Tiger of the Stripe Books on Historical Subjects

With the exception of Bede and and Diana Dennis's two books, Everything I Ever Wanted and Finding a Way, the following are not so much histories as glimpses of life in bygone eras: Richard Atkyns's The Original and Growth of Printing together with A Vindication of the Life of Richard Atkyns; An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning, which may or may not be by the General; and Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

All I Ever Wanted

Living with the intrigue of the unsaid

Diana Dennis

Diana Dennis, in a masterly and insightful piece of writing, evokes a past – from the back streets of Paddington to the foreign concessions of pre- revolutionary China and the horrific Japanese occupation, the post-war Orient, and London’s Mayfair that provides the backdrop to a profound and moving tale of loss, separation, survival and ultimately success. The times have changed as have many of the places, but the dilemmas and complexities of the human condition remain unaltered. They are explored here in a moving family memoir that excites one’s interest at so many levels. Paul Boateng, Politician, Diplomat and Broadcaster

All I Ever Wanted will take you along a fascinating journey across time and space. Diana Dennis uncovers a complex transnational history through the lens of a unique personal story. Maurizio Marinelli, Associate Professor of East Asian History University of Sussex

Republished 2022   102pp   Pbk   List Price £10.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-73-3

Diana Dennis: All I Ever Wanted
Diana Dennis

Finding a Way

Self-discovery through family research

Diana Dennis

Finding a Way describes Diana Dennis’s fascinating journey of self-exploration through family research. She discovered her family heritage to be remarkably rich and diverse. It includes chief rabbis, senior Anglican clergy (one of whom was imprisoned for Ritualism), lawyers, politicians, and businessmen, as well as the incredible women to whom they were married. Chapters on family history are interweaved with chapters on Diana’s own extraordinary life.

Diana Dennis, a vicar’s daughter, was born in Brentwood in 1936 and grew up in Essex, Herefordshire, and Buckinghamshire before training as a nurse and then as an air-hostess. In the 1960s she married Hong Kong-based British lawyer, Dick Dennis, and she lived with him in Hong Kong, Kent, and Mayfair. After having three sons, she returned to studies and became a Jungian psychologist. She has spent many years living in Mayfair, where she is involved with the Church and politics. In 2015, she published her first book, All I Ever Wanted, which explored the mysteries surrounding the life of her late husband Dick.

This rich reflection of a fascinating family is beautifully researched and insightfully written. Understanding where we come from allows us to be more of who we are. The patterns in their lives influence and shape our hopes, fears and aspirations; as Diana shows us, adding her analytic insights, warmth and humour. I commend this book Dale Mathers, Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and author

Finding a Way through Huguenot and Jewish ancestors, this personal journey traces the parallel lives of rabbis and merchants in Geneva, Amsterdam and London. As refugees from minority cultures, they established new lives in their adopted country. The excitement with which Diana Dennis shares her discoveries shows that family sagas enliven history. Dr Tessa Murdoch, Acting Chair of the Huguenot Museum, Rochester

Published 2021   208pp   Pbk   List Price £12.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-72-6


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The Original and Growth of Printing
together with
A Vindication of the Life of Richard Atkyns Esquire

Richard Atkyns

Richard Atkyns was an officer in the Royalist forces during the English Civil War. His Vindication contains fascinating eye-witness accounts of the battles in which he fought. Atkyns also held a patent for printing law books. His legal battles with the Stationers’ Company prompted him to publish the Original and Growth, an early and rather fanciful history of printing in England.

Published 2013   168pp   Pbk   List Price £9.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-53-5

Original and Growth of Printing

An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning

John Gunning, edited and annotated by Gerrish Gray

Mentioned in despatches at Bunker Hill, brother to the Duchess of Argyll and the Countess of Coventry, Major General John Gunning occupied an enviable position in Georgian society, but in 1792 his whole life started to unravel…

The Apology, published in 1792, gives a first-hand account of General Gunning's many seductions (including apparently 2 duchesses, 14 countesses, 4 viscountesses and 7 baronesses) and purports to explain the so-called ‘Gunning Mystery,’ the authorship of forged love letters between his daughter Elizabeth and the Marquess of Blandford. It also tells how the General, described by Lord Kenyon as ‘an hoary, abominable, degraded creature,’ betrayed the man who had rescued him from a debtors’ prison by seducing his wife. But is the Apology itself a forgery? Although there are indications that it may be, this memoir displays an extremely good understanding of the Gunnings, perhaps too good to be the work of an outsider.

In this new, annotated edition, Gerrish Gray unearths prosecutions for other forgeries (and capital offences at that) perpetrated by one of the suspects in the Gunning Mystery. He suggests that these may point to the true culprit.

Publication 2012   120pp   Hbk   List Price £14.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-46-7

Publication 2012   120pp   Pbk   List Price £10   ISBN 978-1-904799-49-8

Ecclesiastical History of the English People

The Venerable Bede, Edited by J. A. Giles & Gerrish Gray

Tiger of the Stripe is proud to present a beautiful new edition of Bede's great classic of English (and British) history, the Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum.

Bede (c. AD 672–735) was the first historian of the English people and, by the standards of his day, made careful use of documentary sources and first-hand accounts. It was finished in about AD 731.

His opening description of Britain drew on Pliny, Solinus, Orosius and Gildas, and much of his account of the Roman occupation relied on Orosius, Eutropius, and Gildas. However, for the rest of his History, he made use of English diocesan and monastic records and the copious correspondence held in the Vatican archives.

Published 2007   400pp   Hbk  List Price £26.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-15-3

Published 2008   400pp   Pbk  List Price £12.99  ISBN 978-1-904799-31-3

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Books from Tiger of the Stripe on Miscellaneous Subjects

There are some real gems here which don't fit into our other categories: Attempting Adulthood by Faith Hancocck and William Collins; The Stoic, the Weal and the Malcontent: Malcontentedness on the Elizabethan and Jacobean Stage by Julia Lacey Brooke; Converstaions on the Plurality of Worlds by Bernard de Fontenelle; and I love You: An Anthology of Love Poems.


Attempting Adulthood

Faith Hancock and William Collins

Illustrated by Roxanne Knott

This book is for everyone – yes, even you!

If you’ve made it to 18 (or even 80), you probably think you’ve reached adulthood. Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple. This is essential reading for all of us who have ever looked at our lives and thought:

How am I allowed to exist in society when I’m this weird? Do people seriously not know?

I don’t know why they gave me this job. I lied on my CV, I was hungover at the interview, and I haven’t a clue what I’m doing. I’m pretty much only here for the good coffee machine.

I have been released onto the open road in a one ton pile of potential death, with other people in charge of their own one ton piles of potential death. Half of us don’t know our left from our right, the other half still can’t tie their shoes.

I’m plagued with barely suppressed mental health issues, yet I am entrusted with the responsibilities of actually raising the next generation. Who thought it was a good idea to leave me in charge of a small human?

If you have ever felt any of these things, then welcome – you have found your tribe! Welcome to the madness, dear friend. Read on, and breathe a sigh of relief that there are other beings in this world as useless as you.

Oh, and by the way... Buy this book!

Pbk Published 2023  162pp   List Price £10.99   ISBN 978-1-904799-75-7

Kindle edn Published 2023  List Price £3.99

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The Stoic, the Weal & the Malcontent

Malcontentedness on the Elizabethan & Jacobean Stage

Julia Lacey Brooke

Enter the Malcontent…

… a misfit, an outcast, a ‘strayer from the drove,’ one who laughs at the follies of others from a distance, like Jacques, or who snarls and rails acerbically like Thersites or Timon. Sometimes, like Iago, he has murder in his heart. He might be an alienated intellectual, like Bosola or Flamineo, with an education he cannot use, or a cynical adventurer like Bussy, or a revenger, like Vindice, out to right wrongs; a bastard like Edmund; a Jew like Barabas; an outcast, a social climber, a man with a deformity, a man passed over for office, a professional clown with ambitions, a professional soldier with a grudge, a Prince with an impossible mission, even a usurping king determined to ‘prove a villain’… The Malcontent comes in various garbs and guises, sometimes glowering and dressed in black, and sometimes not. But his kind is legion, his intelligence rare, and he figures on the English stage at a uniquely innovative point in its history.

The Jacobean stage Malcontent had his immediate antecedents in real life. He also had a dramatic ancestry in the medieval Vice and the Fool. His anarchic hey-day began in the late 1580s and was effectively over by the mid 1620s, but this brief period produced some of the most influential dramatists the Anglophone world has known, stage-writers of brilliance who were engaged in re-working Roman and Greek Classicism, and incorporating and adapting English medieval staples and histories in modern works which revolutionised stage business and stage language.

By the time John Marston's play The Malcontent appeared in 1604, it was satirising a familiar phenomenon: not only of a stage figure, but of a whole tranche of plays and theatre-writing distinctly malcontented in tone and matter. Written and performed in a time of new intellectual inquiry and a spirit of scepticism regarding the old fixtures of Man's place in the World and the political and religious structures that underpinned it – a time of social flux, of discovery of new worlds, of war, spying, bitter religious faction, and political and economic uncertainty – these works were presenting a diverse public audience with the exciting and possibly terrifying spectacle of this fixture's actual fragility, and the capacity of Man to challenge his destiny.

Julia Lacey Brooke read English Literature and Renaissance History at the University of East Anglia, later taking an MLitt at the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Now based in rural Tuscany, she is a freelance editor, teacher and lecturer, and writes satirical fiction.

Hbk Published 2013   264pp   List Price £28.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-59-7

Pbk Published 2013   264pp   List Price £15.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-61-0

Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

Bernard de Fontenelle

Translated by Elizabeth Gunning

When Bernard de Fontenelle (1657–1757) published the first edition of his Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes in 1686, it was an immediate success. In an age when women, even those from the richest and most distinguished families, received little or no formal education, it offered an entertaining and accessible introduction to astronomy and some of the burning topics of the day. Does the earth really go around the sun? Are there other inhabited planets out there? If so, are the inhabitants like us or quite different? Is the moon itself inhabited? Is even the sun inhabited? Are there volcanoes on the moon? How hot is mercury? How long is a Venusian day? Will flying machines one day take us to the moon?

The chapters are structured as six conversations between Fontenelle and the Marchioness of G--- during evening strolls in the Marchioness's garden, and they are enlivened by wit, charm and more than a little flirtatiousness.

While providing new notes, some illustrations and an introduction, this new Tiger of the Stripe edition is based on the 1808 edition of Elizabeth Gunning's translation, retaining the charm which was so essential for the book's success. Miss Gunning, a beautiful and talented novelist with a rather racy personal life, drew on an annotated French edition by the distinguished French astronomer, Jérôme de Lalande. This edition thus offers an interesting accretion of ideas, ranging from Fontenelle’s 1686 edition and later revisions, Lalande's, sometimes rather critical, comments, Gunning's appropriately flowery translation, and our own explanations for the modern reader. It is, without doubt, a little gem.

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Hbk Publication 2008   164pp   List Price £20.00   ISBN 978-1-904799-03-0

Pbk Published 2009   164pp   List Price £8.50   ISBN 978-1-904799-37-5  

I Love You: An Anthology of Love Poems

Compiled by Gerrish Gray

There is a Lady Sweet and Kind Anon From a Lady to a Gentleman, in Answer to a Complimentary Copy of Verses Anon A Cheerful Tempered Lover's Farewell to His Mistress Joanna Baillie A Sonnet Francis Beaumont Song Aphra Behn The One Before the Last Rupert Brooke Memory William Browne of Tavistock Song William Browne of Tavistock How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning Love in Life Robert Browning My Bonnie Mary Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns So We'll Go No More a-Roving Lord Byron She Walks in Beauty Lord Byron Cherry-Ripe Thomas Campion The Unfading Beauty Thomas Carew Ask me, Lesbia Catullus “Why Do I Love” You, Sir? Emily Dickinson The Good Morrow John Donne The Sun Rising John Donne Song John Donne The Triple Fool John Donne To His Coy Love Michael Drayton How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things Michael Drayton To One that Asked Me Why I Loved J. G. Ephelia [Lady Mary Villiers] To Plead My Faith Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex To a Lady Asking Him How Long He Would Love Her Sir George Etherege Beauty Clear and Fair John Fletcher Wooing Song Giles Fletcher Why, My Heart W. E. Henley To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything Robert Herrick The Night-Piece: To Julia Robert Herrick To Electra Robert Herrick Time of Roses Thomas Hood Jenny Kiss'd Me Leigh Hunt To Celia Ben Jonson Cards and Kisses John Lyly Rosaline Thomas Lodge To Amarantha; That She Would Dishevel Her Hair Richard Lovelace To Lucasta, Going to the Wars Richard Lovelace The Scrutiny Richard Lovelace Love Unkind Isabel Ecclestone Mackay; The Passionate Shepherd to His Love Christopher Marlowe To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell I'll Never Love Thee More James Graham Beauty Bathing Anthony Munday I Do Not Love Thee Caroline Norton, etc.

Pbk published 2009   112pp  List Price £6.99  ISBN 978-1-904799-35-1