The Holy Grail The Pocket Essential Guide

The Holy Grail is a subject that fascinates and intrigues. Through its various guises as magic cauldron, cornucopia, horn of plenty and chalice cup it has remained at the centre...

Sex: Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English (1922)

An unusual treatise on sex education, dating back to 1922 in America. There is a strong bias towards abstinence and indeed there are threats of hellfire and brimstone as a result...

The Little Book of Failure

Here is a compendium of also-rans and never-made-its. We're talking Betamax, the Sinclair C5, puffball skirts, sporks, the Millennium Dome... and countless other products that...

Katherine Mansfield: Mr Reginald Peacock's Day

Katherine Mansfield was the pen name of Kathleen Mansfield Murry (1888-1923), a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction. She is widely considered one of the best...

A Trio of Saki The Storyteller, Open Window, Bertie's Christmas Eve

Saki was the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 - November 13, 1916), a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and...

Selfish Giant, The; Happy Prince, The

Oscar Wilde (1854 –1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful...

You Know You're a Child of the 70's When…

Roobarb and Custard… Lycra… Space Hoppers… Kermit and Miss Piggy… Ziggy Stardust… platform Boots... Worzel Gummidge… The Wombles… The Generation Game… flares…...

You Know You're a Child of the 60's When…

Flower Power… The Beatles… Thunderbirds… The Space Race… Breakfast at Tiffany’s… Woodstock… Serge Gainsbourg… Mini Coopers… Carry on Camping… Mop Tops… Jimi...

Saints The Pocket Essential Guide

For millions of people saints provide comfort, hope and inspiration and act as intercessors to God. But whilst the earliest saints and martyrs served an essentially spiritual role...

You Know You're a Telly Addict When…

Do you find yourself using highlighter pens in the TV listings to plan your weekly viewing? Tear yourself away from the box and focus your attention on this guide to telly...

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