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The Planter of Modern Life - How an Ohio Farm Boy Conquered Literary Paris, Fed the Lost Generation, and Sowed the Seeds of the... The Planter of Modern Life - How an Ohio Farm Boy Conquered Literary Paris, Fed the Lost Generation, and Sowed the Seeds of the Organic Food Movement (Paperback)
Stephen Heyman
R365 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Louis Bromfield was a World War I ambulance driver, a Paris expat, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist as famous in the 1920s as Hemingway or Fitzgerald. But he cashed in his literary success to finance a wild agrarian dream in his native Ohio. The ideas he planted at his utopian experimental farm, Malabar, would inspire America's first generation of organic farmers and popularize the tenets of environmentalism years before Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. A lanky Midwestern farm boy dressed up like a Left Bank bohemian, Bromfield stood out in literary Paris for his lavish hospitality and his green thumb. He built a magnificent garden outside the city where he entertained aristocrats, movie stars, flower breeders, and writers of all stripes. Gertrude Stein enjoyed his food, Edith Wharton admired his roses, Ernest Hemingway boiled with jealousy over his critical acclaim. Millions savored his novels, which were turned into Broadway plays and Hollywood blockbusters, yet Bromfield's greatest passion was the soil. In 1938, Bromfield returned to Ohio to transform 600 badly eroded acres into a thriving cooperative farm, which became a mecca for agricultural pioneers and a country retreat for celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who were married there in 1945). This sweeping biography unearths a lost icon of American culture, a fascinating, hilarious and unclassifiable character who-between writing and plowing-also dabbled in global politics and high society. Through it all, he fought for an agriculture that would enrich the soil and protect the planet. While Bromfield's name has faded into obscurity, his mission seems more critical today than ever before.

Dreaming of Fred and Ginger - Cinema and Cultural Memory (Paperback): Annette Kuhn Dreaming of Fred and Ginger - Cinema and Cultural Memory (Paperback)
Annette Kuhn
R697 Discovery Miles 6 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The main spine of this book stems from a comprehensive series of interviews with subjects recalling their experiences of 1930s cinemagoing. Your feel the breath of life in these spectators, a rarity in film studies, thanks to the painstaking work contracting the interview subjects and recording and tabulating their testimony."--"JUMPCUT"

In the 1930s, Britain had the highest annual per capita cinema attendance in the world, far surpassing ballroom dancing as the nation's favorite pastime. It was, as historian A.J.P. Taylor said, the "essential social habit of the age." And yet, although we know something about the demographics of British cinemagoers, we know almost nothing of their experience of film, how film affected them, how it fit into their daily lives, what role cinema played in the larger culture of the time, and in what ways cinemagoing shaped the generation that came of age in the 1930s.

In Dreaming of Fred and Ginger, Annette Kuhn draws upon contemporary publications, extensive interviews with cinemagoers themselves, and readings of selected film, to produce a provocative and perspective-altering ethno-historical study. Taking cinemagoers' accounts of their own experiences as both "the engine and product of investigation," Kuhn enters imaginatively into the world of 1930s cinema culture and analyzes its place in popular memory. Among the topics she examines are the physical space of the cinemas; the role film played in growing up; the experience of being a member of a cinema audience; film-inspired fantasies of American life; the importance of cinema to adolescence in offering role models, ideals of romance, as well as practical opportunities for courtship; and thesheer pleasure of watching such film stars as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Nelson Eddy, Ronald Colman, and many others.

Engagingly written and painstakingly researched, with contributions to film history, cultural studies, and social history, Dreaming of Fred and Ginger offers an illuminating account of a key moment in British cultural memory.

Your Children are Not Your Children - The Story of Headfort (Hardcover): Lingard Goulding Your Children are Not Your Children - The Story of Headfort (Hardcover)
Lingard Goulding
R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Headfort School has always been an idiosyncratic place. Beginning as an 'outpost of empire' at a time when that empire was locally destitute and internationally disintergrating, it served to prepare the sons of the landed classes for the 'great English public schools'. From the magnificent setting of the Headfort estate the School has always occupied an unusual place in the history of education in Ireland. Weaving its way around the Headfort family and its successors - and through the development of the country - the story of Headfort has traced a rapidly changing educational ethos. Reflecting a changing society whilst staunchly refusing to adopt any of its more illogical conclusions, Headfort managed to protect its individuality and excellence. From the portraits of the colourful characters on its staff to the first-hand accounts from its pupils throughout every era, set off by a chorus of extracts from the 'Headmaster's Newsletter', this is a living account of a lively institution.Told in the inimitable style of Lingard Goulding, whose voice sums up so well the School he served, this history brings to vivid life the pupils, teachers, grounds and stories of Headfort School.

Skywatchers - A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico (Paperback, 2nd Revised and Updated ed.): Anthony... Skywatchers - A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico (Paperback, 2nd Revised and Updated ed.)
Anthony Aveni
R1,148 Discovery Miles 11 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject. Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the western hemisphere as of 1980.

In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and others' discoveries of the past twenty years to bring the Skywatchers story up to the present. He offers new data and interpretations in many areas, including:
-- The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican culture
-- The connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative astronomy
-- The relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of Pan-American scientific practices
-- The use of personal computer software for computing astronomical data

With this updated information, Skywatchers will serve a new generation of general and scholarly readers and will be useful in courses on archaeoastronomy, astronomy, history of astronomy, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, and world religions.

Winner of several teaching awards, including National Professor of the Year from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University in upstate New York.

The Handshake - A Gripping History (Hardcover): Ella Al-Shamahi The Handshake - A Gripping History (Hardcover)
Ella Al-Shamahi
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Strangers do it, friends do it, politicians do it and so do chimpanzees: in fact, the handshake is so deeply embedded in our history and culture that it might even be older than humanity itself. So let's shake on it, and join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a fascinating voyage of discovery through everything from evolutionary biology to the etiquette of modern life. Whether in ancient cave paintings or WHO guidelines, the handshake has helped us seal the deal, welcome a stranger and end conflict - as well as testifying to the enduring power of human contact.

France: An Illustrated History (Paperback): Lisa Neal France: An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Lisa Neal
R268 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R38 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The number of travelers France welcomes each year is as great as its population-some sixty million. They arrive to experience not only the latest fashions in clothing, art, and cuisine, but also the vestiges of a past that encompasses a half million years. Among these vestiges are Neolithic cave paintings, Roman villas and temples, medieval cathedrals, and royal chateaux. This concise volume outlines French history from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. The diverse themes discussed include the relations of France with its neighbors, the ever-present tension between national unity and regional autonomy, the role of the Catholic Church, and developments in public works and education. In order to lend this vast panorama a more human face, the author gives special attention to the life of at least one individual in each major era.

The Handshake - A Gripping History (Paperback, Main): Ella Al-Shamahi The Handshake - A Gripping History (Paperback, Main)
Ella Al-Shamahi
R208 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R35 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'It's a little book of wonder, it's fantastic' Chris Evans 'A fabulously sparky, wide-ranging and horizon-broadening little study ... joyously unboring' Sunday Times Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history. So let's join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020. Drawing on new research, anthropological insights and first-hand experience, she'll reveal how this most friendly of gestures has played a role in everything from meetings with uncontacted tribes to political assassinations - and what it tells us about the enduring power of human contact. Because the story of the handshake ... is far from over.

Did You See Us? - Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School (Paperback): Andrew Woolford Did You See Us? - Reunion, Remembrance, and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential School (Paperback)
Andrew Woolford; Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School
R521 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R78 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Assiniboia school is unique within Canada's Indian Residential School system. It was the first residential high school in Manitoba and one of the only residential schools in Canada to be located in a large urban setting. Operating between 1958 and 1973 in a period when the residential school system was in decline, it produced several future leaders, artists, educators, knowledge keepers, and other notable figures. It was in many ways an experiment within the broader destructive framework of Canadian residential schools.Stitching together memories of arrival at, day-to-day life within, and departure from the school with a socio-historical reconstruction of the school and its position in both Winnipeg and the larger residential school system, Did You See Us? offers a glimpse of Assiniboia that is not available in the archival records. It connects readers with a specific residential school and illustrates that residential schools were often complex spaces where forced assimilation and Indigenous resilience co-existed. These recollections of Assiniboia at times diverge, but together exhibit Survivor resilience and the strength of the relationships that bond them to this day. The volume captures the troubled history of residential schools. At the same time, it invites the reader to join in a reunion of sorts, entered into through memories and images of students, staff, and neighbours. It is a gathering of diverse knowledges juxtaposed to communicate the complexity of the residential school experience.

Legacy of the Lions - Lessons in Leadership from the British & Irish Lions (Hardcover): Gavin Hastings Legacy of the Lions - Lessons in Leadership from the British & Irish Lions (Hardcover)
Gavin Hastings; As told to Peter Burns
R474 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R40 (8%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Lifespan - Why We Age And Why We Don't Have To (Hardcover): David A Sinclair, Matthew D. Laplante Lifespan - Why We Age And Why We Don't Have To (Hardcover)
David A Sinclair, Matthew D. Laplante
R631 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A paradigm-shifting book from an acclaimed Harvard Medical School scientist and one of Time’s most influential people.

It’s a seemingly undeniable truth that aging is inevitable. But what if everything we’ve been taught to believe about aging is wrong? What if we could choose our lifespan? In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”

This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger.

Through a page-turning narrative, Dr. Sinclair invites you into the process of scientific discovery and reveals the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes—such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, exercising with the right intensity, and eating less meat—that have been shown to help us live younger and healthier for longer. At once a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future of humankind, Lifespan will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it.

The National Pastime, 2021 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research (Sabr) The National Pastime, 2021 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research (Sabr)
R302 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R45 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since its inception, The National Pastime has featured excellent research and essays about baseball history. This year, though, we asked our contributors to point their lenses not toward the past, but toward the future. In 2020, SABR conducted a survey that invited respondents to answer questions about baseball twenty years in the future, framed by the following understanding: "[T]hat just as baseball, and its history, is a reflection on culture and society in the past and present, it could also be an input, context, and/or predictor for predicting plausible futures of the United States and other countries." The goal became to predict what the world might be like in 2040, and how that will be reflected in the game we love. There are so many factors affecting our collective future, ranging from climate change to advances in technology, from medical breakthroughs to the ways baseball will adapt itself to changing tastes, from rules innovations to new forms of media consumption and fan interaction. This issue includes incisive essays on the future of the baseball uniforms, the Hall of Fame, fan experiences and the media, the future of baseball cards, climate change and baseball, as well as more speculative imaginings, in the form of press releases from the future and even thought-provoking futuristic flash fiction. The All-Star lineup includes Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Harry Turtledove, technology thought leader Cathy Hackl on baseball in the metaverse, MLB Network's favorite chemist and climate scientist Dr. Lawrence Rocks, Sidewise Award winner (and son of major league catcher Del Wilber) Rick Wilber, and many more. NFTs, virtual reality, machine learning, materials science-every cutting edge technology will have its effect on baseball as we know it, and just as baseball itself was integral to the development of previous broadcast media from radio to streaming video, the sport will continue to be the proving ground for new uses of technology yet to come.

Chicago's Great Fire - The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City (Paperback): Carl Smith Chicago's Great Fire - The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City (Paperback)
Carl Smith
R416 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R54 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From an acclaimed historian, the full and authoritative story of one of the most iconic disasters in American history, told through the vivid memories of those who experienced it Between October 8-10, 1871, much of the city of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary urban fires in history. Incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago had grown at a breathtaking pace in barely three decades, from just over 4,000 in 1840 to greater than 330,000 at the time of the fire. Built hastily, the city was largely made of wood. Once it began in the barn of Catherine and Patrick O'Leary, the Fire quickly grew out of control, twice jumping branches of the Chicago River on its relentless northeastward path through the city's three divisions. Close to one of every three Chicago residents was left homeless and more were instantly unemployed, though the death toll was miraculously low. Remarkably, no carefully researched popular history of the Great Chicago Fire has been written until now, despite it being one of the most cataclysmic disasters in US history. Building the story around memorable characters, both known to history and unknown, including the likes of General Philip Sheridan and Robert Todd Lincoln, eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith chronicles the city's rapid growth and place in America's post-Civil War expansion. The dramatic story of the fire-revealing human nature in all its guises-became one of equally remarkable renewal, as Chicago quickly rose back up from the ashes thanks to local determination and the world's generosity and faith in Chicago's future. As we approach the fire's 150th anniversary, Carl Smith's compelling narrative at last gives this epic event its full and proper place in our national chronicle.

Games People Played - A Global History of Sport (Hardcover): Wray Vamplew Games People Played - A Global History of Sport (Hardcover)
Wray Vamplew
R547 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Games People Played is, surprisingly, the first global history of sport. The book shows how sport has been practiced, experienced and made meaningful by players and fans throughout history. It assesses how sports developed and diffused across the globe, as well as many other aspects, from emotion, discrimination and conviviality; politics, nationalism and protest; and how economics has turned sport into a huge consumer industry. It shows how sport is sociable and health-giving, and also contributes to charity, however it also examines its dark side: its impact on the environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and match fixing. Published during Summer Olympic year, covering everything from football to baseball, boxing to motor racing, this book will appeal to anyone who plays, watches and enjoys sport, and wants to know more of its history and global impact.

The Psychopath Test (Paperback): Jon Ronson The Psychopath Test (Paperback)
Jon Ronson
R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Essays on Marx's Theory of Value (Hardcover, New edition): Isaak I. Rubin Essays on Marx's Theory of Value (Hardcover, New edition)
Isaak I. Rubin; Translated by M. Samardzija, F. Perlman
R1,176 Discovery Miles 11 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Political economy, defined in the study of social relations and culture. Originally published in the former Soviet Union, was suppressed and after 1928 it was never re-issued. This is the first English-language edition. Includes an outstanding introductory essay on "Commodity Fetishism" by Freddy Perlman.

Ten Days in Harlem - Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s (Paperback, Main): Simon Hall Ten Days in Harlem - Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s (Paperback, Main)
Simon Hall
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Rising star Simon Hall captures the spirit of the 1960s in ten days that revolutionised the Cold War: Fidel Castro's visit to New York. 'With its cool judgements and blackly comic sense of irony, Hall's book is a rare pleasure to read.' DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Literary Review 'A lively account . . . Ten Days in Harlem doesn't stint on piquant detail.' LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS '[A] perceptive, thoroughly researched and readable study.' IRISH TIMES New York City, September 1960. Fidel Castro - champion of the oppressed, scourge of colonialism, and leftist revolutionary - arrives for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. His visit to the UN represents a golden opportunity to make his mark on the world stage. Fidel's shock arrival in Harlem is met with a rapturous reception from the local African American community. He holds court from the iconic Hotel Theresa as a succession of world leaders, black freedom fighters and counter-cultural luminaries - everyone from Nikita Khrushchev to Gamal Abdel Nasser, Malcolm X to Allen Ginsberg - come calling. Then, during his landmark address to the UN General Assembly - one of the longest speeches in the organisation's history - he promotes the politics of anti-imperialism with a fervour, and an audacity, that makes him an icon of the 1960s. In this unforgettable slice of modern history, Simon Hall reveals how these ten days were a foundational moment in the trajectory of the Cold War, a turning point in the history of anti-colonial struggle, and a launching pad for the social, cultural and political tumult of the decade that followed. 'Hall delivers his entertaining taile with brio.' i 'Hall captures Castro's action-packed September 1960 soujourn in rich and compelling detail, and argues persuasisively that its repercussions echoed deeply in the decades to come.' NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

Story of Civilization - Making of the Modern World Activity Book (Paperback): Phillip Campbell Story of Civilization - Making of the Modern World Activity Book (Paperback)
Phillip Campbell
R338 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R42 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Eat, Drink & be Merry - A Christmas Miscellany (Hardcover): Susan Kelleher, Rene Rodgers Eat, Drink & be Merry - A Christmas Miscellany (Hardcover)
Susan Kelleher, Rene Rodgers 2
R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Why do the English have turkey and Christmas pudding at our Christmas dinner? Why were children encouraged to burn their fingers at Christmas in Victorian England? What was the kissing bough? The answers are in this compendium of the festive season, which is stuffed full of fascinating facts, spiced with extracts of poetry and prose and served with a delightful selection of illustrations. Ancient customs, traditional recipes and the religious beliefs behind all the merry-making are all included in this book, which will delight anyone who loves Christmas and the festive season.

The Wicket Men - The Last Rites of Minor Counties Cricket (Paperback): Tony Hannan The Wicket Men - The Last Rites of Minor Counties Cricket (Paperback)
Tony Hannan
R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It's Britain's hottest summer since 1976 and English cricket is in a sweat of transformation. The public is no longer interested in County Championship games, traditional touchstone of the calendar. Fans prefer a bit of flash, bang, wallop - or so the experts tell us. Where though does that leave the twenty minor counties - strung out from Northumberland to Norfolk to Cornwall - who for the past one hundred and twenty-five years have fancied themselves the stepping-stone between regional club and first class county competitions? A level of the game seen as either an ex-professionals' graveyard or the last refuge of blazered old duffers is in a struggle for its very existence. And come 2020, the venerable Minor Counties Championship will indeed be blown away, like dandelion seeds on the breeze, replaced by the newly-branded and 'more marketable' National Counties Championship. At least that was the plan. In 2018, no-one has yet heard of Covid-19. What they do know is that this threat to their competition is existential and the modernisers at Lord's are to blame, far more interested in such innovations as a proposed new 'Hundred' than bolstering that which has stood the test of time. Granted full access to committee and squad, Tony Hannan, author of Underdogs - A Year in the Life of a Rugby League Town, spent a season with Cumberland CCC amid the lakes, fells and mountains of Cumbria. And as might have been expected in such dramatic terrain, he tells a story full of ups and downs - complete with one or two surprises. Skippered by former Durham player Gary Pratt - who as substitute fielder ran out Australia captain Ricky Ponting during the 2005 Ashes - Cumberland's expenses-only nomads are nevertheless just one important thread in a yarn stretching well beyond the boundaries of Cumbria. The Wicket Men is a cricket book unlike any other. It draws stumps on a small but fascinating aspect of a pastime whose rhythms and rituals, while endlessly evolving, are rooted firmly in the English folk tradition.

SABR 50 at 50 - The Society for American Baseball Research's Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game (Hardcover):... SABR 50 at 50 - The Society for American Baseball Research's Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game (Hardcover)
Bill Nowlin, Mark Armour, Scott Bush, Leslie Heaphy, Jacob Pomrenke, …
R1,056 R863 Discovery Miles 8 630 Save R193 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

SABR 50 at 50 celebrates and highlights the Society for American Baseball Research's wide-ranging contributions to baseball history. Established in 1971 in Cooperstown, New York, SABR has sought to foster and disseminate the research of baseball-with groundbreaking work from statisticians, historians, and independent researchers-and has published dozens of articles with far-reaching and long-lasting impact on the game. Among its current membership are many Major and Minor League Baseball officials, broadcasters, and writers as well as numerous former players. The diversity of SABR members' interests is reflected in this fiftieth-anniversary volume-from baseball and the arts to statistical analysis to the Deadball Era to women in baseball. SABR 50 at 50 includes the most important and influential research published by members across a multitude of topics, including the sabermetric work of Dick Cramer, Pete Palmer, and Bill James, along with Jerry Malloy on the Negro Leagues, Keith Olbermann on why the shortstop position is number 6, John Thorn and Jules Tygiel on the untold story behind Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers, and Gai Berlage on the Colorado Silver Bullets women's team in the 1990s. To provide history and context, each notable research article is accompanied by a short introduction. As SABR celebrates fifty years this collection gathers the organization's most notable research and baseball history for the serious baseball reader.

A is for Arson - A Suffragette Alphabet of Rebellion & Resistance (Paperback): Jack Joslin A is for Arson - A Suffragette Alphabet of Rebellion & Resistance (Paperback)
Jack Joslin; Illustrated by Cat Crossley
R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Hidden Lessons - Growing Up on the Frontline of Teaching (Hardcover): Mehreen Baig Hidden Lessons - Growing Up on the Frontline of Teaching (Hardcover)
Mehreen Baig
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Beautifully written, Hidden Lessons is both a heart-rending account of the challenges in our education system, and a heart-warming celebration of teachers and students who have triumphed through adversity. The pride Mehreen has for her community and the lives she has touched is palpable.' - DAVID LAMMY ~~~~~~~~~~~~ You're in at 7am, there until 7pm and marking into the late hours. You've got one student who's a full time carer, another who's pregnant, and a third who's just joined a gang. You haven't got enough textbooks to go around, and one of the parents just called you an 'extremist'. You've just gone through a devastating heartbreak and you have to teach Romeo and Juliet to 30 hormonal 14 year olds. Welcome to life as a teacher. This is a world that all of us know, but most of us have completely forgotten. It's a world where you're working 50 hour weeks, but you're still just a part-time teacher because the rest of the time you're a security guard, a nurse, a counsellor, or a friend. It's also a world where you spend all day with some of the most interesting people you know. And even when the lesson plan has been abandoned, you're still learning. Mehreen started teaching at 21, and by the time she left 10 years later she'd learnt a bit about teenagers and a lot about life. This is her story.

That Will Be England Gone - The Last Summer of Cricket (Paperback): Michael Henderson That Will Be England Gone - The Last Summer of Cricket (Paperback)
Michael Henderson
R261 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'For those who fear the worst for the sport they love, this is like cool, clear water for a man dying of thirst. It's barnstorming, coruscating stuff, and as fine a book about the game as you'll read for years' Mail on Sunday 'Charming . . . a threnody for a vanished and possibly mythical England' Sebastian Faulks, Sunday Times 'Lyrical . . . [Henderson's] pen is filled with the romantic spirit of the great Neville Cardus . . . This book is an extended love letter, a beautifully written one, to a world that he is desperate to keep alive for others to discover and share. Not just his love of cricket, either, but of poetry and classical music and fine cinema' The Times 'To those who love both cricket and the context in which it is played, the book is rather wonderful, and moving' Daily Telegraph 'Philip Larkin's line 'that will be England gone' is the premise of this fascinating book which is about music, literature, poetry and architecture as well as cricket. Henderson is that rare bird, a reporter with a fine grasp of time and place, but also a stylist of enviable quality and perception' Michael Parkinson Neville Cardus once said there could be no summer in England without cricket. The 2019 season was supposed to be the greatest summer of cricket ever seen in England. There was a World Cup, followed by five Test matches against Australia in the latest engagement of sport's oldest rivalry. It was also the last season of county cricket before the introduction in 2020 of a new tournament, The Hundred, designed to attract an audience of younger people who have no interest in the summer game. In That Will Be England Gone, Michael Henderson revisits much-loved places to see how the game he grew up with has changed since the day in 1965 that he saw the great fast bowler Fred Trueman in his pomp. He watches schoolboys at Repton, club cricketers at Ramsbottom, and professionals on the festival grounds of Chesterfield, Cheltenham and Scarborough. The rolling English road takes him to Leicester for T20, to Lord's for the most ceremonial Test match, and to Taunton to watch an old cricketer leave the crease for the last time. He is enchanted at Trent Bridge, surprised at the Oval, and troubled at Old Trafford. 'Cricket,' Henderson says, 'has always been part of my other life.' There are memories of friendships with Ken Dodd, Harold Pinter and Simon Rattle, and the book is coloured throughout by a love of landscape, poetry, paintings and music. As well as reflections on his childhood hero, Farokh Engineer, and other great players, there are digressions on subjects as various as Lancashire comedians, Viennese melancholy and the films of Michael Powell. Lyrical and elegiac, That Will Be England Gone is a deeply personal tribute to cricket, summer and England.

The History of London - Crime, Corruption and Murder (Paperback): John D. Wright The History of London - Crime, Corruption and Murder (Paperback)
John D. Wright
R530 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson From plagues and poverty to financial scandals, serial killers to public executions, mad monarchs to barbaric mental asylums, The History of London reaches deeply into the city's long history and ranges widely across the social, political and cultural life of the metropolis. Founded by the Romans and attacked by the Vikings, London grew to become an immense trading city. Included here are tales of medieval torture in the Tower, burnings at the stake during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the merry debauchery of the Restoration and the market crash of the South Sea Bubble. From political skullduggery among the Tudors to the Cold War Profumo scandal and assassination of Georgy Markov, the book is a lively account across almost 2,000 years of London history. Immensely entertaining and illustrated with 180 colour and black-&-white artworks, The History of London is an engaging and highly informative exploration of the highlights of London lowlife and the depravities of London's high life.

The Lady and the Mountain Man - Isabella Bird, Rocky Mountain Jim, and their Unlikely Friendship (Paperback): Chris Enss The Lady and the Mountain Man - Isabella Bird, Rocky Mountain Jim, and their Unlikely Friendship (Paperback)
Chris Enss
R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An Englishwoman born in 1831, Isabella Bird was frequently ill as a child and young woman, and her doctors recommended a life of travel and fresh air as the cure. Ultimately, she took the advice and traveled the world. And traveled. And traveled. Bird connected with the beauty of the Colorado Plains and the valleys and mountain parks that she found exhilarating. She would be the first woman to stand atop Colorado's Longs Peak, in 1873. While in Colorado she spent most of her time in Estes Park, but she traveled to Garden of the Gods, across South Park and through many of the mining towns. More than just traveling, she engaged the places she visited and the people she encountered. In the Rockies, Bird became acquainted with a local character, the mountain man known as "Rocky Mountain Jim," who would guide her up Longs Peak. Jim Nugent was a one-eyed ruffian of whom Isabella would write to her sister (in a paragraph excised from the published version of the letters) "A man any woman might love but no sane woman would marry." Bird referred to Nugent as her "dear desperado," and the mountain man seemingly had great affection for Bird, as well. Bird was 41 and single when she entered Colorado on September 9, 1873; she was 42 and still single when she left Colorado on December 12. Less than a year later, Nugent was shot and killed. This new book reveals the story of Bird's year in Colorado and her relationship with Nugent by re-examining Bird's letters to her beloved sister and putting her work in historical context.

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