The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the classic German combat plane of the Second World War. A worthy adversary of the Spitfire, it is familiar to those of a certain age in part because of the Airfix models that were such a popular toy in the 1960s and 1970s. The picture in this 1,000-piece jigsaw is Roy Cross's famous artwork for the Airfix kit of the German fighter.
Jacqueline Wilson: Roll Up! Roll Up!
The prolific Jacqueline Wilson has sold more than 35 million children's books in the UK alone. This 250-piece puzzle, charmingly illustrated by her longtime collaborator Nick Sharratt, shows the circus adventures of her popular character Hetty Feather, who features in several novels as well as an ongoing BBC series. Age 7+
A History of War in 100 Battles
From the earliest recorded battles in the ancient Near East to Desert Storm in 1991, Richard Overy has selected 100 battles, all of them significant in some way, although the victors, like Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn, did not always win the war. Arranged chronologically within chapters on factors that can influence the outcome of armed combat - leadership, overwhelming odds, technical innovation, deception, raw courage, and good fortune - the battles serve to illustrate the history of warfare itself.
The Impossible Museum
The Best Art You'll Never See
'The history of art is full of ghosts', writes Celine Delavaux and here she presents an 'imaginary museum' of works that have disappeared or been transformed, destroyed, hidden or stolen. Among the 40 lost works of art brought back to life in text and pictures are Leonardo da Vinci's Leda and the Swan, now known only through copies; the lost Romanov jewels; Klimt's Philosophy, burned by the Nazis; and the Buddhas of Bamiyan, blown up by the Taliban in 2001.
How to Sound Cultured
Covering the cultural figures you feel you ought to know about, but don't - Sappho, Talleyrand, JK Galbraith etc - this book concisely describes the achievements of 250 people whose names are frequently dropped in intellectual discourse. Arranged by attribute, under headings such as Hermits, Stinkers and Militant Atheists, this is an informative guide to the peaks and troughs (such as mistaking Rimbaud for Rambo) of clever conversation.
Lists of Note
People have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters, and they reveal a great deal about our likes, dislikes, hopes and aspirations. This handsomely produced companion to the bestselling Letters of Note presents a wide-ranging selection of notes and reminders, from a shopping list written by ninth-century Tibetan monks to Galileo's inventory of the parts needed to build a telescope, and from Darwin's pros and cons of marriage to Chrissie Hynde's 'Advice to Chick Rockers'.
A Cornucopia of Puns, Anagrams & Other Curiosities of the English Language
Taking English speakers' most frequently used greetings as his starting point, Gyles Brandreth embarks on an entertaining journey through nonsense words, cryptic crosswords, spoonerisms, malapropisms, famous last words and candidates for the world's most powerful word - 'love', 'freedom' or 'money'? In this audio version, the book's text alternates with clips from the master raconteur's Word Power stage show, recorded live at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. Unabridged. 2 CDs total duration 1 hr 55 min.
The German Wehrmacht
Winter War on the Northern and Eastern Front
The German Wehrmacht series of DVDs uses archive film, private film clips and detailed English voice overs to look in detail at German armoured forces, tank and infantry units and examines their involvement in various theatres of the Second World War. Along with chapters on combat missions and conditions on the Northern, Eastern and Western fronts, this film covers topics including Stalingrad, North Africa, air combat and motorcycle troop missions. One DVD; running time approx 60 minutes.
The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence
Soldier, scholar and champion drinker, Francis Grose published the first recognized dictionary of slang in 1785. It contained two categories of entries: cant language, or slang, and burlesque phrases, the latter being drawn from 'the most classical authorities' - soldiers, sailors and fishwives. The book is an indispensable guide, not only to late-18th-century slang words and phrases, but also to the lively and chaotic social life of those times. (Previously sold in Postscript as The Vulgar Tongue.)
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read
Bernard Richards's survey of unpublished masterpieces by the world's greatest writers spans Western literature from Virgil's Aeneid and its 57 truncated hexameters to Garcia Marquez's We'll Meet in August, a novel in limbo during the author's final years. The book gives detailed, richly illustrated and anecdotal accounts of unfinished, never started or lost works, among them Shakespeare's lost play, the manuscripts in Hemingway's mislaid suitcase, and the unfinished novel found in the wreckage of the car in which Camus died.
How We Took to the Air
More than a century before the Wright Brothers, the first aviators were taking to the skies in balloons. They included pioneers such as Sophie Blanchard, who was killed in 1819 when setting off fireworks ignited the hydrogen of her balloon and sent her plummeting onto the Paris rooftops. This history describes how the first generation of aeronauts captured the public imagination and how the novelty of aviation was exploited by surveyors, scientists, soldiers, writers and daredevils.
The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear
The Beach Boys' Smile album was going to eclipse Pet Sounds and outdo Sgt Pepper but thanks to band in-fighting and Brian Wilson's erratic behaviour, it was never released. This illustrated musical history tells the stories of dozens of similar near misses from rock royalty such as Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and Prince to contemporary performers such as Green Day and Beck. Many of the featured records are accompanied by specially commissioned imaginings of the cover artwork by leading designers.
When Reporters Cross the Line
The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies
The phone-hacking scandal has brought journalism into disrepute, closed a bestselling newspaper and led to the imprisonment of senior media executives. This account of modern reporting examines just how far journalists will go in order to get a story in the heat of war or political conflict. Featuring some of the best-known names in British broadcasting, including John Simpson, Lindsey Hilsum and Charles Wheeler, it interrogates the ethics of the trade, and poses the question: 'When do you cross the line?'
The Look of Love
Romantic Illustration Through the Ages
From the depiction of courtly love in illuminated medieval manuscripts and chaste courtship scenes in Victorian novels to Verlaine's Fetes galantes, George Barbier's racy 1928 artwork and passionate pairs in 1930s pulp magazines, this British Library publication collects 100 images charting the depiction of love and romance in illustration from the Middle Ages to the mid 20th century in books, cartoons, paintings and periodicals.
The World's War
In a sweeping narrative of the First World War, Olusoga portrays not only the variety of peoples fighting on the Western Front, but also outlines the wider geography of the war - the African and Asian colonies, from Morocco to Bangkok, where the European empires recruited their non-European soldiers. He explores the experience and the sacrifices of those forgotten armies - some four million men - and exposes the shocking paraphernalia of the era's racial obsessions. Accompanied the BBC TV documentary. Off-mint.
The Pat Hobby Stories
In this set of eleven stories, Scott Fitzgerald paints a comic portrait of Pat Hobby, an unscrupulous film writer and a relic from the silent movie era. Looking for success, yet lazy, artless and insensitive, Hobby just about keeps his head above water in the changing world of the movies. The stories are read here by Kerry Shale. 3 Audio CDs, running time 3 hours.
Louis Osman (1914-1996)
The Life and Work of an Architect and Goldsmith
Louis Osman trained as an architect in the 1930s and established a successful practice designing buildings and decorative works for both public and private clients. From the 1950s he became increasingly interested in making objects in silver and gold and his success in this field led to prestigious commissions, including the crown for the investiture of Prince Charles in 1969. This illustrated biography examines Osman's career in both disciplines and includes an inventory of his works.
The Spicer Diaries
An MP from 1974 to 2010, when he was elevated to the House of Lords, Michael Spicer was a distinguished member of Margaret Thatcher's government, serving as minister for aviation, housing, electricity and coal. Honest, witty and perceptive, his diaries chart the intrigues and rivalries of the Thatcher administration, and the dispiriting years in opposition before the rise of David Cameron, while shedding light on the arcane rituals of Parliament with humour and insight.
Pedlar's Guide to the Great Outdoors
A childhood spent outdoors led the authors of this inspiring book to offer their six children a similarly free upbringing in the Highlands of Scotland. Charmingly illustrated, this miscellany of all things outdoors includes sections on bird and tree identification, cloud spotting, treehouse building, survival tips, foraging, outdoor games and camping. For any family wishing to spend more time in nature and less time in front of a screen, this book is the perfect companion.
The Day of the Peacock
Style for Men 1963 - 1973
In the 1960s, men's fashion witnessed an extraordinary rebirth that media commentators described as the Peacock Revolution. This richly illustrated book recalls the shops, celebrity photographers, tailors and fashionable dressers who made up 'the scene'. The photographs and ephemera, drawn from the V&A's superb archives, evoke the Sixties atmosphere of optimism and opportunity and include some of the era's most stylish figures, among them David Hemmings, Ossie Clark and Patrick Lichfield and iconic shops such as Blades and Mr Fish.
Best known for his shocking psychological drama Miss Julie, August Strindberg was described by Arthur Miller as 'the mad inventor of modern theatre'. Supported by extensive new research, this illuminating biography charts the Swedish playwright's eventful and complicated life and the way it informed his prodigious output of 60 plays and 18 novels. It investigates the reasons why he remains controversial to this day, and reveals for the first time the real-life suicide that inspired his most famous work.
On the Liberty of the Press, and Public Discussion
and Other Legal and Political Writings for Spain and Portugal
This volume brings together Bentham's responses to the new liberal regime in Spain following the decree imposing an oath of loyalty to the new Constitution in 1820. As well as essays, the book includes Bentham's two letters to the Morning Chronicle in March and April 1820 and Letters to Count Toreno on the Proposed Penal Code. Edited, with a substantial introduction and notes, by Catherine Pease-Watkin and Philip Schofield. No jacket.
The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior
In 38 essays in sections including research design, participation, vote choice, self- and other interests, non-presidential elections, and elites and institutions, the Handbook offers both theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of American elections and political behaviour.
Diaries, Volume Three: 1970-1983
Virginia Woolf described the young Christopher Isherwood as 'a slip of a wild boy: with quick silver eyes'. In this final volume of his warm, sharply observed and richly funny diaries, the author of Goodbye to Berlin finds domestic contentment in Los Angeles with his partner, the artist Don Bachardy, and spiritual peace through Eastern religion, and turns his quicksilver gaze on the literati, the Hollywood glitterati, and the stars of the art world, from David Bowie to Andy Warhol.
The Blood of Free Men
The Liberation of Paris, 1944
As the Allies struggled to wrest Europe from the retreating Nazis, many historic cities were reduced to rubble. How did Paris escape this fate? Focusing on the dramatic days of August 1944 when the city was liberated, this history deftly tracks the forces vying for the French capital: the US Army under Omar Bradley, De Gaulle's Free French, diplomats, officials, resistance fighters, collaborators, and the ordinary Parisians who took to the barricades to save their city.
Published quarterly, Illustrators covers all kinds of illustration, from war comics to glamour. Each issue comprises lavishly illustrated articles on four or five graphic artists, along with general articles, book reviews and readers' letters. Issue 4 has a definite sixties feel, including features on Michael Johnson, Chris McEwan, cutaway artist Leslie Ashwell Wood and 'the Nightmare Painters' of covers for the Pan Book of Horror Stories.
The Children of Lovers
A Memoir of William Golding by his Daughter
The Nobel Prizewinning author of Lord of the Flies was a famously acute observer of children. What was it like to be his daughter? In this frank and engaging family memoir, Judy Golding recalls growing up with this brilliant, loving and sometimes difficult parent through the years that saw his transformation from an impecunious schoolteacher to a bestselling novelist. Looking back on their warm, humorous and volatile family life, she sheds light on the internal conflicts that fuelled Golding's writing.
Public Faces, Private Places
Portraits of Artists 1956-2008
The daughter of stage designer Jocelyn Herbert, and granddaughter of author AP Herbert, Sandra Lousada grew up among writers, actors and artists. This privileged access allowed her to build a career as a photographer of the arts which later progressed to beauty and fashion commissions for Vogue and Harper's and Queen. This fine collection of her work includes intimate pictures of celebrated figures of the theatre and art world, including Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and David Hockney.
With five essays and reproductions of over 80 works, this volume examines, as a coherent group, the works of art that Andy Warhol derived from tabloids and other news sources. It begins with Warhol's earliest drawings of newspaper headlines, and goes on to cover his screen printed canvases, prints, photographs and electronic media, concluding with the works he produced in collaboration with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The book accompanied an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Compact, sturdy and colourful, this InGuide offers a richly illustrated survey of the sights of Barcelona, a selection of its shops, restaurants and hotels, details of cultural events, introductions to major museums, and guided walks exploring the city's most interesting places. The book includes a pull-out map and pages for personal notes and is bound in a mock leather, with a silk marker and elastic closure.
Compact, sturdy and colourful, this InGuide offers a richly illustrated survey of the sights of Rome, a selection of its shops, restaurants and hotels, details of cultural events, introductions to major museums, and guided walks exploring the city's most interesting places. The book includes a pull-out map and pages for personal notes and is bound in a mock leather, with a silk marker and elastic closure.
The Fateful Year
'To capture the character, spirit and shape of this momentous year', Bostridge's book approaches 1914 through stories and episodes ranging from headline news, including the slashing of Velazquez's Rokeby Venus by a suffragette, to obscure events such as the opening of the new Glastonbury Festival on 5 August; and throughout the year there are comments by Prime Minister Asquith himself - not from a political diary, but from his letters to the young woman he loved.
Featuring the work of excellent wildlife photographers, this book from the World Life Library profiles the albatross, whose future is threatened by fishery operations. Tony Martin gives a lucid and informative account of the bird's life cycle, habitats and behaviours, the various species of albatross and the efforts being made to save them from extinction.
Between Man and Beast
From the moment the explorer Paul du Chaillu had his first, fleeting glimpse of a gorilla, our understanding of this extraordinary animal - and of our own place in the universe - changed irrevocably. Part swashbuckling jungle adventure, part gas-lit Victorian thriller, this book recounts Du Chaillu's extraordinary story, restoring a forgotten hero to his rightful place and charting a controversy that embroiled many notable figures of the age, including Charles Darwin,Thomas Hardy and Abraham Lincoln. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Isn't All This Bloody?
Scottish Writing from the First World War
Compiled and introduced by the military historian Trevor Royle, this varied collection of writings - including poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, letters and articles - illustrates how the First World War affected the Scots, whether at home or at the front. The substantial extracts from works by, among others, John Buchan, Ian Hay, Hugh MacDiarmid and Naomi Michison, also show how the war changed Scotland in profound ways, not least by ushering in a literary renaissance and the rise of nationalism.
A Difficult Woman
The Challenging Life and Times of Lilian Hellman
A successful playwright, an idol of the New Left in America and one of the few artists who stood up to the political witch-hunts of the 1950s, Lilian Hellman (1905-1984) was a literary celebrity whose achievements were overshadowed by accusations of dishonesty, hypocrisy and Stalinism. In this biography Kessler-Harris follows Hellman's life through the challenges of 20th century America, focusing on 'the sharp disjuncture between the glamorous and celebrated playwright and the 'ugly' woman of popular memory'. American-cut pages.
Reporting from war-torn Congo, revolutionary Iran, Ethiopia and the dictatorships of Latin America, the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007) was one of the most influential witnesses of the 20th century, creating literary reportage in the tradition of Orwell and Camus. In this biography, fellow journalist Artur Domoslawski follows in his mentor's globetrotting footsteps, delves into archives, and interviews Kapuscinski's interviewees to create this portrait of a charismatic, private, curiosity-driven man living on the fault-lines of a dangerous world.
My Family and Other Rambles
Up until 1999, when a BBC Radio 4 producer asked her to present Ramblings, Clare Balding had galloped everywhere: 'I had no idea there were people who walked for the sake of it'. Hundreds of miles of rambling later, she had grown to love how walking side by side makes people reveal their stories. To explore her own story she embarked on a 'family adventure', walking with them along the 70-mile-long Wayfarer's Walk that passes their home in Hampshire.
How to Tell the Future
Sally Morningstar offers a practical, richly illustrated guide to the art of divination using a whole range of techniques: the ancient traditions of moon magic, palmistry and astrology; shamanism, dream therapy, mandalas that draw on Earth's energy; and the 'mysterious arts' of tarot, I Ching and runes. The book explains the practice of the techniques, with sample readings and guides to interpretation.
A Human History of Sound and Listening
How did early humans respond to the sounds of nature? What did ringing bells mean to medieval people? How can we find privacy in an increasingly noisy world? Based on the 30-part BBC radio series, Hendy's social history prompts the reader to imagine sound worlds familiar to our ancestors, from the earliest musical instruments and the resonant echoes of Palaeolithic caves, through ancient Rome's histrionic oratory, deafening Victorian factories and First World War battlefields to the first modern sound-proofed offices.
The Story of Spirituality and the First World War
With traditional religious faith shattered after the First World War, Britons began to seek new expressions of spirituality, while the Church was forced to reassess how it served the country. In her investigation of these upheavals, Jackson focuses on scientist and inventor Sir Oliver Lodge, who responded to his son's death in the war by exploring belief in the afterlife and taking part in seances, so that he came into contact with such leading proponents of spiritualism as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Lives & Times
Achievements of the Famous and Remarkable
Edmund Morrison's compilation of human achievements is arranged by age, starting at 5 years, the age at which Mozart completed his first compositions, and ending with a 92-year-old Vera Lynn topping the UK album chart. The temptation is to look up your own age and see if there's hope for you yet, but once opened this kind of book is difficult to close. Morrison not only provides details of some 1,000 subjects' great works, but briefly describes their lives and other achievements.
The Treasures of the Seven Seas
Cleopatra and the Mystery of the San Diego
This book describes the work of Franck Gobbio and his team of underwater archaeologists, showing how their discoveries are combined with other sources to piece together pictures of past societies. The book covers two underwater projects: ancient Egyptian treasures lost from Alexandria around 30 BCE; and the wreck of the Spanish galleon San Diego, sunk in a bay outside Manila in 1600, after a battle with a Dutch ship. Age 11+
500 Years of the Vulgar Tongue
Having undertaken decades of research into tens of thousands of English slang words, Green is an expert guide through this 'counter- language' and its origins in the underground worlds of criminal, marginalized and rebellious groups. He traces the changing meaning of slang terms and their spread across social classes, as well as analysing the different styles of American and Australian slang and comparing the many synonyms that illustrate the inventiveness of the 'vulgar tongue'.