Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936
The Spanish Civil War is largely known through the accounts of outsiders such as Orwell and Hemingway, with the long years of Franco's dictatorship seen as an era of silence and suppression. This compelling investigation dispels that myth, demonstrating how the memory of these events was kept alive in novels, films, paintings and sculpture. Interviewing the descendants of those killed by the regime, Jeremy Treglown examines how, in recent years, the country has begun to come to terms with its past.
Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
This groundbreaking book by a leading neurologist concerns ‘the brain science of emotion’ and ‘its implications for decision-making in general and social behaviour in particular’. Published in 1994, it continues to attract the attention of neuro-scientists, philosophers and the general public with its proposal that reasoning evolved as an extension of the automatic emotional system, and emotion plays multiple roles in the reasoning process.
A Memoir of Middle Age
Charles Dickens was a complex personality. Fame, success and wealth could never assuage the shame and sadness of his father's bankruptcy and imprisonment which fuelled his great fiction. In this abridged edition of his acclaimed biography, novelist and cultural historian Peter Ackroyd offers a fresh view of Dickens's life, demonstrating how the novels are set in places where he lived, peopled with characters he knew, and inspired by the dark preoccupations that haunted him.
Sweet Water and Bitter
The Ships that Stopped the Slave Trade
In 1807, the British Parliament abolished slavery throughout the Empire. The trade in human misery did not stop, however, as other countries - and illegal slavers - continued to abduct people from the coasts of West Africa. Combining meticulous research with narrative verve, this compelling book tells the story of how, in six decades of dramatic and daring action on the high seas, the Royal Navy's 'Preventative Squadron' liberated 150,000 Africans at the cost of 17,000 of its own men.
The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich 1939–1952
Aristocrat, socialite, actress and wife of Duff Cooper, Churchill's wartime Minister for Information, later Ambassador to France and Viscount Norwich, Diana Cooper was also an inveterate letter-writer. Gathered here, her missives to her only son John Julius Norwich during the Second World War and its aftermath provide a vivid picture of the age and its personalities, and a woman of great intelligence, happiest on her country smallholding but able to cope with the demands on a politician's wife.
We have a great deal of information on Geoffrey Chaucer's busy and eventful life – from the important offices he held while doing the king's business to his capture in battle and indictment for rape. In the first volume in his Brief Lives series, Peter Ackroyd shows that the real-life figure is often at odds with Chaucer's persona, presented in his literary works as a bookish and self-deprecating poet.
Scott on Waterloo
Sir Walter Scott was among the many tourists who visited the battlefield after Wellington's victory at Waterloo, but he went with a commission to write a travel book and a long poem. Edited, with notes and introduction by Paul O'Keeffe, this book presents those writings: Paul's Letters to His Kinsfolk, which records Scott’s travels in Holland, Belgium and France in 1815; and two poems, The Field of Waterloo and The Dance of Death.
The Genius and the Goddess
In conversation with the novel’s narrator, John Rivers remembers his time as lab assistant to the great physicist, Henry Maartens, and reflects on Maarten’s beautiful wife and a love affair that caused Rivers to question everything he once revered. First published in 1955.
A Broken World
Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War
The novel Birdsong (1993) conjures the horrors of the First World War, and examines the psychological impact it had on people's lives. Its author Sebastian Faulks returns to the theme with this non-fiction collection of first-hand accounts considering the experiences of combatants, their families and other civilians away from the fighting. The book also explores the sense of dislocation, division and displacement caused by the conflict, and the feelings of absence and loss experienced in its aftermath.
Furious that the women of Thebes have flocked to the mountains to worship the newly arrived Dionysus, Pentheus, the Theban king, denounces the god as a charlatan – but no man can deny a god. How Dionysus exacts his terrible revenge, culminating in Pentheus' destruction, is as devastating now as it was in fifth-century Athens. The play is translated and introduced by Robin Robertson.
Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
Christopher Isherwood was a world-famous novelist when he met Don Bachardy on a Santa Monica beach in 1952. Despite a 30-year age gap, they lived as an openly gay couple in closeted Hollywood. In these charming letters, Isherwood is the stubborn old workhorse Dobbin, Bachardy the playful young Kitty. Candid and affectionate, they draw the reader into the private world of the Animals, offer gossipy sketches of Isherwood's writer and actor friends, and chart Bachardy's burgeoning career as a painter.
Selected and Introduced by Judith Adamson
This anthology of articles, essays, reviews, poems and diary extracts was the last of Graham Greene's books to be published in his lifetime. The pieces, selected and introduced by Judith Adamson, are arranged chronologically, from 'Impressions of Dublin' in 1923 to three fragments of novels 'Out of the Dustbin' in 1988, and together they reflect Greene's engagement with so many facets of 20th-century history, life and literature.
The Railway Man
Eric Lomax (1919–2012) had always been fascinated by steam locomotives; during the Second World War he became a railway man on the notorious Japanese Burma route. In this memoir he describes the captivity and abuse that he somehow survived and his meeting, many years later, with one of his torturers.
Selected by Graham Greene himself, this volume contains nearly 80 essays, reviews and occasional pieces written over four decades on writers from Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne to Beatrix Potter and John Buchan; and on 'Characters' including the 17th-century Oxford antiquarian Anthony à Wood, Simone Weil, Eric Gill and 'Three Revolutionaries' – Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Kim Philby.
A Venetian Affair
As the glory of Venice faded, the scion of one of the city's oldest patrician families fell in love with the beautiful, illegitimate 16-year-old daughter of a British father and an Italian mother. Recreated from the lovers' clandestine letters, this true story has all the drama, passion and intrigue of a novel. Against a glittering backdrop of 18th-century salons, casinos and masked balls, it vividly recreates the pain and exhilaration of forbidden love. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain
As Scotland, Wales and England go their separate ways, what is left of Great Britain? Founding editor of the Independent on Sunday, now a columnist with the Guardian, Ian Jack is one of Britain's most insightful social commentators. This collection of his articles spans 20 years and ranges from the Titanic to consumerism, and reflects - often ruefully - on what it means to be British today.