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Queen Victoria

by Elizabeth Longford

Queen Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In this concise biography, Lady Longford, long recognised as an authority on the subject, gives a full account of Queen Victoria's life and...

The King's Smuggler: Jane Whorwood, Secret Agent to Charles I

by John Fox

Jane Whorwood was one of Charles I's closest confidantes. The wife of an Oxfordshire squire, when the court moved to Oxford in 1642, at the start of the Civil War, she helped the royalist cause by spying for...

King John: England's Evil King

by Ralph V. V. Turner

King John long ago acquired the epithet 'Bad', and he is reputed to be the worst of England's kings. Before his death in 1216, his desperate exploitation of his subjects for ever more money had turned him into...

Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower

by David Baldwin

Elizabeth Woodville is undoubtedly a historical character whose life no novelist would ever have dared invent. She has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes and...

Edward III

by W M M Ormrod

The fifty-year reign of one of England's most charismatic leaders is assessed in this lucid and incisive work. W.M. Ormrod traces Edward's life from his birth, when the very future of the monarchy in England...

Barney Barnfather: Life on a Spitfire Squadron

by Angus Mansfield

Riversdale Robert 'Barney' Barnfather was an RAF fighter pilot who flew Spitfires in action almost continuously from November 1941 until the end of the war in Europe. Barney was often in the thick of the fighting...

The Tudor Housewife

by Alison Sim

The political and military history of the sixteenth century is well known, and much written about, but what of the thousands of women who have, for the most part, eluded the historian's pen? The Tudor Housewife...

The Gods of the Celts

by Miranda Green

This is a fascinating book about the Celts and their religion, which covers all aspects of the gods, ritual customers, cult-objects and sacred places of the ancient Celtic peoples. The first chapter introduces...

The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift

by Helena P P Schrader

On 24 June 1948 the Sovient Union abrubtly closed all land and water access to the Western Sectors of Berlin. Over 2 million civilians, dependent on the surrounding territory and the West for food, fuel, and...

Danger to Elizabeth

by Alison Plowden

Elizabeth I is perhaps England's most famous monarch. Born in 1533, the product of the doomed marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was heir to her father's title, then disinherited and finally imprisoned...

Somewhere in Blood Soaked France

by Alasdair Sutherland

From the heat and dust of the Dardanelles to the mud of the Western Front, Corporal Angus Mackay had one constant companion, his diary. He wrote of the battles and campaigns he fought in, names that would go...

In the Lion's Shadow

by Fariborz Mokhtari

After the invasion of France in 1940 a junior Iranian diplomat, the aristocratic Abdol-Hosein Sardari, more or less accidentally found himself in charge of Iran's legation in Paris. He set about cultivating...

Called to Arms: One Family's war, from the Battle of Britain to Burma

by Edward Lambah-Stoate

On a cold day in January 1944, as war raged across Europe, Betty Hussey and Jack Stoate were married. In so doing they brought together two families, whose members fought across the globe to defeat the Axis....

Belle of the Brawl: Letters Home from a      B-17 Bombardier

by Gary A A Best

This wartime biography follows the life of a Second World War B-17 bombardier from the beginning of the war to its conclusion. Based on the 150 letters the airman, Fred Lull, wrote home to his mother, much of...

The Canoe Boys

by Alastair Dunnett & Ninian Dunnett

It's too late in the year!' they were advised, but they still did it. By canoe from Bowling to Kyle of Lochalsh with numerous stops along the way, Alastair Dunnett and Seamas Adam spent a heady Autumn in the...

The Great Glen

by Catriona Fforde

This book provides a picture of the Great Glen, stretching from Fort William to Inverness, from AD550 to 1850. It begins with a description of the glen as it is today and an account of its geological development....

Tibetan Foothold

by Dervla Murphy

After her epic journey from Ireland to India by bicycle in 1963, Dervla Murphy immersed herself in the life of the sub-continent, working for six months in an orphanage for Tibetan children in Northern India....

The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine

by Gregg Olsen

For nearly a century, Kellogg, Idaho, was home to America’s richest silver mine, Sunshine Mine. Mining there, as everywhere, was not an easy life, but regardless of the risk, there was something about being...

Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s

by Alwyn W W Turner

The 1970s. They were the best of times and the worst of times. Wealth inequality was at a record low, yet industrial strife was at a record high. These were the glory years of Doctor Who and glam rock, but the...

To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951

by Andrew Salmon


‘Salmon’s vivid use of recollections and dramatic quotes brings alive an unjustly forgotten conflict’ Time Out

With even World War II now just on the edges of living memory, and with...