Recommended Books

An edition of historian Peter Frankopan's exploration of the connections between people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology through the history of the Silk Roads, with illustrations from Neil Packer.

A really great book for older children as well as grown ups.   A great Christmas gift!

PHOTOGRAPHING CORNWALL AND DEVON is a photography-location guidebook.

Boasting much of the UK's most spectacular coastline, together with endless rolling hills of patchwork countryside and the high moorland of Exmoor and Dartmoor, the South West is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and is rich with photographic potential.Author and professional photographer Adam Burton describes 70 of the best locations in Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset for photography in this lavishly illustrated photography-location guidebook featuring 300 stunning photographs, including detailed advice on how to take great photographs.

The book features seascapes and beaches, Cornish tin mines, headlands and cliffs, villages and harbours, taverns and inns, packhorse bridges and megalithic sites, churches, rolling patchwork countryside, waterfalls, streams and mystical woodlands, granite tors and moorland.

There are detailed OS maps with directions and co-ordinates for each location, location accessibility notes, best time of day and year including seasonal highlights, sun compass, photographic tips and techniques, special advice on long exposures for seascape photography.

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever.

Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

The Pebbles on the Beach was first published in 1954. This newly reissued edition includes a foreword by Robert Macfarlane. There is a handy illustrated guide to identifying pebbles on the reverse of the book jacket.

Two boys from different continents embrace their passion for football as they begin to find their way in life. The Global Cup, which comes but once every four years, inspires the boys to follow their love of the `beautiful game' and dream beyond. Can their friendships help determine their quest for greatness?

In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar.

Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same 'history in sequence' mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three 'Great Tales' of the Elder Days.