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Blue Guide Hay-on-Wye

Blue Guide Hay-on-Wye

by Robin Saikia

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

This pocket-sized guide in the British series covers the sites, surrounding areas and shops of this small town known for its bookstores and literary festival. (GBR969, $12.00)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions. (GBR16, $14.99)

Wales-West Country-Midlands

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

A colorful map of southwestern England and Wales. (GBR194, $8.95)

 
Great Britain Map

Great Britain Map


by Ordnance Survey

  • 2011
  • MAP

A homegrown, excellent map at a scale of 1:625,000. (GBR06, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions. (GBR01, $30.00)

Rough Guide England


by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 887 PAGES

This in-depth guide in the British series nicely balances culture and history with practical travel details. (GBR705, $26.99)

1066, The Year of the Conquest

1066, The Year of the Conquest


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 207 PAGES

A crack medievalist and storyteller, Howarth brings to life the momentous events of 1066 in rich, anecdotal history -- a classic portrait of the Norman invasion and conquest of England. (GBR115, $15.00)

A Traveller's History of England

A Traveller's History of England


by Christopher Daniell

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Historian and archeologist Daniell delivers a comprehensive history of the region since the time of the hunter-gatherers in this compact volume, taking you through the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and Medieval monarchs to the Reformation, Renaissance, the world wars, and the modern state of things. (GBR38, $14.95)

Angry Island, Hunting the English

Angry Island, Hunting the English


by A. A. Gill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

The splendidly irreverent London critic A.A. Gill includes scathing chapters on voice, humor, drink, animals, garden, sport and class in this comic manual to the English. (GBR715, $14.00)

English History, Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable

English History, Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable


by Lacey Baldwin Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

Smith serves up memorable chunks of English history with aplomb, spicing the tale with hilarious cartoons and profiles of the kings, queens and dunces who have led the nation. (GBR869, $17.95)

The Age of Shakespeare

The Age of Shakespeare


by Francois Laroque

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This pocket-size encyclopedia, an excellent introduction to Elizabethan England, presents Shakespeare, his life, times and legacy in concise essays and well-chosen illustrations. (GBR11, $12.95)

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations


by Hugh Kearney

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish. (GBR88, $24.95)

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England


by Antonia Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, brimming with personality, incident and scandal. (GBR160, $39.95)

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way


by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit. (GBR15, $14.99)

The Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle

The Noblest Invention, An Illustrated History of the Bicycle


by Bicycling Magazine | Lance Armstrong

  • SPORT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Celebrating the bicycle from the models from childhood to favorites high-tech mountain machines, beautifully illustrated in color photos. (BCY15, $27.95)

The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain

The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain


by Kenne Morgan

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 670 PAGES

Two thousand years of British history, from the invasion of Roman legions to the exit of the Blair administration, fill this beautifully illustrated volume. (GBR820, $34.95)

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman


by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

The bizarre true story behind the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary and two men -- one a scholarly editor, the other a mentally ill, convicted murderer -- who contributed to its creation. (GBR178, $15.99)

Watching the English

Watching the English


by Kate Fox

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. (GBR927, $18.95)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

English Architecture, A Concise History

English Architecture, A Concise History


by David Watkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A straightforward, illustrated history of English architecture from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. (GBR228, $14.95)

Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House


by Mark Girouard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A celebrated social and architectural history of life in English country houses, fully illustrated in black and white and color, first published in 1978. Girouard traces the history of these houses from medieval times to World War II. (GBR221, $50.00)

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral


by Robert A. Scott

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches. (EUR190, $26.95)

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599


by James S. Shapiro

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 394 PAGES

A dramatic tale of a pivotal year in English history, the life of the bard and the Globe Theater, resulting in Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most probably, Hamlet. (GBR720, $14.99)

Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries


by David Byrne

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

As he makes it clear in this exhilarating chronicle of encounters around the world, David Byrne is hooked on bicycles -- not just to get around New York, but as the preferred form of transportation in places like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Manila, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. (BCY14, $17.00)

Boy, Tales of Childhood

Boy, Tales of Childhood


by Roald Dahl

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Dahl recalls his youthful misadventures, in boarding school, working as a chocolate tester and summering in Wales. Great family reading. (GBR183, $6.99)

In Search of England

In Search of England


by H.V. Morton | James Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations. (GBR368, $16.00)

Kingdom by the Sea

Kingdom by the Sea


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale. (GBR09, $15.95)

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel


by Jerome Jerome | Jeremy Lewis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in 1889, "Three Men in a Boat" (to say nothing of the dog!) is a laugh-out-loud account of a man-powered voyage along the River Thames, full of detail on life and lore. A Longitude favorite. (GBR28, $12.00)

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill


by John Keegan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A short book in the Penguin Lives series. (EUR214, $15.00)

A Shropshire Lad


by A.E. Housman

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

Housman's collection of 63 poems, set in the Shropshire's countryside. (GBR445, $2.50)

Great Expectations

Great Expectations


by Charles Dickens

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Dickens at the top of his form. It follows Pip, from a boy orphan taken in by the eccentric Miss Havisham to a young man who finds himself benefactor to a small fortune. (GBR380, $9.00)

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

Austen's first novel parodies the Gothic thrillers of her day. Catherine Morland is a country girl spending a season in sophisticated Bath, where she falls for Henry Tilney, who invites her home to his possibly haunted mansion (GBR313, $8.00)

The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion


by Jeffrey Gantz

  • LITERATURE
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

These eleven Welsh stories, beautiful in their strangeness, combine fact with fantasy, myth with history and folklore, into one of the great Welsh epics, the only Welsh collection that survived. (GBR67, $13.00)

The Oxford Shakespeare, The Complete Works

The Oxford Shakespeare, The Complete Works


by William Shakespeare | Gary Taylor | John Jowett | William Montgomery | Stanley Wells

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 1424 PAGES

This tome is the authority in Shakespearean scholarship. In addition to the complete works, the book contains a general introduction, a brief introduction to each work and an abundance of secondary material compiled by the great Oxford University. (GBR654, $40.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe

Wildflowers of Britain and Europe


by Margaret and Roland Spohn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Over 450 species of wild flower are covered, each beautifully illustrated with detailed paintings and clear photographs. (EUR46, $21.95)

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