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Viking Age England

by Julian D Richards

From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia - the Vikings. They were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. During this...


Submariners: Real Life Stories from the Deep

by Keith Hall

A history of submariners. The Senior Service has, for a hundred years, had submarines. Originally thought to be Un-English, submarines helped us win two World Wars and have played a great part in Britain's nuclear...


When West Ham Went to the Dogs

by Brian Belton

The tale of greyhound racing in the East End community of West Ham. Beginning with a loving history of greyhound racing, Brian Belton tells the tale of a time and a place when the punters of the East End of...


Druids: Preachers of Immortality

by Anne Ross

This book strips away modern myths about the druids. Druidism was the religion of the Celts. The richest sources of information about the druids is the vernacular material from Ireland and Wales. The author's...


Folklore of Wales

by Anne Ross

Wales is a Celtic country and the Celts have always treasured oral learning and recitation. Indeed they have a passion for committing facts to memory rather than relying on the written word. This title covers...


Hammerin' Round: Speedway in the East End

by Brian Belton

This is a history of speedway at the West Ham stadium from its first-ever dirt track meeting in 1928 to its final season in 1971. Exhaustively researched and supplemented with detailed statistical appendixes,...


Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

by Anne Ross

In this book the author portrays the beliefs and customs of Scottish Gaelic society, including: seasonal customs deriving from Celtic festivals; the famous waulking songs; and the Highland tradition of seers...


Nellie: A Darlaston Wench

by Marion Rowley

Nellie White (nee Askey) was born in 1906 and brought up in a working-class Darlaston family. Her daughter, Marion Rowley, has compiled this book from memories passed on by Nellie, and the result paints a vivid...


Hanged at Lincoln

by Stephen Wade

Hanged at Lincoln gathers together the stories of criminals hanged at both Lincoln Castle Prison and HMP Lincoln on Greetwell Road between 1716 and 1961. The condemned feature here range from coiners and forgers...


Infamous Essex Women

by Dee Gordon

From the thirteenth century onwards, Essex has produced more than its fair share of infamous women. This title features Essex Girls such as murderers, mayhem-makers, swindlers, witches, smugglers and lustful...


Front-Line Thames

by Michael Foley

The Thames has been a highway into London since early times. Iron Age forts once guarded its banks and then Roman legionaries took over. Every age since has added to the defences lining the river. The river...


Ghostly County Durham

by Rob Kirkup

From reports of haunted castles, hotels, public houses, and even an ancient burial mound, to heart-stopping accounts of apparitions, poltergeists and related supernatural phenomena, Ghostly County Durham investigates...


Essex Murders

by Linda Stratmann

The county of Essex has rolling arable farmland, Epping Forest, sleepy villages, busy market towns and secluded backwaters - a wide variety of settings for murder. This work includes accounts that date from...


Spy and Counter-Spy: Secret Agents and Double Agents from the Second World War to the Cold War

by Ian Dear

The shadowy world of supposedly legalized spying has an enduring fascination for us all. Spy and Counterspy reveals for the first time the web of spies that spanned the globe during and after the Second World...


Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains

by Todd S Presner

Though the history of the German railway system is often associated with the transportation of Jews to labor and death camps, Todd Presner looks instead to the completion of the first German railway lines and...


American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT

by James E. McWilliams

The world of insects is one we only dimly understand. Yet from using arsenic, cobalt, and quicksilver to kill household infiltrators to employing the sophisticated tools of the Orkin Man, Americans have fought...


The Mystique of Transmission: On an Early Chan History and Its Contexts

by Wendi Adamek

The Mystique of Transmission is a close reading of a late-eighth-century Chan/Zen Buddhist hagiographical work, the Lidai fabao ji ( Record of the Dharma-Jewel Through the Generations), and is its first English...


The Day Kennedy Was Shot

by Jim Bishop

Jim Bishop's trademark suspenseful, hour-by-hour storytelling style drives this account of an unforgettable day in American history. Culled from interviews with more than three hundred individuals, his retelling...


Cloth in West African History

by Colleen E. Kriger

In this holistic approach to the study of textiles and their makers, Colleen Kriger charts the role cotton has played in commercial, community, and labor settings. She pays close attention the details of how...


Cultural Representation in Native America

by Andrew Jolivétte

An edited volume that tackles the contemporary issues facing Native Americans through community activism, politics, economics, and legislation.