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Pretty City New York: Discovering New York's Beautiful Places

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by Ferguson, Siobhan
New York City is known for many things: its urban, high -rise landscape; bustling atmosphere; and busy business and tourist spots. Pretty tree-lined avenues, cute shops, and serene getaways do not immediately come to mind for this cosmopolitan city - but they are there if you know where to look.
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Lighthouses of England and Wales

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by Leach, Nicholas
England and Wales have long been captivated by the lighthouse, with many of the towers built at the countries' extremities seen as iconic structures. Lighthouses have seized the imagination for centuries, and have cut striking figures wherever they stand.
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Tube Life: London's Underground in Photographs

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by Mirrorpix
The London Underground has always been key to the lives of Londoners, from when its stations and stairwells offered refuge from the barrage of the Blitz through to its unique ability across the years to transport people safely all around the capital. It has remained strong in the face of devastation, surviving horrors like the Moorgate Tube crash and the 7/7 bombings. An icon throughout the world, the Tube ...
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SS Nomadic: Titanic's Little Sister

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by Delaunoy, Philippe
SS Nomadic was commissioned by White Star Line to serve the Olympic-class liners Olympic, Titanic and Britannic when they called in Cherbourg. Built in Belfast alongside Titanic, she was made with the same steel, built by the same workers and decorated by the same craftsmen. Because her duties were to serve first- and second-class passengers, she was fitted out far more luxuriously than other tenders of tha...
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Journey to Crossrail: Railways Under London, From Brunel to the Elizabeth Line

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by Halliday, Stephen
Why did London have to wait so long for a main line railway beneath its streets? For a few years in the mid-nineteenth century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's broad gauge Great Western trains ran from Reading to Faringdon. Now, after many false starts, his vision is being realised as the Elizabeth Line carries passengers from Reading to the City once again and beyond Essex to Kent, using engineering that would h...
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The Worst Street in London

by Rule, Fiona
Halfway up Commercial Street, one block away from Spitalfields Market, lies an anonymous service road. The average pedestrian wouldn't even notice it existed. But unlikely though it may seem, this characterless, 400ft strip of tarmac was once Dorset Street - the most notorious thoroughfare in the capital; the worst street in London and the haunt of protestant firebrands, thieves, con-men, pimps, prostitutes...
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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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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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Pretty City London: Discovering London's Beautiful Places

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by Ferguson, Siobhan
This beautiful collection of images will take you past London's famous landmarks, and into the pretty hidden gems beyond. From secluded mews to undiscovered cafes, flower markets and tree-lined streets, prettycitylondon champions the quiet, gentle moments that allow you to escape in a huge capital city like London.
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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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From Amourette to Zal: Bizarre and Beautiful Words from Europe: (For When English Just Won't Do)

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by Rawlings, Alex
Fjaka: the sublime state of aspiring to do absolutely nothing. Warmduscher: a `warm showerer', meaning a bit of a wimp. Tener mano izquierda: literally `to have a left hand'; to be skilfully persuasive. For all the richness of the English language there are some nuances that other languages capture much better, whether it's a phrase that beautifully articulates a feeling, a wonderfully understated insult t...
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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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Leeds - Not A Guide To

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by Holloway Diane
From the momentous to the outlandish, this little book brings together past and present to offer a taste of Leeds. Learn about the movers and shakers who shaped this fantastic city. The great and the good; the bad and the ugly. Small wonders, tall stories, triumph and tragedy. Best places - worst places. Origins, evolution, future. Written by a local who knows what makes Leeds tick.
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Hadrian's Wall: An Archaeological Walking Guide

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by Jones Clifford
Hadrian's Wall
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Old Japan: Secrets from the Shores of the Samurai

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by Cummins, Antony
Japan has often been thought of as a closed country, but before the country was closed in 1635 many travellers from the West were able to experience its unique traditions and culture. Their accounts speak of legends of powerful dragons and devils, tales of the revered emperor and the protocol surrounding him, following complex etiquette in everything from tea ceremonies to footwear, and bloodthirsty warlord...
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Black Plaques London: Memorials to Misadventure

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by Hide, John Ambrose
'Black Plaques' are not to be found proudly mounted on a wall - and for good reason. What with their commemoration of a brutal execution outside Westminster Abbey, the selling of sex toys in St James's Park and an intruder at Buckingham Palace with Royal undergarments stuffed down his trousers, this is not sort of historical subject matter that authorities choose to grace a building's facade or depict on a ...
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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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Eyots and Aits: Islands of the River Thames

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by Vickers Miranda
Eyots and Aits
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Black Londoners

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by Okokon Susan
"Black Londoners: A History" celebrates three centuries of achievement of Black Londoners in different walks of life, from genetics to the judiciary. It includes the famous, as well as the obscure but outstanding contributions of non-celebrities, many of whom have never before been recognised in print. A series of themed biographies, "Black Londoners: A History" features: The Arts, Entertainment & Sport...
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The Little Book of Suffolk

by Storey, Neil R.
The Little Book of Suffolk 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 Suffolk 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 they wi...
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