Author: Rachel Lichtenstein
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141911533
Release Date: 2016-09-22
Genre: History

LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 An immersive, intimate journey into the world of the Thames Estuary and the people who spend their lives there The Thames Estuary is one of the world's great deltas, providing passage in and out of London for millennia. It is silted up with the memories and artefacts of past voyages. It is the habitat for an astonishing range of wildlife. And for the people who live and work on the estuary, it is a way of life unlike any other - one most would not trade for anything, despites its dangers. Rachel Lichtenstein has travelled the length and breadth of the estuary many times and in many vessels, from hardy tug boats to stately pleasure cruisers to an inflatable dinghy. And during these crossing she has gathered an extraordinary chorus of voices: mudlarkers and fishermen, radio pirates and champion racers, the men who risk their lives out on the water and the women who wait on the shore. From the acclaimed author of Brick Lane and Rodinsky's Room, Estuary is a thoughtful and intimate portrait of a profoundly British place. With a clear eye and a sharp ear, Rachel Lichtenstein captures the essence of a community and an environment, examining how each has shaped and continues to shape the other.

Writing London and the Thames Estuary

Author: Len Platt
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004346666
Release Date: 2017-06-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

Drawing on a broad range of cultural materials including novels, film, theatre and tourist literature, Writing London and the Thames Estuary by Len Platt traces the making of the Thames estuary as margin by the London metropolis.

London on Sea

Author: Sarah Guy
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473556492
Release Date: 2018-04-26
Genre: Travel

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside. An inspirational illustrated guide to 50 coastal days out, all within easy reach of London. Swap your oyster card for fresh oysters at Whistable, and trade in city parks for the wide open spaces of Camber Sands. Written by ex-Time Out editor Sarah Guy, London on Sea offers 50 fun days out on the coast with whimsical tone of voice that captures the magic of a day out on the beach. Timeless entries will feature the best walking routes, where to see breath-taking views, interesting architectural quirks and those local institutions that make each town unique. Destinations include: Southwold, Walberswick, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Southend, Leigh-on-Sea, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Sandwich, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Hythe, Camber, Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Seaford, Rottingdean, Brighton, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, East & West Wittering, Bournemouth.

The Child Garden

Author: Geoff Ryman
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781473212138
Release Date: 2014-11-27
Genre: Fiction

In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses, and the Consensus oversees the country, 'treating' non-conformism. Information, culture, law and politics are biological functions. But Milena is different: she is resistant to viruses and an incredible musician, one of the most extraordinary women of her age. This is her story and that of her friends, like Lucy the immortal tumour and Joseph the Postman whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Rolfa, genetically engineered as a Polar Bear, whose beautiful singing voice first awakens Milena to the power of music.

Dirty Old London

Author: Lee Jackson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300210224
Release Date: 2014-11-28
Genre: History

In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with "night soil," graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a rising tide of pollution and dirt, and the forces that opposed them. Through thematic chapters, Jackson describes how Victorian reformers met with both triumph and disaster. Full of individual stories and overlooked details—from the dustmen who grew rich from recycling, to the peculiar history of the public toilet—this riveting book gives us a fresh insight into the minutiae of daily life and the wider challenges posed by the unprecedented growth of the Victorian capital.

RSPB Where To Go Wild in Britain

Author: DK
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 9781405342827
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Nature

Britain's most spectacular locations and when to visit them Discover the best of Britain's rich and diverse natural heritage, and enjoy the nation's wildlife at its finest in this month-by-month, region-by-region tour of what to see when. From the magnificent coastal flower displays of The Lizard in March, to the spectacle of seeing peregrine falcons in the unlikely urban setting of Canary Wharf in June, you'll experience first hand the huge array of flora, fauna and habitat to be found within our shores. Find details on hundreds of locations, maps, contacts, access and facilities, opening times and charges, plus great ideas for a whole host of options, giving you the choice in what you want to do and when. Comprehensive and practical, inspiring and evocative, this is your guide to the best that wild Britain has to offer.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Pottermore
ISBN: 9781781104552
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

«Δώστε μου τον Χάρι Πότερ», είπε η φωνή του Βόλντεμορτ, «και δε θα σας πειράξω. Δώστε μου τον Χάρι Πότερ και θ’ αφήσω ανέγγιχτο το σχολείο. Δώστε μου τον Χάρι Πότερ και θα σας ανταμείψω». Καθώς σκαρφαλώνει στο καλάθι συνεπιβάτη της μοτοσικλέτας του Χάγκριντ και πετάει στους ουρανούς, εγκαταλείποντας για πάντα την οδό Πριβέτ, ο Χάρι Πότερ ξέρει ότι ο Λόρδος Βόλντεμορτ και οι Θανατοφάγοι βρίσκονται στα ίχνη του. Το ξόρκι που προστάτευε τον Χάρι μέχρι τώρα έχει σπάσει, αλλά δεν μπορεί να παραμείνει κρυμμένος. Ο Σκοτεινός Άρχοντας απειλεί όλους και όλα όσα αγαπά ο Χάρι και, για να τον σταματήσει, ο Χάρι πρέπει να βρει και να καταστρέψει τους υπόλοιπους πεμπτουσιωτές. Η τελική μάχη πρέπει να αρχίσει –ο Χάρι πρέπει να αντιμετωπίσει τον θανάσιμο εχθρό του...

Sea Change

Author: Richard Girling
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446486818
Release Date: 2011-05-31
Genre: Science

We have a special relationship with the sea. It is the single most powerful driver of our economy, our lifestyle and our politics. It affects what we eat, how we use the land, how we relate to our neighbours, how we travel, even the thickness of our coats. Yet we go on treating it, with childlike faith and unreason, as if we imagine it to be infinitely resourceful and endlessly forgiving. Sea Change addresses such issues as pollution by sewage, nuclear waste and dumping at sea; extinction of fish stocks; destruction of marine environment, impacts of climate change, coastal erosion and rising sea levels; decline of our seaside resorts; the failure of the 'integrated transport policy';and smuggling. In each case Girling questions: how did the situation arise? What are the consequences? What should be done? And what will happen when we fail? His unique voice blends horror, humour and 'just fancy that'; sifting for solutions in the sands, he is utterly compelling, entertaining and inspirational.

Time Out Weekend Breaks from London

Author: Time Out Magazine Ltd
ISBN: 190497838X
Release Date: 2005
Genre: England

Make your great escape with Time Out's new Weekend Breaks guide. Thirty very different areas are highlighted, offering a mix of deluxe and boutique hotels, indulgent spas, top-notch restaurants and classic country pubs. The breaks - all visited and researched by our team of writers - cover coastal idylls, rural retreats and buzzing cities. Whatever your ideal getaway, you'll find it here. Book jacket.

A Castle By The Sea

Author: J A Frame
ISBN: 9781291460667
Release Date: 2013-06
Genre: History

The history of Whitstable Castle. The Castle as it is now known has had many names - The Manor, The Towers, Tankerton Towers and finally Whitstable Castle - the name it acquired in 1934 when it became the offices of the Whitstable Urban District Council. It was built as a home, not a castle in the true sense of being a fortified structure in the style of Dover, Rochester, Leeds and others. It is a building with a chequered past, linked to the industrial history and development of not only the town but the world. This book looks at the lives, times and impact the owners had on the house, and on Whitstable, and is the result of a great deal of in-depth research.

Wild Acorns

Author: Julian Howard
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781783060870
Release Date: 2013-09-01
Genre: Fiction

A figure emerged from the hatch and up into the yacht’s cockpit. Head to one side, his face very close to that of the skipper, he whispered, in a heavy French accent, “Be careful. Be alert. They may be expecting something.” He stepped ashore and disappeared into the murky, freezing, black night. Wild Acorns is the story of three young teenagers who unwittingly escape from the crime gang smuggling them into the UK. They walk from where they first meet, on a wind-swept stormy beach on the South Coast, north through towns of the beautiful but understated South Downs National Park, and towards their final goal of a new life in London. As their journey unfolds and they deal with the challenges of a severe snowstorm, and the joys of innocent friendships, they learn more about England and why each of them has made the nearly impossible trek to be here. Unknown to the children, they are also the quarry for the UK Board Agency and the County Police Force, who are searching relentlessly for them in a bid to save them from their probable fate. Also tracing their footsteps is the smuggling gang, who realise that the children hold the keys to their own child trafficking operation being uncovered. Wild Acorns is an ode to the abandoned childhoods of so many children who are subjected to trafficking. By setting their journey within the context of a 1950’s childhood adventure, an appeal is made for humanity and recognition of the international complexity of their plight and our own origins. The book has been influenced by My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah and the 2009 film Welcome, directed by Philippe Lioret. It will appeal to young adult fans of adventure stories.

Rusty Goes to London

Author: Ruskin Bond
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 0143335952
Release Date: 2004

Rusty Travels Abroad To Fulfil His Dream Of Becoming A Writer Rusty Goes To London Is The Fourth Book In Puffin'S New Series Of The Complete Escapades Of Rusty; This Is The First Time That All The Rusty Stories Are Available In Chronological Order. In His Early Twenties Now, Rusty Finally Severs Ties With Dehra And Books A Passage To England, With The Dream Of Writing And Selling His Novel Abroad. First In His Aunt'S House In Jersey, And Then In Rented Lodgings In London, He Works As A Clerk By Day And Writes Away In The Evenings. Eventually The Novel Is Finished And Rusty Even Finds A Publisher. But This, He Discovers, Does Not Mean That His Book Will See The Light Of Day Soon ... While In London, Rusty Has Myriad Adventures, Each More Incredible Than The Last. Strolling Down Baker Street, He Runs Into Sherlock Holmes, Who Gives Him A Few Lessons In Investigative Techniques. At The Victoria And Albert Museum, He Is Accosted By Rudyard Kipling. And Then, Of Course, There Is The Strange Incident At The Chinese Quarter, The Calypso Christmas In His Lodgings, And The Story Of The Vietnamese Girl Vu-Phuong. After Three Years Abroad, However, Rusty Realizes That He Wants To Make India His Permanent Home; All He Really Needs Is A Room Of His Own To Live And Write In, As The Vibrant World That He Has Known And Loved All Along Unfolds Outside. Returning To Dehra, He Renews Some Acquaintances And Makes A Few New Ones, And Settles Into His Role As Full-Time Author. Full Of Interesting Stories And Memorable Characters, Rusty Goes To London Is A Book That Will Delight All Of Ruskin Bond'S Young Fans.


Author: Julia Blackburn
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781448161195
Release Date: 2015-04-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Winner of the East Anglian Book of the Year 2015 John Craske, a Norfok fisherman, was born in 1881 and in 1917, when he had just turned thirty-six, he fell seriously ill. For the rest of his life he kept moving in and out of what was described as ‘a stuporous state’. In 1923 he started making paintings of the sea and boats and the coastline seen from the sea, and later, when he was too ill to stand and paint, he turned to embroidery, which he could do lying in bed. His embroideries were also the sea, including his masterpiece, a huge embroidery of The Evacuation of Dunkirk. Very few facts about Craske are known, and only a few scattered photographs have survived, together with accounts by the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner and her lover Valentine Ackland, who discovered Craske in 1937. So - as with all her books - Julia Blackburn’s account of his life is far from a conventional biography. Instead it is a quest which takes her in many strange directions - to fishermen’s cottages in Sheringham, a grand hotel fallen on hard times in Great Yarmouth and to the isolated Watch House far out in the Blakeney estuary; to Cromer and the bizarre story of Einstein’s stay there, guarded by dashing young women in jodhpurs with shotguns. Threads is a book about life and death and the strange country between the two where John Craske seemed to live. It is also about life after death, as Julia’s beloved husband Herman, a vivid presence in the early pages of the book, dies before it is finished. In a gentle meditation on art and fame; on the nature of time and the fact of mortality; and illustrated with Craske’s paintings and embroideries, Threads shows, yet again, that Julia Blackburn can conjure a magic that is spellbinding and utterly her own.