60 Stories of Places Where Time Has Stopped
Machu Picchu, lost for four centuries after the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire; Bodie, a ’49ers mining town, abandoned when the gold ran out; Nara Dreamland in Japan, an amusement park that couldn’t compete with Disneyland... These are among the 60 places described and photographed by Richard Happer. They range from single buildings to entire islands (St Kilda and Easter Island), each location abandoned after falling foul of economic downturn, technological progress, politics, natural disaster or war.
Grand Prix Circuits
Maps and Statistics from Every Formula One Track
Since the first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950, 71 venues have hosted Grands Prix, from historic circuits with their roots in the early years of motoring, such as Monza and Monaco, to the latest tracks built to the specifications of the modern sport, such as Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and Sochi. This book profiles all the layouts, with a track plan, brief history and statistics for each, and photographs of historic Grand Prix action. Slightly off-mint.
History of Britain in Maps
Including the earliest known map of pre-Roman roads and one showing Beeching's proposed cuts to the railways in the early 1960s, Philip Parker presents reproductions of around 90 maps and uses the complex information they contain to trace the history of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from prehistory to the 2016 EU Referendum. The book illustrates how maps reflect not only the cartographer’s skill and geographical knowledge, but also the preoccupations of their times and, not infrequently, the political motives of their makers.
For the Incurably Curious
Where are the world’s highest mountains, its longest rivers, its deepest oceans? Which country is the largest producer of cinnamon, and how heavy is the world’s heaviest insect? With distinctive maps and a wonderful miscellany of information on subjects from ancient history to football, economics to endangered animals, every page in this unusual atlas is a voyage of discovery. There are maps of the world (including one showing the early explorers’ routes), whole continents, regions, countries and the oceans.
Black's Guide to Scotland
Picturesque Tourist Guide 1840
Published in 1840 by Adam and Charles Black of Edinburgh, this ‘Picturesque Tourist’ guide promises ‘engraved charts and views of the scenery, plans of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a copious itinerary’. Arranged as 14 tours, the guide also assures the reader of accurate, plain and intelligible accounts, with much information on tradition, history and associations – a swipe at the purple prose of rival guides. The present book is a facsimile reprint of the first edition. No jacket.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
World Railway Journeys
Across five continents, Julian Holland travelled on some of the world’s most remote and rugged railways, such as the Ferrocarril del Sur, climbing from Peru’s Pacific coast into the high Andes, but he also sought out less well-known railways kept alive by enthusiasts, tourists and heritage-minded governments. Here, he describes 50 journeys – under steam, diesel or electric power – along lines as varied as Le Petit Train Jaune in the French Pyrenees and ‘The Ghan’, crossing Australia from Adelaide to Darwin.
Waterways of Britain
From historical milestones, such as the Barton Aqueduct of 1761, to modern engineering marvels, such as the Falkirk Wheel, the canal network has much of interest to enhance the pleasures of boating through picturesque countryside. This exploration of Britain's waterways includes maps, facts and figures, historical notes on the navigations, hundreds of contemporary photographs and detailed information on places of interest along each route.
Exploring Britain's Lost Railways
Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the infamous 'Beeching Report' in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, some of the old trackbeds have been converted to footpaths and cycleways – hidden byways through beautiful, tranquil countryside. Richly illustrated with maps and photographs, old and new, this book explores 50 of these routes, outlining their history and describing what they have to offer today's walkers, cyclists and railway enthusiasts.
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide
1853 Railway Handbook of Europe
‘The rigid regulations of the Continental Police, and the Passport custom, are the two greatest annoyances experienced by English travellers on the Continent.’ No intrepid Victorian would have ventured across the Channel without heeding the advice of Bradshaw’s guide. Packed with railway timetables, hotel recommendations, maps, period advertisements and practical information, this new, large-format version of the 1853 edition, as featured in the TV series Great Continental Railway Journeys, recreates an age when rail travel was an adventurous novelty.
Mapping the Second World War
Not to be confused with Michael Swift and Michael Sharp's study of the European theatre with the same title (Postscript 224148), this book makes use of Imperial War Museums' extensive collection of charts from all conflict zones, many carrying significant tactical markings. Notable among more than 150 examples are planning maps for the projected German invasion of Britain, RAF target maps of German cities, naval charts of U-boat sightings and sinkings, and an American target map of Hiroshima.
The Times Aviators
A History in Photographs
Decades before the Wright Brothers' first flight, many pioneers had claimed partial successes with flying machines and this illustrated history begins with some fascinating photographs of these 19th century aviators and their creations. Led by the historic images, the book takes the story on through the feats of record breakers such as Blériot and Lindbergh and the aces of two world wars, to the first commercial flights and the modern era of fast jets and giant passenger airliners.
The Times Explorers
The exploration of uncharted terrain has always stirred the human imagination. Illustrated with rare photographs from the archives of The Times, this handsome volume charts the achievements of the men and women who have pushed forward the boundaries of our geographical knowledge. Focusing on each of the world's most challenging terrains – mountains, ice, jungles, deserts, seas and deep caves – it vividly retells the dramatic expeditions of Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Amundsen, Freya Stark, Edmund Hillary and many others.
As the climate continues to change, we need more than ever to understand how weather affects the world around us. This practical, user-friendly guide explains basic phenomena such as wind, clouds and precipitation, along with extreme events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Packed with full-colour photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, it also explains forecasting techniques – and their limitations – and examines global warming and our influence on the weather. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Ever since our ancestors first contemplated the majesty of the heavens, people have felt a profound curiosity about realms beyond the Earth. This authoritative, fully illustrated book provides an accessible introduction to the science of the universe. Starting with our own planet, it explores our neighbours in the solar system, before moving out into the vastness of intergalactic space. It also charts the history of astronomy. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Collins World Atlas
Beginning with a section of world maps and diagrams covering topics including landscape, climate and conflict, this atlas contains full-page, physical mapping of the continents, oceans and poles, with illustrated introductions to the physical and political geography of each major region. There is also a statistics section with a full listing of the world’s states and territories and an index of over 50,000 place names. Fifth edition.
The New Naturalist Library
Terns are small, graceful seabirds commonly seen around our shores in summer months. This guide to the five species breeding in Britain and Ireland draws on a wealth of new information to describe their features, behaviour, habitats, breeding patterns and migration, and the measures in place to protect their populations from coastal flooding, changes in land use and conflict with humans.
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey
This official companion to the hugely successful period drama delves deeply into the lives of all the main characters, exploring the intrigue, rivalry and romance both above and below stairs. There are chapters on the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their servants, lovers, friends and guests, with photographs of the characters in the opulent surroundings of the Downton estate and illustrations of contemporary artefacts and publications. Plus a final 'behind the scenes' chapter on the making of the programmes. Slightly off-mint.
Collins Easy Learning: Complete French
Grammar + Verbs + Vocabulary
Part of the bestselling Easy Learning series, this is a complete reference for those learning French, alone or in classes. It combines three books: a guide to French grammar, with thousands of useful examples and a glossary of grammatical terms; a guide to verbs with 120 verb tables and examples of how verbs are used in context; and a vocabulary of over 5,000 words and phrases, arranged by topic.
Collins Easy Learning French Verbs
The bestselling Easy Learning Language series is designed for both young and adult learners, from beginners up to GCSE students, and the books are excellent for exam revision. Each volume is clearly laid out and contains hundreds of example phase. The Verbs books give detailed rules for verb formation and verb table and include a 'Verb Wheel' for conjugating the most commonly used verbs, while the jargon free Easy Learning Grammar books provide the basics needed to speak and understand the language.