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Pepys's London


Everyday Life in London, 1650-1703

Stephen Porter


Amberley 2011
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A Londoner born and bred, the diarist Samuel Pepys lived through some of the city's most stirring and turbulent times, including the Restoration, the A Londoner born and bred, the diarist Samuel Pepys lived through some of the city's most stirring and turbulent times, including the Restoration, the Plague, and the Great Fire. Drawing on his journals and a host of other contemporary sources, this compelling history charts the rapid development of the metropolis at the time, its vibrant yet brutal street culture, and its larger-than-life personalities, from Nell Gwynne to Colonel Blood, who stole the Crown Jewels and got away with it....more
 

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Edwardian Rambles



Henry Atty


Alfresco 1998
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From their Warrington home, Henry Atty and his wife enjoyed pleasant bicycle excursions to local attractions such as Knutsford, Chester, and Hoylake, From their Warrington home, Henry Atty and his wife enjoyed pleasant bicycle excursions to local attractions such as Knutsford, Chester, and Hoylake, on the largely traffic-free roads of the 1910s. The beautifully hand-written, illustrated and ornamented record he made of these journeys is an interesting and cheerful commentary on the Edwardian countryside and landmarks, as well as a charming work of art. This is a facsimile edition of Atty's original journal, which he called Cycling Rambles. ...more
 

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Anything Goes


A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

Lucy Moore


Atlantic 2008
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Jambusters


The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War

Julie Summers


Simon & Schuster 2013
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As well as influencing government policy on evacuation, children's health, education and housing during the Second World War, the WI ran canteens for As well as influencing government policy on evacuation, children's health, education and housing during the Second World War, the WI ran canteens for the troops, collected rosehips and herbs for the pharmaceutical industry, knitted woollens for soldiers and refugees and made 12 million pounds of jam. Based on archive research and interviews with WI members, this book follows the activities of the organization at national and local level and describes its substantial contribution to the war effort. ...more
 

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An English Affair


Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

Richard Davenport-Hines


Harper 2013
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In 1963, Britain was rocked by the revelation that John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, had been having an affair with a call girl who was also iIn 1963, Britain was rocked by the revelation that John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, had been having an affair with a call girl who was also involved with a Russian military attache. This masterly account vividly evokes the intrigue, the colourful personalities, the louche country house parties, and the press frenzy that dealt a death blow not only to the Macmillan government, but to the old England of discretion and deference. ...more
 

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The Only Way Was Essex



Spike Mays


Abacus 2013
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This classic memoir, originally published in 1969 as Reuben's Way, brings into sharp focus how much life in East Anglia has changed since the author'sThis classic memoir, originally published in 1969 as Reuben's Way, brings into sharp focus how much life in East Anglia has changed since the author's childhood in the 1920s. Brought up in a cottage with no electricity or running water, Spike Mays describes a life of rural poverty enlivened by the colourful characters of his village - among them the poacher, the parson and the local drunk. ...more
 

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Horse and Man in Early Modern England



Peter Edwards


Hambledon 2007
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The British in France


Visitors and Residents since the Revolution

Peter Thorold


Continuum 2008
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Countless Britons visit France each year, and more than 100,000 live there - and we have been doing so for centuries. Blending erudition and entertainCountless Britons visit France each year, and more than 100,000 live there - and we have been doing so for centuries. Blending erudition and entertainment, this book tells the stories of those who went to Paris for the nightlife; to Bordeaux to trade in wine; to Monte Carlo for the casinos; or to the Channel ports to escape bankruptcy or disgrace. In doing so, it sheds fascinating light on the development of travel, and our love-hate relationship with our ancient neighbour. ...more
 

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A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain


A Social History of Queen Victoria's Reign

Michael Paterson


Robinson 2008
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Michael Paterson makes the point that the Victorians were not so different from us: 'they had a fixation with new technology, were guilty of gross matMichael Paterson makes the point that the Victorians were not so different from us: 'they had a fixation with new technology, were guilty of gross materialism, yet this was balanced... by a willingness to give charitable aid'. This readable history looks at everyday life: the food, fashion, transport, religion, work and leisure of ordinary Britons from the 1830s to the end of the century. ...more
 

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Your Garden in War-Time



CH Middleton


Aurum 2010
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The War on Our Doorstep


London's East End and How the Blitz Changed it Forever

Harriet Salisbury


Ebury 2012
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Compiled from recordings now held in the Museum of London, this is a social history of the East End in the words of East Enders. They describe growingCompiled from recordings now held in the Museum of London, this is a social history of the East End in the words of East Enders. They describe growing up in the early 20th century, their working lives, particularly in the docks, momentous events such as the First World War zeppelin raids, the Silvertown Explosion and the devastating Second World War Blitz; and they mostly lament the re-building after 1945 that replaced the old terraced houses, but not the communities. ...more
 

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The Day We Went to War



Terry Charman


Virgin 2009
Paperback 
 

At 11.15am on 3 September 1939, people gathered around radios to hear the announcement they had been dreading: that Britain was at war with Germany. DAt 11.15am on 3 September 1939, people gathered around radios to hear the announcement they had been dreading: that Britain was at war with Germany. Drawing on the personal stories of men and women across Europe who lived through the first year of the Second World War, Chapman's book evokes, hour-by-hour, sometimes minute-by-minute, the events and apprehensions of the days leading up to the declaration of war and the months of 'phoney war' that followed. Previously published as 'Outbreak 1939'. ...more
 

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Captured Memories 1900-1918


Across the Threshold of War

Peter Liddle


Pen & Sword 2010
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The pioneering oral historian Peter Liddle's 4000-plus interviews with the survivors of two world wars form the backbone of the Liddle Collection at LThe pioneering oral historian Peter Liddle's 4000-plus interviews with the survivors of two world wars form the backbone of the Liddle Collection at Leeds University. This selection focuses on the memories of participants in the First World War, men from all walks of life who served on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and at sea, including the future Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. They are both a moving testimony of human endurance and a priceless historical resource. ...more
 

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The Diary of a Young Wife, 1953



Hazel Wheeler


Amberley 2009
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Gardens of Earthly Delight


The History of Deer Parks

John Fletcher


Windgather 2011
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Since prehistory, emperors, kings and rural landowners have enclosed deer in parks, and England possesses many more of these hunting grounds than any Since prehistory, emperors, kings and rural landowners have enclosed deer in parks, and England possesses many more of these hunting grounds than any other country. In this original and significant study, deer vet John Fletcher offers a chronological account of their history and development, ecology and forest management. Extensively illustrated with modern colour photographs and historic paintings and prints, the book also examines the role of hunting as an aristocratic pursuit and a symbol of status and power. ...more
 

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