07 July 2016 UK Non-fiction

July 2016 : New Titles

Lindsey Bareham | Dinner Tonight | Mitchell Beazley 9781784721114 | £20 | 14th

In this collection of simple, accessible and mouth-watering recipes, Lindsey Bareham helps solve this never-ending question.

Packed full of ideas from Lindsey’s weekly column for The Times, this book will become your go-to source for a quick fix after a long day. Recipes range from Roast tomato tarte tatin and Chorizo beef sliders to Homemade fish fingers with cheat’s tartare sauce; from Miso cod with crunchy vegetable salad and Pulled chicken, ham & leek pie to Strawberry almond crumble and Chocolate puddle pudding.

Acknowledgements : Amazon UK

Keggie Carew | Dadland | Chatto 9781784740764 | £18.99 | 18th

Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for.

Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a member of an elite SOE unit he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his wartime exploits are only the start of it…

Dadland is a manhunt. Keggie takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of history, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. As Keggie pieces Tom – and herself – back together again, she celebrates the technicolour life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

Anastasia Catris | Where’s Trump? | Orion 9781409167730 | £7.99 | 21st

An an array of crowded scenes, from building a wall around Mexico to carving his face into Mount Rushmore, at a Trump wrestling match, a golf course in Scotland and having fun at a Tea Party rally, search for Donald J. Trump amongst the masses.

With tons of in-jokes and bonus material to find (including Obama’s birth certificate and his trademark toupee), plus cameo appearances from Sarah Palin and other high-flying pals, this book provides hours of fun for the haters (and lovers) of the all-American phenomenon that is TRUMP.

A classic and fun gift book, tracking Trump around the world will be endless amusement for all the family.

Abi Daker | Australia : The World’s Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle | Ilex 9781781573853 | £10 | 7th

Following the huge success of Ilex’s 1000 Dot-to-Dot series, we bring you the longest and most satisfying dot-to-dot puzzle ever! This beautifully designed hardback book concertinas into a stunning frieze of no fewer than 3000 dots, providing several satisfying hours of mindful dot-joining fun. The perfect souvenir of your trip to Australia, this fabulous original illustration features its most famous buildings and landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and the Devil’s Marbles. To enable you to enjoy your handiwork to the full, the ends of the design are perforated: you can easily remove your completed masterpiece, and display it on your wall.

Also published this month is :

Paris : The World’s Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle | Ilex  9781781573662 | £10 | 

 

Laura Dawes | Fighting Fit | Weidenfeld 9781474601979 | £18.99 7th

At the beginning of the Second World War, medical experts predicted epidemics of physical and mental illness on the home front. Rationing would decimate the nation’s health, they warned; drugs, blood and medical resources would be in short supply; air raid shelters and evacuation would spread diseases; and the psychological effects of bombing raids would leave mental hospitals overflowing. Yet, astonishingly, Britain ended the war in better health than ever before.

Based on original archival research and written with wit and verve, FIGHTING FIT reveals an extraordinary, forgotten story of medical triumph against the odds. Through a combination of meticulous planning and last-minute scrambling, Britain succeeded in averting, in Churchill’s phrase, the ‘dark curse’ on the nation’s health. It was thanks to the pioneering efforts of countless individuals – doctors, nurses, social workers, boy scouts, tea ladies, Nobel Prize winners, air raid wardens, housewives, nutritionists and psychologists – who battled to keep the nation fit and well in wartime. As Laura Dawes shows, these men and women not only helped to win the war, they paved the way for the birth of the NHS and the development of the welfare state.

Philip Eade | Evelyn Waugh – A Life Revisited | Weidenfeld 9780297869207 | £30 | 7th

Evelyn Waugh was described by Graham Greene as ‘the greatest novelist of my generation’, yet reckoned by Hilaire Belloc to have been possessed by the devil.

Waugh’s literary reputation has continued to rise since Greene’s assessment in 1966. Fifty years on from his death, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade takes a fresh look at this famously complex character and tells the full story of his dramatic, colourful and frequently bizarre life.

Written with the help of the Waugh family and drawing on numerous unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs, the book sheds new light on Waugh’s strained relationship with his sentimental father and blatantly favoured elder brother, and the burning ambition they provoked in him; his formative homosexual love affairs at Oxford; his disastrous first marriage and subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism; his unrequited love for the brightest of the Bright Young People; his complex interest in the aristocracy and what the aristocrats made of him; his insane bravery yet chequered wartime career; his drug-induced madness; his strangely successful second marriage; his unconventional attitude to his six children; his sharp tongue; his devastating wit; the love, fear and loathing that he variously inspired.

Scrupulously researched and sympathetically written, this is a sparkling and compelling new biography of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century – and one of England’s most mythologised eccentrics.

Jean-François Mallet | Simplissime : The Easiest French Cookbook in the World | Hamlyn 9780600634225 | £20

Learn to cook classic French cuisine the easy way with this French bestseller from professionally trained chef Jean-François Mallet.

Taking cooking back to basics, Simplissime is bursting with easy-to-follow and quick recipes for delicious French food. Discover how to make a mouth-watering Apple Tart with Cinnamon with just five ingredients, or Spaghetti with Asparagus and Orange in just three steps. For an impressive dish, whip up mouth-watering Mussels in Curry in a short 15 minutes.

Each of the 160 recipes in this book is made up of only 2-6 ingredients, and can be made in a short amount of time. Recipe steps are precise and simple, accompanied by clear photographs of each ingredient and finished dish.

Cooking has never been so easy! It’s no surprise that this book has been selling a copy every ten seconds in France.

Acknowledgements : Amazon UK

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Greg Milner | Pinpoint – How GPS is Changing Our World | Granta 9781847087089 | tpb | £14.99 | 7th

Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary global utility which is omnipresent, universal, and available to all. Neither the internet nor the cloud would work without the Global Positioning System (GPS), a network of 30 satellites and their monitoring stations on Earth, which makes everything from the smartphone in your pocket to precision planting of crops, to the Mars rover possible.

Pinpoint tells the remarkable story of GPS, from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system and its classified status to its present ubiquity and one of the most important technologies in the world. It examines the different ways that humans understand physical space, from ancient Polynesian navigation, to Western navigational methods to the new frontiers revealed by GPS. A strange and unexpected legacy of satellite technology is its double-edged effect on our culture: while GPS has brought us breathtakingly accurate methods of timekeeping, navigation, and earthquake tracking, our overwhelming reliance on it is affecting our cognitive maps, leading to the increasingly common phenomenon ‘Death by GPS’, in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts, lakes, and impassable mountains.

Deeply researched, inventive and with fascinating insights into the way we think about our place in the world, Pinpoint reveals the way the technologies we design to help us can end up shaping our lives. It is at once a grand history of science and a far-reaching book about contemporary culture.

July 2016 : New Paperbacks

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by  Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler | A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain | No Exit Press 9781843447603 | £8.99 | 28th

Re-issue.

Robert Olen Butler’s lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. A contemporary classic by one of America’s most important living writers, this edition of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain includes two subsequently published stories that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.

Robert Gildea | Fighters in the Shadows | Faber 9780571280360 | £9.99 | 7th

The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. ‘La Résistance française’ was not simply a national effort to free the country from German occupation, but a wider struggle, filled with conflicts and division. It included Spanish republicans, Italian and even German anti-Nazis. The defence against the Holocaust brought in Jewish resisters and Christian rescuers. It involved a civil war for the French Empire in Africa and the Near East. The movement itself was split between those on the far right and the far left, fighting for very different visions of the world.

Robert Gildea returns to the testimonies of the resisters themselves, asking who they were, what they believed in and what compelled them to take the terrible risks they did. He brings to the fore the woman resisters, who history neglected. By looking again at the constructions and interplay of the myths surrounding the resistance, Gildea builds a vivid, gripping and entirely new account of one of the most compelling narratives of the Second World War.

Peter Marren | Rainbow Dust | Vintage 9781784703189 | £9.99 | 28th

Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike. Beginning with the author’s own experience of hunting and rearing butterflies as a boy, Peter Marren considers the special place of the butterfly in art, literature, advertising and science, and, latterly, our attempts to conserve them.

Rainbow Dust takes in the controversy over collecting, the women who studied them and the curious details that lead to butterflies being feared as well as loved. This is a celebration of butterflies; one shot through with a sense of wonder but also of sorrow at what we are losing.

Catherine Seymour | The Staircase Girls | Pan Macmillan 9781509802913 | £7.99 | 28th

Joyce leaned her black Triumph bicycle against a wall, and shivered in the foggy, early dawn light. Glancing up at the enormous wooden, carved gate, she hesitated. This was a secret world she was about to enter…

For 16 year old Joyce, who lived in one of the poorest streets in Cambridge, the college building where she was about to enter represented privilege, wealth, a life she’d never live. As a bedder, Joyce would be working up and down one of the stone staircases, making the beds of the male students, sweeping floors, dusting desks. She never expected to also find herself mothering, chastising and sometimes even covering up for ‘her boys’.

The Staircase Girls takes us into the lives of Joyce and other bedders, like Nance, Maud, Rose and Audrey. They endured the Second World War and then had to contend with poverty, ill health and bereavement. They loved, lost and loved again. But their friendships gave them strength, and their work gave them happiness – and even a lasting connection with their charges, some of whom would go on to run the country. Revealing their untold stories for the first time, this is a vivid, poignant account of these remarkable women’s lives.

Keith Skues and David Kindred | Pirate Radio : An Illustrated History | Amberley Books 9781445659053 | £17.99 | 15th

In an age when the airwaves were tightly controlled by the authorities, pirate radio was the illicit and illustrious haven for music lovers across the nation. From the first broadcast in 1964, the cowboys of the radio world fed their listeners’ desire for pop and rock music and, by doing so, changed British radio forever. Through more than 100 crisp, black-and-white photographs, ‘Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History’ brings to life the ‘golden years’ of pirate radio. Featuring pictures of the crew, the boats and the fans, this book takes the reader on a journey from the formative years of pirate radio, through its political persecution and beyond.