By Edward Chaney
Of all Italian cities, Florence has always had the strongest English accent: the Goncourt brothers in 1855 called it 'ville tout anglaise'. Though that accent is diminished now, Florence remains for the English-speaking traveller what it always has been - one of the best loved, and most visited, of cities.In this Traveller's Reader, Florence's rich and glorious past is brought vividly to life for the tourist of today through the medium of letters, diaries and memoirs of travellers to Florence from past centuries and of the Florentines themselves. The extracts chosen by cultural historain Edward Chaney include: Boccaccio on the Black Death; Vasari on the building of Giotto's Campanile; an eye-witness account of the installation of Michaelangelo's 'David'; the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning at the Casa Guidi; and D. H. Lawrence and Dylan Thomas on twentieth-century Florentine society. Sir Harold Acton's introduction provides a concise history of the city from its origins, through its zenith as a prosperous city state which, under the Medici, gave birth to the Renaissance, and up to the Arno's devastating flood in 1966. Sir Harold Acton, man of letters, historian, aesthete, novelist and poet, spent most of his life in Florence. Among his best-known books is The Last Medici, Memoirs of an Aesthete.Currently Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at Southampton Solent University, Edward Chaney is an honorary life member of the British Institute of Florence and taught at the University of Pisa for six years.
The Festival Organiser's Bible
By Judith Spelman
Indispensable for anyone interested in starting or running a festival of any kind - Blackmore Vale MagazineThis book applies to all festivals - literary, music, folk, jazz, food, arts - big and small. It explains how to get a festival started, using local features, team-building, grants, sponsorship, networking and putting together a balanced programme. There are 340 literary festivals and almost 400 music festivals in the UK each year, with many smaller local festivals organised by towns and villages. From the Bridport Hat Festival to Glastonbury Festival, the organisers faced the same initial decisions when they began and this book explains how they dealt with them.· Recognising the resources· Initial funding· Choosing the right venues· Creating a budget · Booking speakers, musicians and stallholders· Contracts and artistes information sheets· Running a marketing and publicity campaign· Ticket distribution· The value of social media
A Family Guide To Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition
By Anne Perdeaux
For the family and would-be smallholder, chickens are the obvious first step when venturing into keeping livestock. Chickens also make ideal family pets, requiring less attention than a dog yet still being entertaining, productive and educational.This practical book is ideal for the complete beginner. Even someone who has never kept animals before should be able to follow the clear, detailed guidance that is given at every stage. It includes: · Choosing the right chickens and housing for your garden size· Exploring useful equipment, such as poultry feeders and drinkers · Routine care for your chickens, including what to feed them on· Outfoxing the fox - and other predators· What to do with all those eggs!· Dealing with parasites and ailments· Broody hens and hatching eggsWith true-life portraits of chicken keepers, little known facts, and helpful and informative personal anecdotes, A Family Guide To Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition is an easy and enjoyable read for anyone interested in keeping chickens.
Fermenting Food for Healthy Eating
By Catherine Atkinson
Fermented foods - kefir, kimchi and kombucha, to name just a few - are flooding the supermarket shelves but can be costly to buy. Whether you are new to fermented foods or looking to expand your repertoire, with Fermenting Food for Healthy Eating you'll discover the astonishing nutritional benefits of fermented foods and drinks, how easy they are to make at home and how to incorporate them into everyday eating. It includes:· A comprehensive introduction explaining how fermentation works to preserve food, make it more digestible and increase its vitamin and mineral availability.· All the basic and more advanced techniques, with step-by-step recipes, foolproof advice and handy hints.· Individual chapters on fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and dill pickles, dairy products, including kefir, yogurt and cheeses (and many non-dairy versions), a selection of fermented drinks such as rejuvelec and kvass, plus how to make sourdough and other fermented breads.Fermenting Food for Healthy Eating is the ultimate guide to fermenting. The book contains a total of 40 recipes for making fermented foods and drinks, and over 40 more nutrient-packed recipes showing how these fermented foods and drinks can be used to create delicious and healthy meals for everyone to enjoy.
The Fish Book
By Paul Peacock
This book will give you the knowledge and confidence to choose, prepare, cook and enjoy fresh food and seafood. It explains simply how to gut, clean and fillet fish and how to deal with shellfish and crustaceans such as crab and lobster, and what knives and tools you'll need for the job.The numerous recipes take into consideration sustainable fishing and advise on which fish can be used instead of those at risk. The book also encourages the use of locally caught produce rather than those shipped around the world.As well as recipes for cooking sea and river fish, shellfish, crustaceans you'll discover how to preserve fish.
From A Dark Place
By Tony Husband, Paul Husband
When the Husband family realised that their son Paul was addicted to heroin, they did everything they could to help him but it seemed that every step in the right direction would be followed by another relapse as Paul lied to them, stole from them, and come close to losing his life.This illustrated title from award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband tells the tale of those dark days as they worked as a family to get Paul into the right sort of supportive environment where he could truly recover from his dangerous addiction, and move from that dark place to a brighter future.This inspiring and compelling story will appeal to anyone who has struggled with an addictive disorder, or any families or friends who have had to support someone through such a situation. Anyone who was touched by Tony's Take Care, Son - The Story of my Dad and His Dementia will be similarly moved and uplifted by From A Dark Place.
Fly Fishing For Salmon
By Allan Sefton
Taking up salmon fly fishing is surprisingly difficult if you have not got lots of help and encouragement even if you fish for other species. There are many barriers......wilderness locations, cost, jargon and all the technical problems involving tackle and technique.The purpose of this book is to break all those barriers down. It will explain clearly what the absolute beginner needs to know. It will help solve the technical problems and common faults faced by 'improvers' and those advancing from trout fly fishing and other disciplines. Many experienced anglers are confused by some modern techniques and this guidance will get them right up to date.
The Fastest Show on Earth
In the quest for ultimate speed, Formula One combines human drama, cutting-edge technological innovation and high-stakes finance in a thrilling global circus watched by half a billion avid fans.The Fastest Show on Earth brings the FIA Formula One World Championship vividly to life for everyone from first-time race-goers to avid fans wanting to delve even further into the Fastest Show on Earth. Experts from within the industry share their insights into the effect that recent revolutionary changes to regulations have had on engines, tyres, brakes, aerodynamics, fuel, safety and the use of date in a whole new era of racing. It is both a superb technical guide - including circuit diagrams, team histories, driver profiles and a comprehensive glossary - and a fantastic collection of writing offering fascinating insights into the inner workings of a world that offers everything from tragedy to thrilling triumph. From the cut-throat intrigue of the Piranha Club to the unsung heroism of pit lane, every aspect of Formula One is covered in compelling detail.Much more than just a sport and far more than a business, Formula One is a world of larger-than-life personalities and razor-sharp businesspeople who reveal their leadership skills in 'The Business of Winning' and their ability to innovate in 'Performance at the Limit'. There is also a window into the very private world of the ultimate ringmaster in 'Bernie's Game'.This extensive guide includes the official FIA circuit diagrams, team histories, driver profiles, circuit fast facts, technical braking profiles, a special section on the history of Formula One in the US and the most comprehensive glossary of Formula One terms ever compiled.
By Molly Russell
This book is written to assist those planning a fund-raising event, especially for those new to fund-raising, to share hints and ideas to help lead them around some of the pitfalls. Although tackling a fundraising event seems a daunting task to many, Molly Russell's light hearted approach shows that with careful planning, a little hard work and a good sense of humour - fundraising can be fun! This book contains a wealth of useful information in an easy-to-read format. .
Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
By Chris Jenner
With the right care, there is much that can be done to help anyone with fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome to improve their quality of life dramatically. This book is an easy-to-read and practical guide to dealing with these conditions, written by one of the UK's leading consultants on pain control. It takes a straightforward and down-to-earth look at what these conditions are about; how they might affect different aspects of sufferers' lives; what their options are; and how they can get on with their lives.
Fantasy Tales 4
By Kim Newman, Charles L Grant, Steve Rasnic Tem, Stephen Jones, David Sutton, Darrell Schweitzer, Stephen Gallagher
In this amazing issue:Three boys are pursued by a shapeless terror in The Drain by Stephen Gallagher, author of Down River and Rain.Acclaimed writer Charles L. Grant takes motherly love to the limits in Alice Smiling.And Kim Newman reveals an obsessive book collector's dark secret in The Man who collected Barker.Plus news and views from the world of fantasy and horror.
Fantasy Tales 3
By Stephen Jones
In this fantasical issue - Ramsey Campbell's epic story of magic and mystery, The Sustenance of Hoak.Fear-tingling fantasy in David J. Schow's The Embracing.Throat gripping terror by Stephen Gresham.Sorcery from Jessica Salmonson....and news and views from the world of fantasy.
Fantasy Tales 6
By Stephen Jones, David Sutton
In this frighteningly full issue of Fantasy Tales you will find:Foreign Parts, a bizarre tale of sex and death by the award winning Neil Gaiman (award-winning comics writer and co-author of the bestselling Good Omens).Thomas Ligotti opens a window into the beyond in The Spectacles in the Drawer.And a stomach-churning meal is on the menu in Gobble, Gobble by Logan's Run author William F Nolan.Plus non-fiction by Clive Barker and stories, verse and art by Kim Newman, Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes, Marvin Kaye, Janet Fox, J.K. Potter and others.
Fantasy Tales 7
By Stephen Jones, David Sutton
In this fabulous fantastical issue of Fantasy Tales you will discover:Unholy slavers and flying demons confront a master swordsman in The Pit of Wings by bestselling author Ramsey CampbellThe play's the thing in Rehearsals a haunting story of childhood regret by Thomas F. MontelonePetrifying horror as ancient myth is revealed to be terrifying reality in The Medusa by Thomas LigottiPlus non-fiction by Peter James, and stories, verse and art by Garry Kilworth, Kathryn Ptacek, Adrian Cole, Samantha Lee and others
Fantasy Tales 1
By Stephen Jones, David Sutton
New fantasy and horror from the UK and USA, including stories by Guy N. Smith and J. N. Williamson.Lin Carter's last story from the land of Yish.A terror-filled summer from Charles L. Grant.Profile of Chris Achilleos, mater of fantasy art....and news and views from the world of fantasy.
Fantasy Tales 2
By Stephen Jones
In this demonical issue - a story of unspeakable horror by William F. Nolan, co-creator of Logan's Runsword versus sorcery in Ken Bulmer's Ice and Fire bestselling writer Brian Lumley's The Man Who Felt Pain...and news and views from the world of fantasy
Fantasy Tales 5
By Stephen Jones
In this bizarre bumper issue of Fantasy Tales you will find:The warrior Ryre must battle a monstrous god that steals men's minds in Ramsel Campbell's The Changer of Names.'Splatterplunk' author David J. Schow reveals a black plant that feeds on human life in Night Bloomer.A train journey results in horror and madness as the modern world revolts in Garry Kilworth's Networks.Plus fiction, verse and art by J. N. Williamson, Samantha Lee, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Randall D. Larson, Harry O. Morris, Dave Carson and others.
A Few Bloody Noses
By Robert Harvey
Liberty against oppression, right against wrong - a clear message has come down to us about the origins of the American War of Independence, one of the founding events of the modern world. As with so many legends, the truth is somewhat different. In this revealing account, Robert Harvey overturns most of our assumptions about the causes of the war. Both Britain and America were divided over the struggle, America violently so, while in Britain many favoured independence if it would avoid bloodshed. The war itself was vicious and confused, and marked by incompetence and bad faith on both sides. When it was over the Americans pushed out their French allies, while the British, who had encouraged black slaves to revolt, and Indians to attack, abandoned both to their fate. Yet after four years of misrule the Constitutional Convention imposed its own conservative counter-revolution, and out of bloodshed and suffering, cunning, idealism and courage, there emerged the infant nation that was to become the most powerful the world has ever seen. In this extraordinary and intensely readable book Robert Harvey tells the whole extraordinary story of its birth.
The Flesh Constrained (Modern Erotic Classics)
By Cleo Cordell
Lord Rakka's sexual prowess is exceeded only by his mystical power. Using his talent for alchemy, he and his perfect lover - the fair and angelic Garnetta - travel back through time to 900 BC. There, they encounter a tribe whose lusts know no bounds. The tribe also knows that Rakka possesses the secret of immortality - a secret they will do anything to discover.
The Flesh Endures (Modern Erotic Classics)
By Cleo Cordell
If his beauty was of the Devil, and this an enchantment, she did not care. . .Lord Karolan Rakka is no stranger to death: sensual, mysterious and endowed with an arcane knowledge of alchemy, he has achieved immortality. Deeply lonely and tormented by the Fetch - the dark and wanton spirit who feasts on his fleshly desires - Karolan endeavours to resist the brief solace of sexual pleasure . . . Instead he longs for a kindred soul. And when he finds her in the ravishing form of Garnetta - a young woman, both innocent and lost - Karolan wastes no time in making her his own.But when Garnetta discovers the shocking truth about their overwhelming bond of desire, she flees Lord Rakka - and finds herself in mortal peril. Only Karolan can save her. Will he make a leap of faith for the woman he has grown to love . . . before time runs out?The Flesh Endures is a breathless tale of faith and love, and the bonds of desire from which there is no escape.