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Barging Round Britain: Exploring the History of Our Nation's Canals and Waterways

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by John Sergeant
Barging Round Britain by David Bartley is a beautifully-illustrated guide to a unique and fascinating part of our history: the canal network. This book explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today.
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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

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by Tim Marshall
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements...but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture.
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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

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by Ackroyd, Peter
In Queer City Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way - through the history and experiences of its gay population. In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria ('wolf dens' or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths).
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The Hare With The Amber Eyes

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by Edmund De Waal
When potter Edmund de Waal first came across the 264 minute wood and ivory carvings in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie, he was entranced. Later, when Edmund inherited the 'netsuke' carvings, they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined...
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The Old Ways

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by Robert Macfarlane
In "The Old Ways" Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove - roads and sea paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep ...
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Empire of the Mind - A History of Iran

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by Michael Axworthy
From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis and current president Mahmud Ahmadinejad – a controversial figure within as well as outside the country – Michael Axworthy produces an account of Iran’s past. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic...
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Stasiland, Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

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by Anna Funder
In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women, there are a thousand stories just waiting to get out.
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Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flags (signed and numbered Collector's Edition)

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by Tim Marshall
Stanfords Adult Book of the Month September 2016 When you see your nation's flag fluttering in the breeze, what do you feel?; For thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours. And still, in the 21st century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on the Arab street, from front porches in Texas. They represent the po...
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Shortest History Of Germany, The

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by Hawes, James
The West is in full retreat. The Anglo-Saxon powers, great and small, withdraw into fantasies of lost greatness. Populists all over Europe cry out that immigration and globalisation are the work of a nefarious System, run by unseen masters with no national loyalties. From the Kremlin, Tsar Vladimir watches his Great Game line up, while the Baltic and Vizegrad states shiver -- and everyone looks to Berlin. B...
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A Woman in Berlin

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by Anonymous
A Woman in Berlin is a harrowing and moving account of Berlin in the final days of war: it is the diary of an anonymous woman attempting to navigate the chaos and horrors of the 8-week period from April 1945 when Berlin fell to Russian troops.
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

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by Peter Frankopan
For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west- in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure. Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, a region that once took centre stage is again rising to dominate global politics, commerce and culture. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is...
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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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by Mary Beard
Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.
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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain (1942)

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In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a handbook to American Servicemen advising them on the peculiarities of the 'British, their country, and their ways'. This is that guide, “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain” is a faithful reproduction of the original tome, taken from the depths of Oxfords world-renowned Bodleian library.
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I Never Knew That About London

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by Christopher Winn
Travelling through the villages and districts that make up arguably the capital of the world, Christopher Winn’s “I Never Knew That About London” takes us on a captivating journey around London to unearth the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city’s compelling, and at times, turbulent past.
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The Green Road Into The Trees

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by Hugh Thomson
Hugh Thomson takes a 400-mile journey across England from coast to coast - one that takes in ancient landscapes, abandoned tracks and drovers' roads.
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Germania

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by Simon Winder
Germania is a very personal guide to the Germany that Simon Winder loves. Equally passionate about the region's history, folklore, cuisine, architecture and landscape, Winder describes Germany's past afresh - and in doing so sees a country much like our own: Protestant, aggressive and committed to eating some very strange food. This accessible, enthusiastic and startlingly vivid account is a brilliant intro...
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World History in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

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by Tat Wood
What happened to the Roman Empire? Why was the Magna Carta so important? What led to the First World War? Why did the USSR collapse? World History in Minutes provides succinct answers to these questions - and many more - in 200 simple and accessible essays.
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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

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by Ha-Joon Chang
In this revelatory book, Ha-Joon Chang destroys the biggest myths of our times and shows us an alternative view of the world, including: there's no such thing as a 'free' market Globalization isn't making the world richer; we don't live in a digital world - the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet; poor countries are more entrepreneurial than rich ones; higher paid managers don't produce...
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What's in a Name?

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by Harris, Cyril M.
In What’s in a Name? Cyril Harris has researched extensively the origins of the station names on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway, and in the process providing a fascinating insight into the social history of our capital. Dealing with questions such as what style of dress gave its name to a well-known London landmark, which gardens were given to the nation by Queen Victoria and where fires...
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Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

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by Lawrence Durrell
Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons of Cyprus blends the story of the writer’s own personal new beginning on the island with an account of the prolonged animosities between the country’s Greek and Turkish populations. The narrative, particularly Durrell’s look at the beginning of the conflict, retains its political relevance today.
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