Basil's War

Basil St. Florian is an accomplished agent in the British Army, tasked with dozens of dangerous missions for crown and country across the globe. But his current mission, going...

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Russia The Story of War

No nation is a stranger to war, but for Russians war is a central part of who they are. Their "motherland" has been the battlefield where some of the largest armies have...

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Being Evil A Philosophical Perspective

We regularly encounter appalling wrongdoing, with the media offering a depressing parade of violent assault, rape, and murder. Yet sometimes even the cynical and world-weary...

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The Mabinogion

Then they took the flowers of the oak, and the flowers of the broom, and the flowers of the meadowsweet, and from those they conjured up the fairest and most beautiful maiden that...

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Gods, Wasps and Stranglers The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

Over millions of years, fig trees have shaped our world, influenced our evolution, nourished our bodies and fed our imaginations. And as author and ecologist Mike Shanahan...

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How Dead Languages Work

This volume celebrates six such languages—Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Old Irish, and Biblical Hebrew—by first introducing listeners to their most distinctive...

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Fire A Very Short Introduction

Fire is rarely out of the headlines, from large natural wildfires raging across the Australian or Californian countrysides to the burning of buildings such as the disasters of...

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Packing My Library An Elegy and Ten Digressions

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France's Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West...

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Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the...

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The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away A Death that Brought the Gift of Life

‘An extraordinary true story told by a wonderful writer. I wish I could produce something as moving, engaging and beautiful as this’ Bryony Gordon ‘How do you say thank you...

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