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Starkeye & Co: Life at a Grammar School in the 1940s

by Berwick Coates

Blitz survivor, ex-evacuee, veteran of five primary schools and denizen of a typical London suburb, Berwick Coates won a scholarship to a grammar school in 1940. All he know about was German aircraft recognition,...


Slippery Tipples: A Guide to Weird and Wonderful Spirits and Liqueurs

by Joseph Piercy

From the Eastern European favourites such as Becherovka whose recipe is known to only two people to legendary drinks such as Absinthe which was banned due to alleged hallucinogenic effect. From classic cocktail...


Oyster: A World History

by Drew Smith

Oysters are older than us, older than grass. They have been present at every turn of human history. They have inspired great writers, painters, cooks, sustained whole communities and fashioned legend and history....


Mrs Hibbert's Pick-Me-Up and Other Recipes from a Yorkshire Dale

by Joanna Dawson & Joanna Moody

Joanna Dawson, a Methodist local preacher, dairy farmer and local historian, combined her religious faith with a delight in the local traditions of agriculture and domestic affairs in the Yorkshire Dales. As...


Mother Country: Britain's Black Community on the Home Front, 1939-45

by Stephen Bourne

Very little attention has been given to black British and West African and Caribbean citizens who lived and worked on the 'front line' during the Second World War. Yet black people were under fire in cities...


Churchill's Unexpected Guests: Prisoners of War in Britain in World War II

by Sophie Jackson

During World War II over 400,000 Germans and Italians were held in prison camps in Britain. These men played a vital part in the life of war-torn Britain, from working in the fields to repairing bomb-damaged...


Life in Brighton

by Clifford Musgrave

Brilliantly researched and written, this is the definitive history of the city. Divided into five sections - Fishermen and Farmers, Princes and Palaces, Late Georgian, Victorian Marvels and Mysteries, Battle...


Woods & People: Putting Forests on the Map

by David Foot

It seems that forests have never been more in the news than they are today. The part played by the tropical forests in sustaining the world's climate is well understood, but they are in drastic decline. Our...


Gloucestershire 300 Years Ago

by Alan Pilbeam

Sir Robert Atkyns's Ancient and Present State of Glostershire, which appeared in 1712, was the first published survey of the county. Alan Pilbeam's Gloucestershire 300 Years Ago is written to celebrate Atkyns's...


A British Boy in Fascist Italy

by Peter Ghiringhelli

Peter Ghiringhelli's turbulent childhood as the son of Italian Fascist parents saw him deported from England to Italy at the start of the Second World War. Here Peter witnessed at first hand what life was like...


The Newcastle Book of Days

by Jo Bath & Richard F Stevenson

Taking you through the year day by day, The Newcastle Book of Days contains quirky, eccentric, amusing and important events and facts from different periods in the history of the city. Ideal for dipping into,...


The Fighting Fourth: No 4 Commando at War 1940-45

by James Dunning

Covering the legendary Lofoten and Dieppe raids, the D-Day landings and the capture of Flushing, James Dunning recounts the history of No 4 Commando, an elite wartime special service unit, from formation in...


Evader

by Derek Shuff

In 1941 air gunner Sergeant Jack Newton's Wellington is hit by flak on his first bombing raid over Germany. Miraculously, the skipper makes an emergency landing on a German-occupied Belgian airfield, narrowly...


The Lessons of War: The Experiences of Seven Future Leaders in the First World War

by William van der Kloot

Examines the experiences of seven national leaders during the First World War including Adolf Hitler, Charles de Gaulle, Benito Mussolini, Gustav Mannerheim, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Harold Macmillan and Herbert...


In the Footsteps of William Wallace

by Alan Young & Michael J Stead

For nearly 700 years debate has raged over the true nature of William Wallace and his role in Scotland's turbulent history. Was he the Braveheart of Blind Harry's legendary account, the bold, but savage, hero...


The English Civil War

by Martyn Bennett

Presents a series of armed conflicts and political upheaval which spanned the entirety of the British Isles in the mid-seventeenth century. This title introduces the reader to the main debates surrounding the...


Bristol and the Civil War: For King and Parliament

by John Lynch

In the seventeenth century Bristol was the second city of England. It was the main west coast port, an internationally important entrepot and trading centre. This study argues that when the Royalists captured...


Keighley in the Second World War

by Ian Dewhirst

In his book, Ian Dewhirst vividly describles life in a West Riding industrial town during World War II. It includes subjects such as morale-boosting and fund-raising organisations, the Home Guard and regular...


The Normans

by Trevor Rowley

The Normans were a relatively short-lived cultural and political phenomenon. They emerged early in the tenth century and had disappeared off the map by the mid-thirteenth century. Drawing on the archaeological...


Venom, De Havilland Venom and Sea Venom: The Complete History

by David Watkins

The Venom aircraft has carried out the operational ground attack sorties since the Second World War. This book discusses the problems of the test development programmes and offers a look at the aircraft's operational...