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  • God's Secretariesby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.26

    A network of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Bacon; the era of the Gunpowder Plot and the worst outbreak of the plague. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than the country had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between these polarities. This was the world... more...

  • Seize the Fireby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.76

    In Seize the Fire , Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries , takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower... more...

  • Quarrel with the Kingby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.76

    Spanning the most turbulent and dramatic years of English history—from the 1520s through 1650— Quarrel with the King tells the remarkable saga of one of the greatest families in English history, the Pembrokes, following their glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, ambition, resistance, and war. With vivid color and fascinating detail,... more...

  • Why Homer Mattersby Adam Nicolson

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 12.60

    "Adam Nicolson writes popular books as popular books used to be, a breeze rather than a scholarly sweat, but humanely erudite, elegantly written, passionately felt…and his excitement is contagious."—James Wood, The New Yorker Adam Nicolson sees the Iliad and the Odyssey as the foundation myths of Greek—and our—consciousness, collapsing the... more...

  • The Gentry: Stories of the Englishby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 9.19

    Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families – from the 15th century to the present day. This sparkling work of history reads like a real-life Downton Abbey, as the loves, hatreds and many times of grief of his chosen cast illuminate the grand events of history. more...

  • Sea Roomby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; US$ 8.67

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be given your own remote islands? Thirty years ago it happened to Adam Nicolson. more...

  • The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Mattersby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; US$ 8.67

    Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? more...

  • Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness at Perch Hillby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 8.67

    The Smell of Summer Grass is based partly on the long out of print 'Perch Hill'. It is the story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by writer Adam Nicolson and his wife, cook and gardener, Sarah Raven. more...

  • Men of Honour: Trafalgar and the Making of the English Heroby Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2009; US$ 10.24

    The Battle of Trafalgar can claim to be one of the most known of the great human events. In Men of Honour, Adam Nicolson takes one of the greatest identifiable heroes in British history, Horatio Nelson, and examines the broader themes of heroism, violence and virtue. more...

  • Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History (Text only)by Adam Nicolson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2015; US$ 10.88

    A fascinating account from award-winning author, Adam Nicolson, on the history of Nicolson’s own national treasure, his family home: Sissinghurst. more...