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    ADZZW
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    The story of the British monarchy told in a stunningly detailed and painstakingly researched encyclopedia. In addition, over 500 paintings and photographs, cartoons and drawings, engravings, artefacts and sculptures show how the royals have been viewed by every generation. Key moments of constitutional crisis include the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, and more recently the Abdication Crisis in 1936 when Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson. The private life and public life of Princess Diana is described, as well as her sudden tragic death. A valuable reference book for any historian, this expert and authoritative guide will absorb, entertain and fascinate every reader interested in discovering more about one of the longest-running monarchies in the world.
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    AAUBY

    Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree (Paperback)

    Dr Graeme Davis

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    Find out what your surname means and trace your ancestors who share it too. Perhaps your surname is that of a Norman who came to Britain after the Battle of Hastings; or a Celtic clan name. Maybe it is an old English trade. It may be distinctive of a particular location. And just possibly you might be related to everyone who bears the name. Find out! Your surname is part of you - so use this book to discover what it really means. This comprehensive book will show you how to research your surname and your family tree, both in earliest and in more recent years. It provides practical activities to investigate the meaning of any British surname. You will discover: - The meaning of your surname - How old it is - Where it comes from - What associations it has today - How to use your surname to trace ancestors You may also be able to take part in a One Name Study or use DNA profiling to make contact with other people who bear your surname and with whom you share distant ancestors.
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    Maps: their untold stories (Hardback)

    Rose Mitchell

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    Drawing on over 700 years' worth of maps from the national archives, Maps: Their Untold Stories is a stunning and truly fascinating collection that not only covers the history of maps, but also provides an insight into the places and social history that the mapmakers managed to capture.

    From 14th Century maritime manuscripts to 16th Century London, the bombs that landed in World War II and what is now the coast of North Carolina, the book is full of richly illustrated map reproductions that will capture the imagination of those with a keen interest in social history and the history of world travel.

    Featuring superb reproductions of more than 100 key historical maps, lively text and key explanations on their place in history, Maps: Their Untold Stories is a stunning exploration of world history.
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    FWPT

    Faber War Poets Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    David Jones, Rupert Brooke, Ro

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    In the year that marks the centenary of the First World War, this six-book collection brings together the work of some of the finest poets of the era.

    Compiled by Faber, the books all feature specially commisioned covers by leading print makers and contain introductions to the famous poems by some of the leading poets and biographers of the present day.

    The likes of Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, David Jones and Edward Thomas are all poets synonymous with the Great War and this set showcases the poignant poems from them that provided a glimpse into life in the trenches.
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    DTTG

    Daily Telegraph Tax Guide 2014 (Paperback)

    David Genders

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    Containing everything you need to know about completing a Self-Assessment tax return, the Daily Telegraph's Tax Guide is the book for you if you are self-employed, part-time, retired or unemployed and finding sorting your tax a minefield!

    The invaluable book includes full details of the new High Income Child Benefit tax charge; section-by-section worked illustrations; recent key changes; and advice on when and how you should file your return and pay your tax by.

    With practical advice, timetables and examples that will help simplify this tricky procedure, this is a must-need resource for any taxpayer.
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    AMBH
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    From the death of Queen Victoria through to post-Blair Britain, ex-BBC political editor, journalist and documentary film-maker Andrew Marr takes a look at the thrilling lives and the political and economic stories of modern Britain's history in our exclusive Andrew Marr British History Set.

    Including his critically acclaimed The Making of Modern Britain and A History of Modern Britain (both of which are Sunday Times bestsellers), the Andrew Marr Show host - with his enviable ability to unravel complex issues in accessible terms - paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of modern Britain in the colourful and outspoken manner for which he is so well known.

    Highly engaging, approachable and written in a format that is both lively and light enough to dip in and out of, Marr looks beyond the headlines to provide a crisp analysis of how the modern history of Britain has shaped our nation's present.

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    MSOB

    My Scotland, Our Britain (Hardback)

    Gordon Brown

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    Presented in this highly personal account, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lays bare his family's ancestry over 300 years of the Union and explains how it has shaped his life.

    Charting what it was like growing up in Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s, and explaining the influence of religion, education and Scotland's unique industrial structure on the shaping of his - and Scotland's - identity, he sets out the dramatic economic, social and cultural changes of the past 50 years and the vastly different prospects his children will face with or without Scottish independence.

    With the referendum on Scottish independence being a hot topic for debate recently, Brown argues that Scotland will prosper with a strong Scottish Parliament that is part of the UK. Agree or disagree, My Scotland, Our Britain is an enlightening, eye-opening and honest account of how a nation's history has shaped one man's present and how our choices can shape the future of the next generation.
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    CFTW
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    Full of up-to-date information on over 300 national, regional and provincial flags, Complete Flags of the World is an essential, instant-reference pocket guide to the flags from around the globe from the experts at DK.

    Telling the story behind each flag, going as far as to explain the meanings of the differing colours, symbols and insignia, the book - with its topically woven cover - provides readers with everything they need to know about the history of flags, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. A perfect pub quiz partner.
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    HPUP

    The Happy Puppy Handbook (Paperback)

    Pippa Mattinson

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    Nothing quite beats the feeling of having a new canine member of the household, but early life with 'man's best friend' can be difficult to master. That is where The Happy Puppy Handbook comes in!

    Written by dog-training expert Pippa Mattinson, the book gives new and prospective owners all of the tools they need to train and care for a puppy. From preparing the home for their arrival to introducing them to the children and solving problems like biting and chewing, this book is packed with all of the new puppy tips and information you will need to know.

    Both clear and engaging, and structured in a way that makes digesting all of the required information ever-so easy, The Happy Puppy Handbook is a new puppy checklist that is ready to solve (and prevent) any issues that may arise as a new puppy owner.
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    FIND

    Finding Longitude (Hardback)

    Richard Dunn

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    Accompanying the National Maritime Museum's exhibition that coincides with the tercentenary of the first British Longitude Act, Finding Longitude reveals the link between ships, clocks and stars - one which combines technical creativity, scientific innovation and commercialism.

    One of the great successes of the Georgian era, longitude helped people determine a ship's east-west position while at sea. Illustrated with archive documents throughout, the book looks at how finding longitude managed to capture the imagination of an entire nation - everyone from astronomers to instrument makers, politicians, seamen and satirists were intrigued.

    A very accessible and highly informative hardback, this detailed and fascinating book shows just how the longitude problem was solved.
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    BUSP

    Bus-Pass Britain (Paperback)

    Nicky Gardner

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    From a pleasant meander through Surrey to an orbit through Birmingham's edgy suburbs, Bus-Pass Britain unveils 50 of the greatest bus journeys you'll find throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

    Written by the experts from Bradt Travel Guides, the book celebrates the joy of local journeys and even includes recommendations on where to stop and explore on each journey. There are also quirky stories scattered throughout that relate to each journey.

    A brilliantly enjoyable and informative gift book, perfect for those who like to holiday in the UK or a new bus pass holder.
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    AZCR

    A-Z of Careers and Jobs (Paperback)

    Susan Hodgson

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    Containing detailed insight into over 300 different career paths, The A-Z of Careers & Jobs is the ideal book for those looking to gain an insight into the further education requirements for careers before enrolling at college or university, those looking for their first post-education job and for those considering a change in career.

    Covering a broad range of roles, from accountant to zoologist, the book provides up-to-date career advice including salary expectations, useful contacts, job opportunities in each market, requirements in terms of personal skills and qualities, entry qualification requirements, training opportunities and more... allowing the reader to gain a comprehensive professional understanding of essential careers information.

    Written in a very reader-friendly format, the book is a valuable resource to anyone on the recruitment chain - from perspective applicants to careers advisors and employers alike.
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    ATCW

    All the Countries We've Ever Invaded (Hardback)

    Stuart Laycock

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    Did you know that of the 193 countries that are currently UN member states, Great Britain has invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171? Taking a look at how Britain has been a force, for both good and bad, across the world, Stuart Laycock's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To reveals Britain as a dynamic and unpredictable nation that has changed the world in many ways... Discussing how Britain set up the United States and Ionian Islands, the informative - and witty - hardback also looks at lesser-known invasions including those of Iran, Ethiopia, Corfu and the other Ionian islands.
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    HMPA

    The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World (Hardback)

    Alexander Armstrong

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    Fans of the hit BBC show Pointless will love this hilarious follow-up to the bestselling The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World. Offering answers to some of life's biggest questions, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman tackle those seemingly impossible-to-solve dilemmas, including what came first, the chicken or the egg? And the lifelong debate about the purpose of our own existence, and which ingredient is absolutely key to a full English Breakfast - sausage or bacon? Your sleepless nights will soon be over with the help of this conundrum-solving book full of witty and intelligent stand-up pieces, quizzes, cryptic brainteasers and pointless facts and questions. Putting the world to rights, dipping in and out of this laugh-out-loud book is entertaining every time!
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    CRDT

    Railway Day Trips (Paperback)

    Julian Holland

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    A pocket companion that will suit the needs of both casual and seasoned railway travellers. Plan an adventure, follow the changing landscape and discover some truly fascinating destinations that you can explore by train in Britain.

    From St Ives to Penzance, Ely to Norwich, York to Leeds, this little book uncovers 150 of Britain's top trips between major towns and cities and all the countryside in between. The easy-to-follow location maps, route diagrams and accessible text about history and geography in each area make each destination a joy to read about and to visit, while the stunning colour photographs illustrate the journey and make following the real thing extra rewarding.
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    SOWC

    The Story of the World Cup (Hardback)

    Richard Brassey

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    With the dazzling displays, glorious goals and controversies of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil fresh in the memory, Richard Brassey - author and illustrator of The Story of the Olympics - presents The Story of the World Cup up until this summer's tournament.

    Containing fascinating insight into the world's most-popular sporting event, including an insight into the very first tournament in Uruguay way back in 1930, to the historic (yet to be repeated) win by captain Bobby Moore and his England teammates in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley, this book hits the back of the net.

    With its wealth of knowledge, red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals, goals, goals, The Story of the World Cup will enthrall football fans of all ages with its colourful illustrations and fun facts that anyone who loved the Coupe du Monde can use to impress family and friends.
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    David Long's The Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion tells how there have been just 63 recipients of the Animals' Victoria Cross award.

    Awarded for 'Conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict', this book reveals all about the heroic, touching and stirring stories. True tales of heart-rending devotion and duty are told from first-hand accounts and from the citations themselves.

    There's Rip the terrier who is credited with saving upwards of 100 lives after sniffing out survivors buried after bombing raids during WWII, Judy the pointer, who was the hero of a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp and Simon the ship's cat who, though injured, continued to stay with his crew under fire.

    The book has been written in a spirit of celebration, and is intended to provide a lasting memorial to the remarkable animals and the men and women who came to rely on them.
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    HRIB

    How to Read Industrial Britain (Hardback)

    Tim Colin Cooper

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    A guide to the machines, sites and artefacts that shaped the United Kingdom, Tim Cooper's How to Read Industrial Britain is an insightful hardback guide to our industrial heritage that uncovers the secrets behind our urban and rural landscapes. Revealing, in fascinating detail, how to understand the context and significance of buildings, structures and townscapes, this thoroughly interesting book will help you relate an accurate historical background to many of the buildings that we have come to rely on in the modern era.
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    AIOD

    An Island Odyssey (Paperback)

    Hamish Haswell-Smith

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    Hamish Haswell-Smith casts off in his 41-foot sloop Jandara, armed with his sketch pad and a route of a journey first taken by Martin Martin in 1703. Taking him to 52 different remote islands around the Scottish coast, all that Hamish encountered is beautifully recalled in this memorable book. From Ailsa Craig to St. Kilda, Fair Isle and Bass Rock, Hamish Haswell-Smith expertly, and entertainingly, fills this unique book with natural history, local legend and landscapes, including his very own sketches and watercolours. A classic book telling of a fascinating voyage that's perfect for any Scot, lover of natural beauty, or anyone planning a visit to the stunning Scottish isles.
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    HTTL
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    The teenage years can be very difficult for all the family as youngsters enter adulthood and begin to change in many ways. Part of this development involves drastic changes in personality that can make communicating with teenagers difficult.

    Luckily, the Mumsnet Parenting Book of the Year winners Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, have returned with How to Talk so teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. An accessible guide on how to provide a respectful approach to parenting during the troublesome teenage years, the book covers topics ranging from curfews and cliques to sex and drugs and also offers innovative suggestions that will help build the foundation for lasting relationships.
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    TREB
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    If you want to learn all about religion, this DK book will give you an accessible introduction to the world's five main faiths - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Witty illustrations, step-by-step diagrams and jargon-free descriptions combine to provide a non-judgmental overview of the religions and explore the growth and spread of them. All the major events that contributed to their rise are featured, as well as a reference section which includes a glossary of religious terms. Modern alternative religions and spiritual beliefs are also explored. An informative and comprehensive book that is highly compelling.
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    TPHB

    The Philosophy Book (Hardback)

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    Philosophy can be a daunting and, at times, intimidating subject to get your head around and many are scared to follow up their interest for fear of getting confused. Spanning over 2,000 years of thought, DK's The Philosophy Book covers all the big ideas and the philosophers who first voiced them in a clear and accessible manner. Cross-referencing these theories with later ideas and thinkers, the book helps shed light on abstract concepts. Anyone with an interest in how social, political and ethical ideas are formed will absorb themselves in this book that uses innovative graphics and accessible text to help explain the hard-to-grasp ideas.
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    MAPR

    Mapping the Roads (Hardback)

    Mike Parker

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    Covering Britain's road development, Mike Parker's Mapping the Roads is a fascinating true-life story that also explores the country's political, economical and social history.

    The car has helped shape Britain's landscape, changed our maps and nowadays our lifestyle depends very much on our roads - from getting from A to B to distribution and much more. Although perhaps now taken for granted, the building of roads was once seen as a glorious advancement, with Britain's motorways being seen as 'the cathedrals of the modern world'.

    This intriguing and extensive book from The AA charts the ambitions and hopes of the nation through our maps, from the old ways through to our motorways, complete with distinct and colourful cartography.
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    POLE

    From Pole to Pole (Hardback)

    Garth James Cameron

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    One of the most successful polar explorers of his generation, and the first man to unquestionably reach both the North and South Poles, Roald Amundsen was a world-renowned explorer with a passion for flight.

    Whilst on a rescue mission to the Arctic in 1928, Amundsen and his team's plane mysteriously vanished - believed to have crashed in fog in the Barents Sea, with only a petrol tank and wing float ever found of the wreckage.

    In From Pole to Pole: Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight, Garth James Cameron explores the feats in aviation in which Amundsen was involved with vivid detail and passionate intricacy. Including an adventure to the North Pole in a biplane, which he barely survived, and an analysis of the circumstances surrounding this famous adventurer's death, this book is ideal for any budding adventurer, aviation enthusiast or reader with a keen interest in modern history.

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