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Inventing Scrooge

by Carlo Devito

Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens’ own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale: A Christmas Carol.

When Charles Dickens conceived the story...


Calendar of Crime: 365 True Cases from British History

by Peter Stubley

19 May 1536: Anne Boleyn, charged with high treason, is beheaded at the Tower of London. 31 August 1888: Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper, is found murdered in Buck's Row. 18 December 1914:...


The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History

Saltire Award for Scottish History Book of the Year 2011

by Emma Rothschild

They were abolitionists, speculators, slave owners, government officials, and occasional politicians. They were observers of the anxieties and dramas of empire. And they were from one family. The Inner Life...


The Great Indoors: At home in the modern British house

by Ben Highmore

'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our...


Who Takes Britain To War?

by James Gray, Mark Lomas QC & Secretary of State for Defence Hammond

The long-standing Parliamentary convention known as the 'Royal Perogative' has always allowed Prime Ministers to take the country to war without any formal approval by Parliament. The dramatic vote against any...


A Complete Guide To Heraldry

by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern...


British Culture and the First World War: Experience, Representation and Memory

by Toby Thacker

The First World War has been mythologized since 1918, and many paradigmatic views of it - that it was pointless, that brave soldiers were needlessly sacrificed - are deeply embedded in the British consciousness....


Contested Objects: Material Memories of the Great War

by Nicholas J. Saunders & Paul Cornish

Contested Objects breaks new ground in the interdisciplinary study of material culture. Its focus is on the rich and varied legacy of objects from the First World War as the global conflict that defined the...


The British Sailor of the Second World War

by Angus Konstam

This title tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II. It covers how they were recruited and trained,...


O'Brien Pocket History of the IRA

by Brendan O'Brien

An accessible, clearly-written account of the IRA from its beginnings to today. It covers the origins and history of the organisation, its aims, the political and military thinking which has driven its activities,...


A Woman to Deliver Her People: Joanna Southcott and English Millenarianism in an Era of Revolution

by James K. Hopkins

The Second Coming of Christ has been prophesied many times through the centuries but seldom by a figure so fascinating as Joanna Southcott (1750-1814), the domestic servant who at the age of forty-two declared...


Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: the Inside Story of British Diplomacy

by Christopher Meyer

Over the last five hundred years, Britain's power has waxed and waned: from the puny island nation of the sixteenth century, to the global superpower of the nineteenth century, to the more modest post-imperial...


Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants

by Lucille H. Campey

In her third and final book in the English in Canada series, Lucille Campey provides an overview of the great exodus from England to Canada which peaked in the early twentieth century. Drawing on wide-ranging...


Crusading Spirituality in the Holy Land and Iberia, c.1095-c.1187

by William J. Purkis

For much of the twelfth century the ideals and activities of crusaders were often described in language more normally associated with a monastic rather than a military vocation; like those who took religious...


The Touring Caravan

by Andrew Jenkinson

From the original concept of using a horse-drawn caravan for leisure, this book explains how the modern touring caravan has evolved from a primitive concept to the sophisticated leisure vehicle it's become today....


Pillboxes and Tank Traps

by Bernard Lowry

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank...


Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England

by Sara M. Butler

England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest...


Our Island Story

by H. E Marshall

Just over a century ago, Our Island Story entranced a nation's children by telling their history in stories. Short, simply written chapters, packed with living characters and thrilling action - and illustrated...


Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony

by Leslie Carroll

It's no secret that the marriages of monarchs are often made in hell. Here are some of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history....

In a world where many kings, queens, and princes...


The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain 1836-2012

by Mohammed Siddique Seddon

A compelling and revealing history of the oldest Muslim community in Britain and its legacy on modern multicultural Britain.