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Otters Of The World
- Paperback - Whittles
The authors describe all 13 species of otter, showing the beauty, ecology and fascination of otters in the world, but also their plight in many countries. They demonstrate the importance of the otter in conservation and detail identification, ecology and threats faced in the wild.
- Hardback - Frontline Books
'Sheriffmuir 1715' is the military history of a doomed Jacobite rising in Scotland, which enjoyed far more public support and arguably far more chance of success than Bonnie Prince Charlie's attempt 30 years later. Unlike the '45, the uprising which culminated in the brutal battle of Sheriffmuir was very much a Scottish affair, fought without either French troops or assistance, and unashamedly aimed at reversing the hated Union with England and re-asserting Scotland's independence. However, in this study, a completely fresh look is taken at the campaign, while the battle is reassessed in the light of a thorough knowledge of the ground and the armies which fought there.
A Shipyard At War
- Hardback - Seaforth Publishing
With lengthy and informative captions, this book is a vivid portrait of a lost industry at the height of its success.
Black Dove, White Raven
- Paperback - Electric Monkey
Rhoda and Delia are American stunt pilots who perform daring aerobatics. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking - one white, one black - is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA, it's an anathema in others. They dream of living in a world where neither gender nor ethnicity determines their life. When Delia is killed in an accident, Rhoda is determined to make that dream come true. She moves to Ethiopia with her daughter, Em, and Delia's son, Teo. Em and Teo have adapted to scratching a living in a strange land, and feel at home here; but their parents' legacy offlight and the ability to pilot a plane places them in an elite circle of people watched carefully by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, who dreams of creating an air force for his nation. As Italy prepares for its invasion of Ethiopia, Em and Teo find themselves entangled in the crisis - and are called on to help.
The Case Of The Black Pearl
- Paperback - Severn House Paperbacks
Content to leave his controversial past behind him and enjoy a more relaxed, hedonistic lifestyle on a converted houseboat in the glamorous French resort of Cannes, enigmatic Englishman Patrick de Courvoiser is known as 'Le Limier' or 'Fixer'. People come to him with their problems - and he fixes them. However, when Camille Ager asks Patrick to find her sister, Angele Valette, star of the new movie 'The Black Pearl', Patrick's laidback lifestyle is dealt a terminal blow. Last seen at the film's lavish launch party on board the luxurious black yacht owned by Russian oligarch Vasily Chapayev, the funds behind the movie and owner of the famous black pearl, Angele seems to have vanished into thin air - and so has the pearl.
Chasing Lost Time: The Life Of C.K. Scott Moncrieff
- Hardback - Chatto & Windus
C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation of Proust's 'A La Recherche du Temps Perdu' was first published in English in 1922. It was hailed as 'nothing less than extraordinary' and was the beginning of a work for Scott Moncrieff that would exhaust and consume him, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told Scott Moncrieff, 'I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust's creation' and to many, Scott Moncrieff is credited as the man who brought Proust to popular attention and wide acclaim to be hailed as a genius. Written by Scott Moncrieff's great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, with exclusive access to the family archive, this is the tale of a man expert at living a paradoxical life - fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious and deeply lonely, interwar spy and public man of letters - a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle.
Enemy Of Rome
- Hardback - Bantam Press
In the dry heat of an August morning Gaius Valerius Verrens wakes filthy and bearded and prepares for his last day on earth. Wrongly accused by enemies on his own side, Valerius is destined to die a coward's death for deserting his legion on the field of Bedriacum. It is the summer of AD 89 and after a year of slaughter and turmoil the Empire remains trapped in the coils of a desperate, destructive civil war. The only way Valerius can survive to reach Rome and be united with his lost love, Domitia Longina Corbulo, is to ally himself with Vitellius's enemies. On the way he must battle through a maze of distrust, corruption, bloody conflict and betrayal, with as many perils behind as there are in front. A powerful enemy, a burning temple and divided loyalties all stand in his way, but the prize that awaits has never been more worthwhile.
- Paperback - Quercus
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130: the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered.
Growling In The Kennel Of Justice: Lawyers' Reflections On The Legacy Of Robert Burns
- Hardback - Matador
In unfolding the backstory of the Bard's life and working through the voices of 22 lawyers from Burns's era, Allan Nicolson subtly unravels a tale at once familiar and new - even startling at times. Blending Burns's verse, correspondence and law reports of the time, Nicolson has been able to build up a novel analysis of the legacy of the Scottish poet. Steeped in the atmosphere of that era, the narratives are peppered with details of bank failures, land disputes, bankruptcies, threats of dismissal, court actions for breach of copyright, and support claims for Burns's many illegitimate children, which, alongside the poet's verse and correspondence, reveal hitherto unexplored areas of life in late 18th century Scotland.
- Paperback - Picture Corgi
It's time for the Honeypot Hill talent contest! Poppy and Honey are so excited but, among the many acts, how will Poppy stand out? Can Grandpa and a new banjo-playing boy help Poppy to wow the judges and dance her way to a win?