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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 Cotswolds, A Cultural History

GBR901
Jane Bingham
Oxford University Press
2010
256
0195398750
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this cultural guide, Bingham introduces the churches and manor houses, rich history and celebrated landscapes of southern England.
$23.95

The Age of Shakespeare

GBR522
Frank Kermode
Modern Library
2005
214
0812974336
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A remarkably concise, elegant overview of the world of Shakespeare in the Modern Library Chronicles series by the eminent British critic and scholar.
$18.00

Bradt Slow Travel Guide Cotswolds

GRB6
Caroline Mills
Bradt Publications
2017
288
1784770434
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Ideal for walkers and wanderers, cyclists and travelers who enjoy "taking it all in," Bradt's Slow Guide to the Cotswolds is organized around its most scenic towns, with walking routes, maps and listings for eating and accommodations.
$16.99

Jane Austen's England

GRB111
Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins
Penguin Putnam
2014
448
0143125729
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Lesley and Roy Adkins draw on a rich array of contemporary sources, including previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries and personal letters, for this cultural portrait of everyday life in Regency England.
$18.00

That Sweet City, Visions of Oxford

GRB136
John Elinger
Interlink Publishing Group
2013
224
190849378X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

A Journey Through Tudor England

GRB189
Suzannah Lipscomb
W. W. Norton & Company
2014
336
1605985635
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Through visits to Tudor England’s historic palaces, castles, theaters and abbeys, Suzannah Lipscomb brings to life the rich history of the Tudors.
$19.95

Behind Closed Doors, At Home in Georgian England

GRB103
Amanda Vickery
Yale University Press
2009
328
0300168969
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.00

The Professor and the Madman

GBR178
Simon Winchester
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
242
0060839783
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

The Story of England

GBR02
Christopher Hibbert
Phaidon Press
1992
224
0714826529
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

To Marry an English Lord

GRB83
Carol Wallace, Gail MacColl
Workman Publishing Company
2012
409
0761171959
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Inspiration for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, this book is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.
$15.95

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

GBR320
Daniel Pool
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1994
416
0671882368
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
With excellent humor and an eye for detail, Pool clarifies the social customs, class distinctions and obsolete vocabulary of the Georgians and Victorians.
$16.00

Life in the English Country House

GBR221
Mark Girouard
Yale University Press
1994
432
0300058705
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$50.00

Cider With Rosie

GBR971
Laurie Lee
David R. Godine
2008
212
1567923550
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

In Search of England

GBR368
H.V. Morton, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2002
274
0306811057
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge

GBR467
Bruce Feiler
HarperCollins Publishers
2003
352
006052703X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions.
$14.99

My Early Life, 1874-1904

GBR580
Winston S. Churchill, William Manchester (Introduction)
Scribner
1996
400
0684823454
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

GNL36
Philip Zaleski
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2016
656
0374536252
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

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

GRB277
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Belknap Press
2015
496
0674967798
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.95

All Souls

GRB52
Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Javier Marias
Vintage Books
2013
210
0307950778
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.00

The Jewel That Was Ours

GBR407
Colin Dexter
Ivy Books
1993
256
0804109818
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
An Inspector Morse mystery, set among the Oxford literati and featuring a stolen jewel and a healthy dose of scandalous affairs.
$7.99

More Books

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

GBR15
Bill Bryson
Avon Books
1996
270
0380715430
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit.
$15.99

Notes from a Small Island

GBR16
Bill Bryson
Avon Books
1997
324
0380727501
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.99

Sense and Sensibility

GBR82
Jane Austen
Penguin Putnam
2003
409
0141439661
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set mostly in the West Country, this is the famous story of two sisters -- one prudent, discreet, and self-controlled, the other emotional, open and enthusiastic -- and the men they love.
$8.00

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

GBR88
Hugh Kearney
Cambridge University Press
2012
324
0521608503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.99

Northanger Abbey

GBR313
Jane Austen
Penguin
1996
219
0141439793
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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
$8.00

English Architecture, A Concise History

GBR228
David Watkin
Thames & Hudson
1985
224
0500203385
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A straightforward, illustrated history of English architecture from Anglo-Saxon times to the present.
$14.95

Winston Churchill

EUR214
John Keegan
Penguin Putnam
2007
208
0143112643
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

GRB85
Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon
Broadway Books
2011
320
0770435629
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.
$15.99

The World of Downton Abbey

GRB86
Jessica Fellowes
St. Martin's Press
2011
303
1250006341
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$29.99

Weekend at Blenheim

GRB108
J. P. Morrissey
St. Martins
2003
320
0312311389
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The foul-tempered Duke of Marlborough, his young cousin Winston Churchill, the society painter John Singer Sargent; the duchess's mother and American suffragette, Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont, Gladys Deacon, an American friend of the duchess and the enigmatic Catholic Monsignor Vay de Vaya all feature in this satisfying whodunit set at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in 1905.
$22.99

Pride and Prejudice

GRB116
Jane Austen
Penguin Putnam
2003
480
0141439513
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of the charms of Austen's masterpiece, published 200 years ago and one of the most popular novels of all time, is its depiction of real-life locations throughout Bath, Derbyshire and surroundings. She depicts the comedy, drama and heartache of high-society English courtship with the prejudiced Ms. Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy.
$9.00

For Kids

The Queen's Own Fool

SCT55
Robert J. Harris, Jane Yolen
Penguin Putnam
2001
400
0698119185
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This excellent historical novel relates the life of Mary Queen of Scots as witnessed by her jester, a spunky orphan named Nicola.
$11.99

Mary, Bloody Mary

GBR333
Carolyn Meyer
Harcourt Books
2001
240
0152164561
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This sympathetic portrait brings to life Mary Tudor’s childhood and difficult teen years, when her beloved father, Henry VIII, spurns Mary’s mother for the bewitching Anne Boleyn -- and Mary goes from riches to rags, becoming the embittered woman who would later be known as Bloody Queen Mary. Ages 11 and up.
$7.99

This Is Britain

GBR753
Miroslav Sasek
Universe Publishing
2008
60
0789317532
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This is Britain, an enduring classic first published in 1974, shows off the nation's many facets, from mysterious Stonehenge and the White Cliffs of Dover to the country's many palaces and castles.
$17.95

Arthur of Albion

GBR846
John Matthews
Barefoot Books
2008
94
1846860490
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Matthews weaves archaeology and historical research in this spirited retelling of the legends, people and tales of Camelot for ages 8-10.
$24.99

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!, Voices from a Medieval Village

GBR854
Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick Press
2011
84
0763650943
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Inspired by an illuminated poem from 13th-century Germany, this witty, historically accurate collection of prose and poems -- winner of the 2008 Newbery Medal -- forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England. With full-color illustrations.
$6.99