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Sussex Folk Tales

by Michael O'Leary

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these stories from Sussex reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities)...


Iga and Koka Ninja Skills: The Secret Shinobi Scrolls of Chikamatsu Shigenori

by Antony Cummins & Yoshie Minami

A retainer of our doman, Renpeido Chikamatsu Hikonoshin Shigenori, each morning washing his face and hands, dressed himself in Hakama and prayed in front of the kamidana alter… His prayer was thus: "Please...


Hertfordshire Murders

by Nicholas Connell & Ruth Stratton

In spite of its small size and rural character, Hertforshire has been the location for some of the most infamous and fiendish murders in the history of England. Spanning four centuries, this title contains accounts...


The Last Conquistador: Mansio Serra De Lequizamon and the Conquest of the Incas

by Stuart Stirling

In the 1530s, the Spanish, led by Pizarro, arrived in Peru, devastating the Inca culture and ending the infrastructure of its empire. Mansio Serra De Lequizamon was the last of the conquistadors to die and this...


VCs Handbook: The Western Front 1914-1918

by Gerald Gliddon

On the Western Front during the First World War, 490 men won the British Empire's highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross.


Women at War 1939-1945

by Carol Harris

Long before the outbreak of the Second World War, official calculations showed Britain would be short of the manpower needed to fight the enemy and keep up production of weapons, food and other essentials. It...


E J Rudsdale's Journals of Wartime Colchester

by E J Rudsdale & Catherine Pearson

E J Rudsdale's role as a museum curator and air-raid shelter superintendent at Colchester Castle during the Second World War gave him the perfect opportunity to record life on the Home Front in his journals....


Olde Cotswold Punishments

by Nell Darby

Look beyond the pretty cottages and gentle landscapes of the Cotswolds, and you will find a dark history of crime and punishment. From child thieves, poachers, conmen, prostitutes and would-be suicides to bigamists,...


Glamour in the Skies: The Golden Age of the Air Stewardess

by Libbie Escolme-Schmidt

Ex-hostess Libbie Escolme-Schmidt has lovingly compiled many hundreds of memories to present the ultimate history of the British Airways air hostess. Collating a multitude of stories from the forties and fifties...


Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times

by R E Pritchard

This is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual sixteenth and seventteenth century writing.


Shadows on the Water

by Allan Scott-Davies

This fascinating volume takes a look at some of the strange and unexplained hauntings reported across Britain's canal and waterways network: echoes in dark tunnels; stone steps stained red with blood spilled...


A Schoolboy's War in Cornwall

by Jim Reeve

Although only children at the time, Britain's schoolboys have the memory of living through the Second World War indelibly inscribed on their minds, and now, in their seventies and eighties, they open this treasured...


A Schoolboy's War in Essex

by David F Wood

In this charming book, David F Wood recalls his days as a schoolboy in Essex, where his family moved when the Luftwaffe threatened his native London. With the same sense of fascination that grips many men of...


Heroes & Villains of Worcestershire: A Who's Who of Worcestershire Across the Centures

by Terry Wardle

The great, the good, and the very, very bad from Worcestershire's past live again in this informative, lively and entertaining collection of more than 460 mini-biographies of county men and women form across...


Scottish Bodysnatchers

by Geoff Holder

Graverobbing was a dark but profitable industry in pre-Victorian Scotland - criminals, gravediggers and middle-class medical students alike abstracted newly-buried corpses to send to the anatomy schools. Only...


Curious Tales from West Yorkshire

by Howard Peach

This is a charming compendium of historical oddities, curious customs and strange events from across West Yorkshire. Laid out in an easy to use A-Z format, it explores a vast range of subjects, from folklore...


Rotherham Workhouse

by Margaret Drinkall

This fascinating volume explores all aspects of life in that dread institution, the workhouse. From the staff who lived and worked here to the lunatics who were kept, sometimes unsuccessfully, in the medical...


Ancient Crosses of the Three Choirs Counties

by Marion Freeman

Scattered across the English countryside are various types of crosses, with a particularly interesting array in the three choirs counties of Glocuestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Here, Marion Freeman...


Darwin in Ilkley

by Mike Dixon & Gregory Radick

I am here hydropathising and coming to life again after having finished my accursed book.' So wrote Charles Darwin to his friend T H Huxley in October 1859 from the Yorkshire village of Ilkley. Darwin was in...


Frontline Afghanistan: The Devil's Playground

by Mike Ryan

In the eight years since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan has rarely been out of the news. Over a thousand coalition military fatalities have been reported, and many times that number of...