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As Christmas is coming … - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
As Christmas is coming …
… and because it helps MSP rather more than it does me, indulge me please in my reminding you of possible gifts.
Available in PDF ebook, Kindle, or print, The Confidence of the House: May 1940 is the story of how, almost by accident, the House of Commons, on the eve of Hitler’s invasion of Western Europe, reasserted itself, cast down the Chamberlain government, and cleared the way for Winston Churchill to match himself to his destined hour.
Available in PDF ebook, Kindle, or print, MSP’s ‘Fools, Drunks, and the United States’: August 12, 1941, is the story of America on August 12, 1941, four months before Pearl Harbor. Isolationism was still strong, FDR was hammering out the Atlantic Charter, most Americans were absorbed by baseball and radio shows, and Congress decided to keep the draft – by one vote.
Available in PDF ebook, Kindle, or print, our joint The Annotated Wind in the Willows, for Adults and Sensible Children (or, possibly, Children and Sensible Adults) is an annotated edition of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the middle Thames, the Wild Wood and River Bank, and the incorrigible Mr Toad; made richer yet by historical and literary cross-references by two historians – one British, one American – who have loved the book all their lives long. If you have ever wondered, or wish to inspire your children to wonder, what exactly is a wager-boat, why it is insulting to chaff rabbits with a cry of ‘onion-sauce!’ (Mrs Beeton’s cookery book is a good place to start), and whether there were or weren’t servants at Toad Hall, this is the annotated version of the classic tale of River Bank that you’ve been wanting. What does the Wild Wood have in common with Mirkwood? Into which canal was Toad thrown by the bargewoman? Why is Mr Badger so like a Trollope squire? Why is Toad’s trial only the second funniest satire of rural justice (hint: Kipling is funnier)? The answers to these and any number of questions are to be found in this edition, in which two historians have unveiled the past and the references that any Edwardian parent and child should have known already.
And currently available only in print – soon to be available electronically – is our The Complete Mowgli Stories, Duly Annotated. The stories that concern Mowgli’s adventures have been collected, placed in their internal chronological order, and annotated in this volume. Prefatory essays and over three hundred footnotes accompany the text, delving into history, geography, ethnology, Imperial politics, and much else beside. If you wish to enjoy these tales with deeper understanding; if you wonder what Buldeo has to do with Mr Sherlock Holmes’ antagonist Dr Roylott; if you have ever wondered just why a Gond hunter reminds you of the frontman of Jethro Tull; or if you simply want a cracking good read of stories you but half-remember: here is your book.

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