2017 Winter Catalog - Page 8

History The One-Cent Magenta James Barron Rebel Cities Mike Rapport A Bold and Dangerous Family Caroline Moorehead PB $24.99 When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper known as the one- cent magenta sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $US9.5 million, the highest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned and sold this stamp, The One-Cent Magenta weaves a fascinating tale of obsession to own a treasure that no one else can have. PB $32.99 Rebel Cities explores the debate about the nature of cities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: were they places of enlightenment, or were they dens of vice and disorder? Determining the character of the cities through their burghers, architecture, topography and the events that shaped them, this book evokes what it was like for all parts of society to live in London, Paris and New York in one of the most transformative periods in history. PB $35.00 Mussolini was not only ruthless: he was subtle and manipulative. Black- shirted thugs did his dirty work for him. His opponents were beaten into submission. But the tide turned in 1924 when his assassins went too far. Antifascist resistance was born and it would end only with Mussolini's death. Among those whose disgust hardened into bold and uncompromising resistance was a family from Florence: Amelia, Carlo and Nello Rosselli. Queer City Peter Ackroyd Jane Austen at Home Lucy Worsley Last Hope Island Lynne Olson PB $29.99 In Queer City, Peter Ackroyd looks at London through the history and experiences of its gay population. In Roman Londinium homosexuality was considered admirable, until Emperor Constantine brought in the first laws against queer practices. What followed was an endless loop of permissiveness and censure, from the fashionable female transvestism of the 1620s to the ‘gay plague’ in the 1980s. PB $32.99 On the eve of the bi-centenary of Jane Austen's death, step back into the world in which our best-loved novelist lived. Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodation, the houses both grand and small of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life, where she wrote many of her famous novels. PB $39.99 In the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as ‘Last Hope Island’. Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to restore order to a broken continent.