An independent British non-fiction publisher specialising in biographies, business, general information, travel and company histories. Many books are highly illustrated and the list includes some first class travel writing.
What are the hidden factors that motivate armies to prevail and conquer against all the odds? Often it is the words of inspired leaders and generals that make soldiers perform unbelievable acts of heroism. Words of Waris a collection of the world’s greatest military speeches that helped make men do great deeds – each speech is set in its historical context.
Forty-six highly entertaining years of organising royal celebrations, military tattoos and charity events. Who would have guessed in the 1960s that Michael Parker, a typical young Army officer, would turn into one of the most remarkable showmen of his generation? It’s All Going Terribly Wrong is a wonderfully funny account of the many different events he has staged around the world.
Over his long career as a cricket commentator & journalist Ralph Dellor has met some of the greatest exponents of the game. In the 90s he conducted a series of face-to-face taped interviews with famous cricketers past & present. Along with Stephen Lamb, he has edited & annotated the interviews so they are put into context of time & place. Each chapter is a classic piece of cricketing history & insight into the legends & lore of the game.
The extraordinary life of Bernard Lovell began before the First World War & his story encompasses many of the great events of last hundred years: the Second World War, the invention of radio astronomy, the space race, the Moon landings, the exploration of the Solar System, the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis & the defence of Britain against nuclear attack. This book seeks to explore succinctly & accessibly Lovell’s life and achievements in the scientific & political context of the time.
This highly entertaining fast-paced memoir tells the author’s funny & moving account of his free-spirited journey through life. Born in 1938 to a long line of seafarers, his ambitions were clear-cut & simple - to go to sea & to become a complete & accomplished bachelor.. But fate is rarely so amenable. The heady days of Nick’s Diner in Swinging London; the decadent idyll of the Caribbean; blissful paradise with his beloved wife in France: Mister Nick’s path has been all but straightforward.
Universally recognisable, the umbrella and its older, prettier sister the parasol have made their mark. Politics, religion, war and fashion have all been influenced by this modest contraption. Decorative, useful, symbolic and even deadly, the umbrella has a story older and more elaborate that one might think, all related in a highly entertaining gift book that could only have been written by an Englishman.
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