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  • The Hundreds by Lauren Berlant
    The Hundreds (English, Paperback)

    The Hundreds-composed of pieces one hundred or multiples of one hundred words long-is Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart's collaborative experimental writing project in which they strive toward sensing and capturing the resonances that operate at the ordinary level of everyday experience.

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  • The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
    The Book of Tea (Paperback)

    Gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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  • The Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton
    The Stations of the Sun (English, Paperback)

    From May Day revels and Midsummer fires, to Harvest Home, and Hallowe'en, to the twelve days of Christmas, Ronald Hutton takes us on a fascinating journey through the ritual year in Britain. This comprehensive and engaging study covers the whole sweep of history from the earliest written records to the present day.

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  • Out on the Land by Ray Mears
    Out on the Land (English, Hardback)

    A celebration of the history and culture of the northern wilderness--the largest forest on the planet--from two acknowledged experts on bushcraft and survival skills.

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  • Seppuku: A History Of Samurai Suicide by Andrew Rankin
    Seppuku: A History Of Samurai Suicide (English, Paperback)

    The history of seppuku ? Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri ? spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and...

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  • Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids by Sara Hannant
    Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids (English, Hardback)

    An entertaining album of over 50 folk rituals performed across the country, throughout the year. With more than 100 colour photographs accompanied by captions tracing the history and significance of each ritual, this is a celebration of English eccentricity that will appeal to anyone interested in folklore, tradition and national heritage.

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  • The Last Landlady by Laura Thompson
    The Last Landlady (English, Hardback)

    Part memoir, part social history, part elegy, this book pays tribute to an extraordinary woman and the world she epitomized.

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  • The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan
    The Milk Lady of Bangalore (English, Paperback)

    "In this true story about two women and the animal they share, readers are treated to an insider's view of India, as well as a window into our universal connection to food and its sources"--

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  • Touche by John Leigh
    Touche (English, Hardback)

    Many of the West's best writers fought in duels or wrote about them, seduced by glamour or risk or recklessness. A gift as a plot device, the duel also offered a way to discover how we face fears of humiliation, pain, and death. John Leigh's literary history of the duel illuminates these and other tensions attending the birth of the modern world.

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  • The Book of the Order of Chivalry by Ramon Llull
    The Book of the Order of Chivalry (English, Paperback)

    New English translation of Llull's classic and significant text, restoring the nuances of the original.

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  • Merchants in the City of Art by Anne L. Schiller
    Merchants in the City of Art (English, Paperback)

    San Lorenzo, a neighborhood in the historic centre of Florence, and home to a market that has existed since before the Renaissance, is in transition. Globalization pressures-specifically international tourism and immigration-are forcing changes in the way vendors work, which in turn raises larger questions about identity.

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  • The Magpie and the Wardrobe by Sam McKechnie
    The Magpie and the Wardrobe (English, Hardback)

    This is a curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations. Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this volume will appeal to the creative and curious.

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  • Played at the Pub by Arthur Taylor
    Played at the Pub (English, Paperback)

    Definitive examination of the games played in Britain's pubs, both historic and contemporary, popular and obscure. Beautifully illustrated and overflowing with great stories, it also acts as a guide to finding the best pubs to play traditional pub games.

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  • Korea - Culture Smart! by James Hoare
    Korea - Culture Smart! (English, Paperback)

    Looks at the social life, customs, and national characteristics of Korea, including coverage of such topics as values, attitudes, religion, family, food, language, and social relationships.

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  • Memento Mori by Paul Koudounaris
    Memento Mori (English, Hardback)

    From burial caves in Indonesia festooned with bones, to skulls smoking cigarettes, wearing beanie hats and sunglasses, and decorated with garlands of flowers in South America, the author ventures beyond the grave to find messages of hope and salvation.

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  • Death and Bereavement Across Cultures by Colin Murray Parkes
    Death and Bereavement Across Cultures (English, Paperback)

    "All societies have their own customs and beliefs surrounding death. In the West, traditional ways of mourning are disappearing, and although Western science has had a major impact on how people die, it has taught us little about the way to die or to grieve. Many whose work brings them into contact with the dying and the bereaved from Western and other cultures are at a loss to know how to offer...

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  • God's Agents by Matthew Engelke
    God's Agents (English, Paperback)

    The British and Foreign Bible Society is one of the most illustrious Christian charities in the United Kingdom. This title offers a study of how religion goes public in today's world. It traces how a small group of socially committed Christians tackle the challenge of publicity within (what they understand to be) a largely secular culture.

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  • The Modern Spirit of Asia by Peter van der Veer
    The Modern Spirit of Asia (English, Paperback)

    Challenges the notion that modernity in China and India are derivative imitations of the West, arguing that these societies have transformed their ancient traditions in distinctive ways.

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  • The Book of Christmas by Christopher Winn
    The Book of Christmas (English, Hardback)

    A charming gift book that unravels the origins behind the weird and wonderful Christmas traditions from around the world.

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  • Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing by Malcolm Johnson
    Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing (English, Paperback)

    Spirituality in later life has become increasingly significant in the context of extended longevity. This book will inform researchers and practitioners in all fields that relate to older people, especially in social, psychological and health-related domains and wherever meaning and purpose in ageing are recognised as important for human flourishing.

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