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Trollope's England - A Thesis (Classic Reprint) (Paperback): Emrys Jones Trollope's England - A Thesis (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)
Emrys Jones
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Within 7 - 15 working days
The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine and Celtic Repertory, 1831, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint) (Hardcover): unknownauthor The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine and Celtic Repertory, 1831, Vol. 3 (Classic Reprint) (Hardcover)
unknownauthor
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Within 7 - 15 working days
The London Encyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics, Vol. 14 of 22 -... The London Encyclopaedia, or Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics, Vol. 14 of 22 - Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge; Illustrated by Numerous Engravings, a General Atlas, and Appropriate Diagram (Paperback)
Thomas Curtis
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Within 7 - 15 working days
The Milk Lady of Bangalore - An Unexpected Adventure (Hardcover): Shoba Narayan The Milk Lady of Bangalore - An Unexpected Adventure (Hardcover)
Shoba Narayan
R389 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R94 (24%) Within 7 - 11 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
R202 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R46 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONE FOLIO PRIZE `The definitive book on the quake which killed more than 15,000 people.' Mail Online `You will not read a finer work of narrative non-fiction this year.' Economist `A breathtaking, extraordinary work of non-fiction.' Times Literary Supplement `A future classic of disaster journalism.' Observer 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 18,500 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. 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.

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
R372 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R70 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

`You will not read a finer work of narrative non-fiction this year.' Economist `A breathtaking, extraordinary work of non-fiction.' Times Literary Supplement `A future classic of disaster journalism.' Observer 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 18,500 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 Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Celebration (Paperback, Anniversary ed.): Ann McClellan The Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Celebration (Paperback, Anniversary ed.)
Ann McClellan
R315 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R49 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Lavishly illustrated and fact-filled, The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is a fascinating and informative look into one of the world's greatest festivals. From Tokyo to Washington, D.C. these exuberant festivals celebrate the ethereal and glorious springtime blooming of the ancient cherry blossom tree and its role today as an instrument of diplomacy, landscape enhancement and eternal sign of spring and romance. Highlights include the story of the trees' cultivation and significance in Japan for more than 1000 years, how they came to the U.S. and their importance as representatives of Japanese and American friendship, plus listings of important cherry blossom tree collections and other significant viewing sites throughout the U.S. and Japan. Cherry blossoms are explored as symbols in Japanese art and artifacts, and in images of Japonism found in Western art. Extensive illustrations complement the intriguing stories of how Japanese cherry blossom trees came to be planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and of the development of the National Cherry Blossom Festival which honors the trees and their extraordinary beauty. The pivotal roles played by intrepid traveler and writer, Eliza Scidmore, and First Ladies Helen Taft and Lady Bird Johnson are included. The most significant of the more than 175 varieties of Japanese ornamental trees are featured, along with cultivation tips for home gardeners. The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is sure to enlighten and entertain everyone touched by the cherry blossoms' transcendent beauty and delighted by the festivals that honor them. Over a million people visit Washington, D.C., each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees, originally a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912, and attend National Cherry Blossom Festival events that herald the arrival of spring in the capital city. Offering something for everyone, Festival events include an Opening Ceremony, parade, entertainment stages, fireworks, Family Day, and the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and educational initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit. As the nation's greatest springtime celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival includes spectacular weekends and daily events featuring diverse and creative programming designed to appeal to city residents and visitors alike. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

The Long, Long Life of Trees (Paperback): Fiona Stafford The Long, Long Life of Trees (Paperback)
Fiona Stafford
R242 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R39 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.

Relating to Ancient Culture - And the Mysterious Agent Changing It (Hardcover): Gary W Wietgrefe Relating to Ancient Culture - And the Mysterious Agent Changing It (Hardcover)
Gary W Wietgrefe
R407 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R67 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Homeplace - The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (Paperback, New Ed): Michael Ann... Homeplace - The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (Paperback, New Ed)
Michael Ann Williams
R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Within 7 - 15 working days

Challenging many of the methods and preconceptions of conventional folk-architecture studies, Homeplace examines traditional houses in the mountains of Appalachia from the perspective offered by oral histories. Michael Ann Williams bases much of her study on interviews with some of the people most intimately familiar with her subject: more than fifty individuals born and raised in southwestern North Carolina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their testimony links the perspective of former occupants and the experiential aspects of folk architecture with more traditional scholarly studies.

Most scholarship on vernacular architecture emphasizes form and structure and is based primarily on the examination of extant buildings. While Homeplace contains floor plans and historical photographs, it also illustrates how oral history is often a more reliable guide in the interpretation of folk buildings than artifactual or documentary evidence. By foregrounding inhabitants' reminiscences, Williams brings rural Appalachian architecture to life by emphasizing human experience within the dwelling.

An examination of universal concerns--continuity and change in the inhabitants' uses and conceptualizations of interior spaces, domestic life and cultural change in southern Appalachia, the shifting importance of formal and informal spaces--Homeplace offers new insights into the folk building tradition and its cultural context that will be most helpful to those seeking a broader understanding of Appalachian life.

Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed): James W. Herrick Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed)
James W. Herrick
R412 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R67 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy - the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations - is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is evident, especially in their medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. This book relates Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies.

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
R320 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R107 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

`You will not read a finer work of narrative non-fiction this year.' Economist `A breathtaking, extraordinary work of non-fiction.' Times Literary Supplement `A future classic of disaster journalism.' Observer 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 18,500 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.

Lucky Cat (Hardcover): Mio Yamada Lucky Cat (Hardcover)
Mio Yamada 1
R211 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R61 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Its beckoning paw has a cult fanbase, but the lucky cat is more than just a cute ornament. The iconic creature is a symbol of good fortune and used as a powerful lucky charm in shops and homes across Japan, China and beyond. The lucky cat (or maneki neko in Japanese) has a long history dating back to the 17th century that's packed with fascinating folklore, serious symbolism and countless contemporary cat spin-offs. Its paw, bib, coin, collar and colours all have meaning. Did you know a pink cat will bring you luck in love, while a gold cat is all about wealth? Or that a left-pawed cat is used by businesses to attract customers, while a cat with a beckoning right paw is found in homes as talisman? Dive into this adorable book to find out all you need to know about the beautiful lucky cat.

The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed): Kakuzo Okakura The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed)
Kakuzo Okakura
R46 R34 Discovery Miles 340 Save R12 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.' In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback): Paul Kerensa Hark! - The biography of Christmas (Paperback)
Paul Kerensa 1
R178 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R41 (23%) Within 7 - 12 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.

Human Rights and African Customary Law - With 1999 Addendum (Paperback): T.W. Bennett Human Rights and African Customary Law - With 1999 Addendum (Paperback)
T.W. Bennett
R349 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R44 (13%) Within 4 - 8 working days

African customary law, the personal law of the majority of South Africans, gained equal status with common law for the first time with the introduction of the 1993 Constitution. This book explores the many conflicts between the African legal tradition and human rights.

One Kiss or Two? - The Art and Science of Saying Hello (Hardcover): Andy Scott One Kiss or Two? - The Art and Science of Saying Hello (Hardcover)
Andy Scott
R460 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R113 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Memorial Day (Book): Emma Carlson-Berne Memorial Day (Book)
Emma Carlson-Berne; Contributions by Simone Kruger
R520 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R100 (19%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Sacred Luxuries - Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt (Hardcover): Lise Manniche Sacred Luxuries - Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt (Hardcover)
Lise Manniche; Photographs by Werner Forman
R1,451 Discovery Miles 14 510 Within 7 - 15 working days

The art of modern fragrance-making owes much to practices developed in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians attached great importance to perfumes and cosmetics, which men and women wore to make themselves attractive and alluring, to restore vitality and good health, and as a means of venerating the gods and of negotiating a passage to the realm of the hereafter. In this lavishly illustrated, oversized book, Lise Manniche looks at the role played by scents and cosmetics in ancient Egyptian society and discusses their preparation -- in some cases providing actual recipes.

Manniche details three categories of ingredients used by the Egyptians to make fragrances: plants, including cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and mint; gums and resins, particularly myrrh and frankincense; and oils and fats ranging from almond oil to ox fat. "In order (for a scent) to achieve fame, " Manniche writes, "the finished product had to have an aura of rarity, of exclusiveness, and of the divine. The more exotic the ingredients, the more valued the commodity; the more exquisite its presentation, the greater the appeal. In this way, the visual and olfactory arts combined to make small objects of the greatest luxury appreciated not only in Egypt, but all over the ancient world."

Drawing on Arabic and other sources, Manniche explores the application of perfumes in ritual and on social occasions, and examines the erotic connotations of scent in Egyptian art and poetry. Fragrant remedies, the central element in ancient medicine, are fully discussed. Finally, she investigates the widespread use of cosmetics, as revealed in wall paintings and painted sculptures.

The book features a hundred color photographs, taken by WernerForman, of objects in the world's most celebrated museum collections. Exquisite cosmetic containers in the form of birds and animals, reliefs representing kings and priests perfuming images of deities, and lifelike mummy masks displaying make-up are among the images represented.

During the past decade, the West has seen a revival of traditional skills, particularly in the areas of spirituality and healing. This stunning book introduces an abundance of once highly prized skills to be reacquired and ancient products to be sampled anew.

100th Day of School (Paperback): Emma Carlson-Berne 100th Day of School (Paperback)
Emma Carlson-Berne; Contributions by Charlie Alder, Mark Mallman
R124 R95 Discovery Miles 950 Save R29 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan - Bodies Re-Presenting the Past (Paperback): Etsuko Kato The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan - Bodies Re-Presenting the Past (Paperback)
Etsuko Kato
R830 Discovery Miles 8 300 Within 7 - 12 working days

The subject of the tea ceremony is well researched both in and outside of Japan, but the women who practice it are hardly ever discussed. The Tea Ceremony and Women's Empowerment in Modern Japan rectifies this by discussing the meaning of the Japanese tea ceremony for women practitioners in Japan from World War II to the present day. It examines how lay tea ceremony practitioners have been transforming this cultural activity while being, in turn, transformed by it.

All Year Round - Calendar of Celebrations, A (Paperback): Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes Clinton All Year Round - Calendar of Celebrations, A (Paperback)
Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes Clinton 1
R336 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R48 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

All Year Round is brimming with things to make, activities, stories, poems and songs to share with your family. It is full of well-illustrated ideas for fun and celebration: from Candlemas to Christmas and Midsummer's day to the Winter solstice.Observing the round of festivals is an enjoyable way to bring rhythm into children's lives and provide a series of meaningful landmarks to look forward to. Each festival has a special character of its own: participation can deepen our understanding and love of nature and bring a gift to the whole family. All Year Round invites you to start celebrating now!

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
R513 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R183 (36%) Within 7 - 12 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.

100th Day of School (Book): Emma Carlson-Berne 100th Day of School (Book)
Emma Carlson-Berne; Contributions by Charlie Alder, Mark Mallman
R518 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R99 (19%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (Paperback): Tom Wolfe Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (Paperback)
Tom Wolfe
R244 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R40 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Classic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" ("The Wall Street Journal") dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism.
"On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."--"Book World"

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