In Computing, there are a lot of new titles for Apple Mac users, especially for Mac OS X Lion.
Historian Roy Strong has a new book out: Visions of England – ‘Free from nationalism, chauvinism and political bias, Roy Strong offers a vision of England that is inclusive and relevant for everybody living in the country – an appreciation of the beauty of the English countryside, a love of nature and gardening, and a celebration of the dramas of Shakespeare, the paintings of Turner and the music of Elgar’.
There are some new editions of guide books to London from Time Out – Cycle London and London for Children. There’s also Movie London, a guide to locations around London used in films, published by Batsford. Or you might favour London cemeteries which covers their history and has a gazetteer of all the cemeteries in Greater London with short biographies of famous people buried there.
Look out for Death in Perugia by John Follain, which is the full account of the ongoing Meredith Kercher murder case. There are several other new true crime titles out this summer too.
But perhaps the oddest book of the month is Richard Sugg’s Mummies, cannibals, and vampires: the history of corpse medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians. ‘This text charts in vivid detail the largely forgotten history of European corpse medicine, when kings, ladies, gentlemen, priests and scientists prescribed, swallowed or wore human blood, flesh, bone, fat, brains and skin against epilepsy, bruising, wounds, sores, plague, cancer, gout and depression.’
A little bit late for Wimbledon – but tennis player Rafael Nadel publishes his autobiography Rafa in August, alongside writer Jeanette Winterson’s intriguingly titled Why be happy when you could be normal?
You’ll also find Tango 190: Raoul Moat, the Gateshead shootings & life without my eyes by David Rathband – his own account of what happened in early July 2010 and his life since.
A useful book for parents: 25 foods kids hate: (and how to get them eating 24) by Fiona Faulkner. Parents might also appreciate A parent’s survival guide to phonics and spelling by Andrew Brodie.
Survival might be enhanced by 1001 wines you must try before you die. After trying a few you might need How to look pretty not plastered by Emily Rose… Try them all and you might need more help than that.