Books by Old Paulines

The Eighteenth-Century French Paintings by Humphrey Wine (1959-63)

The impressive collection of 18th-century French paintings at the National Gallery, London, includes important works by Boucher, Chardin, David, Fragonard, Watteau, and many others. This volume presents over seventy detailed and extensively illustrated entries that expand our understanding of these paintings. Comprehensive research uncovers new information on provenance and on the lives of identified portrait sitters. Humphrey Wine explains the social and political contexts of many of the paintings, and an introductory essay looks at the attitude of 18th-century Britons to the French, as well as the market for 18th-century French paintings then in London salerooms.

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Age is Just a Number: What a 97 year old record breaker can teach us about growing older by Dr Charles Eugster (1933-38)

Retired dental surgeon Charles Eugster rekindled a love of competitive rowing he'd neglected for most of his adult life at the age of 63. He took up bodybuilding at the age of 87. And at the age of 95 he started sprinting for the first time in his life, becoming World Champion at 200m indoor and 400m outdoor. He is a world record holder for his age group in a number of sports, and has 40 Gold Medals for World Masters Rowing.

In this book, Charles shares his journey and his passionate belief that growing older needn't slow you down. And he shows his readers how taking on new challenges, learning new things, and improving your body as it ages is not only fun, but rewarding for the individual, and beneficial to society.

Photographing the Fallen: A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915 1919 by Jeremy Gordon-Smith (1990-95)

Ivan Bawtree has left behind a vast array of archives that tell the story of his work as a photographer with the Graves Registration Units on the Western Front from 1915 to 1919 Through his pencil and lens we gain detailed insight not just into the work he did and the men he worked with, but also aspects of the military zones, the perils of proximity to the Front Line, the devastation of war, and the birth and early work of the Imperial War Graves Commission.

Blue: A Memoir, the Peace & Falling to Pieces By John Sutherland (1986-88)

Blue is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a policBlue is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.officer in Britain today.

The Spy of Venice:  A William Shakespeare novel By Benet Brandreth (1988-93)

CJ Samson meets Shakespeare in Love - a historical thriller with a swashbuckling twist and a hero like you've never seen him before. When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players - but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith. England's very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy.

Living with les British By Matthew McGuinness (1982-87)

This well timed satire on the relationship between the French and British is set in London shortly before the Brexit vote.  Jean Pierre Plume comes to the UK to find out why the British envy the French so much. He finds that we are obsessed with property, political correctness and polish plumbers. He’s even mistaken for one.  The book, notionally written by the narrator, has a go at the Brits and the French in equal measure. The book can be purchased online.

Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean by  Dr. William Mallinson (1965-70)

Can Henry Kissinger be described as a serious statesman who altered the course of relations between states? Or was he a shallow impersonator of those whom he admired, and a geopolitical engineer who treated people as collateral fodder, reducing morality to the status of a strategic and tactical tool? Using the story of Kissinger’s behaviour over Cyprus, backed up by recently revealed government documents, many critical, William Mallinson, former diplomat and leading authority on Cyprus’ history, provides an incisive analysis and evaluation of Kissinger’s approach, revealing a man who appears to have considered political strategy more important than law and ethics.

Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society by Tommy Stadlen (2000-05)

Drawing on the experience of John Browne, former CEO of BP, and the insight of two McKinsey experts, Connect articulates and explores the recurring rift between big business and society, offering a practical manifesto for reconciliation. This timely and important book features candid interviews with global leaders at the heart of this debate, from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein to Tony Blair and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

Worm Hunter by Hugh MacBride (1949-54)

Set on a moon of a distant planet populated by the descendants of the few who survived evacuation of Earth, after over-heating killed all vegetation and oxygen ran low, a member of a prospecting party disappears mysteriously; his body shows him to have been prey to a strange life-form…

Democracy: A Life by Prof Paul Cartledge (1960-64)

Democracy: A Life provides a thorough, long-range comparison between ancient and modern understandings of "democracy". Offers linguistic as well as historical and philosophical analysis of how democracy developed and incorporates new literary and archaeological evidence.

Violence in the Skies, A History of Aircraft Hijacking and Bombing by Philip Baum (1976-80)

Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing' will cover the well-known incidents of the modern era, such as Lockerbie, 9/11, Metrojet, and attacks by shoe and underwear bombers, as well as those from the heyday of terrorism in the skies, including acts perpetrated by Palestinian, Black Panther and Latin American revolutionary organisations. From skyjacks perpetrated for financial gain through to those hijacks initiated by asylum seekers in search of greener pastures, and from terrorist extravaganzas in front of the world's media to the actions of suicidal pilots - including last year's incident on Germanwings - hijacks and acts of sabotage are exposed in this startling and engrossing collection.

Aviation security expert Philip Baum calls upon testimony from hijackers, crew members, passengers and politicians to relate the human stories behind the criminal attacks which have plagued aviation since 1911.

Boarding in the State by John Haden (1955-61) 

John Haden (1955-61) has published ‘Boarding in the State’ (Barny Books 2015) to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Boarding Schools Association, of which John is a former Chairman. He was Head of King Edward VI School, Louth, and Principal of Wymondham College, Norfolk, before working from Cambridge for CEA and retiring to live in Oakham. He describes his book as ‘a candid account of the survival and growth of boarding in England’s State boarding schools’.

It is available as a paperback and an ebook on line from Amazon and from the publisher’s website. 

Thrice a Stranger - Penelope’s Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey 

By William Mallinson (1965-70), published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing

A Greek grandfather born a citizen of the Ottoman Empire who became an Italian national provides the starting point for this book. By focusing on the real life story of one family against a background of historical events, the book shows how what the author calls the ‘minotaurs of fear and greed’ can be overcome and the pseudo-theories of many a pundit of so-called international relations can be demolished.The book brings to life some vital aspects of modern European history, ending with a trenchant critique of Greece and Turkey today, warts and all.

The Story of Tolworth by Patricia Ward and Bob Phillips (1964-68)

The Story of Tolworth by Patricia Ward and Bob Phillips (1964-68), published by Broomfield Press, is a history of Tolworth, from Iron Age settlement to the present day. David Bowie started his Ziggy Stardust tour there in the Toby Jug pub on 10 February 1972 and Queen Isabella, who owned Tolworth Manor, became famed for her rebellion against Edward I with her lover Roger Mortimer. "Tolworth is the centre of the universe, it's just nobody knows it yet!"

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Private Places Poetry by Wynn Wheldon

Published by Indigo Dreams - October 19, 2015

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Kicking the Bar: A Life of Huw Wheldon by Wynn Wheldon

Wynn Wheldon’s (1966-1976) biography of his father 

Published by Unbound - May 5, 2016

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Huw was one of the most important and influential media figures of the last century. He ran BBC television from 1968 to 1976, a period described by many as the Golden Age of television, with programmes such as Civilization, Alistair Cooke’s America and The Ascent of Man, Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Dad’s Army. He was an extremely visible and articulate evangelist for the BBC as “one of the major institutions of the Western world”. As a highly regarded presenter, his interviews with figures such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Graves have been recognised as exemplary.

Huw (whose brother Tomos attended St Paul’s in the mid-1930s) was born in Wales. He took a degree in Sociology at the LSE, was awarded the Military Cross for bravery on D-Day, and later ran the Arts Council’s contribution to the Festival of Britain. While Editor of the seminal BBC arts magazine programme Monitor he interviewed Orson Welles, Robert Graves and Alfred Hitchcock. He also supplied the commentary for Ken Russell’s Elgar. He became CEO of BBC TV in 1968 and Chairman of the LSE in 1976. He died in 1986. Jessye Norman sang Purcell at his Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey. 

Wynn’s book is what he calls a ‘biographical memoir’, so he also features in it.

Real Tennis Today and Yesterday by J M Shneerson

J M Shneerson (1959-65), Consultant Physician at the Papworth Hospital NHS Trust with specialties in respiratory and sleep medicine, has written his second book on real tennis. Real Tennis Today and Yesterday, will be published in hardback and signed leather-bound library editions by Ronaldson Publications in November. 

Real Tennis Today and Yesterday is an account of the game of tennis from its origins to the present, which tells how and why it spread across Europe, America and Australia to become the game it is today. It looks at the countries where tennis was and is played, how history and technology have shaped the game and the important people who have played and influenced the sport. Attractively presented with over 600 illustrations, this book provides new answers to many of tennis's mysteries. 

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Mountains: A Very Short Introduction by Prof Martin Price

Professor Martin Price (1969-74) is Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland; Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has been involved in numerous international initiatives for the sustainable development of mountain regions.

In this Very Short Introduction, Martin outlines why mountains matter at the global level, and addresses the existing and likely impacts of climate change on mountain, hydrological and ecological systems.Published in paperback by Oxford University Press.


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