The Owl Service
50th Anniversary Edition
Gwyn and Alison investigate strange noises in the attic, and discover a dinner service covered in droppings. Their subsequent adventure, largely told in dialogue, is intertwined with Welsh mythology. This special edition of the award-winning novel, first published in 1965, is introduced by Philip Pullman. Age 9+
A murder mystery that enmeshes DI Archer of Scotland Yard in a high-level espionage drama, Len Deighton’s novel is set in Britain in 1941, nine months after British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Written in 1978, this compelling ‘alternative reality’ portrayal of Britain under Nazi rule became a BBC drama series in 2017. Reissued with a new introduction by Deighton.
The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set
It is wartime and four children are evacuated to live with a professor in the country, where they make an incredible discovery. Generations of children have followed Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There are epic battles, fantastical creatures, perilous adventures and dangerous quests, as well as fiendish villains and unforgettable acts of love, bravery and betrayal. Age 7+
Useless Science Fact-o-pedia
A Startling Collection of Scientific Trivia You'll Never Need to Know
Although much of the Earth is covered in water, only 2.5 per cent of it is fresh water and a mere 1 per cent of that is accessible drinkable water – the rest is trapped in ice caps or deep underground. This compendium of scientific knowledge selects nearly 2,000 such nuggets of entertaining information about the universe, physics and the natural world.
The Original River Cottage Cookbook
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's best-selling cookbook, first published in 2001, has been updated with new recipes and an insight into life at Park Farm, the author's new base since moving from the original River Cottage. His belief in the importance of local, seasonal and well-produced food remains unchanged, as does his enthusiasm for home-grown fruit and vegetables and sustainable new projects such as the 'landshare' initiative.
England: The Photographic Atlas
Getmapping plc was established in 1998 specifically to produce the first ever full colour, digital photographic map of the UK, using vertical aerial photography. Drawing on this 'Millennium map', the atlas of England resembles a modern Domesday book, recording in detail the variety of natural landscape within the country and human interaction with the terrain - from Iron Age settlements to sprawling 20th century suburbs. The Atlas includes a 27-page cartographic section (scale 1:288,000) keyed to the photographic maps, and index. With plastic carrying case. Due to its size, this book will be sent under separate cover to other titles purchased.
The Dangerous Book of Heroes
From the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, this wide-ranging collection celebrates the men and women who prove how much you can achieve when powered by courage and self-belief – from the explorer Richard Burton to Douglas Bader, and from Florence Nightingale to Lisa Potts, the nursery nurse who protected children from a machete attack in 1996.
John Updike (1932–2009) was the ultimate chronicler of suburban America. This eye-opening biography paints a captivating portrait of the writer and the man. Drawing on in-depth research and interviews with family, friends and colleagues, it reveals a surprising, contradictory character: a kind man with a vicious wit, a gregarious charmer who was ruthlessly competitive, and a private person compelled to spill his most intimate secrets on the printed page. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre
Agatha Christie's fame as a writer of detective fiction has obscured her theatrical work; the long-running hit The Mousetrap is just the best-known of a string of ventures that established her as the most successful female playwright of all time. Filled with extracts from unpublished plays and letters, this well-researched book charts her childhood theatre-going experiences, her first attempts to write for the stage and her subsequent popularity. Extensive endnotes can be downloaded from the publisher's website.
The Tree Climber's Guide
Adventures in the Urban Canopy
London has more parks and green spaces than any other capital of a comparable size, so a climbable tree is never far away. Extolling the virtues of lifting oneself out of the city bustle and finding new perspectives on the urban scene, this book records the exploits of a committed tree climber seeking out interesting specimens and unusual vantage points, from a tall sweetgum alongside the walls of St Paul's Cathedral to a scruffy willow on the Swiss Cottage roundabout.
Tom Jones married his childhood sweetheart at the age of 16 and, despite many well-publicized infidelities, the marriage lasted until her death in April 2016. Tracing the years of struggle for the young Tommy Woodward and the decades of success as Tom Jones, this biography celebrates the singer's career, from performing in clubs in South Wales to Las Vegas and his appearances as a judge on BBC One's talent show The Voice.
My Brother's Book
Published in 2013, a year after Sendak's death, My Brother's Book is his tribute to his elder brother who died in 1995. Addressed to adults rather than children, the short and, at times, enigmatic text echoes themes from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, while the watercolours, showing the influence of Blake and Chagall, evoke an uncertain world of danger and loss. With a foreword by Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt.
Russell's Christmas Magic
''Twas the night before Christmas in Frogsbottom Field...' but as Russell is hanging the last lantern in the tree, something crashes into the nearby wood. It's Santa's sleigh and it seems Christmas must be cancelled – until Russell gets to work with his toolbox and becomes the sheep that saved Christmas. Age 3+