Science in the Soul
Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
Spanning more than three decades, these 41 essays reflect Richard Dawkins’ commitment to communicating the values and history of science, through his writings on evolution and the wonders of nature, his polemical attacks on faulty logic and his articles connecting scientific discourse to public debates. As well as providing new annotations to individual pieces, he uses the volume’s introduction to reiterate the importance of adhering to reason and objective values in an age of demagoguery and prejudice.
A History of Ballet
For over 400 years, ballet has captivated audiences with its unique blend of grace, storytelling and artistry. This magisterial history charts its origins in Renaissance France and Italy, its evolution in Russia, and its flowering in 20th century America. The author, a former ballerina, brings a practitioner's insight to the subject, tracing the development of technique and profiling the great dancers and choreographers, while historic photographs transport the reader to the glittering theatres of Paris and St Petersburg.Slightly off-mint. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Written World
The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization
This survey examines the role of literature in the development of the world’s politics, philosophical ideas and spiritual beliefs. Discussing 16 key texts that span 4,000 years, Martin Puchner explores the ways in which the works have shaped social and cultural identity, from the Epic of Gilgamesh in c. 2100 BCE to the Harry Potter novels in the 2000s. Puchner concludes by reflecting on the future of the written word’s influence upon human civilization.
The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
Groomed for a role that has never materialized, Prince Charles's unique life has been marked by frustration, from a lonely childhood and unhappy school life to the indignity of press mockery of his sincerely held opinions and public pronouncements. Researched with access to palace officials, friends and hundreds of primary sources this biography discusses his life and attitudes, including the saga of his marriage to Diana Spencer and his current status as the oldest heir-apparent in British history. American-cut pages.
The Art of Rivalry
Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
This study examines four pairs of artists – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon – whose friendship turned to enmity, arguing that early influences that fostered creativity must, after a certain point, be rejected in order to pursue originality. American cut pages with a felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
The Last of the Soviets
The Nobel-Prizewinning author Svetlana Alexievich presents a unique form of oral history in which she has drawn together hundreds of interviews into a cohesive, flowing narrative. Secondhand Time tells the stories of ordinary Russians over the two decades that followed the fall of communism in 1991. Their testimony speaks of joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies as the belief system that shaped their whole lives was discredited. Off-mint with American-cut pages and a felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
The Social Animal
A Story of How Success Happens
Arguing that public policy failures result from a simplistic model of human behaviour, Brooks explains what brain research has revealed about the influence of the unconscious mind on our actions. He illustrates these ideas through a fictional story of two ordinary people who led lives fulfilled, not by intelligence, wealth or prestige but through the character and ‘street smarts’ developed in the unconscious realm of emotions, intuitions and social norms.
The Unwomanly Face of War
An Oral History of Women in World War II
During the Second World War, more than a million Soviet women served on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories, as nurses, doctors, pilots, tank drivers, snipers and machine-gunners. They fought alongside men, yet after the victory, their sacrifices were forgotten. The Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich travelled thousands of miles and visited a hundred towns to record their stories in this oral history, highlighting a hitherto neglected aspect of the war. Slightly off-mint.
The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Rome, 1922: two men assume power in their respective spheres, the sacred and the secular. Superficially, Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini could not have been less alike, yet they shared a social conservatism and hatred of democracy. Combining meticulous research in the Vatican archives with narrative drive, this groundbreaking history reveals the controversial truth of their unholy alliance, and how, as Il Duce grew closer to Hitler, the ailing pontiff began to sense that something had gone terribly wrong… American-cut pages.
The Hunt for Vulcan
And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe
Thomas Levenson tells the all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier and the search for the planet Vulcan, and how Albert Einstein proved that it did not exist and went on to discover relativity.
Britain's Greatest Generation
How Our Parents & Grandparents Made the Twentieth Century
A depression, wars and unprecedented new technology created challenging conditions for Britons in the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on the first-hand accounts of people born into the devastated world of the 1920s, this book analyses the experiences of the generation that lived through the Second World War and built a new society after it, from a Jewish refugee coming to Britain in 1939 to Jimmy Perry, who served in the Home Guard and later created Dad's Army.
The Fabled Coast
Legends & Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain & Ireland
Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea serpents, fishermen's prayers and sailors' rituals – the coasts of Britain and Ireland harbour an astonishing variety of legends, customs and superstitions. Area by area, this rich compendium of folklore trawls these shores for tales and traditions, from the lost land of Lyonesse to the mermaid-saint of Antrim, tracing their origins and examining their basis in fact. At once scholarly and compellingly readable, it offers a fascinating journey through the history of these islands. Off-mint.
The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley never knew her mother, the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died two weeks after giving birth to her in 1797. Yet, as this groundbreaking dual biography demonstrates, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women and the visionary who gave the world Frankenstein had much in common. Both defied convention, had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, lived in exile abroad – and both challenged the injustices faced by women. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Heir Apparent
A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince
This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into a wise and effective monarch. Known to familiars as 'Bertie', the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery, and when he became king in 1901, expectations were low. A magnificent life of an unexpectedly impressive king, Jane Ridley's much-acclaimed study documents the remarkable transformation of a man and a monarchy.
This final volume in Adler’s Shoah trilogy (following The Journey and Panorama) tells the story of Arthur Landau, the survivor of a wartime atrocity who struggles with nightmares and his memories as he tries to make a new life for himself and reconcile past and present. This highly acclaimed novel was first published in Austria in 1989. Translated by Peter Filkins. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.