The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Of all the Mitford sisters, Jessica – known to her friends as Decca – was the most radical, a Communist Party member and passionate supporter of civil rights. She was also, as this volume demonstrates, a prolific, witty and entertaining letter writer, whose address book read like an international Who’s Who, from Guy Burgess and Martin Luther King to Hillary Clinton and Liberace. Peter Y Sussman’s introduction, essays and notes provide fascinating biographical and historical context.
Columbus and the Conquest of the Impossible
Columbus is widely credited as the creator of the transatlantic imperium that dominates the world today. This highly readable biography presents the explorer in a new and surprising light: as a religious mystic and primitive celestial navigator whose inability to use modern instruments so infuriated his crew that they threatened to throw him overboard. A new introduction by the author assesses the findings of the latest research.
Letters to the Midwife
Jennifer Worth (1935–2011) based her hugely successful books, Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End, on her own experiences in the East End in the 1950s. This book contains letters from all sorts of people – from other midwives to lorry drivers – responding to the books and telling their own stories. There are also writings by Jennifer herself, a biographical introduction by family members and a foreword by Miranda Hart.
Cooking with the Master Chef
Famous as chef de cuisine at Le Gavroche and as a judge on Masterchef, Michel Roux Jr is a renowned chef of classic French food. In this compendium of his best recipes he shares signature dishes reworked for the home, including a Salade Lyonnaise of Dandelion, Bacon and Eggs, Wild Boar Pate with Juniper Berries, Creamy Crab Gratin, Salted Caramel and Walnut Tart and Olive Oil Cake with Lavender and Roasted Figs.
Collected Poems 1934-1953
Edited by Walford Davies and Ralph Maud, and first published in 1998, this collection reflects Dylan Thomas's own Collected Poems 1934–1952 – which he described as 'all, up to the present year, that I wish to preserve' – but adds two poems that Thomas was working on in the year of his death. This edition is arranged, like the earlier one, by published collections from 18 Poems (1934) to In Country Sleep (1952).
The Battle of Towton 1461
Taking its title from Henry VI's lament at the Battle of Towton in Shakespeare's play, this book examines Henry's disastrous reign and the personal failings of the king, then describes the events leading up to Towton and the battle itself – the first savage clash of arms between Lancastrians and Yorkists in the Wars of the Roses. In his introduction, David Starkey sketches the evolution of English kingship, providing the background to 1461.
How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match
Mary Bowes was the richest heiress in 18th-century England. When a handsome Irish soldier, Andrew Robinson Stoney, was mortally wounded in a duel fought to defend her honour, she could hardly refuse his dying wish to marry her. But then he made a remarkable recovery. This compelling biography tells how she was tricked into a brutal and abusive marriage, and how she managed to escape with the help of a loyal servant.
One of the world's foremost historians of China, Jonathan Spence presents a concise biography of Mao Zedong, deflating myths and showing how, through relentless energy and ruthless self-confidence, Mao was able to attain so much power and hold on to it for so long. Spence likens him to a 'Lord of Misrule', turning traditional Chinese society upside down in 'a long drawn-out adventure in upheaval'.
Buddhism is a faith embraced by hundreds of millions of people, yet all that is known about its founder comes from a collection of ancient writings that fuse history, biography and myth. This concise but comprehensive introduction from the bestselling author of Fields of Blood (Postscript 25329) distils the chief events of Buddha's life and quest for enlightenment, illuminating the key tenets of the religion and the ideas of this most influential of spiritual thinkers.
A First World War Nurse Tells Her Story
Dorothea Crewdson (1886–1918), a newly trained Red Cross nurse, left for Le Treport in northern France in April 1915. She was to spend nearly four years in France, working in three hospitals and witnessing some of the worst horror of the First World War, yet somehow maintaining her optimism. Dorothea's diaries from those years are a testimony to her indomitable high spirits and offer a rare, intimate glimpse of the heroic work of First World War nurses.