The World of Tides
A Journey Through the Coastal Waters of Planet Earth
Spring tides occur at full moon and new moon, when the sun and moon align to combine their gravitational pull, significantly increasing the energy of tides and associated phenomena such as bores, rapids, waves and whirlpools. From the Skookumchuck Narrows in British Columbia to the giant waves over the Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, William Thomson visits the world’s most dramatic tidal landscapes, explaining by means of stylish graphics, environmental science and entertaining anecdote the twice-daily motion of these unique waters.
This beautifully illustrated guide to the universe takes an epic journey across the cosmos, from Planet Earth and the solar system, out through interstellar space across the Milky Way, and beyond the little-known regions of intergalactic space to the edge of the universe, where the mysteries of time, dark matter and the Big Bang lie. Every stage is accompanied by explanations and visualizations of key cosmic events, from the formation of planets and stars to the destruction of entire galaxies.
A Visual Guide to the Animal Kingdom
Beginning with cells – ‘the smallest units of independent existence’ – and covering all animal life, from simple sponges to the great apes (gorilla, chimpanzees and orang-utan), this carefully designed, large-format guide is arranged by scientific classification in a way that illuminates the place of each family and species within the animal kingdom. The deeply informative and very accessible text is accompanied by over 350 colour photographs taken in the animals’ natural habitats by leading wildlife photographers.
The Story of Philosophy
A History of Western Thought
The scope of this compact and punchy history of the Western philosophical tradition includes the Ancient Greeks and their related schools, the Enlightenment, the political and moral philosophy of Rousseau and Locke, and existentialism and analytic philosophy.
The Great Philosophers
The Lives and Ideas of History's Greatest Thinkers
From the Buddha and Confucius to Wittgenstein, Quine, Strawson and Kripke in the 20th century, Stephen Law outlines the biographies of 50 of the world's most important philosophers and gives a concise account of their fundamental and most influential ideas.
Telling ‘the story of Winston Churchill’s appointment with destiny’, the historian Ashley Jackson begins at his place of birth: Blenheim Palace, with its legacy of military and political greatness that was to profoundly influence Churchill’s life. From ambitious, headstrong subaltern to the nation’s war leader, and into the post-war years, Jackson presents a focused, even-handed portrait of Churchill as soldier, politician and statesman, and as a journalist, Nobel Prize-winning author, husband and father.
Chef, television presenter and award-winning businesswoman Prue Leith (b.1940) is one of Britain’s foremost culinary authorities and has helped to revolutionize the country’s eating habits. In this candid and witty autobiography she describes her childhood in apartheid South Africa, her arrival in London in the 1960s and her rapid ascent to restaurant owner, Daily Mail columnist and cookery book author.
Edith Cavell is honoured as a heroine executed by German firing squad in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers to escape, and for her words: 'Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness’. But who was she, and what shaped her? Tracing Cavell’s Norfolk upbringing, her life as a Victorian governess, and her decision to become a nurse, Souhami’s sympathetic biography creates a rounded portrait of a woman always driven 'to do something useful, something for people’.
Featuring over 100 specially produced star maps and recent space photography, this 'field guide to the night sky' charts the 88 constellations of the celestial sphere, the movement of the planets, and the changing aspect of the skies from month to month in both northern and southern hemispheres. The digitally produced maps are particularly clear, with stars precisely sized according to their brightness and symbols representing deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies.
Eye to Eye with the Unknown
Africa's wildlife has been intensely filmed for decades, but the continent is so vast, and technology advances so rapidly, that there is always something new to amaze. This companion to a major BBC series goes beyond the familiar savannahs to remote locations in Congo, the Kalahari and the Sahara to capture such wonders as sea-bathing hippos, wrestling giraffes and the snow monkeys of the Atlas Mountains. References in the book to interactive elements are no longer valid. Off-mint and no jacket.
The Kings that Made Britain
At the accession of Henry II in 1154, the Plantagenets ruled over a realm that stretched from the Scottish borders to the Pyrenees. When Richard III died in 1485, only Calais was left on the European mainland, but the Plantagenets had consolidated and secured royal control within Britain. In this lucid account of their 300-year reign, Wilson chronicles the turbulent and often blood-soaked world of kings such as Richard the Lionheart, King John and Henry V, the hero of Agincourt.
A Curious History of Food and Drink
Ian Crofton's chronology of food and drink begins 1.9 million years ago, the point at which research suggests humans started cooking food, and goes on to describe foodstuffs and eating habits, from the Assyrians' use of liquorice and the fermented fish guts that so delighted the Romans to exploding watermelons (the result of overuse of chemicals) in 21st-century China. Crofton also records history's most notable banquets; the origins of dishes such as Sachertorte and sandwiches; and quotations from great gastronomes.
Taming the Infinite
The Story of Mathematics
The rise of civilization and mathematics have gone hand-in-hand and much of what we now take for granted – from suspension bridges to the stock market – relies on mathematical innovation: we simply could not function without the subject. Professor Stewart, a renowned popularizer of mathematics, traces its history from ancient tokens and tallies to chaos theory and complex systems, looking en route at the lives and achievements of great mathematicians such as Euclid, Archimedes, Fibonacci, Descartes, Newton and Gödel.
Peter May's trilogy of novels – The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen – concerns the Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod but is set in the Outer Hebrides. In this visual and literary celebration of the islands, May takes an imaginary journey alongside his sleuth and, with the aid of David Wilson's photographs, explores the geological and cultural history of the region as well as visiting the key locations of his fiction. Slightly off-mint.
The Medieval Roots of Modern Politics
Although published in the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, this is not a sweeping survey of its influence on British history, but a focused account of the years 1215 to 1225. Telling the story of the Charter and reflecting on its usefulness today, Starkey follows its evolution from revolutionary document in 1215, through the radical revision of 1216 to the 'constitution-in-the-making' of 1225. An appendix contains the three Charter texts in tabular form. American-cut pages.
The Sacred History
How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World
This is an alternative narrative of human history, 'a sort of folk history of the world', which weaves together stories of men and women who had visionary experiences involving angels, daemons or other supernatural powers. A spellbinding display of the place of mystery and mysticism in human experience, it features key episodes in religious scriptures, moments in the lives of such potent cultural figures as Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln and tales from African, Native American and Celtic traditions.
The History of the World
From the Dawn of Humanity to the Modern Age
Beginning with the emergence of Homo erectus nearly 1.5 million years ago, this narrative history surveys human growth, survival and achievement across the planet. As well as covering great political and military events and cultural upheavals, from the earliest civilizations to the Industrial Revolution and the War on Terror, it provides insight into the changes in ordinary people's lives brought about by evolving social attitudes and new technologies such as printing and radio.
It's All About Treo
Life and War with the World's Bravest Dog
The world's most highly decorated dog, Treo, and his handler David Heyhoe did the most dangerous job on earth – sniffing out bombs in Afghanistan – and survived. Dave and Treo would be sent forward to detect the enemy's explosive devices ahead of soldiers on patrol and were so successful they became 'target number one for the Taliban'. Their exciting and heart-warming story shows how invaluable Arms Explosive Search dogs can be in modern warfare. Slightly off-mint.
The Third Reich
The Third Reich was the name Hitler and the Nazi Party gave to the dictatorship that began in 1933 and ended twelve years later with the utter destruction of Germany and Hitler's suicide. In this very accessible volume, Richard Overy draws on contemporary documents, images and quotations to chart the rise and fall of Nazi power, from the beginning of Hitler's movement in the early 1920s to the legacy of the Third Reich in post-war Germany.
The Secret Life of Rudolf Hess
How do you crack the man whose secrets could end the Second World War? This is the question posed by award-winning journalist Stephen McGinty in his riveting analysis of the British interrogation of Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuhrer to Hitler, following his extraordinary capture in 1941. Using original reports, diaries, letters and memos, this psychological study tracks the game of cat-and-mouse played out between the imprisoned Hess and British intelligence officers armed with the latest Freudian techniques.
A Field Guide to the English
Do British men fantasize about being spanked by Margaret Thatcher? Why is it a wedding tradition for the best man to question the groom's sexuality? Why would an earl picnic on tinned tomato soup? These and other mysteries are unravelled in this witty, perceptive and often excruciatingly embarrassing investigation by an American expat marooned on an island where the natives have ghastly teeth and live in draughty houses.
Stella Rimington’s compelling thriller tells the story of MI5 officer Liz Carlyle who is posted to Northern Ireland, where she uncovers a plot against the resident security forces. As the intrigue unravels, Carlyle finds that all the obvious suspects, as well as her partner, are vanishing.
The Intimate Universe
How the Stars Are Closer than You Think
In this far-reaching guide to the ways the universe affects our daily lives, Dr Marek Kukula explains the myriad ways in which we are connected to the stars, how everything on Earth – from the ground beneath our feet to the technology in our pockets – has its origins in space, and how the strangest of astronomical phenomena can offer a clearer understanding of our own world.