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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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    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)

    Various

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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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    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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    COMM

    Commanders (Hardback)

    R. G. Grant

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    Explore the lives and conquests of more than 240 inspirational Commanders with this brilliant hardback from R. G. Grant. Published by Dorling Kindersley, this luxurious hardback includes in-depth profiles on 21 infamous leaders such as Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Nelson. Packed with information on their enemies, battles and defining moments, this fascinating historical resource is also filled with special illustrations and photography that helps to paint a full picture of the great military battles that were waged many 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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    EFAR

    Edwardian Farm (Hardback)

    Ruth Goodman

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    This book accompanies the hit BBC series Edwardian Farm and tells how Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn have taken a leap back in time to immerse themselves in an Edwardian community in the West Country. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Morwellham Quay was situated in a bustling and commercially prosperous region - a stunning rural landscape encompassing rolling farmland, wild moorland, tidal river, coast and forest, which supported a vibrant and diverse economy. Ruth, Peter and Alex will spend a year exploring all aspects of this working landscape - restoring boats, buildings and equipment, cultivating crops, fishing, rearing animals and rediscovering the lost heritage of this fascinating era as well as facing the challenges of increasingly commercial farming practices, fishing and community events.

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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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    HSTY
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    From the experts at DK, History: The Definitive Visual Guide is a must-have reference book for the whole family.

    The book takes a compelling look at the existence of mankind, and with over 3,000 detailed images, you will be able to learn all about the people, events, themes, ideas and forces that have shaped our existence.

    Covering everything from our origins through to Sputnik and Machu Pichu, the book explores the architecture, artefacts and big ideas from humans that have changed the world, while also examining the effect we've had on nature. It also reveals how we have unlocked the past, from interpreting ancient documents through to analysing ice cores.
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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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    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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    HTLR
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    The Hitler Memoirs set brings together two books that provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of Adolf Hitler, the two books contain eyewitness accounts from those closest to him. I Was Hitler's Chauffeur sees his personal driver Erich Kempka offer candid memoirs and a unique account of the events leading up to and during the war. Christa Schroeder's The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary also observes the actions and behaviour of Hitler and the most important characters who surrounded him. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in history, especially World War II.

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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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    AUTO

    The Auto Biography (Hardback)

    Mark Wallington

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    Mark Wallington has been driving around our country for over 60 years and in this wonderfully nostalgic journey, he takes us from the Golden Age of driving in the 1950s right through to the gridlock of today. The Auto Biography finds Mark sharing his own personal memories from driving a number of everyday cars including the Morris Oxford, the Peugeot Estate and the VW Camper Van and is a wonderful portrait of Britain's roads and history.
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    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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    Shackleton's Whisky (Hardback)

    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.
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    Da Vinci's Last Commission (Hardback)

    Fiona McLaren

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    Imagine you have an old painting that's been in the family for years and that curiosity leads to the discovery that it is more rare and worth more than you could possibly have imagined. As experts get increasingly excited, it becomes apparent the painting was thought to be by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly actually by the master himself. After extensive research and communication with academics and institutions from all over the world, the results are astounding. In turn, this revelation leads to the discovery of one of the greatest heresies of our time, a story that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate to keep secret for centuries... Fiona McLaren's Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art is a truly astonishing account of a remarkable true story.
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    LIEC

    London In The 18th Century (Hardback)

    Jerry White

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    Jerry White's long-awaited finale to his acclaimed history of London over 300 years, London in the Eighteenth Century describes how, after rising from the ashes of the Great Fire, England's capital city was very much a new city. The 18th century was one of expansion, scientific genius, blossoming reason, civility, elegance and manners and was also an age of starving poverty and exquisite fashion, of joy and despair and of sentiment and cruelty. Everything was complicated by class and this tremendous portrait introduces us to the men and women, shopkeepers and prostitutes, street-robbers and thief-takers as they play out the drama of the times.

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    India (Hardback)

    Patrick French

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    Patrick French's wonderfully readable biography of a country that has been reborn in recent times, India: A Portrait is a meticulously researched guide to the modern face of this vast country. With over 1.2 billion inhabitants to account for, the author sets about drawing together the personal stories and accounts that illustrate the wider picture and built the Asian nation. Recounted with great passion and enthusiasm, but told with a scholarly edge, this incredible hardback charts the manner in which India has grown from 'spiritual' to 'hi-tech' in seemingly no time at all.

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    SHRW

    Shakespeare's Restless World (Hardback)

    Neil MacGregor

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    Written by Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum and acclaimed creator of A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World is a wonderfully informative and enthralling exploration of William Shakespeare's era that accompanies the BBC Radio 4 series. A pivotal period in human history, the New World was discovered during Shakespeare's time and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. In this thrilling hardback, MacGregor looks at 20 objects from Shakespeare's life and times and uncovers the fascinating stories behind them all. Ranging from the grand (such as the hoard of gold coins that make up the Salcombe treasure) to the humble (worn garments of an unknown pedlar), the objects allow MacGregor to explore issues as diverse as piracy and Islam, Catholicism and disguise.
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    HWBS
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    Written by Emma Marriott, The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks examines how the modern world came to be the way it is today. From the earliest civilizations in 3500 BC through to the founding of the United Nations in 1945 and beyond, this is a fascinating look at major historical events and is concise, readable and authoritative.
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    ROME

    Rome (Hardback)

    Robert Hughes

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    A fascinating and deeply personal account of the Eternal City, told with great historical insight, Robert Hughes' Rome is a dazzling biography. An exhilarating and hugely informative journey, this engaging hardback traces the history of the Italian capital from its mythic foundation with Romulus and Remus to Fascism, Fellini and beyond. Wise and thought-provoking, this analysis of the city's culture and creative history is not to be missed.

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    NEWE

    The New Elizabethans (Hardback)

    James Naughtie

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    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Jim Naughtie looks back over the span of her reign to identify the people who have defined the era in The New Elizabethans: Sixty Portraits of Our Age. The official tie-in to the popular Radio 4 series, the book reveals a fascinating and eclectic collection of profiles that celebrate 60 New Elizabethans who represent all walks of life in British society. A superb comment on social and political life, it is the perfect present for anyone interested in royalty and contemporary history.

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