last formidable barrier of German defensive positions, the Gothic Line, stretching from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean across mountainous northern Italy. This analysis of a year of fighting on the front tells the story through the varied experiences of 13 men and women from seven different countries.
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
After Pearl Harbor, five of the most renowned Hollywood film directors were enlisted into the American armed forces to fight the propaganda battle, explain American objectives in the war, and shape a narrative that would determine how Americans would perceive the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific. This account of Hollywood’s contribution to fighting the Second World War is told through the wartime service of the five great directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
Knights of the Round Table
Myths and Legends
Daniel Mersey retells ten Arthurian legends, including ‘The First Quest of the Round Table’, ‘Gawain and the Green Knight’ and ‘Tristan and Isolde’. Illustrated with artwork and photographs, the book places the stories in the context of the greater Arthurian tradition, and explains their impact on modern storytelling.
For the Glory
Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
The world's best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell (1902–1945), proved his unshakeable commitment to his faith when he refused to compete in the 100m on a Sunday, winning instead the 400m on a weekday. This biography of the athlete portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire describes his remarkable sporting career and his inspirational later work as a missionary in China, where he remained in testing conditions during the war until his death in a Japanese internment camp. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk
During the North African campaign in 1942, the British used a special force of German-speaking Jews recruited from displaced Germans in Palestine. This ‘Special Interrogation Group’ were given German military police uniforms and equipment and tasked with gathering crucial information from behind enemy lines. This book outlines the formation of the unit and describes its part in the raid on Tobruk in September 1942, which involved trekking across hundreds of miles of desert disguised as German soldiers transporting PoWs.
The End of History and the Last Man
With reference to Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche, this controversial thesis, originally published in 1992, puts forward the case that the battle for dominance between political ideologies will inevitably result in the universal adoption of liberal democracy as the natural form of government. Fukuyama also demonstrates that, with liberty and equality at its heart, liberal democracy can accommodate the human need for recognition.
The Foucault Reader
An Introduction to Foucault's Thought
This selection of transcribed interviews and extracts from major works, including Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization, introduces the key Foucauldian relationship between knowledge and power, and how it works to objectify and manipulate the individual. An authoritative introduction by editor Paul Rabinow tackles Foucault’s ‘three modes of objectification’: institutional isolation, scientific classification and self-objectification.
Although Arthur Wellesley left no memoirs or autobiography there is a mass of private and official correspondence, amounting to millions of words, giving incomparable insight into the mind of the great commander and illuminating his decisions as events unfolded. This collection of his dispatches, edited and with contextual commentary by Charles Esdaile, begins with his arrival in Portugal in 1808 and reports on the campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and Waterloo in 1815. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Inside the Minds of Britain's Most Notorious Criminals
The Criminal Justice Act of 2003 allowed judges to sentence the perpetrators of particularly shocking crimes to a ‘whole life order’, with no chance of release. This book examines the lives of murderers currently serving these sentences in British prisons, such as Ian Huntley and Rose West. Debating the question of whether life really should mean life, the reports investigate each inmate’s motivations for committing their crimes as well as their subsequent attitudes to the offences and their imprisonment.
The Great Explosion
Gunpowder, The Great War, and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes
In April 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme, a series of explosions ripped through a munitions works on the Kent marshes, killing 108 people and injuring many more. This remarkable book recreates the events of that day, shedding new light on the home front during the Great War. Brian Dillon offers a chilling natural history of explosives and their effects on bodies, buildings, and the earth; and a deeply personal exploration of one of England’s most bleakly beautiful landscapes.
Classic Children's Tales
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Frederick Warne & Co, this volume contains classic works by four of the greatest authors and illustrators originally published by the company. Reproduced as they would have first appeared, the six books are Beatrix Potter’s The Sly Old Cat; Sing a Song for Sixpence by Randolph Caldecott; Kate Greenaway’s A for Apple and Mother Goose; and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs & Stories and The Book of Nonsense. There are short introductions to each author-illustrator and their work.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells
The Best of Early Vanity Fair
In the course of its 100-year history, Vanity Fair magazine has been a synonym for intelligence, wit and stylish writing, and its contributors have included some of the greatest names in world literature. This selection from its early issues includes F Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, DH Lawrence on women, Aldous Huxley on ‘What exactly is modern?’ and Dorothy Parker on peak, waspish form.
Ladybird Favourite Stories
Retold for young children and illustrated by Estelle Corke, here are eight traditional tales of much-loved heroes and villains: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Three Little Pigs, Sly Fox and Red Hen, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Age 3+
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
Artemis Fowl, the young criminal mastermind, has summoned an elite group of fairies to Iceland. When he presents them with his invention to save the world from global warming, the fairies are alarmed – Artemis has become nice. Now that the subterranean city of Atlantis is under attack by robots, how will a nice Artemis fight them? Age 8+
The Secret History of MI6
From its foundation in 1909, through two world wars to its present role at the heart of modern British government, the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, has been a subject of sustained and intense public interest. This landmark study, the first written by an independent historian with unrestricted access to the service's archives, analyses the role and significance of intelligence and gives an authoritative account of SIS people, organization, development and operations over the first 40 years of its existence.
1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation
Martin Luther’s revolutionary ideas spread across Europe within just a few years of the day in 1517 when he posted his ‘theses’ on a church door. As this book shows, Luther’s success was far from accidental: a skilled communicator, he worked closely with Wittenberg’s printers to craft the distinctive pamphlets that made him the world’s first mass-media figure, boosted the newly emerging publishing industry and inspired others to disseminate their own writings. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
Reflections on Memory and Imagination
After a lifetime of academic writing on the Holocaust, Otto Dov Kulka turns to his own experiences as a child in Auschwitz in this bleakly poetic memoir. Blending personal recollection and historical research, he vividly recreates the grim absurdity of this ‘metropolis of death’, and reveals why the Nazis set up and then liquidated a model ‘family camp’ there.
How Britain Made the Modern World
Niall Ferguson tackles the question of how Britain came to rule such vast tracts of the world and sets out the evidence for judging whether the British Empire was a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. From 17th century English pirates plundering the European empires, to the legacy of empire in the world today, he describes the forces of commerce, migration, religion, government and global finance that drove the British Empire and the 20th century wars which were its undoing.
The Penguin Book of Classical Myths
The mythologies of Greece and Rome are full of strange and powerful tales of love and betrayal, war and heroism. These unforgettable stories, whose symbolism still pervades Western culture, are here retold by Jenny March, with translated and quoted passages showing how they were treated in ancient literature and how they have continued to inspire writers up to the present day. This hardback edition is exclusive to Postscript.
The First Blitz
Bombing London in the First World War
The military potential of aviation was first exploited in the First World War, when London and other major cities were attacked by Zeppelins and, from 1917, Gotha and Staaken 'Giant' biplanes. This book examines the offensive and defensive strategies, the impact of each of the attacks and their legacy in defence planning. This is an updated, single volume version of London 1914–17: The Zeppelin Menace (2008) and London 1917–18: The Bomber Blitz (2010).
The In and Out
A History of the Naval and Military Club
Originally conceived as a 'civilized place of association' for officers on leave from the Peninsular War, the then 'Military Club' was founded, not without controversy, in 1815. Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of Club portraits and photographs, this volume traces the eventful history of the Club, through two world wars and an IRA bomb, and through several London locations before landing in St James's Square – but still sporting the 'In' and 'Out' of its Piccadilly home. Foreword by Prince Philip, the Club's President.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she was the longest-reigning English monarch, Empress of India, and matriarch of most of the royal houses in Europe. In this magisterial work, one of our finest biographers finds his greatest subject. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen material, Wilson charts Victoria's strange, isolated childhood, her marriage to Prince Albert, and her controversial friendship with John Brown, revealing an expressive, passionate and unconventional woman very different from her public image.
Challenge of Battle
The Real Story of the British Army in 1914
The exhaustive official History of the Great War gives a largely positive account of the British Expeditionary Force's performance in 1914, but Adrian Gilbert's research reveals significant failings as well as strengths. Covering the seven infantry divisions and cavalry of the original BEF of 1914 and drawing on contemporary accounts of the battles, including Mons, Le Cateau, the Aisne and Ypres, this book re-examines the decisions of senior officers and their consequences for the men at the front.
A Hidden History of World War II
During the Second World War 150,000 American and British soldiers are known to have deserted in the European theatre. Focusing on the stories of three men who turned their backs on the war in Italy, France and Africa, this book takes an alternative look at how the war was fought, revealing the harsh conditions and psychological pressures that pushed soldiers to abandon their posts despite, in many cases, having already shown great courage in combat.
A History of the World in 100 Objects
From a prehistoric stone axe to the embedded microtechnology in a modern credit card, each of Neil MacGregor's 100 objects carries messages about the society in which it was created and about how it has been perceived over time. Deciphering those messages, MacGregor has created a highly original, composite account of how humans have shaped the world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. This edition is exclusive to Postscript.
Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family
A Test of Will and Faith in World War I
Norman Thomas was a Presbyterian minister in the USA when the First World War began; he became a pacifist before America entered the war and by the time it was over he was a Socialist. This book tells the story of Norman and his brothers and the choices they made: Evan a conscientious objector eventually sentenced to hard labour for life; Ralph, a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, wounded in France; and the youngest, Arthur, an Army pilot.
The Battle of Waterloo
Compiled and published soon after the battle, this book presented a 'series of accounts published by authority, British and foreign, and other relative documents, with circumstantial details, previous and after the battle, from a variety of authentic and original sources'. The present volume is a facsimile reprint of the seventh edition (1817). As well as eyewitness accounts, there are letters, honours and casualty lists (officers) and, folded in, a panoramic sketch of the battlefield. With a new introduction by Simon Adams.
Testament of Youth
An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900–1925
In this elegiac memoir, Vera Brittain (1893–1970) recalls her experiences during the First World War, when she abandoned her Oxford studies to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, and saw the hopes of her generation turn to despair during a conflict in which she lost all the men she loved. With a foreword by her daughter Shirley Williams. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.