Other Books

Front cover of The Bruegels

The Bruegels    Lorenz Books May 2016

Peter Bruegel the Elder was one of the world’s most original artists, painting in a style that is still instantly recognisable. His finest works remain among the most popular of all paintings. They include Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, Hunters in the Snow, The Wheat Harvest, Peasant Wedding Feast and Census at Bethlehem. Bruegel founded what became a dynasty of painters, his sons and grandsons continuing his style long after his premature death, often with only minor variations. Yet about the man who created such powerful and moving works, oddly little is known.

Why Noise Matters    with John Stewart, Francis McManus and Val Weedon    Routledge   August 2011

This book argues that that noise is a major social, cultural, environmental and health issue. Across the world, more people are disturbed by noise in their daily lives than by any other pollutant on Earth. From the shanty towns of Mumbai to the boulevards of Paris, noise is damaging people’s health, costing billions, and threatening the world’s natural sound systems.

Understand Existentialism     Nigel Rodgers & Mel Thompson    Hodder  August  2010

Understand Existentialism unpacks the heady mix of self-affirmation and despair that created the most popular and influential philosophy of the 20th century. The first major philosophy to inspire –  and to be influenced by – writers and artists, it appealed as much to people in the cafés and streets as those in the lecture halls. Among its key figures were Simone de Beauvoir, a pioneer in feminist thinking, and Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, both great novelists.

The Greek World    Lorenz Books June 2010

Architecture, art, tragedy, comedy, poetry, sculpture, philosophy, science, sex, symposia, slavery, technology, trade, food, wine and the role of women – all aspects of life in the ancient Greek world explored or revealed.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Greece     Lorenz Books  March 2009

Do you prefer anarchy to monarchy? Democracy to tyranny? Athletics to aesthetics? Physics to philosophy? All of them Greek words, for concepts the ancient Greeks pioneered. Read how and why the Greeks were the first in so many things that still matter. The book covers all ancient Greek history from Minoan Crete to Cleopatra.

Roman Architecture     Southwater Books November 2006

Arches, aqueducts , amphitheatres, arenas, palaces and sewers – all are there. With a quick guide on how to tell Ionic from Doric columns, and a survey of the empire’s greatest cities from Pompeii to Petra, from Trier to Palmyra.

Roman Empire     Lorenz Books   2006

The entire sweep of Roman history – everyone from Julius Caesar, Cicero and Caligula to Hannibal and Attila the Hun, covering all aspects of life in Rome, from gargantuan dinner parties to sex and slavery, from military conquests to mystery religions. The publisher’s website is at www.annesspublishing.com.

The Roman World     Lorenz Books   2005

A survey of the world of imperial Rome, covering everything from baths to religion, from literature to travel, from technology to sport.

Hitler & Churchill   Hodder & Stoughton   2001

Twin biographies in brief. Contrasting two of the 20th century’s most notorious figures: Hitler, the pioneering non-smoker, believer in animal rights, vegetarianism and astrology; and Churchill, the romantic reactionary smoking cigars and swigging champagne through two world wars.

The Traveller’s Atlas     with John Man, Chris Schüler, Geoffrey Roy
Apple Books 1999

A vividly illustrated guide to the places you should see before you die.

Just the thing to hand a prospective gap-year traveller   The Daily Telegraph

Impressive    Glasgow Herald

It could make you drop everything and go somewhere that could change your life in an instant … Inspiring

Newsday (New York)

Incredible Optical Illusions    Simon and Schuster  1998 or: You should never (wholly) believe your eyes

Contributing writer to

  • World Philosophy  Vega — 2002
  • Facts at Your Fingertips Reader’s Digest — 2001
  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Great Britain  Reader’s Digest — 1999
  • Timelines of World History Bramley Books — 1998