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The reader who looks into Helene A. Guerber's Myths of the Norsemen - a collection of Norse myths that contains the products of a golden age of Icelandic literacture - will find much that is exotic, even outlandish but also much that is strangely familiar. All the essential human experiences are contained in them, along with some universal themes and motifs.
A precious relic of the beginnings of Northern poetry, these 'old Norse songs' contain a wealth of traditional and mythical lore with a huge cast of characters, from potent and terrible gods to the lesser tribes of supernatural beings such as dwarfs, elves and witches.
Helene Guerber was a prolific author of books on the myths and legends of many lands. Her clarity and directness of style bringthese familiar and not-so-familiar stories in all their freshness to a new readership of all ages.
A picture of South Africa and the British Empire during a time of great change, Dr Philip’s Empire documents Philip’s encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights.
* One of four NEW books in Mike Harding's bestselling series * Stunning new jacket treatment * Original four titles re-launched and re-jacketed * Promotable author with high media profile
Published between 1776 and 1788, this text is acknowledged as a masterpiece of English historical writing. Covering the history of Europe from the 2nd-century AD, to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, this edition includes footnotes, explanatory comments, and a precis of the chapters not included.
A brilliant and penetrating history of the First World War by one of the world's foremost experts on the conflict. Reissued for the 100th Anniversary.
Widely considered to be the most important biography of Nelson Mandela, Antony Sampson's remarkable book has been updated with an afterword by acclaimed South African journalist, John Battersby.
The Greek myths contain some of the most thrilling, romantic and unforgettable stories in all human history - and here they are brought to life in a vivid retelling.
In a narrative beginning almost 1.5 million years ago with the emergence of Homo erectus, Frank Welsh takes the reader from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the age of terrorism.
In February 2015, Tim Locks headed to Kurdistan to fight ISIS. After watching images of the Yazidi people being slaughtered, he couldn't sit back and do nothing. Having worked as a prison officer and a bouncer, he knew how to handle himself - and had a huge protective streak. He sold his house to raise money, put himself through arms training and bought his equipment on eBay. In this gripping book he reveals what it is like to fight alongside the Kurds as well as British and American ex-military. He has cleared the enemy from occupied villages, come under mortar and small-arms fire, and witnessed the horrific atrocities committed by ISIS. He also describes how WiFi on the front line allows today's soldiers to communicate, how they always find time for selfies, even when under attack, and how the Kurds are so used to this way of life they stop mid-firefight to have a cup of chai and play Candy Crush while manning the mortars. As cultures clash, and the bullets start flying, Tim shares his adventures with honesty and black humour.
'A letter is handed to you. In broken English, it tells you that you must now vacate your farm; that this is no longer your home, for it now belongs to the crowd on your doorstep. Then the drums begin to beat.'
The epic bestselling biography of Catherine the Great and Prince Potemkin, her outrageous lover and co-ruler
Examines chivalry in the context of the Middle Ages
With all the emotional power of The Kite Runner, this is the very first true life account of growing up in Afghanistan, by a writer who still lives in Kabul.
A vivid, powerful and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing us to think again
Hamida Ghafour's family fled Kabul after the Russian invasion. In 2003, she was sent back by the Telegraph to cover the country's reconstruction. She finds a place changed utterly from the world her parents had described. This is a family memoir and portrait of Afghanistan from a young Afghan journalist.