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  • WICKED BUGS : The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
    WICKED BUGS : The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
    STEWART AMY
    ISBN: 9781565129603
    Title: WICKED BUGS : The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects
    Author: STEWART AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the 'bookworms' that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures.

    Imprint: ALGONQUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    STEWART AMY
    ISBN: 9781604692945
    Title: WICKED BUGS : THE LOUSE THAT CONQUERED NAPOLEONS ARMY AND OTHER DIABOLICAL INSECTS
    Author: STEWART AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.

    From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the bookwormsA" that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins-but doesn't end-in your own backyard.

    Imprint: TIMBER PRESS
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • WICKED PLANTS : The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
    WICKED PLANTS : The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
    STEWART AMY
    ISBN: 9781565126831
    Title: WICKED PLANTS : The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities
    Author: STEWART AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother).

    Imprint: ALGONQUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WILD PLACES
    WILD PLACES
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781783784493
    Title: WILD PLACES
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new cover edition of the classic bestseller of British nature writing.

    Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness?

    In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    PENN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141986609
    Title: WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    Author: PENN THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In his remarkable debut, Penn vividly recreates the dark and turbulent reign of Henry VII. He traces the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at the book's heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power. It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a usurper. Now, his elder son is to marry, in a wedding upon which the fate of the country, and the entire Tudor dynasty, will hang . . .

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    HUTTON RONALD
    ISBN: 9780300229042
    Title: WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    Author: HUTTON RONALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The witch came to prominence—and often a painful death—in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake.


    This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    SCHIFF STACY
    ISBN: 9781474602266
    Title: WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    Author: SCHIFF STACY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees.

    Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WITH OUR BACKS TO THE WALL : VICTORY AND DEFEAT IN 1918
    WITH OUR BACKS TO THE WALL : VICTORY AND DEFEAT IN 1918
    STEVENSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141020792
    Title: WITH OUR BACKS TO THE WALL : VICTORY AND DEFEAT IN 1918
    Author: STEVENSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the beginning of 1918 Britain and France faced a nightmare. As Germany launched a final, deadly onslaught, defeat looked certain. Yet only a few months later the Allies had turned disaster to triumph. How did this happen?David Stevenson retells the story of 1918, the First World War's year of reckoning. He goes to the roots of this dramatic reversal of fortune, laying bare the nerve-wracking decisions on both sides, examining the closely-fought offensives and counter-offensives, and capturing the sheer uncertainty faced by leaders, as Haig ordered his troops to fight to the last man: 'with our backs to the wall'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER : The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries
    WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER : The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries
    MULLEY CLARE
    ISBN: 9781447274230
    Title: WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER : The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries
    Author: MULLEY CLARE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. But they could not have been more different and neither woman had a good word to say for the other.
    Hanna was middle-class, vivacious and distinctly Aryan, while the darker, more self-effacing Melitta, came from an aristocratic Prussian family. Both were driven by deeply held convictions about honour and patriotism but ultimately while Hanna tried to save Hitler's life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer. Their interwoven lives provide a vivid insight into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race.

    Acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two distinctive and unconventional women, giving a full - and as yet largely unknown - account of their contrasting yet strangely parallel lives, against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler's bunker. Told with brio and great narrative flair, The Women Who Flew for Hitler is an extraordinary true story, with all the excitement and colour of the best fiction.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOOD FOR THE TREES : The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood
    WOOD FOR THE TREES : The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood
    FORTEY RICHARD A
    ISBN: 9780008104696
    Title: WOOD FOR THE TREES : The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood
    Author: FORTEY RICHARD A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    From one of our greatest science writers, this biography of a beech-and-bluebell wood through diverse moods and changing seasons combines stunning natural history with the ancient history of the countryside to tell the full story of the British landscape. ‘The woods are the great beauty of this country… A fine forest-like beech wood far more beautiful than anything else which we have seen in its vicinity' is how John Stuart Mill described a small patch of beech-and bluebell woodland, buried deeply in the Chiltern Hills and now owned by Richard Fortey. Drawing upon a lifetime of scientific expertise and abiding love of nature, Fortey uses his small wood to tell a wider story of the ever-changing British landscape, human influence on the countryside over many centuries and the vital interactions between flora, fauna and fungi.

    The trees provide a majestic stage for woodland animals and plants to reveal their own stories. Fortey presents his wood as an interwoven collection of different habitats rich in species. His attention ranges from the beech and cherry trees that dominate the wood to the flints underfoot; the red kites and woodpeckers that soar overhead; the lichens, mosses and liverworts decorating the branches as well as the myriad species of spiders, moths, beetles and crane-flies. The 300 species of fungi identified in the wood capture his attention as much as familiar deer, shrews and dormice.

    Fortey is a naturalist who believes that all organisms are as interesting as human beings – and certainly more important than the observer. So this book is a close examination of nature and human history. He proves that poetic writing is compatible with scientific precision. The book is filled with details of living animals and plants, charting the passage of the seasons, visits by fellow enthusiasts; the play of light between branches; the influence of geology; and how woodland influences history, architecture and industry. On every page he shows how an intimate study of one small wood can reveal so much about the natural world and demonstrates his relish for the incomparable pleasures of discovery.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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