Archive for the tag 'Book'

… A year in the Languedoc wine country

Synopsis (from the author’s website):
In Virgile’s Vineyard, Patrick Moon explores the world of Languedoc wine. Among the cast of characters that Patrick meets during his year of discovery is Virgile, a young local wine-maker who offers to initiate him into the mysteries of each seasons work in the [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 3rd 2014

…a medieval view of the world
Synopsis (from book cover):
How was it possible for such a large and fragile artifact to have survived intact from the Middle Ages to the present day?  The Hereford Mappa Mundi, moved in April 1996 from the Cathedral Crypt to a purpose built museum, is an unique document.  It provides us [...]

11 Comments CherryPie on Jan 2nd 2014

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ABC Brisbane reports that missing fragments of the Egyptian Book of the Dead have been discovered stored in a Queensland museum:

World-renowned Egyptologist Dr John Taylor was viewing the museum’s Egyptian collection when a name on a papyrus fragment caught his eye.
Dr Taylor is the curator of the British Museum’s mummy collection. [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Apr 25th 2012

Synopsis (from book cover):
A breathtaking, intimate view of the heavenly bodies in our solar system.
In a unique grand tour, Dava Sobel tells the story of each member of our planetary family – touching on myth, history, astrology, science fiction and the very latest scientific data. Whether revealing what hisdes behind Venus’s cocoon of acid [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Feb 5th 2011

Synopsis (from the book cover):
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of southern France, Sepulchre is the stunning new novel of obsession and revenge from the number one bestselling author of Labyrinth.
OCTOBER 1891:  Seventeen-year-old Leonie Vernier and her brother Anatole abandon the gas-lit streets of Paris for the sanctuary of the Domaine de la Cade, some miles [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Jan 29th 2011

Synopsis (from the book cover):
What happens when a dark secret comes to light?
In America a young man inherits a million dollars – from a grandfather he thought was poor. Across Europe men and women are being killed, in the most barbaric and elaborate of ways.  And a brilliant scientist has disappeared from his laboratory in [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Oct 2nd 2010

Synopsis from book cover:
Bess of Hardwick, born into the most brutal and turbulent period of England’s history, did not have an auspicious start in life.  Widowed for the first time at sixteen, she nonetheless outlived four monarchs, married three more times, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women the country has ever [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Sep 21st 2010

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