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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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    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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    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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    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 astonishing! - analyses of modern history's most gripping military stories.

    The Battle for the Falklands takes a thoughtful look at one of one of 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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    DAYA

    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.
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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, soldiers and 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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    WDYT

    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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    LDNS

    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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    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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    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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    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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    AKYEQ

    The Establishment (Hardback)

    Owen Jones

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    In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged. Praise for Owen Jones' Chavs: "A passionate and well-documented denunciation of the upper-class contempt for the probes that has recently become so visible in the British class system". (Eric Hobsbawm, Guardian Books of 2011). "As with all the best polemics, a luminous anger backlights his prose". (Economist). "A bold attempt to rewind political orthodoxies; to reintroduce class as a political variable ...It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch. Jones torches the political class to great effect". (Jon Cruddas, Independent). Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport, and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of The New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster.
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    D-Day to Victory (Hardback)

    Trevor Greenwood

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    Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood's D-Day to Victory: The Diaries of a British Tank Commander provides a fascinating new personal perspective on a famous conflict. Greenwood sailed for France in June 1944 as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy, and from D-Day to April 1945 he kept a diary of his experiences as the Allies made the final push through France and into Germany. Often writing in secret in terrible conditions, this is the memoir of an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances. An intriguing and powerful read for anyone interested in military history.
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    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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    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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    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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    Tommy's Peace (Hardback)

    Thomas Cairns Livingstone

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    Thomas Cairns Livingstone began to note his day-to-day experiences in 1913 and continued faithfully for the next 20 years. With each witty and well-observed entry, he recorded events at home and abroad through times of war and peace, joy and sadness. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tommy's War, the focus is on the post-war years. Alongside engaging, warm-hearted recollections of everyday life with his wide circle of family, neighbours and friends, Thomas documents everything from the lingering effects of the war and post-war politics to cultural and social aspects of the era, including the rise of cinema and radio, the standard of dentists and opticians before the NHS, the partition of Ireland, the General Strike, the division of domestic labour, Clyde coastal holidays and the expansion of Glasgow. Yet, above all, Thomas affectionately chronicles family life with his hard-working wife, Agnes, and writes with pride of his clever young son, Tommy. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white sketches from Thomas' original diaries and various other artefacts from the period, Tommy's Peace is a tremendous document of a bygone era that vividly evokes family life in Glasgow between the wars.
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    The Battlefields of the First World War (Hardback)

    Peter Barton

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    The Battlefields of the First World War provides a revelatory and unique collection of panoramic photographs that cover the entire British sector of the Western Front. Interspersed with individual photographs and recollections of the soldiers caught in action, it is a highly poignant read as we approach the centenary of the beginning of WWI, that also comes with a free DVD-ROM that includes 60 extra panoramas of the battlefields.

    Previously marked top secret and for the eyes of the commanding officer only, the panoramic photographs reveal what no others can, with everything from waiting snipers to soldiers picking lice from shirts easily identifiable. Many of the desolate images show no evidence of war at all, but the the horrific battles of Somme and Passchendaele are covered too, giving a first-hand account of the darkness of war.

    Please note the DVD-ROM is suitable for use with PC and Mac, not standard DVD players.
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    The Confusion of Command (Hardback)

    Dan Snow

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    Including the second battle of Ypres, the battles of Arras and Cambrai, the retreat from Mons and the diversionary attack on Gommecourt on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Somme, The Confusion of Command is a fascinating military memoir.

    These never-before-published papers of General Sir Thomas D Oyly Snow provide a remarkable insight into the mindset of the Great War commanders and the personal psyche of a great man who served in some of the most important battles of the Western Front despite suffering from a cracked pelvis. Introduced by the General's great grandson, broadcaster and journalist Dan Snow, this is a must-have hardback for fans of military action.
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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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    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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    A useful resource that will provide children with valuable information about the First World War, this is an informative and interactive sticker book.

    Packed with information, maps and photographs, the book shows the reasons behind the war, the military strategies employed on both sides and what life was really like in the trenches. Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museums, the 100 stickers feature archive photographs and important artefacts.
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    This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. Many children may be asking questions about the event and want to know just what happened. Tracey Turner's How Can a Pigeon be a War Hero?, published in association with Imperial War Museums, will provide many answers.

    With illustrations and a friendly, accessible tone that is ideal for dipping in and out of, the book answers many questions children (and adults) will have about the war, from what may seem trivial to the hard-hitting and important. Answering everything from why a pigeon could be considered a war hero to what the trenches were really like and the kind of meals soldiers would eat, this is a great educational aid.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Roger, Sausage and Whippet (Hardback)

    Christopher Moore

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    Christopher Moore, the author of Trench Fever, provides a lexicon of the phrases and lingo of life at the front in Roger, Sausage & Whippet.

    In four long years, from 1914 - 1918, the Western Front created a generation of young men and women bonded by combat and burdened by duty. Wherever they were or whatever they were doing, these brave heroes invented or borrowed a word for it. From Ammo to Zig-Zag, this gift book offers a fascinating glimpse into life during the First World War.