A History of British Paddle Steamers

There is a huge following among enthusiasts and the general public for the old paddle steamers that were once a familiar sight in British waters, both inland and around the coast. To cater for this interest the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society has collected a huge amount of material relating to the paddle steamers – posters, photographs, postcards, publicity material, film and recorded material etc. The world famous Waverley is the last active ocean going paddle steamer in existence and draws huge crowds around the country, providing a glimpse of a bygone age of travel.

The Kingswear Castle still sails around the Thames Estuary on pleasure cruises, and the world’s smallest paddle steamer Monarch still delights passengers around the Isle of Wight. This large and handsome hardbook book explores the history of paddle steamers around Britain with a mixture of evocative photographs from the past, nostalgic period publicity material and other memorabilia, facts and figures about the paddle steamers and accounts of the experiences of those who travelled on them.

How to Drive a Car : A Fascinating Insight into Driving in the 1920s and 30s

With the introduction of the driving test and the Highway Code in the 1930s, both seen as essential in combating road deaths at the time, this book was published for the budding driver so they could learn all the nuances of driving and maintaining their car. The 1930s were a time of no motorways, cars that needed almost weekly maintenance, the menace of horses and the dangers of poor lighting and drink driving, and this book sold in its tens of thousands to learner drivers as Britons took to the roads in their millions.

Discovering England’s Smallest Churches : A Countrywide Guide to a Hundred Churches and Chapels

A small rural church seats fewer than fifty, with a nave no more than thirty feet long. All the churches and chapels included in the book are still in use and can be visited by the growing number of enthusiasts who seek them out to enjoy their beauty and historical associations. A church such as St Enodoc in Cornwall, where Sir John Betjeman is buried, or St John, Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire, are prime examples of the type of church to be chosen.

The book will be illustrated with photographs, line drawings and engravings. The text will be informative but not dry and include anecdotes and notes on the locality.

Finding the Plot! : 1000 Graves To Visit Before You Die

The Tibetans have the Book of the Dead. This is Ann Treneman’s Book of the ‘Dead Interesting’. The Times writer, best known for her hilarious parliamentary sketches, has branched out – to graveyards.

In this riveting book – part travelogue, part biography, part social history – she takes you to some of the most interesting graves in Britain. You’ll meet the real War Horse, the best ‘funambulist’ ever, Byron and his dog Boatswain, prime ministers, queens and kings, Florence Nightingale and her pet baby owl Athena, highwaymen, scientists, mistresses, the real James Bond and, of course, M. Then there are writers, painters, poets, rakes and rogues, victims, the meek and mild and the just plain mad.

This unique book is made up of 100 entries, each telling the story of one or more graves. Some of the graves are chosen for who is in them, others for the grave itself. Some of the entries are humorous, some are poignant, but all tell us something about the British way of death.

At times absurd, at times astounding, in Finding the Plot Ann Treneman proves an entertaining guide to the Anglo-Saxon underworld!

The Great Animal Orchestra : Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places

This is a fascinating and unique exploration of nature’s music, from plants and animals to wind and rain. Bernie Krause is the world’s leading expert in natural sound. Beginning by recording the sound of wheat growing in a Kansas field, he has spent the last 40 years recording ecological soundscapes and the sounds of over 15,000 species.

Due to human actions, half of the wild soundscapes he has on tape no longer exist. Krause divides natural sound into three categories. Biophony is the sound made by animals and plants, like the shrimp whose underwater clicks are equivalent to a Boeing 727 taking off.

Geophony is natural sound – made by wind, water and rain – which led different tribes to have different musical scales. And anthrophony is human-generated sound, which as it has rapidly increased has affected animals – for instance, causing disoriented whales to become beached. In “The Great Animal Orchestra” Krause invites us to listen through his ears to all three as he showcases singing trees, contrasting coasts, and the roar of the modern world.

Just as streetlights engulf the stars, human noise is drowning out the sounds of nature, and our focus on the visual today blinds us to this. “The Great Animal Orchestra:” shows why it is vital we preserve our remaining natural soundscapes – and will make you hear the world entirely differently.

 

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