April’s Musings: St George’s Day

Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘Books for Harry, England, and Saint George!’
(With apologies to William Shakespeare and King Henry V)

Sadly St George’s Day is no longer a national holiday. As a gallant soldier in the Roman army who slew a dragon and rescued a princess, he is surely worthy of a day of celebration and partying – we may no longer have dragons and few of our princesses need rescuing but he is a worthy role model. He is also the patron saint of Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal and Russia but first and foremost he is of course England’s hero. The books below describe three very different views of his adopted country.

Richard Morris, Yorkshire: A Lyrical History of England’s Greatest County
In this very personal history Richard Morris weaves family stories, geology, myth and travel to tell the story of this wonderful county. It is neither chronological nor complete but it is captivating, travelling from caves to fens and introducing the reader to real and fabled heroes along the way. Read it and be convinced that this is God’s Own Country.
£25 Hardback

David Bailey, King’s X
text by Francis Hodgson
From the smiling homeless man who was murdered two weeks later to wastelands and bomb sites that have been replaced with high-rise flats, David Bailey’s pictures capture a London that has vanished. King’s Cross and Street People King’s Cross are published in a large format set with newly commissioned text by Francis Hodgson, former photography critic for the Financial Times.
£225 Two clothbound hardbacks in a cloth-covered slipcase. Limited to 1000 signed and numbered sets, each in a tote bag designed by David Bailey.

P. G. Wodehouse, Something Fresh
Blandings Castle was one of the great creations of P. G. Wodehouse. The pig-obsessed Lord Emsworth, his overbearing sister Constance and a succession of secretaries form the perfect backdrop for a series of delightfully farcical stories. This first book in the saga includes the daughter of a millionaire, a valet and a lady’s maid both intent on theft, several besotted young men and, of course, a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding.
£10.99 Hardback, £8.99 Paperback

To order any of these books please email (books@hatchards.co.uk ), telephone (020 7493 9921) or, better still, visit the shop. We are open from 9.30-8 Mondays to Saturdays and 12.30-6.30 on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you.

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