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Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and a leading expert in the history of maps and Renaissance cartography. His most recent book, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and his Art Collection (2006), was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize as well as the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize, and led to him being short-listed for the THES Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He has appeared on various British TV programmes, including ‘Leonardo’ (BBC1), ‘The Medici’ (Channel 4) and ‘Great British Islam’ (Channel 4), and he was the presenterRead more »
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist, researcher and lecturer who is an expert on the environmental, nutritional and herbicidal properties of trees. Her previous books include Arboretum America and A Garden For Life. She has loved trees all her life, and her garden includes over 100 species.Read more »
An epic visual guide to the most intrepid explorers in history
Written in association with the RGS, Explorers brings you stories of great courage, spirit and endurance and opens your eyes to how these expeditions have shaped the course of human history. Set out into the unknown with 80 of the world’s greatest explorers and discover what motivated them to risk everything in pursuit of discovery.
With a foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, undoubtedly one of the greatest living explorers, and an introduction from Michael Palin, President of the RGS, Explorers features the personal stories and firstRead more »
A breathtaking and inspirational exploration of planet Earth
From the fiery mass of the Earth’s core to the tip of the highest ice-capped mountain, explore every aspect of our planet in awe-inspiring photographic detail with the Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Earth.
Visit 400 of the tallest, longest, widest, most significant and most unusual physical features on Earth, from volcanoes, deserts and rivers to weather systems, rocks and minerals. Then take a look at the health of our planet and discover about the interaction between people and the environment.
This is a new compact edition ofRead more »
Robert Henson is a writer and editor employed at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The job has provided him with a bird’s-eye perch on the evolution of research on global warming and other hot topics in atmospheric science. Robert also writes for Weatherwise, Nature and Scientific American magazines.Read more »
Robin Page was born in 1943 on the small Cambridgeshire Farm where he still lives. He is author of over thirty books, including The Decline of an English Village, The Wildlife of the Royal Estates, The Hunting Gene, The Great British Butterfly Safari and The Revolting Peasant. He is founder of The Countryside Restoration Trust and presented One Man and His Dog for several years.Read more »
Unearth the fascinating processes that have shaped our planet.
How does our planet work? What shapes it? How do people use its resources? Find out inside the First Geography Encyclopedia – the only encyclopedia for this age group that covers the subjects of human geography, physical geography and geology together in one volume.
Full of bite-sized facts, curiosity quizzes and special ‘weird-or-what’ features kids will love getting their teeth into, there’s a lot to see and explore. Perfect for homework or just for fun. Go ahead; let your child discover geography!Read more »
Paul Greenberg has been fishing since childhood, and writing for The New York Times, National Geographic and GQ since adulthood. In 2005, his New York Times Magazine article on Chilean Sea Bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ award for excellence in food journalism. Greenberg has also received both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a Food and Society Policy Fellowship.
Greenberg lives in Manhattan, New York, speaks Russian and French, and most recently went fishing off the Connecticut coast with his daughter this summer.Read more »
James Lovelock is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). He has written three books on the subject: Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, The Ages of Gaia and Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine, as well as an autobiography, Homage to Gaia. In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty the Queen, and in September 2005 Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s top 100 global public intellectuals. In April 2006 he was awarded the Edinburgh Medal at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.Read more »
Tristram Stuart has been a freelance writer for Indian newspapers, a project manager in Kosovo and a prominent critic of the food industry. He has made regular contributions to television documentaries, radio and newspaper debates on the social and environmental aspects of food. His first book, The Bloodless Revolution, ‘a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas’ (Daily Telegraph), was published in 2006. He lives in the UK.Read more »