Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends and remind yourself of the important things in life.
The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie's first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too...a modern fable for all ages to treasure.
We think: a beautiful book to keep close or to gift this Christmas
Peter Fiennes follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers, bringing modern Britain into focus by peering through the lens of the past.
From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J.B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a series of evocative biographies, a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.
We think: a great combination of places and people
In this era of massively increasing globalisation, and with China ever more at the forefront of the news, does the global balance of power still lie in the West? In his critically acclaimed new book, Peter Frankopan (author of best-selling 'The Silk Roads') argues that the global power balance has shifted east. Looking at all aspects of China's relationship with the world, this accessible and thought-provoking book seeks to argue that China, not the West, calls the shots in today's world.
We think: timely and intriguing look at where the global balance of power now lies
Award-winning writer Adam Nicolson tells the story, almost day by day, of the year in the late 1790s that Coleridge and Wordsworth produced some of their most celebrated works, including The Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan and Lyrical Ballads.
Laced with dynamic prints by artist Tom Hammick, this is a fantastic exploration of creativity and a book to gift or treasure for yourself.
We think: wonderful combination of poetry and landscape
The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and their Year of Marvels
'Hastings himself says that “the literature of the Vietnam war is immense”. Why, then, add to it? It is a good question, but one to which his book provides a resounding answer. This is a work of considerable quality, marked by a possibly unique combination of military expertise, historical grasp and journalistic skill in unearthing hitherto undiscovered human stories of the war, as well as judiciously selecting from among others already known.' (The Guardian)
We think: absorbing history witnessed first-hand by Hastings as a young reporter
'A travel book of the first order. Atkins reminds a world shrunken by Google Earth that true discovery remains not only possible, but exhilarating - History, Geography, Art, Politics, all get a look in'. (Financial Times)
We think: beautifully observed classic travel writing
Trauma surgeon David Nott describes his experiences at the sharp end of surgery in war and disaster zones. At times harrowing, but always compelling, a memoir of astonishing bravery and humanity in the most desperate of situations.
We think: unputdownable memoir of renowned trauma surgeon
Based on previously classified material, Roland Philipps reveals the character and devastating impact of perhaps the most dangerous soviet agent of the twentieth century. From his conversion to Communism at a young age through his stellar diplomatic career and eventual daring escape to Moscow.
We think: exposes breathtaking naivety of a former age
Last few copies remaining of the fascinating story of Liz Eberlie, fondly remembered by many as headmistress of local Bricklehurst Manor school, previously decorated for a formidable career as successful code-breaker and senior intelligence officer in France and the Far East during WWII.
We think: extraordinary and colourful wartime experiences of local heroine
A meticulously researched and highly readable double biography of Byron's wife, Annabella Milbanke, and the daughter he never saw grow up, Ada Lovelace, who became a pioneer of computing and a feminist heroine.
A Sunday Times Book of the Year!
We think: behind every great man, there's a great woman (or two)
Leading Tudor historian, John Guy, offers radical interpretations of Mary Stuart's dramatic life. Previously published as "My Heart is my Own" and winner of the Whitbread Biography Award 2004 - "... now a major motion picture" as they say
We think: the truth behind Mary is every bit as dramatic as the film!
Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, describes his Cold War-era postings to India and China in the company of a translation of Herodotus' Histories, only permitted to be published after Stalin's death, which becomes a constant companion, comfort and guide.
We think: A beautifully written snapshot of a different life and time
Full of gems that make you think and may make you laugh out loud. From Haiku No 1 ("To freeze the moment / in seventeen syllables / is very diffic") to Bipolar Inmate Diary or The Man Who Didn't Love Elvis, Cooper Clarke moves from wit to social commentary and back to the simply whimsical.
We think: a rare book from this punk performance poet - full of wit and whimsy