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.
Great Women's Lives
The Times: A Celebration in Obituaries
Beginning with the mathematician Mary Somerville (1789–1872), who was the first woman to receive more than a cursory death notice in The Times, this volume draws on the newspaper’s archives to present 125 obituaries. Among the women are writers, artists, musicians and actors, scientists and scholars, politicians and royalty, arranged chronologically from 1872 to the death of Alice Herz-Sommer, the concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, in 2014. Foreword by Lucy Worsley.
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 Story of Ely
Ely’s impressive collection of monastic buildings has been the backdrop to a rich and varied past embracing gradual development and dramatic change. An Ely-born councillor highlights the contributions of powerful bishops and famous residents as he traces the city’s history from 673, when Etheldreda established her monastery on this large island in the Cambridgeshire Fens, to the award of city status in 1974 and flourishing contemporary innovations including the Eel Festival and Potato Race.
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 from mess tins and Mills bombs to the YMCA stationery issued in rest camps, many assembled in historical tableaux that recreate period scenes.