Ladies of Letters
Take a Cheeky Peek at Irene and Vera's Private Correspondence
Based on the BBC Radio Four comedy series, which was adapted for TV, Irene and Vera are ladies of a certain age, both widowed and with errant offspring. They reveal details of their lives and families through their highly entertaining – though often acerbic and sometimes downright vitriolic – correspondence.
The Wrinklies' Guide to Keeping Supple
New Pursuits for Old Hands
Discounting visits to the gym and running, Hales-Dutton emphasizes the importance of stretching to keep the muscles toned in later years, recommending activities that won’t strain the joints. A chapter on walking explains its health benefits, as well as how to do it properly. Swimming, cycling and yoga similarly have a chapter each, and the book includes dietary advice, simple exercises and daily suppleness challenges.
Swords and Hilt Weapons
As early as 5000 BCE, highly refined flint-knapping techniques enabled the production of sophisticated daggers, but routine use of such bladed weapons for fighting did not come until the production of bronze, and then iron, had been perfected. This illustrated survey considers the history of sword-making in Africa, Central America, China, Central Asia and Indonesia as well as exploring the more celebrated traditions of Europe, Japan and Islamic culture, from the ancient civilizations to the Second World War.
Nothing adds more character to even the smallest room than an oriental rug, but their sheer variety can often deter the inexperienced buyer. This practical, down-to-earth guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.
The Best of Jackie
What to wear to get a date with a Bay City Roller (stripy socks from Mary Quant, 75p); how to tell if you're in love; where to buy those bell-bottomed dungarees... This shamelessly nostalgic compilation of facsimile pages from Jackie magazine, 1970–76, includes Cathy and Claire agony aunt pages, quizzes, readers' letters, fashion and make-up tips, and lots of advice on the burning issue – going out with boys.