Non-Fiction Catalogue: November 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in November 2018.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

New Osprey military history titles

Maps of War: Mapping Conflict Through the Centuries
Black, Jeremy
There is little documented mapping of conflict prior to the Renaissance period, but, from the 17th century onwards, military commanders and strategists began to document the wars in which they were involved and later, to use mapping to actually plan the progress of a conflict. Using contemporary maps, this sumptuous new volume covers the history of the mapping of war on land and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war. Content includes: The beginnings of military mapping up to 1600, including the impact of printing and the introduction of gunpowder; the seventeenth century: The focus is on maps to illustrate war, rather than as a planning tool and the chapter considers the particular significance of maps of fortifications; the eighteenth century: The growing need for maps on a world scale reflects the spread of European power and of transoceanic conflict between Europeans. This chapter focuses in particular on the American War of Independence; the nineteenth century: Key developments included contouring and the creation of military surveying. Subjects include the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War; the twentieth century including extended features on the First and Second World Wars, including maps showing trench warfare and aerial reconnaissance. Much of the chapter focuses on the period from 1945 to the present day, including special sections on the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars.
Military history/cartography | HC | $59.99

Bradshaw’s Handbook to London
Bradshaw, George
Or, Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London and its Environs, 1862. Bradshaw’s guide to London was published in a single volume as a handbook for visitors to the capital, and it includes beautiful engravings of London attractions, a historical overview of the city, and lots of other information relating to London theatres, Hackney carriages, omnibuses, London churches, and even banks. There is also advice for tourists on coping with London smog, avoiding pickpockets, dealing with London’s muddy streets and ferocious din, and many other topics – some just as useful today, as they were in 1862! The main body of the book focuses on a series of ‘walking tours’ radiating outwards from the centre of London, covering the North, East, South and West, the City of London, and a tour of the Thames (from Greenwich to Windsor). All major attractions and districts are covered in detailed pages full of picturesque description. This reformatted edition preserves the historical value of this meticulously detailed and comprehensive book, which will appeal to Bradshaw’s enthusiasts, local historians, aficionados of Victoriana, tourists and Londoners alike – there really is something for everyone. It will enchant anyone with an interest in the capital and its rich history.
Historical tour guide | HC | $22.99

On a Knife’s Edge: the Ukraine, November 1942–March 1943
Buttar, Prit
The battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of World War II. The German capture of the city, their encirclement by Soviet forces shortly afterwards, and the hard-fought but futile attempts to relieve them, saw bitter attritional fighting and extremes of human misery inflicted on both sides. The surrender of General Friedrich von Paulus’ army left Germany’s eastern armies severely weakened, but the Red Army had suffered enormous losses as it overreached itself in trying to exploit its great victory. The war was not over. Germany would continue the fight, and the battles that took place in the winter of 1942–43 would show the tactical and operational skill of Erich von Manstein and the Wehrmacht, as they attempted to avert total disaster. Prit Buttar, a renowned expert on warfare on the Eastern Front, reveals the often-overlooked German counteroffensive post-Stalingrad, and how it prevented the whole Axis front line from collapsing. Drawing on first-hand accounts, On a Knife’s Edge is a story of brilliant generalship, lost opportunities, and survival in the harshest theatre of war.
Military history | HC | $49.99

Israeli Paratroopers 1954–2016 (Elite 224)
Campbell, David & Dennis, Peter (illustrator)
From the creation of the first volunteer paratroop unit, shortly after the birth of Israel, and of the Israeli Defence Force, this arm of service has been recognised as elite. They have also been the first choice for daring special missions, and it is mainly from their ranks that Israel’s Special Forces units have been recruited. A unique aspect of the Israeli military is the cross-posting of officers from the airborne, armoured and other units, to ensure that all unit commanders share their aggressive qualities and thorough understanding of the capabilities of all arms. In this way the influence of the paratroop arm has been out of proportion to its size. This fully-illustrated study is a complete history of Israeli paratroopers from its creation to the present day, including relevant developments in their role and organisation, as well as their achievements and setbacks in conflicts such as the Six Days War and Yom Kippur War.
Military history | PBK | $22.99

Legion versus Phalanx: the Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World
Cole, Myke
From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. Until, that is, the Roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle. Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280–168 BC), Myke Cole delves into their tactics, arms and equipment, organisation and deployment. Drawing on original primary sources to examine six battles in which the legion fought the phalanx – Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC) – he shows how and why the Roman legion, with its flexible organisation, versatile tactics, and iron discipline, came to eclipse the hitherto untouchable Hellenistic phalanx and dominate the ancient battlefield.
Military history | HC | $39.99

B-52 Stratofortress vs SA-2 ‘Guideline’ SAM: Vietnam 1972–73 (Duel 89)
Davies, Peter E & Laurier, Jim; Hector, Gareth (illustrators)
Ever since its introduction in the late 1950s, the B-52 Stratofortress has been the United States’ primary heavy bomber and a powerful symbol of its immense military might. Its powerful electronic countermeasures equipment (ECM) was thought to make the B-52 immune to ground-to-air missile attack; but in Vietnam, and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm in 1991, it came up against the Soviet-designed SA-2 SAM which used heavy salvoes of missiles to bring down the bombers. The losses of several of its most feared, powerful and supposedly invincible bombers per night to a torrent of Soviet missiles during the closing stages of the Vietnam War was sobering to Americans, but the B-52s’ crushing attacks virtually eliminated North Vietnam’s defences and forced a peace settlement. This fascinating book analyses the roles of the SA-2 operators and the B-52 Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs) – using specially-commissioned artwork, as well as first-hand accounts – and traces the cat-and-mouse tactics that each side employed.
Military history | PK | $29.99

The Battleship Bismarck (Anatomy of the Ship 1)
Draminski, Stefan
The Bismarck is perhaps the most famous – and notorious – warship ever built. Completed in 1941, the 45,000-ton German battleship sunk HMS Hood, the pride of the British Navy, during one of the most sensational encounters in naval history. Following the sinking, Bismarck was chased around the North Atlantic by many units of the Royal Navy. She was finally dispatched with gunfire and torpedoes, on 27 May; less than five months after her completion. Her wreck still lies where she sank: 4,800m down and 960km off the west coast of France. Drawing on new research and technology, this edition is the most comprehensive examination of Bismarck ever published. It includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-colour 3D artwork, supported by technical details, photographs and text on the building of the ship and a record of the ship’s service history.
Naval history | HC | $59.99

Dornier Do 335 (X-Planes 9)
Forsyth, Robert & Luijken, Wiek; Tooby, Adam; Schatz, Simon (illustrators)
The Dornier Do 335 was conceived as a high-speed, all-weather fighter, and represented the pinnacle of piston-engined aircraft design. The Do 335 was a big aircraft, weighing just over 10,000kg when laden with fuel, equipment, and pilot, yet powered by two Daimler-Benz DB 603 engines, it was capable of reaching a maximum speed of 750km/h at 6400 metres, making it the fastest piston engine aircraft produced in Germany during World War II. Some forty aircraft were built between late 1943 and the end of the war, and it was intended to deploy the type as a day fighter, bomber, night fighter, bad weather interceptor, and reconnaissance aircraft, all of which were intended to incorporate the latest armament, bomb sights, communications, and radar equipment, as well as an ejector seat. Featuring archive photography and specially-commissioned artwork, this is the full story of the aircraft that the Luftwaffe hoped would turn the tide of the war.
Aviation history | PBK | $29.99

British Destroyer vs German Destroyer: Narvik 1940 (Duel 88)
Greentree, David; Campbell, David; Wright, Paul (illustrator); Gilliland, Alan (illustrator)
The opening months of World War II saw Britain’s Royal Navy facing a resurgent German navy, the Kriegsmarine. Following the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in early April 1940, British and German destroyers would clash in a series of battles for control of the Norwegian coast. The operational environment was especially challenging, with destroyer crews having to contend with variable weather, narrow coastal tracts and possibility of fog and ship breakdowns. In two engagements at Narvik, the Royal Navy entered the harbour and attacked the loitering German destroyers who had dropped off mountain troops to support the German invasion. The raids were devastating, halving at a stroke the number at Hitler’s disposal. Employing specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon a range of sources, this absorbing study traces the evolving technology and tactics employed by the British and German destroyer forces, and assesses the impact of the Narvik clashes on both sides’ subsequent development and deployment of destroyers in a range of roles across the world’s oceans.
Naval history | PBK | $29.99

The Third Reich is Listening: Inside German codebreaking 1939–45
Jennings, Christian
The success of the Allied codebreakers at Bletchley Park was one of the iconic intelligence achievements of World War II, immortalised in films such as The Imitation Game and Enigma. But cracking Enigma was only half of the story. Across the Channel, German intelligence agencies were hard at work breaking British and Allied codes. The Third Reich is Listening is a gripping blend of modern history and science, and describes the successes and failures of Germany’s codebreaking and signals intelligence operations from 1935 to 1945. The first mainstream book that takes an in-depth look at German cryptanalysis in World War II, it tells how the Third Reich broke the ciphers of Allied and neutral countries, including Great Britain, France, Russia, and Switzerland. This book offers a dramatic new perspective on one of the biggest stories of World War II, using declassified archive material and colourful personal accounts from the Germans at the heart of the story, including a former astronomer who worked out the British order of battle in 1940, a U-Boat commander on the front line of the Battle of the Atlantic, and the German cryptanalyst who broke into and read crucial codes of the British Royal Navy.
Military/espionage history | HC | $39.99

Sink the Tirpitz 1942–44: the RAF and Fleet Air Arm duel with Germany’s mighty battleship (Air Campaign 7)
Konstam, Angus & Laurier, Jim (illustrator)
This is the story of an air campaign in which each bomb could dramatically influence the course of the war. In January 1942, the powerful German battleship Tirpitz sailed into her new base in a Norwegian fjord, within easy reach of the Arctic Convoys. Her destruction suddenly became a top Allied priority. But sinking a modern and formidably armed battleship was no easy task, especially when she lay secure in a remote, mountainous fjord, protected by anti-torpedo nets, radar, flak guns, and smoke generators. This book charts the full, complex story of the air war against Tirpitz, from the Fleet Air Arm’s failed torpedo attack at sea, the RAF’s early Halifax raids, and the carrier-borne Barracuda air-strikes of Operations Mascot, Tungsten, and Goodwood, to the three Tallboy attacks that finally crippled and sank her. With detailed maps and diagrams, it explains the aircraft and ordnance the British had to work with, the evolving strategic situation, and why the task was so difficult.
Military history | PBK | $29.99

Chinese Soldier vs Japanese Soldier: China 1937–38 (Combat 37)
Lai, Benjamin & Shumate, Johnny (illustrator)
In July 1937, the Marco Polo Bridge Incident sparked a bloody conflict between Chinese and Japanese forces that would rage across China and beyond, for more than eight years. The two sides’ forces brought very different strengths and limitations to the conflict. In 1937, China was divided into factions, each controlled by warlords with independent forces, and there was no unified Chinese army. In order to fight the Japanese Chiang Kai-shek, the nominal leader of Nationalist China, was compelled to do deals with these regional powers. For their part, the Japanese employed ground forces broadly comparable to those fielded by Western powers, including modern artillery and tanks. Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon an array of sources, this study investigates the origins, training, doctrine and armament of the Chinese and Japanese forces who fought in the opening stages of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Military history | PBK | $29.99

 

General non-fiction

How the World Thinks: a Global History of Philosophy
Baggini, Julian
The first ever global overview of philosophy: how it developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished. All cultures are different, and have different ways of thinking. In How the World Thinks, Julian Baggini travels the globe to provide a hugely wide-ranging map of human thought. He shows us how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece, growing from local myths and stories – and how contemporary cultural attitudes, with particular attention to the West, East Asia, the Muslim World and Africa, have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions. Interviewing thinkers from all around the world, he asks why, for instance, do our European systems of governments and justice differ, so widely, from the East? Why can Islam not easily incorporate secular knowledge? How do we understand China? By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, the first step to greater understanding.
Philosophy/Society and Culture/History | TP | $32.99

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions
Brannen, Peter
Five times our world has stood on the brink of Armageddon. It’s been scorched, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered and pelted by asteroids. We are very lucky to be alive… Over the past decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of global apocalypses. Armed with new technology, scientists have uncovered a myriad of clues in the fossil record about what caused these catastrophes – a record rife with weird and wonderful creatures like dragonflies the size of seagulls and fishes with guillotines for mouths. Diving into deep time, The Ends of the World reveals how these near extinctions gave rise to our modern world and gives us a terrifying glimpse of what may lie ahead.
Science | PBK | $19.99

The Astounding Science Puzzle Book
Brown, Matt
The Astounding Science Puzzle Book features a series of mini quizzes of five to ten questions on quirky topics, including ‘Five questions about things that smell bad’, or ‘A quiz through the solar system’, with one question for each planet, or ‘An elementary quiz’, where all the answers are made up from symbols from the periodic table. This beautifully packaged gift book makes learning about maths, physics, chemistry and biology interesting and exciting, and is perfect for any quiz lover. The book will be interleaved with puzzles, including witty anagrams, logic puzzles, dingbats and other illustrated puzzles. A grand, multipart puzzle will weave continuously through the book, and be the hardest to solve. An engaging and witty puzzle book for science fans all over the world.
Science puzzles | PBK | $19.99

Seeing Further: the Story of Science and the Royal Society
Bryson, Bill
Since its inception in 1660, the Royal Society has pioneered scientific discovery and exploration. The oldest scientific academy in existence, its backbone is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists in history including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein. Today, its Fellows are the most influential men and women in science, many of whom have contributed to this ground-breaking volume alongside some of the world’s most celebrated novelists, essayists and historians. This book celebrates the Royal Society’s vast achievements in its illustrious past as well as its huge contribution to the development of modern science. With unrestricted access to the Society’s archives and photographs, Seeing Further shows that the history of scientific endeavour and discovery is a continuous thread running through the history of the world and of society – and is one that continues to shape the world we live in today. Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick, and Neal Stephenson – amongst others – this beautiful, lavishly illustrated book tells the story of science and the Royal Society, from 1660 to the present.
Science/History | PBK | $19.99

Chronicles of a Liquid Society (literary essays)
Eco, Umberto
Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. A celebrated essayist as well as novelist, in this, his last collection, he explores many aspects of the modern world with irrepressible curiosity and wisdom written in his uniquely ironic voice. Written by Eco as articles for his regular column in l’Espresso magazine, he brings his dazzling erudition, incisiveness and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, unbridled individualism, conspiracies, the old and the young, mobile phones, mass media, racism, good manners and the crisis in ideological values. It is a final gift to his readers – astute, witty and illuminating.
Society and culture | PBK | $24.99

Countries of the World in Minutes
Field, Jacob F
The Countries of the World in Minutes is the quickest way to understand the modern world and every country in it. For each of the 195 officially recognised countries of the world, a mini-essay clearly and concisely explains its key history, characteristics and social and political structures. Alongside, an outline map shows each country’s global location, main geographic features and capital city, whilst a table of essential data details its population, political system, languages, major religions, currency, gross domestic product, main industries, and much more. Illustrated with 195 up-to-date country maps.
Geography | PBK | $24.99

Christmas: a Biography
Flanders, Judith
Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a time of eating and drinking. Yet, the origins of the customs which characterise the festive season are wreathed in myth. When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Is the commercialisation of Christmas a recent phenomenon, or has the emphasis always been on spending? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus? And for how long have we been exchanging presents of underwear and socks? Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Archbishop of Constantinople was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmases of yesteryear, confident that they had been better then. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and bestselling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus – in Switzerland! – to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.
History/Society and culture | PBK | $19.99

The Silk Roads: a New History of the World (illustrated edition)
Frankopan, Peter & Packer, Neil (illustrator)
Set your sails east – with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan, author and historian, explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart – the journey along the Silk Roads. From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying Huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe. With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan’s magnificent retelling of his literacy triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.
History | HC | $27.99

The Best of A A Gill
Gill, Adrian
A selection of the very best writing by A A Gill. For over twenty years, people turned to A A Gill’s columns every Sunday – for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one liners – but, mostly, because he was the best. ‘By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age’, as Lynn Barber put it. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early but that can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways. In the words of Andrew Marr, A A Gill was ‘a golden writer’. There was nothing that he couldn’t illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was – at home or abroad – he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself. There have been various collections of A A Gill’s journalism – individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his extraordinary feature articles. This book showcases the very best of his work: the peerlessly funny criticism, the extraordinarily knowledgeable food writing, assignments throughout the world, and reflections on life, love, and death. Drawn from a range of publications – including the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Ivy Cookbook, and his books on England and America – it is by turns hilarious, uplifting, controversial, unflinching, sad, funny and furious.
Biography/Journalism | PBK | $22.99

CERN and the Higgs Boson: the Global Quest for the Building Blocks of Reality
Gillies, James
CERN and the Higgs boson hit the headlines and made particle physics exciting for non-scientists – here’s the inside story. The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN? In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson. Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN’s development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN’s Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.
Science | PBK | $22.99

Blowfish’s Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn’t Know About the Sea
Hird, Tom ‘The Blowfish’
From luminous squid to invisible plankton, from sandy shorelines to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep, marine conservationist Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird takes us on an incredible journey revealing what lurks beneath the waves. A treasure chest of fascinating facts, full-colour photos and vintage line drawings, Blowfish’s Oceanopedia is a stunningly beautiful guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them.
Oceanography | PBK | $24.99

Plato’s Republic (Ladybird Expert)
Hobbs, Angie
Plato’s Republic is an accessible, authoritative, and timely introduction to the influential dialogue that helped shape all Western literature and philosophy. Written by distinguished philosopher and professor Angie Hobbs, Plato’s Republic explores the age-old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a just society, and how can it be created? With strikingly relevant questions such as: How can women’s potential be actualised? How are democracies subverted by demagogues and tyrants? How dangerous are ‘alternative facts’ and what can we do about them? This text is still essential reading.
Philosophy | HC | $19.99

4th Rock from the Sun: the Story of Mars
Jenner, Nicky
Mars, the red planet, is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie’s extraterrestrial spiders to Captain Scarlet to War of the Worlds. It has inspired hundreds of authors, scientists and science-fiction writers – but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing? Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, star-gazers puzzled over its peculiar motion, and astrologers defined human personalities by its position and bizarre dance through the sky. And in more recent times, astronomers have explored Mars and its alien characteristics: its dusty red hue, its small moons, its atmosphere, how the planet formed and its mysterious past. Images sent back from various satellites showed startling faces, canals, and pyramids across its surface. Were there Martians, and were they civilised, intelligent, beings? Science-fact is now catching up with science fiction. Robot vehicles have trundled across the planet’s surface, beaming back beautiful views of its rust-orange surface, and testing soil and atmosphere to get clues on how the planet has evolved, and whether it supported (or supports) life. There are many more Mars missions planned over the next decade. And while little green Martians are now firmly the preserve of literature, there is growing evidence that the now arid, frozen planet was once warm, wet, and possibly thronging with microbial life. And, one day soon, humans will set foot on the red planet. What are the challenges involved, and how are we preparing for them? Is there a long-term future for humans on Mars? Nicky Jenner’s 4th Rock from the Sun reviews Mars in its entirety – its nature, attributes, and impact on 3rd Rock-culture, its environmental science and geology, and its potential as a human colony – everything you need to know about the Red Planet (and quite a few things you don’t).
Science | PBK | $19.99

Black Tudors: African Lives in Renaissance England – the Untold Story
Kaufmann, Miranda
A black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily-pregnant African woman is abandoned on an Indonesian island by Sir Francis Drake. A Mauritanian diver is despatched to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose… Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England. From long-forgotten records, remarkable characters emerge. They were baptised, married, and buried by the Church of England. They were paid wages like any other Tudors. Their stories, brought viscerally to life by Kaufmann, provide unprecedented insights into how Africans came to be in Tudor England, what they did there and how they were treated. A ground-breaking, seminal work, Black Tudors challenges the accepted narrative that racial slavery was all but inevitable and forces us to re-examine the seventeenth century to determine what caused perceptions to change, so radically.
History | PBK | $19.99

Rome: a History in Seven Sackings
Kneale, Matthew
A sweeping history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis, and everything in between. No city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and explore temples visited by Roman emperors. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the city has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city – and not always for the worse. A meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people. Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.
History | PBK | $24.99

2,024 QI Facts to Stop You in Your Tracks
Lloyd, John; Harkin, James; Miller; Anne
A bumper final edition of the most surprising, amazing, and hilarious facts on the planet from the clever-clogs at QI. The mind-boggling, sock-popping, rib-tickling phenomenon that is QI have outdone themselves, with this especially huge collection of facts, including: Humans glow in the dark. ‘Clinomania’ is the overwhelming desire to stay in bed. In 17th century Japan, people warmed their feet by putting chilli peppers in their socks. Mrs Beeton published a recipe for a toast sandwich. Wheat has over five times as much DNA as humans. Less than five per cent of the world’s population lives in a genuine democracy. The word ‘school’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘free time’. Ten out of the 12 water companies in the UK still make use of divining rods. Coral can drown.
Facts | HC | $24.99

The Illustrated Letters and Diaries of the Pre-Raphaelites
Marsh, Jan
A very handsome illustrated history of the linked lives and loves of a group of supremely-talented artists of late Victorian Britain through their passionate writings. It features the painters, poets, critics and designers: Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, Fanny Cornforth, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William and Janey Morris, Christina, Dante Gabriel, and William Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Bell Scott, and Lizzie Siddal. The artistic aspirations and achievements of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as revealed alongside the interwoven dramas of their personal lives, in letters, diaries and reminiscences, while their genius is displayed in vivid paintings, drawings, designs and poems. The Pre-Raphaelites was a charmed circle of love, friendship and art. Within an ever-changing flow of affections, and intimacies as richly patterned as a tapestry, they worked together as companions, lovers and partners. They shared tragedy as well as happiness, critical hostility as well as success, even the grief of infidelity and discord. These creative partnerships, which also created the firm William Morris and Co, revitalised Victorian art and design. This new edition was published in time for the start of the Burne-Jones Exhibition at Tate Britain (which started on 18 October). It is a vital book in understanding the Pre-Raphaelite art, which remains as popular and moving as ever.
Art and cultural history | HC | $32.99

England’s Victorian Maps: Thomas Moule’s County and City Maps
Moule, Thomas
The most beautiful Victorian maps of England’s counties and cities, by one of Britain’s great cartographer’s Thomas Moule. For the first time in a generation, the maps of the mid-19th century are reproduced to a very high standard in a large-format book. The maps are fascinating, decorative and hugely informative of an England in transformation with industrialisation and the burgeoning railways. The 60 maps cover the counties of England plus key cities and are accompanied by contemporary descriptions as well as extracts on the counties from the Victorian age. It explores and explains Moule’s career and development as a mapmaker and positions him alongside fellow celebrated Victorian pioneers including Brunel, Wedgwood, Bradshaw, Turner, Pugin, Blake, Scott and Wordsworth. Thomas Moule (1784–1851) is the finest Victorian mapmaker and is regarded as the true follower of John Speed in the cartographic history of Britain. Moule’s beautifully observed county and city maps present a minutely detailed record of nineteenth-century England, while also celebrating its ‘ancientness’ and history through pastoral or monument views all of which are framed within the cartouches, festoons and architectural ornament of the time. All, however, also show the progress of the Industrial revolution. The maps have remained most influential and highly collectable in both original and as reproductions.
Cartography/History | HC | $59.99

A History of the World in 21 Women: a Personal Selection
Murray, Jenni
They led while others followed. They stood up and spoke out when no one else would. They broke the mould in art, music and literature. Each of them fought, in their own way, for change. Encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state from past and present, A History of the World in 21 Women celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world. Jenni’s 21 are: Joan of Arc, Artemesia Gentileschi, Angela Merkel, Benazir Bhutto, Hillary Clinton, Coco Chanel, Empress Dowager Cixi, Catherine the Great, Clara Schumann, Hatshepsut, Wangari Maathai, Golda Meir, Frida Kahlo, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Isabella of Castile, Cathy Freeman, Anna Politokovskaya, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Madonna, and Marie Curie.
History/Biography | HC | $32.99

A History of Britain in 21 Women: a Personal Selection
Murray, Jenni
I was ten years old when I came across Boadicea, and she became the first woman to make me realise that the designated future of a girl born in 1950 – to be sweet, domesticated, undemanding, and super feminine – was not necessarily the case. Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became a pioneering physician in a man’s profession. Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry. Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands, their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us, once again.
History/Biography | PBK | $19.99

Chaucer’s People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England
Picard, Liza
Chaucer’s People is an absorbing and revealing guide to the Middle Ages, populated with Chaucer’s pilgrims from The Canterbury Tales. These are lives spent at the pedal of a loom, maintaining the ledgers of an estate or navigating the high seas. Drawing on contemporary experiences of a vast range of subjects including trade, religion, toe-curling remedies and hair-raising recipes, bestselling historian Liza Picard recreates the medieval world in glorious detail. ‘A holiday in the complex, joyful, indelicate medieval world’ – John Higgs, author of Watling Street.
History | PBK | $24.99

The Global Economy as You’ve Never Seen It: 99 ingenious infographics that put it all together
Ramge, Thomas; Schwochow, Jan; Garcia-Landa, Adrian
The economy is a complex, world-spanning, layer-upon-layer-upon-layer behemoth: One could argue that almost every aspect of our lives is connected to the realms of business and finance. And yet few of us truly understand it – even the world’s foremost economists can’t seem to agree on how it runs. The Global Economy as You’ve Never Seen It presents 99 brilliant infographics that everyone can understand. From start-ups to monopolies, from trade agreements to theory – author, Thomas Ramge, and infographic specialist, Jan Schwochow, bring every facet of the economic web to life. Economics connects us all, from what we buy, to how we buy it, who made it, and where. See the economy differently – and the world.
Economics | HC | $45.00

Human Origins (Ladybird Expert)
Roberts, Alice
Human Origins is an accessible and authoritative introduction to palaeoanthropology – the science of us. Written by the celebrated anatomist and television presenter Alice Roberts, Human Origins uncovers the incredible story of how early humans journeyed from Africa to colonise the globe. You’ll learn how scientists use fossils and archaeological discoveries to paint a picture of our past, how Homo Sapiens became the dominant human species, and what the story of our ancestors can tell us about our species today.
Science | HC | $19.99

Moongazing: Beginner’s Guide to Exploring the Moon
Royal Observatory Greenwich
An in-depth guide for aspiring astronomers and Moon observers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Includes detailed Moon maps and covers the history of lunar observation and exploration, the properties of the Moon, its origin and orbit. This is the ideal book for Moon observers covering essential equipment, and the key events to look out for. Detailed advice is given on how to choose a telescope and how to capture the Moon in sketches. Discover all you need to know about eclipses, blue moons, super moons, conjunctions, and occultation. A comprehensive section covers astrophotography using lenses, telescopes, Smartphones, including video and how to process your images. Comes with a photographic atlas of lunar features, with plates and annotated maps. A glossary of key terms, index of lunar features and software references are also provided.
Astronomy | PBK | $19.99

Angels in the Trenches: Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural during the First World War
Ruickbie, Leo
The mechanised slaughter of the First World War brought a sudden and concentrated interest in life after death. This book explores the role of spiritualism, superstition and the supernatural during and after that war. After a miraculous escape from the German military juggernaut in the small Belgian town of Mons, in 1914, the first major battle that the British Expeditionary Force would face in the First World War, the British really believed that they were on the side of the angels. Indeed, after 1916, the number of spiritualist societies in the United Kingdom almost doubled, from 158 to 309. As Arthur Conan Doyle explained, ‘The deaths occurring in almost every family in the land brought a sudden and concentrated interest in the life after death. People not only asked the question, ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ but they eagerly sought to know if communication was possible with the dear ones they had lost.’ From the Angel of Mons to the popular boom in spiritualism as the horrors of industrialised warfare reaped their terrible harvest, the paranormal – and its use in propaganda – was one of the key aspects of the First World War. Angels in the Trenches takes us from defining moments, such as the Angel of Mons on the Front Line, to spirit communication on the Home Front, often involving the great and the good of the period, such as aristocrat Dame Edith Lyttelton, founder of the War Refugees Committee, and the physicist Sir Oliver Lodge, Principal of Birmingham University. We see here people at every level of society struggling to come to terms with the ferocity and terror of the war, and their own losses: soldiers looking for miracles on the battlefield; parents searching for lost sons in the séance room. It is a human story of people forced to look beyond the apparent certainties of the every day – and this book follows them on that journey.
History | TP | $35.00

The Secret Language of Cats
Schötz, Susanne
Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying? Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats. Susanne Schötz is hard at work on breaking the cat code. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden, where a longstanding research program is proving that cats do actually use vocal communication – with each other and with their human caretakers. Understanding the vocal strategies used in human–cat communication will have profound implications for how we communicate with our pets, and has the potential to improve the relationship between animals and humans within several fields, including animal therapy, veterinary medicine and animal sheltering. In The Secret Language of Cats, Schötz offers a crash course in cat phonetics. She introduces us to the full range of feline vocalisations, explains what they can mean in different situations and gives practical tips to help us understand our cats better.
Cats | TP | $22.99

The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Schwab, Klaus
The founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum on how the impending technological revolution will change our lives… We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And this one will be unlike any other in human history. Characterised by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries – and it will do so at an unprecedented rate. World Economic Forum data predicts that, by 2025, we will see: commercial use of nanomaterials 200 times stronger than steel and a million times thinner than human hair; the first transplant of a 3D-printed liver; ten per cent of all cars on US roads being driverless; and much more, besides. In The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Schwab outlines the key technologies driving this revolution, discusses the major impacts on governments, businesses, civil society and individuals, and offers bold ideas for what can be done to shape a better future, for all.
Technology/Society and culture | TP | $35.00

Solar System in Minutes
Sparrow, Giles
This concise, illuminating guide takes us on a comprehensive tour of the solar system, from the Sun at its very heart – via the planets and their moons – to the icy objects at its periphery, some 150 billion kilometres away. The Solar System in Minutes explains the history and features of all the major celestial bodies, including the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the planets’ main moons, the asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and the Kuiper belt; as well as the birth, evolution and science of the solar system and the story – and future – of its exploration. With 200 of the very latest space photographs and explanatory diagrams, here is the easiest way to understand our cosmic neighbourhood.
Science | PBK | $24.99

The Child that Books Built
Spufford, Francis
The Child that Books Built is Francis Spufford’s celebrated memoir and investigation into childhood and reading. What would you find if you went back and re-read your favourite books from childhood? In The Child That Books Built Francis Spufford revisits all those childhood obsessions: fairy tales; Where the Wild Things Are; The Lord of the Rings; the Chronicles of Narnia; Little House on the Prairie; The Wind in the Willows; the Earthsea trilogy, and more. In these treasured tales, Francis Spufford discovers both delight and sadness – the thrill as worlds of imagination opened up before him, mixed with the memories of a boy who retreated into books when faced with a family tragedy. ‘Exuberant and serious, funny and sophisticated, this memoir of reading and childhood is a delight.’ – Andrea Ashworth. Originally published in 2005. This edition sports a new cover.
Memoir | PBK | $22.99

Hitler’s British Traitors: the Secret History of Spies, Saboteurs and Fifth Columnists
Tate, Tim
Hitler’s British Traitors is the first authoritative account of a well-kept secret: the British Fifth Column and its activities during the Second World War. Drawing on hundreds of declassified official files – many of them previously unpublished – Tim Tate uncovers the largely unknown history of more than 70 British traitors; who were convicted, mostly in secret trials, of working to help Nazi Germany win the war, and several hundred British Fascists who were interned without trial on evidence that they were working on behalf of the enemy. Four were condemned to death; two were executed. This engrossing book reveals the extraordinary methods adopted by MI5 to uncover British traitors and their German spymasters, as well as two serious wartime plots by well-connected British fascists to mount a coup d’etat which would replace the government with an authoritarian pro-Nazi regime. The book also shows how archaic attitudes to social status and gender in Whitehall and the courts ensured that justice was neither fair nor equitable. Aristocratic British pro-Nazi sympathisers and collaborators were frequently protected while the less-privileged foot soldiers of the Fifth Column were interned, jailed, or even executed for identical crimes.
Military/espionage history | HC | $39.99

Dude Crafts: the Man’s Guide to Practical Projects, Backyard Ballistics, and Glorious Gags
Warren, Mike
Dude Crafts is loaded with more than 50 slightly twisted, but somehow useful, projects that will keep crafty men out of trouble (or, sometimes, in it). Whether making life easier with ingenious hacks or providing self-amusement, the 50 projects presented in Dude Crafts are sure to get any guys creative wheels turning. These DIY projects will get you on the path to developing your own creations… and impressing your friends. You’ll learn how to: craft an iPad cover from an old book; build a metal forge out of a busted microwave; cook a meal in the dishwasher; re-purpose an electric saw into a cocktail blender; fashion a Swiss army knife for your keys; outfit an unsuspecting co-worker’s office chair with an air horn. Each project is accompanied by a parts list and step-by-step photo instructions to get you building; often by hacking subpar stock goods or upcycling discarded objects into functional works of art and conversation pieces. No matter how off kilter the project may appear on the surface, it’s sure to pay off as a useful tool, an art piece, the punch line to a practical joke… or, best of all, a combination of all three. Whatever the motive – to solve a problem, to play a joke, or for self-entertainment – Dude Crafts will get dudes off the sofa and into the workshop!
Handicrafts/Hobbies | HC | $26.99

Railways and the Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India
Wolmar, Christian
India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, an Empire that needed a rail network to facilitate its exploitation and reflect its ambition. But, by building India’s railways, Britain radically changed the nation and unwittingly planted the seed of independence. As Indians were made to travel in poor conditions and were barred from the better-paid railway jobs, a stirring of resentment and nationalist sentiment grew. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. In this expertly-told history, Christian Wolmar reveals the full story, from the railway’s beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role this institution has played in Indian history.
History/Transportation | PBK | $24.99