The Voyage of the Beagle, Darwin’s extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy’s famous survey ship



It is difficult to think of any single voyage that has changed the world in the way that the voyage of the Beagle managed. This really was an extraordinary adventure to the far side of the world. The story is told in an engaging style and supported by some outstanding illustration. This is a form of publishing that Conway has developed into an art form. The quality of production is excellent and this is a book that should appeal to so many different readers. There is the appeal of the voyage as a maritime interest and there is much to appeal to those interested in nature and the natural world, but this is also a story that appeals to philosophy and theology. Highly recommended.

Admiral Nelson’s Warship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory, Pocket Manual 1805



The author is a well established specialist in sailing warships of the 18th and 19th Century, having been technical and historical advisor to HMS Victory in Portsmouth for more than 20 years. The Conway imprint has an even longer experience of publishing high quality books on the sailing navy and producing well-executed sketches and technical drawings to illustrate authoritative text. Given that joint experience of author and publisher, this book was bound to be outstanding. This is a first class coverage of perhaps the best known warship in the world and offered at an extremely affordable price.

Martin-Leake, Double VC



The Victoria Cross is one of the premier military awards in the world. It has developed a reputation for recognition of extreme bravery on the field of battle. Few have been awarded in its history and only three warriors have been award two Victory Crosses. It would therefore be reasonable to expect that these three outstanding combatants would have been the subject of much coverage in print, both at the time of their awards and in the years since. Amazingly this is the first book to be written about Arthur Martin-Leake even though his life is most interesting and the double VC such a very rare award. This book is important and every reader who has followed military history and the bravery exhibited during WWI should read this inspiring and fascinating account of an exceptional warrior. It is a great tale that is simply not to be missed.

T E Lawrence in War and Peace, The Military Writings of Lawrence of Arabia, An anthology



Lawrence of Arabia has been much written about and is still an enigma. This anthology is ably presented and sensitively edited. The result is a body of text, with rare illustrations, that compliments other works, particularly the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. The secret and supplementary despatches offer up fresh perspectives. The story of Lawrence comes into fashion and then fades again, currently being in a fashionable period. This anthology will not only appeal to those interested in T E Lawrence but also those with interests in the history and development of the Middle East with its many contradictions and threats. An interesting presentation.

The Blood Tub, General Gough and the Battle of Bullecourt 1917



The author is known for his careful and detailed research and these qualities again stand out from the nicely paced text. There is illustration in the form of photo plates and maps. This is the story of a battle that was costly and, arguably, should never have been fought as it was. It caused friction between the British and the Australians, but the war of attrition that was the story of the Western Front made few concessions to damage limitation. This book provides a clear and unbiased account of the action with fresh insight and thorough study of available British and Australian primary source material. No reader with an interest in the war on the Western Front can avoid reading this well-written account because it also provides some information and insights that fit well with other accounts of the fight along the line of opposing trenches. Recommended reading.

A Marine at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, The Diary of Harry Askin



This book is drawn from the diary of Royal Marine serving during WWI. It contains all the range of emotions and paints a vivid picture of life under virtually continuous fire. For many readers, it will provide a very fresh collection of insights into how the Great War was fought. A graphic book that demands to be read.

Johnny Get Your Gun, a Personal Narrative of the Somme, Ypres & Arras



This is not just a war story, but a unique comparison between the beauty of the French countryside with the lunar landscape of the mud and blood of trench war.

The embracing text is supported by illustration in the form of maps and photographs.

Battle Beneath the Trenches, The Cornish Miners of 251 Tunnelling Company RE



The subject of underground warfare below the trenches of WWI received very little coverage at the time or during the decades afterwards. That has changed for the better during the Centenary commemorations. During the last two years a number of fine books have appeared on the subject, somewhat short of full coverage of this terrifying warfare, but a major improvement. Gratifyingly, each of these books has taken a different perspective, or covered uniquely one area of the subject. This new book provides yet another perspective and does so with warmth, affection, sensitivity and completeness. The author has done a very good job on the platform of through research. Essential reading for all WWI buffs but will appeal to a wider readership.

The Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival

The Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival

by BigJules

1024-leviathan Joseph_Mallord_William_Turner_-_Weymouth_-_Google_Art_ProjectThe picturesque town of Weymouth is situated in the county of Dorset on the south coast of England. It has a long and proud history, with a number of maritime, sporting – and royal – connections. In 1583 Captain Richard Clark departed from there to join Sir Humphrey Gilbert in his discovery of Newfoundland. In 1588 English ships sailed from Weymouth to meet the Spanish Armada. 1789 saw the first visit of King George III to partake of the waters and he took a dip in Weymouth Bay using one of the first bathing machines. King George enjoyed his time at Weymouth so much that he became a regular visitor! And in more recent times, the town hosted 2012 Olympics sailing events.

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Late Night Shopping at London Transport Museum Shop


Late night shopping at London Transport Museum Shop

Covent Garden Piazza

  • Free cocktail and mince pie on arrival between 18:00 and 20:00
  • New Fender Stratocaster® based on classic Tube map on display

Pick up some exclusive designer gifts and ideas for unusual presents at London Transport Museum’s Late Night Shopping evenings when the shop will open until 20:00 over four days:

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