Monday, 9 November 2009

This week's new books

Dilly: The Man Who Broke Enigmas, Mavis Batey (Biteback Publishing)
A biography of Alfred Dillwyn Knox, one of the leading figures in the British codebreaking successes of the two world wars, written by Mavis Batey who worked alongside him at Bletchley Park to help him break the German Enigma ciphers.

Carmarthen Pals, Steven John (Pen & Sword)
The latest publication in the Pals series of books and illustrated with original photographs, maps, diagrams, personal accounts and letters, Carmarthen Pals charts the history of the 15th (service) battalion, one of the early units raised by Kitchener in 1914 to meet the demands of the First World War.

The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere and Modern Environmentalism, Harriet Ritvo (University of Chicago Press)
The story of the battle for Thirlmere in the Lake District between conservationists and developers in the 1870s, when the city of Manchester bought the site and converted it into a reservoir. Exploring Victorian ideas about industry, development and technology, the author shows how the lessons learned at the time can inform modern environmental campaigns.

The Fossil Hunter, Shelley Emling (Palgrave Macmillan)
In 1811, when she was twelve years old, Mary Anning discovered the first dinosaur skeleton. At a time when it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct, her discovery was considerably significant to the scientific world and sparked the debates about evolution.

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