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  • ANCIENT MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    ANCIENT MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    MATYSZAK PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780500052075
    Title: ANCIENT MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    An accessible historical exploration of the methods and motivations behind using magic in ancient Greece and Rome.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANGELS :  A Visible and Invisible History
    ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    STANFORD PETER
    ISBN: 9781473622081
    Title: ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    Author: STANFORD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In a 2016 poll, one in 10 Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.' In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos? These are not new questions. They have been asked over millennia, right up to the present day, as writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford explores in ANGELS, his latest investigation into the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas. 'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford' Cole Moreton, Independent on Sunday

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ANGELS IN THE TRENCHES : Spiritualism Superstition and the Supernatural during the First World War
    ANGELS IN THE TRENCHES : Spiritualism Superstition and the Supernatural during the First World War
    RUICKBIE LEO
    ISBN: 9781472139597
    Title: ANGELS IN THE TRENCHES : Spiritualism Superstition and the Supernatural during the First World War
    Author: RUICKBIE LEO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 seance room. It is a human story of people forced to look beyond the apparent certainties of the everyday - and this book follows them on that journey.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    COE MICHAEL D
    ISBN: 9780500052105
    Title: ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    Author: COE MICHAEL D
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An authoritative survey of Angkor and the Khmer civilization that incorporates revelations from new discoveries that are completely rewriting history.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    PASSARELLO ELENA
    ISBN: 9781787330306
    Title: ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    Author: PASSARELLO ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the sixteen essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalised by humans. Here are the starling that inspired Mozart with its song, Darwin’s tortoise Harriet, and in an extraordinary essay, Jumbo the elephant (and how they tried to electrocute him). Modelled loosely on a medieval bestiary, these witty , playful, provocative essays traverse history, myth, science and more, introducing a stunning new writer to British readers.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    NIRENBERG DAVID
    ISBN: 9781789541168
    Title: ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    Author: NIRENBERG DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Judaism across three millennia.

    In this magisterial history, David Nirenberg explores anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, from the Ancient Egyptians who resented their Jewish neighbours to the ideas of Voltaire and Marx, thereby revealing it to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. With intolerance and racism on the rise across the West, the central argument of David Nirenberg's groundbreaking study – that to imagine anti-Judaism to be confined to the margins of our society is to be dangerously complacent – is as urgent and as timely as it has ever been.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780770435837
    Title: APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    Author: HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    BOUVERIE TIM
    ISBN: 9781847924414
    Title: APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2019 New Release

    On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time?. Within a year of the British prime minister?s return from Munich, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.That moment of theatre was the culmination of over five years of drama. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, Tim Bouverie takes us on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. We enter the 10 Downing Street of Stanley Baldwin and Chamberlain, and the backrooms of Parliament where an unusual coalition of MPs - including the indomitable Winston Churchill - were among the few to realise that the only real choice was between 'war now or war later?. And as German troops enter the demilitarised Rhineland, march into Austria and threaten to invade Czechoslovakia, Bouverie takes us into the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even members of the Royal Family.Drawing on deep archival research, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe. Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasing Hitler is not only eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    WOOD LEVISON
    ISBN: 9781473676329
    Title: ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    Author: WOOD LEVISON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, ARABIAN JOURNEY is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    ROGAN EUGENE
    ISBN: 9780141986548
    Title: ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    Author: ROGAN EUGENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of the Arab world, from defeat and colonization to independence and astonishing wealth.


    Eugene Rogan has written an authoritative new history of the Arabs in the modern world. Starting with the Ottoman conquests in the sixteenth century, this landmark book follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the Superpower rivalries of the Cold War, to the present age of unipolar American power. Drawing on the writings and eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the tumultuous years of Arab history, The Arabs balances different voices - politicians, intellectuals, students, men and women, poets and novelists, famous, infamous and the completely unknown - to give a rich, complex sense of life over nearly five centuries.

    Rogan's book is remarkable for its geographical sweep, covering the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, and for the depth in which it explores every facet of modern Arab history. Charting the evolution of Arab identity from Ottomanism to Arabism to Islamism, it covers themes including the conflict between national independence and foreign domination, the Arab-Israeli struggle and the peace process, Abdel Nasser and the rise of Arab Nationalism, the political and economic power of oil and the conflict between secular and Islamic values.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780241975152
    Title: ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.

    In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

    'Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes.' The New York Times

    'If there's one thing that sets Beevor apart from other historians - beyond his gifts as a storyteller - it's because he is not afraid to look at the most uncomfortable, even frightening subjects, but does so in a way that does not threaten the reader. There's rarely a judgmental note to his writing. It's like having Virgil there to lead you through the underworld: he doesn't leave you stranded amid the horror, but leads you back out again, a wiser person for having undergone the journey.' Keith Lowe in The Daily Telegraph

    'Indispensable.' David Aaronovitch, The Times

    'The best military prose of our era.' El País

    'A wonderfully compelling follow-up to D-Day. No one has recounted it better than Beevor. His gripping, beautifully written narrative moves seamlessly from the generals' command posts to the privates in their snow-covered foxholes, and confirms him as the finest chronicler of war in the business.' Saul David, Observer

    'Enthralling.' Daily Mail

    'An exemplary picture of the misery and horror of this most appalling conflict, in which more than a million men fought in conditions comparable to those on the eastern Front. This is history as it should be written.' Spectator

    'Another perfectly judged episode of the second world war, a worthy companion to the works that made Beevor's name. Yet again, he has shown that he has the gift of alchemy.' Roger Moorhouse in the Financial Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    HASTINGS MAX
    ISBN: 9781447288749
    Title: ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    Author: HASTINGS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The stunning bestseller from one of Britain's most highly regarded military historians.

    One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918669
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The major WW2 battle to take "a bridge too far" - as described by Antony Beevor for the first time.

    In September 1944, having sped through France and Belgium, Montgomery sought to race into Germany and to end the war by Christmas. It wasn't, of course, that simple.

    Operation Market Garden would drop Allied troops into The Netherlands, held by Nazi Germany, to secure key bridges across the Rhine along the path of advance. But it was folly - in the Dutch staff college exams, any candidate who adopted this plan had been failed on the spot. Indeed, the campaign ended in a glorious defeat, and half of the 12,000 Allied troops taken prisoner.

    With his typical authority and skill in bringing a campaign to life, Britain's bestselling historian creates a gripping, vivid narrative that shows why the battle was fought, and lost. With masterful command of material from a vast range of sources, he also paints the human side of war, and its heroes and villains - "more like a prosperous dentist than the head of the Waffen-SS" - and moments of glory and humour too.

    This is classic Antony Beevor - on an iconic campaign.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air armada of Dakotas and gliders,carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He gazed up in envy at the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept- the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General 'Boy' Browning was doomed from the start. Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    WHORTON JAMES C
    ISBN: 9780199605996
    Title: ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    Author: WHORTON JAMES C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident. Kept in many homes for the purpose of poisoning rats, the white powder was easily mistaken for sugar or flour and often incorporated into the family dinner. It was also widely present in green dyes, used to tint everything from candles and candies to curtains, wallpaper, and clothing (it was arsenic in old lace that was the danger). Whether at home amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, at work manufacturing these products, or at play swirling about the papered, curtained ballroom in arsenical gowns and gloves, no one was beyond the poison's reach. Drawing on the medical, legal, and popular literature of the time, The Arsenic Century paints a vivid picture of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian daily life, weaving together the history of its emergence as a nearly inescapable household hazard with the sordid story of its frequent employment as a tool of murder and suicide. And ultimately, as the final chapter suggests, arsenic in Victorian Britain was very much the pilot episode for a series of environmental poisoning dramas that grew ever more common during the twentieth century and still has no end in sight.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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