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.
The definitive reference work on family names and their origins. Published by Oxford University Press.
Orwell’s chilling farmyard parody of Soviet Russia is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Best-selling author Philip Matyszak explores how the Greeks and Romans used magic, who performed it, and why.
Illustrator David Hughes captures the anarchic energy of Kesey's iconic novel.
The incredible stories of humanity’s most constant and varied companions, from offering sanctuary to making maple syrup.
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.
A major monograph of Bruegel, published to mark the anniversary of his death 450 years ago.
An idyllic existence brought to life in the famously charming diary of Parson Woodforde.
The fascinating story of Bauhaus, published to mark the centenary of the school’s founding. Features over 120 illustrations.
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This exquisite and expansive overview of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art is illustrated with more than 220 beautifully reproduced masterpieces.
New technologies reveal some of the incredible secrets that have long been locked in the prehistoric bones of dinosaurs.
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.
The first publication to provide a continuous translation of the ancient Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’ texts, the Papyrus of Sobekmose.
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.
Embark on an epic journey across the globe and hundreds of thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of art.
John Adams – revolutionist, political theorist. An acclaimed biography of one of America’s Founding Fathers in a superb Folio edition.
A captivating portrait of the greatest British gardens and the lords, ladies and gardeners who own and manage them.
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 definitive Japanese home-cooking recipe collection from one of the most respected and beloved culinary cultures.
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.
A new translation of Georgio Vasari’s The Life of Leonardo da Vinci, illustrated for the first time, and edited by one of the world’s leading Leonardo scholars.
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.
This incredibly well-researched book paints a vivid picture of life in the Roman legions.
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.
Martin Gayford presents a masterfully narrated account of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s. Named The Sunday Times Art Book of the Year 2018.
A brilliant overview of prehistory by a 'towering influence' in archaeology.
Women in Science, from the best-selling series ‘Little People, Big Dreams’, presents three inspirational women from history who changed the world.
The final, surprising chapter of a great American life.
This new fully illustrated and wide-ranging book applies 21st-century knowledge to help answer centuries-old questions about Leonardo da Vinci.