Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England
By Terry Deary
The reign of Elizabeth I - a Golden Age? Try asking her subjects...Elizabethans did all they could to survive in an age of sin and bling, of beddings and beheadings, galleons and guns. Explorers set sail for new worlds, risking everything to bring back slaves, gold and the priceless potato. Elizabeth lined her coffers while her subjects lived in squalor with hunger, violence and misery as bedfellows. Shakespeare shone and yet the beggars, doxies and thieves scraped and cheated to survive in the shadows. These were dangerous days. If you survived the villains, and the diseases didn't get you, then the lawmen might. Pick the wrong religion and the scaffold or stake awaited you. The toothless, red-wigged queen sparkled in her jewelled dresses, but the Golden Age was only the surface of the coin. The rest was base metal.
Dogs in the Air
By Jack Bradley
A photographic collection for dog lovers everywhere that captures the joy of dogs flying through the air.There is nothing more joyous than seeing a dog jumping in the air - tongue lolling, ears flapping, legs wildly outstretched and eyes wide with delight.Capturing these happy moments and the amusing array of hilarious poses, this book will be an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion - dogs of all shapes and sizes upon a backdrop of captivating scenery from all around the world. It is an extraordinary depiction of our canine companions; a must for all dog lovers and photography fans alike.
Dogs Hanging Out Of Windows
Ears flapping, eyes wide and nose twitching: a dog hanging out of a window is a spectacular sight. Capturing these moments of delight and canine curiosity, this book is an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion. Dogs of all shapes and sizes from all over the world, majestically alert and gazing triumphantly towards the horizon. Whether cute, powerful, uplifting or heart-warming, these striking images stir up the emotions of joy we feel towards our loveable companions.In over ninety-five stunning portraits, this collection showcases some of the best and most vibrant pet photography from around the globe.
Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire
By Terry Deary
DANGEROUS DAYS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE is the first in a new adult series by Terry Deary, the author of the hugely bestselling Horrible Histories, popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and sharp wit, and among adults for engaging children (and themselves) with history.The Romans have long been held up as one of the first 'civilised' societies, and yet in fact they were capable of immense cruelty. Not only that, but they made the killing of humans into a sport. The spoiled emperors were the perpetrators (and sometimes the victims) of some imaginative murders. DANGEROUS DAYS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE will include some of the violent ways to visit the Elysian Fields (i.e. death) including: animal attack in the Coliseum; being thrown from the Tarpeian Rock - 370 deserters in 214 AD alone (or if the emperor didn't like your poetry); by volcanic eruption from Vesuvius; by kicking (Nero's fatal quarrel with the Empress Poppea); from poison mushrooms (Claudius); by great fires; torturous tarring; flogging to death; boiling lead (the invention of 'kind' Emperor Constantine); or being skinned alive by invading barbarians. DANGEROUS DAYS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE looks at the back-story leading up to the victims' deaths, and in doing so gives the general reader a concise history of a frequently misunderstood era.
By Clare Conville, Liz Hoggard, Sarah-Jane Lovett
The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo
By Adam Roberts
Lizbreath Salamander is young and beautiful. Her scales have an iridescent sheen, her wings arch proudly, her breath has a tang of sulfur. And on her back a tattoo of a mythical creature: a girl.But when Lizbreath is drawn into a dark conspiracy she will have to rely on more than her beauty and her vicious claws the size of sabres ...A dragon has disappeared, one of a secretive clan. As Lizbreath delves deeper into their history she realises that these dragons will do anything to defend their secrets.Welcome to the world of The Dragon With The Girl Tattoo. A world of gloomy Nordic dragons leading lives uncannily like our own (despite their size, despite the need for extensive fireproofing of home furnishings), a world of money hoarded, a world of darkness and corruption. A world where people are the fantasy.
Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?
By Marty Becker, Gina Spadafori
An informative look at everything you ever wanted to know about cats ... but were afraid to ask!One thing we do know for sure about cats is that they rule the household. But other than that, most people know remarkably little about these mysterious creatures that were once thought of as gods. As the key to a good relationship with your pet is understanding them now might be the time to find out:* Why are cats' tongues like sandpaper?* Where did the nine lives myth come from? * Why cats' eyes shine at night?* Why do cats rub against our legs?* What is a cat's top speed?* Why are cats so noisy when they mate? * Can cats see in the mirror?* What was the highest number of cats ever found in a single house?And a few others you've never dared ask!
Don't Go There!
By Colin Plinth
Get to know 'Not-so Great Britain' in this crackingly acerbic collection of insulting and downright offensive quotations about cities, towns and other locations in the British Isles.Towns, cities, counties and constituent countries all come in for a lambasting in this bad-tempered and thoroughly entertaining journey round the British Isles (or, as the Irish insist on calling them, the Hibernian Archipelago), from the nauseatingly Nordic Shetlands to the suspiciously Froggy Channel Islands, from 'the arse end of the world' (Wigan) to the 'heaving Sodom of the south coast' (Brighton).And it's not just the places that come in for a hammering - the people too are mocked and reviled, from the imbecilic, dimwitted folk of County Kerry to the inbred, turkey-fancying natives of Norfolk, from the tight-fistedness of the inhabitants of Aberdeen to the light-fingeredness and incessant whinings of the Scouser.And - unlike Boris Johnson of The Spectator - Mr Plinth will not be saying 'Oops. Sorry!'