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The Country House Servant

by Pamela Sambrook

One 19th century footman complained about the work involved in drawing more than 40 baths for his household, yet Lady Grenville felt no compunction in describing her footman as a "lazy flunkey". For centuries...


A Lady of Cotton: Hannah Greg, Mistress of Quarry Bank Mill

by David Sekers

In 1789 Hannah Lightbody, a well-educated and intelligent young woman of means, married Samuel Greg and found herself at the centre of his cotton empire in the industrial heart of England. It was a man's world,...


Ye Olde Good Inn Guide: A 16th Century Handbook to the Nation's Finest Taverns

by James Moore

Art thou in need of hearty ale and a bed safe from brigands as you ply the highways and byways of Britain? Then Ye Olde Good Inn Guide is for you - the essential handbook for the Tudor traveller. Packed with...


Ancient Legends Retold: The Seat Perilous, The Quests of Arthur's Knights: The Seat Periolous, The Quests of Arthur's Knights

by Bernard Kelly & June Peter

Around the round table there was always one seat which remained empty. This was the place left for the one who would one day attain the grail and redeem and restore the land. It was the first Hot Seat - if you...


Ancient Legends Retold: Tales of Robin Hood, The Five Early Ballads: Tales of Robin Hood, The Five Early Ballads

by Michael Dacre

Here are the five earliest ballads of 'Robyn Hode', retold in vivid modern prose. They still constitute the best version of the famous English outlaw - fast and violent, earthy and satirical, dangerous, sinister,...


The Little Book of Death

by Neil R Storey

This little book is a repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts and trivia about the one certainty in all our lives - death. Within this volume are some horrible, unfortunate...


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...


Pembrokeshire Folk Tales

by Christine Willison

These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by local storyteller Christine Willison. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories...


England's Other Cathedrals

by Paul Jeffery

The greatest of England's cathedrals are widely considered the country's finest and most famous buildings. Few people realise, however, that in addition to thse outstanding buildings there are many others that...


A Dictionary of Celtic Saints

by Sister Elizabeth Rees

This is the first dictionary of Celtic saints and is illustrated with photographs of where each saint lived and worked. The reader is therefore drawn into the beautiful world which these men and women inhabited,...


A 1970s Teenager: From Bell Bottoms to Disco Dancing

by Simon Webb

What was it like being a teenager in a world without computers, smartphones, DVD players, games consoles or the Internet? Imagine a time when sharing music meant taking a gramaphone record round to your friend's...


The Ripper Code

by Thomas Toughill

The Ripper Code is a fascinating combination of literary and conventional detective work, which is as original as it is enthralling. After showing that the official Ripper files contain little of forensic interest,...


British Canals: The Inland Waterways of Britain and Ireland

by Joseph Boughey

Describes how canals emerged from the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century, how they thrived and subsequently declined in the face of competition from the railways.


The Piltdown Man Hoax: Case Closed

by Miles Russell

Piltdown. Even today the names sends a shiver down the collective spine of the scientific community, for this was the most dramatic and daring fraud ever perpetrated upon the world of science and academia. Between...


The SS: A History 1919-1945

by Robert Lewis Koehl

The SS grew out of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's obsession to prevent the treachery they believed to have caused the German defeat in the First World War. The SS was to be an elite corps of politically...


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,...


Old Wives' Tales: The History of Remedies, Charms and Spells

by Mary Chamberlain

We may all know that dandelions make us wet the bed, and that stewed prunes are a cure for constipation, but how many of us were aware that a poultice of chicken manure is a remedy for baldness? Or that eel...


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...


A Warwickshire Childhood: No Cakes For Tea

by Eveline A Hughes

This collection of memories follows a Warwickshire girl as she grows up during an era of huge transformation in Britain. Written to reflect her childhood impression of the world around her, this memoir reminds...


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...