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The third instalment in Craig Revel Horwood’s frank and funny autobiography takes the reader through the highs and lows of the Strictly Come Dancing star’s ‘fab-u-lous’ life. Join C…
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Portillo's Hidden History of Britain
Discover the hidden history of Britain through the stories of its 'lost' or abandoned places and buildings.
Portillo’s Secret History of Britain presents a compelling and wonderfully evocative history of Britain through the stories of its ‘lost’ or abandoned buildings. The chapters cover a variety of historical themes: Crime and Punishment, Health and Medicine, Defence and Warfare, and Entertainment and Leisure. Using a combination of his own investigations and archive research, plus memories and quotations from the contributors he interviewed for the series, Michael Portillo explains what the buildings were used for and by whom, why they were abandoned, and what they can tell us about our past. For example:
* Learn what the ruins of London Road Fire and Police Station in Manchester reveal about the history of the emergency services in the last 100 years
* How Bradford’s art deco Odeon cinema encapsulates a century of film-making and movie-going
With evocative text that brings each location vividly to life, Michael Portillo describes the building and its activities in its heyday and compares this past life with its faded grandeur or melancholic abandonment seen today. Filled with fascinating insights and observations, his narrative provides a compelling and original perspective on Britain’s social and military history. Complementing the text are 32 pages of atmospheric and informative photographs, including ‘then’ and ‘now’ images of the locations, which pointedly juxtapose their former glory with their present-day destitution.
'From beak to tail feather and from flipper to fin, this [new Churchill biography] is a book that will long be known, read and savoured.'
– James W. Muller, Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Churchill Society
Winston Churchill was known for his great love for and admiration of animals. In fact, one of Churchill’s key characteristics was his fascination with the animal kingdom – creatures of all sorts were a crucial element in his existence. He was amused, intrigued and enchanted by, sometimes even besotted with a vast menagerie, from his pet budgerigar, dogs, cats, fish, butterflies, to his own lion, leopard and white kangaroos kept at London Zoo, and even more unusual species. Dwelling and walking amid flora and fauna was Churchill’s ideal form of existence – ‘The world would be better off if it were inhabited only by animals’ – and he signed his letters home as a boy ‘The Pussy Cat’.
In this fascinating biography, Dr Piers Brendon looks deeper into Churchill’s love of the animal kingdom, and at how animals played such a large part in his everyday life. We encounter the paradox of the animal-loving-hunter: he hunts foxes yet keeps them as pets, he likes fishing but loves fish; along with the man who used analogies to animals time and time again in his speeches and writings. The picture that emerges shows another side to the great man, showcasing his wit, wisdom and wayward genius from a different perspective and shedding new and fascinating light on the man voted The Greatest Briton.
Audio: Listen to the Emoji Code Podcast
Leigh Alexander speaks to Dr Vyvyan Evans – author of The Emoji Code – about the role the emoji plays in human communication. What’s different about emoji, how can they help us communicate better in the digital age, and where might non textual communication be heading next?
As of May 1st 2018, we are no longer using a 3rd party export representative. The export sales of Michael O’Mara Books are now handled by the Michael O’Mara Export Sales Team.
Michael O’Mara Books is to launch a new audiobook list for key titles, starting with How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain by historian and TV presenter Ruth Goodman, published on 5th April 2018.