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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.
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    Max Hastings Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Max Hastings

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    Chronicling some of the most astonishing chapters of our times, our three-book Max Hastings Collection brings together three very different - but equally compelling! - analyses of modern history's most gripping military stories.

    The Battle for the Falklands takes a thoughtful look at one of the British military's most strange and unbelievable conflicts from a social, governmental and tactical standpoint; Bomber Command details the Allies' six-year air offensive against Germany; and the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France to reinforce the front line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe is skillfully accounted in Das Reich.

    Written by award-winning journalist and former Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard editor Max Hastings, this three-book military history collection will make gripping reading for the armchair historian.

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    To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, BBC's the Antiques Roadshow filmed a series of special episodes at the Somme. In this beautiful book, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures, readers are introduced to some of the most telling tales and incredible family keepsakes from the Great War.

    Featuring fascinating and moving stories from the much-loved BBC show, and describing how they fit into a wider history of the War, the fully illustrated book paints a vivid picture of the extraordinary circumstances that ordinary people were thrown into by the onset of World War I.

    A stunningly presented insight into early 20th century life in Britain, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures will make a unique and poignant addition to the bookshelf of any wartime historian or anyone with a keen interest in the British institution that is the Antiques Roadshow.
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    Who Do You Think You Are? (Hardback)

    Dan Waddell

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    Accompanying the popular BBC series of the same name, Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook is a concise guide to tracing your family tree.

    Since the show started in 2004, the ways of accessing sources and information about family trees have multiplied and changed almost beyond recognition. This pocket-sized handbook finds the WDYTYA? team sharing their experience and expertise when it comes to tracing a family's history.

    With nods to the celebrity stories that have featured in the programme and hints, tips and practical step-by-steps, this book is sure to help you bring your family history to life. Ideal for fans of the show and amateur sleuths who are looking to discover their family's startling secrets.
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    Having written engrossing biographies of London and of its great river, acclaimed author Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to England itself in what is the third volume of his six-part history of England, Civil War: A History of England Volume III.

    A fascinating and beautifully told tale, the book covers the era from the birth of the first Stuart King of England, James VI of Scotland, through to the deposition and exile of his grandson James II. With his extraordinary skill for evoking both time and place, Ackroyd tells the familiar story of Britain's 17th century monarchs in rich prose, with profound insight and some rather surprising details.

    An ideal gift for those who love exploring England's rich history, Civil War: A History of England Volume III by Peter Ackroyd is both a tale of regality and civil 17th century life.
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    World War Miscellanies Set - 2 Books (Collection)

    Norman Ferguson

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    If you've ever wondered who fired the first British shot of the First World War, how low the Dambusters flew or just how many ships were sunk at Pearl Harbor, these two books will provide the answers.

    Compiled and written by Norman Ferguson, the miscellanies tell the stories of the battles, the aircraft, the weapons, the soldiers, the heroes and enemies of both World Wars; while also presenting these tales in accessible, bite-sized chunks. Among the events covered in the First World War are the downing of the Red Baron and the first WWI soldier to receive the Victoria Cross...

    The book based around the Second World War tells the stories of the Battle of Britain, the Siege of Leningrad, the horrors of the Holocaust and the D-Day landings... Compelling throughout, the books also contain a startling number of facts and figures to dip into.

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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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    Compiled by the newspaper's chief archivist Gavin Fuller, The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War provides an emotional glimpse into what life was like during an event that changed the world forever...

    Covering the lead-up, duration and final moments of the entire First World War, the book showcases some of the poignant letters that were sent into the newspaper's headquarters as readers showed their pride, expressed their anxieties and vented their frustrations at the battles being fought far from home.

    A fascinating and heartbreaking insight into the minds of those Britons whose stories of war were told from relative safety, this book gives a voice to those who may not have been on the battlefields yet still remained scarred by tragedy, guilt and grief as they dealt with the anguish and fear for their loved ones.
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    The Pocket History Collection is a stylishly packaged and completely collectable set of six books each of which opens a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Ranging through time and across the globe, this unique series reveals and re-examines both lesser known and iconic events. Compelling, intriguing and brimming with detailed historical content, these are ideal for all those with an interest in our past.

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    Mike Snook's Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift is the incredible story of the British Army's most famous action in the Zulu War. On 22 January 1879, a modern British Army was swept aside by the onset of a seemingly unstoppable host. Nearby a single company were certain they'd share the terrible fate of their comrades - but victory at Rorke's Drift was achieved largely by sheer bloody-mindedness against remarkable odds. This beautiful hardback tells the incredible story of how the Zulu attack unfolded and how 150 men achieved their momentous victory.

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    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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    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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    A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)

    Ben Macintyre

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    Along with his 'friends' Nicholas Elliott and James Jesus Angleton, Kim Philby was one of the rising stars in the intelligence world during the early years of the Cold War. The three spies drank in the same bars, wore the same suits and spoke with the same accents, but Philby had one secret he never revealed to MI6 agent Elliott and CIA agent Angleton - he was covertly working for Moscow. An agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends looks at how Philby managed to hide his true identity for so long. It's a gripping tale of duplicity, loyalty, trust and treachery, made all the more startling as it is true. Macintyre draws on detailed research and newly released MI5 files, along with family papers, to deliver the definitive biography of what may well be the great secret of the Cold War. The book also comes with an afterword from John Le Carre.
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    London's Strangest Tales: The Thames (Paperback)

    Iain Spragg

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    Ever since the Roman conquerers founded Londinium in the first century AD, the River Thames has played a key cultural, economic, political and social role in the history of England and, later, the United Kingdom. London's Strangest: The Thames reveals the hilarious, surreal and downright bizarre events that have occurred on, beneath and along the banks of the world-famous river over the centuries.

    From the appearance of the world's first submarine to a raid on the Sex Pistols' river concert, Lord Nelson's final voyage and a water protest from John Prescott, the River Thames really has witnessed it all.

    Written by London-based journalist and author of London Underground's Strangest Tales, Iain Spragg, London's Strangest: The Thames is an entertaining, eye-opening and insightfully hilarious book for all Londoners and those interested in the history of this famous waterway.
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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 it also includes the highly acclaimed Das Boot.

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    And Now The Shipping Forecast (Hardback)

    Peter Jefferson

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    Spoken every night on Radio 4, 'And now the Shipping Forecast' must surely rank among the most famous words spoken on the radio - and this book from famous presenter Peter Jefferson provides an affectionate memoir of the science and BBC programming behind the forecast.

    With plenty of anecdotes from Peter himself, the book answers the questions many people may have asked as they have listened in - from how the forecast was put together to how the shipping areas were chosen and the historical events that have happened in them, alongside details of the technology used.

    A much-loved part of the British cultural landscape for many decades, this book will appeal to those who enjoy listening to the poetic beauty of the Shipping Forecast as they drift off to sleep...
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    Agincourt (Hardback)

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE

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    For centuries, many of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' ancestors were key players for both sides in the turbulent Anglo-French relationship. In this book, the much-loved explorer reveals how they affected one of the most significant turning points in our history.

    2015 will mark 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt and this book brings a personal and authoritative voice to the proceedings. On 25 October 1415, four men from the English army sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle - they were all English knights and all Ran's ancestors. Across the valley, four of Ran's ancestors from France were confident that Dauphin's army would win the day.

    This highly readable book finds Sir Ranulph examining one of the bloodiest periods in medieval history in detail, providing details on the battle plans, weaponry and human drama of Agincourt. A must-read for any historian!
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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 by 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.

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    Teenage Tommy (Hardback)

    Richard Van Emden

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    At just 16 years old, Benjamin Clouting embarked with the British Expeditionary force for France in August 1914. Following this, he served on the Western front during every major engagement of the First World War except Loos, being wounded twice and having his horse shot from under him during a cavalry charge. Always wanting to be a soldier, he signed up for the force in 1913, meaning his training had barely completed by the time war broke out. Even though the Regiment tried to stop him going to France as he was under age, Ben flatly refused and went to serve under some of Britain's greatest war officers, including Major Tom Bridges and Captain Hornby. These memoirs, edited by Richard Van Emden, offer a detailed account of life during the war, covering everything from the desperate fighting to hold back the German onslaught at 2nd Ypres to the camaraderie and bonds built between those situated in the trenches.
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    Watching the English (Hardback)

    Kate Fox

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    If you've ever wondered about the peculiar quirks of the English, acclaimed anthropologist Kate Fox's Watching the English is the book for you. A bestseller when it was first published 10 years ago, this revised and updated edition includes over 100 new entries and several new chapters.

    A set text for university anthropology courses and endlessly fascinating to dip in and out of, the book showcases the findings from Kate's field research and observational experiments about all things English. Over the past decade, social media and mobile phones have grown in stature and become everyday elements of modern society - how have these changed the way the English behave?

    A book to make anyone who is English sit back and think about things in a different way, this is a brilliant analysis and decipherment of England's enigmatic behaviour codes, social rules and subcultures.
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    Locomotive Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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    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!

    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.

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    D-Day: The Story of D-Day Through Maps (Hardback)

    Peter Chasseaud

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    Published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, The Times D-Day reveals how the landings unfolded through over 100 detailed maps and informative commentary from World War II historians Peter Chasseaud and Richard Happer.

    Allowing readers unparallelled insight on deception schemes, reconnaissance and terrain, through mapping and key events the book chronologically presents the results and reasoning of important operations alongside poignant photographs and expert commentary.

    Providing a unique, never-before-seen insight into the landings, Operation Neptune, Operation Overlord, the German unconditional surrender on VE Day and more, The Times D-Day is a beautifully published, commemorative book perfect for all those with an interest in World War II.
  • Went the Day Well (Hardback)

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    Went the Day Well (Hardback)

    David Crane

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    From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this book is about the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo - from pauper to painter, poet to prince, soldier to civilian. Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had not sent its soldiers, hardly a household that was not holding its breath, not a family, as Byron put it, that would escape 'havoc's tender mercies' at Waterloo, and yet at the same time life inevitably went on as normal. As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated for the final, decisive battle, men and women in England were still going to the theatre and science lectures, still working in the fields and the factories, still reading and writing books and sermons, still painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles as if almost five thousand did not already lie dead. After ten hours of savage fighting, Waterloo would be littered with the bodies of something like 47,000 dead and wounded. Meanwhile, as the day unfolded, a whole nation, countryside and town, artisan and aristocrat, was brought together by war. From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, Went the Day Well is a breathtaking portrait of Britain in those moments. Moving from England to the battle and back again this vivid, stunning freeze-frame of a country on the single most celebrated day in its modern history shows Crane's full range in tracing the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives. From private tragedies, disappointed political hopes, and public discontents to grandiloquent public celebrations and monuments, it answers Wellington's call as he rallied his troops to 'Think what England is thinking of us now'.
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    Covering some of the most interesting, famous and infamous characters of our generation, The Lives of the Famous and Infamous: Everything you Need to Know about Everyone Who Mattered includes a collection of obituaries that have appeared in popular magazine The Week.

    From the man who convinced Einstein there was a god to the newspaper publisher that brought down a president, the book commemorates those who have created the most memorable moments in modern history.

    Among the figures remembered are the likes of Apple founder Steve Jobs, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the esteemed astronomer (not to mention GamesMaster!) Sir Patrick Moore. An endlessly fascinating and very inspiring read for anyone who loves contemporary history.