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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
R542 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R84 (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.

Education: The Rock and Roll Years - A northern perspective on a lifetime of learning, teaching and leading (Paperback): Les... Education: The Rock and Roll Years - A northern perspective on a lifetime of learning, teaching and leading (Paperback)
Les Walton
R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Les has often described himself as the 'Forrest Gump of education', as he seems to have been present at all the major educational developments since World War 2. This book is a very personal retrospective on a life in education over the last three-quarters of a century. He avoids personal negativity, though much of the narrative comes from a negative view of school and its impact on the lives of children. It is also a book full of hope that the human potential at the top of Maslow's hierarchy, self-actualisation, can realistically be achieved. An optimistic, humorous, self-mocking account, it emphasises the seriousness of the issues covered - corporal punishment, industrial disputes, the impact of bereavement on children and many more - by sleight of hand. Important educational debates are cunningly illuminated through the reflections of a simple Geordie lad. There are key messages here for all those engaged in the process of life-long learning. Education: the Rock and Roll Years' is visionary, practical, rebellious, idiosyncratic and beautifully idiomatic. Its strength is combining personal experience with key principles. This is an excellent piece of writing. Professor Andy Hargreaves, Boston College and University of Ottawa Les Walton has achieved great things at the most senior levels of education. The thing that marks him out is that no matter how senior his post, he has never forgotten that the purpose of education is to give opportunities, excite minds and change things. His reflections, which show how education and learning have done all these things in his life, make good reading and remind everyone why education is one of the most important things if a society is to thrive. Former Secretary of State for Education, Baroness Morris of Yardley

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
R351 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R43 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Psychopath Test (Paperback): Jon Ronson The Psychopath Test (Paperback)
Jon Ronson
R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Ships in 12 - 17 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
R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 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 Life She Wished to Live - A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling (Hardcover): Ann McCutchan The Life She Wished to Live - A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling (Hardcover)
Ann McCutchan
R780 R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Save R131 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Washington, DC, born and Wisconsin educated, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an unlikely author of a coming-of-age novel about a poor central Florida child and his pet fawn-much less one that has become synonymous with Florida literature writ large. Rawlings was a tough, ambitious, and independent woman who refused the conventions of her early-twentieth-century upbringing. Determined to forge a literary career beyond those limitations, she found her voice in the remote, hardscrabble life of Cross Creek, Florida. There, Rawlings purchased a commercial orange grove and discovered a fascinating world out of which to write-and a dialect of the poor, swampland community that the literary world had yet to hear. She employed her sensitive eye, sharp ear for dialogue, and philosophical spirit to bring to life this unknown corner of America in vivid, tender detail, a feat that earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1938. Her accomplishments came at a price: a failed first marriage, financial instability, a contentious libel suit, alcoholism, and physical and emotional upheaval. With intimate access to Rawlings's correspondence and revealing early writings, Ann McCutchan uncovers a larger-than-life woman who writes passionately and with verve, whose emotions change on a dime, and who drinks to excess, smokes, swears, and even occasionally joins in on an alligator hunt. The Life She Wished to Live paints a lively portrait of Rawlings, her contemporaries-including her legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins, and friends Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald-and the Florida landscape and people that inspired her.

The Grunge Diaries - Seattle, 1990-1994 (Paperback): Dave Thompson The Grunge Diaries - Seattle, 1990-1994 (Paperback)
Dave Thompson
R518 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R81 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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
R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 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.

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
R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
1001 Days - Memoirs of an Empress (Hardcover): Empress Farah Pahlavi 1001 Days - Memoirs of an Empress (Hardcover)
Empress Farah Pahlavi; Edited by Taylor Viens; Cover design or artwork by Joel Pront
R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This memoir by empress Farah Pahlavi looks back on her reign over an Iran so modern it is unrecognizable today-written just a few years before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. "Beautifully written, intelligent and insightful, the memoirs of Farah Diba Pahlavi open a window on the life of one of the great women of our time and offer a unique perspective on the extraordinary country over which she and her husband reigned before darkness fell." -Bob Colacello, founding editor Interview magazine At the time I wrote my memoir, I had no idea what was to come . . . Empress Farah Pahlavi was the first crowned empress of Iran, little did she know she would also be the last. This memoir was written in 1976, at the height of her reign on the glittering peacock throne. The candid words reveal her vision for a better Iran, without any idea of what history would bring-the end of the fairy tale. Farah Pahlavi helped usher in a modern Iran now lost to the sands of time.

The Ryder Cup - The Complete History of Golf's Greatest Competition (Hardcover, Revised And Updated): Nick Callow The Ryder Cup - The Complete History of Golf's Greatest Competition (Hardcover, Revised And Updated)
Nick Callow; Foreword by Tony Jacklin 1
R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Ryder Cup tells the complete story of one of the world's most prestigious sporting contests. Fiercely fought every two years, it uniquely pits teams from two golfing giants - Europe and the USA - against each other in a sport that is more usually associated with individual play. This beautifully illustrated book tells the full story of this great tournament, from its humble beginnings in 1927, to the introduction of European golfers into what had been the GB and Ireland team in the late 1970s, to the titanic, see-saw struggles of the modern day. It looks at each of the Ryder Cups, and features the great players, pairings, captains and courses along the way. A book for sports fans everywhere, The Ryder Cup is the definitive chronicling of the history and prestige of this global sporting event.

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, …
R1,097 R895 Discovery Miles 8 950 Save R202 (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.

Royal Witches - Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England (Paperback): Gemma Hollman Royal Witches - Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England (Paperback)
Gemma Hollman
R390 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R55 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Accidental Footballer (Hardcover): Pat Nevin The Accidental Footballer (Hardcover)
Pat Nevin
R536 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

*** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A heroic outsider - a pleasure to read.' - The Guardian 'A fulsome evocation of football before the Premier League.' - The i 'Such a good storyteller...joyous.' - Financial Times 'Honest, raw, revealing and very funny. How to live a life and career to the full. Insightful book about the most successful outsider inside football ever...' - Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer, The Times 'Pat is a wonderful one-off...and this is the story of why that is.' - John Murray, Chief Sports Correspondent, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Unusually vibrant and elegant with heroic doses of humour, insight and self-effacement, this is an absolute must-read for the football connoisseur.' - Omid Djalili 'The biggest influence of my professional career both on and off the pitch.' - Graeme Le Saux 'I grew up captivated by Pat Nevin the player. As a man he taught me even more about the beauty of the game. One of football's great mavericks, and Chelsea's greatest players. And he can spin a mean tune too.' - Sam Matterface 'I used to walk miles to see Pat Nevin play football and I'd do the same now to read his thoughts. Always challenging, always entertaining.' - Lord Sebastian Coe 'A refreshingly honest and thought-provoking autobiography. As deftly delivered as some of Pat's ball skills in his 1980's heyday.' - ToffeeWeb Pat Nevin never wanted to be a professional footballer. His future was clear, he'd become a teacher like his brothers. There was only one problem with this - Pat was far too good to avoid attention. Raised in Glasgow's East End, Pat loved the game, playing for hours and obsessively following Celtic. But as he grew up, he also loved Joy Division, wearing his Indie 'gloom boom' coat and going on marches - hardly typical footballer behaviour! Placed firmly in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the Premier League, and often with racism and violence present, Pat Nevin writes with honesty, insight and wry humour. We are transported vividly to Chelsea and Everton, and colourfully diverted by John Peel, Morrissey and nights out at the Hacienda. The Accidental Footballer is a different kind of football memoir. Capturing all the joys of professional football as well as its contradictions and conflicts, it's about being defined by your actions, not your job, and is the perfect reminder of how life can throw you the most extraordinary surprises, when you least expect it.

Odeon Cinemas - Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation (Paperback): Allen Eyles Odeon Cinemas - Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation (Paperback)
Allen Eyles
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the first of two volumes tracing the history of Britain's most famous cinema circuit, Allen Eyles looks at its creation in the early '30s by Oscar Deutsch and colleagues, the evolution of the distinctively modern house style in the hands of its key architects, the takeover of other cinemas, the start of the Odeon circuit release, and the impact of World War Two. This book pays tribute to some of the best buildings erected in Britain in the '30s and to Oscar Deutsch, whose long battle against ill-health culminated in his early death in 1941.
"Odeon Cinemas" is lavishly illustrated with interior and exterior photographs of almost all the new Odeons and draws extensively on unpublished material including the notes of some of Deutsch's associates and company records. It includes a detailed list of all the cinemas that were part of the Odeon circuit in Deutch's lifetime.
A second volume will follow, covering the years from 1941, when J. Arthur Rank took over control, to the present day.

Homeland Elegies - A Barack Obama Favourite Book (Paperback): Ayad Akhtar Homeland Elegies - A Barack Obama Favourite Book (Paperback)
Ayad Akhtar
R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST AND ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR 'I read it in a fever, swept up in the kind of rapture you fall into when your most audacious friend kicks off on a hilarious, outrageous, but deeply sincere rant' Torrey Peters, Guardian Books of the Summer 'A beautiful novel about an American son and his immigrant father that has echoes of THE GREAT GATSBY' New York Times A deeply personal novel of identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, HOMELAND ELEGIES blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of belonging and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part satire, part picaresque, at its heart it is the story of a father and son, and the country they call home. Ranging from the heartland towns of America to palatial suites in Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, Akhtar forges a narrative voice that is original as it is exuberantly entertaining. This is a world in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear and the unhealed wounds of 9/11 continue to wreak havoc. HOMELAND ELEGIES is a novel written in love and anger, which spares no one, least of all the author himself.

Oxford AQA History for A Level: Religious Conflict and the Church in England c1529-c1570 (Paperback): Sally Waller Oxford AQA History for A Level: Religious Conflict and the Church in England c1529-c1570 (Paperback)
Sally Waller; Rebecca Carpenter
R880 Discovery Miles 8 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Please note this title is suitable for any student studying: Exam Board: AQA Level/Subject: AS and A Level History First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Retaining well-loved features from the previous editions, Religious Conflict and the Church in England has been approved by AQA and matched to the 2015 specifications. This textbook covers AS and A Level content together and explores in depth a period of major change in the English Church and government, and the issues which led England to break with Rome. It focuses on key concepts such as humanism, Protestantism and the relationship between Church and state, and covers events and developments with precision. Students can further develop vital skills such as historical interpretations and source analyses via specially selected sources and extracts. Practice questions and study tips provide additional support to help familiarize students with the new exam style questions, and help them achieve their best in the exam.

Washington and Lee University, 1930-2000 - Tradition and Transformation (Hardcover): Blaine A. Brownell Washington and Lee University, 1930-2000 - Tradition and Transformation (Hardcover)
Blaine A. Brownell
R1,440 Discovery Miles 14 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Washington and Lee University, 1930- 2000 tells the history of one of the nation's oldest colleges as it evolved to face changes in higher education and in American society. In the early part of the twentieth century, Washington and Lee was a small, all-male institution known for its conservative inclinations, coats and ties, social life dominated by fraternities, and venerable honor system run exclusively by students. In the seven decades after 1930, the university confronted economic depression and world war, and faced the challenges and opportunities posed by subsidized athletics, integration, changing student customs and attitudes, new emphases in higher education, and the controversial move to coeducation. Each of the presidents who led the university during this era encouraged Washington and Lee to adapt to new demands while retaining its core traditions and identity. The alma mater of three United States Supreme Court justices, over a hundred members of congress and state governors, and winners of the Pulitzer, Nobel, Tony, and Emmy awards, Washington and Lee University receives a full and complex depiction in this authoritative history.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN SOUTHEND and District (Paperback): Andrew Summers ONCE UPON A TIME IN SOUTHEND and District (Paperback)
Andrew Summers; Illustrated by Fred Naughten, Stan Harvey
R267 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Society Ties - A History of the Jefferson Society and Student Life at the University of Virginia (Hardcover): Thomas L. Howard... Society Ties - A History of the Jefferson Society and Student Life at the University of Virginia (Hardcover)
Thomas L. Howard III, Owen W. Gallogly
R670 R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Save R107 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Society Ties is a history of the University of Virginia's oldest student organization, the Jefferson Society. Founded in 1825, the Society has counted the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Edgar Allan Poe among its membership and continues to be one of the largest and most active student organizations on Grounds. Society Ties is more than just the story of the Jefferson Society, however; it is a history of student life at the University of Virginia. The book explores what motivates students during their time at the University and how they experience the ineffable place that is Jefferson's Academical Village. Until now, no historian has been granted access to the Society's archives. Society Ties offers a unique-students'-perspective on the vibrant history of the Society and the University at large.

Gloria Steinem - A Life in American History (Hardcover): William H. Pruden Gloria Steinem - A Life in American History (Hardcover)
William H. Pruden
R1,544 Discovery Miles 15 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book details the life and activism of Gloria Steinem, using her life as a lens through which readers can examine the evolution of women's rights in the United States over the past half-century. This work traces the life and career of feminist activist Gloria Steinem, providing an examination of her life and her efforts to further equal opportunity among all people, especially women, in the United States from the second half of the 20th century to the present. It follows Steinem in a primarily chronological fashion to best convey the impact of her own efforts as well as the changing nature of women's status in American society during Steinem's half-century as an active reformer and public figure. The book notably includes her work with Ms. Magazine and details of her personal life. This book's wider coverage of Steinem's life, from her early childhood to the present, adds to previous works which tend to stop with the end of the heyday of the women's movement and the rise of the Conservative movement in the early 1980s. With one of the defining aspects of Steinem's work being her lifelong commitment to women's rights and human equality, the treatment of her whole life helps readers understand the full extent of both her commitment and impact. More than just a biography, this book presents a life that is at once an engine for the change Steinem sought to achieve and an example and inspiration for future activists The text offers lessons from the past as guidance for the future 20 sidebars provide intriguing details about Steinem's life and accomplishments Five primary source documents give readers a sense of Steinem's powerful voice and her ability to speak truth to power

Motoring West - Volume 1: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (Paperback): Peter J Blodgett Motoring West - Volume 1: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (Paperback)
Peter J Blodgett
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the first years of the twentieth century, motoring across the vast expanses west of the Mississippi was at the very least an adventure and at most an audacious stunt. As more motorists ventured forth, such travel became a curiosity and, within a few decades, commonplace. For aspiring western travelers, automobiles formed an integral part of their search for new experiences and destinations - and like explorers and thrill seekers from earlier ages, these adventurers kept records of their experiences. The scores of articles, pamphlets, and books they published, collected for the first time in Motoring West, create a vibrant picture of the American West in the age of automotive ascendancy, as viewed from behind the wheel. Documenting the very beginning of Americans' love affair with the automobile, the pieces in this volume - the first of a planned multivolume series - offer a panorama of motoring travelers' visions of the burgeoning West in the first decade of the twentieth century. Historian Peter J. Blodgett's sources range from forgotten archives to company brochures to magazines such as Harper's Monthly, Sunset, and Outing. Under headlines touting adventures in ""touring,"" ""land cruising,"" and ""camping out with an automobile,"" voices from motoring's early days instruct, inform, and entertain. They chart routes through ""wild landscapes,"" explain the finer points of driving coast to coast in a Franklin, and occasionally prescribe ""touring outfits."" Blodgett's engaging introductions to the volume and each piece couch the writers' commentaries within their time. As reports of the region's challenges and pleasures stirred interest and spurred travel, the burgeoning flow of traffic would eventually and forever alter the western landscape and the westering motorist's experience. The dispatches in Motoring West illustrate not only how the automobile opened the American West before 1909 to more and more travelers, but also how the West began to change with their arrival.

Refugees: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Gil Loescher Refugees: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Gil Loescher
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Refugees and other forced migrants are one of the great contemporary challenges the world is confronting. Throughout the world people leave their home countries to escape war, natural disasters, and cultural and political oppression. Unfortunately, even today, the international community struggles to provide an adequate response to this vast population in need. This Very Short Introduction covers a broad range of issues around the causes and impact of the contemporary refugee crisis for both receiving states and societies, for global order, and for refugees and other forced migrants themselves. Gil Loescher discusses the identity of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons and how they differ from other forced migrants. He also investigates the long history of the refugee phenomenon and how refugees became a central concern of the international community during the twentieth and twenty first centuries, as well as considering the responses provided by governments and international aid organisations to refugee needs. Loescher concludes by focussing on the necessity of these bodies to understand the realities of the contemporary refugee situation in order to best respond to its current and future challenges. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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
R263 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R44 (17%) 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.

Odeon Cinemas, v. 2 - From J. Arthur Rank to the Multiplex (Paperback, New): Allen Eyles Odeon Cinemas, v. 2 - From J. Arthur Rank to the Multiplex (Paperback, New)
Allen Eyles
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The second volume tracing the history of Britain's most famous cinema circuit continues the story from 1942 when J. Arthur Rank took control after the death of its founder, Oscar Deutsch. Odeon expanded rapidly and eventually merged with Rank's other circuit, Gaumont cinemas, as part of The Rank Organization. This book shows in great detail how Odeon adapted to the wide screen and roadshow eras, built new cinemas, and converted existing ones to two and three screens but went into a sharp decline until the turnaround in cinema attendance begining in 1985, fueled by the arrival of American-style multiplexes. By entering the race to build multiplexes and further subdividing its older sites, Odeon reasserted itself to become the largest chain in the United Kingdom .
"Odeon Cinemas 2 "is copiously illustrated, with sixteen pages in color. It includes a list of the films given an Odeon circuit release from 1942 to 1959 and a complete record of all the cinemas ever operated by Odeon until it was sold by Rank in 2000.

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