Tuesday, 15 September 2009

This week's new books

Terra: Tales of the Earth, Richard Hamblyn (Picador)
Through four case studies – the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the European weather panics of 1783, the eruption of Krakatau in 1883 and the Hilo tsunami of 1946 – the author paints a picture of these turbulent events, describing their immediate human consequences and the longer-term social and scientific implications.

The Fossil Hunter, Shelley Emling (Palgrave Macmillan)
The story of Mary Anning who, in 1811, discovered the first dinosaur skeleton at the age of twelve. At a time when women were excluded from science and it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct, her discovery marked the birth of paleontology and helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc, Larissa Juliet Taylor (Yale University Press)
An account of the life of Joan of Arc, from her early years to the myths and legends that abound about her today, which portrays her as a self-confident, charismatic and determined figure, whose force of will terrified the English soldiers and leaders.

We Were Young and at War, Sarah Wallis and Svetlana Palmer (HarperCollins)
Based on their diaries and letters published together for the first time, the first-hand stories of sixteen British, French, American, Japanese, Polish, German and Russian teenage boys and girls who grew up during the Second World War.

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