The World of Paperbacks
THAMES & HUDSON have brought out a new. fourth edition of Nineteenth Century Art: A Critical History ([pounds sterling] 32.00) by Stephen F. Eisenman, Thomas Crow, Brian Lukacher, Linda Nochlin, David L. Phillips and Frances K. Pohl. This history, first published in 1994, has become something of a classic in its field and this new edition sees five chapters revised, and one chapter, that on 'Photography, Modernity, and Art' expanded. In addition there are now 233 illustrations in colour (out of a total of 510) along with twelve new images, all of the high quality one expects from this publisher. In addition Thames & Hudson have reissued two important compendiums of information. The first is Dr Adrian Goldsworthy's The Complete Roman Army ([pounds sterling] 14.95). Given the vital role the army played both in holding the Empire together and in providing emperors, this title will prove invaluable to any student of Roman history. The second new paperback is The Art of the Picts: Sculpture and Metalwork in Early Medieval Scotland ([pounds sterling] 28.00) by George and Isabel Henderson. This lavishly illustrated study, which looks at the 'striking and original art' produced in Scotland between the 7th and 9th centuries, first appeared in 2004. It remains our best introduction to this important aspect of British history. Our final Thames & Hudson title is a new edition of Chris Stringer and Peter Andrews, The Complete World of Human Evolution ([pounds sterling] 14.95), first published in 2005. This revised edition includes the latest research in this fast-developing area and, with the many illustrations and charts, helps the reader to cope with the wealth of information provided.
The late Giles Worsley was one of this country's leading architectural historians and AURUM PRESS has published a beautifully prepared paperback edition of his classic study, England's Lost Houses from the Archives of Country Life ([pounds sterling] 20.00). first published in 2002. Using the magazine's records he looks at the fate of I 10 houses although he lists 1200 that have vanished. This is a fascinating insight into architectural loss and the photographs are balanced by text that is never sentimental but always objective.
HARPER PRESS has issued new editions of Tamara Chalabi's Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of my Iraqi Family ([pounds sterling] 12.99), a unique history of modern Iraq as seen through one of its leading families, Janie Hampton's How the Girl Guides Won the War ([pounds sterling]8.99)? a look at the roles, some predictable and others quite surprising, played by the Guides during the war, and another book on the last war, Juliet Gardiner's The Blitz: The British Under Attack ([pounds sterling]8.99) of which the reviewer in this journal wrote: There is a nice balance here between the specific and the general, the horror of the present and the promise of the future". Finally we have a reissue of Anthony Sampson's 1999 Mandela: the Authorised Biography ([pounds sterling]12.99) which did more than any other book to establish the accepted view of Mandela. This new edition contains a new After word by the South African journalist John Battersby.
Among the most important new books written on the British Empire is John Darwin's The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System IS30-1970 ([pounds sterling] 18.99 and US$29.99) published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. This was awarded the 2010 Trevor Reese Memorial Prize and shows how the loose-knit Empire was the basis but not the whole of that amazing federation called the 'British World'. This marks another important step in a more mature understanding of the Empire's role in world history.
CONSTABLE has republished Desmond Seward's highly praised study of the York dynasty in the days after Henry VII's victory at Bosworth in The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors ([pounds sterling] 8.99). Other history titles from a much later period are Jennifer Purcell's Domestic Soldiers: Six Women's Lives in the Second World War ([pounds sterling] 8. …