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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 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 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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'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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Spying For The Raj: the Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya

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by Jules Stewart
A pundit (or pandit) is a Hindu Brahmin who has memorised a substantial portion of the Hindu scriptures. In the second half of the nineteenth century, however, the term was used to denote native surveyors, who explored regions to the north of India for the British Raj. The British initially sent army officers to map these countries, but the task was fraught with danger. In the 1860s, Captain Thomas Montgome...
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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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Harold Jarman: Bristol Rovers Local Hero

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by Jay, Mike
Harold Jarman is a Bristol-born sporting legend. A highly talented winger for Bristol Rovers, he made almost 500 League appearances for the club, scoring over a century of goals. Although he has taken on many different roles for clubs in the UK and the United States, his heart has always belonged to Bristol - he returned initially as youth team manager, then caretaker manager (saving the Rovers from relega...
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South West Secret Agents: True Stories of the West Country at War

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by Quigley, Laura
True tales of Second World War spies from across the West Country have been collected together for the very first time in this fascinating book.
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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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Newgate - London's Prototype of Hell

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by Stephen Halliday
There have been more prisons in London than in any other European city. Of these, Newgate was the largest, most notorious and worst. Built during the twelfth century, it became a legendary place - the inspiration of more poems, plays and novels than any other building in London. It was a place of cruelty and wretchedness, at various times holding Dick Turpin, Titus Oates, Daniel Defoe, Jack Sheppard and Cas...
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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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The Bristol Colouring Book

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by The History Press
The Bristol Colouring Book
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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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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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Hamstead And Primrose Hill

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by Malcolm Holmes
The superb photographs in this book take the reader on a fascinating journey through the recent history of Hampstead, Kilburn, Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage, Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm. The pictures give an unforgettable impression of familiar streets and districts as they developed, and the book offers an evocative insight into the daily lives and living conditions of the residents in the early years of th...
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The Passport

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by Martin, Lloyd
The passport is one of the most widespread documents in worldwide use and yet, paradoxically, it has no basis in law: one state cannot demand another to do something - give access - simply by issuing a document. Yet, by insisting on the requirement of holding a passport the state has provided itself with a neat self-financing, data collection and surveillance system. This well illustrated book tells, for th...
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Island of Lundy

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by A LANGHAM
Now managed by the Landmark Trust, Lundy lies in the Bristol Channel 23 miles to the west of Ilfracombe. Isolated, it has remained for the most part a moorland wilderness and has escaped the inroads of development that have encroached elsewhere. Yet today Lundy is visited by boatloads of visitors throughout the summer, lured there by its extraordinary history and plentiful wildlife. "The Island of Lundy", t...
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Cambridgeshire From The Air

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by Susan Oosthuizen
The aerial photographs selected for this book tell the visual story of the Cambridgeshire landscape from prehistoric times to the end of the 20th century. Human activity and occupation over the course of 6000 years have left indelible marks on the countryside which are clearly visible from the air. Stone Age tracks and earthworks, Iron Age camps and medieval manor houses, modern buildings and sprawling town...
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Old Photographs of Hong Kong

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by David Cuppleditch
This addition to the "Britain in Old Photographs" series brings together a collection of black-and-white pictures spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from family albums, local collections and professional photographers, they show the way things were and how they have changed. Every photograph is captioned, providing names and dates where possible, revealing historical and anecdotal detail...
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