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.
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.