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Graham Greene: A Life in Letters

Richard Greene (English, 1984)

Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (Little, Brown) is ‘A triumph of judgement and judicious selection that offers a vivid new picture of Greene the man: his pleasures, foibles, and, above all, his generosity,’ says Ian Thomson in The Sunday Times. David Lodge has named it his book of the year in The Guardian. Graham Greene lived for eighty-six years and wrote many tens of thousands of letters. This selection sifts through the vast number that survive and presents the biography of a major British novelist in his own words and in his own voice. The volume has a detailed introduction and notes to guide the reader through the rough terrain of Graham Greene’s career – Mexico, Vietnam, Russia, Israel, Sierra Leone, Cuba, The Congo, Paraguay and Panama – and draws the reader into a life of writing, espionage, romance, and political involvement.

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Blake and the City

Jennifer Davis Michael (English, 1989)

Though usually classified as a Romantic, Blake subverts and dissolves the binaries on which Romanticism turns: self and other, art and nature, country and city. Rather than reject city outright like many of his contemporaries, Blake embraces it as the intricate workshop of human imagination. Each chapter of this book focuses on a specific text of Blake's that illustrates a particular conception of metaphorical embodiment of the city. These shifting metaphors emphasize the construction of all human environments and the need for imaginative labor to build and interpret them. This study seeks to bridge a gap between "transcendent" and "historicist" readings of Blake while at the same time challenging assumptions that still colour our view of the city in the twenty-first century.

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Gardens of the Gods

Christopher McIntosh (PPE, 1962)

Gardens of the Gods is an invitation to look at and create gardens in a new way—or rather a very old way that has been widely forgotten. Its theme is the garden as a sacred space, an outdoor temple carrying an intentional message: religious, mystical, poetic or philosophical. Christopher McIntosh reveals the basic elements of the visual language used to convey meaning in a garden: its form and proportions; the decorative features in it; and the plants with their symbolic or mythological associations. He gives examples of motifs most frequently used and most pregnant with meaning, such as labyrinths, grottoes, fountains, monoliths and sacred groves. The reader is then taken on a fascinating tour of the great gardening traditions of different periods and regions. These include the gardens of China with their moon gates and immortal rocks, the Zen gardens of Japan, the paradise gardens of Islam, those of Renaissance Italy, the landscaped parks of England, and some striking modern examples of symbolic gardens, such as the Tarot Garden of the sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle in Italy.

A Byzantine Encyclopaedia of Horse Medicine

Anne McCabe (Byzantine Studies, 1993) 

The veterinary compilation known as the Hippiatrica is a rich and little-known source of information about the care and medical treatment of horses, donkeys, and mules in late antiquity and the Byzantine period. This book provides a guide both to its intriguing contents, and to its complex textual history.

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Hotel Victoire

Oliver Stanley (English, 1946)

Slyly observant, sensitive and frequently hilarious, this assured novel tells of Englishman abroad William Soames, and evokes the somewhat seedy atmosphere of Paris in the years following the end of Word War II.

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A Bearskin's Crimea

Algernon Percy (Modern History, 1987)

Algernon Percy (Christ Church 1987-90) saw his first book, A Bearskin's Crimea: Colonel Henry Percy VC and his Brother Officers published in 2005. In November 2007, it came out in paperback. As well as using previously unexamined family archive papers, the author contacted as many descendants of Grenadier Guards officers from the period 1854-55 as he could locate. More often than not, he found yet more material locked away in attics which the families in question had never got round to looking at properly in the previous 150 years. Algernon Percy also travelled extensively in the Crimea as part of his research for this book, which covers not only the exploits of the Crimean War's highest ranking VC recipient but also interesting aspects of the 'home front' and Florence Nightingale's work (through Henry Percy's brother, who did much to advance the cause of women's nursing). This makes the book as much a 'human story' as it is military history.

Master Drawings of the Italian Renaissance

Claire Van Cleave (History of Art, 1989)

A beautifully designed selection of the finest Italian Renaissance drawings from the British Museum, the Louvre and other French public collections, giving remarkable insight into the creative processes of some of the greatest artists in history. The main body of the book showcases 112 of the finest drawings by more than 40 Italian Renaissance masters, including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, Raphael and Andrea del Sarto, accompanied by a concise sketch of the life and work of each artist. Arranged chronologically, they reveal stylistic and geographical trends as well as personal interactions between the artists themselves, and provide an extraordinary insight in to the artistic world of renaissance Italy.

Brunel's Hidden Kingdom

Geoffrey Tudor (Modern History, 1945)

For the first time ever this is the story of Brunel – aided by wife Mary and gardener Forsyth – laying out a garden and designing a landscape. Recently Brunel’s ‘Watcombe Garden Book’ has come to light and is now at the University of Bristol. This little notebook of 32 pages provides a summary of Brunel’s scheming: water-supply, shelter-belts, water gardens, Italian Garden, Sea Walk – all are considered in turn. Pride of place, though, goes to the thousands of trees and to the under-planting of shrubs and creepers that make Watcombe such an outstanding creation.

 

The Relationship Advantage

The Relationship Advantage: Information Technologies, Sourcing and Management

Thomas Kern (Management Studies, 1995)

The relationship in information technology (IT) outsourcing determines the difference between a successful, a less successful, and a failing outsourcing deal. Managers will commonly spend seventy per cent of their time on making the client-supplier relationship work, while thirty per cent of their time will focus on the contract, personnel, and problem issues. Longitudinal research into Xerox's global, British Aerospace's total, ESSO's selective, British Petroleum's alliance, and the UK Inland Revenue's public sector outsourcing deals highlights relationship practices and recurring post-contract management issues that demand careful attention and management. By use of a novel client-supplier relationship framework developed from transaction cost, relational contract, and inter-organisational relationship theory, the authors carefully analyse these five longitudinal case studies and identify what the key dimensions of an outsourcing relationship are. Together the framework and the case studies provide a number of management pointers for both practitioners and academics on how to achieve a relationship advantage.

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The Last Enchantments

Simon Watson (English, 1962)

The SONS OF THE MORNING sequence takes its hero, Johnny Clarke, through the adventure of growing up. Set in the 1950s, A Storm of Cherries creates a sometimes bleak, sometimes affectionate and humorous picture of prep school life of the period. Anyone who experienced its peculiar cruelties and consolations will recognize staff and boys, language and lore; anyone who didn’t will enter a strange world.  Volume 2, Dancing Days is set in public school.

In Volume 3, The Last Enchantments (published this month), the dramatic events of 1962-3 – the Cuban missile crisis, the long hard winter, the Profumo scandal and the meteoric rise of the Beatles – culminating in the assassination of President Kennedy provide the turbulent background to the undergraduate adventures of Johnny Clarke at 'Cardinal College': adventures political, amorous, social, literary, sporting and religious. Britain is wriggling out of its post-war chrysalis but at the same time there is the heritage of Oxford and old England to be fought for – and saved.

For more information about the trilogy please visit www.wordwisebooks.co.uk

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