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Nelson's Spyglass: 101 Curious Objects from British History

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by Campbell, Sophie
Each of these 101 strange and curious objects from British history has an extraordinary story to tell. Many royal possessions are inside, including the shirt of that Charles I was wearing when he was executed and Queen Victoria's dancing shoes, along with curiosities such as Darwin's walking stick, the last letter that Dickens ever wrote, the handwritten report (by the captain of the Carpathia) on the resc...
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The Bristol Colouring Book

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by The History Press
The Bristol Colouring Book
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The P.G. Wodehouse Miscellany

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by Murphy, N. T. P.
P.G. Wodehouse saw his first article published when still at school, and went on to become the leading humour writer of the twentieth century. He created characters famous across the English-speaking world, such as Rupert Psmith, Stanley Ukridge, Uncle Fred, the inhabitants of the Drones Club, Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, and Lord Emsworth and his beloved Empress, all of whom remain as popular today as they w...
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The A-Z of Curious Bristol

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by Fells, Maurice
Bristol's history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. This book explains why the vicar in one church goes on an annual trek to peer down a manhole; why captains of industry sing an eighteen-verse song in memory of Queen Elizabeth I; and how the Flower of Bristol got its name. You will meet some unusual contraptions, like the bed with in-built exercise equipment, or the thrashing machin...
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Welsh Folk Tales

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by Stevenson, Peter
This book, a selection of folk tales, true tales, tall tales, myths, gossip, legends and memories, celebrates and honours unique Welsh stories. Some are well known, others from forgotten manuscripts or out-of-print volumes, and some are contemporary oral tales. They reflect the diverse tradition of storytelling, and the many meanings of 'chwedlau'. If someone says, 'Chwedl Cymraeg?' they are asking, 'Do you...
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The Blue Badge Guide's London Quiz Book

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by King, Mark
Drawing on extensive knowledge and celebrating London's diverse riches, this quiz book invites you to come on a wide-ranging exploration of the megacity the author calls 'The Big Onion'. Peel away its many layers in the company of one of London's top Blue Badge tourist guides. These 22 tours will inspire you, your family, colleagues and friends to leap from page to pavement in the entertaining company of a...
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Bloody British History: Cambridge

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by Barrowclough, David
CONTAINING: DEATH to students: The WEIRD ORIGINS of the University! A PLAGUE on BOTH YOUR PARISHES: BLACK DEATH in Cambridge's streets! OFF WITH HIS HEAD: The bizarre true story of OLIVER CROMWELL's TRAVELLING SKULL! GAS! GAS! THE SECRET RESEARCH TEAM behind WWI's DEADLIEST WEAPON! THE FIFTH MAN: The truth about the CAMBRIDGE FIVE, the Soviet spies who studied! Cambridge has some of the most violent h...
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Grasping Gallipoli: Terrain, Maps and Failure at the Dardanelles, 1915

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by Chasseaud, Peter
It is the perceived wisdom that the Gallipoli Campaign against the Turks in 1915 was deeply flawed and that inadequate planning and bad maps contributed to much unnecessary slaughter. Yet these two experts on terrain and mapping in the Great War contend that the consequences of this have been overplayed.
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Great Stink of London

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by Stephen Halliday
In the sweltering summer of 1858, the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river and was being carried to and fro by the tides. "The Times" called the crisis 'The Great Stink'. Parliament had to act - drastic measures were requ...
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The Little Book of London

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by David Long
Did you Know? Lost property handed in to London Transport over the years has included three dead bats in a box, two human skulls, several silicon breast implants, an outboard motor from a boat, an artificial leg and a whole stuffed gorilla. After Charles II's son Duke of Monmouth was executed for treason his head was sewn back on so he could sit for a royal portrait. In 1868 London's first ever set of tr...
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Tunnels, Towers and Temples

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by David Long
"Tunnels, Towers & Temples" takes a sideways look at London, revealing the hidden stories, curious histories and sometimes comic assocations behind dozens of often quite familiar places. Through their stories, the author reveals a strange side of London most people never come to know, even though they walk its streets every day and take much of what they see entirely for granted. Typical examples includ...
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'Paddington' Pollaky, Private Detective: The Mysterious Life and Times of the Real Sherlock Holmes

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by Kesselman, Bryan
'Paddington' Pollaky, Victorian super-sleuth, was a contradiction: a man of mystery who tried to keep out of the limelight, while at times craving recognition and publicity. He was a busybody, a meddler, yet someone whose heart was ultimately in the right place. Newspaper accounts detail his work as a private detective in London, his association with the Society for the Protection of Young Females, his foi...
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Speakers' Corner: Debate, Democracy and Disturbing the Peace

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by Wolmuth, Philip
Speakers' Corner is a unique look at the people who come to argue, discuss and preach at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, regarded worldwide as the home of free speech. Many of the photographs, taken on Sunday afternoons stretching back almost four decades and published here for the first time, are accompanied by excerpts of speeches, heckles, arguments and debates which are, by turns, intriguing, s...
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Byways, Boots and Blisters

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by Bill Laws
An exploration of our favourite British pastime
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London - City of the Dead

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by David Brandon
London: City of the Dead is a groundbreaking account of London's dealing with death, covering the afterlife, execution, bodysnatching, murder, fatal disease, spiritualism, bizarre deaths and cemeteries.
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The Arctic - A History

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by Vaughan, Richard
The Arctic - A History, by Richard Vaughan, focuses on the human inhabitants of the Arctic - a place that’s neither a continent nor a nation but one of the last contested lands on earth. Describing the history and culture of peoples who have struggled for generations for an existence in some of the most inhospitable areas of the world, and who now must struggle against the newer enemies of climate change an...
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The Stealth Empire - Why the world is not Chinese yet

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by Edward Burman
The book asks why it is that China despite its size and once advanced culture and technology did not become a world power centuries ago? Burman traces the answer through Chinese innate sense of superiority which made foreign conquest and trade an irrelevance. This is about to change with the evolution of what is termed the Stealth Empire characterised by world dominance in the production of consumer goods, ...
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Paul Martin's Britain

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by paul Martin
Paul Martin, presenter of the popular BBC2 "Flog It" series, has had the privilege of being allowed exceptional access to almost every town and city, where he has unlocked doors to reveal fascinating and unusual people, magnificent collections - many being seen in public for the first time - and quirky places. Paul's refreshingly informed perspective means it takes us beyond the tourist trail. At Highclere ...
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The Changing Thames

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by Brian Eade
A stunning collection of mostly unpublished photographs which chart the changes and development of the River Thames from source to London
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