The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Rome, 1922: two men assume power in their respective spheres, the sacred and the secular. Superficially, Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini could not have been less alike, yet they shared a social conservatism and hatred of democracy. Combining meticulous research in the Vatican archives with narrative drive, this groundbreaking history reveals the controversial truth of their unholy alliance, and how, as Il Duce grew closer to Hitler, the ailing pontiff began to sense that something had gone terribly wrong… American-cut pages.
The Hunt for Vulcan
And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe
Thomas Levenson tells the all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier and the search for the planet Vulcan, and how Albert Einstein proved that it did not exist and went on to discover relativity.
Britain's Greatest Generation
How Our Parents & Grandparents Made the Twentieth Century
A depression, wars and unprecedented new technology created challenging conditions for Britons in the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on the first-hand accounts of people born into the devastated world of the 1920s, this book analyses the experiences of the generation that lived through the Second World War and built a new society after it, from a Jewish refugee coming to Britain in 1939 to Jimmy Perry, who served in the Home Guard and later created Dad's Army.
Hugging the Shore
Essays and Criticism
‘Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea’, wrote John Updike in the preface to this collection of his essays. The novelist’s self-deprecating remark belies the range, depth and perception of these articles on his great predecessors Melville, Hawthorne and Whitman, and admired contemporaries such as Vladimir Nabokov, Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and slightly off-mint.
The Fabled Coast
Legends & Traditions from around the Shores of Britain & Ireland
Along the shores of the British Isles legends and traditions flourish: sailors' yarns and the songs of sirens, mythical beasts and mystical islands, drowned cities with tolling bells and ghost ships on Goodwin Sands. With erudition and engaging enthusiasm, the renowned folklorists Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill retell the stories heard along the English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish coasts, and explore their imaginary geography, fantastic zoology and historical origins. This edition is exclusive to Postscript.
The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley never knew her mother, the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died two weeks after giving birth to her in 1797. Yet, as this groundbreaking dual biography demonstrates, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women and the visionary who gave the world Frankenstein had much in common. Both defied convention, had passionate relationships with several men, bore children out of wedlock, lived in exile abroad – and both challenged the injustices faced by women. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Place in the Country
This collection of interlinked essays about place, memory and creativity captures the inner lives of five writers – Johann Peter Hebel, Rousseau, Eduard Mörike, Gottfried Keller and Jan Peter Tripp – and one painter, Robert Walser. Written in his characteristic creative prose – part critical essay, part memoir – these last essays by WG Sebald (1944–2001) offer what his translator, Jo Catling, describes in her introduction as 'an unprecedented glimpse into the writer's workshop'. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Heir Apparent
A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince
This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria's firstborn son, the quintessential black sheep of Buckingham Palace, who matured into a wise and effective monarch. Known to familiars as 'Bertie', the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery, and when he became king in 1901, expectations were low. A magnificent life of an unexpectedly impressive king, Jane Ridley's much-acclaimed study documents the remarkable transformation of a man v and a monarchy.
This final volume in Adler’s Shoah trilogy (following The Journey and Panorama) tells the story of Arthur Landau, the survivor of a wartime atrocity who struggles with nightmares and his memories as he tries to make a new life for himself and reconcile past and present. This highly acclaimed novel was first published in Austria in 1989. Translated by Peter Filkins. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.