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A Library Miscellany

Cock-Starkey, Claire
What can be found in the Vatican's Secret Archive? How many books did Charles Darwin's library aboard the Beagle hold? Which library is home to a colony of bats? Packed with unusual facts and statistics, this is the perfect volume for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles and readers everywhere.

Making of Handel's Messiah, The

Gant, Andrew
This richly illustrated insight into one of the most successful pieces of choral music of all time examines the composition manuscript and Handel's own conducting score, and places Handel's best-known work in the context of its times.

What Can Cats Do?

Graboff, Abner
Abner Graboff combines the voice of childhood innocence with a wonderful sense of fun in his quirky book about the mysteries of cats and their secret lives, told from the point of view of a young child. Playful and bold illustrations complement the simple text, inspired by a much-loved family feline.

Speaking Volumes: Books with Histories

Pearson, David

Handwritten: Remarkable People on the Page

Smith, Lesley
A celebration of the art of handwriting, introducing famous writers, scientists and historical figures through documents written by their own hands.

The Happy Prince & Other Tales

Wilde, Oscar
Oscar Wilde's children's stories explore timeless themes of good and evil, freedom and responsibility, love and death, beauty and self-sacrifice. This beautiful collectors' edition with original watercolour illustrations and decorative motifs by Charles Robinson and an introduction by Michele Mendelssohn will delight adults and children alike.