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Dangerous Waters

by John Burnett

While sailing alone one night in the shipping lanes across one of the busiest waterways in the world, John Burnett was attacked by pirates. Through sheer ingenuity and a little bit of luck, he survived, and...


Useful Toil: Autobiographies of Working People from the 1820s to the 1920s

by Proffessor John Burnett & John Burnett

Useful Toil engages freshly and directly with the `ordinary' people of the nineteenth century. John Burnett has assembled twenty seven telling extracts from the diaries and autobiographies of working people...


Destiny Obscure: Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family from the 1820s to the 1920s

by Proffessor John Burnett & John Burnett

In this companion volume to Useful Toil, John Burnett has drawn extensively on over eight hundred previously unpublished manuscripts. The result is a unique record of childhood that reveals in intimate detail...


Plenty and Want: A Social History of Food in England from 1815 to the Present Day

by Proffessor John Burnett & John Burnett

What did Queen Victoria have for dinner? And how did this compare with the meals of the poor in the nineteenth century? This classic account of English food habits since the industrial revolution answers these...


Liquid Pleasures: A Social History of Drinks in Modern Britain

by Proffessor John Burnett & John Burnett

Drinking has always meant much more than satisfying the thirst. Drinking can be a necessity, a comfort, an indulgence or a social activity.

Liquid Pleasures is an engrossing study of the social history of drinks...


Where Soldiers Fear to Tread: A Relief Worker's Tale of Survival

by John Burnett

“There is going to be a shooting here and it is a toss-up who is going to get the boy’s first round. The soldier, about ten years old, is jamming the barrel of his gun hard against my driver’s face, and...