ENGLAND: The Biography, the Story of English Cricket 1877-2018

by Simon Wilde

England first played Test match cricket with a team largely composed of amateurs with strong county loyalties. Today the story is very different but the individuality of the players, and their diversity, is still crucial to the team. Cricket is bound up with English identity and this story is also the story of England itself.

£25 Hardback

NO SPIN: My Autobiography

by Shane Warne with Mark Nicholas

When, in 2000, Wisden picked their five Cricketers of the Century, Shane Warne was the only one still playing. Always a controversial figure, he talks with disarming honesty in this autobiography about everything from the start of his career in 1992 to his official retirement in 2013.

£20 Hardback

IN MY MIND’S EYE: A Thought Diary

by Jan Morris

At the start of her ninth decade Jan Morris began to keep a diary of her thoughts. Reflecting on books and music, sunshine and cars, she is as perceptive, witty, knowledgeable and kind as ever. A delightful collection by one of our greatest travellers and historians.

£16.99

CITY OF LIGHT: The Reinvention of Paris

by Rupert Christiansen

The Paris one sees now was largely created by Baron Haussmann, at the instigation of Emperor Napoleon III. The slums were swept away and a new city was created with an opulent opera house at its centre. Packed with illustrations, this absorbing volume is part of the Landmark Library, a series of books on the achievements of humankind from the Stone Age to the present day.

£18.99 Hardback

THE GOLDEN ATLAS

by Edward Brooke-Hitching

Imagine finding an old chest, opening it and discovering a magnificent ancient map. That is what every page of this glorious book is like, with mermaids and sea monsters threatening the intrepid adventurers. From Ancient Babylonia to buccaneers on the high seas, with collapsible globes and unique maps from private collections, this is a history of exploration like no other.

£25 Hardback

SOMETHING OF HIS ART: Walking to Lȕbeck with J. S. Bach

by Horatio Clare

In the winter of 1705 Johann Sebastian Bach embarked on a two hundred and fifty- mile walk to visit the composer Dieterich Buxterhude in Lȕbeck. Over three hundred years later Horatio Clare recreates the walk with the young composer as his ghostly companion. An evocative and imaginative description of two journeys.

£12 Hardback

ARABIA: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East

by Levison Wood

Following the footsteps of great Arabists such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Levison Wood circumnavigated the Arabian Peninsula. As he travelled through the harsh but beautiful lands he reflects on the changes they have seen and the untold stories that never reach the media. A perceptive and enthralling five thousand-mile journey.

£25 Hardback

OTTOMAN ODYSSEY: Travels Through a Lost Empire

by Alev Scott

The eight hundred-year rule of the Ottomans ended a century ago but, as Alev Scott discovers when she travels the area of the ancient empire, their influence lives on. From Kosovo to Egypt and Palestine, in palaces, cafes and refugee camps, she uncovers a story of surprises.

£20 Hardback

THROUGH THE WATER CURTAIN & other Tales from Around the World

by Cornelia Funke (selected & introduced)

Fairy tales have always fascinated Cornelia Funke and this anthology is her personal selection of tales from around the world. Lesser-known stories from Russia, Japan and Native America sit alongside traditional classics, each with comments by Cornelia.

£12.99 Hardback

BETWEEN WORLDS: Folktales of Britain & Ireland

by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Frances Castle

Folk tales allow us to enter the magical world of a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. Including magic, adventure, love, laughter and ghosts, these fifty stories will delight readers, young and old alike. Frances Castle’s striking black-and-white illustrations make this a collection to be treasured.

£15 Hardback