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Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940, The

Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald reveals the truth about Joseph P. Kennedy's deeply controversial tenure as Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II. On February 18, 1938, Joseph..

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Ancestors: A prehistory of Britain in seven burials

This book is about belonging: about walking in ancient places, in the footsteps of the ancestors. It's about reaching back in time, to find ourselves, and our place in the world. We often think o..

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Anglo-Saxons, The: A History of the Beginnings of England

From the acclaimed historian and broadcaster Marc Morris comes a gripping new book about one of the most important and turbulent periods in English history- the Anglo-Saxons. Sixteen hundred yea..

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Blitz Spirit: Voices of Britain Living Through Crisis, 1939-1945

'What extraordinary voices of Britain living through crisis! A brilliant testament to resilience.' Anne Glenconner 'A stirring and evocative account of life on the home front. Full of surpr..

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Bosworth 1485: The Downfall of Richard III

The battle of Bosworth was the culmination of the War of the Roses, the dynastic struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster that dominated England in the second half of the 15th century. Edward..

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Break-Up of Britain: Crisis and Neo-Nationalism

In this classic text, first published in 1977, Tom Nairn memorably depicts the 'slow foundering' of the United Kingdom on the rocks of imperial decline, constitutional anachronism and the gathering fo..

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Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit

How might we celebrate Britain's undoubted strengths while accepting that we have slipped from the top table? How can we act as a great nation while no longer pretending to be a great power? How might..

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Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton:  19th Century Heroine Who Wanted Justice for Women

'Before biography was fashionable, Antonia Fraser made the past popular' Guardian 'As a pure storyteller, Antonia Fraser has few equals' Sunday Times CAROLINE NORTON, a nineteent..

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Class of '37: Voices from Working-class Girlhood

It is 1937 in a northern mill-town and a class of twelve- and thirteen-year-old girls are writing about their lives, their world, and the things that matter to them. They tell of cobbled streets and c..

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Common People: The History of an English Family

This book is short listed for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize 'Part detective story, part Dickensian saga, part labour history. "A thrilling and unnerving read." (Observer). "Mesmeric and deeply moving...

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Covent Garden Ladies:  book that inspired BBC2's 'Harlots'

***By the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of THE FIVE*** 'A fascinating expose of the seamy side of eighteenth century life' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Rubenhold's pages practically reek with smelly, ..

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Dominion: A History of England Volume V

The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the..

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Don't Look Back In Anger

The nineties was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the 'Swinging Sixties' had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and m..

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England Your England: Notes on a Nation

Ranging from an expedition down a coal mine to a chastening experience of colonial rule in Burma, and from a witty study of murder reportage in the British tabloids to a grim account of life inside a ..

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England's Witchcraft Trials

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. With the echo of that chilling injunction hundreds were accused and tried for witchcraft across England throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. With fear an..

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First Kingdom: Britain in the age of Arthur, the

An investigation of the obscure centuries that followed the departure of the Romans from Britain. The bestselling author of The King in the North turns his attention to the obscure era of ..

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Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler, The

A STORY OF UNSUNG BRAVERY AT A DEFINING MOMENT IN BRITAIN'S HISTORY 'Superb' Stephen Fry 'Thrillingly told' Dan Jones 'Fascinating' Neil MacGregor 'Astonishing' Peter Frankopan We like..

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Great British Tree Biography

"To dwellers in a wood almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature" Thomas Hardy Inspired by the history of Britain, from the tree under which the first trade unio..

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Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker

Thomas Gresham was arguably the first true wizard of global finance. He rose through the mercantile worlds of London and Antwerp to become the hidden power behind three out of the five Tudor monarchs...

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Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker

In this biography of Sir Thomas Gresham, Dr John Guy draws on hitherto overlooked primary sources to give a fuller picture of one of the men who made London the financial centre of the planet. He reve..

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Greywacke: How a Priest, a Soldier and a Schoolteacher Uncovered 300 Million Years of History

Adam Sedgwick was a priest and scholar. Roderick Murchison was a retired soldier. Charles Lapworth was a schoolteacher. It was their personal and intellectual rivalry, pursued on treks through Wales, ..

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Highland Clans

The story of the Highland clans is a gripping one, full of celebrated names and heroic deeds. It is also, as Alistair Moffat reveals, the story of a fearless people, shaped by the unique traditions an..

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In the Land of Giants

The five centuries between the end of Roman Britain (410) and the death of Alfred the Great (899) have left few voices save a handful of chroniclers, but Britain's 'Dark Ages' can still be explored th..

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Innovation:  History of England Volume VI

'Ackroyd makes history accessible to the layman' - Ian Thomson, Independent Innovation brings Peter Ackroyd's History of England to a triumphant close. In it, Ackroyd takes readers from the end o..

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Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter, The

An evocative telling of the life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's last-born child, and of a sometimes fraught royal mother-daughter relationship. Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, later..

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Lee Miller's War: Beyond D-Day

Lee Miller's work for Vogue from 1941-1945 sets her apart as a photographer and writer of extraordinary ability. The quality of her photography from the period has long been recognized as outstanding,..

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Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took On the World

'I was riveted- this is a fascinating social history.' NIGELLA LAWSON'Five stars... history on a scale at once intimate and grand.' TELEGRAPHA panoramic new history of modern Britain, as told through ..

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Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery, The

A spellbinding journey through the life of an English monk, an age of discovery and the mysteries of the medieval mind The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, ..

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Love in the Blitz: The Greatest Lost Love Letters of the Second World War

When the papers say that people in London are behaving normally, they're telling the truth. Everyone is pretending as hard as possible that nothing is happening ... I don't think Hitler will destroy L..

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Love Letters of Kings and Queens

Tender, moving, heartfelt and warm (and sporadically scandalous and outrageous too), these are the private messages between people in love. Yet they are also correspondence between the rulers of natio..

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Mary Churchill's War: Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter

'I am not a great or important personage, but this will be the diary of an ordinary person's life in war time. Though I may never live to read it again, perhaps it may not prove altogether uninteresti..

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Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II

According to the great diarist, John Evelyn, Charles II was 'addicted to women', and throughout his long reign a great many succumbed to his charms. Clever, urbane and handsome, Charles presided over ..

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Never Greater Slaughter: Brunanburh and the Birth of England

Late in AD 937, four armies met in a place called Brunanburh. On one side stood the shield-wall of the expanding kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons. On the other side stood a remarkable alliance of rival kin..

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Orcadia: Land, Sea and Stone in Neolithic Orkney

A lyrical account of the prehistory and archaeology of the Orkney archipelago, and a uniquely appealing fusion of archaeological, historical and topographic writing, rooted in knowledge of and deep af..

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Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court

The story of the Stuart dynasty is a breathless soap opera played out in just a hundred years in an array of buildings that span Europe from Scotland, via Denmark, Holland and Spain to England. Althou..

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People's Tragedy: Studies in Reformation

As an authority on the religion of medieval and early modern England, Eamon Duffy is preeminent. In his revisionist masterpiece The Stripping of the Altars, Duffy opened up new areas of research and e..

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Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell's Protectorate

The story of the rise and fall of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate (1653-9), England's sole experiment in republican government - and one of the most extraordinary but neglected periods in British histo..

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Rag and Bone:  History of What We've Thrown Away

'Beautiful, like a muddy journey through time . . . a really important book' RAYNOR WINN, author of The Salt Path Lisa Woollett has spent her life combing beaches and mudlarking, collectin..

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Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, The

A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2021 'The Red Prince announces Helen Carr as one of the most exciting new voices in narrative history.' Dan Jones Son of Edward III, brother..

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Royal Greenwich: A History in Kings and Queens

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SAS Great Escapes

SAS Great Escapes tells the story of seven of the most dramatic and daring escapes executed during WWII by what is arguably the world's most famous military fighting force - the SAS. With e..

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Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain

Avocado or beans on toast? Gin or claret? Nut roast or game pie? Milk in first or milk in last? And do you have tea, dinner or supper in the evening? In this fascinating social history of food in..

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Song of Simon de Montfort: England's First Revolutionary

'Alive with human detail and acute political judgement, this book marks the arrival of a formidably gifted historian.' Dan Jones, author of The Plantagenets and The Templars It was around half-pa..

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Stonemason:  History of Building Britain

A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft. In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has..

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Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain, The

Focusing on the British Isles, the author explores a period of huge societal change - the Neolithic, or 'New Stone Age' - through the most iconic artifact of its time: the polished stone axe, using an..

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Time's Monster: History, Conscience and Britain's Empire

For generations, British thinkers told the history of an empire whose story was still very much in the making. While they wrote of conquest, imperial rule in India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Ca..

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Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain

This is the story of modern Britain, focusing on twelve formative days in the history of the United Kingdom over the last five decades. By describing what happened on those days and what happened beca..

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Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill's Cook

This is the story of a woman who was not a royal, not rich, not famous; someone who simply worked hard and enjoyed her life. But while Georgina Landemare saw herself as ordinary, her accomplishments w..

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Victory in the Kitchen: The Life of Churchill's Cook

In a suburban house in 1977 an elderly lady destroyed her memoirs. Her life, she felt, was not one people would want to read about. The life of a woman, born into the working class, brought up to go i..

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Warrior: A Life of War in Anglo-Saxon Britain

Warrior tells the story of forgotten man, a man whose bones were found in an Anglo-Saxon graveyard at Bamburgh castle in Northumberland. It is the story of a violent time when Britain was defining its..

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Who Owns England?: How We Lost Our Land and How to Take It Back

'A formidable, brave and important book' Robert Macfarlane Who owns England? Behind this simple question lies this country's oldest and best-kept secret. This is the history of how England's..

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