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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - Magical Characters & Places Colouring Book (Paperback): Harpercollins Publishers,... Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them - Magical Characters & Places Colouring Book (Paperback)
Harpercollins Publishers, Warner Bros 1
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

Colour your way on a magical adventure as you step on to the streets of New York in 1926, and meet Newt Scamander and his beasts!

Then, unleash your creativity to add colour and life to the menagerie of magical creatures that are presented in stunning black & white detail in this officially licensed title by Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

From the Niffler to the Swooping Evil, each is waiting for you to breathe new life into them as you colour your way into the wizarding world.

The Unexpected Truth About Animals (Hardcover): Lucy Cooke The Unexpected Truth About Animals (Hardcover)
Lucy Cooke 1
R413 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R107 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows hibernated under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals, zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the fascinating - and often hilarious - facts she's uncovered while chasing hyenas, spying on penguins and stalking drunk moose. You'll learn why sloths risk their lives to poo, how bats joined the Allies in the Second World War, and the mystery of the beaver's balls. And you'll discover that even the most outlandish theories may have some truth in them after all.

Sneakers (Hardcover): Howie Kahn, Alex French, Rodrigo Corral Sneakers (Hardcover)
Howie Kahn, Alex French, Rodrigo Corral 1
R415 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R94 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

An absolute necessity for design devotees and sneakerheads of all ages. Sneakers is a definitive exploration of the creative energy, innovation, collaboration, and visionary intelligence behind the cultural phenomenon of sneakers. This beautifully illustrated book features over 270 pages of photos and interviews with industry gurus, sports legends and celebrities in a stunning package created by celebrated designer Rodrigo Corral. The book's carefully curated list of participants takes readers to the centre of the action. Jim Riswold dishes on making commercials with Michael Jordan. Adidas's Rachel Muscat and Jon Wexler get philosophical about their star collaborator, Kanye West. Nike's legendary Tinker Hatfield takes a glimpse into the future. Professional tennis player Serena Williams shares an exclusive reveal. And much, much more. Sneakers is an absolute must-have for sneaker lovers and anyone who is interested in design, creative process, street culture, branding, entrepreneurship, art and fashion.

The Unexpected Truth About Animals (Paperback): Lucy Cooke The Unexpected Truth About Animals (Paperback)
Lucy Cooke 1
R319 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R62 (19%) Within 8 - 15 working days

History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows migrated to the moon, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals, zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the fascinating - and often hilarious - facts she's uncovered while chasing hyenas, spying on tobogganing penguins and stalking drunken moose. You'll learn why sloths risk their lives to poo, how bats joined the Allies in the Second World War, and the mystery of the beaver's balls. And you'll discover that even the most outlandish theories may have some truth in them after all.

100 Things They Don't Want You To Know - Conspiracies, mysteries and unsolved crimes (Paperback): Daniel Smith 100 Things They Don't Want You To Know - Conspiracies, mysteries and unsolved crimes (Paperback)
Daniel Smith 1
R215 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R44 (20%) Within 8 - 15 working days

The truth is out there . . . Who was Jack the Ripper? Where did the Nazis stash their gold? Who are the real Men in Black? Did the Lost Cosmonauts exist? Why was Stonehenge built? 100 Things They Don't Want You to Know sets out to uncover the truth behind the world's most mysterious cover-ups and unexplained events that have been shrouded in secrecy for generations. From suspicious deaths and disappearances to enigmatic identities, from Cold War cover-ups to puzzling paranormal phenomena and UFOs, from ancient artefacts to coded documents, these mysteries have fired our imaginations for years, leading us on a quest for answers to these inexplicable yet fascinating events.Also includes: Black Dahlia, the Marfa Lights, the Turin Shroud, Spontaneous Combustion, Lost Literature of the Mayan Civilisation, Disappearance of Jean Spangler, Shakespeare's True Identity, the Easter Island Glyphs, the Death of Lee Harvey Oswald, the Mothman, The Flying Dutchman, the Secret Mission of Ruldolph Hess, the 'WOW" signal, Lewis Carroll's Lost Diaries, the Man in the Iron Mask and the Beast of Bodmin Moor.

Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Hardcover): Richard Lloyd Parry Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Hardcover)
Richard Lloyd Parry 1
R410 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R94 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (Hardcover): Jen Campbell The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (Hardcover)
Jen Campbell 1
R315 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R44 (14%) Preorder

'ENCHANTING AND ILLUMINATING' Carys Bray, bestselling author of A Song For Issy Bradley'THIS BOOK IS FULL OF CHARACTER AND MAGIC, AND I FOUND MYSELF MESMERISED' Claire Fuller, bestselling author of Our Endless Numbered Days'THESE STORIES ARE WEAVED TOGETHER LIKE SILVERY FISHING NETS. LIKE SHIMMERING, JEWEL-BRIGHT WORLDS' Helen McClory'These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button. That's why I bought her heart online.'Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows. A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island. A boy is worried his sister has two souls. A couple are rewriting the history of the world. And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls. 'I'm fascinated by storytelling, and particularly fairy tales. How humans have always tried to explain things that they can't possibly understand with, sometimes outrageous, stories' Jen CampbellFrom the author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book.

Myths in Minutes (Paperback): Neil Philip Myths in Minutes (Paperback)
Neil Philip 1
R244 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R48 (20%) Within 8 - 15 working days

The world's great fables, sagas and legends dramatically retold.Myths are the greatest stories ever told. Passed down over millennia, they are the templates for all our stories, with their eternal themes of creation and destruction, fate and cunning, heroism and cruelty, sensuality and war. Retold here are nearly 200 myths - from Prometheus defying Zeus to create man to the destruction of Troy; and from valiant battles against Frost Giants and Cyclopes to the heroic quests for the Golden Fleece and Holy Grail - including a commentary on their origins, common themes and meanings. Compellingly written, concise and with each myth illustrated with an iconic image, Myths in Minutes is the perfect way to understand and enjoy the world's major fables. Includes the great Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian legends: The Labours of Heracles; The Gods of Olympus; Zeus defeats the Titans; Hades and the Underworld; Theseus and the Minotaur; The Gorgons; Perseus and Andromeda; Oedipus and the Sphinx; The Judgment of Paris; The Trojan Horse; The Odyssey; Jason and The Golden Fleece; Romulus, Remus and the Founding of Rome; Mars, the God of War; The Eye of Ra; The Murder and Resurrection of Osiris; and more.The best of Celtic, Norse, Eastern, American, Oceanic and African myths: Gilgamesh and the Great Flood; Odin's Great Sacrifice; Thor's Adventures in the Land of the Giants; The Treachery of Loki; Ragnarok - The Last Battle; The Eight Immortals; The War Between the Sun and the Stars; Quetzalcoatl, The Plumed Serpent; Ganesh, the Elephant-headed; Ananse and the Sky God; King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table; the age-old stories of the Aboriginal Dreaming; and many; many more.

The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures (Paperback): Aaron Mahnke The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures (Paperback)
Aaron Mahnke 1
R334 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R82 (25%) Within 10 - 17 working days
Magical Jungle - An Inky Expedition & Colouring Book (Paperback): Johanna Basford Magical Jungle - An Inky Expedition & Colouring Book (Paperback)
Johanna Basford 5
R150 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R21 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

From the international bestselling creator of Lost Ocean comes a beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a wondrous expedition through the jungle. Follow ink evangelist and queen of colouring, Johanna Basford down an inky trail through Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be coloured in. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations, colour-inners of all ages are invited to explore an exotic rainforest teeming with creatures large and small. Encounter speckled tree frogs and dainty hummingbirds, prowling tigers and playful monkeys. Let your imagination run wild in the leafy treetop canopy or find yourself drawn to the delicate world of sensational blossoms and tropical plants below. There are ancient relics to be found along the way, each one leading toward the mystical treasure hidden at the heart of the magical jungle. Only the bravest, most inquisitive colourers will discover what lies hidden at the end of this inky quest. For Magical Jungle Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

A Secret Vice - Tolkien on Invented Languages (Hardcover): J. R. R. Tolkien A Secret Vice - Tolkien on Invented Languages (Hardcover)
J. R. R. Tolkien; Edited by Dimitra Fimi, Andrew Higgins 1
R402 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R94 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

First ever critical study of Tolkien's little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.J.R.R. Tolkien's linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in `A Secret Vice', `the making of language and mythology are related functions''.In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938-9, `On Fairy-Stories', which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled `A Hobby for the Home', where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: `the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement'.This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as `A Secret Vice' in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien's art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his `Essay on Phonetic Symbolism', goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien's mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.

Animal Lore and Legend - The Wisdom and Wonder of Animals Revealed (Hardcover): Ruth Binney Animal Lore and Legend - The Wisdom and Wonder of Animals Revealed (Hardcover)
Ruth Binney
R237 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R62 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

For as long as humans have inhabited the earth, we have lived alongside the multitude of other creatures with which we share our planet. However it is undoubtedly true that today most of us are not as close to the animals around us as our forebears were, and that many of the world's best loved large mammals and most beautiful birds are in danger of becoming extinct. The threats of the 21st century to the animal world make it even more pertinent to explore the many legends and folktales, myths and superstitions that reflect this past closeness, highlight our desire to explain nature's wonders and mysteries, and underline the necessity to preserve for future generations all creatures great and small.Gathered together in this fascinating book are the lore and legends of the animal world, alongside the realities of nature. Yet whatever their natural attributes, in folklore animals can do almost anything. They can be our friends and foes - and of course they can talk to each other. They can be evil witches and devils in disguise, they can bring good luck and bad. And in real life they can be our dearest companions, to the point of sheer worship.An amazing collection of fanciful superstitions, intriguing tales and amusing anecdotes, which any animal lover will truly relish.

Vogue: The Gown (Hardcover): Jo Ellison Vogue: The Gown (Hardcover)
Jo Ellison 1
R759 R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Save R174 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Illustrated with fabulous images from Vogue's archive, Vogue: The Gown is the ultimate book for fashion lovers.In Vogue: The Gown, Jo Ellison has gathered more than 300 images and grouped them into five thematic chapters: Classical, Fantasy, Drama, Decorative and Modern. The book provides an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history, showcasing the work of photographers including Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, David Bailey, Herb Ritts, Norman Parkinson, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Horst.Something about a gown's intrinsic construction, unashamed opulence and sheer feminine romance ignites in us the promise of fairy-tale adventure and unparalleled glamour. The magical gowns featured here give full reign to those fantasies, be they the sublime yet simple classical creations of Madame Gres, the heavenly bodies sculpted by Azzedine Alaia, the lean, seductive lines of a Deco-inspired silhouette or huge tulle poufs fit for a princess.Now available in a new format with a luxurious real cloth cover, at a more pocket-friendly price of GBP30, this is essential reading for fashionistas everywhere.

The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures (Hardcover): Aaron Mahnke The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures (Hardcover)
Aaron Mahnke 1
R459 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R101 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our mind. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. And yet, no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them. Werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, and explores not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. Aaron Mahnke invites us to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. Mahnke delves into harrowing accounts of cannibalism-some officially documented, others the stuff of speculation . . . perhaps. He visits the dimly lit rooms where seances take place, the European villages where gremlins make mischief, and Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.The monsters of folklore have become not only a part of our language but a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained, and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls. As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even scarier than the lore...Praise for the Lore podcast'Truth can often be much scarier than fiction - something Mahnke proves as he dives deep into the world of folklore and the darker side of history in a quest to root out the fragment of truth at the bottom of our fears." - Entertainment Weekly'Narrated by Mahnke in a style that evokes spooky campfire stories, Lore is a history lesson like no other.' - Esquire

The Secret Life of the Owl (Hardcover): John Lewis-Stempel The Secret Life of the Owl (Hardcover)
John Lewis-Stempel 1
R192 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R50 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

`Dusk is filling the valley. It is the time of the gloaming, the owl-light. Out in the wood, the resident tawny has started calling, Hoo-hoo-hoo-h-o-o-o.' There is something about owls. They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards. They are creatures of the night, and thus of magic. They are the birds of ill-tidings, the avian messengers from the Other Side. But owls - with the sapient flatness of their faces, their big, round eyes, their paternal expressions - are also reassuringly familiar. We see them as wise, like Athena's owl, and loyal, like Hedwig. Human-like, in other words. No other species has so captivated us. In The Secret Life of the Owl, John Lewis-Stempel explores the legends and history of the owl. And in vivid, lyrical prose, he celebrates all the realities of this magnificent creature, whose natural powers are as fantastic as any myth.

Myth and Meaning - San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context (Paperback): J.D. Lewis-Williams Myth and Meaning - San-Bushman Folklore in Global Context (Paperback)
J.D. Lewis-Williams
R346 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R67 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days

J.D. Lewis-Williams, a leading South African archaeologist and ethnographer, examines the complex myths of the San-Bushmen to create a larger theory of how myth is used in cultures worldwide. Exploring ethnographic, archival and archaeological lines of research, he extracts the 'nuggets', the far-reaching but often unspoken words and concepts of language and understanding that are opaque to outsiders, to establish a more nuanced theory of the role of these myths in the thought-world and social circumstances of the San. The book draws from the author's own work, the unique 19th-century Bleek & Lloyd archive, more recent ethnographic work, and San rock art and includes well-known San stories such as The broken string, Mantis dreams, and Creation of the eland.

Lady Gregory's Complete Irish Mythology (Paperback): Lady Gregory Lady Gregory's Complete Irish Mythology (Paperback)
Lady Gregory
R295 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R57 (19%) Within 8 - 15 working days
Tarpeia - Workings of a Roman Myth (Paperback): Tara S Welch Tarpeia - Workings of a Roman Myth (Paperback)
Tara S Welch
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Within 7 - 15 working days
Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Paperback): Richard Lloyd Parry Ghosts of the Tsunami - Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone (Paperback)
Richard Lloyd Parry 1
R306 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R75 (25%) Within 10 - 17 working days

On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

21st-Century Yokel (Hardcover): Tom Cox 21st-Century Yokel (Hardcover)
Tom Cox 1
R419 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R94 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts, Tom's loud and excitable dad and, yes, even a few cats. It's full of Devon's local folklore - the ancient kind, and the everyday kind - and provincial places and small things. But what emerges from this focus on the small are themes that are broader and bigger and more definitive. The book's language is colloquial and easy and its eleven chapters are discursive and wide-ranging, rambling even. The feel of the book has a lot in common with the country walks Tom Cox was on when he composed much of it: it's bewitched by fresh air, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless, sometimes foolish, and prone to a few detours... but it always reaches its intended destination. The book is illustrated with Tom's own landscape photographs and linocuts by his mother.

The Magpie and the Wardrobe - A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells (Hardcover): Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli The Magpie and the Wardrobe - A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells (Hardcover)
Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli 1
R502 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R115 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine's Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious. Digital version available in an enhanced eBook format.

Do Unto Others...Then Run - A Little Book of Twisted Proverbs and Sayings (Paperback): Gerd de Ley, David Potter Do Unto Others...Then Run - A Little Book of Twisted Proverbs and Sayings (Paperback)
Gerd de Ley, David Potter 2
R93 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R21 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Some of the most famous wits in history have taken to adapting or building upon well-worn and everyday expressions that we all know and giving them new life by subverting them for their own purposes. The compilers of this book have sought out the finest of these revised proverbs and phrases from Sam Goldwyn's mixed metaphors to John Lennon's nonsense and Dorothy Parker's barbed girl-power cynicism.

The Illustrated Mahabharata - The Definitive Guide to India S Greatest Epic (Hardcover): Dk The Illustrated Mahabharata - The Definitive Guide to India S Greatest Epic (Hardcover)
Dk
R866 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R243 (28%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback): Paul Kerensa Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback)
Paul Kerensa 1
R198 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R42 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

In this delightful sleigh ride through Christmas history, Paul Kerensa answers the festive questions you never thought to ask... Did Cromwell help shape the mince pie? Was St Nicholas the first to use an automatic door? Which classic Christmas crooners were inspired by a Hollywood heatwave? And did King Herod really have a wife called Doris? Whether you mull on wine or enjoy the biggest turkey, the biggest tree or the biggest credit card bill, unwrap your story through our twelve dates of Christmas past. From Roman revelry to singing Bing, via Santa, Scrooge and a snoozing saviour, this timeless tale is perfect trivia fodder for the Christmas dinner table.

Christmas: A Biography (Hardcover): Judith Flanders Christmas: A Biography (Hardcover)
Judith Flanders 1
R357 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R93 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a time of eating and drinking. Yet the origins of the customs which characterize the festive season are wreathed in myth. When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Is the commercialization of Christmas a recent phenomenon, or has the emphasis always been on spending? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus? And for how long have we been exchanging presents of underwear and socks? Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Archbishop of Constantinople was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmases of yesteryear, confident that they had been better then. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus - in Switzerland! - to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.

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