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  • KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world earlier this year and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder. The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • COLK
    Patrick Bishop
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    We Brits love a good escape story - but how much more thrilling is it when the story is true! The Cooler King tells the story of William Ash, an American pilot who, after his plane was shot down over France in early 1942, spent the war striving to escape the Nazis' POW camps.

    Accompanied by Roger Bushell, who would go on to lead the Great Escape, and a host of fascinating characters, the book climaxes in a breakout via a tunnel dug in the latrines of the Oflag XXIB prison camp in Poland - this is one of the great untold stories of World War II. By weaving together contemporary documents and interviews with Ash's comrades, the book vividly recreates the multiple escape attempts, while also examining the POW experience and analysing the passion that drove prisoners to risk death in repeated bids for freedom.

    Uplifting, inspirational and full of high drama, The Cooler King by Patrick Bishop is a must for armchair historians - especially fans of Unbroken and The Real Great Escape.
  • CANA
    Liz McIvor
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    Accompanying a six-part BBC Four series, Canals: The Making of a Nation takes us all on a fascinating journey into the heart of industrial Britain.

    In Britain, canals are often associated with lazy summer afternoons and walks and water journeys through lush green countryside, but this book reveals just how important they are and the legacy they had in the birth of modern Britain. Canals helped open up the trade of the Industrial Revolution; furthered the science of geology; and ushered in a new form of architecture.

    Written by Liz McIvor, the history of canals also takes in everything from greedy investors and cheap labour to the struggle for workers' rights and welfare. Waterways are a modern invention that changed all our lives. This book shows how.
  • Mike Rossiter Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409607625 - Mike Rossiter
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    Mike Rossiter
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    Mike Rossiter has gathered together first-person accounts of major turning points in World War Two and turned them into a compelling narrative for fans of military history in this fascinating three-book collection.

    There are the Lancaster Bombers, who flew together for 50 missions and lived to tell the tale and the fascinating story of the men who lived, flew and fought on the Ark Royal. Finally there are the three survivors from the infamous 'bridge too far' mission who tell a story of hubris and bad planning, but also of valiant sacrifice and inspirational courage.

  • LTGT
    Matthew Green
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    Take a step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London throughout six of the city's most fascinating eras.

    Illustrated throughout and told with charm and charisma, Dr. Matthew Green will transport you back to the time of Shakespeare and the swinging 60s in just a few pages. He also relives the nightmare of the plague; and considers what is must have been like to have lived in medieval England.

    Taking you off the beaten track and revealing little-known snippets about England's capital city, this is an engaging social history which will make you view the streets of London in a very different way.
  • BHDE
    Paul Sullivan
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    Covering events as tragic as the Great Fire of Spondon in 1340, the drowning of prisoners in their own cells and rioters being murdered on the streets, this book reveals a sinister history of Derby.

    Written by Paul Sullivan, a resident in the city for over 30 years, the book showcases a location simmering with murder, slavery, wickedness and profanity.
  • AG0975
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    A huge guide to the First World War, published in association with Imperial War Museums, this huge box set also contains a DVD containing the film Our Empire's Fight for Freedom and a series of veterans' first-hand accounts.

    Written by Gary Sheffield, one of the world's leading experts in the military history of the First World War, the book brings the conflicts of 1914-1918 to life in a way rarely seen before.

    Alongside the extensive book are 200 photographs, colour battle maps and rare facsimile documents that offer personal and professional insight. Until now, they've only been seen in museums and archives... A thought-provoking keepsake for anyone interested in military history.
  • TRGE
    Guy Walters
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    An in-depth study of a famous escape adventure during the second world war, Guy Walters' The Real Great Escape is a fascinating read for anyone interested in military history. In early 1942, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a top-security prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen.

    The camp soon came to contain some of the most inventive and brave escapers the world has ever known - who performed an escape that would be immortalised in the classic film The Great Escape.

    This book takes a fresh look at the remarkable event by examining how it was really achieved and assessing the complex nature of the man who led it.
  • KMHU
    Will Iredale
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    Praised by Jonathan Dimbleby, Will Iredale's The Kamikaze Hunters: Fighting for the Pacific is a startling account of the young men who faced up against the suicide pilots of Japan at the tail-end of the Second World War.

    As the nation celebrated the end of War, the Allies over on the other side of the world were still in a bitter struggle over who controlled the Pacific - and Japan was now ready to unveil its new form of warfare: the kamikaze.

    This book is full of meticulous research and unique personal access to the remaining survivors - providing a first-hand account of what these young men had to go through as they battled men who would rather choose death than see their beloved country be defeated...
  • LFMT
    Jacqueline Wadsworth
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    Uncover the true history of the Great War through the letters exchanged between the real men of the frontline and their families in this strikingly poignant book, Letters from the Trenches.

    Covering a range of social classes and military ranks, this comprehensive, eye-opening and often heartbreaking treasury of personal letters gives readers a first-hand insight to how people really felt during the First World War, uncovering their lost feelings, how conflict changed and affected them as people and how life continued without them...

    Skilfully bound together by journalist Jacqueline Wadsworth, Letters for the Trenches provides a fully comprehensive yet personal account of life during wartime.
  • Andrew Marr British History Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781447272748 - Andrew Marr
    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.
  • Forgotten Voices Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780091956042 - Various
    FVOI
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    Moving and sometimes almost unbelievable, this stunning collection of real-life stories recalls momentous happenings from some of the most startling experiences of Britons at war. Forgotten Voices features men and women who speak with honest fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference and unmistakable courage, as they recount their experiences from events such as the Battle of the Somme, the D-Day Landings, Dunkirk and other times from The Great War and World War II.

    A remarkable and definitive series of startling oral history, praised by the likes of Stephen Fry, told in the words of the extraordinary people who witnessed it all. Exciting and harrowing, this is a must-read collection that non-fiction and history enthusiasts will be gripped by.
  • CHUH
    Sir Winston S. Churchill
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    Edited by his official biographer Martin Gilbert, Churchill: The Power of Words contains 200 extracts from Winston Churchill's personal books, articles and speeches that reflect his life story, career and philosophy.

    The hardback book features everything from intimate memories of Churchill's childhood through to his debates on social policy, war and political causes. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in politics, the book is an illuminating, fascinating and compelling portrait of both the public and the private life of Winston Churchill, told in the legendary prime minister's very own words.
  • GRAV
    Michael Jones
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    The last king of England to die in battle, Richard III was one of the country's most controversial monarchs and after his body was displayed in undignified fashion in Leicester and then buried in the church of Greyfriars, his grave was lost 50 years later during the dissolution of the monasteries.

    It wasn't until 2012 that his remains were discovered. In alternate chapters, project head Philippa Langley reveals the inside story of her search for the king's grave, while historian Michael Jones reveals all about Richard's 15th-century life and death.

    The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III is a compelling read that shows how one of our greatest archaeological discoveries allowed us to re-evaluate our thoughts on a monarch with a dubious reputation.
  • BITB
    Daniel James Brown
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    A charismatic young man abandoned by his family at an early age, Joe Rantz dared to dream of escaping the challenges of the Great Depression and the painful memories of his early family life, finding solace in rowing. Heading on an extraordinary journey, Joe found himself lining up in a gold medal rowing race at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, in front of Adolf Hitler himself.

    Written by Daniel James Brown and full of lyricism and unexpected beauty, The Boys in the Boat is an inspirational true story.
  • OXGW
    Malcolm Graham
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    Written by local historian Malcolm Graham, Oxford in the Great War tells the fascinating, and largely forgotten, story of the city's part during this famously turbulent era.

    Oxford became a military training camp as soldiers and officer cadets occupied the men's collegesd. Public buildings were converted into military hospitals. The City took in Belgian and Serbian refugees. Oxford dons engaged in vital war work, and academic life largely depended upon the women's colleges.

    Local industries, including Morris's new car factory at Cowley, converted to war production, and women made munitions or replaced men in other work. This expert and fascinating account shows a civilian population coping with anxiety during a titanic struggle in which college heads and the humblest citizens were afflicted equally by the loss of loved ones.
  • HBAR
    Richard Bramall
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    If you live or have lived in, or even just visited, the Yorkshire town of Barnsley than Haunted Barnsley will show you a whole new spooky side to the destination...

    From well-known ghostly happenings to scary new hauntings, the book looks at the spectres who have honed in on Barnsley and the surrounding area. From the Mill of Black Monks and the Monk Bretton Priory - both famed for their ghosts - to the legendary figures like Jack in Irons, this book covers all the paranormal events of Barnsley.
    Richard Bramall and Joe Collins have personally investigated many of the haunted locations features, so can provide first-hand accounts of what they've seen alongside the histories and myths.
  • Military History Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407244068 - Various
    MBOX
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II.

    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view.

    Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while the highly acclaimed Das Boot is also included.

  • AECC
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    I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches, written by the bestselling author and trivia expert Christopher Winn, will surprise and delight you as you read all about the hidden stories, forgotten pasts and buried secrets that belong to these famous places of worship.

    Did you know that St. Mary's Church Deerhurst in Gloucestershire is the only church in England to have a brass with a pet named on it? Or that All Saints Tudeley in Kent is the only church in the world to have its windows designed and painted by Chagall? You'll be fascinated to hear that the Minster Church of St. Mary at Stow in Lincolnshire has the tallest Saxon arches in Britain too...

    The hundreds of facts included here are just jaw-dropping and the illustrations help highlight some of the most momentous historical changes to happen in country churches throughout England.
  • WRHG
    Frank and Joan Shaw
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    When France surrendered to Germany in 1940, the invasion of Britain seemed a very real possibility. The Home Guard was promptly formed to defend Britain's towns and villages and members came from all walks of life, including those who were too old, too young or unfit to go to war. Put together by Frank and Joan Shaw with a foreword by Ian Lavendar, the republished We Remember the Home Guard is a unique book of reminisces that brings together a range of entertaining tales, as well as reminding us of the commitment and sacrifices the men of this era made. Touching, moving and memorable, the stories included here are truly heroic.

  • ELIZ
    A.N. Wilson
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    With all the panoramic sweep of his bestselling study The Victorians, A. N. Wilson relates the exhilarating story of the Elizabethan Age with a definitive, one-volume study that is fascinatingly informative. Encompassing a wide cast of characters - from political intriguers and royal favourites to all-round heroes and literary geniuses - this vast tome gives an incredible insight into Elizabethan politics and the driving forces that made the Queen and her councillors act the way they did.
  • DIKN
    Peter Clark
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    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.
  • RICH
    David Baldwin
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    Was Richard Plantagenet (later known as both the Duke of Gloucester and more commonly as King Richard III) a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne; an unfortunate victim of Tudor propaganda or - as seems most likely - something in-between?

    In this startling biography, David Baldwin provides an in-depth study of Richard III and his dealings with his contemporaries. With 81 illustrations featured throughout, the book aims to answer the question of 'What was Richard III really like?' and included the findings of the archaeological dig that found his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.
  • SHWH
    Neville Peat
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    Sir Ernest Shackleton was not a heavy drinker at all. In fact, drinking to excess appalled him... How, then, must he have felt about signing an order for twenty-five cases of whisky - 300 bottles - for his 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition? Written by Neville Peat, Shackleton's Whisky follows the story of the Rare Old Highland Whisky taken south on his Nimrod expedition. Based largely on what Shackleton and his colleagues wrote about the expedition in their diaries and journals, this shows how Antarctic exploration and whisky complement each other so much and also looks at the recovery of three cases of Scotch from icy entombment under the hut at Cape Royds. The subsequent return of these three bottles to Scotland for sampling and analysis resulted in a near-magical replication.