Those Long-forgotten Dreams

For those young at heart – to be reminded of the long-forgotten dreams of castles, ninjas, fantasy and the wild. This selection of books, with their well-designed book covers and thoroughly illustrated book pages, is not to be missed.

Over the hills and far away : the life of Beatrix Potter / Dennison, Matthew
“Matthew Dennison takes a selection of quotations from Potter’s twenty-three stories, with photos of Potter’s life and Potter’s own illustrations, to explore her creativity, personality and her remarkable and unexpected Victorian life. This dramatic narrative charts encompass her past with a love of animals and fairy tales into a bestselling author and canny businesswoman. This biography will delight anyone who has been touched by Beatrix Potter’s work.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Ninja : the (unofficial) secret manual / Turnbull, Stephen R
“Ninjas are Japan’s famous black-clad spies, saboteurs, and undercover fighters, equipped with superb martial arts skills and an uncanny aptitude for sneakiness, are the stuff of myth, legend and movie and comic pop culture. Ninja takes the reader to Japan in 1789, conveying the excitement, danger, and subterfuge of the period. Illustrated throughout with contemporary artifacts, documents, and prints taken from the historical original manuals, this lighthearted but informative guide demonstrate real ninja in Japan.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Tiny castles / Wills, Dixe
“Dixe Wills unleash his trademark style on the very first compendium of Britain’s most interesting diminutive castles. Praised by BBC Countryfile Magazine for writing “intelligently and amusingly, with evident excitement and imagination.” Beautifully presented, the book uncovers the country’s most compelling and now-standing castles. From Henry VIII’s beautifully preserved St Mawes Castle in Cornwall to Scalloway Castle in Shetland, many of these tiny fortresses occupy a unique place in history.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm
“This beautiful hardback anthology is based on the Grimm’s popular 1857 edition and features 27 of their best-loved stories. The tales are accompanied by exquisite vintage illustrations from the past 200 years, including masterpieces from the legendary Kay Nielsen, British artists Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham, and giants of 19th-century German illustration Gustav Süs, Heinrich Leutemann, and Viktor Paul Mohn. Additional historic and contemporary silhouettes dance across the pages.” (

Everything I need to know I learned from Peanuts / Schulz, Charles M.
“Collects Peanuts comic strips that present significant and amusing bits of advice on life, including how to make friends, the importance of perseverance, and how to appear intelligent.” (Catalogue)