The Wood for the Trees
One Man's Long View of Nature
In 2011, the scientist Richard Fortey bought four acres of beech woodland in the Oxfordshire Chilterns. His month-by-month account of a year in the woods begins with the appearance of bluebells in April and ends as nature springs back to life in March. In between, he recounts tree-felling in January, moth-hunting in June, explains the complex network of plant and animal life that sustains the wood, and offers recipes for wild mushrooms and other delicacies foraged from the undergrowth.
Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples
In this book accompanying his BBC radio series, the former director of the British Museum explores the role of shared beliefs in the life of human communities around the globe. Rather than focusing on religious doctrine, he concentrates on practices, objects and places, tracing how societies from the Ice Age onwards have used stories and rituals to mark their identity and strengthen cohesion: ‘for in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other’.
The House of the Dead
Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Between the coronation of Alexander I in 1801 and Nicholas II’s abdication in 1917, tsarist Russia banished over a million people to the misery of Siberian exile. Political prisoners and common criminals were sent to mine Siberia’s natural resources and settle remote regions while improving themselves through self-reliance and hardship; but penal colonization bred, rather than eliminated, revolutionary politics. Drawing on archives across Russia, Beer’s study recovers the experiences of exiles and describes Russia’s struggle to govern its ‘prison empire’. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Memories and the City
Against a backdrop of shattered monuments, neglected villas and ghostly backstreets, a daydreaming boy seeks refuge from family discord in the imagination. In this highly original memoir, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk interweaves his own life, and the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents, with that of his home city. The result is a blend of family reminiscence, history, philosophy, literature, art criticism and urban myth. This edition contains a new introduction and more than 200 additional photographs.
Adolf Hitler is probably the most reviled person in history, and the myth has all but obscured the man. Drawing on hitherto unseen documents and fresh research, this biography recounts his journey from childhood, through his early failures in Vienna and service in the First World War, to ultimate power. With acute psychological insight, Ullrich analyses Hitler’s insecurities, his beliefs, and the political instinct that enabled him to captivate a German public humiliated by wartime defeat and economic depression. American-cut pages.
East West Street
On the Origins of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity'
The concepts of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ were originated by Rafael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht, legal experts involved in the Nuremberg Tribunal. International lawyer Philippe Sands tells the stories of these very private men, showing how they developed their world-changing ideas in response to unprecedented atrocities. He also describes the trial which brought them together with defendant Hans Frank, who oversaw the ghetto in Lemberg, the Polish city where both lawyers studied and where Sands’ grandfather was born. Off-mint with felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Everything Explained That Is Explainable
On the Creation of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910–1911
With 29 volumes containing 40,000 entries, the vast eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a high point of Edwardian optimism and is considered to mark the last stand of the Enlightenment. Boyles draws on letters and newspaper articles to trace the history of its production and to reveal the contribution of two American entrepreneurs in the spectacular revival of an ailing British publication. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow
In this second volume of his authorized biography, Moore describes Margaret Thatcher at the height of her power, from the aftermath of the Falklands War in 1982 and her subsequent victory in the 1983 general election, to her third election victory in 1987. He portrays a politician ‘more dominant, perhaps, than any peacetime predecessor’ as she faced challenges including the miners’ strike, the Westland crisis and the IRA and, on the world stage, negotiated with Reagan and Gorbachev. American-cut pages.
The English and Their History
In this much-acclaimed work, Robert Tombs traces England’s development from ‘an idea’ to a kingdom, a country, a people and a culture, and he makes collective memory an inherent part of the story. Emphasizing the role of memory creators and carriers such as language, literature, law, religious and political institutions, and historical writing, Tombs focuses on four ‘themes’: the aftermath of the Norman Conquest; the English Civil War; empire; and the recent sense of the nation in decline. American cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Off-mint.
A Fiery Heart
‘There’s a fire and a fury raging in that little woman,’ Thackeray said of Charlotte Brontë. Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, this compelling portrait depicts Charlotte’s inner life with almost novelistic intensity: her isolated upbringing in a remote Yorkshire parsonage, with her father and her equally imaginative siblings; her quiet rebellion and fierce ambition; her unrequited love for a married professor in Brussels; and her eventual literary success, blighted all too soon by devastating personal losses. (Published in the UK as Charlotte Brontë: A Life.) American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Black Hole Blues
And Other Songs from Outer Space
When black holes collide, vast amounts of energy are emitted in the form of gravitational waves. Einstein predicted the existence of such waves in 1916, but not until a century later was it possible to create instruments of sufficient sensitivity to detect them from Earth. Reporting her own conversations with her fellow-astrophysicists, Levin’s lyrical, humorous account of this decades-long quest captures their ambitions and obsessions, struggles and disappointments as they endeavour to measure subtle shifts in the shape of spacetime. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.