The Fishing Fleet
By Anne de Courcy
The adventurous young women who sailed to India during the Raj in search of husbands.From the late 19th century, when the Raj was at its height, many of Britain's best and brightest young men went out to India to work as administrators, soldiers and businessmen. With the advent of steam travel and the opening of the Suez Canal, countless young women, suffering at the lack of eligible men in Britain, followed in their wake. This amorphous band was composed of daughters returning after their English education, girls invited to stay with married sisters or friends, and yet others whose declared or undeclared goal was simply to find a husband. They were known as the Fishing Fleet, and this book is their story, hitherto untold.For these young women, often away from home for the first time, one thing they could be sure of was a rollicking good time. By the early 20th century, a hectic social scene was in place, with dances, parties, amateur theatricals, picnics, tennis tournaments, cinemas and gymkhanas, with perhaps a tiger shoot and a glittering dinner at a raja's palace thrown in. And, with men outnumbering women by roughly four to one, romances were conducted at alarming speed and marriages were frequent. But after the honeymoon, life often changed dramatically: whisked off to a remote outpost with few other Europeans for company, and where constant vigilance was required to guard against disease, they found it a far cry from the social whirlwind of their first arrival.Anne de Courcy's sparkling narrative is enriched by a wealth of first-hand sources - unpublished memoirs, letters and diaries rescued from attics - which bring this forgotten era vividly to life.
Famous Bridge Disasters
By David Bird
In this hugely entertaining book David Bird describes the most spectacular and amusing disasters suffered by the world's top players. There are two reasons for studying such disasters - you can learn from them and (yes!) you can enjoy them.In common with the previous books in this mini-series, you will be directly involved in the action at various stages, invited to make your own choice of bid, lead or play. This is excitement in itself, for the hands are all taken from top-class matches.
By George Goodwin
A gripping account of the Wars of the Roses battle of Towton - the most brutal day in English history.'Vivid, humane and superbly researched' David Starkey'The story has never been told so well or so excitingly' Desmond SewardThe Battle of Towton in 1461 was unique in its ferocity and brutality, as the armies of two kings of England engaged with murderous weaponry and in appalling conditions to conclude the first War of the Roses. Variously described as the largest, longest and bloodiest battle on English soil, Towton was fought with little chance of escape and none of surrender. Fatal Colours includes a cast of strong and compelling characters: a warrior queen, a ruthless king-making earl, even a papal legate who excommunicates an entire army.Combining medieval sources and modern scholarship, George Goodwin colourfully recreates the atmosphere of 15th century England and chronicles the vicious in-fighting as the increasingly embittered royal factions struggle for supremacy.
The Fall of Carthage
By Adrian Goldsworthy
The greatest conflict of antiquity, the struggle for supremacy between Rome and Carthage.The struggle between Rome and Carthage in the Punic Wars was arguably the greatest and most desperate conflict of antiquity. The forces involved and the casualties suffered by both sides were far greater than in any wars fought before the modern era, while the eventual outcome had far-reaching consequences for the history of the Western World, namely the ascendancy of Rome. An epic of war and battle, this is also the story of famous generals and leaders: Hannibal, Fabius Maximus, Scipio Africanus, and his grandson Scipio Aemilianus, who would finally bring down the walls of Carthage.
Famous Bridge Records
By David Bird, Nikos Sarantakos
Records have a perennial fascination and the authors have brought together a riveting collection of record-breaking deals from the history of bridge. What is the fewest high-card points on which someone has made 3NT, 4 Spades, 5 Clubs, 6 Diamonds, 6NT or 7NT? What is the biggest penalty ever suffered or the worst adverse swing? How about the longest auction ever, the most costly opening lead, the greatest number of redoubled overtricks or the greatest number of redoubled undertricks? The answers are all here.As ever with David Bird's books, you will be greatly entertained and painlessly instructed at the same time.
First Class Crosswords
The hosts of The New York Times Crossword Web Forum did the compiling and editing, and included such high-flying crossword luminaries as Mike Shenk, The Wall Street Journal¿s Crossword Editor, Maura Jacobson, crossword writer for New York; and Merl Reagle, whose puzzles are syndicated throughout the U.S.Each crossword features a theme to pique your interest: ¿Go Places¿ tests your knowledge of global geography¿ and more. You might say ¿Colouring¿ displays many shades of meaning. ¿Sew What?¿ will have you on pins and needles (and maybe sin stitches, too). And the answers to those special thematic questions are often in the form of puns or other wordplay, just to make the puzzles a little harder¿ and a lot more fun.
By Susan Driggers
The ideas inside are so simple and creative, yet anyone can do them! It doesn¿t matter whether the floor is wood, vinyl, linoleum or asphalt: the exciting treatments are applied to almost every material, indoors and out, as well as ideas for covering it up completely with decorated cloths and rugs. Stain and stencil wood with faux parquet or a leaf garland; for drama, mix country French stripes and spatters in the kitchen; bring nature right onto your screen porch with a mountain laurel pattern. Best of all are the collection of patterns for canvas¿ Choose from: sunny yellow ¿luscious lemons¿, painted with a resist technique; ¿Comparing Pears and Oranges¿ with bright washes of colour; ¿Magnolia Elegance¿ for chic focal points; and many others¿
Fiber & Bead Jewelry
By Helen Banes
Techniques are innovative yet simple to learnA minimum of supplies is requiredPersonalise your creations to suit your style and tasteLush full-colour photographs depict the necklaces
By Rick Peters
If you have done some DIY but need advice in tackling bigger projects, this book is all you needContains instructions, tips, dozens of large-size photos and detailed and colourful line drawingsShows you how to make key structural changes to your house
Five Card Majors
By Ron Klinger
Famous Leads And Defences
By David Bird
How good are your opening leads? And how effective are your tactics in defence?On each deal David Bird sets the scene and you must then choose which card to play. Turn the page and you can compare your efforts with those of the great champion who originally held the cards.By the time you have reached the end of this book you will be infinitely more confident of your defensive play.
False Logic Puzzles
By Norman D. Willis
Fantastic Lateral Thinking Puzzles
By Edward Harshman