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Country House Secrets - Behind closed doors (Hardcover): Ruth Binney Country House Secrets - Behind closed doors (Hardcover)
Ruth Binney 1
R399 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With a foreword by Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey who concludes that: `This is the world that Ruth Binney has brought so wonderfully to life in her book'. Inside the country house, what exactly were the duties of the master's valet and the lady's maid? How did these fit into the daily routine? And what were the protocols for visitors? The answers to these, and many more questions, are revealed in this entertaining and intimate guide to the self-contained world of the country house. Here you'll learn the rules of etiquette essential both upstairs and down -for both residents and visitors -marvel at the intricacies of housekeeping, and enter a bygone age of hunts, house parties and grand balls. All these aspects of country house life, and many more, are introduced here through the contemporary maxims used to instruct the members of the household and their guests, from running a large kitchen to entertaining royalty. Each is brought to life with both practical detail and direct, compelling quotes and illustrations from period manuals and advice books, giving every entry a totally authentic feel and `voice'. Rounding off the book is an informative list of houses to visit, stressing the features that relate directly to the descriptions included in the book.

New York City Landmarks (2015 edition) (Hardcover): New York City Landmarks (2015 edition) (Hardcover)
R370 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R41 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, Jake Rajs' amazing eye has captured more than 70 of New York City's most celebrated landmarks in ways never seen before, including the newest additions to New York's landscape, The Freedom Tower and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Each image is accompanied by a short text, written by Francis Morrone, offering the full details of the monument - the date built, the location, the architect/designer - as well as a comprehensive history and anecdotal tidbits.

Huguenots of London (Paperback): Robin D. Gwynn Huguenots of London (Paperback)
Robin D. Gwynn
R381 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R68 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This illustrated booklet details the substantial contribution Huguenot society made to English banking and commerce as well as the crafts and other professions in London. The author, Robin Gwynn who was the Director of the 1983/85 "Huguenot Heritage" tercentenary commemoration under the patronage of H.M. The Queen, explains why London became England's principal center for the refugees in contrast to other communities. The Huguenots' assimilation into London society is examined, as are attitudes of the British to the new refugees.

Old Cuckfield (Paperback): David Jamieson Old Cuckfield (Paperback)
David Jamieson
R259 R48 Discovery Miles 480 Save R211 (81%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Humans (Hardcover): Brandon Stanton Humans (Hardcover)
Brandon Stanton
R878 R727 Discovery Miles 7 270 Save R151 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Paths Along the Hudson - A Guide to Walking and Biking (Paperback): Jeffrey Perls Paths Along the Hudson - A Guide to Walking and Biking (Paperback)
Jeffrey Perls
R580 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R97 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Explore the beautiful Hudson River, from New York City to Albany. "Paths Along the Hudson is at once a hiking guide that details the salient features encountered along the way, and a Baedeker to the geography, geology, history and ecology of the Hudson, as seen from the paths that trace two shores. It's the kind of book that you can peruse in your den prior to hitting the trail or stow in your backpack as a resource to be consulted as you wind your way north. Also, if you've never hiked seriously before, Perls' book contains several excellent introductory sections to the gear, footwear and clothing necessary for enjoyable trekking."-The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) Jeffrey Perls brings together the culture, history, nature, and recreational activities along the Hudson River in one convenient guidebook. He not only maps out walks and bike trails, both urban and rural, but also introduces readers to the landscape, geology, history, and culture of the Hudson Valley region. Paths along the Hudson provides a practical and geographically comprehensive guide to exploring the area on foot and by bike. The trail routes bring readers as close to the river as possible and guide them to rewarding vistas, nature preserves, and historic landmarks. What you will learn in Paths along the Hudson: .How to find beautiful, practically unknown areas accessible by New York City public transportation. .Where is the most magnificent trail along the Hudson, with woodlands, beaches, cliffs, and forests? In New Jersey. .What you will need to make your explorations enjoyable, safe, and fun for everyone from the serious hiker to parents and kids. .The cultural and social history of the entire region. Jeffrey Perls is a twenty-year resident of the Hudson Valley. He is a mental health therapist, environmental activist, and outings leader.

New England Then and Now (R) (Hardcover): Derek Strahan New England Then and Now (R) (Hardcover)
Derek Strahan
R435 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R93 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

New England Then and Now is a photographic tour of some of the region's most popular views, from fishing ports in Maine to the grand hotels of New Hampshire to clapboard houses in Massachusetts. Vintage photos from a hundred years ago are paired with the same viewpoint photographed today. Despite the lapse of a century these classic locations have been beautifully preserved and have been photographed at the onset of Fall. Includes: Connecticut: Hartford, New Haven, Yale Maine: Bar Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Kennebunkport, Portland, Wiscasset, Old Orchard Massachusetts: Boston, Cambridge, Harvard, Marblehead, Rockport, Salem, Truro New Hampshire: Bethlehem, Manchester, Mount Washington, Portsmouth Rhode Island: Narrangansett, Newport, Providence Vermont: Brattleboro, Bennington, Montpelier, Rutland

Shopfronts Of London - In Praise Of Small Neighbourhood Shops (Hardcover): Eleanor Crow Shopfronts Of London - In Praise Of Small Neighbourhood Shops (Hardcover)
Eleanor Crow 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A collection of Eleanor Crow's beautiful watercolours of classic shopfronts. Published in partnership with Spitalfields Life Books, this timely volume celebrates the small neighbourhood shops of London. As our high streets decline into generic monotony, we cherish these independent shops and family businesses that enrich the city with their characterful frontages and distinctive typography. This collection includes more than 100 of Eleanor Crow's fine illustrations of the capital's bakers, cafes, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, chemists, launderettes, hardware stores, eel & pie shops, bookshops and stationers. The pictures are accompanied by the stories of the shops, their history and their shopkeepers - stretching all the way from Chelsea in the west to Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell and Walthamstow in the east. As well as beloved old and lost shopfronts, there are some recent examples of new shops that have been beautifully designed too - from cheesemongers to chippies. At a time of momentous change in the high street, this witty and fascinating personal survey champions the enduring culture of Britain's small shops.

Fantastic State of Ruin - The Painted Towns of Rajasthan (Hardcover): David Zurick Fantastic State of Ruin - The Painted Towns of Rajasthan (Hardcover)
David Zurick
R1,029 R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Save R191 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book tells the story of the painted towns of Shekhawati in rural Rajasthan, India. For centuries, the painted buildings served the towns as trading houses, pleasure palaces, temples, caravansaries, and private homes. Following independence, the descendants of the merchant families left Shekhawati for India's burgeoning cities, abandoning their opulent structures. Some were left in the charge of caretakers; squatters took up residence in many; most simply remain vacant. The buildings have slowly deteriorated over time, ravaged by climate and neglect, and now lie scattered among the desert settlements as an elegiac collection of beautiful living ruins--a crumbling open-air gallery set amid the ordinary affairs of small town life. This book portrays the fascinating ruinous beauty of the painted towns, and, along the way, provides an intimate look at life and landscape on the arid fringes of Rajasthan. This world, too, is fading, and so the book's photographs, in the end, are a visual study of both place and society at the edge of time.

Texas - Portrait of a State (Paperback): Laurence Parent Texas - Portrait of a State (Paperback)
Laurence Parent
R541 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R87 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Texas is unique, not only because it is the only state to enter the Union by way of a treaty, but because a clause in that treaty gives Texas the right, in perpetuity, to divide into as many as five separate states. These "Five States of Texas" reflect the remarkable geographic variety of this vast landscape. From the plains and mountains, beaches and deserts, forests and rugged canyons, Laurence Parent captures the beauty of the Texas landscapes, places, and people that are as diverse as its many-faceted culture.

Beautiful Cornwall - A Portrait of a County (Paperback): Nigel Hicks Beautiful Cornwall - A Portrait of a County (Paperback)
Nigel Hicks
R270 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R37 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beautiful Cornwall is the second in a series of Portrait of a County books, following on from Beautiful Devon and Wild Southwest, published in 2018 and 2016, respectively. Beautiful Cornwall is a book photographically celebrating the stunning beauty of the county of Cornwall, the culmination of southwest England's rugged peninsula. Divided into five chapters, the first is a text-led overview of what Cornwall is like, in terms of landscape, the natural environment, its towns, and the farming, fishing and tourism parts of its livelihood. Chapters 2 to 5 are photo-essays covering different parts of the county: The East, North Cornwall and Bodmin Moor, South Cornwall, and the Far West (including the Scillies). Being strongly photo-led, concentrating on the beauty of Cornwall, and a short book, it is intended that Beautiful Cornwall should appeal to anyone looking for a memento of time spent in the county, whether living there or visiting.

Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Tyneside (Paperback): Ted Liddle Cycle Rides in Northumberland and Tyneside (Paperback)
Ted Liddle
R340 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R26 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Grandfather Mountain - The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon (Hardcover): Randy Johnson Grandfather Mountain - The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon (Hardcover)
Randy Johnson
R903 R752 Discovery Miles 7 520 Save R151 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With its prominent profile recognizable for miles around and featuring vistas among the most beloved in the Appalachians, North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain is many things to many people: an easily recognized landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a popular tourist destination, a site of annual Highland Games, and an internationally recognized nature preserve. In this definitive book on Grandfather, Randy Johnson guides readers on a journey through the mountain's history, from its geological beginnings millennia ago and the early days of exploration to its role in regional development and eventual establishment as a North Carolina state park. Along the way, he shows how Grandfather has changed, and has been changed by, the people of western North Carolina and beyond. To tell the full natural and human story, Johnson draws not only on historical sources but on his rich personal experience working closely on the mountain alongside Hugh Morton and others. The result is a unique and personal telling of Grandfather's lasting significance. The book includes more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails, appreciating key plant and animal species and photographing the natural wonder that is Grandfather.

Arctic Schoolteacher - Kulukak, Alaska, 1931-1933 (Paperback, New Ed): Abbie Morgan Madenwald Arctic Schoolteacher - Kulukak, Alaska, 1931-1933 (Paperback, New Ed)
Abbie Morgan Madenwald
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Abbie Morgan arrived with her husband Ed in the Alaskan village of Kulukak in 1931 to teach school, many of the Eskimos had never before seen a white woman. Kulukak could be reached by boat when the approach was not frozen over and by dogsled when ice made travel by boat impossible.

Arctic Schoolteacher is the story of Abbie's Alaskan experience, from the detailed planning necessary for taking a year's worth of provisions to an isolated village to her departure from Alaska in 1933. In colorful, descriptive prose, she tells of the difficulty of travel and communication in the Far North, the magnificent physical environment, and the children to whom she devoted her time.

Great Britain (Hardcover, Revised edition): Stephen Halliday Great Britain (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Stephen Halliday
R264 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Great Britain unearths the hidden legends, laws, landscapes, discoveries, adventures and locations that have shaped Britain's compelling, and at times, tumultuous past. Explore how Britain was formed - its geology and climate, the quirky characters and events of its history and the origin of British institutions, such as public schools, fish and chips and driving on the left hand side. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

Syrian Desert (Hardcover): Grant Syrian Desert (Hardcover)
R4,562 Discovery Miles 45 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This historical overview is a well informed and readable account of an area of the world which has been and is now more than ever a significant geographical location in the Middle East--both culturally and commercially. Topics covered include the bedouin trouble in the area, their origins and organization, ancient and medieval trade, early travelers, accounts of the important Alter of Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad, Al Wasera, the caravan, state, private, the hajj, and much more.

500 Hidden Secrets of Barcelona (Paperback): Mark Cloostermans 500 Hidden Secrets of Barcelona (Paperback)
Mark Cloostermans
R397 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R54 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where's the best place to go out on a Saturday night in Barcelona? What off-beat museums can be discovered after Sunday brunch (and where to have that)? Which locations offer the best viewpoints of the Catalan capital? What Gaudi buildings are essential? Where does Barcelona's modernism reach its zenith? Where to take the children? What's the best place to buy wine? And where do the locals hang out? The 500 Hidden Secrets of Barcelona reveals hundreds of good-to-know addresses (where to go for tapas, or vegetarian food, or cocktails?), avoiding the touristy places and pointing out the urban details you are likely to miss. Barcelona is an incredibly rich city. Just the amount of restaurants is overwhelming: this is the home of the universally praised "Mediterranean" diet , after all. It would be a shame to just hang around Plaza Catalunya, where the airport bus drops off the visitors. Mark Cloostermans, a Belgian journalist living in Barcelona, unlocks the various districts, pointing out historical details in the sinewy streets of the old town, taking you from green Montjuic hill to the beach and back up.The best bars in Paris-like Gracia neighbourhood, all Barca-related places and the various festivals you can plan your visit around The 500 Hidden Secrets of Barcelona has it all.

The Changing Face of Manchester (2nd Edition) (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Clive Hardy The Changing Face of Manchester (2nd Edition) (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Clive Hardy
R407 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R62 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fifteen years on from its original publication, The Changing Face of Manchester, Second Edition brings you up-to-date photographs of today's modern Manchester. Shot as close to the original images as possible by photographer Justin Garner, you are able to see how much Manchester has changed over the decades through these side-by-side images. Providing an important record of social history through fascinating photographs, you are given an insight into the city of Manchester like no other. This book offers a unique chance to look back in time to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and compare these images with their 21st century counterparts. In some images we barely see a change between the old and new streets and buildings, whereas others show full modernisation, with fast roads and contemporary buildings in place of the old. Featuring fascinating stories by author Clive Hardy to accompany the stunning images, you can take home this little slice of Manchester history, and in years to come you will be able to look back and remember those days of old with fond memories.

Road to Rainier Scenic Byway (Paperback): Donald M Johnstone Road to Rainier Scenic Byway (Paperback)
Donald M Johnstone
R510 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R93 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Refranes Mexicanos: Baja California Mexico (Paperback): Luz Artigas Refranes Mexicanos: Baja California Mexico (Paperback)
Luz Artigas; Photographs by Simephoto
R312 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Adventures in the Wilderness (Paperback): W.H. Murray Adventures in the Wilderness (Paperback)
W.H. Murray
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Egypt - Land of the Pharaohs (Paperback, 5th Revised edition): Robert Morkot Egypt - Land of the Pharaohs (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Robert Morkot
R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ancient even to the ancients, Egypt was a great nation a thousand years before the Minoan civilization was established in Crete. It was viewed by the Greeks and Romans of 2,000 years ago with the same awe with which we view ancient Rome and Greece today. A visit to Egypt is like a journey back in time, but the country offers much more than just its history. Made up almost entirely of desert, Egypt owes its past, present and future to a single body of water, the river Nile.

This well-researched guide leads the reader on a journey through the ages from the tombs of the Pharoahs to the modern engineering feats of the Suez Canal and the mighty Aswan Dam. An excellent introduction to the most endlessly fascinating civilization in the world.

On This Day in Hampton, Virginia History (Paperback): Wythe Holt, Edward B Hicks On This Day in Hampton, Virginia History (Paperback)
Wythe Holt, Edward B Hicks
R495 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lake Guntersville (Paperback): Whitney A Snow, Barbara J Snow Lake Guntersville (Paperback)
Whitney A Snow, Barbara J Snow
R480 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Around Newcastle and Tyneside in the 1970s (Paperback): David Morton Around Newcastle and Tyneside in the 1970s (Paperback)
David Morton
R346 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a decade of steep industrial decline, Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement had their fingers on the pulse of changing nation. Introducing `Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?' on BBC1 in 1973, we saw the characters of Bob Ferris and Terry Collier simultaneously looking back on the 60s and looking forward to the 70s. Alongside the images of a transforming Newcastle, the theme song lamented the lines `Oh what happened to you, whatever happened to me? What became of the people we used to be?' Victorian built terraced streets were demolished in favour of more modern alternatives, such as the Byker Wall housing complex. Eldon Square was demolished to make way for a shopping complex. The Central motorway began to take form. The Tyne and Wear Metro system would come to revolutionise public transport. All this change amongst the backdrop of conflicting unions and management. Yet the household experienced more access to mod-cons; colour television, stereo players and even a family car. Pop culture also experienced a surge with music coming from the likes of David Bowie, Elton John and Pink Floyd. It was a bad decade for football as Newcastle failed to repeat the success of their win of the Inter City Fairs Cup, and as the 70s changed to the 80s they found themselves in the second division. This vast amount of change would lead the way for a new era, Thatcher's era, which would deliver its own set of challenges and problems for the North East - but that's another story. For now, enjoy the fascinating story and stunning photographs of Newcastle and Tyneside in the 1970s.

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