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    BEPN

    The Book Of English Place Names (Hardback)

    Caroline Taggart

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    Sure to liven up any journey across the country, The Book of English Place Names is a witty and fact-packed hardback from Caroline Taggart. It is an entertaining and quirky guide to the stories behind England's oddly-named towns and villages. revealing how generations of our ancestors lived, worked, travelled and worshipped in different regions. Well researched and full of user-friendly analysis, this quaint book reveals a patchwork of tall tales and ancient legends that uncover the true history of how England came to be.

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    ADZZW
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    The story of the British monarchy told in a stunningly detailed and painstakingly researched encyclopedia. In addition, over 500 paintings and photographs, cartoons and drawings, engravings, artefacts and sculptures show how the royals have been viewed by every generation. Key moments of constitutional crisis include the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, and more recently the Abdication Crisis in 1936 when Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson. The private life and public life of Princess Diana is described, as well as her sudden tragic death. A valuable reference book for any historian, this expert and authoritative guide will absorb, entertain and fascinate every reader interested in discovering more about one of the longest-running monarchies in the world.
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    AAUBY

    Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree (Paperback)

    Dr Graeme Davis

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    Find out what your surname means and trace your ancestors who share it too. Perhaps your surname is that of a Norman who came to Britain after the Battle of Hastings; or a Celtic clan name. Maybe it is an old English trade. It may be distinctive of a particular location. And just possibly you might be related to everyone who bears the name. Find out! Your surname is part of you - so use this book to discover what it really means. This comprehensive book will show you how to research your surname and your family tree, both in earliest and in more recent years. It provides practical activities to investigate the meaning of any British surname. You will discover: - The meaning of your surname - How old it is - Where it comes from - What associations it has today - How to use your surname to trace ancestors You may also be able to take part in a One Name Study or use DNA profiling to make contact with other people who bear your surname and with whom you share distant ancestors.
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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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    FWPT

    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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    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.

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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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    AURT

    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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    ATCW

    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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    TOMG

    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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    ASAF

    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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    SOWC

    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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    POLE

    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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    SHWH

    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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    DVLC

    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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