In His Own Words
In 2013, Benedict XVI became the only Pope to resign from office in modern times. In these conversations with the religious journalist Peter Seewald, he discusses the reasons for his resignation and his admiration for his successor, speaking frankly about the controversies that have dogged the Church, including ‘Vatileaks’ and the child abuse scandal, and revealing his thoughts about his life, his philosophy, his mistakes, and the future of Christianity.
BBC Proms 2019
Published annually to accompany the world's greatest classical music festival, the Festival Guide contains illustrated articles on composers and performers and complete listings for over 150 concerts, ranging from folk music to classical symphonies, concerti and choral works. The Guide also provides booking information and broadcast programme times.
Our view of the Holocaust is shaped by the industrialized death camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka, but the reality was more complex. Drawing on survivors’ testimonies, this revolutionary study moves the focus from the forests of Eastern Europe to the transient networks of the Reich’s railways, to reveal how the location and the methods of genocide altered in the course of the war – and how our perceptions of it have shifted over subsequent decades.
The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques
Suitable for hobbyists and professionals alike, this authoritative reference work has new and revised entries and features over 500 colour photographs and 300 diagrams. From Anti-flux to Zisha, definitions of tools, materials and techniques are clearly explained through brief outlines and detailed articles by the authors, who, as well as teaching pottery, created their own works and wrote on the subject for over 60 years.
Crafted in Britain
The Survival of Britain's Traditional Industries
Essential to the brewing and whisky distilling industries, malt has been made from barley in the traditional way at Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire since the 1850s, raking out the grain onto large floors for it to germinate for several days and then drying it in a kiln. From bell casting and stone masonry to brick making and book binding, this book reveals, in words and detailed photographs, the processes of 27 craft industries still alive and well in Britain today.
Nick Baker's British Wildlife
A Month-by-Month Guide
For wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and weekend walkers of all ages, television presenter Nick Baker explains what is happening in nature throughout the course of the year, from the Dorset heaths to the Scottish Highlands. Illustrated with colour photographs and artwork to aid identification of species, this guide explains which mammals, birds, insects and plants will appear each month, and offers practical advice on how and where to find them.
Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
From a commentary on the dawn chorus in a Dorset village, with quotations from the poets as well as explanations of the behaviour compelling the birds to sing, to his final, powerful argument for conserving birds’ habitats, Dominic Couzens’s book illuminates the realities of life for songbirds. Here are the grim truths of sparrows killed by sparrowhawks, the aggression inspired by feeding tables and crows made homeless by tree-felling as well the marvels of the skylark’s song and starlings’ murmurations.
A Ruler and His Reputation
More than five centuries after his death, Richard III remains a compelling but divisive figure, the subject of myth and counter-myth. But in this biography Horspool ‘aims at neutrality’, focusing on contemporary accounts while also examining how competing narratives have created the ‘composite figure who is at once so familiar and so alien’. He ends with reflections on the enduring fascination with Richard and describes events surrounding the recent rediscovery and reburial of his body. Small print.
Out of Time
1966 and the End of Old-Fashioned Britain
Peter Chapman was 18 years old in 1966, the year of Harold Wilson, the seamen’s strike, London ‘swinging’ to a soundtrack of Beatles and Rolling Stones, and England’s victory in the World Cup. Chapman, whose hopes of being a professional footballer had been dashed, but who would become an outstanding football journalist, gives a vivid picture of the lost world of Britain in the Sixties from the perspective of his world in Islington, north London.
Journeying with Jesus
Personal Reflections on the Stations of the Cross and Resurrection
In this collection of moving personal testimonies, modern people relate their experiences to the Stations of the Cross and resurrection. Contributors include Archbishops John Sentamu and Vincent Nicholls; Sister Wendy Beckett; Peter Hitchens; Margaret Mizen, the mother of a murdered teenager; Kelly Connor, who ran over and killed an innocent victim; and Anne Maguire, of the wrongfully convicted Maguire Seven. Slightly off-mint.
The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World
With over 200 photographs, renowned wildlife photographer Bob Gibbons presents his personal pick of the world’s most ‘flowery’ places for armchair readers and travellers alike. From clovers on the Lizard Peninsula to the home of the tulip in Kazakhstan’s Tien Shan Mountains, each location is accompanied by a map, information on local ecology and conservation status, and details of animals in the region. All sites are accessible and some visitor information is included alongside useful websites.
In the Theatre of the Imagination
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, whose collaboration with Roald Dahl has made him world famous. Ghislaine Kenyon has known him for 20 years, and offers an intimate portrait of the artist and the man. We see him at work in his south London studio, and learn of his love of flying machines, of all things French, and of his lesser-known work for schools, hospitals and charities. The book is liberally illustrated with Blake’s inimitable sketches and paintings.
A collaboration between Ralph Steadman and the filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy, the award-winning Extinct Boids surveyed the birds we have lost; Nextinction shifts the focus to those we are about to lose. Levy’s ‘With a Wing and a Prayer’ commentary tells the stories of 192 species on the Critically Endangered List; while Steadman depicts the birds on the brink of extinction, such as the Giant Ibis and the Kakapo, and some rather dubious species including the Unsociable Lapwing and the Ooshut Doorbang.
A History of the World's Greatest Tea
Darjeeling tea, produced in a small, isolated area high in the Eastern Himalayas, is ‘the indisputable jewel in India’s tea-producing crown’ and the world’s most celebrated tea. Jeff Koehler explains how Darjeeling developed its tea industry under British imperial rule, tracing the region’s fortunes from the Raj to the decline of the industry towards the end of the 20th century and the challenges it faces today, including its outmoded agricultural practices, the struggle for independence and climate change.
World of Peyton
Drawing his first cartoon in a German PoW camp, Mike Peyton started selling his pictures after the war, contributing to a range of magazines, including New Scientist and Yachting Monthly, and earning his reputation as the world's leading yachting cartoonist. From boating mishaps to the yacht club bar, this retrospective includes the best of his work from his 70-year career poking fun at the sailing fraternity.
Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation
The Grantchester Mysteries
This fifth instalment of The Grantchester Mysteries finds archdeacon and part-time detective Sidney Chambers embroiled in the workings of a mysterious cult as he searches for a missing teenager, and investigating a murder, the theft of a precious heirloom and a case of blackmail.
River Cottage Fruit & Veg
The recipes in Veg Every Day! are suitable for vegetarians, though the book’s intention is to get us eating more vegetables, for our health and for the planet. Fruit Every Day includes meat, fish and pudding dishes, and aims to make us more adventurous in our fruit consumption. With straightforward instructions and bold colour illustrations, the recipes range from Baby Beet Tarte Tatin to Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin, and simple Apple Bangers.
Printmaking Off the Beaten Track
Richard Noyce has journeyed around the world exploring printmaking traditions and techniques in less familiar centres of art production. Featuring an extensive selection of works rarely found in contemporary art books, by printmakers from Alaska to Japan, this unique collection provides the opportunity to compare artworks from a wide variety of places, setting them in their historical context and examining how artists have reflected their experiences of conflict, resolution, diaspora and exile.
Fizzlebert Stump and the Great Supermarket Showdown
Fizz is forced to work in a supermarket, but stacking shelves and wearing outfits without sequins just isn’t his style. Will he ever find his way back to the circus? With a quirky narrator and a cast of eccentric characters, this madcap story is full of fun. Age 9+
The Boy Who Did PE in his Pants
Fizz is used to playing football with sea lions rather than sitting up straight in a classroom, but no one at school believes he belongs at the circus. How can he ever escape? Fizz faces foolish grown-ups and a devious lookalike in this seriously silly tale. Age 9+
Cats and Curses
The Marsh Road Mysteries
In the fourth Marsh Road Mysteries adventure, a mummified cat turns up at the junk shop where Andrew’s mum works, and strange things start to happen. Has the shop been cursed? And can Andrew and his friends Piotr, Minnie, Flora and Sylvie solve the case? Age 9+
The Strangers Who Came Home
The First Australian Cricket Tour of England
The review of the 1878 season in Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual admitted that 'the idea of a visit from an Australian team...was at first treated as something of a joke' but the success of the tour did much to spark the international rivalry. Including a victory over the MCC at Lord's and controversy and skulduggery involving WG Grace, this book chronicles the adventures of the first representative Australian touring team.
A Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland
Orchids are among the most diverse groups of plants and although many varieties grow in the British Isles, including Lady's Slipper and Ghost Orchid, two of the rarest native wildflowers, most are in retreat in the face of environmental changes. This pocket guide includes detailed descriptions and information for all 52 species that grow wild in Britain and Ireland with colour photographs and distribution maps.
A Year at Otter Farm
Inspiring Recipes Through the Seasons
It was the taste of a ripe mulberry that gave Mark Diacono the inspiration for Otter Farm, the Devon smallholding where he runs courses to share his love of fresh, seasonal food. In this beautiful book, illustrated with his own superb colour photography, he charts the story of the farm, and shares its seasonal recipes: Warm Salad of Padron Peppers, Cherries and Halloumi; Chicken, Pork and Borlotti Bean Casserole; and a refreshing Cucumber Ice-Cream.
What Matters in Jane Austen
What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? How old is Mr Collins? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? One of the delights of reading Jane Austen is noticing the puzzles she sets her readers. In 20 succinct chapters, Mullan asks and answers a number of apparently superficial questions about Austen’s world, to demonstrate how its rituals and conventions reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist.
House Guests, House Pests
A Natural History of Animals in the House
However fond of wildlife the British are, we don’t want the birds, butterflies and bats in our houses, still less the beetles and clothes moths. Richard Jones starts his ‘natural history’ with a survey of how human homes evolved, from caves to the first houses, before describing how the hangers-on – from dogs and cats to dust mites – adapted to ‘the attractions of home’. The book ends with an identification guide to the animal life that shares our living space.
Face to Face
Battling the elements at sea is as stern a test of character as any, and resilience and resolve can be read on the faces of many of the 100 'ocean portraits' chosen for this collection. Including a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and essays about maritime photography, the book includes images drawn from historic museum collections and the work of contemporary photographers' and features notable seafarers from 19th-century skippers to champion surfers, Jacques Cousteau to Ben Ainslie.