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The Kings and Queens of England

by W M M Ormrod

This book offers a historical context in which to appreciate the political and moral significance of both the famous and the more obscure incidents in the private and public lives of Britain's monarchs.


Spuds, Spam and Eating for Victory: Rationing in the Second World War

by Katherine Knight

The battle to keep the nation fed during the Second World War was waged by an army of workers on the land and the resourcefulness of the housewives on the Kitchen Front. The rationing of food, clothing and other...


The Real German War Plan: 1904-14

by Terernce Zuber

The Real German War Plan, 1904-14 fundamentally changes our understanding of German military planning before the First World War. On the basis of newly discovered or long-neglected documents in German military...


Random Acts of Politeness: Eccentric, Quirky and Occasionally Suicidal Examples of Selflessness and Courtesy

by Andrew Taylor

Drawn from many sources, this engaging collection demonstrates that 'gentlemanly behaviour' transcends all barriers, from gender and wealth to age and class - here are noble acts by footballers and fashionistas,...


Normandiefront: D-Day to Saint-Lo Through German Eyes

by Vince Milano & Bruce Conner

In the cold morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of German soldiers are in position from Port en Bessin eastwards past Colleville on the Normandy coast, aware that a massive invasion force is heading straight...


Household Tips: Over 300 Useful and Valuable Home Hints

by A L L Fowler

First published in 1916, A L Fowler's book of household tips is an indispensable guide to all those 'Kim and Aggy' moments - from cleaning a dirty clothesline and removing paint from window panes, to obliterating...


Flying the Red Duster: A Merchant Seaman's First Voyage into the Battle of the Atlantic 1940

by Morris Beckman

Following the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in 1940, Britain was at her most vulnerable. France had capitulated and the Germans had control of ports from the Arctic to the Mediterranean....


The Flight of Rudolf Hess

by Roy Conyers Conyers Nesbit & Georges van van Acker

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess - Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich - embarked on his astonishing flight from Augsburg to Scotland. At dusk the same day, he parachuted on to a Scottish moor and was taken into custody....


The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

by John Schofield

Thomas Cromwell rose from very humble beginnings to become Henry VIII's chief minister, his right-hand man during the English Reformation. He wielded enormous power while he retained the king's favour, but the...


Darkest Before Dawn: U-482 and the Sinking of the Empire Heritage 1944

by John Peterson

In the autumn of 1944 the Second World War was coming to an end. In the Atlantic the U-boats had been beaten back through a massive programme of Allied shipbuildings combined with tactical, technological and...


Bad Lads: RAF National Service Remembered

by Alf Townsend

Between 1945 and 1963, over two and a half million eighteen-year-olds were called up for National Service. Alf Townsend was one of them, and here he tells his story - the highs and lows of life as a lowly Aircraftman...


Mr Brown's War: A Diary from the Home Front

by Helen D D Millgate

Richard Brown kept a personal diary throughout the whole of the Second World War. He used it to record the course of the conflict as he perceived it, gleaned from the newspapers, the wireless and hearsay. As...


Joan of Arc: Maid, Myth and Mystery

by Timothy Wilson-Smith

Joan of Arc, born in Domremy in France in 1412, began to hear voices when she was thirteen and, believing they were directives from God, followed them - the the French court, to battle to wrest France from the...


Bats in the Larder: Memories of a 1970s Childhood by the Sea

by Jeremy Wells

When 11-year-old Jeremy Wells moved home with his family from a bustling London suburb to the Sussex coast, he was scarcely prepared for the weird and wonderful world he would encounter. Here was a place in...


Bagels & Bacon: The Post War East End

by Jeff Rozelaar

Bagels & Bacon' is a rites of passage story that will appeal to both young and old. It attempts to shed a largely humorous, but sometimes serious light, on the relations between an ethnic minority and the wider...


Wife to Charles II

by Hilda Lewis

Tells the story of Catherine of Braganza, Charles II's Portuguese Queen set against the background of injustice and tragedy.


Sons, Servants and Statesmen: The Men in Queen Victoria's Life

by John Van der Van der Kiste

How was Queen Victoria influenced by her closest male ministers, relatives, advisers and servants? John Van der Kiste is the first to explore this aspect of Victoria's life; focusing on four roles - mentors,...


Stephen & Matilda: The Civil War of 1139-53

by Jim Bradbury

Civil war and the battle for the English Crown dominated the reign of King Stephen, and this popular account is the only complete account of the complex and fascinating military situation. The war is examined...


Britain's Best Kept Secret: Ultra's Base at Bletchley Park

by Ted Enever

This book traces the Park's early history and provides a guide to the key wartime buildings and what went on behind the scenes. In this fully revised new edition, Enever describes the Bletchley Park Trust's...


Paranormal London

by Neil Arnold

With almost 2000 years of continuous habitation, it is no surprise that the city of London can boast a fascinating array of strange events and paranormal occurrences. From sightings of big cats such as the Southwark...