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Great Gardens of Britain

Great Gardens of Britain

by Helena Attlee

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

A photographic tour through 20 of the finest gardens in Great Britain, ranging from famous 18th-century landscapes such as Stourhead to the rather quirky Garden of Cosmic Speculation. (GRB32, $29.95)

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)

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)

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 London

Eyewitness Guide London


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (GBR34, $25.00)

Fodor's London's 25 Best

Fodor's London's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops. (GBR08, $13.99)

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)

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, $15.99)

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)

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)

Watching the English

Watching the English


by Kate Fox

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 583 PAGES

Fox's clever guide to the conversation, behavior, quirks, habits and foibles of the English is wildly popular back home in Britain. Second edition. (GBR927, $19.95)

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)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

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)

The English Garden

The English Garden


by Andrew Lawson | Ursula Buchan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

An illustrated history of English gardens and styles of landscaping, with 350 photographs and a focus on gardens open to the public. (GBR986, $50.00)

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)

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)

Nature's Engraver, A Life of Thomas Bewick

Nature's Engraver, A Life of Thomas Bewick


by Jennifer S. Uglow

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Born to a farming family in Northumberland in 1753, Bewick eventually published his own History of British Birds, the first field guide intended for a general audience. Uglow's engrossing illustrated biography includes an array of the great engraver's vignettes depicting rural life and the natural world. (NAT249, $18.00)

The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1716-1783


by Jane Brown

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

This comprehensive, beautifully illustrated biography celebrates the 18th-century master gardner -- and his enduring design of England's great country estates, including Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Harewood House, Bowood House, Milton Abbey. Appointed Master Gardner at Hampton Court Palace, Lancelot Brown changed the face of England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green. (GRB76, $35.00)

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)

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities


by Charles Dickens

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 371 PAGES

Dickens' famous tale of love and intrigue, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. (GBR100, $8.00)

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)

Down The Garden Path

Down The Garden Path


by Beverley Nichols

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 296 PAGES

This facsimile edition of Nichols' 1932 ode to the pleasures and perils of gardening is an entertaining account of creating a garden, which asks the question: Why Garden? (GBR598, $24.95)

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