From English cricket’s embarrassing failure at the 2015 World Cup to heart-stopping victory, Nick Hoult and Steve James vividly describe the team’s dramatic journey from abject disappointment to lifting the trophy four years later. The date was Sunday 14th July and the venue was Lord’s – the home of cricket – and the World Cup Final was arguably the greatest one-day match of all time. This book reveals how the team became the most aggressive limited-overs side in the world, led by their inspirational captain Eoin Morgan. It was his vision and determination to succeed that captured the imagination of the nation, lifted the side to No 1 in the rankings and favourites for their own World Cup.
Hoult and James follow England’s journey from Bangladesh to Barbados, from Melbourne to Manchester, attending press conferences, matches and net sessions that gave them unrivalled insight. They uncover details not previously revealed, through interviews and conversations with the leading figures involved. They also describe the meetings that took place to begin the one-day revolution that had been set in motion by the new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, and captain Morgan. Morgan studied the All Blacks as he searched for a new team ethos that will be passed down to future generations of England players. They tell how the team dealt with the Ben Stokes court case, the sacking of Alex Hales for a drugs ban, and the inside track on innovative new strategies and tactics that helped them become the best in the world.
There are reports from every match England played at the 2019 tournament, detailing every high and low, which includes profiles of the key men in the team. There are also details of the inspirational video shown to the team at their lowest ebb after defeat to Australia. The book reaches a climax with the Super Over showdown with New Zealand and the glorious aftermath of England’s famous victory.
The Wild Things Funky Little Dresses clothing range brings exciting and mythical clothing to your child’s wardrobe; now you can make your own everyday play clothes to bring to life.
WILD THINGS: FUNKY LITTLE CLOTHES TO SEW will inspire makers of all abilities to create something exciting for their children that they will really want to wear. Drawing on simple shape and whimsical imagery, the step-by-step projects include dresses, hats, jackets and dungarees, as well as some simple accessories and keepsake gifts with a little heart and soul.
With themes from enchanted woodland to summer essentials for beginners, and outfits including a baby mouse dress, Red Riding Hood Cape and Mr Wolf jacket, this book adds a spark of adventure to everyday clothes.
A complete history of White Hart Lane, the home of Tottenham Hotspur from 1899 to 2017 and the setting for some of their greatest successes.
For a football supporter, a real fan, there is nothing more evocative than the journey to their home ground, a place where they have experienced the highs and lows that the game brings – delight, despair, hope, pain and, occasionally, pure joy. But while those stadiums seem permanent, they are not.
In May 2017, White Hart Lane, the backdrop to more than a century of Spurs history, staged its final game. With the active support and endorsement of the club, who have granted him exclusive access to senior figures and historical documents, Martin Lipton pays fitting tribute to the glory days at the Lane. He has talked to, among others, Jimmy Greaves, Martin Chivers, Pat Jennings, Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Chris Waddle, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, David Ginola, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane. And he has also interviewed fans, support staff, managers and board members in order to provide the complete and definitive story of White Hart Lane.
Can you feel nostalgic for a life you’ve never known?
Suffused with her much-loved warmth and wit, Emma John’s memoir follows her moving and memorable journey to master one of the hardest musical styles on earth – and to find her place in an alien world.
Emma had fallen out of love with her violin when a chance trip to the American South introduced her to bluegrass music. Classically trained, highly strung and wedded to London life, Emma was about as country as a gin martini. So why did it feel like a homecoming?
Answering that question takes Emma deep into the Appalachian mountains, where she uncovers a hidden culture that confounds every expectation – and learns some emotional truths of her own.
Robert Twigger, poet and travel author, was in search of a new way up England when he stumbled across the Great North Line. From Christchurch on the South Coast to Old Sarum to Stonehenge, to Avebury, to Notgrove barrow, to Meon Hill in the midlands, to Thor’s Cave, to Arbor Low stone circle, to Mam Tor, to Ilkley in Yorkshire and its three stone circles and the Swastika Stone, to several forts and camps in Northumberland to Lindisfarne (plus about thirty more sites en route). A single dead straight line following 1 degree 50 West up Britain. No other north-south straight line goes through so many ancient sites of such significance.
Was it just a suggestive coincidence or were they built intentionally? Twigger walks the line, which takes him through Birmingham, Halifax and Consett as well as Salisbury Plain, the Peak district, and the Yorkshire moors. With a planning schedule that focused more on reading about shamanism and beat poetry than hardening his feet up, he sets off ever hopeful. He wild-camps along the way, living like a homeless bum, with a heart that starts stifled but ends up soaring with the beauty of life. He sleeps in a prehistoric cave, falls into a river, crosses a ‘suicide viaduct’ and gets told off by a farmer’s wife for trespassing; but in this simple life he finds woven gold. He walks with others and he walks alone, ever alert to the incongruities of the edgelands he is journeying through.
Best-selling author of Angry White Pyjamas travels across the Rocky Mountains by canoe
Fifteen years before Lewis and Clark, Scotsman Alexander Mackenzie, looking to open up a trade route, set out from Lake Athabasca in central Northern Canada in search of the Pacific Ocean. Mackenzie travelled by bark canoe and had a cache of rum and a crew of Canadian voyageurs, hard-living backwoodsmen, for company. Two centuries later, Robert Twigger decides to follow in Mackenzie’s wake. He too travels the traditional way, having painstakingly built a canoe from birchbark sewn together with pine roots, and assembled a crew made up of fellow travelers, ex-tree-planters and a former sailor from the US Navy.
Several had tried before them but they were the first people to successfully complete Mackenzie’s diabolical route over the Rockies in a birchbark canoe since 1793. Their journey takes them to the remotest parts of the wilderness, through Native American reservations, over mountains, through rapids and across lakes, meeting descendants of Mackenzie and unhinged Canadian trappers, running out of food, getting lost and miraculously found again, disfigured for life (the ex-sailor loses his thumb), bears brown and black, docile and grizzly.
This book is a dictionary of British (native, naturalised and cultivated) plants and the folklore associated with them. Unlike many plant-lore publications Vickery’s Folk Flora tells us what people currently do and believe, rather than what Victorians did and believed. The result is a vivid demonstration that plant folklore in the British Isles is not only surviving but flourishing; adapting and evolving as time goes by, even in urban areas.
Each entry includes:
– The plant’s English and scientific (Latin) name, as well as significant local names.
– A brief description of the plant and its distribution, and, in the case of cultivated plants, a history of their introduction to the British Isles
– Information on the folklore and traditional uses of the plant, arranged where possible in a sequence starting with general folk beliefs (superstitions), use in traditional customs, use in folk medicine, other uses, and legends concerning individual representatives of the plant.
In addition to the major entries there are a number of minor entries for feast days, diseases and other subjects which direct readers to relevant major entries, e.g. St. George’s Day, on which red roses are worn; dandelions are gathered; and runner beans are planted.
A beautifully written classic of nature writing.
‘A masterly account…of supreme interest…a classic’ Country Life
Long accepted as the best work on the subject, Oliver Rackham’s book is both a comprehensive history of Britain’s woodland and a field-work guide that presents trees individually and as part of the landscape.
From prehistoric times, through the Roman period and into the Middle Ages, Oliver Rackham describes the changing character, role and history of trees and woodland. He concludes this definitive study with a section on the conservation and future of Britain’s trees, woodlands and hedgerows.
Tom Smith first wrote his guide for umpires and scorers in 1980. Since then, his indispensable guide has gone through six fully-revised editions. The ‘new’ Tom Smith is the first to be fully redesigned and updated for the 21st century. Its publication coincides with international recognition that there should be one universal standard for the training of umpires whatever country they operate in.
The ‘new’ Tom Smith incorporates the full 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket with subsequent amendments as ratified by the MCC and international and national cricket bodies. The freshly drawn diagrams are easy to follow and will be of value not only to umpires and scorers, but to all lovers of the game of cricket.
As Richie Benaud, the great Australian cricketer and commentator, has said, he never goes without his copy of ‘Tom Smith’. Nor should any spectator who wishes to feel fully qualified in discussing the application of the Laws of Cricket to the game.
David Lloyd says, ‘Tom Smith is just as valuable a piece of kit as Hawkeye, Snicko and Hotspot in the Sky Sports commentary box, its interpretation of the Laws of the game is the first thing we turn to regarding decisions. it’s a “must-have” alongside the Laws of cricket.’
A beautiful collection of the most heartwarming, inspirational and hilarious quotes from Call the Midwife, accompanied by beautiful photographs throughout.
‘Love is never the only answer. But it is always the best, the simplest, the one most likely to withstand the test of time.
Love is the beginning. It should be the final word.’ Narration by Jennifer, Series 8, Episode 4
Call the Midwife is loved across the world for its moving and intimate insights into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in the East End of London in the 1950s and 60s. The residents of Poplar and of Nonnatus House have brought comfort and joy to millions of people through their words and shared experiences. In this book you will find a collection of the best, most heart-warming and inspiring narrations and life-affirming quotes, taken from the original scripts by Heidi Thomas, alongside beautiful photographs from the show. There are lessons on love, friendship, motherhood, faith, family, home and much more – and we will hear from, among others, the voices of glamorous but vulnerable Trixie, forthright Nurse Crane, the delightfully witty Sisters Evangelina and Monica Joan and of course the wise and iconic narrations of Jennifer. The perfect book to see you through both hard and better times, this lovely collection will inspire and entertain in equal measure.
One man goes in search of the lost cities of the Amazon in the Inca heartland.
The lost cities of South America have always exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination. The ruins of the Incas and other pre-Colombian civilisations are scattered over thousands of miles of still largely uncharted territory, particularly in the Eastern Andes, where the mountains fall away towards the Amazon.
Twenty-five years ago, Hugh Thomson set off into the cloud-forest on foot to find a ruin that had been carelessly lost again after its initial discovery. Into his history of the Inca Empire he weaves the story of his adventures as he travelled to the most remote Inca cities. It is also the story of the great explorers in whose footsteps he followed, such as Hiram Bingham and Gene Savoy.
A timeless gardening classic by Christopher Lloyd, one of Britain’s most highly respected plantsmen, updated for the 21st century. With a new foreword by Anna Pavord.
This is a classic work by a gardener who combines a passionate love of his subject with a critical intelligence and a good helping of wit. THE WELL-TEMPERED GARDEN is packed with the sort of information keen gardeners crave – from planting, weeding and the pleasures of propagation to annuals, water lilies and vegetables. Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published, THE WELL-TEMPERED GARDEN is as fresh, enlightening and necessary for gardeners in the 21st century as it was when it first appeared more than 40 years ago.