W&N History Hb / TPb October £20.00 / £14.99 384pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 85666 5 / 978 0 297 85667 2 ebook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 85735 8
NICHOLAS CRANE The Making of the british Landscape An Alternative History from the Ice Age to the Present
The fascinating 12,000-year evolution of Britain’s landscape, from the acclaimed author and co-presenter of BBC Two’s Coast.
In this impressive book Nicholas Crane describes the impact on our countryside of successive waves of civilisations from Mesolithic adventurers and the Romans to modern city-dwellers. Significant events in human history, the black Death, the enclosure of land and the Industrial Revolution among them, have all profoundly shaped britain’s landscape. but in turn geology has determined the architecture of our cities and no other factor than climate has given so much character to the varied scenery of britain. Part journey and part history, The Making of the British Landscape brilliantly illustrates how britain and its landscapes became so wonderfully diverse.
Nicholas Crane is an author, cartographer, international explorer and a recipient of the Mungo Park Medal. His books include Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet and Great British Journeys. He was elected president of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015.
Location: London, NW1 Available for interview @nicholascrane
W&N Non-Fiction • October / November 2016
W&N History / biography Hb November £25.00 400pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 87078 4 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 87079 1 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 6593 4
CHRIS SkIDMORE Richard III brother, Protector, king a study in power – the first full biography of richard iii in over fifty years by ‘one of our brightest young historians’ (David starkey).
The last Plantagenet king (1452–85) remains one of England’s most famous and controversial monarchs. A dedicated brother and loyal stalwart to the Yorkist dynasty for most of his early life, Richard III’s personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat. His two-year reign would become one of the most tumultuous in English history, ending in treachery and his death on the battlefield at bosworth.
Chris Skidmore’s biography strips back the legends that surround Richard’s life and reign, and by returning to original manuscript evidence, rediscovers the man as contemporaries saw him.
Chris skidmore is the author of three much admired books on Tudor and medieval history: Edward VI, Death and the Virgin and Bosworth. He previously taught at bristol University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010 he was elected Member of Parliament for kingswood.
Location: London and bristol Available for interview www.chrisskidmore.co.uk @chrisskidmoremp