David Roberts - Author

About the Author

David Roberts is an award-winning illustrator who has earned great acclaim for his distinctive illustrations. Born in Liverpool, he has a degree in fashion design, but he always felt his true calling was in children’s book illustration and now pursues that dream from his flat in London. His previous work includes collaborations with his sister Lynn on retellings of several classic fairy stories, including Little Red which was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. David is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty. David has also collaborated with Julia Donaldson on several Macmillan picture books, including Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll and The Flying Bath. Read more about the author here.

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Limits of the Known

Limits of the Known

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2018

In a book that is part memoir and part history, David Roberts looks back at his personal relationship to extreme risk and tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure. In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks the answer with sharp new urgency. He explores his own lifelong commitment to adventuring, as well as the cultural contributions of explorers throughout history. He looks at what it meant in 1911 for Amundsen to reach the South Pole or in 1953 for Hillary and Norgay to summit the highest point on earth. And he asks what the future of adventure is in a world we have mapped and trodden all the way to the most remote corners of the wilderness.

Stephen Stills: Change Partners: The Definitive Biography

Stephen Stills: Change Partners: The Definitive Biography

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Stephen Stills is one of the last remaining music legends from the rock era without a biography. During his six-decade career, he has played with all the greats. His career sky-rocketed when Crosby, Stills & Nash played only their second gig together at Woodstock in 1969. With the addition of Neil Young, the band would go on to play the first rock stadium tour in 1974. Stephen Stills is the only person to have been inducted twice in one night into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout 2016 Stephen Stills will be on tour with his new blues/rock trio The Rides.

French Poems of the Great War 102 Poems by 27 Poets, Translated by Ian Higgins

French Poems of the Great War 102 Poems by 27 Poets, Translated by Ian Higgins

Author: David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

The first substantial collection of French poetry of the First World War translated into English. It is astonishing that for almost a century the English-speaking world has been unaware of the huge, varied and powerful body of French poetry of that war. The poets, men and many women, mainly unknown to British readers, reveal the varied but highly charged responses of French soldiers and civilians to the ordeal of the war. This moving and wide-ranging record of France's tragic experience will endure as a fitting memorial to stand alongside the great British poetry of the First World War.

Paternalism in Early Victorian England

Paternalism in Early Victorian England

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2016

First published in 1979. This book studies the social outlook which historians today call paternalism. It was an ideology which informed social attitudes at all levels of society and expressed itself in countless ways. In this work, David Roberts provides a comprehensive examination of the revival, amplification, and transformation of the ideals of paternalism as a social remedy in the Early Victorian Period. This title will be of interest to students of history.

Rock Stars Cars

Rock Stars Cars

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2015

Remembrance Poems and Readings For Remembrance Events and Reflection on Matters of War and Peace

Remembrance Poems and Readings For Remembrance Events and Reflection on Matters of War and Peace

Author: David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2015

No other day is more important in the national calendar than Remembrance Day. Here is a collection of words for remembrance events, and thoughts about remembrance, war and peace spanning over two thousand years selected and introduced by David Roberts. Amongst these traditional, ancient and new poems, prayers and readings there may be found pieces suitable for twenty-first century remembrance and memorial events, and meetings or services that may focus on issues of war and peace. Some pieces may suggest ways of developing ideas for commemorative occasions. Many of the items included in this collection will prove moving, thought provoking and even inspirational.

Restoration Plays and Players An Introduction

Restoration Plays and Players An Introduction

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2014

Introducing readers to the key texts, theatrical practice and context of late seventeenth-century drama, David Roberts combines literary and theatrical approaches to show how Restoration plays were written, performed, received and printed. Structured according to the 'life cycle' of the dramatic text, this book reproduces extracts from twenty-four of the most influential Restoration plays to provide readers with a comprehensive and colourful introduction to the period's drama. Roberts encourages readers to look beyond a limited canon of established plays and practice, and to see how Restoration Drama has been revived and adapted on the modern stage. Restoration Plays and Players is of great interest to undergraduate and non-specialist readers of seventeenth-century drama, Restoration literature and theatre studies.

Liberal Peacebuilding and the Locus of Legitimacy

Liberal Peacebuilding and the Locus of Legitimacy

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2014

Liberal peacebuilding too often builds neither peace nor Liberalism. In a growing number of cases, people aren't rejecting and relegating democracy because it's bad; they're challenging it because it isn't relevant to their priorities and needs. The peacebuilding `moment' - when consent for intervention is present and the opportunity to build a sustainable social contract between peacebuilders and people is most fruitful - is being squandered. This relationship, between governed and governance, relies on mutual needs realization, but there is no formal or informal requirement and mechanism for ascertaining what the `subjects' of peacebuilding might prioritize. Instead, peacebuilders give the `subjects' of peacebuilding what they think they should have. This legitimacy gap - between what peacebuilders give and what subjects want - is the subject of this book. Through a range of empirical case studies conducted by country specialists, the book reveals that, when asked, people often prioritize roads, electricity, jobs, housing, schooling and pertinent justice (amongst other things) in the immediate aftermath of war. We find that mapping this locus of legitimacy may help develop the kind of relationship upon which the sustainability of any social contract between governed and governance rests. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

The Ba'th and the Creation of Modern Syria

The Ba'th and the Creation of Modern Syria

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2013

This book traces the development of modern Syria focusing on the contribution of the Ba'th party and Ba'thist ideology. It examines the roots of the Ba'th in the intellectual ferment of the 1940s and charts its growing influence on Syrian politics. Special attention is devoted to the crucial Sixth Congress of the Ba'th Party in 1963 and the key ideological document, the Muntalaqat, produced by Michel Aflaq. After 1963 the military became increasingly dominant until Hafiz al-Asad came to power in 1970. Since then the Party has been less dominant internally but Syria itself has established a pivotal position in regional affairs. The book concludes by reviewing the prospects for Syria after Asad and the potential for a Ba'thist revival.

We are the Dead Poems and Paintings from the Great War 1914-1918

We are the Dead Poems and Paintings from the Great War 1914-1918

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2012

The title comes from John McCrae's famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'. The compiler and writer of the introduction is David Roberts, author of the two important war poetry anthologies Out In The Dark and Minds At War. David also runs the warpoetry.co.uk website, a leading source of information about the poetry of WWI. Many of the poems will be well known, but We Are The Dead also includes a number of lesser-known poems, included because they are of exceptional quality or illustrate an important aspect of the Great War experience. In addition to poems by British poets, there are poems by Irish, Canadian and Australian poets, and a selection in translation from French and German. The book contains 120 poems and a similar number of paintings. Besides the six-page introduction, there is a complete list of poet and artist biographies and an index of first lines at the end of the book. As well as paintings by the official British, Canadian and Australian war artists, We Are The Dead includes paintings by other artists who witnessed the conflict, all specially chosen to complement the poems, and many rarely seen since 1918.

Liberal Peacebuilding and Global Governance Beyond the Metropolis

Liberal Peacebuilding and Global Governance Beyond the Metropolis

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2011

This book examines the limits to cosmopolitan liberal peacebuilding caused by its preoccupation with the values and assumptions of neoliberal global governance. The peace people experience is determined by the processes privileged in peacebuilding. This book is about four things that shape the processes involved. First, it is a critique of orthodox postconflict peacebuilding. It takes the position that the present approach, although seemingly hegemonic, is routinely ignored or manipulated by elites and society and converted into a miasma that to some degree wastes the energies and opportunities involved. Second, it is about alternatives which invoke the kind of peace people might seek in postconflict places if they had more control over the process of peacebuilding, a notion referred to here as `popular peace'. It is thus not the kind of critical work that some describe as `reflexive anti-liberalism'. Rather, it seeks alternatives that are grounded in the lives of people in postconflict spaces and which also reflect some of the essential values of Liberalism. Third, it is about the role of both informal and formal actors, institutions and practices in the creation of such a peace. For instance, it is concerned with the legitimacy of informal practices that lie beyond Liberal tolerance and which are vital in the pursuit of everyday peace. Fourth, it is about a `transversal' (rather than vertical or hierarchical) relationship of global and local governance in securing a peace that reflects the needs and values of both. In short, this work is a response to the substantial inconsistencies that appear between peacebuilding rhetoric and everyday outcomes in postconflict places. This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, post-conflict statebuilding, conflict studies, global governance and International Relations in general.

Thomas Betterton The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage

Thomas Betterton The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2010

Restoration London's leading actor and theatre manager Thomas Betterton has not been the subject of a biography since 1891. He worked with all the best-known playwrights of his age and with the first generation of English actresses; he was intimately involved in the theatre's responses to politics, and became a friend of leading literary men such as Pope and Steele. His innovations in scenery and company management, and his association with the dramatic inheritance of Shakespeare, helped to change the culture of English theatre. David Roberts's entertaining study unearths new documents and draws fresh conclusions about this major but shadowy figure. It contextualizes key performances and examines Betterton's relationship to patrons, colleagues and family, as well as to significant historical moments and artefacts. The most substantial study available of any seventeenth-century actor, Thomas Betterton gives one of England's greatest performing artists his due on the tercentenary of his death.

Prifysgol Bangor 1884-2009

Prifysgol Bangor 1884-2009

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2009

Relates to one of Wales' most important institutions of higher education, covering its history from its creation in 1884 as the University College of North Wales, its incarnation as the University of Wales, Bangor and to its 125th anniversary in 2009. This book traces the institution's origins as an 18th century coaching inn with just 58 students.

Bangor University 1884-2009

Bangor University 1884-2009

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Relates to one of Wales' most important institutions of higher education, covering its history from its creation in 1884 as the University College of North Wales, its incarnation as the University of Wales, Bangor and to its 125th anniversary in 2009. This book traces the growth and development of the institution.

In the Shadow of Detroit Gordon M. McGregor, Ford of Canada, and Motoropolis

In the Shadow of Detroit Gordon M. McGregor, Ford of Canada, and Motoropolis

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2006

Part biography and part corporate history, In the Shadow of Detroit investigates the life and career of Gordon M. McGregor, who founded and led Ford of Canada during the first two decades of the twentieth century. With no automotive background, minimal technical expertise, and only a few years of experience in business, McGregor came to Ford in 1904 from a failing wagon-building firm. David Roberts draws from diverse public and private historical sources to chronicle McGregor's swift ascension to corporate leader, including how McGregor attached himself to Henry Ford's meteoric rise, achieved remarkable success, and became for a time Windsor's preeminent industrialist and civic leader. Roberts intertwines McGregor's corporate, civic, and personal lives to trace his pioneering role in the automobile industry. Some themes from McGregor's career that are considered here include company growth, the technical and cultural concept of the automobile, the impact of automotive transportation, technological reliance on Detroit, parent-branch relations, the effects of border proximity, industrial and political lobbying, labor relations, secondary manufacturing, public involvement, and the Great War. In addition, Roberts probes McGregor's often-subservient relationship with the enigmatic Henry Ford and examines how McGregor drew praise and political ire in calling for regional governance in the Border Cities opposite Detroit. In the years before his premature death, McGregor and his company dominated and defined the growing automotive industry in Windsor-Detroit, and their story deserves to be more widely known. Both elegantly written and exhaustively researched, In the Shadow of Detroit will be enjoyable and informative reading for local historians and anyone interested in the automobile industry.

A Practical Approach to Housing Law

A Practical Approach to Housing Law

Author: David Roberts, Graham Robson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/2005

This title provides a unique combination of the law and practice of housing law. It offers readers a detailed yet accessible analysis of the most important areas of housing law that practitioners currently encounter. The context of each topic is considered, as well as the lawyer's role, case strategies, legal funding and client care issues. Useful source and precedent materials are included. Housing law practitioners, LPC students and law degree students studying housing law will find this text invaluable.

Dirty Bertie

Dirty Bertie

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2002

The Pyramids Portfolio

The Pyramids Portfolio

Author: David Roberts Format: Book Release Date: 31/03/2001

These portfolios contain ten art prints each of David Roberts' lithographs of Egypt's monumental pyramids and Luxor's famous temples, selected from Egypt: Yesterday and Today . Between 1842 and 1849, on the basis of sketches made on the spot and aided by his memory, Roberts produced the drawings that Louis Haghe turned into prints published by Francis Graham Moon. Suitable for framing, they reproduce scenes of the magnificence of the pyramids of the Nile Valley and the stunning monuments of Luxor with photographic detail.

Political Transition in Cambodia 1991-99 Power, Elitism and Democracy

Political Transition in Cambodia 1991-99 Power, Elitism and Democracy

Author: David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2000

This book illustrates the limits to the 1990s UNTAC peacekeeping intervention in Cambodia and raises a critical challenge to the assumptions underpinning key tenets of the 'Liberal Project' as a mechanism for resolving complex, severe struggles for elite political power in developing countries. The book highlights the limitations of externally imposed power-sharing. In the case of Cambodia, the imagined effect was a coalition that would share power democratically. However, this approach was appropriate only for resolving the superpower conflict that had created Cambodia's war. Rather than bringing long-term peace to Cambodia, Roberts argues, it created the temporary illusion of a democratic system that in fact recreated the military conflict and housed it in a superficial coalition. The book challenges assumptions regarding the inevitability of the globalization of liberalism as a means of ordering non-western societies. It explains the failure of democratic transition in terms of the impropriety and weakness of the plan which preceded it, and in terms of the elite's traditional reliance on absolutism and resistance to the concept of 'Opposition'.

Kosovo War Poetry

Kosovo War Poetry

Author: David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2000

Published to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Serbia/Kosovo, this book contains a new kind of poetry for a new kind of war. With tough and uncompromising poems and satirical verse, the author explores the human suffering, the power of hatred, the propaganda, the primitive attitudes, the moral arguments and NATO's humanitarian bombing campaign.

The Student's Guide to Writing Essays

The Student's Guide to Writing Essays

Author: David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1997

This text is divided into two sections: a core element focusing on basic skills which everyone needs to master in writing essays, and a subject-based section which takes the student to a more advanced level.

The Modern German Historical Novel Paradigms, Problems, and Perspectives

The Modern German Historical Novel Paradigms, Problems, and Perspectives

Author: David Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/1991

This is the first collection to examine the theory and practice of the historical novel in twentieth-century German and Austrian literature. One of the main aims of the volume is to work against the conventional view of the historical novel as an antiquated and escapist genre, remote from contemporary problems and tied to nineteenth-century models of realism. These essays show that the historical novel is in fact always a response to contemporary history.

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