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Oxford & the Cotswolds

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

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)

The Cotswolds, A Cultural History

The Cotswolds, A Cultural History

by Jane Bingham

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this cultural guide, Bingham introduces the churches and manor houses, rich history and celebrated landscapes of southern England. (GBR901, $20.95)

A Traveller's History of Oxford

A Traveller's History of Oxford

by Richard Tames

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A compact history of Oxford from settlement to the present, including its importance in medieval England, founding of the different colleges and brief period as Royalist capital. Tames also discusses the architecture of the colleges and includes biographies of illustrious alumni. (GBR374, $14.95)

Slow Cotswolds

Slow Cotswolds

by Caroline Mills

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 260 PAGES

Connect with the people, places, environment and heritage of the Cotswolds and discover for yourself the well-known sights and the unsung delights of the English countryside -- not to mention the foibles of the locals -- in this personable guide. (GRB6, $22.99)

That Sweet City, Visions of Oxford

That Sweet City, Visions of Oxford

by John Elinger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Linguist, professor, Old English scholar and poet Elinger (a.k.a. Sir Christopher John Elinger Ball) describes each of the selected sights on seven hand-crafted walks from city center into the countryside with pictures, poems, maps and commentary. (GRB136, $20.00)

 
Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen's England


by Lesley Adkins | Roy Adkins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Lesley and Roy Adkins draw on a rich array of contemporary sources, including previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries and personal letters, for this cultural portrait of everyday life in Regency England. (GRB111, $17.00)

A Journey Through Tudor England

A Journey Through Tudor England


by Suzannah Lipscomb

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Through visits to Tudor England's historic palaces, castles, theaters and abbeys, Suzannah Lipscomb brings to life the rich history of the Tudors. (GRB189, $15.95)

Behind Closed Doors, At Home in Georgian England


by Amanda Vickery

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer's ledgers, burglary trials and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success and political representation during the long 18th century. (GRB103, $28.00)

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)

The World of Downton Abbey

The World of Downton Abbey


by Jessica Fellowes

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

A lavish look at the real world -- both the history and the behind-the-scenes drama -- of the spellbinding Masterpiece TV series, by the niece of the creator, journalist and a former editor of Country Life. (GRB86, $29.99)

To Marry an English Lord

To Marry an English Lord


by Carol Wallace | Gail MacColl

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

Inspiration for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, this book is social history at its liveliest and most accessible. (GRB83, $15.95)

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew


by Daniel Pool

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

With excellent humor and an eye for detail, Pool clarifies the social customs, class distinctions and obsolete vocabulary of the Georgians and Victorians. (GBR320, $16.00)

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)

Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie


by Laurie Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

In this memoir of growing up in a small, remote village in the Cotswolds -- set against the backdrop of the First World War -- Lee captures an all-but-vanished rural way of life. Originally published in 1959. (GBR971, $15.95)

In Search of England

In Search of England


by H.V. Morton | Jan 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)

My Early Life, 1874-1904

My Early Life, 1874-1904


by Winston S. Churchill | William Manchester

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Churchill's memoir of his first 30 years, written with considerable hindsight in 1930. His childhood, education and experiences as a war correspondent and early dabblings in politics are all addressed. (GBR580, $20.00)

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings


by Philip Zaleski

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 656 PAGES

A fascinating, readable group biography of the Inklings, the prestigious Oxford writing club that included J. R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles William. (GNL36, $35.00)

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland


by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 496 PAGES

An insightful look at the friendship between Oxford mathematician-turned-writer Lewis Carroll and 11-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the Alice in Wonderland books. (GRB277, $29.95)

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill


by John Keegan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Acclaimed historian Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the 20th century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. A short book in the Penguin Lives series. (EUR214, $16.00)

All Souls

All Souls


by Margaret Jull Costa | Javier Marias

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

A visiting Spanish lecturer, who is not unlike Marias himself, illuminates the eccentricities of Oxford life in this contemplative black comedy. Call him the Spanish Oscar Wilde or a more mysterious Henry James. (GRB52, $15.00)

Collected Poems, 1909-1962

Collected Poems, 1909-1962


by T. S. Eliot

  • LITERATURE
  • 1963
  • HARD COVER
  • 221 PAGES

This collection of T.S. Eliot's poetry, chosen by the poet, ranges from the early Prufrock and Other Observations to Four Quartets, The Waste Land and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. (GRB135, $25.00)

The Jewel That Was Ours

The Jewel That Was Ours


by Colin Dexter

  • MYSTERY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An Inspector Morse mystery, set among the Oxford literati and featuring a stolen jewel and a healthy dose of scandalous affairs. (GBR407, $7.99)

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