A visiting Spanish lecturer, who is not unlike Marias himself, illuminates the eccentricities of Oxford life in this contemplative black comedy. Call him the Spanish Oscar Wilde or a more mysterious Henry James.
The Jewel That Was Ours
An Inspector Morse mystery, set among the Oxford literati and featuring a stolen jewel and a healthy dose of scandalous affairs.
Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge
A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions.
The Professor and the Madman
The bizarre true story behind the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary and two men -- one a scholarly editor, the other a mentally ill, convicted murderer -- who contributed to its creation.
Notes from a Small Island
A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
A Traveller's History of Oxford
A compact history from settlement to the present.
Angry Island, Hunting the English
The splendidly irreverent London critic A.A. Gill includes scathing chapters on voice, humor, drink, animals, garden, sport and class in this comic manual to the English.
Oxford/Chipping Norton & Bicester Map
1:50,000 scale topographic series for Great Britain of Oxford and surroundings.
South East England, The Midlands and East Anglia Map
This regional map, at a scale of 1:400,000, covers South East England, including London and East Anglia.
Cider With Rosie
In this memoir of growing up in a small, remote village in the Cotswolds -- set against the backdrop of the First World War -- Lee captures an all-but-vanished rural way of life. Originally published in 1959.
Shakespeare, A Life
A delightful, informative and up-to-date biography of The Bard, his life, work and times.
The Cotswolds, A Cultural History
In this cultural guide, Bingham introduces the churches and manor houses, rich history and celebrated landscapes of southern England.
Birds of Europe
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps.
English History, Made Brief, Irreverent and Pleasurable
Smith serves up memorable chunks of English history with aplomb, spicing the tale with hilarious cartoons and profiles of the kings, queens and dunces who have led the nation.
The Story of England
Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way
An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit.
The Cotswold Way
A practical guide in the British series, this fully revised and re-walked second edition includes 44 large-scale walking maps and places to stay and to eat along the 102-mile national trail, which runs from Chipping Campden to Bath.
Weekend at Blenheim
The foul-tempered Duke of Marlborough, his young cousin Winston Churchill, the society painter John Singer Sargent; the duchess's mother and American suffragette, Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont, Gladys Deacon, an American friend of the duchess and the enigmatic Catholic Monsignor Vay de Vaya all feature in this satisfying whodunit set at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in 1905.