‘British Summer Time Begins’ is about summer holidays of the mid-twentieth century and how they were spent, as recounted to Ysenda Maxtone Graham in vividly remembered detail by people who were there. Through this prism, it paints a revealing portrait of twentieth-century Britain in summertime: how we were, how families functioned, what houses and gardens and streets were like, what journeys were like, and what people did all day in their free time. It explores their expectations, hopes, fears and habits, the rules or lack of rules under which they lived, their happiness and sadness, their sense of being treasured or neglected – all within living memory, from pre-war summers to the late 1970s.
The Unremembered Places is a poignant and enthralling take on some of Scotland’s most fascinating, yet overlooked, places of interest.Â Shortlisted for the The Great Outdoors Awards – Outdoor Book of the Year 2020Â andÂ the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2020.
Strangers do it, friends do it, politicians do it and so do chimpanzees: in fact, the handshake is so deeply embedded in our history and culture that it might even be older than humanity itself. So let’s shake on it, and join palaeoanthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi as she embarks on a voyage of discovery through everything from evolutionary biology to the etiquette of modern life.