• 'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    ISBN: 9781784706920
    Title: 'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    Author: ABE NAOKO

    'Sympathetic and engrossing... a portrait of great charm and sophistication' Guardian
    The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman


    Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.


    After visiting Japan in 1902 and 1907 and discovering two magnificent cherry trees in the garden of his family home in Kent in 1919, Ingram fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.


    On a 1926 trip to Japan to search for new specimens, Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity, driven by modernisation, neglect and a dangerous and creeping ideology. A cloned cherry, the Somei-yoshino, was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan's expansionist ambitions.


    The most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene, for Ingram, was that of Taihaku, a brilliant 'great white' cherry tree. A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home. Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure, but Ingram persisted.


    Over decades, Ingram became one of the world's leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally. Every spring we enjoy his legacy. 'Cherry' Ingram is a portrait of this little-known Englishman, a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the world.



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  • Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ISBN: 9781473664968
    Title: Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    Author: ATTENBOROUGH DAVID


    In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC.


    This is the story of those voyages. Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment - and the importance of protecting these wild places - is not.


    Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.



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  • Age of Empires
    Age of Empires
    ISBN: 9780500295496
    Title: Age of Empires
    Author: ALDRICH ROBERT


    For over five hundred years, empires have been a feature of the political landscape, and today, many contemporary conflicts resonate with issues tied to colonial conquest and the uneasy situations they produced. Empires evoke potent images: Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone, and the gallery of colonial explorers; the Spanish conquistadors' quest for gold and silver; and the Dutch heritage of trade in the East Indies. These legacies still pose major issues for historians who study their key role in the foundation of today's global civilization.


    The Age of Empires frames the era of empires with maps of explorations, chronologies of voyages, records of settlers and administrators, the balance sheets of commerce, and other records that made up the Age of Empires. This account incorporates research from across the globe and vivid illustrations to tell a story full of conflict, cruelty, great journeys, and influence.



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    Price: $22.00
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  • American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer <BR>
    American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer
    ISBN: 9780375726262
    Title: American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer

    Author: BIRD KAI & SHERWIN MARTIN J

    J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    ISBN: 9781863515009
    Title: Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    Author: SILVER LYNETTE RAMSAY

    Angels of Mercy: Far West & Far East follows the gripping stories of two different Australiannursing sisters, who overcame the challenging adversities of two very different circumstances.In the 1930s, Marjorie Silver was employed by The Far West Childrens Health Scheme andbecame their first permanent flying sister, based in Bourke. She fought a single-handed waragainst heat, dust and isolation of the outback to bring vital medical assistance to the far west ofNew South Wales, before moving on to central Queensland where she established a clinic at MtMargaret station, in close co-operation with the flying doctor, based at Charleville. In 1964, shemoved to Brunette Downs, Northern Territory, where she continued to make use of her nursingskills at the Aboriginal Camp and in the stations hospital. This previously untold story alsoinvolves the topical Nancy Bird, who was employed as the sister's pilot for the first nine months.Whilst Sister Silver was fighting a battle against the harsh elements of the bush, anotherdedicated woman of about the same age had graduated as a nursing sister with a view tooverseas travel. Little did she know that she would shortly embark on a sea voyage to the exoticFar East, where she would engage in a battle for survival as an unwilling guest of the Emperor ofJapan. Sister Pat Gunther joined the AIF and served in the Far East on the battlefield of Malayaand Singapore. She was captured and taken prisoner at Bangka Island, Sumatra. The story of thenurses imprisoned in various camps in Sumatra is not unknown, but this book delves far deeperthan any other story to date and reveals the 'secret' that the nurses kept throughout their lifetimes. Author and military historian Lynette Ramsay Silver has an entire 'forensic' chapter devoted to the unravelling of this secret. This book has been compiled from their edited memoirs, supplemented by various conversations and interviews. Interspersed throughout the book and printed in italics, are Lynette Ramsay Silvers historical details providing additional narrative to compliment first-hand accounts. The book also lists, for the first time, the name of every nurse who served in WW2. It also includes the fate of other internees that Sister Pat had met in Malaya and during her three years of captivity and the fate of the nurses evacuated from Singapore. It also includes the 29 women that served as doctors in the Australian Army Medical Corps during World War 2, as well as the names of the women who served as nursing sisters in the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Airforce, Australian Army Nursing Service and the Army Hospital. Angels of Mercy: Far West & Far East is a tribute to the huge contributions made by our nurses in the Australian Outback, and to those who served during wartime.

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    Price: $50.00
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  • Anzac & Aviator: The Remarkable Story of Sir Ross Smith & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race
    Anzac & Aviator: The Remarkable Story of Sir Ross Smith & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race
    ISBN: 9781742379197
    Title: Anzac & Aviator: The Remarkable Story of Sir Ross Smith & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race
    Author: MOLKENTIN MICHAEL

    The story of extraordinary Australian, Ross Smith, who rode to war at Gallipoli on horseback and by the end of the war, was one of the most highly awarded fighter pilots.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    ISBN: 9780544002234
    Title: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Author: BECHDEL ALISON

    From the best-selling author ofFun Home,Timemagazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

    Alison Bechdel'sFun Homewas a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother-to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground
    Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground
    ISBN: 9780008306021
    Title: Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground
    Author: ROSENBERG JUSTUS

    A gripping memoir written by a 96-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor about his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland in the 1930's and his adventures with the French Resistance during World War II
    In 1937, as the Nazi Party tightened its grip on the city of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), Justus Rosenberg's parents made the wrenching decision to send their son to Paris, where he would have the hope of finishing high school and going on to university in safety. He was sixteen years old, and he would not see his family again for sixteen years more.

    Even after war broke out in 1939, life in France was peaceful for a time-but when the Nazis pushed toward Paris in the spring of 1940, Justus was forced to flee south to Toulouse. There, a chance meeting put Justus in contact with Varian Fry, the American journalist who ran a refugee network that aided several thousand Jews in escaping Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. With his German background, understanding of French cultural, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus was ideally positioned to thrive in Fry's network, coming to master an underworld of counterfeit documents, whispered passwords, black market currency, opportunistic gangsters, and clandestine mountain passes. Justus would spend the rest of the war working for Fry and later the French Resistance, helping to provide safe passage for many intellectuals and artists on the run from the Nazis, among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst. Along the way, he would have a number of close scrapes of his own: on one occasion, he was rounded up to be sent to a labor camp in Poland, and had to make a daring escape to save his life; on another, he narrowly survived after his jeep hits a landmine.

    An epic saga of survival, with the soul of a spy thriller, The Art of Resistance is also an uplifting story of personal triumph. (Several years after the war, Justus was finally able to track down his family, who he feared had died at the Nazis' hands.) As Justus writes, “I survived the war through a rare combination of good fortune, resourcefulness, optimism, and, most important, the kindness of many good people.”

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Back Story: a Memoir
    Back Story: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780007351749
    Title: Back Story: a Memoir
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life. As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: * the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') * the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm * why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink * the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds * the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide * how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica * trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding * that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it * why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday * that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think Gold title * David will fully promote to his army of Twitter followers, now exceeding 890k in number * Peep Show has attracted 1.8 million viewers and has 1 million DVD sales. Over 10 million viewers have watched his Soap Box YouTube channel. * Will also appeal to his Observer readership, where he has been a columnist since 2009 * The audience is huge: David's TV appearances include Have I Got News For You, QI, Would I Lie to You? And 10'clock Live. He is also and regular on Radio 4, appearing on Desert Island Discs, Just a Minute and presently on The Unbelievable Truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
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  • Barbarian Days: a Surfing Life
    Barbarian Days: a Surfing Life
    ISBN: 9781472151414
    Title: Barbarian Days: a Surfing Life
    Author: FINNEGAN WILLIAM

    Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard. "Sports Illustrated"
    ""
    "Barbarian Days" is William Finnegan s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
    Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. "Barbarian Days" takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.
    Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui is served up with rueful humor. As Finnegan s travels take him ever farther afield, he discovers the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissects the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, and navigates the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.
    "Barbarian Days "is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art.
    Praise for "Barbarian Days"
    Without a doubt, the finest surf book I ve ever read . . . But on a more fundamental level, "Barbarian Days" offers a clear-eyed vision of American boyhood. Like Jon Krakauer s "Into the Wild," it is a sympathetic examination of what happens when literary ideas of freedom and purity take hold of a young mind and fling his body out into the far reaches of the world. " The New York Times Magazine"
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    Incandescent . . . I d sooner press this book upon on a nonsurfer, in part because nothing I ve read so accurately describes the feeling of being stoked or the despair of being held under. . . . But] it s also about a writer s life and, even more generally, a quester s life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I ve read in a long time. " Los Angeles Times""

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    ISBN: 9781460755235
    Title: Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Author: RAMSEY ANDREW

    The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the crucible of discovery at Cambridge University's celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, at a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed. Their brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion.

    It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership, born at the University of Adelaide's modest physics department and flourishing further in the confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the famed Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first nuclear weapons, unleashed to such devastating effect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a shared devotion to pure science, who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the war they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world witnessed and in engendering the thermonuclear threat that has held the planet hostage ever since. Yet their pioneering work lives on too in a vast array of innovations seeded by nuclear physics, from radiocarbon dating and TV screens to life-saving diagnostic-imaging devices

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    ISBN: 9780141974859
    Title: Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Author: BENNER ERICA

    GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 LONGLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION CROWN 2017 'Lively, compulsively readable, fluently written and unshowily erudite' Guardian 'A gripping portrait of a brilliant political thinker, who understood the dangers of authoritarianism and looked for ways to curb them even though independent speech had become impossible' The New Yorker 'A ripping read . . . fascinating, charming, enjoyably unorthodox' Telegraph Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely competitive world, one where brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters seemed to carry off all the prizes; where the wealthy elite grew richer at the expense of their fellow citizens. In times like these, many looked to crusading religion to solve their problems, or they turned to a new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties like the Medici or military strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outside the old ruling classes. In the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries faced a choice: should they capitulate to these new princes, or fight to save the city's democratic freedoms? Be Like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom through his own eyes. Masterfully interweaving his words with those of his friends and enemies, Erica Benner breathes life into his penetrating, comical, often surprising comments on events. Far from the cynical henchman people think he was, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound ethical thinker who refused to compromise his ideals to fit corrupt times. But he did sometimes have to mask his true convictions, becoming a great artist of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

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  • Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    ISBN: 9781472132352
    Title: Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    Author: WILSON ALISON


    Aged nineteen, Alison McKelvie was a self-confessed romantic, immersed in books and poetry, and dreaming of beauty, truth and love. In 1940, whilst working as a secretary at MI6, Alison met Alexander Wilson. Thirty years her senior, Alexander was worldly and charismatic. An intense affair quickly led to marriage and two children. But the Wilsons' lives then spiralled into the depths of poverty. Alexander was sacked, imprisoned twice, and then declared bankrupt. His lack of reliability was a hefty emotional burden for Alison to bear. Nevertheless, she loved her husband unreservedly and stuck by him through thick and thin.



    In 1963, Alexander died suddenly of a heart attack. Alison's world imploded when she discovered that their life together had been built upon layer after layer of deception. Who was Alexander Wilson? How well had Alison really known him? Slowly the lies were unravelled: Alexander had been a novelist, spy and, devastatingly, a bigamist. Alison was the third of four wives, her children two of seven.



    The inspiration for critically-acclaimed drama Mrs Wilson, Before & After is the powerful and poignant memoir of Alison Wilson. 'Before' peels back the complex layers of a marriage steeped in lies, and the shattering heartbreak which followed. 'After' tells of an intensely-felt redemption through religion. Before & After is, first and foremost, a love story, but it is also an account of one extraordinarily strong woman's deep, unwavering faith.



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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    ISBN: 9781921844638
    Title: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    Author: BOO KATHERINE

    Shortlisted for the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize.

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. But then terror and a global recession rock the city and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi. Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader into a hidden world, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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    Price: $35.00
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  • Between the World & Me
    Between the World & Me
    ISBN: 9781925240702
    Title: Between the World & Me
    Author: COATES TA-NEHISI

    A bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States ("The New York Observer") "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it". In the one hundred fifty years since the end of the Civil War and the ratificiation of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: It is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up, and killed in our streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all regardless of race honestly reckon with our country's fraught racial history and free ourselves from its burden? "Between the World and Me" is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry, and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children's lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path toward a kind of liberation a journey from fear and confusion to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is. Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, "Between the World and Me" offers a powerful new framework for understanding America s history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    ISBN: 9780451493507
    Title: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Author: CHANG JUNG

    They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the centre of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.


    Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.


    Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right.


    Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women.


    All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds.


    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.



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    Price: $40.00
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  • Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
    Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
    ISBN: 9781455588725
    Title: Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend
    Author: GORDON MERYL

    Regal yet mischievous, authoritiative but insecure, Bunny Mellon was a peerless style maker and individualist whose unerring eye for beauty influenced American culture. While still smitten with her handsome first husband, she went on to marry the widowed Paul Mellon, the heir to the great Pittsburgh banking and steel fortune. Then, troubled by her second husband's infidelities, she took solace in forging an enduring connection with nature and actively contributing to charities and political fund-raising. At the same time she cultivated relationships with a series of male companions. With access to Bunny Mellon's private journals and letters, plus interviews with more than 175 people, Meryl Gordon paints a nuanced portrait of a woman who held the material world in the palm of her hand yet found love elusive. Book jacket.

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  • Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    ISBN: 9780008146245
    Title: Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    Author: WILSON-LEE EDWARD

    The fascinating history of Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son Hernando, guardian of his father's flame, courtier, bibliophile and catalogue supreme, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe' Honor Clerk, Spectator, Books of the Year This is the scarcely believable - and wholly true - story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world's knowledge in one place, his library in Seville. Hernando was one of the first and greatest visionaries of the print age, someone who saw how the scale of available information would entirely change the landscape of thought and society. His was an immensely eventual life. As a youth, he spent years travelling in the New World, and spent one living with his father in a shipwreck off Jamaica. He created a dictionary and a geographical encyclopaedia of Spain, helped to create the first modern maps of the world, spent time in almost every major European capital, and associated with many of the great people of his day, from Ferdinand and Isabel to Erasmus, Thomas More, and Dürer. He wrote the first biography of his father, almost single-handedly creating the legend of Columbus that held sway for many hundreds of years, and was highly influential in crafting how Europe saw the world his father reached in 1492. He also amassed the largest collection of printed images and of printed music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe's first botanical garden, and created by far the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, dwarfing with its 15,000 books every other library of the day. Edward Wilson-Lee has written the first major modern biography of Hernando - and the first of any kind available in English. In a work of dazzling scholarship, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books tells an enthralling tale of the age of print and exploration, a story with striking lessons for our own modern experiences of information revolution and Globalisation.

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    Price: $29.00
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  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    ISBN: 9781789544534
    Title: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    Author: MASSIE ROBERT K.


    The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history.


    Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution.


    Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies - vividly and triumphantly to life.


    History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great, and HBO/Sky Atlantic will be releasing a four-part series starring Helen Mirren as Catherine in the autumn of 2019.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle
    Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle
    ISBN: 9780141049533
    Title: Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle
    Author: JACKSON JULIAN

    In six weeks in the early summer of 1940, France was over-run by German troops and quickly surrendered. The French government of Marshal Pétain sued for peace and signed an armistice. One little-known junior French general, refusing to accept defeat, made his way to England. On 18 June he spoke to his compatriots over the BBC, urging them to rally to him in London. 'Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.' At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered into history.

    For the rest of the war, de Gaulle frequently bit the hand that fed him. He insisted on being treated as the true embodiment of France, and quarrelled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. He was prickly, stubborn, aloof and self-contained. But through sheer force of personality and bloody-mindedness he managed to have France recognised as one of the victorious Allies, occupying its own zone in defeated Germany. For ten years after 1958 he was President of France's Fifth Republic, which he created and which endures to this day. His pursuit of 'a certain idea of France' challenged American hegemony, took France out of NATO and twice vetoed British entry into the European Community. His controversial decolonization of Algeria brought France to the brink of civil war and provoked several assassination attempts.

    Julian Jackson's magnificent biography reveals this the life of this titanic figure as never before. It draws on a vast range of published and unpublished memoirs and documents - including the recently opened de Gaulle archives - to show how de Gaulle achieved so much during the War when his resources were so astonishingly few, and how, as President, he put a medium-rank power at the centre of world affairs. No previous biography has depicted his paradoxes so vividly. Much of French politics since his death has been about his legacy, and he remains by far the greatest French leader since Napoleon.

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    Price: $32.00
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  • Churchill
    Churchill
    ISBN: 9781910821077
    Title: Churchill
    Author: PIERCY JOSEPH

    In this absorbing collection of stories and trivia, readers will find answers to amazing aspects of Churchill's life, career and legacy. From his courageous leadership during WWII, through intriguing insights into his powerful speeches, sharp wit and tumultuous career, as well as his accomplishments in personal life. "The Amazing and Extraordinary Facts series" presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    ISBN: 9780715652763
    Title: Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    Author: RICKS THOMAS E

    Today, as liberty and truth are increasingly challenged, the figures of Churchill and Orwell loom large. Exemplars of Britishness, they preserved individual freedom and democracy for the world through their far-sighted vision and inspired action, and cast a long shadow across our culture and politics. In Churchill & Orwell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks masterfully argues that these extraordinary men are as important today as they ever were. Churchill and Orwell stood in political opposition to each other, but were both committed to the preservation of freedom. However, in the late 1930s they occupied a lonely position: democracy was much discredited, and authoritarian rulers, fascist and communist, were everywhere in the ascent. Unlike others, they had the wisdom to see that the most salient issue was human liberty - and that any government that denies its people basic rights is a totalitarian menace to be resisted. Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men, and this book reveals how they rose from a precarious position to triumph over the enemies of freedom. Churchill may have played the larger role in Hitler's defeat, but Orwell's reckoning with the threat of authoritarian rule in 1984 and Animal Farm defined the stakes of the Cold War and continues to inspire to this day. Their lives are an eloquent testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it takes to stay true to it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Churchill: An Extraordinary Life
    Churchill: An Extraordinary Life
    ISBN: 9781911358534
    Title: Churchill: An Extraordinary Life
    Author: GRISTWOOD SARAH & GASKIN MARGARET


    Winston Churchill is one of the best-known and most revered figures of our time, the man who led Britain through its 'darkest hour'. The last year alone has seen two feature films of his life.&


    Many books have been published about his life and work, but very few have looked at his life through the prism of the house he occupied for over 40 years. Chartwell is as fundamental to understanding Churchill as Hill Top is to Beatrix Potter. This Elizabethan manor - cared for by the National Trust today - was his inspiration, his refuge and his obsession. He had to rebuild the property almost from scratch after he bought it in 1922, spending money he could ill afford. Later he built a wall around the garden and several buildings by hand. 'A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted,' he once said. The book's introduction features a special section telling Churchill's life through ten special and unusual objects at Chartwell.


    Featuring many rarely seen photographs, one previously unpublished, this beautifully illustrated book has an incisive text by Sarah Gristwood and Margaret Gaskin. They trace every phase of his life - rebellious child, brave adventurer, political outcast, inspirational leader - always circling back to Chartwell, just as the great man himself did.



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  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    ISBN: 9780679758334
    Title: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Author: HORWITZ TONY

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.
            Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance.
            In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'
            Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    ISBN: 9780241978726
    Title: Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    Author: VAN ES BART

    The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague, where she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out after the war put an end of to their relationship. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart's life and Lien's. This is an astonishing portrait of a young girl's struggle to survive war, and her powerful, tumultuous and painful ties with her foster family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Days in the Caucasus
    Days in the Caucasus
    ISBN: 9781782274896
    Title: Days in the Caucasus
    Author: BANINE

    We all know families that are poor but 'respectable'. Mine, in contrast, was extremely rich but not 'respectable' at all...

    This is the extraordinary memoir of an 'odd, rich, exotic' childhood - of growing up in Azerbaijan in the turbulent early twentieth century, caught between East and West, tradition and modernity.

    Banine remembers her luxurious home, with endless feasts of sweets and fruit; her beloved, flaxen-haired German governess; her imperious, swearing, strict Muslim grandmother; her bickering, poker-playing, chain-smoking relatives. She recalls how the Bolsheviks came, and they lost everything. How, amid revolution and bloodshed, she fell passionately in love, only to be forced into marriage with a man she loathed- until the chance of escape arrived.

    By turns gossipy and romantic, wry and moving, Days in the Caucasus is a coming-of-age story and a portrait of a vanished world, and of how the past haunts us.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Educated: A Memoir
    Educated: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780099511021
    Title: Educated: A Memoir
    Author: WESTOVER TARA


    'Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.'


    - BARACK OBAMA
    ________________________

    Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.


    She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.


    As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home.


    EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
    ________________________


    ***Recommended as a summer read by Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe***


    'A memoir to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage ... a compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination' - Sunday Times



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    ISBN: 9780262039611
    Title: Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    Author: ESTERSON ALLEN ;CASSIDY DAVID C; SIME RUTH LEWIN

    Was Einstein's first wife his uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his unacknowledged helpmeet? The real "Mileva Story."


    Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, was forgotten for decades. When a trove of correspondence between them beginning in their student days was discovered in 1986, her story began to be told. Some of the tellers of the "Mileva Story" made startling claims: that she was a brilliant mathematician who surpassed her husband, and that she made uncredited contributions to his most celebrated papers in 1905, including his paper on special relativity. This book, based on extensive historical research, uncovers the real "Mileva Story."


    Mileva was one of the few women of her era to pursue higher education in science; she and Einstein were students together at the Zurich Polytechnic. Mileva's ambitions for a science career, however, suffered a series of setbacks--failed diploma examinations, a disagreement with her doctoral dissertation adviser, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy by Einstein. She and Einstein married in 1903 and had two sons, but the marriage failed. Was Mileva her husband's uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his essential helpmeet? It's tempting to believe that she was her husband's secret collaborator, but the authors of Einstein's Wife look at the actual evidence, and a chapter by Ruth Lewin Sime offers important historical context. The story they tell is that of a brave and determined young woman who struggled against a variety of obstacles at a time when science was not very welcoming to women.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
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  • Elon Musk: How the Billionaire Ceo of Spacex & Tesla Is Shaping Our Future
    Elon Musk: How the Billionaire Ceo of Spacex & Tesla Is Shaping Our Future
    ISBN: 9780753555644
    Title: Elon Musk: How the Billionaire Ceo of Spacex & Tesla Is Shaping Our Future
    Author: VANCE ASHLEE


    South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.


    The personal tale of Muskâe(tm)s life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school, and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions, and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.


    He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Muskâe(tm)s marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life ...


    Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past twelve months, he has been shadowed by tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our Future is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.



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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    ISBN: 9781101985205
    Title: Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    Author: CHIAVERINI JENNIFER

    In Enchantress of Numbers, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing - a young woman who stepped out of her father's shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Enid
    Enid
    ISBN: 9781760296544
    Title: Enid
    Author: WAINWRIGHT ROBERT

    From the bestselling author of Sheila comes the story of a bewitching Australian socialite who fascinated the world.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic & Glamorous Lives of Jackie & Lee
    Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic & Glamorous Lives of Jackie & Lee
    ISBN: 9780062364999
    Title: Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic & Glamorous Lives of Jackie & Lee
    Author: KASHNER SAM & SCHOENBERGER NANCY


    A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else--Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill--from the authors of Furious Love.


    When sixty-four-year-old Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in her Fifth Avenue apartment, her younger sister Lee wept inconsolably. Then Jackie's thirty-eight-page will was read. Lee discovered that substantial cash bequests were left to family members, friends, and employees--but nothing to her. I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime, read Jackie's final testament. Drawing on the authors' candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of twentieth-century fashion, design, and style.


    In life, Jackie and Lee were alike in so many ways. Both women had a keen eye for beauty--in fashion, design, painting, music, dance, sculpture, poetry--and both were talented artists. Both loved pre-revolutionary Russian culture, and the blinding sunlight, calm seas, and ancient olive groves of Greece. Both loved the siren call of the Atlantic, sharing sweet, early memories of swimming with the rakish father they adored, Jack Vernou Bouvier, at his East Hampton retreat. But Jackie was her father's favorite, and Lee, her mother's. One would grow to become the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. As they grew up, the two sisters developed an extremely close relationship threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.


    For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of these larger-than-life sisters. Drawing on new information and extensive interviews with Lee, now eighty-four, this dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour.



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    Price: $28.00
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  • Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    ISBN: 9781529357172
    Title: Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    Author: BRAND EMILY


    'Brings to life the colourful characters of the Georgian era's most notorious families with all the verve and skill of the era's finest novelists ... A powdered and pomaded, sordid and silk-swathed adventure' Hallie Rubenhold

    'A chocolate box full of delicious gothic delights - jump in' Lucy Worsley

    'Brand is a great historian, equal to the huge challenge of telling the story of history's most turbulent and colourful lives' Dan Snow

    'A mesmerizing tale of sex, obsession, madness, invention, and reinvention. The women take the spotlight in this poignant, and exquisitely researched page turner. A provocative rethinking of a famous family. A tour de force' Charlotte Gordon

    'Combining new research with a pacey narrative, Brand introduces the glamorous and flawed Byron dynasty-William, the 'Wicked Lord', pleasure-seeking Isabella, and 'Mad Jack'-a family inheritance to match the wildest imaginings of their most notorious descendant. A riveting read!' Kathryn Sutherland

    'A hauntingly beautiful portrait of the Byron dynasty' Rebecca Rideal

    In the early eighteenth century, Newstead Abbey was among the most admired aristocratic homes in England. It was the abode of William, 4th Baron Byron - a popular amateur composer and artist - and his teenage wife Frances. But by the end of the century, the building had become a crumbling and ill-cared-for ruin. Surrounded by wreckage of his inheritance, the 4th Baron's dissipated son and heir William, 5th Baron Byron - known to history as the 'Wicked Lord' - lay on his deathbed alongside a handful of remaining servants and amidst a thriving population of crickets.


    This was the home that a small, pudgy boy of ten from Aberdeen - who the world would later come to know as Lord Byron, the Romantic poet, soldier, and adventurer - would inherit in 1798. His family, he would come to learn, had in recent decades become known for almost unfathomable levels of scandal and impropriety, from elopement, murder, and kidnapping to adultery, coercion, and thrilling near-death experiences at sea. Just as it had shocked the society of Georgian London, the outlandish and scandalous story of the Byrons - and the myths that began to rise around it - would his influence his life and poetry for posterity.


    The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron's ancestors over three generations in a drama that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemen's clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on far-flung seas, and in the glamour of pre-revolutionary France. A compelling story of a prominent and controversial characters, it is a sumptuous family portrait and an electrifying work of social history.



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  • Figuring
    Figuring
    ISBN: 9781786897268
    Title: Figuring
    Author: POPOVA MARIA

    NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE AND BOOKPAGE

    Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries--beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

    Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists--mostly women, mostly queer--whose public contribution have& risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

    Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman--and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Finding My Voice
    Finding My Voice
    ISBN: 9781472259981
    Title: Finding My Voice
    Author: HUSSAIN NADIYA


    'A national treasure' Independent


    'She's baked her way into our hearts and hasn't stopped since' Prima


    'One of our favourite ever Bake Off winners' Sunday Mirror


    FUNNY, HEART-WRENCHING, GENEROUS AND TRUE, IN FINDING MY VOICE NADIYA HUSSAIN SHARES THE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE MADE HER THE WOMAN SHE IS TODAY.


    'I am writing this for everyone who was told no. 'No, you are not rich enough. No, that is not credible. No, you can't. No, you won't. No, you are not allowed. No, that is not appropriate.


    I was told, "No, you do not belong."


    Finally, I am saying, "Yes, I do."'


    From the moment Nadiya Hussain was born, she has been questioning her role in life. But the irony is, she never wanted to be a trailblazer. She just wanted to follow a 'normal' path. But life kept telling her 'you can't'.


    And so she found her own way, beyond anything she dared to dream . . .


    In this wise, witty, open-hearted book, Nadiya lets us into her life and, for the first time, shares the memories and experiences that have shaped her into the woman and role-model that she is today, alongside her personal recipes and the stories they tell.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    ISBN: 9780241989227
    Title: Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    Author: BOSTRIDGE MARK

    Whether honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed, Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented and misunderstood. As the Lady with the Lamp, ministering to the wounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring image of sentimental appeal and one that is permanently lodged in our national consciousness. But the awesome scale of her achievements over the course of her 90 years is infinitely more troubling - and inspiring - than this mythical simplification.

    From her tireless campaigning and staggering intellectual abilities to her tortured relationship with her sister and her distressing medical condition, this vivid and immensely readable biography draws on a wealth of unpublished material and previously unseen family papers, disentangling the myth from the reality and reinvigorating with new life one of the most iconic figures in modern British history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Four Sisters: the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
    Four Sisters: the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
    ISBN: 9781447227175
    Title: Four Sisters: the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
    Author: RAPPAPORT HELEN

    On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias.In Four Sisters acclaimed biographer Helen Rappaport offers readers the most authoritative account yet of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries, she paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty. We see, almost for the first time, their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood - their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haeomophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences. Compellingly readable, meticulously researched and deeply moving, Four Sisters gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for readers almost a century after their death.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
    ISBN: 9781416590316
    Title: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
    Author: BLIGHT DAVID W.

    The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery. Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, often to large crowds, using his own story to condemn slavery. He broke with Garrison to become a political abolitionist, a Republican, and eventually a Lincoln supporter. By the Civil War and during Reconstruction, Douglass became the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. He denounced the premature end of Reconstruction and the emerging Jim Crow era. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. He sometimes argued politically with younger African-Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights. In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight's Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    ISBN: 9780224080514
    Title: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Author: BECHDEL ALISON

    Meet the author's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessiveOne of the most eagerly anticipated graphic memoirs of recent years, Fun Home is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Alison Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high-school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and the family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, & Love
    Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, & Love
    ISBN: 9780802779656
    Title: Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, & Love
    Author: SOBEL DAVA

    Galileo's Daughter introduces us to the man whose belief that the Earth moved around the sun caused him to be brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and threatened with torture. In contrast, his daughter Virginia chose the quiet life of a cloistered nun. Sobel takes us through the trials and triumphs of Galileo's career and his familial relationships, and simultaneously illuminates an entire era of flamboyant Medici Grand Dukes, the bubonic plague, and history's most dramatic collusion between science and religion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
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