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Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports



In 17th-century Germany, a favourite pastime of nobles was to catapult foxes in to the air and then club them on landing, while last century someone thought it would be a good idea to race cheetahs on greyhound tracks. And as for the person who came up with ski ballet… Edward Brooke-Hitching has scoured the pages of history to discover over 100 forgotten sports from around the world, from the ancient and lethal sport of buffalo jumping, through the insanity of auto polo, to phone-booth…

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History


Author: Boris Johnson
Paperback

The paperback edition of this hugely well received biography of the great statesman by maverick politiican and bestselling author, Johnson.

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the ‘Churchill Factor’ – the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays – with characteristic wit and…

The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained



Travel back in time with the latest instalment in the bestselling Big Ideas series. The History Book charts world history from the dawn of civilisation to the modern culture we live in today. From the origins of homo-sapiens to the release of Nelson Mandela, from the French Revolution to the Space Race, The History Book is a stunning exploration of the human timeline up to and including modern Islam, the world wide web, and the global financial crisis. The History Book tackles big historical…

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts


This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. The idea for the book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with twelve of the most famous manuscripts in…

The Psychology Book



All the big ideas, simply explained – an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature.The Psychology Book clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science. How does the brain remember faces? What makes us choose one decision over another? Where does language come from?With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies…