Best Antony Wild books

Coffee: A Dark History

Antony Wild

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“Masterful and exhaustive . . . eye-opening lessons in economics, ethics, culture and science, resulting in a comprehensive overview of a commodity that is second only to oil in its importance to world trade.” ―Worcester Evening News

Coffee trader and historian Antony Wild delivers a rollicking history of the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil―an industry that employs 100 million people throughout the world. From obscure beginnings in east Africa in the fifteenth century as a stimulant in religious devotion, coffee became an imperial commodity, produced by poor tropical countries and consumed by rich temperate ones. Through the centuries, the influence of coffee on the rise of capitalism and its institutions has been enormous. Revolutions were once hatched in coffeehouses, commercial alliances were forged, secret societies were formed, and politics and art were endlessly debated. Today, while coffee chains spread like wildfire, coffee-producing countries are in crisis: with prices at a historic low, they are plagued by unprecedented unemployment, abandoned farms, enforced migration, and massive social disruption. Bridging the gap between coffee’s dismal colonial past and its perilous corporate present, Coffee reveals the shocking exploitation that has always lurked at the heart of the industry.

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book: More than 160 classic recipes for sandwiches, pretty cakes and bakes, biscuits, bars, pastries, cupcakes, ... and glorious gateaux, with 650 photographs

Antony Wild

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The ultimate teatime recipe collection, with an introductory guide to preparing and serving the perfect afternoon tea, along with all the family faovurites you'd expect to find

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Book: Over 70 Tea-Time Treats

Simona Hill

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Afternoon tea is the quintessential English tradition that everyone loves to share. This delightful book provides all the classic recipes that you will need together with a history of the custom of afternoon tea.

The East India Company: Trade and Conquest from 1600

Antony Wild

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Established by Royal Charter in 1600, the East India Company was, and remains to this day, the largest and most powerful multinational business the world has ever seen. It controlled over half the world's trade and a quarter of its population. It singlehandedly ruled India, raised its own army and navy, minted its own currency, and traded with every corner of the globe. It also trafficked in opium, greed, and brutal oppression, sowing the seeds that would lead to its downfall -- and absorption by the British Crown."The East India Company" describes how "the Honourable Company" created its extraordinary trading empire by introducing an exotic cache of tea, silks, porcelain, cashmere, and spices to a luxury-starved England. It also explains how the company conducted its day-to-day business at home and in the East, through colorful figures such as Captain James Skinner and John Nicholson; how the opulent daily life of East India Company rulers amongst the ruled led to "the Mutiny"; and why India's first war of independence spelled an end not only to the company itself, but, eventually, to an entire empire.

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book: More Than 160 Classic Recipes For Sandwiches, Pretty Cakes And Bakes, Biscuits, Bars, Pastries, Cupcakes, Celebration Cakes And Glorious Gateaux

Antony Wild

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The ultimate teatime recipe collection with an introduction to serving traditional afternoon tea, photographed throughout.

The East India Company Book of Tea

Antony Wild

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Since history began, tea has been a much-loved and sought-after beverage. Its story is told here in fascinating detail, from its early discovery in China to its adoption in the West and final worldwide acceptance. The East India Company was a vital catalyst on the British nation's love affair with tea, which has lasted to this day, but its influence was also felt in America where the Company's tea was tipped into Boston harbour at the infamous tea party. The East India Company Book of Tea illustrates lavishly the tea story, as well as offering advice on the different varieties and the best ways of brewing tea from all around the world. Add some wonderful recipes, some strange tales and many previously little-known facts, and the stage is set for the story of tea - 'water bewitched'!

Oscar Wilde's Scandalous Summer: The 1894 Worthing Holiday and the Aftermath

Antony Edmonds

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In the summer of 1894 Oscar Wilde spent eight weeks in Worthing, during which he wrote his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This family holiday was a microcosm of Wilde’s complicated life during the three years between his falling in love with Lord Alfred Douglas and his imprisonment in 1895. While Constance Wilde, lonely and depressed, fell in love with her husband’s publisher, Wilde was spending his time with the feckless and demanding Douglas, and with three teenage boys he took sailing, swimming and fishing. One of these boys was Alphonse Conway, with whom Wilde had a sexual relationship – and about whom he was to be questioned at length in court six months later, after he sued Douglas’s father, the Marquess of Queensberry, for libel. This book tells for the first time the full story of the Worthing summer, set in the context of the three years of Wilde’s life before his downfall. The author devotes a chapter to the composition of – and influences on – Earnest, and also reassesses the trials, offering fresh insights into Wilde’s attitude to the youths with whom he was sexually involved. There are fifty-nine illustrations, including over thirty photographs of Worthing in Wilde’s time and three contemporary maps.

Antony and Cleopatra (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

William Shakespeare

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John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University ''a useful treatment of a complex play'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

Antony and Cleopatra (Arden Shakespeare, 3rd Series)

William Shakespeare

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John Wilders brings to life the range of approaches that have bee taken to the play's performance throughout its history, together with the insights and changing views which critics have offered. Commentary on the play provides invaluable guidance to the play's classical references and short biographies are given of the play's historical characters. The edition also includes an accessible discussion of the decisions involved in establishing an edited text, opening up Arden's scholarship to the general reader.

Black Gold: The Dark History of Coffee

Antony Wild

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The extraordinary tale of the wildfire spread of a drink which is embedded in our history and our daily cultural life -- and which provides a compelling allegory for corporate greed, mercantile ruthlessness and global expansion. Arguably the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world after oil, coffee's dark five-hundred year history links alchemy and anthropology, poetry and politics, and science and slavery. Revolutions have been hatched in coffee houses, secret socities and commercial alliances formed, and politics and art endlessly debated. With over a hundred million people looking to it for their livelihood, the coffee industry is now the world's largest employer and the financial lifeblood of many third-world countries (or the blood with which they feed the global capitalist vampire, depending on your point of view). But with world prices at a historic low, the future looks uncertain. In this thought-provoking expose, Antony Wild, coffee trader and historian, explores coffee's dismal colonial past and its perilous corporate present, revealing the shocking exploitation at the heart of the industry. To many people, coffee has become largely just another commodity. Black Gold restores our faith in the mystery of this unique beverage.