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All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To

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by Laycock, Stuart
Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, we've invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171. That's not far off a massive, jaw-dropping 90 per cent. Not too many Britons know that we invaded Iran in the Second World War with the Soviets. You can be fairly sure a lot more Iranians do. Or what about the time we arrived with elephants to invade Ethiopia? Every summer, hordes of British ...
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Bristol: A Pocket Miscellany

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by Coles Sarah
From the momentous to the outlandish, this book is packed full of fun facts and triva about everything Bristolian. From quotations from famous people to local people's like and dislikes, it's all here in this addictive little book. Did you know? - There are 25 other places in the world called 'Bristol' - Nipper the Dog, "His Master's Voice", has a blue plaque dedicated to him in Bristol - There are 104 all...
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Jane Austen: pocket GIANTS

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by Sanderson, Caroline
There's something about Jane...Jane Austen lived only just into her forties, never married, never had children, lived all her life in the south of England and rarely strayed far from the genteel and orthodox social circle into which she was born. She completed only six novels, and achieved little fame in her lifetime. Yet 200 years after her death, she remains one of our most revered writers, and one of the...
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Brunel: pocket GIANTS

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by Byrne, Eugene
In a BBC poll in 2002, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was voted the second-greatest Briton of all time, only eclipsed by Churchill. It's often claimed that that through his ships, bridges, tunnels and railways Brunel played a critical role in creating the modern world. In the soaring ambitions of the Victorian age, nobody thought bigger than Brunel. Never tied to a dusty office, he crammed enough work, adventure a...
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Heroines of SOE: Britain's Secret Women in France

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by Escott Beryl E
'They were the war's bravest women, devoted to defeating the Nazis yet reluctant ever to reveal their heroic pasts. Now a new book tells their intrepid tales.' Daily Express Britain's war in the shadows of male spies and subterfuge in the heart of occupied France is a story well known, but what of the women who also risked their lives for Britain and the liberation of France? In 1942 a desperate need for ne...
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QE2: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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by Frame, Chris
FIFTY years ago the last British-built transatlantic liner was launched. Christened by HM the Queen on 20 September 1967, the 963ft-long vessel was named Queen Elizabeth 2. By the end of that same day, she was already known by her famous nickname: QE2. Fast, smart and sleek, QE2 sailed over 5.6 million miles and carried more than 2.5 million passengers during a magnificent career spanning nearly forty years...
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Little Book of Wales

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by Lawson Jones Mark
THE LITTLE BOOK OF WALES is an intriguing, fast-paced, factpacked compendium of places, people and history in Wales. Here we find out about the country's food, sports, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters and literally hundreds of wacky facts (plus some authentically bizarre bits of historic trivia). Mark Lawson-Jones' new book gathers together a myriad of data on Wales. There are lots of factu...
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Norwich City Guide

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by Bullen, Annie
As well as its great Norman cathedral, Norwich is home to 31 wonderful medieval churches whose imposing towers and peaceful gardens add to the atmosphere of a city whose main streets are still laid out in their medieval pattern.
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The Little Book of Wiltshire

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by La Vardera, Dee
"The Little Book of Wiltshire" is a repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts and trivia about one of England's most colourful counties. It is an essential to the born and bred Wiltshire folk or anyone who knows and loves the county. Armed with this fascinating tome the reader will have such knowledge of the county, its landscape, people, places, pleasures and pursuits t...
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Bristol (Pitkin City Guide)

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by Bristol Marketing
Bristol
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Mabel Keeps Calm and Carries On

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by Thomas Vicki (ed.)
'During the Second World War, I worked in an empty building by the Thames. It had been used by the Thames Conservancy Board. When war came, they moved out and I was moved in. I stayed there for most of the war. I never went down to an air raid shelter. I was too busy trying to make people laugh about wartime bread and sausages, instead of crying about them.' Mabel Lucie Attwell Mabel Lucie Attwell was one o...
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The Secret History of Oxford

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by Sullivan, Paul
The Secret History of Oxford offers the reader an off-the-beaten-track tour of the city's landmarks and streets. Filled with hundreds of facts and anecdotes, it reveals the amusing, unlikely and downright wonderful stories hidden beneath the surface. Some, such as the fact that the founder of Oxford was eaten by wolves, will be known; many others, such as the fact that Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, stol...
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Most Secret: The Hidden History of Orford Ness

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by Heazell Paddy
Orford Ness was, for most of the twentieth century, a military research station so secret that nobody knew what went on there, and so remote that even now most people have never heard of it. Yet the contribution of its scientists, service and civilian, to the winning of the First World War, the Second World War and the Cold War places them on a par with the codebreakers of Bletchley Park. At this highly atm...
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The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes

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by Ambrose, Tom
Illustrated in full colour with a wide range of photographs, The History of Cycling in Fifty bikes tells the story of the bicycle through 50 iconic machines, starting with the first primitive wooden two-wheelers through to carbon-fibre super bikes and the designs of the future, celebrating sporting achievements, technological advances and world records along with way.
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Lincolnshire Heritage Walks

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by Walsh, Danny
Lincolnshire Heritage Walks
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The Little Book of Aviation

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by Ferguson, Norman
The Little Book of Aviation is a collection of facts, figures and interesting stories from the world of flight. Sad, humorous, baffling and astounding stories abound, from the pioneering days of the Wright Brothers to the present day, and covering everything from great milestones, famous names who've served, and the greatest of aircraft icons; phantom pilots and aircraft and a glossary of slang; the origin...
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British Rail: The Nation's Railway

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by Jackson, Tanya
British Rail was a success. British Rail is a contentious company, as controversial as Dr Beeching and his axe. However, this examination of BR's passenger services shows just how vital the organisation was. It successfully carried millions of commuters to and from their jobs every day; organised its trunk route services to yield a profit under the brand name 'Inter-City'; and pioneered world-beating resea...
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The Times Great Women's Lives: A Celebration in Obituaries

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by Corbett, Sue
This selection of Times obituaries from 1872 to 2014 revisits the lives of 125 women who have all, in their own way, played an important part in women's educational, professional, social, cultural and emotional journey over the best part of two centuries. The anthology starts with the obituary of 91-year-old pioneering mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville (d. 1872) and concludes with that of 110-yea...
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Britain's Most Eccentric Sports

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by Smith Richard O.
Britain is a nation of good sports - literally, it turns out, given our country's wonderful array of eccentric and bizarrely inventive pastimes. Yes, we know New Zealand are good at rugby, Brazil at football, while Australia and South Africa were countries specifically created for people who take sport far too seriously, but have those sporty nations ever produced a World Champion Pie Eater (OK, Shane Warne...
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My Italian Adventures: An English Girl at War 1943-47

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by De Burgh, Lucy
Wartime Italy is a place of sunshine and shadows. A country torn apart by the turbulent dictatorship of Mussolini and the horrors of Nazi occupation, struggling to repair itself during the Allied liberation. Yet, it is also the land of spaghetti and spumante, the shores of Lake Garda and the Dolomite mountains, and into this drops an English girl who is quickly enchanted by the Italian landscape and way of ...
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