John Wright - Author

About the Author

John Wright is a passionate natural historian and the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore, Hedgerow and Booze. As well as writing for national publications, he often appears on the River Cottage series for Channel 4. He gives lectures on natural history and every year he takes around fifty 'forays' showing people how to collect food - plants from the hedgerow, seaweeds and shellfish from the shore and mushrooms from pasture and wood. Over a period of twenty years he has taken around five hundred such forays. Fungi are his greatest passion and he has thirty-five years' experience in studying them. John Wright is a member of the British Mycological Society and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He lives in rural West Dorset with his wife and two teenage daughters. @johnmushroom / www.wild-food.net

Featured books by John Wright

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Latin names - frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel - have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus - 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.

Other books by John Wright

I want to be a ....

I want to be a ....

Author: John Wright Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2018

This book is about the desire of a sixteen year-old high school student, Nic James, to ';be a condom' as his future career. The expression of that desire, during a lesson on Careers, not only threw the class teacher into a state of delirium and embarrassment, in the presence of the supervising Teacher Education professor, but led to earthshaking and transformational changes in the perception and thinking of the condom. It also brought together a team of experts who demonstrated, through analysis and hard empirical evidence, that the condom has two distinct characteristics: a physical aspect, the aspect by which it is known, generally, by most persons; and an inherent spirit that drives anyone, possessed with that spirit, to do only good deeds.These inherent virtues, values and qualities, with which the condom is endowed, are the moral equivalent of those generally seen and accepted as noble and beneficial to the human person. What is interesting here is that the expression of the student to have a career of that kind has brought together persons of significance in this nation state to discuss how the condom spirit, the condom mentality, can literally revolutionize the thinking and behavior of all those smart enough to submit themselves to the ';condomization process, at a newly established Condom Academy.' The series of events, meetings, personal disclosures, admissions and confessions are enough to blow the reader's mind.

Playing the Mask Acting Without Bullshit

Playing the Mask Acting Without Bullshit

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2017

A new book from the bestselling author of Why Is That So Funny? 'Masks are empowering... They enable you to take risks. They provoke you into working with the reckless logic of a six-year-old or the enigmatic stillness of someone wiser than you'll ever be. But above all, masks let you be you without your habitual limitations.' In Playing the Mask, award-winning theatre-maker and teacher John Wright explores and demystifies mask-work: what masks do, how they do it, and, above all, what they can teach us about acting. This book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to a fresh and innovative acting technique for actors, theatre-makers and teachers to use in training and rehearsal. A mask releases the actor to be playful, and playfulness generates ideas, finds meaning, develops characterisation - and is infinitely more fun than traditional training. Rather than a dry guide to making masked theatre, it is about, for instance, playing Lady Macbeth in Red Nose, or Hamlet in the mask of The Victim, The Ogre or The Fool, or even Romeo and Juliet in grotesque half-masks... All in the name of liberating your creativity and, ultimately, improving your performance. Extensively illustrated with a rich variety of masks, this inventive and pragmatic book is full of invaluable games and exercises drawn from the author's own workshops, his experience as co-founder of both Trestle and Told by an Idiot, and his pioneering mask and clown work in many professional productions. 'Brilliant, entertaining and accessible' --Paul Hunter, from his Foreword

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: Summer 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Target success in Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style questions, revision tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes, every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Enjoy an interactive approach to revision, with clear topic summaries that consolidate knowledge and related activities that put the content into context - Build, practise and enhance exam skills by progressing through activities set at different levels - Improve exam technique through exam-style questions and model answers with commentary from expert authors and teachers - Get exam ready with extra quick quizzes and answers to the activities available online

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: Summer 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Target success in Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style questions, revision tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes, every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Enjoy an interactive approach to revision, with clear topic summaries that consolidate knowledge and related activities that put the content into context - Build, practise and enhance exam skills by progressing through activities set at different levels - Improve exam technique through exam-style questions and model answers with commentary from expert authors and teachers - Get exam ready with extra quick quizzes and answers to the activities available online

Explaining Science's Success Understanding How Scientific Knowledge Works

Explaining Science's Success Understanding How Scientific Knowledge Works

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Paul Feyeraband famously asked, what's so great about science? One answer is that it has been surprisingly successful in getting things right about the natural world, more successful than non-scientific or pre-scientific systems, religion or philosophy. Science has been able to formulate theories that have successfully predicted novel observations. It has produced theories about parts of reality that were not observable or accessible at the time those theories were first advanced, but the claims about those inaccessible areas have since turned out to be true. And science has, on occasion, advanced on more or less a priori grounds theories that subsequently turned out to be highly empirically successful. In this book the philosopher of science, John Wright delves deep into science's methodology to offer an explanation for this remarkable success story.

A Natural History of the Hedgerow and ditches, dykes and dry stone walls

A Natural History of the Hedgerow and ditches, dykes and dry stone walls

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2017

It is difficult to think of a more quintessential symbol of the British countryside than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and home to oak and ash, field mice and butterflies. But as much as we might dream about foraging for mushrooms or collecting wayside nettles for soup, most of us are unaware of quite how profoundly hedgerows have shaped the history of our landscape and our fellow species. One of Britain's best known naturalists, John Wright introduces us to the natural and cultural history of hedges (as well as ditches, dykes and dry stone walls) - from the arrival of the first settlers in the British Isles to the modern day, when we have finally begun to recognise the importance of these unique ecosystems. His intimate knowledge of the countryside and its inhabitants brings this guide to life, whether discussing the skills and craft of hedge maintenance or the rich variety of animals, plants, algae and fungi who call them home. Informative, practical, entertaining and richly illustrated in colour throughout, A Natural History of the Hedgerow is a book to stuff into your pocket for country walks in every season, or to savour in winter before a roaring fire.

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-95

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-95

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/08/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-95 covers all three key topics in the specification: 'The birth of the state of Israel, 1945-63'; 'The escalating conflict, 1964-73'; 'Attempts at a solution, 1974-95'

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41 covers all four key topics in the specification: 'The revolutions of 1917'; 'The Bolsheviks in power, 1917-24'; 'Stalin's rise to power and dictatorship, 1924-41'; 'Economic and social changes, 1924-41.'

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad covers all four key topics in the specification: 'The development of the civil rights movement '; 'Protest, progress and radicalism, 1960-75'; 'US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954-75'; 'Reactions to, and the end of, US involvement in Vietnam, 1964-75.'

Access to History for the IB Diploma: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945 Second Edition

Access to History for the IB Diploma: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945 Second Edition

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2016

A new edition for HL Option 2, History of the Americas, Topic 13: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945. The renowned IB Diploma History series, combining compelling narratives with academic rigor. An authoritative and engaging narrative, with the widest variety of sources at this level, helping students to develop their knowledge and analytical skills. This second edition provides: - Reliable, clear and in-depth content from topic experts - Analysis of the historiography surrounding key debates - Dedicated exam practice with model answers and practice questions - TOK support and Historical Investigation questions to help with all aspects of the Diploma

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/03/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 covers all three key topics in the specification: 'The origins of the Cold War 1941-58'; 'Cold War crises, 1958-70'; 'The end of the Cold War, 1970-91.'

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 covers all four key topics in the specification: 'The Weimar Republic, 1918-29'; 'Hitler's rise to power, 1919-33'; 'Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-9'; 'Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-9.'

Conservative Criminology A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences

Conservative Criminology A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences

Author: John Wright, Matt DeLisi Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2015

Conservative Criminology serves as an important counterpoint to virtually every other academic text on crime. Hundreds of books have been written about crime and criminal justice policy from a variety of perspectives, including Marxist, liberal, progressive, feminist, radical, and post-modernist. To date, however, no book has been written outlining a conservative perspective on crime and criminal justice policy. Not a polemic against liberalism, Conservative Criminology nonetheless focuses on how liberal ideology affects the study of crime and criminals and the policies that criminologist advocate. Wright and DeLisi, both senior scholars, give a voice to a major political philosophy-a philosophy often demonized by academics-and to conservatives in the academic world. In the end, Conservative Criminology calls for an investment in intellectual diversity, a respect for varying political philosophies, and a renewed commitment to honesty in scholarship. The authors encourage debate in the profession about the proper role of ideology in the academy and in public policies on crime and justice. Conservative Criminology is for the criminal justice professional and student. It serves as a stimulating supplement to courses in criminology and criminal justice, as well as a primary text for special issues or capstone courses. This book supports the reader in recognizing ideological biases, whatever they might be, and in considering their own convictions.

Conservative Criminology A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences

Conservative Criminology A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences

Author: John Wright, Matt DeLisi Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2015

Conservative Criminology serves as an important counterpoint to virtually every other academic text on crime. Hundreds of books have been written about crime and criminal justice policy from a variety of perspectives, including Marxist, liberal, progressive, feminist, radical, and post-modernist. To date, however, no book has been written outlining a conservative perspective on crime and criminal justice policy. Not a polemic against liberalism, Conservative Criminology nonetheless focuses on how liberal ideology affects the study of crime and criminals and the policies that criminologist advocate. Wright and DeLisi, both senior scholars, give a voice to a major political philosophy-a philosophy often demonized by academics-and to conservatives in the academic world. In the end, Conservative Criminology calls for an investment in intellectual diversity, a respect for varying political philosophies, and a renewed commitment to honesty in scholarship. The authors encourage debate in the profession about the proper role of ideology in the academy and in public policies on crime and justice. Conservative Criminology is for the criminal justice professional and student. It serves as a stimulating supplement to courses in criminology and criminal justice, as well as a primary text for special issues or capstone courses. This book supports the reader in recognizing ideological biases, whatever they might be, and in considering their own convictions.

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Latin names - frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel - have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus - `dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.

Early Bibles of America

Early Bibles of America

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2015

Transportation Engineering (ICE Textbook series)

Transportation Engineering (ICE Textbook series)

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2015

Tripoli: A History

Tripoli: A History

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2015

It has been called a Noble Possession , abused as A Nest of Corsairs and extolled as The Pearl of the Mediterranean . This city of Tripoli, one of the oldest on both the Mediterranean and the fringes of the Sahara, and never deserted, has meant many different things to many different people over the past 2,500 years. To its first outside visitors, the trading Phoenicians, it was a safe haven and a market. To its later Roman colonizers it was an outlet for the low grade pastoral produce of its Saharan hinterland. Under Muslim Arab rule it became a wealthy transit market, trading with three continents, while under its Turkish and Karamanli rulers, it was notorious for its corsair galleys that preyed on the merchant shipping of the Central and Eastern Mediterranean. After the Napoleonic Wars the city took on a new role as a base for the trans-Saharan exploration and penetration of inner Africa, with British pioneers followed by Germans, French and Italians. In 1911 Italy invaded this last remaining Turkish possession in North Africa, soon transforming a neglected exiles' outpost into an imposing capital symbolizing Fascist imperial pretensions. Tripoli's fall to the British Eighth Army in January 1943 was seen as a turning point in World War Two, while in 1951 its role as joint capital of the newly-independent Kingdom of Libya marked the start of Africa's post- colonial era. Oil found in Libya in the 1950s and 1960s made Tripoli rich - and a prize that fell in 1969 to the rising forces of Arab nationalism personified by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. During his 42 years of eccentric rule, Tripoli was transformed into a mega-city, one hundred times greater in extent and population that it had been a century earlier. But by 2015 continuing post-Gaddafi anarchy and depleting oil reserves made the city's future seem as precarious and uncertain as ever it had been. Mixing personal observation and research with accounts from foreign travellers and residents, John Wright reveals the reality of this unique, remarkable and ever-vibrant city: a city with special social, cultural and linguistic flavours that not even visitors from other parts of the Arab World can always understand or define.

Booze River Cottage Handbook No.12

Booze River Cottage Handbook No.12

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

What could possibly beat a cool pint of beer down the pub or a lazy glass of wine at your favourite bar? The answer is: home-brewed beer or your very own brand of wine. With this, the twelfth in the River Cottage Handbook series, the inimitable John Wright shows exactly how easy it is to get started. You don't need masses of space to make alcohol at home, and if you follow the simple instructions, you won't be faced with exploding bottles in the cellar. But don't forget, it's all about experimentation and finding out what works for you. Booze is divided up by alcohol type, from beer, cider and wine to herbal spirits and fruit liqueurs. Each section starts with an introduction to the basic techniques, methods and other useful information, before giving recipes for delicious tipples like rhubarb wine, sparkling elderflower wine, mead, cherry plum wine, orange beer, lager, real ginger beer, sweet cider, zubrovka vodka, amber spirits, rose infusions, blackberry whiskey, pomegranate rum, chestnut liqueur, mulled cider and there's even a hangover cure thrown in for good measure. With an introduction from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and full-colour photographs as well as illustrations, Booze is a home-brewer's book with a kick.

S'funny How You Never Laugh at the Time Though, Innit?

S'funny How You Never Laugh at the Time Though, Innit?

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2013

Explaining Science's Success Understanding How Scientific Knowledge Works

Explaining Science's Success Understanding How Scientific Knowledge Works

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2012

Paul Feyeraband famously asked, what's so great about science? One answer is that it has been surprisingly successful in getting things right about the natural world, more successful than non-scientific or pre-scientific systems, religion or philosophy. Science has been able to formulate theories that have successfully predicted novel observations. It has produced theories about parts of reality that were not observable or accessible at the time those theories were first advanced, but the claims about those inaccessible areas have since turned out to be true. And science has, on occasion, advanced on more or less a priori grounds theories that subsequently turned out to be highly empirically successful. In this book the philosopher of science, John Wright delves deep into science's methodology to offer an explanation for this remarkable success story.

Undaunted Stories About the Irish in Australia

Undaunted Stories About the Irish in Australia

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2012

Undaunted is a collection of true stories about Irish men and women who travelled to Australia in search of a better life and battled against the odds in a remote and harsh world. From 1788 when the first convict ships landed to the mid-20th century, these true stories about settlers, convicts and their descendants highlight the best and worst of human behaviour in the kinds of dilemma that faced newcomers. This book tells the story of the Irish contribution to this struggle.

Ravaged Innocents Children of War

Ravaged Innocents Children of War

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2012

A History of Libya

A History of Libya

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

John Wright's concise history of Libya begins in the prehistoric Sahara and concludes with the bloody overthrow of the Gadafi regime and the emergence of a 'new' Libya in 2011. After surveying the story of the central Sahara's early hunter-gatherers and its Garamantian civilization, Wright briskly recounts the land's succession of foreign invaders, followed by the semi-independent Karamanli regime in 1711 and the return of the Turks in 1835. He discusses the workings of the historic trans-Saharan slave trade to Tripoli, Benghazi and other ports for local sale or export to the Eastern Mediterranean, and highlights Tripoli's nineteenth-century role as a base for European penetration of the Sahara and the lands beyond it. Wright's modern history assesses the controversial Italian era (1911-43), describing in detail the long, harsh conquest while giving due credit to the material achievements of the colonial regime. This fair and comprehensive overview provides a clearer understanding of Libya's subsequent history, covered in four final chapters. These start with the World War Two campaigns that ended Italian rule; the fairly easy ride to an early UN-supervised independence under the Sanussi monarchy in 1951; the discovery and exploitation of oil in the 1950s and 1960; and Moammar Gadafi's 1969 coup bringing to power a bizarre revolutionary regime that was to last for forty-two years. Wright's final chapter summarises the main events of 2011 - the successful popular uprising; the NATO air intervention; the end of Gadafi and his regime; and the emergence of a 'new' and perhaps rather different Libya.

uKhahlamba Umlando wezintaba zoKhahlamba / History of the uKhahlamba Mountains

uKhahlamba Umlando wezintaba zoKhahlamba / History of the uKhahlamba Mountains

Author: John Wright, Aron D. Mazel Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2012

This is an abbreviated version of Tracks in a Mountain Range, and is published in dual format in English and isiZulu.The uKhahlamba mountains have been the home of many different groups of people for a very long time. Small groups of hunter-gatherers began living in rock shelters there at least 27 000 years ago. Their descendants were San people who still lived there as recently as a hundred years ago. About 600 years ago, groups of African farmers began building their villages near the foothills, and grazing their cattle into the mountains. From the 1840s, European settlers in the colony of Natal began laying out farms for sheep and cattle in the foothills of the mountains. They drove out the San, and brought the African farmers under their domination. In the twentieth century the settlers and their descendants began to use the land for purposes besides farming, especially for developing tourism and leisure activities, and supplying water for industry. Africans became labourers on the farms and in South Africa's towns and cities.Exploring the History of the uKhahlamba Mountains tells about the coming of these different peoples to the mountains, and describes the different ways of life that they established, sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently. It is copiously illustrated with photographs in full colour.

Gypsy Ribbon

Gypsy Ribbon

Author: John Wright Format: eBook Release Date: 07/02/2012

Non-fiction;Gypsy/Romani travel in Australia.The Gypsy Storyteller and her Shadow with two traditional Gypsy Wagons.A five -year journey of more than 45,000 klms.Blending culture with multiculture.

Travellers in Turkish Libya 1551-1911

Travellers in Turkish Libya 1551-1911

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2011

From Tripoli to the ancient ruins of Leptis Magna, from the slave markets to the farthest reaches of the Sahara: here is a mosaic of unknown places, handed down to us by the foreign visitors and travellers who experienced them first hand over four centuries (1550-1911). European consuls (and their sisters and wives), archaeologists, explorers, sailors and colonisers have all left colourful accounts of their Libyan experiences: the bustle of the suqs and gossip of the harem, the terrors of slavery, the endless, parched caravan marches across the desert and the characters they met along the way. Almost fifty contributors bring a fresh perspective to a country that has fascinated foreigners for millenia.

Cheshire Born A Collection of Albums

Cheshire Born A Collection of Albums

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2011

The Obama Haters Behind the Right-Wing Campaign of Lies, Innuendo & Racism

The Obama Haters Behind the Right-Wing Campaign of Lies, Innuendo & Racism

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

On November 4, 2008, the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the forty-fourth president of the United States showed that the country had finally overcome its most hurtful, shameful, and enduring legacy-slavery. Though Obama's election showed progress, the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign and the Republican Party used age-old smear campaign tactics. Their operators pulled out all the stops in an attempt to win and spread falsehoods about Obama that have only multiplied after the election. The Obama Haters seeks to answer the following questions: Who are these Obama haters? Why do they despise him? Why do various news organizations, commentators, and political entities treat the same facts differently? Why are these pundits so powerful? In order to do so, Wright first lays out the democratic principles and civility toward which Americans should strive. Next, he investigates the persistent expressions of hatred for President Obama, connecting historic antecedents of political mudslinging along with the background of virulent right-wing smear tactics over the past two decades. And finally, he shines a harsh spotlight on the haters and fearmongers and their tactics. While Americans have the right to criticize their political leadership, their reasons for disapproval should be based on facts. Those who invent and repeat lies to hurt the reputation of leaders weaken the democratic ideal. This book is for anyone who wishes to learn how to cut through the hypocrisy and propaganda to make informed decisions based on truth.

The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2010

This compelling text sheds light on the important but under studied trans-Saharan slave trade. The author uncovers and surveys this, the least-noticed of the slave trades out of Africa, which from the seventh to the twentieth centuries quielty delievered almost as many black Africans into foreign servitude as did the far busier, but much briefer Atlantic and East African trades. Illuminating for the first time a significant, but ignored subject, the book supports and widens current scholarly examination of Africans' essential role in the enslavement of fellow-Africans and their delivery to internal, Atlantic or trans-Saharan markets.

Hedgerow

Hedgerow

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2010

Hedgerows, moors, meadows and woods - these hold a veritable feast for the forager. In this hugely informative and witty handbook, John Wright reveals how to spot the free and delicious pickings to be found in the British countryside, and how to prepare and cook them. First John touches on the basics for the hedgerow forager, with an introduction to conservation, safety, the law, and all the equipment that you may need. Next he guides you through the tasty edible species to be found. Each one is accompanied by photographs for identification, along with their conservation status, habitat, distribution, season, taste, texture and cooking methods - not forgetting, of course, some fascinating asides and diversions about their taxonomy and history. Fifty species are covered, including bilberries, blackberries, raspberries, common mallow, dandelions, hedge garlic, horseradish, pignuts, nettles, sloes, sweet chestnuts, water mint, bulrushes and wild cherries. After this there is a section describing the poisonous species to steer clear of, with identifying photographs as well as warnings about nasty 'lookalikes'. Finally, there are thirty delicious recipes to show how you can make the most of your (edible) findings. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hedgerow is an indispensable household reference, and an essential book to have by your side for every trip into the countryside.

The Emergence of Libya

The Emergence of Libya

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2009

Forty years ago (September 1969) Moammar Gadafi seized power in Libya in a military coup. To mark this event, John Wright has made this selection from his own shorter writings which examine and explain Libya's complex and troubled past - the historical interplay of events, influences and personalities that helped to shape the modern state. From this selection read about... o Why, in about 1860, Britain lost its earlier enthusiasm for Tripoli and the Sahara as a 'Gateway to Africa' o What made the Zionist movement drop plans to settle one million East European Jews in Cyrenaica o Why Mussolini accepted the 'Sword of Islam' in Tripoli in 1937 o The first welfare issue to preoccupy the British Eighth Army as it captured Tripoli in January 1943 o Why Libya had such an easy passage to independence in 1951 o How, as a young leader, Moammar Gadafi was publicly ridiculed and put down by an Arab leader nearly old enough to be his grandfather who claimed Libyans were still living in the days of Adam and Eve. These are just some of the issues John Wright discusses in these 20 chapters, here usefully collected under one cover from the many books and journals in which they first appeared. John Wright, was formerly the chief political commentator and analyst of the BBC Arabic Service, specialising in Libya, the Sahara and the international oil industry.

The Farmer's Friend A Record of Recent Discoveries, Improvements

The Farmer's Friend A Record of Recent Discoveries, Improvements

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2009

The Farmer's Friend A Record of Recent Discoveries, Improvements

The Farmer's Friend A Record of Recent Discoveries, Improvements

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2009

Child From Home Memories of a North Country Evacuee

Child From Home Memories of a North Country Evacuee

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2009

The tragic story of a young boy left orphaned by a twist of events during his wartime evacuation

Edible Seashore

Edible Seashore

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2009

For the forager, the seashore holds surprising culinary potential. In this authoritative, witty book John Wright takes us on a trip to the seaside. But before introducing us to the various species to be harvested, he touches on such practicalities as conservation and the ethics of foraging; safety from tides, rocks and food poisoning; the law and access to the shore, our right to fish, landing sizes and seasons; and equipment such as nets, pots and hooks. Next comes the nitty-gritty: all the main British seashore species that one might be tempted to eat. The conservation status, taste and texture, availability, seasonality, habitat, collecting technique and biology of each species is covered; there are also quite a few gratuitous but fascinating diversions. The species covered include crustacea (brown shrimp, common crab, lobster, prawn, shore crab, spider crab, squat lobster, velvet swimming crab); molluscs (clams, cockle, dog whelk, limpet, mussel, oyster, razor clam, winkle); mushrooms; plants (alexanders, babbington's orache, fennel, frosted orache, marsh samphire, perennial wall rocket, rock samphire, sea beet, sea buckthorn, sea holly, sea kale, sea purslane, sea rocket, spear-leaved orache, wild cabbage, wild thyme); and seaweed (carragheen, dulse, gut weed, laver, pepper dulse, sea lettuce, sugar kelp, kelp). Finally, there are thirty brilliant recipes. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Edible Seashore is destined to join the other handbooks in the series as an indispensable household reference.

Copies of Original Letters from the Army of General Bonaparte in Egypt

Copies of Original Letters from the Army of General Bonaparte in Egypt

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2009

Second Work of Poems, Entitled a Gem for Everyone

Second Work of Poems, Entitled a Gem for Everyone

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2009

Second Work of Poems, Entitled a Gem for Everyone

Second Work of Poems, Entitled a Gem for Everyone

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2009

The Privilege of Man

The Privilege of Man

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

The Privilege of Man

The Privilege of Man

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2008

The Privilege of Man

The Privilege of Man

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2008

The Privilege of Man

The Privilege of Man

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2008

Tracks in a Mountain Range Exploring the History of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

Tracks in a Mountain Range Exploring the History of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

Author: John Wright, Aron D. Mazel Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2007

Since the arrival of literate European settlers in what is now KwaZulu-Natal in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, numerous stories about the Drakensberg region have made their way into print. But for every story which happens to have been written down, there are many others which have not, and which are therefore unavailable to us in our aim of wanting to establish a modern-day understanding of the history of the Drakensberg. This applies especially to the stories told by the unlettered San hunter-gatherers and their forebears during the several thousand years for which they inhabited these mountains, and by the isiNtu-speaking black farmers who have lived in the neighbouring uplands for the past thousand years or so. But it also applies to the unwritten stories told by European colonizers and their descendants over the last century and a half. The declaration of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park as a World Heritage Site - on the basis of its scenic beauty, high degree of biodiversity and the exceptional cultural value of its heritage of San rock art - provides an occasion for reflecting on the history and people of the region, from the earliest known times to the present. Constructed from archaeological and written sources, this book highlights the histories of the indigenous San hunter-gatherers and black farmers, as well as of the European colonisers. The accessible text is complemented by photographs of the landscape, rock art and archaeological finds. The authors have not aimed to write a definitive history, but have tried to open up ways of looking at the region's past which go beyond the mainly 'colonial' views which have predominated in the literature up to the present.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2007

In the first of an exciting new River Cottage Handbook series, mycologist John Wright explains the ins and outs of collecting, including relevant UK laws, conservation notes, practical tips and identification techniques. He takes us through the 72 species we are most likely to come across during forays in Britain's forests and clearings: old friends the Chanterelle and Cep, as well as a whole colourful host of more unfamiliar names - edible species including the Velvet Shank, the Horn of Plenty, the Amethyst Deceiver, the Giant Puffball and the Chicken in the Woods, and poisonous types such as the Sickener, the Death Cap and the Destroying Angel. The handbook is completed by more than 30 simple and delicious mushroom recipes from the River Cottage team. With colour photographs throughout, line drawings, a user-friendly Key and an introduction by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, The River Cottage Mushroom Handbook is a comprehensive and collectable guide, destined to be an indispensable household reference.

John Wright's Indian Summers

John Wright's Indian Summers

Author: John Wright, Sharda Ugra, Paul Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2007

The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

The Trans-Saharan Slave Trade

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2007

This compelling text sheds light on the important but under studied trans-Saharan slave trade. The author uncovers and surveys this, the least-noticed of the slave trades out of Africa, which from the seventh to the twentieth centuries quielty delievered almost as many black Africans into foreign servitude as did the far busier, but much briefer Atlantic and East African trades. Illuminating for the first time a significant, but ignored subject, the book supports and widens current scholarly examination of Africans' essential role in the enslavement of fellow-Africans and their delivery to internal, Atlantic or trans-Saharan markets.

Shadowing Ralph Ellison

Shadowing Ralph Ellison

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2006

In 1952, Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) published his novel Invisible Man, which transformed the dynamics of American literature. The novel won the National Book Award, extended the themes of his early short stories, and dramatized in fictional form the cultural theories expressed in his later essay collections Shadow & Act and Going to the Territory. In Shadowing Ralph Ellison, John Wright traces Ellison's intellectual and aesthetic development and the evolution of his cultural philosophy throughout his long career. The book explores Ellison's published fiction, his criticism and correspondence, and his passionate exchanges with-and impact on-other literary intellectuals during the Cold War 1950s and during the culture wars of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Wright examines Ellison's body of work through the lens of Ellison's cosmopolitan philosophy of art and culture, which the writer began to construct during the late 1930s. Ellison, Wright argues, eschewed orthodoxy in both political and cultural discourse, maintaining that to achieve the highest cultural awareness and the greatest personal integrity, the individual must cultivate forms of thinking and acting that are fluid, improvisational, and vitalistic-like the blues and jazz. Accordingly, Ellison elaborated throughout his body of work the innumerable ways that rigid cultural labels, categories, and concepts-from racial stereotypes and fashionable academic theories to conventional political doctrines-fail to capture the full potential of human consciousness. Instead, Ellison advocated forms of consciousness and culture akin to what the blues and jazz reveal, and he portrayed those musical traditions as the best embodiment of the evolving American spirit. John Wright is associate professor of African American and African studies and English at the University of Minnesota and is faculty scholar for the Archie Givens, Sr., Collection of African American Literature and Life. He coedited, with Michael S. Harper, A Ralph Ellison Festival (a special volume of the Carleton Miscellany).

Why is that so funny? How Comedy Works

Why is that so funny? How Comedy Works

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2006

Comedy is recognised as one of the most problematic areas of performance. For that reason, it is rarely written about in any systematic way. John Wright was original founder of Trestle Theatre before establishing his current company, the acclaimed Told By An Idiot (recent success: Playing the Victim). He therefore brings a wide range of experience of physical comedy to this, his first book, a unique exploration of comedy and of comedic techniques. The first part of the book is about the various kinds of laughter that can be provoked by performance. The meat of the book consists of games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer. The result is a deeply but satisfyingly provocative book, in which every assertion in this most subjective of fields is put to the practical test. Everyone interested in how comedy works will be thoroughly stimulated by this book, but teachers and performers will find it invaluable.

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2003

Many controversial issues revolve around complex scientific arguments which can be better understood with at least a minimal knowledge and understanding of the chemical reactions and processes going on in the world around us. This textbook offers an accessible introduction to chemical principles and concepts, and applies them to relevant environmental situations and issues. Written for students who have not taken A' level chemistry, this book bridges the gap between GSCE chemistry and first year undergraduate level.

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2003

Many controversial issues revolve around complex scientific arguments which can be better understood with at least a minimal knowledge and understanding of the chemical reactions and processes going on in the world around us. This textbook offers an accessible introduction to chemical principles and concepts, and applies them to relevant environmental situations and issues. Written for students who have not taken A' level chemistry, this book bridges the gap between GSCE chemistry and first year undergraduate level.

Ethics of Economic Rationalism

Ethics of Economic Rationalism

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2002

In this timely and exceptionally accessible work, philosopher John Wright tackles economic rationalism from a moral perspective. First, in non-technical language, he reviews the economic arguments for economic rationalism. Wright then sets out to examine the ethical defences for economic rationalism, considers the many criticisms of economic rationalism - and then weighs up whether the moral defences of economic rationalism are truly valid.

Health Needs Assessment in Practice

Health Needs Assessment in Practice

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1998

Transcaucasian Boundaries

Transcaucasian Boundaries

Author: John Wright, Richard Schofield, Suzanne Goldenberg Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/1995

Transcaucasian boundaries provides the first insights into the geopolitical dynamics in this ethnically diverse and turbulent region of the former Soviet Union. The interplay between the former controlling powers of Iran, Turkey and Russia is examined, and the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabagh, Ossetia and Abkhazia are subject to expert analysis. The roles of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia are considered in detail, their relative weakness having held back the transition towards democratic free-market entities of pluralist composition. Questions of minority rights, territorial settlement and the inviolability of state borders are central to an understanding of this part of the world; these issues are manifest all too violently when combined with the nationalist forces prevalent throughout Transcaucasia. All students of geopolitics and ethnic issues will find this volume a worthwhile contribution to understanding the complex geopolitical problems of a richly diverse and fascinating region.

Libya, Chad and the Central Sahara

Libya, Chad and the Central Sahara

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/1989

Libya and Chad have gone to war with each other several times since Independence, ostensibly over their rival claims to the disputed Aozou strip. The author traces the ethnic, cultural and economic links between them over the centuries and shows how these connections contribute to present rivalries. There follows an analysis of Colonel Moammar Gadafi's aggressive policies towards Chad, which reflect his concern for Lybia's security and desire to increase its influence; his struggle against French influence in the region; and his perception of his country as a liberating force for fellow-Muslims in Chad and elsewhere. The author concludes that continued Libyan interest in Chadian affairs is unavoidable and that mutual hostility will continue into the foreseeable future. There are maps of the trade routes of northern Africa and the central Sahara and Sudan.

Libya, Chad, and the Central Sahara

Libya, Chad, and the Central Sahara

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/1989

Libya and Chad have gone to war with each other several times since Independence, ostensibly over their rival claims to the disputed Aozou strip. ^IJohn Wright, senior political analyst in the BBC Arabic Service, traces the ethnic, cultural and economic links between them over the centuries and shows how these connections contribute to present rivalries.

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