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Growing Up In Wartime Southampton: Someone Else's Trousers

by James Marsh

This is a story spanning some of the most turbulent decades in recent world history. James Marsh was born during the first year of the Second World War and many of his infant years were spent in air-raid shelters...

Growing Up In Sussex: From Schoolboy to Soldier

by Gerry Wells

This compelling memoir starts with a boy's journey through the early years of the 1930s: days of the rag and bone man, street lamplighters, Hercule Poirot, and in the background, Hitler. Then life gets real:...

Growing Up In Cambridge: From Austerity to Prosperity

by Alex Forshaw

This fascinating story of life in Cambridge is written from the idiosyncratic perspective of an author who not only grew up in the city during the 1950s and 1960s, but who also attended its prestigious university....

Growing Up In A Welsh Valley: Beneath a Valley Sky

by Bronwen Hosie

This second collection of nostalgic, humorous and moving tales follows Rhymney - born Dai Morrissey as he leaves the Valley aged eighteen. Dai travels to England where he works for Huson and Terraplane, fitting...

Child from Home: Memories of a North London Evacuee

by John Wright

In 1939, John Wright, a four-year-old boy from a deprived but loving Middlesbrough home, was uprooted from his family and evacuated to a large house in North Yorkshire, requisitioned as a nursery school. His...

Somme 1914-18: Lessons in War

by Martin Marix-Evans

The Somme is a name with particular resonance for the people of Britain, for here, in 1916, the flower of her youth was cut down. Terrible though that day was it takes its place in a wider story: the long, painful...

This Scouting Life: A Memoir of a Simpler Time

by Archie Raeside

Exploding tins of beans over a campfire. Hammering down tent pegs in the rain. Marching for hours, singing for days, and playing 'Bulldog's Charge' at every opportunity. 'This Scouting Life' is a story about...

Bringing Uncle Albert Home: A Soldier's Tale

by David P Whithorn

Private Albert Turley was just an ordinary British soldier of the First World War. He died on the Somme for King and Country. He didn't win any medals for gallantry and has no known grave. Like thousands more...

After the Berlin Wall: Putting Two Germanys Back Together Again

by Christopher Hilton

On 7 May 1945, Grand Admiral Donitz, named in Hitler's will as head of state, authorised the unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies on the following day. World War II in Europe was at an...

King in Exile: James II, Warrior King and Saint

by John Callow

For eleven years, from his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1960 until his death in 1701, James II lived in one of the most spectacular baroque palaces in Europe at Saint Germain en Laye, holding court...

Fools and Jesters at the English Court

by John Southworth

Clowns, fools, and comedians of various kinds have been a feature of virtually every recorded culture in the history of civilisation and made significant contributions to the development of early theatre and...

The Conqueror's Son: Duke Robert Curthose, Thwarted King

by Dr. Katherine Lack

Duke Robert of Normandy may well be one of the greatest kings England never had. The eldest son of the Conqueror, his reputation was distorted by the English chroniclers, anxious to give legitimacy to the claims...

The Emperor's Irish Slaves: Prisoners of the Japanese During the Second World War

by Robert Widders

Sister Mary Cooper died in a Japanese prison camp on 26 June 1943, from the combined effects of starvation, brutality and tropical diseases. Timothy Kenneally and Patrick Fitzgerald tried to escape from a slave...

Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott's Marvel

by Anne Strathie

Henry 'Birdie' Bowers (1883-1912) realised his life's ambition when he was selected for Scott's Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic, yet he was only asked to join the team that would actually reach the South...

How Hitler Hijacked World Sport

by Christopher Hilton

Adolf Hitler understood the importance of sport, and exercised his malign and dangerous influence to try to co-opt it for the Nazi cause. He intended to own the Olympic movement, housing it permanently in Berlin...

A 1960s East End Childhood

by Simon Webb

Do you remember playing in streets free of traffic? Dancing to the Beatles? Watching a man land on the Moon on TV? Waking up to ice on the inside of the windows? If the answer is yes, then the chances are that...

Daggers Drawn: Real Heroes of the SAS & SBS

by Mike Morgan

Thirty vivid stories, including some new and previously unpublished, supported by an updated selection of rare archive and action photographs, explore the larger-than-life escapades of the Special Air Service...

Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London

by Simon Webb

In the years since the 7/7 attacks on the London transport system, many people in Britain seem to have become convinced that we live in uniquely dangerous times and that the threat from terrorism has never been...

British Interrogation Techniques in the Second World War

by Sophie Jackson

The British system of interrogation has always been distinctly different from other countries. Subtler, quieter and far more devious than its contemporaries, it has been admired by those who have inadvertently...

Evacuee Boys: Letters of a Family Separated by War

by John E Forbat

Although they had been living in England since 1936, John and Andrew Forbat's Hungarian family became Enemy Aliens at the onset of World War 2. Aged 11 and 14, the two brothers were evacuated  to a disadvantaged...