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xiv, 450 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 24 cm
Oswald Whiteblade lived one of the most influential and colourful lives in early English history. Before his death in battle against the pagans of Mercia cut short his reign as king of Northumbria (634-42), he remodelled his northeastern English homeland as a Christian kingdom, founded the monastery of Lindisfarne, introduced a culture of learning which influenced all Europe, and became the most powerful ruler in Britain. Max Adams's thrilling account rescues Oswald from Dark Age obscurity to reveal an unjustly forgotten English hero - a king whose return from exile to reclaim his birthright was the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien's Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. But THE KING IN THE NORTH is more than just a biography of the first great English monarch; it is a stunningly researched, wide-ranging, beautifully written and revelatory portrait of early medieval England in all its aspects.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781781854174 20160612
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xix, 236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Tim Bell is the original 'spin doctor'; the Chairman of Bell Pottinger public relations, and one of the best known figures in UK media communications. Right or Wrong is his highly personal account of political, commercial and social life from the '70s to the present day. With a refreshingly uncompromising manner, Bell applies his acerbic wit and resolutely right wing sensibility to everything from managing Margaret Thatcher's election campaigns to his dealings with Ronald Reagan, F.W. de Klerk, the Saatchi brothers, and his late friend David Frost, to name a few. Born into a resolutely middle-class suburban family during the war, he left school at the age of 18 for a job as chart-boy at ABC Television. Rising through the ranks of the burgeoning West End advertising industry, in 1970 he became a co-founder of the Saatchi & Saatchi agency. Bell's main claim to fame, however, was developing campaigns for the Conservative Party during the general elections of 1979, 1983 and 1987, each of which put Margaret Thatcher into Downing Street, and for which he was awarded a knighthood. In his time, he has worked with some of the greatest names of modern politics, business, and media and on world events, historical and controversial alike. First hand memories spill across the pages as Tim Bell gives his ring-side account of key political moments such as the miner's strike, the Cold War, the poll tax riots, the end of Apartheid and the demise of Margaret Thatcher. Controversial, irreverent and outspoken, this is a book that is as polarising as Tim Bell himself. It will attract admiration and rage in equal measure. And he would not have it any other way. Right or Wrong was shortlisted for the Political Biography of the Year in the Political Book Awards 2015.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781472909350 20160618
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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xii, 306 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
  • Introduction: Beyond the Blue Door Part One: Into the Market Out of the Barrow and Into the Ring Vinyl Habit: Minus Zero and the Life and Death of the Record Shop The Travel Bookshop 1979-2011 Homeless Bones: Antiques Tomorrow's You: The Health Food Revolutionaries Sunset Boulevard and the Birth of Vintage Fashion From Rogue to Vogue: Paul Breuer Vintage Clothes An Appointment with the Dentist Part Two: Lord, Don't Stop the Carnival There's a Riot Going On: 1958 and the Notting Hill Race Riots Pageant, Fireworks, Music, Plays & Poetry: The London Free School and the 1966 Carnival Mas in the Ghetto: Carnival 1973 Gaz's Rockin' Blues The Mangrove Steelband Fox Friends: The Maverick Masquerade Band Part Three: In Love with Rock 'n' Roll Pink Floyd Go into Interstellar Overdrive Hawkwind: The House Band 1976 Rough Trade and the Birth of Punk Killing Joke: The Adventures of Youth Under the Westway: Damon Albarn The Rise of XL Records Part Four: Bricks and Mortar A Legal Matter: Goodwin & Knipe In Search of a Furnished Room Performance and Powis Square Further Limits: Duncan Fallowell Heathcote Williams and the Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Squatting Agency Basement Bedlam and the Rise of the Super Rich Behind the Blue Door with Richard Curtis Afterword Notes Index Acknowledgements.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780711234901 20160616
Portobello Road is London's most iconic street and a unique place to live and visit. Despite the waves of gentrification, soaring rents and the recent arrival of High Street chains, its Bohemian, anarchic, creative spirit still survives. Julian Mash, a former bookseller at the famous Travel Bookshop, meets the traders and shopkeepers, film-makers and fashionistas, punks, promoters and poets who make Portobello what it is. From his encounters with famous residents like Damon Albarn and life-long market traders like Peter Cain there emerges a vivid and sometimes surprising picture of one of Britain's most famous neighbourhoods. This fascinatingly illustrated book explores how Portobello Road has been at the centre of trends as diverse as racial integration, health food, vintage fashion, the property boom and the life and death of record shops.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780711234901 20160616
Green Library
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171 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 18 cm.
  • 1. Reflections on the revolutions-- 2. Industrial development-- 3. Reform and religion-- 4. The wars abroad-- 5. Roads to freedom-- 6. Coping with reform-- 7. Unless the Lord build the city-- 8. The ringing grooves of change-- 9. Politics and diplomacy: Palmerstons years-- 10. Incorporation-- 11. Free trade: an industrial economy rampant-- 12. A shifting population: town and country-- 13. The masses and the classes: the urban worker-- 14. Clerks and commerce: the lower middle class-- 15. The propertied classes-- 16. Pomp and circumstance-- 17. A great change in manners-- 18. Villa Tories: the Conservative resurgence-- 19. Ireland, Scotland, Wales: Home Rule frustrated-- 20. Reluctant imperialists?-- 21. The fin-de-siecle reaction: new views of the State-- 22. Old Liberalism, New Liberalism, Labourism, and tariff reform-- 23. Edwardian years: a crisis of the State contained-- 24. Your English summers done-- Further reading-- Chronology-- Prime ministers 1789-1914-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192853981 20160528
First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew's Very Short Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Britain is a sharp but subtle account of remarkable economic and social change and an even more remarkable political stability. Britain in 1789 was overwhelmingly rural, agrarian, multilingual, and almost half Celtic. By 1914, when it faced its greatest test since the defeat of Napoleon, it was largely urban and English. Christopher Harvie and Colin Matthew show the forces behind Britain's rise to its imperial zenith, and the continuing tensions within the nations and classes of the 'union state'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780192853981 20160528
Green Library

5. Beef and liberty [2003]

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x, 207 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
In Shakespeare's Henry V the French lords quail at the thought of British soldiers, who eat like wolves and fight like devils after 'great meals of beef'. Two centuries later, eighteenth-century England rings to boisterous renderings of 'The Roast Beef of Old England' and loud cries of 'Beef and Liberty'. And even today, in the Telegraph in June 2002, a farmer blames the French defeat in the World Cup on their ban on British beef. Eating meat rich with blood recalls ancient beliefs that it endows power, life and passion. It is a manly food, fit for fighting men: in the Napoleonic wars the British navy gave its sailors a staggering 208 pounds of beef a year. But why are so many beefy images linked to British 'freedom'. In this sparkling, provocative book Ben Rogers follows a linked set of icons - roast beef and John Bull, bull dogs and butchers -showing how the bull came to define plain, stubborn, Protestant Englishness against corrupt, effeminate, Catholic Europe. His tale is rich in vivid historical detail; from the use of the roasting jack and the outcries against French fricassees to the famous 'Durham Ox' which toured Britain in 1802, and the Sublime Society of Beefsteaks (exclusively male), which still meets in London today. Lively, funny and illuminating, illustrated throughout with prints and drawings, including famous works by Hogarth and Gillray, Beef and Liberty is a feast to relish, an entirely original history, and a pioneering study in a new subject - food nationalism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780701169800 20160528
Green Library
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xx, 764 pages, [16] pages of plates : ill. (some color) ; 24 cm
As Britain's first woman Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought about the biggest social and political revolution in the nation's post-war history. She achieved this largely by the driving force of her personality - a subject of endless speculation among both her friends and her foes. Jonathan Aitken has an insider's view of Margaret Thatcher's story. He is well qualified to explore her strong and sometimes difficult personality during half a century of political dramas. From first meeting her when she was a junior shadow minister in the mid 1960s, during her time as leader of the Opposition when he was a close family friend, and as a Member of Parliament throughout her years in power, Aitken had a ring side seat at many private and public spectacles in the Margaret Thatcher saga. From his unique vantage point, Aitken brings new light to many crucial episodes of Thatcherism. They include her ousting of Ted Heath, her battles with her Cabinet, the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike, her relationships with world leaders such as Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and the build up to the Shakespearian coup inside the Conservative Party which brought about her downfall. Drawing on his own diaries, and a wealth of extensive research including some ninety interviews which range from international statesmen like Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger and Lord Carrington to many of her No.10 private secretaries and personal friends, Jonathan Aitken's Margaret Thatcher - Power and Personality breaks new ground as a fresh and fascinating portrait of the most influential political leader of post-war Britain.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781408831847 20160612
Green Library

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