The interesting tale of a clinical missionary's spouse in post-Raj India, blending with maharajas, great video game hunters, villagers, townspeople, servants & daily humans. whereas elevating a kin of four, Winifred labored in famine aid, bringing cottage industries to drought-hit areas, resettling Tibetan refugees & rehabilitating leprosy sufferers.
By Kenneth O. Morgan
Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2007
The approved – yet no longer uncritical – lifetime of one of many nice parliamentarians and orators of our instances, the previous Labour celebration chief, who was once additionally an eminent guy of letters.
Michael Foot used to be a debatable and charismatic determine in British public existence, political and literary, for over sixty years.
Emerging from a well-known west-country Liberal dynasty, he rose as a crusading left-wing journalist within the past due Nineteen Thirties: 'The responsible Men' (his e-book at the pre-war appeasers of Nazi Germany) is likely one of the nice radical tracts of British historical past. He was once the voice of libertarian socialism in parliament, a global socialist and govt minister, and used to be Labour chief for two-and-a-half years among 1980 and 1983.
His political friendships with humans like Beaverbrook, Cripps, Aneurin Bevan and Barbara citadel have been passionate and profound, yet he additionally had a awesome and really assorted occupation as a guy of letters, with Dean fast, Tom Paine, Hazlitt, Byron, Wordsworth, Heine, Wells and Silone among his heroes. Foot's two-volume lifetime of Aneurin Bevan is a triumph of political biography.
Kenneth Morgan's biography does complete justice to either the general public and the non-public part of Michael Foot – not more tellingly than his descriptions of Foot's lengthy and chuffed marriage to the filmmaker, feminist and author Jill Craigie.
By A. D. Mills
An increased model of the best-selling Dictionary of English Place-Names, this dictionary now additionally covers Scottish, Welsh, and Irish place-names. From Abbas Combe to Zennor it provides the that means and beginning of over 15,000 British place-names.
By Angus Calder
The second one global conflict was once, for Britain, a 'total war'; no portion of society remained untouched via army conscription, air raids, the transport challenge and the conflict financial system.
In this complete and engrossing narrative Angus Calder provides not just the nice occasions and best figures but additionally the eccentricities and banalities of lifestyle at the domestic entrance, and specifically the elements performed by means of usual humans: air raid wardens and residential Guards, manufacturing facility staff and farmers, housewives and pacifists. in particular this revisionist and significant paintings unearths how, in these six years, the British humans got here toward discarding their social conventions than at any time considering the fact that Cromwell's republic.
Winner of the loo Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1970, The People’s War attracts on oral testimony and a mass of missed social documentation to question the popularised snapshot of nationwide harmony within the struggle for victory.
By Francis Pryor
Leading archaeologist Francis Pryor retells the tale of King Arthur, mythical king of the Britons, tracing it again to its Bronze Age origins.
The legend of King Arthur and Camelot is likely one of the such a lot enduring in Britain's heritage, spanning centuries and surviving invasions by way of Angles, Vikings and Normans. In his most recent ebook Francis Pryor – one in all Britain’s such a lot celebrated archaeologists and writer of the acclaimed ‘Britain B.C.’ and ‘Seahenge’ – lines the tale of Arthur again to its old origins. placing forth the compelling concept that lots of the key parts of the Arthurian legends are deeply rooted in Bronze and Iron a long time (the sword Excalibur, the woman of the Lake, the Sword within the Stone and so on), Pryor argues that the legends' survival mirrors a flourishing, indigenous tradition that persisted throughout the Roman career of england, and the next invasions of the so-called darkish Ages.
As in ‘Britain B.C.’, Pryor roots his tale within the very panorama, from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, to South Cadbury citadel in Somerset and Tintagel in Cornwall. He strains the tale again to the 5th-century King Arthur and past, for all time trying out his rules with archaeological proof, and exhibiting how the tale was once manipulated throughout the a long time for varied ancient and literary reasons, by way of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Malory, between others.
Delving into heritage, literary assets – historical, medieval and romantic – and archaeological examine, Francis Pryor creates an unique, full of life and illuminating account of this so much British of legends.
Winner of the Political ebook of the 12 months Award 2015
The united kingdom Independence social gathering (UKIP) is the main major new celebration in British politics for a new release. in recent times UKIP and their charismatic chief Nigel Farage have captivated British politics, media and electorate. but either the get together and the roots of its help stay poorly understood. the place has this political rebel come from? who's aiding them, and why? How are UKIP trying to win over electorate? and the way a ways can their insurgency opposed to the most events pass? Drawing on a wealth of latest information – from surveys of UKIP citizens to vast interviews with occasion insiders – during this booklet fashionable political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin placed UKIP's insurrection lower than the microscope and exhibit what percentage traditional wisdoms concerning the get together and the unconventional correct are unsuitable. alongside the best way they supply exceptional perception into this new rebellion, and bring a few an important messages for people with an curiosity within the nation of British politics, the novel correct in Europe and political behaviour extra generally.
By John Grindrod
A definitive common historical past of the Yorkshire Dales, masking the diversity of natural world habitats, wealthy cultural historical past and ecological historical past of 1 of our best-loved nationwide Parks.
The Yorkshire Dales nationwide Park is a unique position: its notable surroundings and the range of habitats may be unrivalled in the other nationwide Park in Britain. This wealthy biodiversity has been a very good allure to naturalists for over centuries. yet to completely delight in the present-day plant and animal groups, their prestige and the limitations upon them, you will need to comprehend the geology and panorama heritage of the nationwide Park, together with the function that human populations have performed in enhancing the environment.
In this long-anticipated New Naturalist quantity, John Lee introduces the nationwide Park, exploring either its geology and geomorphology, and describing the function of early naturalists and the Yorkshire Naturalists Union in recording and realizing the usual background of the Dales. He describes the foremost habitats or teams of habitats which underline the ecological significance of the Dales.
Lee covers the earliest cost occasions to the trendy day, and he focuses particularly at the such a lot iconic plant of the Dales, the Lady’s Slipper Orchid, arguably the rarest of local British crops, which till lately used to be considered restrained to a unmarried plant within the Dales. Lee takes a old strategy, describing its close to eradication and early makes an attempt to preserve it – together with the institution of a mystery society – concluding with contemporary medical conservation approaches.