Deadly Arena Sports of Ancient Rome
Gladiatorial spectacles were central to Roman society, fulfilling important roles beyond mere entertainment. Epplett describes their origins, the gladiators’ training and the arenas’ infrastructure, but also asks why these cruel events were so popular and why magistrates and emperors were keen to put on such expensive shows. He pays special attention to staged beast hunts (often neglected in discussions of the Roman arena) and the procurement of the countless wild animals that they required. Previously published as Gladiators and Beast Hunts.
Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond
This light-hearted ‘horrible history’ of Western music tells an assortment of tragic, macabre and often apocryphal tales involving composers and musicians from ancient to modern times. Among stories of thieves and murderers are accounts of cursed songs, a dream of the devil, and the ‘after-death adventures’ of two famous skulls. Part one focuses on composers, while part two explores ‘dark and weird musical miscellany’ with references to rock, folk and jazz.
The Mammoth Book of the New Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes
12 Original Stories
Set in the late 19th century, in the years before Holmes’s disappearance at the Reichenbach Falls, Denis O Smith’s stories are written in the style of the originals and continue the great detective’s adventures. There are twelve new cases in this collection, including the ‘Adventure of the XYZ Club’, ‘The North Walk Mystery’ and ‘The Secret of Shoreswood Hall’.
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty
37 Short Stories about the Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes's Nemesis
In 37 short stories, leading crime writers of today fill the gaps in the Conan Doyle canon and bring to life Sherlock Holmes’s nemesis, the secretive and super-intelligent Professor Moriarty and his devious schemes.
Third Reich Victorious
Alternate Histories of World War II
What would have happened if, for example, the Germans had captured the whole BEF at Dunkirk? Or if the RAF had been defeated in the Battle of Britain? In this volume, military historians focus on ten crucial events of the war and project very plausible scenarios of a world in which the Third Reich prevailed. Based on the actual capabilities and circumstances of the opposing forces, these alternative histories show how close the Germans came to winning the war. (Previously sold in Postscript as Hitler Triumphant).
The Story of the Man Who Almost Assassinated the Führer
Long before the famous 'Valkyrie' plot of 1944 or the assassination schemes that were hatched by the Allies, an attempt was made on the life of Adolf Hitler at a Nazi Party rally held in Munich in November 1939. This book tells the story of ordinary carpenter Georg Elser, who on his own initiative hid a bomb behind the speaker's podium at the event, only failing to kill Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis because of a last-minute change of timings.
The Battle of Barrosa 1811
Forgotten Battle of the Peninsular War
In an attempt to break the siege of Cádiz in 1811, Spanish, Portuguese and British forces were sent south from the city by sea in order to approach the French lines from the rear. This book examines in detail the resulting battle at Barrosa, a tactical victory for the British commander Sir Thomas Graham that failed to achieve a decisive rout of the French but did prevent an absolute defeat of Spain and influenced the course of the war against Napoleon.
Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This practical guide to knitting draws on traditional Swedish techniques to help the reader develop and practise key skills, from casting on and off, and adding holes and pockets, to repairing mistakes and decorating with beads, sequins and embroidery. Patterns are provided for the garments featured in the book, including sweaters, a bedspread and a gold evening bag, and there is also advice on how to create a pattern of your own.
An Autobiography of General Custer
George Armstrong Custer gained a reputation as an innovative and bold cavalry leader during and after the American Civil War but his successes have been overshadowed by the famous defeat at Little Bighorn. Presented as an autobiography, much of this book is drawn from Custer's own writings, principally his My Life on the Plains. The 'last stand', in which he lost his life, is covered by a contemporary interview about the battle with his vanquisher, Sitting Bull.
Paasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary
Originally Published as From Keel to Truck
Surveyor of ships to Lloyd's Register and with a lifetime of experience in shipbuilding and repair, Heinrich Paasch was the first to recognize the need for a universal dictionary defining the vocabulary of ships. This facsimile edition of his work, first published in 1885, provides an explanation of all the principal parts of a ship's structure and equipment for both sailing and steam vessels, including propulsion machinery, rigging and even knots.
Their Natural and Unnatural Histories
Janet Lembke's celebration of the chicken in its every aspect has chapters on classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern chickens, literary and scientific chickens, eggs and urban chicken-keeping. It is also a very practical book, drawing on the author's own experience of building coops, keeping poultry - and eating it. She includes a survey of chicken cuisine and a selection of recipes.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly became an Academy Award-winning actress, starring with Hollywood’s leading men, a favourite and a friend of Alfred Hitchcock and a style icon for millions; in 1956 she left America, married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became Princess Gracia, renowned for her benevolence and unwavering poise. In this biography, Thilo Wydra explores the ambivalence that coloured Grace’s personality, drawing on her letters to Hitchcock and an interview with her son, as he examines a life ‘in two halves’.
The Wooden Horse
The Classic WWII Story of Escape
Eric Williams, an RAF bomber captain, was shot down over Germany and imprisoned in the notorious POW camp Stalag Luft III. In this lightly fictionalized account – a classic since its first publication in 1949, and filmed a year later – he tells the gripping story of his escape: how he constructed a tunnel, concealing its entrance beneath a vaulting horse; dodged searchlights and guard dogs; crossed Germany on foot and by train; and stowed away aboard a Danish ship.