month is another Pen and Sword publicxation, this time about Norwich
and Norfolk's history from the Stone Age to the Great War!
of the Month - Stephen Browning & Daniel Tink: Norwich and Norfolk
Stone Age to the Great War
by Pen and Sword February 20th 2020
Browning and Daniel Tink take us on a magical journey through the
streets of Norwich and around the countryside and coastline of Norfolk.
There's even a tale about a ghost in the ruined priory which is less
than a half mile from where we live! Superb stories, superb advert for
the city and the county, full of information and very readable indeed.
unique study traces the history of Norwich and Norfolk from the time of
earliest life to the outbreak of the First World War. It is designed to
appeal to the travellers, both single and in family groups, who wish to
explore the host of fascinating places on offer in what the
Norfolk-born authors believe to be the most unspoilt and mysterious
county in England. Norwich has its own section along with three
possible walks taking in many of the recommended sites. The vast coast
is presented next and finally the book travels to central Norfolk: at
all times, places of interest are grouped as much as possible so that
travellers can make the most of the time available. Everywhere, legends
and stories relating to an area are woven into the narrative. A final
chapter considers Norwich and Norfolk through time using rare archive
and archaeological material to give a taste of life in days gone by.
Top Norfolk photographer Daniel Tink has taken 100 photographs
especially for the book and presents these where appropriate alongside
some wonderful contrasting old prints and etchings. The book concludes
with a comprehensive index and bibliography designed to facilitate
further study.Throughout, telephone numbers and websites of attractions
are given, providing readers with a toolkit' to unlock the secrets,
history, sites and stories of this vast county.
Mount (illustrator): Bibliophile Magic Keychain
by Chronicle Books 3rd September 2019
lovers of all things literary, this keychain says it all. Eye-catching
black glitter enamel and beautiful gold text make this a handsome gift
for any bibliophile.
backing card, 2-1/8" x 3-1/4"
imitation gold-plated brass keychain with glitter enamel: 1-1/4" x 1"
1" key ring
proud to say that I am still using the Bibliophile keyring Chronicle
Books sent me this time last year. It 's well-made, it's attractive,
and it's practical. This year there's another keyring designed by the
same lady, Jane Mount, and again it's well-made, attractive and above
all, it's practical.
Pietsch (illustrator): Great Outdoors Correspondence Cards
by Chronicle Books 11th February 2020
from Chronicle books comes a prime example of one of their
specialities: stationery sets. Here we have a set of twenty cards, two
of each design, along with specially designed envelopes. They're
expensive, but they will turn heads, and that's what matters on special
occasions - they call for special stationery.
that captures the spirit of adventure and the immense beauty of the
cards feature stunning woodcut-style illustrations depicting a range of
natural landscapes, from luscious woodland forests, stunning mountain
waterfalls, and gorgeous wildflower fields to golden cactus-filled
deserts and dreamy beaches with swaying palm trees.
Use your correspondence to share your love of Earth's beauty! Whether
you like hiking, camping, fishing, RVing, or traveling to national
parks, these cards will remind you of your favorite outdoor pastimes.
These cards work for all occasions-or you can use them as unique wall
A great add-on gift or self-purchase for writers, artists, and outdoor
20 flat cards (10 designs repeating twice), 20 envelopes, full-color
Faulkner: Meant To Be
by Ebury Press 5th March 2020
What happens when life doesn’t turn out as
Lisa Faulkner learned that she wouldn’t have biological children, her
plans and expectations for her life were derailed. But, in the months
and years that followed, she discovered that there was more than one
way to build a family – and that there is a lot of joy to be found in
life’s unexpected detours.
a raw and inspiring story of one woman’s journey through motherhood,
family life and self-discovery, Lisa explores the many forms that
family can take, and discovers the power of embracing your Plan B. For
anyone who has ever found themselves facing the unexpected in life –
whether that’s infertility, adoption, grief or any other personal
challenge – this is an uplifting and honest account of finding love in
unexpected places, and building your life on your own terms.
is one of my favourite actresses, and I've happily reviewed all of her
brilliant cookery books in the past in Books Monthly. I'm proud and
privileged to be able to read and review her new book, Meant To Be,
which covers her desperate search for fulfilment as a mother, and how
she found it through adoption. This is a heartwarming and charming
story about family life. It's a title I missed when it was first
published in hardback, and I'm pleased to be able to feature it now
it's out in paperback. You won't be able to put it down once you start
Cedar Miller: Seeing Central Park
by Abrams 7th April 2020
visual survey of New York City’s Central Park, with new photography and
more than 160 years, Central Park has been the centerpiece of New York
City, with more than 42 million visits each year. In Seeing Central Park, Sara Cedar Miller takes readers
through America’s most popular and celebrated park, where natural and
manmade features are interwoven into a spectacular work of art.
Combining superb research and writing with breathtaking photographs, Seeing Central Park is not only a guide
through every significant design feature but also a gorgeous gift book.
the book was first published in 2009, the Conservancy has completed a
number of renovations and opened new areas of the park, including the
Hallett Nature Sanctuary, Rhododendron Mile, and Dene Slope. This
updated edition features these landmarks alongside revised entries and
new photography throughout. With its pastoral and picturesque
landscapes, roads and paths, bridges, buildings, structures, and
sculpture, Central Park is a living museum of superb Victorian
decorative arts and landscape design. From the Pond to Harlem Meer,
it’s all covered in Seeing Central Park.
and Chronicle specialise in stunning photographic books, and I was
expecting this title about Central Park to be a large format book, but
I'm not disappointed. The photography is exquisite, and the information
and maps throughout this handsome little book are absolutely top class
and equally stunning. This is a fine introduction to a place that looks
as natural as anything on Earth. The information is first rate, the
maps are brilliant, and the whole thing is a triumph from start to
finish. One of the new natural wonders of the world...
Thompson: Notes From A Factory Floor
by Urbane 23rd April 2020
winning screenwriter, penning multi-award winning films for luminaries
such as Ray Winstone, Paddy Considine, Orlando Bloom, Maxine Peake,
Anne Reid, Alison Steadman and James Cosmo, Geoff Thompson is also one
of the world's highest ranking (8th dan) martial arts teachers. The
prestigious Black Belt Magazine USA polled him as the most influential
martial artist in the world since Bruce Lee.
to his bestselling first memoir, Watch My Back, Geoff is often asked to
fill in the gaps of his fascinating and inspirational life story by
did he manoeuvre himself from a tiny room in a Coventry bedsit to the
hallowed halls of BAFTA Piccadilly? How did he transcend his designated
class and matriculate into a reality where class holds no relevance?
What was the trajectory, and who did he meet along the way - who were
the angels and demons of destiny? And what can we learn from his
people want to know the real Geoff, the inner thoughts, the essentials
of his pilgrimage, the lessons of his unique experiences. Or more
succinctly, now that he's made it this far, `what does he actually
From A Factory Floor has the answers and is the ideal read for anyone
who feels there is more to life. Geoff is the proof.
name Geoff Thompson means nothing to me, I'm afraid, but his pedigree
seems to be endless, and his new autobiography, Notes From a Factory
Floor is as impressive as his pedigree and reputation. Brilliantly
written, Geoff reveals a life of total inspiration and fascination as
he recalls his experieinces and what he had to go through to achieve
his ambition and make it to the top of his profession. A terrific
account of a most extraordinary life.
Comics Year By Year - A Visual Chronicle (New Edition)
by Dorling Kindersley 3rd October 2019
on an amazing adventure through more than 80 years of DC
the evolution of DC Comics from Superman first taking to the skies in
1938 to the Rebirth of the DC multiverse and the final countdown of the
characters, and storylines are presented alongside background
information and real-world events to give readers unique insights into
the DC Universe.
fully updated, this spectacular visual chronicle is written by DC
Comics experts and includes comic book art from legendary artists such
as Bob Kane and C.C. Beck to latter-day superstars like Jim Lee and
Tony Daniel, and many more of DC's finest talents.
two stunning prints.
stunning new edition of an old favourite is, quite simply, comic book
history at its very finest. When I was a youngster, my uncle Leslie
somehow seemed to get hold of a huge number of American comics in the
early 1950s. Most of them were DC comics, Superman, Batman, Supergirl,
Superboy, Wonder Woman etc. It was he who introduced me to the
brilliance of Tarzan of the Apes, who went on to figure large in my
literary preferences - at one time I had every single Tarzan book in
existence, and went on to co-found the British Edgar Rice Burroughs
Society with like-minded lovers of ERB and his creations. Tarzan came
to DC comics courtesy of the great Joe Kubert in the 1970s/80s, along
with Korak (Son of Tarzan) and John Carter of Mars. These are among the
finest Tarzan and ERB comics ever, although they don't get the coverage
they deserve in this magnificent book. DC Comics will forever be
remembered for Superman and Batman. For me, it's about quite a lot
more, but the book's coverage is extraordinary and superb in every
detail. An instant collectors' item if ever there was one!
Winston: Explanatorium Of Science
by Dorling Kindersley 5th September 2019
to the Explanatorium - the only science encyclopedia for children
you'll ever need, with amazing photography that shows and explains how
chemistry, physics, and biology work.
up this book to reveal how science really works! Watch as mixtures
merge and matter changes state. Discover how some chemical changes can
be reversed, yet others can't, and why some reactions produce a bang!
See bacteria at work in the world around us, and even inside the human
digestive system. Understand the tricks that light plays and unlock the
secrets of electricity to find out how it powers your home.
it's elements, evolution, or energy, the world of science is brought to
life by stunning photographic explanations that answer the biggest and
smallest questions about our Universe.
full of astounding close-up images, Explanatorium of Science is
the ultimate guide to how the world works, explaining every aspect of
science from gigantic galaxies to tiny cells and miniscule atoms.
Robert Winston is one of those extraordinary people who have the
capability of being able to communicate with people in a way that
commands attention, like Sir David Attenborough. This latest book is
one of a series written by Professor Winston, and introduces people of
all ages to the wonders of science. I know it's intended for younger
readers, but I'm exploding that myth and saying that it has taught me
so much about science that I didn't know, in a very short space of
time. It's a wonderful treatise on science to which I shall return time
and time again. It should win awards...
Rockett & Lucy St George: Extraordinary Interiors in Colour
by Ryland Peters and Small 8th October 2019
In Extraordinary Interiors
self-confessed colour addicts Jane Rockett and Lucy St George follow on
from their best-selling first book by tackling the topic of choosing
colour for the home.
is their passion for colour that Jane and Lucy launched the Rockett St
George paint range in August 2018 sophisticated, earthy shades that
work perfectly together. This new book allows them to explore the world
of colour and reveal their inspirations – travel, hotels and
restaurants, Instagram, the natural world and vintage design. Starting
at the beginning, Jane and Lucy investigate colour theory before
plunging into the history of colour and how it affects our emotions.
Next, they take a look at the natural world and explore what colour
means in different cultures around the globe. They then tackle the
million-dollar question – which colours should you choose? A final
chapter explores inventive ways to decorate with colour, from bold
blocking to brave use of contrasting hues. Each chapter is interspersed
with a real-life home that exemplifies the Rockett St George style. If
you want maximum impact when updating an interior, there’s no better
way to achieve it than with bold, clever and creative use of colour.
Interiors is an apt name for this stunning book, which not only
celebrates the intensity and the vibrancy of interiors decorated with
Rockett St George paint, it also takes the reader on a journey through
what colouir is, how it works, what colours go together and why in a
truly extraordinary celebration of colour. With reference to the
Natural World, amongst other things, this remarkable book shows how
nature blocks colours together, and why it works. This truly is the
century of amazing books, and this one, from RPS, is a shining example
of a book that's both practical in terms of advice on the use of colour
in interior design, and is also a stupendous book that's a pleasure to
look at and to have on your bookshelves.
Byam Shaw: Farrow and Ball Living With Colour
by Ryland Peters and Small 8th October 2019
brand Farrow & Ball began in the 1940s as a small firm based in
Dorset specializing in paints made in the traditional way from
its success, Farrow & Ball has stayed true to its origins. It is
the quality of the paint, with its exceptional depth and subtlety of
colour, that has made the company famous worldwide. Farrow & Ball
paints look as good on the walls of a slick apartment as they do in a
period drawing room and are as perfect for a cottage as in a castle.
Divided into chapters according to style, including Classical, City,
Modern Country, Cottage and Country House, the first part of the book
shows Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers in a variety of beautiful
interiors. Part Two is devoted to colour. From All White and In Neutral
to Softly, Softly and Bright and Beautiful, each chapter explores a
particular palette and shows how colour can be used to create
atmosphere and character. Inspiring, instructive and celebratory, Living with Colour brings out
the painter and decorator in us all.
more practical than the Rockett St George book above, Farrow & Ball
Living With Colour is another prime example of a beautiful book that;s
also exemplary and helpful when it comes to interior design and its use
of colour. We all want to make the most of our houses, in particular
the rooms in which we spend most of our time, the living room, the
bedrooms etc., and this book and the one above celebrate the decoration
of such rooms in grand style. The printing of these two books is
stupendously good - the colours in both are vibrant and stunning. There
are loads of makeover programmes on TV, but I'd choose a book (or
books) such as these two over TV programmes any day. Inspiration by the
bucketful in both of these amazing books!
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