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The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

by Hugh Kearney

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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 the Scots, Welsh and Irish. (GBR88, $19.99)

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

Seamanship, A Voyage Along the Wild Coasts of the British Isles

by Adam Nicolson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Nicolson offers an engrossing account of a coastal voyage from Cornwall, along the western coast of Ireland, out to the Faroes and to Orkney in this brief hymn to the sea. (GBR561, $13.95)

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • 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 and Ireland Map

Great Britain and Ireland Map

by Kunth Verlag

  • 2009
  • MAP

A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000. (GBR31, $11.95)

 
Fodor's London's 25 Best

Fodor's London's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 176 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)

The British World, An Illustrated Atlas

The British World, An Illustrated Atlas


by Tim Jepson

  • REFERENCE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Featuring more than 95 new National Geographic maps, photos, literary highlights and quotes, this reference book is a resplendent tribute to British history. (GRB262, $40.00)

A Short History of England, The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

A Short History of England, The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation


by Simon Jenkins

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

Jenkins relates the exhilarating tale from the Dark Ages -- when the Angles arrived from Germany, lending their name to England -- to the modern day in this concise, very readable and illustrated history. (GRB40, $17.99)

How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization


by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages. Cahill reveals how saints, scholars, monks and scribes reproduced important texts and spread them throughout Europe. (IRE07, $16.00)

Ireland, In Word and Image

Ireland, In Word and Image


by Jay Adlersberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 276 PAGES

Jay Adlersberg's visual celebration of Ireland is accompanied by literary excerpts and poetry from Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and many others. With 75 gorgeous color photographs. (IRE319, $60.00)

London, The Biography

London, The Biography


by Peter Ackroyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

A big thematic history of London from Celtic settlement to Roman outpost and world power, much focused on the life of the city. A popular biographer and novelist, Ackroyd leavens the centuries with anecdote, personality and great affection. (GBR248, $22.00)

Londoners

Londoners


by Craig Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 413 PAGES

Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of those who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities. (GRB69, $16.99)

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction


by Senia Paseta

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A remarkably concise, provocative history in the well-regarded series, touching on the major aspects of Irish history, politics, and society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (IRE195, $11.95)

Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace

Northern Ireland: The Reluctant Peace


by Feargal Cochrane

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 368 PAGES

Belfast native Cochrane traces the history of Northern Ireland, revealing how a lethal combination of religion and politics led to the 30-year conflict known as the Troubles, and critically examines the effectiveness of the peace process. (IRE353, $85.00)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

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, $15.99)

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History


by Colin McEvedy

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 112 PAGES

McEvedy deftly sketches the culture, history and society of medieval Europe in this slim historical atlas. (EUR240, $17.00)

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)

Their Finest Hour (The Second World War, Volume 2)

Their Finest Hour (The Second World War, Volume 2)


by Winston S. Churchill

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 683 PAGES

An account of the Battle of Britain from Winston Churchill himself. (WAR29, $20.00)

Tudors, The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

Tudors, The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I


by Peter Ackroyd

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Ackroyd's monumental book brings the Tudor dynasty to life, from the storied and bloodstained reign of Henry VIII to the short-lived kingship of Edward VI (The Teenage King), the brief restoration of Roman Catholicism by his half-sister Mary I (Bloody Mary) and the stable rule of Elizabeth I (The Virgin Queen). (GRB213, $18.99)

Wild Coast

Wild Coast


by Marianne Taylor

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A celebration of Britain's magnificent coast through authoritative text and oversized color photographs. Taylor not only captures the island's sheer limestone crags and rocky shores but also the coastline's wildlife habitats, where terns and plovers bicker and wildflowers crown clifftop meadows. (GRB248, $34.00)

The Beatles in Liverpool: The Stories, the Scene, and the Path to Stardom

The Beatles in Liverpool: The Stories, the Scene, and the Path to Stardom


by Spencer Leigh

  • MUSIC
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

This slim biography explores Liverpool's influence on the young Beatles and charts the seminal moments of one of history's most revered rock bands. (GRB221, $19.95)

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells


by Bernard Meehan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts. (IRE09, $19.95)

Coasting, A Private Voyage

Coasting, A Private Voyage


by Jonathan Raban

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Raban's eloquent, anecdotal account of a solo circumnavigation of the British Isles in a 30-foot ketch, his first experience in a boat. It's an engaging account of the experience of the sea and the people and places he encounters. (GBR591, $15.00)

Henry VIII, The King and His Court

Henry VIII, The King and His Court


by Alison Weir

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 656 PAGES

Meticulous in detail and narrated with style, Weir brings to life the king, the turbulent court and the men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. (GBR873, $18.00)

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)

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)

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland


by Martin Fletcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An account of travels, as well as the people, politics and traditions of Northern Ireland, infused with the author's humor and insightful reporting. (IRE146, $16.95)

The Great Shame, And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World

The Great Shame, And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World


by Thomas Keneally

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

A vivid family memoir. Keneally traces the history of Ireland, Irish immigration -- and how the English treated the Irish -- through the story of his own ancestors, taking us from 19th-Century Ireland to America and Australia. (IRE204, $19.95)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales


by W.B. Yeats

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies. (IRE04, $18.00)

London Stories

London Stories


by Jerry White

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 400 PAGES

This is a great way to experience what has been called "the city with the greatest literary tradition in the world" from the Baker Street residence of Sherlock Holmes to Charles Dickens's treacherous River Thames. (GRB144, $16.00)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


by Mary Ann Fiery Shaffer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In 1946, as England emerges from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey and his eccentric friends, who tell her about their island, the books they love, German occupation, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. (GBR783, $16.00)

Troubles

Troubles


by J.G. Farrell

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Man Booker Prize. (IRE171, $17.95)

Britain's Birds, An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Britain's Birds, An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland


by et al. | Robert Still | Rob Hume

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Featuring 2,700 color photos and up-to-date information, this comprehensive identification guide depicts all avian species one is likely to see in Britain and Ireland. Designed practically, the bird book includes maps, facts and distribution figures for each species. (GRB300, $35.00)

Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland


by Mark Golley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Arranged by species, this fully updated, jargon-free guide profiles 280 birds common in Britain and Ireland. Birding expert Mark Golley includes identification tips and details on habitat. Published in association with Wildlife Trusts. (GRB297, $22.00)

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


by Tony Soper | Dan Powell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)

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