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  • In These Timesby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank or a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers - how did the war... more...

  • Nature's Engraverby Jenny Uglow

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 30.99

    At the end of the eighteenth century, Britain, and much of the Western world, fell in love with nature. Thomas Bewick?s History of British Birds marked the moment, the first ?field guide? for ordinary people, illustrated with woodcuts of astonishing accuracy and beauty. But his work was far more than a mere guide, for in the vivid vignettes scattered... more...

  • A Gambling Manby Jenny Uglow

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 8.99

    The Restoration was a decade of experimentation: from the founding of the Royal Society for investigating the sciences to the startling role of credit and risk; from the shocking licentiousness of the court to failed attempts at religious tolerance. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the ?slippery sovereign,? laid odds and took chances, dissembling... more...

  • The Pineconeby Jenny Uglow

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 28.99

    In the village of Wreay, near Carlisle, stands the strangest and most magical Victorian church in England. This vivid, original book tells the story of its builder, Sarah Losh, strong-willed, passionate, and unusual in every way. Sarah Losh is a lost Romantic genius?an antiquarian, an architect, and a visionary. Born into an old Cumbrian family,... more...

  • A Little History Of British Gardeningby Jenny Uglow

    Random House 2012; US$ 20.33

    Did the Romans have rakes? Did the monks get muddy? Did the potato seem really, really weird when it arrived on our shores? This lively 'potted' history of gardening in Britain takes us on a garden tour from the thorn hedges around prehistoric settlements to the rage for decking and ornamental grasses today. It tracks down the ordinary... more...

  • William Hogarthby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86

    William Hogarth is a house-hold name across the country, his prints hang in our pubs and leap out from our history-books. He painted the great and good but also the common people. His art is comically exuberant, 'carried away by a passion for the ridiculous', as Hazlitt said. Jenny Uglow, acclaimed author of Elizabeth Gaskell , Nature's Engraver... more...

  • Elizabeth Gaskellby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    Winner of the Portico Prize Shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography of the Year High-spirited, witty and passionate, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote some of the most enduring novels of the Victorian age, including Mary Barton, North and South and Wives and Daughters . This biography traces Elizabeth's youth in rural Knutsford, her married years... more...

  • A Gambling Manby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 13.11

    From acclaimed biographer Jenny Uglow, a portrait of Charles II and the first decade of the Restoration: a time of glamour and gossip, charade and risk. more...

  • The Lunar Menby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    Led by Erasmus Darwin, the Lunar Society of Birmingham was formed from a group of amateur experimenters, tradesmen and artisans who met and made friends in the Midlands in the 1760s. Most came from humble families, all lived far from the centre of things, but they were young and their optimism was boundless: together they would change the world.... more...

  • Nature's Engraverby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    A lavishly produced biography of the man whose wildlife illustrations shaped the way we view the natural world. more...