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Maps: their untold stories (Hardback)
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.
Locomotive Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
From the train that broke the world speed record to one of the most famous locomotives on the planet and those steam engines that are still considered the finest ever seen in Britain, this three-book set will satisfy any train enthusiast!
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Written with passion and insight by Andrew Roden, Flying Scotsman tells the story of a beautiful train that has lived a highly exciting - and varied - career on rail tracks around the world. Interviews from those who have been involved with the Scotsman over the years add a personal touch, as the book asks about the enduring appeal of this magnificent machine. Also written by Roden is The Duchesses, an examination of the fantastic engines that are widely regarded amongst Britain's finest engineering achievements.
Written by Don Hale, How the Blue Streak Broke the World Speed Record describes how a steam locomotive reached a top speed of 126mph on the East Coast main line over 70 years ago.
Complete Flags of the World (Paperback)
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.
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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.
Finding Longitude (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Bus-Pass Britain (Paperback)
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.
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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.
Little London (Hardback)
Full of fun and fascinating things to do, Little London: Child-friendly Days Out and Fun Things to Do unveils some of the English capital's best-kept secrets - many of which are free to attend!
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Containing over 200 ideas, the book covers everything from the National Gallery's family Sundays to the Big Garden Birdwatch and backstage tours of the National Theatre. There are also seasonal events like the Scandinavian Christmas Market and the Day of the Dead Celebrations, so there really is something for all tastes!
Railway Day Trips (Paperback)
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.
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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.
There's no better way to explore the natural beauty of northern Britain than on foot. From Hadrian's Wall Path to the Coast to Coast Path, avid and devoted walker David Bathurst takes readers through ten of the best-loved long-distance footpaths of the north in this informative and interesting guide. Ranging in difficulty from green and gently rolling dales to more adventurous rugged mountain paths, this comprehensive companion to exploring the north is ideal for both experienced and novice walkers. Each path in The Big Walks of the North is split into manageable sections and even recommends historical and geographical areas of interest close to the path's route, from ancient burial mounds to detail on flora and fauna. An invaluable resource for any and every kind of walker.
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An Island Odyssey (Paperback)
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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Otter Country (Hardback)
Otter Country is Miriam Darlington's account of her year spent travelling around Britain in search of wild otters. From her home in Devon to the wilds of Scotland, Cumbria, Wales, Northumberland, Cornwall and Somerset, the book follows Darlington's search through different landscapes, seasons, weather and light as she tries to track down one of British nature's most elusive animals. Along the way, she meets otter experts, conservationists, ecologists, fishermen and many more. Beautifully written and perfect for nature lovers, the magnificently absorbing prose is complemented by wonderful line-drawing illustrations.
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Escape Routes (Paperback)
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Matt Carroll uncovers a personal selection of 60 stunning cycle rides in Escape Routes. All the routes have been designed to help cyclists explore the secrets and surprises of the English countryside and coast. Suitable for cyclists of all levels, routes range from five-mile pootles to 20-mile day trips and categories included in the book include 'Jaw-dropping Views', 'Best for Pubs' and the 'Magical History Tour'. A book that is sure to provide inspiration for you to ditch the car and explore England's stunning nooks and crannies on two wheels this summer!
Philip's Atlas of the World 2013 (Hardback)
Featuring 193 pages of detailed physical and political maps, this latest edition of Philip's Atlas of the World has been fully updated and revised to see you through the year.
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The unique combination of relief colouring and hill-shading gives an exceptional portrayal of landforms and this brand new edition comes complete with an informative World Geography section too, featuring maps, diagrams and detail about key topics such as climate change, geology, trade, agriculture and population.
Urban-area and city-centre maps are also included, from Dubai to Venice, as well as spectacular satellite views, illustrated flags, an 84,000-name index plus plenty more practical and informative elements that make this atlas one of the best (and most stunning) you can buy.
Dickens's London (Hardback)
Charles Dickens perfectly captured the spirit of London throughout many of his books and Peter Clark's Dickens's London showcases just how much the place meant to him and how it impacted on his life, his journalism and his fiction. This cloth-bound book provides information on five walks through central London, complete with maps, and as the route is discussed, Clark illuminates the settings and what role they played both in Dickens's life and in his writing. He also explores the First Suburbs of Camden Town, Chelsea, Greenwich, Hampstead, Highgate and Limehouse as they feature in Dickens's writing.
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Mapping the Roads (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Little Book Of London (Paperback)
An great purchase for both a visitor to, and resident of, the city of London and its surrounding area, this pocket-sized atlas displays an extensive area of coverage and shows the centre of London at an extra large scale - so you can find and navigate to exactly where you want to be quickly and easily. For such a little book, the maps are exceptionally clear and the colour coding makes finding any location a breeze... Featuring a fully updated tube map, tourist information spots and shops, hospitals, hotels and schools all pin-pointed, as well as the landmark Olympic Park, this book is bursting with information but is presented in a slim and compact format - making it ideal for those on the move and for slipping into a backpack or pocket.
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World's Most Spectacular Railway Journeys (Hardback)
A visual journey through some of the great rail routes, The World's Most Spectacular Railway Journeys is a must-have book for anyone with a passion for either travel or trains. Compiled by former Pacific Railnews editor Brian Solomon, each journey is accompanied by a map of the route, stunning photography and information about the challenges of building the railroad, as well as descriptions of some of the stunning views you can see while travelling. Amongst the famous railroads included are the Darjeeling Himalayan in India, the Canadian Rockies and the Indian Pacific which runs from Perth to Sydney in Australia.
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Britain Goes Camping (Hardback)
A nostalgic guide to a national summer pastime that is enjoyed by couples and families up and down the country, Britain Goes Camping is a handy hardback packed with useful advice, one-pot recipes and a useful gazetteer featuring the National Trust's 54 beautiful camping sites.
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Learn how to make the best of camping and caravanning holidays whatever the weather with Don Philpott's practical book that shows you how to pitch up, keep the children busy and feed the family with delights such as campfire pizza, sausage stew and chicken hot pot. A celebration of camping that will soon become indispensable!
The Good Pub Guide: The North of England (Paperback)
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The Good Pub Guide: The North of England is a handy up-to-date guide that features information including food, drinks, facilities and the opening hours of the best pubs in your area, that have been selected by its highly-respected editors. Whether you're planning a holiday, booking a short break or looking for a new local, this book is bound to become indispensable!
Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks (Paperback)
Accompanying Julia's Bradbury's hit BBC series, Railway Walks traces six spectacular old railway lines through the UK and documents in an easy-to-digest way how the rise and fall of these lines has impacted their surrounding communities and beyond.
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Strolling through overgrown cuttings and over ancient viaducts, Julia enjoys some of the very best old branchlines that are now treasured stomping grounds for ramblers and hikers. Including routes in Cornwall, Derbyshire, Perthshire, Snowdonia, Speyside and Weymouth, the book features colour maps, breaks down each walk into manageable sections and includes stunning photographs.
Clearly written with sites to look out for along the way and interesting historical details that can be enjoyed as you walk, this is a great resource for keen walkers looking to explore more of the UK!
The Good Pub Guide: London and the South East (Paperback)
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The Good Pub Guide: London and the South East is a handy up-to-date guide that features information including food, drinks, facilities and the opening hours of the best pubs in your area that have been selected by its highly-respected editors. Whether you're planning a holiday, booking a short break or looking for a new local, this book is bound to become indispensable!
Collins Ramblers Best Walks Britain (Hardback)
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A delightful way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers charity that has helped to make walking in the British countryside safe and accessible for so many years, Ramblers Best Walks Britain is a splendid hardback guide. Filled with vibrant photography and handy maps, this book features the best 75 walks to be found in Britain as chosen by the Ramblers. With walks of every length and difficulty, there is something for everyone and there are few better ways to get to know the beauty of greenest Britain.
The Most Amazing Places in Britain's Countryside (Paperback)
This Reader's Digest travel book will take you on a fantastic journey of discovery to some of the most spectacular and unspoiled parts of Britain's countryside.
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From lonely salt marshes teeming with wildlife to windswept mountain peaks, this glorious book shows you the amazing variety of landscape Britain has to offer. Organised by region and covering 500 accessible locations across the country, this will make an invaluable companion when exploring our countryside.
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A beautiful book that captures the soul of the famous city, Venice is more than just a travel guide. Much-travelled writer Jan Morris delves deep into the heart of the Italian city to bring a new dimension to travel writing. Packed with the shimmering history of the watery city and beautifully vivid reflections on the personality and character of its waterways and architecture, this guide recounts memories of Venice and muses wistfully on how it might once again regain its proper role in the world.
Philip's 2012 Compact Road Atlas - Britain (A5) (Paperback)
Philip's Compact Atlas of Britain is the ideal atlas to help you keep track of where you are and where you are going. Coming in a handy compact size, the maps featured on the 287 pages clearly mark service areas, roundabouts, multi-level junctions and speed-camera locations. The book also distinguishes between roads above and below 4 metres wide in rural areas, something that will come in very useful for drivers of wide vehicles. Scenic routes are highlighted for leisure users and the maps show upland and highland areas as well as National and Forest Parks, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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