Maps: their untold stories

A map is a snapshot of a place, a city, a nation or even the world at a given point in time – fascinating for what they tell us about the way our ancestors saw themselves, their neighbours and their place in the world. This magnificent collection, drawn from seven centuries of maps held in the National Archives at Kew, looks at a variety of maps, from those found in 14th Century manuscripts, through early estate maps, to sea charts, maps used in military campaigns, and maps from treaties. The text explores who the mapmakers were, the purposes for which the maps were made, and what it tells us about the politics of the time.

Great images are accompanied by compelling stories. Featured is a woodcut map of 16th Century London, a map of where the bombs fell during the Second World War, and a map the first American settlers’ drew when they were attempting to establish a new empire on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina. Richly illustrated with large scale reproductions of the maps, the book also includes some of the more amusing or esoteric maps from the National Archives, such as the map of the Great Exhibition in 1851 that was presented on a lady’s glove, a London Underground map in the form of a cucumber, and a Treasure Island map used to advertise National Savings.

This is a fascinating and unusual journey through the world of maps and mapmakers.

Nosh for Students – A Fun Student Cookbook

This is the 4th edition of “Nosh for Students”, a book originally inspired by the author’s son, Ben, who left for university with no cooking skills. Toasted sandwiches and Mars bars were his staple diet, but these didn’t serve him too well! What was needed to encourage him to cook was an easily attainable taste of home, oh, and pictures with every recipe! “Nosh for Students” was born. Since then, Joy has helped over 150,000 students get cooking with her straightforward and simple approach.

Joy helps to take the chore out of cooking, giving students a taste of success and making the experience so much fun.

The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face-off

Join Ludo, Noah, Jamie and Phillip – the Bare Bum Gang – as they defend their gang headquarters with Smarties tube fart bombs and other ingenious traps. The gang’s new (and unwanted!) name is bad enough, but things are about to get much worse. Their number 1 enemies have challenged them to a football match, and the prize at stake is the gang den.

And guess what – they’re all completely rubbish at football! How can they save the den? How can they get back their pride? Find out in the first Bare Bum Gang adventure!

The Good Pub Guide 2015

The 33rd edition of this much loved guide is as invaluable as ever. Organized county by county, its comprehensive yearly updates and countless reader recommendations ensure that only the very best pubs make the grade. Here you will find classic country pubs, town-centre inns, riverside retreats, historic havens and exciting newcomers, plus gastropubs and pubs specialising in malt whisky or craft beer.

Discover the top pubs in each country for beer, food and accommodation, and find out the winners of the coveted titles of Pub of the Year and Landlord of the Year. Packed with hidden gems, The Good Pub Guide provides a wealth of honest, entertaining and indispensable information.

Intimate Letters of England’s Kings

This selection of intimate letters of England’s kings is sure to intrigue anyone with an interest in the personal lives of some of England’s most powerful men. Intimate Letters of England’s Kings starts with Henry VII (1457-1509) and ends with William IV (1765-1837), and provides the reader with an illuminating insight into the lives of kings, from Henry VIII’s declaration of love to Anne Boleyn to the letter written by Charles II to his wife Catherine of Braganza. Chosen for their human appeal, these letters show the people behind the crown, allowing history to assume a remarkably human face.Additional

 

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