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Mary Hutchinson, Ingrid Croot and Anna Sadowski, This won't hurt, a history of the hospitals of Lichfield, 2010, Paperback, £6.99 plus £2.50

 

A narrative and anecdotal history of the hospitals in and around Lichfield from 1850 to the present day.

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Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, To the Hebrides, Samuel Johnson's journey to the Western Island of Scotland and James Boswell's journal of a tour to the Hebrides, 2011, paperback, £6.99 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Samuel Johnson and James Boswell spent the autumn of 1773 touring through the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland as far west as the islands of Skye, Raasay, Coll, Mull, Inchkenneth and Iona. Both kept detailed notes of their impressions, and later published separate accounts of their journey. These works contain some of the finest pieces of travel writing ever produced: they are also magnificent historical documents as well as portraits of two extraordinary men of letters. Together they paint a vivid picture of a society which was still almost unknown to the Europe of the Enlightenment.

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Roger Mott, The Motts of Lichfield, 2011, paperback, £7.99 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Rooted in a society where major changes were taking place, this is the story of two Motts and of their different outlooks on life, showing how money and property acquired by one generation was lost by the next.

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Samuel Johnson, Peter Martin, Selected writings, A Tercentenary celebration, 2009, hardback, £29.95 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Peter Martin here presents 'the heart of Johnson', a selection of some of Johnson's best moral and critical essays. At the center of this collection are the periodical essays from the "Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler". Also included are Johnson's great moral fable, "Rasselas; the Prefaces to the Dictionary" and his edition of "Shakespeare"; and, selections from "Lives of the Poets". Together, these works - allied in their literary, social, and moral concerns - are the ones that continue to speak urgently to readers today

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Samuel Johnson, Fobdoodle and Salmagundi, Words and meanings from Dr Johnsonís Dictionary, That time forgot, 2007, £9.99 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Fopdoodle, salmagundi, kissingcrust, runnion and stingo are all words that are endangered for lack of use. Many, such as atom (cannot be split) and urinal (where water is kept for inspection) have changed their meaning completely, often with hilarious consequences. While others provide a glimpse of life 250 years ago, and some reveal the lack of understanding of words. This book will delight anyone who is fascinated by the evolution, humour and eccentricity of the English language or enjoys the challenge of a word game.

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Samuel Johnson, The lives of the Poets, 2006, £12.99 plus £2.50 P+P

 

In the last of his major writings, Samuel Johnson looked back over the previous two centuries of English Literature in order to describe the personalities as well as the achievements of the leading English poets. Unsentimental, opinionated, and quotable, The Lives of the Poets continues to influence the reputations of the writers concerned. It is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most humanly diverting. This selection of the Lives of ten of the most important poets draws its text from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative complete edition.

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David Nokes, Samuel Johnson, A Life, 2010, £9.99 plus £2.50 P+P

 

David Nokes looks beyond Johnson's remarkable public persona by exploring his troubled relationship with his first wife and his difficult relationship with Mrs Thrale. He shows a man who gave a quarter of the government pension he received to the poor, filled his home with the blind and destitute, and bequeathed his wealth to Frank Barber, an emancipated black slave from Jamaica. Against the Vibrant backdrop of eighteenth century London, Samuel Johnson, A Life draws an illuminating portrait of the man, his life and world.

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Andrew Billen, 2004, Who was Samuel Johnson, the Wonderful Word Doctor?, paperback, £4.99 plus £2.50 P&P

 

ďSam was a grumpy, difficult but fascinating man. He wasnít handsome, he wasnít good at sport. He was poor, lazy, and not even very happy. But Sam Johnson was a heroÖ

Why? Because of his words. Sam could speak more cleverly and write more amusingly than anyone before or since. Yes, he wrote many books and magazine articles. He spent nine long years writing the first important dictionary of the English language. But it isnít for his writing that Sam is remembered. What keeps Samís memory alive are the clever things he said. Words which are still funny and true centuries later.Ē

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Henry Hitchings, 2005, Dr Johnsonís Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World, paperback, £7.99 plus £2.50 P&P

 

This is the story of the first great dictionary of the English language. It is also the story of an heroic ordeal. For Dr Johnsonís attempt to define each and every word was an extraordinary undertaking. In this brilliant book Henry Hitchings describes Johnsonís adventure Ė his ambition, his moments of despair, the mistakes he made along the way and his ultimate triumph.

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Special Edition Church Warden Pipe. Commissioned by the Johnson Society of Lichfield - only 100 left!

 

To mark the Tercentenary of the birth of Samuel Johnson, The Johnson Society has commission 300 specially crafted clay Church Warden pipes with the bowl sculpted into a likeness of Johnsonís face. Each pipe comes in a presentation pack which is individually numbered. Each pipe is 34cm in length.
£25(P&P £4.95)

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Samuel Johnson, 2009, The History of Rasselas Prince of Abissinia, Paperback, £7.99 plus £2.50 P&P

 

Rasselas and his companions escape the pleasures of the 'happy valley' in order to make their 'choice of life'. By witnessing the misfortunes and miseries of others they may come to understand the nature of happiness, and value it more highly. Their travels and enquiries raise important practical and philosophical questions concerning many aspects of the human condition, including the business of a poet, the stability of reason, the immortality of the soul, and how to find contentment.

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Julia Allen, 2002, Samuel Johnson's Menagerie, paperback, £14.95 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Samuel Johnson s Menagerie grew out of the entries on exotic quadrupeds in Johnson s Dictionary of the English Language. It is much more than an account of some of the famous wild beasts that provided a spectacle for gaping Londoners. It also looks at what was known or believed about them; at their medicinal and culinary uses; at their place in Creation; at their relationship to man, and much more besides.

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Kate Chrisholm, Wits and wives, Dr Johnson in the company of women, 2011, £25.00 plus £2.50 P+P

 

Dr Johnson is often thought of as a strident, overbearing conversationalist, a man who famously asserted that 'Women have all the liberty they should wish to have'. But in this revealing book Kate Chisholm argues it is time to consider how Johnson lived his life, not just what he said. She proposes that the heart of the man, the truth of his character, can more clearly be seen via his many - close, generous, equal - relationships with women.

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