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How Britain Kept Calm and Carried on: True Stories from the Home Front

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by Rippon, Anton
This unique, funny and sometimes heartbreakingly sad book contains a treasury of first-hand stories from people all over the country. From unexploded bombs to blackouts and from the Home Guard to the Blitz, their stories reveal some of the strange, incredible and downright funny things that 'kept us calm and carrying on' in the otherwise dark days of the Second World War.
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Shepard's War: E. H. Shepard, the Man Who Drew Winnie-the-Pooh

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by Campbell, James
Ernest Howard Shepard was born in London in 1879 into an artistic and literary family. He studied art from an early age and was successful in making a career out of it, particularly as a political cartoonist for Punch and a prolific book illustrator. Shepard is most widely known for his illustrations of the Winnie-the-Pooh series by A. A. Milne and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and these drawi...
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The Book for Clever Kids

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by Michael O'Mara Books
Packed full of fascinating facts that will astound and amaze, this irreverent but intelligent guide to the weird, wild and wonderful explores the bizarre truth about the world around us, and is the essential companion for clever and curious kids.
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Messy Monsters

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by Julian Mosedale
The Messy Monsters are on the loose in this gross and giggle-inducing sticker and doodling book for children everywhere. With fiendishly funny pictures to finish, children can have fun with the pages of stick-on eyes, tails, horns and splats or simply scribble fun drawings to make this monstrous party complete.
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A Certain je ne Sais Quoi: Words We Pinched from Other Languages

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by Rhodes, Chloe
English as we know it today is enriched with many borrowings and influences from other languages. Aficionado, chutzpah, pro bono, hoi polloi, ketchup, nous, zeitgeist - we use these foreign words every day without thinking of their origins, but what do they actually mean? And just how and why did we English speakers absorb such exotic imports? Each phrase has a fascinating history; colonialism, foreign trad...
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17 Carnations: The Windsors, the Nazis and the Cover-Up

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by Morton, Andrew
The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcee, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchm...
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I Should Know That: Great Britain: Everything You (and the Prime Minister) Really Should Know About GB

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by Marriott, Emma
I Should Know That: Great Britain covers a range of key topics on our fair land, including essential British history (Magna Carta, the Great Reform Act etc.), the current political and legal system (when can a magistrate decide whether a person is guilty or innocent?), migration to Britain, women's rights (when did married women gain the right to retain ownership of money and property?), geography (what's t...
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Bobby on the Beat: Memoirs of a London Policeman in the 1960s

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by Dixon, Bob
Bob Dixon spent years 'on the Beat' as a police constable in the Metropolitan Police Force in the early 1960s, witnessing all manner of incidents, from the serious to the ludicrous. Spending the majority of his time in London's infamous East End dealing with drunks, fatalities on the road, domestic disputes and even suicides, as well as policing at major public events such as Guy Fawkes night, New Year's Ev...
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Lost London

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by Guard, Richard
Lost London is the story of the city as told through the buildings, parks and palaces that are no longer with us. Places like the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the leading venue for public entertainment in the city for over 200 years, or the Palace of Whitehall whose 1500 rooms made it the largest royal residence in Europe until it was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century. From bull rings to ice fa...
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Bizarre England: Discover the Country's Secrets and Surprises

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by Long, David
In this charming book, David Long introduces the reader to some of the oddest and most interesting sights in England. Visit places like Devon's Gnome Reserve, Britain's smallest pub, a church for dragon slayers, a subterranean ballroom, the Phone Box Museum and much more. From weird buildings to eccentric museums and from mystical superstitions to remnants of magical rites, this is a guide to England like n...
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Lucie Aubrac: The French Resistance Heroine Who Defied the Gestapo

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by Rees, Sian
In May 1943, a young Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband Raymond from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief later known as the 'Butcher of Lyon'. When Raymond was arrested again that June, Lucie mounted a second astonishing rescue, ambushing the prison van that was transporting him. Spirited out of France with her husband by the RAF, she arrived in London a ...
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The Map Colouring Book

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by Natalie Hughes
This poster-size Map Colouring Book helps children learn about the world as they colour in the countries, animals, artefacts people and famous sights.
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Numberland: The World in Numbers

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by Symons, Mitchell
The world is full of fascinating facts and statistics, but presented without context and in no particular order they can be overwhelming. Numberland: The World in Numbers interprets the world around us through numbers, breaking the most amazing and revealing of facts down to their bare bones. For example, did you know that the average eyelash lasts five months? That 400 quarter-pound hamburgers can be made ...
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The Customer's Always Wrong: Stupid Things Shoppers Say

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by Tibballs, Geoff
Customers do say the dumbest things, and this hilarious book contains a whole host of crass, stupid and just plain odd requests and queries heard on the high street. Featuring laugh out loud remarks from coffee shops and supermarkets to bars and bookshops, read safely in the knowledge that you would never make the same embarrassing errors (would you?), as The Customer's Always Wrong illustrates just how s...
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On This Day in History

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by Donald, Graeme
The abandoned Mary Celeste is mysteriously found drifting in the mid-Atlantic; Mozart is buried in an unmarked communal grave; and Prohibition in America is brought to an end. Although separated by centuries, these events all share the same anniversary: 5 December. On This Day in History looks back at all 365 days of the year and provides short, riveting entries on the most significant events in history tha...
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A History of the World in Numbers

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by Marriott, Emma
The history of our world can be told through numbers. Numbers can illuminate the broad sweep of history, from vast movements of populations and the expansion of empires to the effects of technological achievements or climatic change. They also allow us to drill into the real detail of history, from the page count, the cost and the time it took to produce the Gutenberg Bible (the West's first mass-produced b...
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Lost in Translation - Misadventures in English Abroad

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by Charlie Croker
In today's world no self-respecting English-language enthusiast could have failed to notice the frequent and flagrant abuse of our native tongue by pesky foreigners? (Forgetting, for a moment, the fact that many nations speak our language better than we do.) "Lost in Translation" features hundreds of genuine, original and utterly ridiculous examples of the misadventures in English discovered all over the wo...
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Graffiti Planet

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by KET /1
Graffiti or 'street art' has become a significant art form in the last twenty years and, ever controversial, has transformed urban landscapes all over the world. "Graffiti Planet" is a collection of work from various artists that celebrates the endless creativity of the medium, and of the artists themselves. Featuring 100 glossy photos of groundbreaking graffiti and including an introduction from Ket, a leg...
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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School

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by Taggart, Caroline
If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; the names of the Bennet sisters in "Pride and Prejudice"; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, "I Used to Know That" will provide all the answers. A light-hearted and informative reminder of all the things that we learnt in school b...
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Cockney Rhyming Slang

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by Shelley Klein
Have you ever been lost for words in the East End markets? Ever got your Gertie Gitanas (bananas) confused with your corns and bunions (onions) and it's all gone a bit Pete Tong (wrong)? Cockney Rhyming Slang is a quick, easy-to-use guide to some of the most frequently used, up-to-date as well as old-fashioned phrases. Including: 'apples and pears' - stairs; 'Barnet Fair' - hair; 'sausage and mash' - crash;...
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