When The Going Was Good
Between 1929 and 1935, Evelyn Waugh travelled widely and wrote extensively about his experiences. This collection brings together his accounts of a Mediterranean cruise, and his travels in Abyssinia, Aden, Zanzibar, Kenya, the Congo, Guyana and Brazil. Written with his characteristic dry wit and perception, these reports contain the seeds of his classic novels Scoop and Black Mischief.
The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner
Born into an era of far-reaching change, Turner revolutionized landscape painting – and bewildered his contemporaries – with his visionary canvases. Based on extensive first-hand research, this biography charts his tumultuous life and career, from his birth as a barber’s son in Covent Garden to his burial amid the pomp of St Paul’s Cathedral. Moyle explores Turner’s fraught personal relations, follows his travels in Europe, and addresses the rumours of madness that haunted his last years.
1923–1968: The Idealist
Few US statesman have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Cookery Postcards from Penguin
100 Cookbook Covers in One Box
John Hamilton is an art director at Penguin and a dedicated collector of cookbooks. Chosen as much for the artwork on their covers as the recipes inside, his collection spans around 60 years of book jacket design and includes many classics of cookery writing, with cover illustrations by artists such as Edward Bawden, Osbert Lancaster and David Gentleman. The 100 jackets are reproduced here on 100 semi-matt postcards in a sturdy presentation box.
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
After Pearl Harbor, five of the most renowned Hollywood film directors were enlisted into the American armed forces to fight the propaganda battle, explain American objectives in the war, and shape a narrative that would determine how Americans would perceive the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific. This account of Hollywood’s contribution to fighting the Second World War is told through the wartime service of the five great directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
Stories in the Stars
An Atlas of Constellations
‘Lying on our backs, we look up at the night sky. This is where stories began’ (John Berger). Drawing on folk and literary traditions of many cultures, this book retells some of the myriad myths and legends inspired by the stars. From Andromeda to Vulpecula (the ‘Little Fox’), each constellation’s story is accompanied by an illustration and a celestial map that shows adjacent constellations and the apparent magnitude of each star as seen from Earth. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A New Book of Middle Eastern Food
Originally published in 1968, Roden’s acknowledged classic helped change the Western perception of Middle Eastern cuisine. This revised edition includes old favourites as well as new dishes: Stuffed Vine Leaves, Baklava and Morroccan Mint Tea sit alongside the more exotic Chicken Stuffed With Dried Nuts and Sweet and Sour Aubergine Salad. Including many helpful tips and techniques, the clearly explained recipes are interspersed with riddles, poems and proverbs, and often given a rich cultural or historical context.
For the Glory
Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
The world's best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell (1902–1945), proved his unshakeable commitment to his faith when he refused to compete in the 100m on a Sunday, winning instead the 400m on a weekday. This biography of the athlete portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire describes his remarkable sporting career and his inspirational later work as a missionary in China, where he remained in testing conditions during the war until his death in a Japanese internment camp. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Foucault Reader
An Introduction to Foucault's Thought
This selection of transcribed interviews and extracts from major works, including Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization, introduces the key Foucauldian relationship between knowledge and power, and how it works to objectify and manipulate the individual. An authoritative introduction by editor Paul Rabinow tackles Foucault’s ‘three modes of objectification’: institutional isolation, scientific classification and self-objectification.
Although Arthur Wellesley left no memoirs or autobiography there is a mass of private and official correspondence, amounting to millions of words, giving incomparable insight into the mind of the great commander and illuminating his decisions as events unfolded. This collection of his dispatches, edited and with contextual commentary by Charles Esdaile, begins with his arrival in Portugal in 1808 and reports on the campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and Waterloo in 1815. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Inside the Minds of Britain's Most Notorious Criminals
The Criminal Justice Act of 2003 allowed judges to sentence the perpetrators of particularly shocking crimes to a ‘whole life order’, with no chance of release. This book examines the lives of murderers currently serving these sentences in British prisons, such as Ian Huntley and Rose West. Debating the question of whether life really should mean life, the reports investigate each inmate’s motivations for committing their crimes as well as their subsequent attitudes to the offences and their imprisonment.
The Great Explosion
Gunpowder, The Great War, and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes
In April 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme, a series of explosions ripped through a munitions works on the Kent marshes, killing 108 people and injuring many more. This remarkable book recreates the events of that day, shedding new light on the home front during the Great War. Brian Dillon offers a chilling natural history of explosives and their effects on bodies, buildings, and the earth; and a deeply personal exploration of one of England’s most bleakly beautiful landscapes.
Classic Children's Tales
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Frederick Warne & Co, this volume contains classic works by four of the greatest authors and illustrators originally published by the company. Reproduced as they would have first appeared, the six books are Beatrix Potter’s The Sly Old Cat; Sing a Song for Sixpence by Randolph Caldecott; Kate Greenaway’s A for Apple and Mother Goose; and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs & Stories and The Book of Nonsense. There are short introductions to each author-illustrator and their work.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells
The Best of Early Vanity Fair
In the course of its 100-year history, Vanity Fair magazine has been a synonym for intelligence, wit and stylish writing, and its contributors have included some of the greatest names in world literature. This selection from its early issues includes F Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, DH Lawrence on women, Aldous Huxley on ‘What exactly is modern?’ and Dorothy Parker on peak, waspish form.
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
Artemis Fowl, the young criminal mastermind, has summoned an elite group of fairies to Iceland. When he presents them with his invention to save the world from global warming, the fairies are alarmed – Artemis has become nice. Now that the subterranean city of Atlantis is under attack by robots, how will a nice Artemis fight them? Age 8+
The Secret History of MI6
From its foundation in 1909, through two world wars to its present role at the heart of modern British government, the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, has been a subject of sustained and intense public interest. This landmark study, the first written by an independent historian with unrestricted access to the service's archives, analyses the role and significance of intelligence and gives an authoritative account of SIS people, organization, development and operations over the first 40 years of its existence.
1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation
Martin Luther’s revolutionary ideas spread across Europe within just a few years of the day in 1517 when he posted his ‘theses’ on a church door. As this book shows, Luther’s success was far from accidental: a skilled communicator, he worked closely with Wittenberg’s printers to craft the distinctive pamphlets that made him the world’s first mass-media figure, boosted the newly emerging publishing industry and inspired others to disseminate their own writings. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
Reflections on Memory and Imagination
After a lifetime of academic writing on the Holocaust, Otto Dov Kulka turns to his own experiences as a child in Auschwitz in this bleakly poetic memoir. Blending personal recollection and historical research, he vividly recreates the grim absurdity of this ‘metropolis of death’, and reveals why the Nazis set up and then liquidated a model ‘family camp’ there.
Elizabeth and Leicester
In this absorbing dual biography of Elizabeth and her favourite courtier, Robert Dudley, Sarah Gristwood reviews every known detail of their secret love and 30-year political alliance, and presents the most intimate account of their lives ever attempted. Myths are exposed and discarded, received opinions re-assessed, and Gristwood demonstrates that the truth of this royal relationship is more intriguing than the many fictions it has spawned.
How Britain Made the Modern World
Niall Ferguson tackles the question of how Britain came to rule such vast tracts of the world and sets out the evidence for judging whether the British Empire was a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. From 17th century English pirates plundering the European empires, to the legacy of empire in the world today, he describes the forces of commerce, migration, religion, government and global finance that drove the British Empire and the 20th century wars which were its undoing.
The Making of Victorian Values
Decency and Dissent in Britain: 1789–1837
Ben Wilson explores 'the way the British went about moral rearmament' in the early 19th century. His focus is on the generation born in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions, and he begins with the libertine spirit inspired by Byron, Shelley and the Romantics. He then examines how 'an alliance of evangelical reformers and secular utilitarians' fought against forms of debauchery and vice to shape the moral, political and social character of 19th century Britain. Slightly off-mint.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she was the longest-reigning English monarch, Empress of India, and matriarch of most of the royal houses in Europe. In this magisterial work, one of our finest biographers finds his greatest subject. Drawing on a wealth of previously unseen material, Wilson charts Victoria's strange, isolated childhood, her marriage to Prince Albert, and her controversial friendship with John Brown, revealing an expressive, passionate and unconventional woman very different from her public image.
No Place to Hide
Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State
In 2012 the security journalist Glenn Greenwald received an email from Edward Snowden, a contractor for the National Security Agency. At a clandestine meeting in Hong Kong Snowden handed over flash drives detailing the scale of illegal spying by the USA and Britain. This bestselling book gives the inside story of what followed: the fear of discovery and arrest, Snowden's flight to Russia, and the attempts to cover up this massive abuse of power.
A Hidden History of World War II
During the Second World War 150,000 American and British soldiers are known to have deserted in the European theatre. Focusing on the stories of three men who turned their backs on the war in Italy, France and Africa, this book takes an alternative look at how the war was fought, revealing the harsh conditions and psychological pressures that pushed soldiers to abandon their posts despite, in many cases, having already shown great courage in combat.
The Holy Grail
The History of a Legend
The Holy Grail has haunted the human imagination for centuries. It represents the highest Christian ideals, yet it is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. How did it became such a potent image? Is it simply a symbol of a perfection that lies beyond our reach? Ranging across theology, history, literature and art, Richard Barber's book traces the stories surrounding this most elusive of symbols, from Chretien de Troyes' 12th century writings to the Grail's iconic status in new- age mysticism.
A History of the World in 100 Objects
From a prehistoric stone axe to the embedded microtechnology in a modern credit card, each of Neil MacGregor's 100 objects carries messages about the society in which it was created and about how it has been perceived over time. Deciphering those messages, MacGregor has created a highly original, composite account of how humans have shaped the world and been shaped by it over the past two million years. This edition is exclusive to Postscript.
Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby
A former Sunday Times Book of the Week, Careless People takes us back to the jazz age of the 1920s and tells the true story behind F Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. Churchwell explores in detail the novel's relation to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's extravagant and chaotic lives in New York; but also to the gruesome Hall-Mills double murder of 1922 and the farcical police investigation into what was billed as 'the crime of the decade'. Off-mint.
Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family
A Test of Will and Faith in World War I
Norman Thomas was a Presbyterian minister in the USA when the First World War began; he became a pacifist before America entered the war and by the time it was over he was a Socialist. This book tells the story of Norman and his brothers and the choices they made: Evan a conscientious objector eventually sentenced to hard labour for life; Ralph, a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, wounded in France; and the youngest, Arthur, an Army pilot.
Galileo's Middle Finger
Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
Beginning with Dreger's own research into medical attitudes to intersex people, this much-acclaimed title tells the stories of scholars who have found themselves drawn into conflicts between the cherished beliefs of modern America's political activists and the findings of science. She reveals how the quests for scientific truth and social justice intertwine, and emphasizes the importance of both intellectual freedom and intellectual responsibility in the face of today's serious political and economic threats. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Jonathan Coe: Three Novels
This set of three novels by the award-winning author of What a Carve Up! comprises his first book, The Accidental Woman (1987); The Dwarves of Death (1990), in which a small-time rock-band musician becomes embroiled in a murder mystery; and Coe's funny and painfully honest story of boys growing up in the 1970s, The Rotters' Club (2001).
Testament of Youth
An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900–1925
In this elegiac memoir, Vera Brittain (1893–1970) recalls her experiences during the First World War, when she abandoned her Oxford studies to enlist as a nurse in the armed services, and saw the hopes of her generation turn to despair during a conflict in which she lost all the men she loved. With a foreword by her daughter Shirley Williams. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
First published in 1939, Lark Rise is the first part of the autobiographical trilogy by Flora Thompson (1876-1947). It tells of Laura's childhood at the 'end house' in Lark Rise, from a decade when relics of ancient country customs still survived to the Queen's Jubilee in 1887, after which 'nothing ever seemed quite the same'.