Women of the Home Front
Serving the Nation in Photographs
This photographic survey records the work and contributions of women on the Home Front in a wide variety of services and military branches supporting the war effort. With around 150 images, it illustrates the breadth of roles they filled, from agriculture, policing and meteorology to building bomber engines and maintaining anti-aircraft guns.
Britain's Heritage Railways in Photographs
As Britain’s railways switched to electric and diesel engines in the 1960s, a growing band of enthusiasts became determined to preserve steam locomotion for posterity. This collection of photographs, from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway to Llangollen and the North York Moors, depicts the surviving lines and the special events they often hold to celebrate Britain’s history and culture.
Britain's Most Eccentric Sports
This humorous celebration of the weirdest British sports and pastimes, including Cheese Rolling, Pooh Sticks and Gravy Wrestling, is fully illustrated, with many images coming from events that are rooted in cultural peculiarities, such as the Pantomime Horse Grand National, or quirky local traditions, such as the Nettle Eating Championships or the Alnwick Shrovetide Football.
The Gunpowder Plot
The 1605 Gunpowder Plot is one of the best-known events in British history, commemorated on 5 November each year. This book re-evaluates the evidence about the origins, depth and extent of the plot. It profiles the conspirators, including Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes, and examines their backgrounds, aims and objectives. It follows their trial and execution, and reveals for the first time how close they came to overthrowing the government. Slightly off-mint.
The Victor Story
The Handley Page Victor bomber was developed to carry Britain's nuclear deterrent in the late 1950s and repurposed for reconnaissance and refuelling duties from the late 1960s. Photographs of the Victor at all stages of its development and deployment accompany the text in this concise history.
A Grim Almanac of Herefordshire
This catalogue of ghastly episodes in Herefordshire’s past features tales of murderers, bodysnatchers, duellists, poachers, and others including the farmer bitten to death by his horse in 1887, and a young man from Colwall who allegedly sat on a spike. Throughout this array of catastrophes and tragedies, Nicola Sly gives an insight into the broader social history of the county.
A Ship Through Time
The Empire Windrush has become a symbol of the generation that came to Britain from the Caribbean in the aftermath of the Second World War, but the story of the ship itself is less well known. Built in Hamburg in 1930, the Monte Rosa transported prisoners to Auschwitz before it was captured by the British and renamed; and after its famous voyage, the ship saw action in the Korean War.
The War in the Peninsula
And Recollections of the Storming of the Castle of Badajos
These are two classic accounts of the Peninsular War, one by a young Lieutenant who saw action in major battles; the other is a graphic description of the storming of Badajos by a captain who guided the 50th Regiment’s 3rd division during the assault.
John F Kennedy's Special Relationship with Great Britain
Tracking John F Kennedy’s exploits in Britain between 1935 and 1963, from the era of the Great Depression in the USA to the Cold War arms race, Christopher Sandford looks in depth at how Britain shaped JFK throughout his adult life, and how he in turn charmed British society. Set against the Second World War and its aftermath, the story of this ‘special relationship’ suggests how certain experiences of Britain may have influenced Kennedy’s basic thinking as president.
Three Generations of Railwaymen
Born in rural Lincolnshire, Jim Body had just turned thirteen when he became a ‘lad trainee’ with the Great Northern Railway in 1916; his son Geoff joined the LNER in 1945; and Geoff’s son Ian began his management training in 1972: their three stories span a century of railway history, told from the personal perspective of working railwaymen.
Terror in the Tunnels
Britain's Dangerous Railway History
Box Tunnel in Wiltshire is one of the great engineering feats of the railway age but tragically, up to 100 navvies lost their lives during its construction. This history of the building of Britain’s railway infrastructure investigates the many collapses, explosions, floodings, collisions and other accidents that occurred in the tunnels and how lessons about their dangers were gradually learned.
The British Soldier in the First World War
This study of the ordinary British soldier of the First World War focuses on his everyday routines and the equipment, uniform and personal kit that would have been his familiar companions. Covering recruitment, training, life in the trenches and recuperation away from the front, first-hand accounts are complemented by examples of items including mess tins, Mills bombs and the YMCA stationery issued in rest camps, many assembled in historical tableaux that recreate period scenes.
The Mistress of Mayfair
Men, Money and the Marriage of Doris Delevingne
Based on a pursuit of the finer things in life, the marriage of the socialite Doris Delevingne and the gossip columnist Valentine Brown was tempestuous from the start, rocked by affairs with famous figures including Winston Churchill and Diana Mitford. This volume, illustrated with contemporary photographs, charts their relationship during the 1920s and 1930s, offering new insights into the decadent, brittle world of the 'Bright Young Things'.
Lady Jane Grey
Nine Days Queen
As the great-niece of Henry VIII, Jane Grey was a pawn in the power game of Tudor politics. The dying Edward VI made Jane his heir and, on 6 July 1553, aged 16, she became queen. Her reign lasted nine days: when Mary Tudor claimed the throne, Jane was sent to the Tower and beheaded in 1554. In this compassionate biography, Plowden tells the story of a gifted, scholarly girl, doomed by her royal blood.
Paul Nixon: The Autobiography
Wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon is among the most eccentric cricketers to play for England, Leicestershire or Kent. With forewords from Steve Waugh and Viv Richards, this frank, humorous account of his career addresses issues such as family tragedy, sledging, match-fixing and his battle with mental demons.
The Gunpowder Plot
The 1605 Gunpowder Plot is one of the best-known events in British history, commemorated on 5 November each year. This book re-evaluates the evidence about the origins, depth and extent of the plot. It profiles the conspirators, including Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes, and examines their backgrounds, aims and objectives. It follows their trial and execution, and reveals for the first time how close they came to overthrowing the government.
Remembering 1914–18, Great War Britain
Swindon’s principal employer – the Great Western Railway – expanded its output of rolling stock during the First World War, as well as extending operations to the production of munitions. This review of the conflict’s impact on the town includes archive photographs and ephemera.
Remembering 1914–18, Great War Britain
The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment was the destination for many of Lancaster’s young men in 1914. This study of the city’s experience of the war draws on regimental records as well as first-hand accounts and contemporary documents and photographs.
Remembering 1914–18, Great War Britain
To supplement the workforce manufacturing grenades at the Mills Munition Works, 15,000 people moved to Birmingham. This local history recalls the impact their arrival had on life on the home front and recounts the experiences of the city’s enlisted men.
From Hope to Hatred
Voices of the Falls Curfew
The 36-hour curfew imposed by the British Army on the Catholic Falls Road area from 3–5 July 1970 was a turning point in the Northern Ireland conflict. Drawing on interviews with those on both sides, this history tells how a weapons search escalated into rioting and a gun battle that left four dead and 75 injured, charts the background to the curfew, discusses its legality, and assesses its consequences.
False Starts, Near Misses and Dangerous Goods
Railwaymen's Stories About the Challenges of Running a Railway
The task of running a railway safely is not a simple matter: propelling heavy equipment, passengers and freight cross-country through varying terrains and weather is a major technical and mechanical feat. This collection of anecdotes from railway operators gives a personal view of some of the perils of the business, from derailments and trains spotted with no brakes, to the challenges of transporting lion cubs.
The Life and Times of the Honourable Ivor Montagu – Filmmaker, Communist, Spy
The son of a wealthy peer, Ivor Montagu founded the London Film Society to champion the art form – but his overriding interest was in communism. Based on interviews and archival research, this biography follows these two concerns, recounting a career that included making documentaries about the Spanish Civil War, producing several of Hitchcock’s films and spying for Russia, while remaining blind until the end of his life to the horrors of Stalin’s regime.
The Changing Scene of Merchant Shipping
A Photographic Survey
With a collection of 100 photographs and informative captions, Hucknall surveys the merchant shipping industry since the late 1990s in sections on container ships, general cargo vessels, ro-ros, bulk carriers, reefers, passenger ships, tugs and tankers.
The Authorised Biography of Nicol Williamson
John Osborne hailed him as ‘the greatest actor since Brando’; the New York Times called him ‘the terrible tiger of the English stage’. Nicol Williamson (1936–2011) was as renowned for his hellraising as for his Shakespearian heroes. This biography is based on the recollections of his family and fellow actors and follows his brilliant but chequered career, tracing the origins of his uncompromising and ultimately self-destructive genius in his tough Clydeside upbringing.
The Baby Boomer Generation
A Lifetime of Memories
This blend of memoir and social history explores the experiences of the generation born in the aftermath of the Second World War. Decade by decade, from rationing to the internet, it notes not only events of national and international importance, such as the Cuban missile crisis, but changes to the fabric of everyday life: pop music, ready meals, shell suits and reality TV.
The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950, Sixth Edition
This encyclopedic reference book analyses the most serious aviation accidents of the last seven decades, focusing on incidents in which more than 50 people died. It includes summaries of accident reports, accompanied by insights into the technical details, and diagrams and photographs of the relevant aeroplanes. This approach also demonstrates the way that the nature of accidents has changed over the years, as various hazards were identified and safety features introduced in response.
Ancestors on the Move
A History of Overseas Travel
Many families owe their present location to travel, whether emigration to the USA, transportation to Australia or migration from the Caribbean. This book charts the main sea routes, describes conditions on board ship, and details the records researchers can consult to trace their ancestors’ journey.