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Andrew Wilson - Author

About the Author

Andrew Wilson is the author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biography. He has written for most of Britain's national newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Daily Mail. He lives in London.

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Featured books by Andrew Wilson

Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors. Shadow of the Titanic tells the extraordinary stories of some of those who survived. Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town? Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, SHADOW OF THE TITANIC will shed new light on this enduringly fascinating story by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of a cross-section of passengers who escaped the sinking ship.

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Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors. 

Other books by Andrew Wilson

RHS Small Garden Handbook Making the most of your outdoor space

RHS Small Garden Handbook Making the most of your outdoor space

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2013

'RHS Small Garden Handbook...show[s] the process of planning, planting and maintaining an outdoor space that will lift your heart every time you step outside.' - The Independent 'Clear and practical principles of design' - BBC Gardens Illustrated A garden offers invaluable space for relaxing entertaining, and, above all, enjoying the huge pleasure of growing your own flowers, shrubs, trees, and crops. However, a small garden can present challenges to even the most experience gardener: it may be overlooked, which can impact upon your privacy; there may be more shade than you would like; and it may not be immediately obvious how to create a space that is both multifunctional and beautiful. RHS Small Garden Handbook provides an all-in-one guide for small space gardeners and draws on the experience in growing, planting, landscaping and design for which the RHS is world famous. It begins by explaining how to assess your plot so that you are aware of the soil, orientation, microclimate, existing materials and proportions that you have to work with, before revealing the principles of good design. Showing how your decisions on layout, colour and texture will affect the finished design and what tricks can be played to create a greater sense of space - with everything from expert design advice on boundaries, hedges and fences to clever ideas for containers and storage - every gardener will gain confidence in creating a garden to enjoy no matter how big the plot. Each of the nine chapters includes 15 ways to make instant improvements and a real-life case study to inspire change. All the gardens featured in the book's 300 photographs are accessible, achievable and truly inspirational. Contents Includes... Basics Design Styles Materials Boundaries Structures Water Planting Upkeep ... and much much more!

Game of Life

Game of Life

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2013

Student is sent by Destiny to find the truth. Fate guides him to the palace of the Chess King. After meeting a unique stranger, he is introduced to the palace guards. Once he passes the test, he will discover life's great secrets. The Chess King explains the Game of Life through the pieces on the ancient game board with stunning accuracy, truth, and entertaining wisdom. After an unbelievable mathematical formula is revealed by the Chess King, Student finds the answer to the emotional and philosophical challenges people face, with Winning Strategies that has helped so many rise above the adversity of life at every level.

Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Shadow of the Titanic The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors. Shadow of the Titanic tells the extraordinary stories of some of those who survived. Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night, in effect a disaster that has been likened to the destruction of a small town? Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking, SHADOW OF THE TITANIC will shed new light on this enduringly fascinating story by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of a cross-section of passengers who escaped the sinking ship.

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Belarus

Belarus

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2012

This book is the first in English to explore both Belaruss complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nations first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenkas surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged election in December 2010.Wilson looks at Belarusian history as a series of false starts in the medieval and pre-modern periods, and at the many rival versions of Belarusian identity, culminating with the Soviet Belarusian project and the establishment of Belaruss current borders during World War II. He also addresses Belaruss on-off relationship with Russia, its simultaneous attempts to play a game of balance in the no-mans-land between Russia and the West, and how, paradoxically, Belarus is at last becoming a true nation under the rule of Europes last dictator.

Wild About Kew The Village by the Thames

Wild About Kew The Village by the Thames

Author: Andrew Wilson, David Blomfield Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/11/2011

Richard Hamilton Swingeing London 67 (f)

Richard Hamilton Swingeing London 67 (f)

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2011

An illustrated study of Richard Hamilton's famous Pop art painting of Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser in handcuffs. One of the defining paintings of British Pop art, Richard Hamilton's Swingeing London 67 (f) depicts two men-Mick Jagger and Hamilton's art dealer Robert Fraser-handcuffed together in the back of a police van. The image is taken from a newspaper photograph that shows the two being driven from Lewes prison to Chichester Magistrates Court following their June 1967 arrest for possession of drugs. The title is a clever and bitter play on words, conflating the swinging of 1960s-era London with the swingeing (to swinge is to beat or scourge) punishment meted out to new cultural heroes by the law. Hamilton's painting is far from reportage; it portrays the historical clash of cultures between Pop (and Pop art) and the establishment. In this illustrated study of Hamilton's celebrated painting, Andrew Wilson views Swingeing London 67 (f) as history painting, to be understood in the context of the struggle against the British state's attempt-aided and abetted by the popular press-to repress any expression of personal liberation. Hamilton's Pop art idiom of figuration and media images was his way of refusing the demands of an old aesthetic order. For him, Pop art was the expression of an open-ended, analytical, critical, and artistic process that reflected his own direct engagement with ethical issues. With Swingeing London 67 (f), Hamilton offers not only a representational image but also a trigger for critical activity-an image of an event and an image of what determines the conditions of that image.

Belarus The Last European Dictatorship

Belarus The Last European Dictatorship

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2011

This book is the first in English to explore both Belarus's complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nation's first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenka's surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged election in December 2010. Wilson looks at Belarusian history as a series of false starts in the medieval and pre-modern periods, and at the many rival versions of Belarusian identity, culminating with the Soviet Belarusian project and the establishment of Belarus's current borders during World War II. He also addresses Belarus's on-off relationship with Russia, its simultaneous attempts to play a game of balance in the no-man's-land between Russia and the West, and how, paradoxically, Belarus is at last becoming a true nation under the rule of Europe's last dictator.

Contemporary Colour in the Garden: Top Designers, Inspiring Ideas, New Combinations

Contemporary Colour in the Garden: Top Designers, Inspiring Ideas, New Combinations

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2011

While the impulse to choose high energy primaries or cool blues is often a matter of personal preference, Wilson helps gardeners make a success of those choices by showing how garden colour (in both plants and hard landscaping) works. The size of a garden, light levels, the amount of colour and association with other colours are all critical to the process of making successful colour choices. Colour is a powerful component in the garden and this book is intended to nudge people out of their colour ruts, shake new life into mixed borders and encourage a more experimental approach to the way gardeners perceive, choose and use colour in their gardens. Photographic material is drawn from all over the world and includes both well-known designer gardens and ordinary backyards. * Showcases all the latest hot plant colours * Taps into current awareness that plants and hard landscaping are equally important when designing a garden and the two should work together * Colour is a cheap route to a garden makeover * Standout gardens in Britain, France, New Zealand, Morocco, Mexico and the U.S.A.

The `Ever-Victorious Army' A History of the Chinese Campaign under Lt. Col. C. G. Gordon and of the Suppression of the Tai-Ping Rebellion

The `Ever-Victorious Army' A History of the Chinese Campaign under Lt. Col. C. G. Gordon and of the Suppression of the Tai-Ping Rebellion

Author: Andrew Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2010

Journalist and traveller Andrew Wilson (1831-1881) was born in India to colonial missionaries. Educated in Europe, he later edited the China Mail in Hong Kong, and the Bombay Times. This, his best known work, was published in 1868, and recounts the suppression of the Taiping uprising in 1863-1864 by Colonel Charles G. ('Chinese') Gordon, leading a small multinational force. The Taiping rebellion against the Qing dynasty lasted from 1850 to 1864, and it is estimated that some 20 million people died as a result. Wilson was given access to Gordon's journals to write the book. Wilson was very pro-Chinese, and was quite critical of British colonial policy towards China. Despite this bias, the work contains much fascinating information on nineteenth-century China, and sheds light on the early career of one of Britain's greatest Victorian military heroes.

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