Ever since Chaucer’s day, when the host of the Tabard Inn in Southwark rose to welcome the Canterbury Pilgrims with a joke, the After Dinner Speech, designed, if possible, to reduce the assembled company to helpless merriment, has presented the ultimate challenge.
Orwell’s chilling farmyard parody of Soviet Russia is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Illustrator David Hughes captures the anarchic energy of Kesey's iconic novel.
With their outrageous tastes and boundless energy, the Larkins have charmed many a reader. Alice Tait’s illustrations for Folio capture the epicurean excesses of this flamboyant family.
An idyllic existence brought to life in the famously charming diary of Parson Woodforde.
In his ‘intimate history’, Richard Fortey unlocks the geological secrets of the Earth – its origin and the constant processes that destroy and create it. His aim is to unite the natural and human history of particular places with the geological realities that underlie them.
Leading lights of the golden age of crime fiction, among them Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton and Dorothy L. Sayers, take turns weaving an inventive murder mystery.
John Adams – revolutionist, political theorist. An acclaimed biography of one of America’s Founding Fathers in a superb Folio edition.
Capote’s masterpiece of suspense was an immediate sensation when it was serialised in the New Yorker in 1965. Our edition, introduced by Rupert Thomson, includes rare courtroom photographs.
The Middle Ages have often been depicted as a period in which life had few comforts. Nonsense, says the great medieval scholar Chiara Frugoni, in this delightful examination of the many inventions we owe to the period.
Skilfully interweaving a spellbinding retelling of the Arthurian myths with the parallel story of an ordinary boy in the Middle Ages, this is the third and final book in the award-winning trilogy which is a landmark in children’s fiction.
Recalling the verse from St Matthew's Gospel: ’With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again,’ this play presents thought-provoking conundrums about justice, liberty and mercy. Published by Oxford University Press.
A brilliant overview of prehistory by a 'towering influence' in archaeology.
The final, surprising chapter of a great American life.
Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again, this is the only Shakespeare comedy set wholly in his home country. Published by Oxford University Press.
Compelling romance, epic tale of misadventure, cutting parable of cultural imperialism, Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda is overwhelmingly a story of all-consuming passions.
A rousing tale of mistaken identity, The Prince and the Pauper reveals a side of Mark Twain seldom seen. The young prince suddenly becomes the pauper and the pauper, Tom, heir to the throne of England.
One of Shakespeare's most confounding plays. Co-written with George Wilkins, its tragic story is lightened by a dynamic cast of characters and their risque dialogue. Published by Oxford University Press.
Pushkin's celebrated and influential short stories, presented alongside the work of acclaimed illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso.
The River Cottage experts present an exhaustive guide to the ingredients that are at the very heart of their organic philosophy. Published by Bloomsbury.
The poetic account of Jason’s quest for the golden fleece, written in the 3rd century BC and now an inspiration for artist Daniel Egnéus.
J. E. Gordon reveals the unseen forces that hold up buildings, bridges and aeroplanes – but also animals, plants and humans. From space travels to the complexity of the human body – all the answers are here.
A celebration of the design and the artistry of the illustrated book jacket.
The first-ever complete architectural history of the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, from the 4th century to the present day. Published by Jaca Book.
For the first time ever, the in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined. Published by HarperCollins.
The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany and how it was used by the Third Reich in the service of power. Published by Yale University Press.
A major new biography of this perennially popular artist by the world’s foremost scholar of his life and work. Published by Thames & Hudson.
Simple yet special recipes by an acclaimed chef, designed to take your cooking to the next level.
The momentous events of the last century as recorded in the personal writings of those who lived through them. Published by Michael O’Mara.
A revelatory new monograph of the brilliant Pre-Raphaelite artist.