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N Is for Nursery
Blossom Budney
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2017
A is for all of us—everyone. Playing, learning, having fun.
The letters of the alphabet are brilliantly brought to life in a bright nursery school, where the children learn and play. B is for building blocks . . . but also for blowing out the candles on a birthday cake! C is for the colorful chairs the children take when the teacher rings a chime. Lively pictures designed around each letter show the children dancing, singing, listening to stories, tickling one another, and even engaging in an exciting game of tug-of-war. The fun rhymes and imaginative words for each letter make N is for Nursery a great book for children just learning to read and to recognize letters and letter sounds.

Originally published in 1956, N is for Nursery is the most recent addition to the Bodleian Library’s children’s book imprint and the perfect book for children to take with them on a new adventure like starting school.

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Neapolitan Brothers, The
A Newly Discovered Short Story
Ada Lovelace
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2020

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New Bodleian
Making the Weston Library
Edited by the Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2015
In 2010, with a bequest from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Bodleian Library and the London firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects began to move forward with plans to refurbish the New Bodleian. Having served the community for seventy years, the New Bodleian housed more than three million books and manuscripts and was listed as a site of historic interest. Now, the stately building on Broad Street would preserve its façade while gaining updates to meet modern research needs.

New Bodleian: The Making of the Weston Library tells the story of how the plans for the new Weston Library—as the New Bodleian is now known—were realized, describing in detail the architectural, academic, curatorial, and heritage considerations addressed, as well as the successful collaborations between clients and consultants. Among the updates introduced were enhanced public access, including new entrance spaces; redesigned reading rooms for the study of special collections; new teaching facilities; and state-of-the-art storage space for the library’s many treasures. With over one hundred color illustrations, the book sheds light on the challenges of meeting the needs of an internationally renowned, four-hundred-year-old institution in the twenty-first century.

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New York in Quotations
Compiled by Jaqueline Mitchell
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2014
“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man,” wrote Mark Twain, encapsulating both the naked ambition of the city’s citizens and the opportunities up for grabs in the Big Apple. Others take a more cynical approach, calling the city “an aviary overstocked with jays” (O. Henry), a “sucked orange” (Ralph Waldo Emerson), or “fantastically charmless and elaborately dire” (Henry James). Over the last three-and-a-half centuries, this glamorous, twenty-four hour city has attracted a multitude of thinkers, poets, novelists and playwrights, many of whom have brilliantly encapsulated its unique spirit through verse, prose, or the ultimate wisecrack.

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Noise in the Night
Anne Alexander
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2018
Every night Sherri hears noises that keep her awake. There’s a tap-tap, a tick-tock, a toot-toot, and a mysterious noise that stops as soon as she calls out to the rest of the household. One night she wakes up five times and even her pet dog and cat are tired the next day. What is this worrisome noise that disturbs everyone’s sleep?

Featuring warm and quirky illustrations by Abner Graboff, this is a charming and reassuring tale for any child who is frightened by noises in the night . . . with a delightful twist at the end.

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North Sea Crossings
The Literary Heritage of Anglo-Dutch Relations 1066–1688
Sjoerd Levelt and Ad Putter
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2022
North Sea Crossings sheds new light on the literature and art of a pivotal period in European history by exploring the cultural relationship between speakers of Dutch and speakers of English in England and the Dutch Low Countries.

This richly illustrated book tells the story of cultural exchange between the people of the Low Countries and England in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, revealing how Anglo-Dutch connections changed the literary landscape on both sides of the North Sea.

Ranging from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688, North Sea Crossings uncovers the lasting impact of contacts and collaborations between Dutch and English speakers on historical writing, map-making, manuscript production, and early printing. The literary heritage of Anglo-Dutch relations is explored and lavishly illustrated through a unique collection of manuscripts, early prints, maps, and other treasures from the Bodleian Library.

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Novel Houses
Twenty Famous Fictional Dwellings
Christina Hardyment
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2019
Many beloved novels have place at their heart—and often even in their title. Novel Houses visits unforgettable dwellings in twenty legendary works of English and American fiction, exploring how Uncle Tom’s Cabin came to start the American Civil War, why Bleak House is used as the name of a happy home, and what Jane Austen had in mind when she worked out the plot for Mansfield Park. Taking up the importance of 221B Baker Street to Sherlock Holmes, and of Bag-End to the hobbits who called it home, the book also sheds fresh light on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, and the real-life settings of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and E. M. Forster’s Howards End. Throughout, the book invites us to consider how houses, while so fundamental to these stories, also reveal much about their authors’ passions and preoccupations. A winning combination of literary criticism, geography, and biography, this is an entertaining and insightful celebration of beloved novels and the extraordinary role that houses play—whether grand or small, unique or ordinary, real or imagined.

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Now and Then
England 1970-2015
Daniel Meadows
Bodleian Library Publishing, 2019
Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice. His photographs and audio recordings, made over the course of forty-five years, uniquely capture the life of England’s “great ordinary.” He has fashioned from his many encounters a nation’s story, challenging the status quo by working collaboratively.

This book includes important work from Meadows’s groundbreaking projects, drawing on the archives now held at the Bodleian Library. It follows the maverick documentarian as he ran a free portrait studio in Manchester’s Moss Side in 1972 and then traveled 10,000 miles to make a national portrait from his converted double-decker, the Free Photographic Omnibus, a project he revisited a quarter-of-a-century later. The book goes on to show how, at the turn of the millennium, Meadows adopted new “kitchen table” technologies to make digital stories, which he dubbed “multimedia sonnets from the people.” Through the unique voices of his subjects, Meadows has made and continues to make moving and insightful commentaries on life in Britain.

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