W&N Diaries Hb November £25.00 416pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 1 474 60389 8 ebook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60391 1
ROY STRONG Scenes and Apparitions The Roy Strong Diaries 1988–2003
a richly entertaining chronicle of an age by a modern polymath, the former director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the V&a.
An art historian, curator, writer, broadcaster and gardener, Sir Roy Strong has been at the heart of britain’s cultural life for fifty years. Pleasantly gossipy and full of wry wit and perceptive pen portraits, these diaries span the years following Roy’s departure from the v&A in 1987 and end with the death of his wife in the autumn of 2003. The fruitful years in-between include his work on television and radio, his emergence as a bestselling historian, and designing the Prince of Wales’s garden at Highgrove and Elton John’s at Old Windsor. In addition, there is travel, cameos of this or that person and this or that event – and the culmination of nearly forty years of horticultural passion and dedication on the part of Roy and his wife: the transformation of a four-acre field into The Laksett Gardens, the largest private formal gardens to be created in England since 1945.
sir roy strong is the bestselling author of The Story of Britain. He has been director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Location: Much birch, Herefordshire Available for interview
W&N History / Nature Hb November £20.00 288pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 86926 9 ebook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 86927 6
JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL Where Poppies blow The british Soldier, Nature, the Great War a unique and poignant study of nature and the British soldier in the First world war.
Where Poppies Blow is the story of the british soldiers of the Great War and their relationship with the animals and plants around them. At the most basic level, animals and birds provided interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches and billets; bird-watching, for instance, was probably the most popular single hobby among officers, and egg-collecting was a vogue in the trenches. but more profoundly, the ability of nature to endure, despite the bullets and blood, gave men a psychological, even spiritual uplift. John Lewis-Stempel’s exceptional book provides a remarkable insight into the experience, mind and soul of the british soldier in wartime.
John lewis-stempel is the author of Six Weeks, about british frontline officers in the First World War, The War Behind the Wire and Meadowland, winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize for nature writing.
Location: Orcop, Herefordshire Available for interview @Jlewisstempel
W&N Non-Fiction • November 2016