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Bloody British History Leeds

by Richard Smyth

Leeds has one of the darkest histories on record. From the fatal Dripping Riot of 1865, sparked by the theft of two pounds of congealed fat, to the violin-playing killer Charles Pearce, said to still haunt the...

The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA

by John Ashdown-Hill

The Last Days of Richard III contains a new and uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days. By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, we discover...

The Sinking of the Titanic

by Logan Marshall

When she set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York on 10 April 1912, RMS Titanic, the pride of the White Star fleet, was the largest ocean liner in the world. Deemed 'practically unsinkable'...

Once a Grand Duchess

by John Van der Kiste

This biography of Xenia, sister of Nicholas II gives a new angle on the Romanov story and provides new information on relationships within the family after the Revolution. Important new letters and photographs...

Sophie Scholl: The Real Story of the Woman who Defied Hitler

by Frank McDonough

On 22 February 1943, Sophie Scholl, a 21-year-old student at Munich University, was executed by the Nazi regime, along with two fellow students from the White Rose resistance movement. They had fought against...

Our Man in Malaya: John Davis, CBE, DSO, Force 136 SOE and Postwar Counter-insurgency

by Margaret Sheenan

When the Japanese invaded Malaya during the Second World War, it seemed that John Davis' service in the country had come to an end. But nothing could have been further from the truth. Davis switched from the...

Oyster: A World History

by Drew Smith

Oysters are older than us, older than grass. They have been present at every turn of human history. They have inspired great writers, painters, cooks, sustained whole communities and fashioned legend and history....

The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West

by Adrian Murdoch

A story of an empire breathing its last, this work is a biography about Romulus Augustulus. It focuses on the personalities behind this story and reveals the world into which Romulus was born - an empire that...

Music and Men: The Life and Loves of Harriet Cohen

by Helen Fry

It was during the turbulent decade of the First World War that the intensely gifted and beautiful Harriet Cohen established herself as a pianist. Enjoying huge success in her professional life, she was the first...

The Flight of Rudolf Hess

by Roy Conyers Conyers Nesbit & Georges van van Acker

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess - Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich - embarked on his astonishing flight from Augsburg to Scotland. At dusk the same day, he parachuted on to a Scottish moor and was taken into custody....

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...

Farming, Fighting and Family: A Memoir of the Second World War

by Miranda McCormick & Max Hastings

The Wiltshire farmer/author/broadcaster Arthur (A.G.) Street was one of the leading voices of British agriculture during WW2. His daughter Pamela - herself an aspiring writer - was eighteen when war broke out....

E J Rudsdale's Journals of Wartime Colchester

by E J Rudsdale & Catherine Pearson

E J Rudsdale's role as a museum curator and air-raid shelter superintendent at Colchester Castle during the Second World War gave him the perfect opportunity to record life on the Home Front in his journals....


by David Carroll

Edinburgh enjoys a long and impressive literary heritage and can claim connections with some of the world's most famous writers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott were all natives...

Edie's Tale

by Edith Rushton

A personal memoir of an ordinary working-class woman who grew up in the back streets of Darlaston between the wars. Illustrated with family photos and 25 images of between-the-wars Darlaston, this book captures...

Tunnels, Towers and Temples

by David Long

Tunnels, Towers & Temples takes a sideways look at London, revealing the hidden stories, curious histories and sometimes comic associations behind dozens of often quite familiar places. Through their stories,...

The GWR Story

by Rosa Matheson

The Great Western Railway was engineering by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, planned to link London with the south-west and west of England. Enabled by Parliament in 1835, it soon became known as 'God's Wonderful Railway',...

The Twitmarsh Files

by R T Fishall

Patrick Moore is Britain's most respected and best-loved astronomer. But under his nom de plume R.T. Fishall, he is also the scourge of bureaucratic incompetence, exposing stupidity wherever he finds it, especially...

The Wartime House

by Mike Brown & Carol Harris

The demands of a nation at war had many far-reaching effects on the average home. How did women cope with bringing up a family single-handed after their husbands were conscripted for military service? How did...

Walter Dew

by Nicholas Connell

To this day the name of Dr Crippen is universally recognised as one of the most infamous in the annals of crime and his notoriety is second only to that of Jack the Ripper. It was the job of one man to catch...