Monday, 21 September 2009

This week's new books

The Humans Who Went Extinct, Clive Finlayson (Oxford University Press)
Underlining the interweaving of climate, ecology, geography and lifestyle in the fortunes of populations, this account of early human history argues that the destiny of the Neanderthals and the Moderns was, above all, sealed by ecological factors and contingencies.

The House of Borgia, Christopher Hibbert (Constable)
This biography of the Borgias explores the dynasty’s rise from its Spanish roots to its occupation of the highest positions in Renaissance society, bringing to life both the family and the world of Rome during the Italian Renaissance.

Captain Cook Was Here, Maria Nugent (Cambridge University Press)
An account of the original encounter on land between British mariners and the first Australians and its enduring impact on Australian art, history and folklore, following Cook’s arrival on the east coast of New Holland in late April of 1770.

Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour of Europe, Kevin McCloud (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Kevin McCloud’s account of his ‘Grand Tour’ through France, Italy, Greece and Switzerland following in the footsteps of the wealthy young Britons who travelled to the continent from the 17th to the early 19th centuries in search of culture and entertainment.

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