The Future of the Bank of England: A Silver Lining?

This thought-provoking and highly readable title draws conclusions from the tumultuous events and consequences of the 2007-09 global financial crisis. It has not been easy for the Bank of England, deprived since 1997 of full responsibility for the supervision of the UK banks. These powers will now be restored to the Bank in 2012. Yet such power could be a political and economic banana-skin. Indeed, can the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street survive another onslaught?

In hardback, paperback and eBook (kindle)

£8.39£12.99
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Deeper than Indigo

This intriguing odyssey, set on the edges of time, encompasses biography, memoir, detective story, travelogue and history to tell a remarkable tale of East-West connections and a mysterious love. The author’s quest begins when the word ‘indigo’ draws her to the illustrated journals, now in the British Library, of Victorian explorer Thomas Machell.

She finds her life to have striking echoes of his, not least travels to and within India, a career in indigo, and a passion for journal writing. She is also intrigued by his aspiration to write ‘a novel in the form of an autobiography’ and by his quirky watercolour sketches.

One of the most remarkable books I have ever read… a deeply moving, totally enchanting account of a great metaphysical mystery.  

A N Wilson

www.deeperthanindigo.com

£2.99£8.95

A Soldier in Arabia

A Soldier in Arabia reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the events which led up to and followed the creation of the present-day United Arab Emirates in December 1971 followed, a few months later, with Ras Al Khaimah joining the Federation. Soldier and adventurer David Neild was the youngest officer to serve in the legendary Trucial Oman Scouts when he joined them at the age of only 20 in 1959.

In 1968 Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, with whom Neild had formed a good working relationship, called on Neild to set up and command a national defence force for the Sheikhdom, with the rank of Lt Colonel. In hardback.

£9.95

Aintree: The History of the Racecourse

There have been many accounts of the Grand National, but this book, Aintree: The History of the Racecourse, breaks entirely new ground. It tells the story of the iconic racecourse from its early days as a flat racing venue, through William Lynn’s inspired inauguration of the first Liverpool Grand Steeple-Chase in 1836, the redesign of fences in the 1880s, and subsequently the impact of wartime occupations, followed by dramatic postwar decline to the more recent and welcome renaissance as a three-day festival of jumping.

“The racing book of the year” John Randall, Racing Post

In hardback

£30.00

Mleiha: The Unwritten History

Over the past 40 years, archaeological surveys and excavations in the Mleiha inland basin have shed much light on the diversity and richness of the human societies that have flourished there over many thousands of years. So far no other landscape in south-east Arabia has yielded so much information about its pre- and proto-history.

The Emirate of Sharjah today takes great pride in its role as a centre for culture, the arts and civilized values. The publication of this book has been timed to coincide with the opening of the new Mleiha Visitor Centre as a focal point for all those wanting to find out more about the civilizations that once flourished in this unique area.

Also available in Arabic  

In hardback

£25.00

Mleiha: The Unwritten History (Arabic)

Over the past 40 years, archaeological surveys and excavations in the Mleiha inland basin have shed much light on the diversity and richness of the human societies that have flourished there over many thousands of years. So far no other landscape in south-east Arabia has yielded so much information about its pre- and proto-history.

The Emirate of Sharjah today takes great pride in its role as a centre for culture, the arts and civilized values. The publication of this book has been timed to coincide with the opening of the new Mleiha Visitor Centre as a focal point for all those wanting to find out more about the civilizations that once flourished in this unique area.

Also available in English

In hardback.

£25.00
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From Epsom to Tralee

From 1955 to the present, Roy Gill has visited every racecourse in the UK and Ireland at least once. Along with brief histories, the highs and lows of Flat and National Hunt racing are revealed by an acknowledged expert and Turf Accountant. This book is beautifully illustrated with photographs (many of them previously unseen and unpublished) and fascinating racing memorabilia.

“In telling the story of our racecourses, Roy Gill perfectly highlights the agony and the ecstasy of the world of racing.” Bob Champion MBE

In hardback

£24.99 £15.99
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Discovering Qatar

Evolved from a series of features on the archaeology, natural history and traditional life of Qatar, this is a thoroughly updated edition of this bestselling book, with new and improved illustrations.

Additional topics include whale sharks and the huge progress by archaeologists. Discovering Qatar reflects the author’s enthusiasm for the country and readers will enjoy learning more about the ‘real’ Qatar.

Available in hardback and paperback

£8.95£30.00
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Discovering Islamic Art

For the first time a door has been opened to invite younger children to enter the world of Islamic art – and what a world it is: one of beauty and inventiveness, spiritual depth and exquisite artistry.

Every page is generously illustrated and with each topic is an activity sheet to encourage further engagement.

This will not only appeal to young readers, but is also designed with parents and teachers in mind.

In paperback.

Buy in the United Arab Emirates.

£10.00 £7.95

The Son of a Duck is a Floater

Part of the popular proverb series, The Son of a Duck is a Floater is a selection of sayings from the Gulf region and joins its sister titles, Apricots Tomorrow and Unload your own Donkey.

These collections of popular wisdom, wittily illustrated by the cartoonist Kathryn Lamb, are books to browse through, smile at and learn from. Each book contains over 100 proverbs from all over the Arab world. Primrose Arnander and Ashkhain Skipwith are both formerly resident in the Middle East.

Our other proverb books.

In hardback

£9.95