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Thomas Cook: The Holiday Maker

by Jill Hamilton

Rich people from the times of the Greeks and Romans had always travelled for pleasure, indeed there was nothing new in the aristocratic Grand Tours taking in Paris and Rome, but it was Thomas Cook - aided by...


Eiffel: The Genius Who Reinvented Himself

by David I Harvie

This is the story of Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) and of the conception, and controversial construction of the tower that bears his name, perhaps the most famous tall building in the world. The Eiffel Tower was...


Humphry Davy: Life Beyond the Lamp

by T E Thorpe

Born in Penzance in 1778, Humphry Davy's scientific reputation grew with his pioneering discoveries of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), sodium, calcium and the invention of the miners' Davy lamp.


The Diaries of Lady Anne Clifford

by Lady Anne Clifford & D J H Clifford

This book vividly documents both the great and the trivial events in the long life of Lady Anne Clifford. They cover her life from her childhood days, when she witnessed the funeral of Queen Elizabeth I, to...


Mr Stanley, I Presume?: The Life and Explorations of Henry Morton Stanley

by Alan Gallop

Famous for having found the great missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and immortalised as the utterer of perhaps the four most often quoted words of greeting of all...


The Georgian Princesses

by John Van der Kiste

A chronological account of the princesses and consort Queens of the Georgian era. From Sophia who died shortly before she would have become Queen as heir to Queen Anne, to Adelaide, consort to William IV whose...


Robert Hooke and the Rebuilding of London

by Michael Cooper

Robert Hooke was one of the most gifted men of his age, but because he worked in the sphere of two remarkable men - Issasc Newton and Christopher Wren - his contribution has remained largely overlooked. Michael...


Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham: The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue

by David Hanrahan

Of all bad men in a bad time… [Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal...


Pepys and the Navy

by C S Knighton

Pepys diary has made him a literary celebrity. In his own time he was known as the chief naval official under Charles II and James II and this aspect of the diarist's life has not received the attention it deserves...


Che Guevara

by Andrew Sinclair

A concise biography of one of the most iconic revolutionaries of all time.


An Oxford Childhood: The Pride of the Morning

by Phyl Surman

A personal reminiscence of growing up in Cowley, Oxford in the 1920s. The author's detailed memories describe every aspect of life in the years following the Great War. The clothes she wore, the furnishings...


Geoff Bradford: Bristol Rovers Legend

by Ian Haddrell & Mike Jay

Bristol Rovers' most famous player is undoubtedly Geoff Bradford. He holds the club record for goals scored (242 in 461 Football League appearances) and remains the only player to win a Full England International...


The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis

by Stephen Halliday

In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of...


Spitfire's Forgotten Designer: The Career of Supermarine's Joe Smith

by Mike Roussel

Whenever the Spitfire is mentioned the name of its famous designer R J Mitchell comes to mind. However, Mitchell died in June 1937 and never saw his prototype design progress into becoming one of the most famous...


A Harpenden Childhood Remembered: Growing Up in the 1940s and '50s

by John Cooper

A Harpenden Childhood Remembered takes us on a fascinating journey through the picturesque village in the 1940s and '50s. John Cooper vividly recalls the dark days of the Second World War - air raids, rationing,...


Charles Dickens: A Critical Study

by George Gissing

When this study first appeared in 1898 it was praised as the first piece of thorough and level-headed criticism of Charles Dickens and his works. Published at a time when Dickens' literary reputation was at...


Winston Churchill

by Robert Blake

Winston Churchill is probably still the best-known Prime Minister of Great Britain. Born at Blenheim Palace, he joined the army after Harrow, but in 1899 resigned his commission to report on the Boer War. Elected...


Devangelical

by Erika Rae

Devangelical is an irresistibly funny and irreverent memoir about Erika Rae's experience growing up in — and out of — the Evangelical church in the American Bible Belt. As an adolescent who is expected to...


Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan

by Leslie Helm

A sweeping memoir about a foreign family's five generations as outsiders in Japan.


This Is Not How I Imagined It To Be

by Veronica Villano

Veronica Villano was born, an Italian in England, twenty nine years after Gli Azzurri’s second World Cup triumph and fifteen years before their third. She’s still lives here now, five years after their fourth...