The First Four Books
In the myriad islands of Earthsea, the gift of magic is nurtured. It was recognized in young Ged, ‘a thriving weed, a tall, quick boy, loud and proud and full of temper’. These are the stories of his training, his travels and his travails as he grew into the man Sparrowhawk, Archmage of Earthsea. This edition contains all four books: The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan,The Farthest Shore and Tehanu. Young adult
Cool, calm and courageous, Dirk Pitt is the ultimate man of action, travelling the globe on dangerous maritime missions for the US National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). These four novels follow Dirk on some of his most thrilling adventures in locations as far flung as the Black Sea and Panama. The four titles included in this set are: Crescent Dawn (Read more...) Havana Storm (Read more...) Odessa Sea (Read more...) Poseidon's Arrow (Read more...)
How Churchill Brought Us Back from the Brink
When Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940, he faced a hostile party and a sceptical public. This day-to-day account reveals the struggles and doubts, in which he even contemplated peace with Germany, that he overcame to unite the country. Off-mint.
Daisy Styles - 4 Books
Daisy Styles grew up in Lancashire, surrounded by strong women and listening to their stories – including the reminiscences of real munitions factory girls. Carefully researched and vividly told, Styles’s wartime novels celebrate a ‘monumental turning point in women’s lives’. The four titles included in this set are:The Bomb Girls (Read more...) The Bomb Girls' Secrets (Read more...) The Code Girls (Read more...) The Wartime Midwives (Read more...)
Clive Cussler - 6 Books
Kurt Austin and his teams in the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) take on six more cases including secret conspiracies, criminal masterminds and even environmental catastrophes in this set of NUMA thrillers from Clive Cussler, the master of underwater action and adventure. The 6 titles included in this set are: Zero Hour (Read more...) Nighthawk (Read more...) The Rising Sea (Read more...) Ghost Ship (Read more...) The Pharaoh's Secret (Read more...) Sea of Greed (Read more...)
The Square and the Tower
Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
It is often claimed that the internet has subverted the hierarchies that have governed the world for millennia, but in this volume Niall Ferguson argues that informal networks have always been the driving force for innovation. From ancient Roman cults to Renaissance dynasties and the American founding fathers, he demonstrates how personal relationships rather than orders from on high have shaped the world. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Journal of the Plague Year
Writing in 1721 to alert a population grown indifferent to the renewed threat of the Black Death, Defoe describes, with accurate and vivid realism, the horror of plague-ridden London in 1665. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, he re-enacts the terror of a helpless people and chronicles the decimation of their great city. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Cynthia Wall.
The Invisible Emperor
Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape
Mark Braude tells the story of Napoleon's first exile, from his downfall and failed suicide attempt to his return to power in France. He focuses on the emperor’s irrepressible character, revealed through extensive reforms of his tiny realm, establishing courts, a theatre, drainage systems and new crops, and the build-up to his return to power and the Battle of Waterloo.
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. Slightly off-mintThe five titles included in this set are: Crackdown (Read more...) Wildtrack (Read more...) Stormchild (Read more...) Scoundrel (Read more...) Sea Lord (Read more...)
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, first published in 1953, 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.
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 and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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
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+
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. Slightly off-mint.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.
A Children's Encyclopedia
Beginning with their formation and the power of features such as volcanoes, tsunamis and underwater currents, this exploration of the oceans continues with a closer look at a vast range of sea life. Concise text and colourful photographs present information on animals including predators of the open ocean, shallow water fish, coral reefs and creatures living in coastal or polar regions, before a final section on human activity discusses topics such as research and conservation. Age 6+
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.