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Tips from Widowers

by Jan Robinson Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2016)

With foreword by journalist Robert Peston

When Jan Robinson's husband died suddenly and unexpectedly, she had the idea of asking any other widows, whenever and wherever she met them, for two tips about how to...


Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby

by Lalonnie Lehman Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

The Great Gatsby is that rare classic that inescapably defines the age from which it sprang: the Roaring '20s, an era of economic boom, stylish excess and above all an explosion of new and exciting fashions....


Mini

by Gillian Bardsley Bloomsbury Publishing (August 10, 2013)

The Mini, now an emblem of the Swinging Sixties, was in fact the product of an age of austerity and shortage, a simple design intended to make motoring more accessible and affordable for the average family....


Chocolate

by Paul Chrystal Bloomsbury Publishing (January 20, 2013)

Kit Kat, Turkish Delight, Creme Egg, Rolo and All Gold: they are all as much a part of British life as were the companies that made them and which led the chocolate revolution in the nineteenth century: Rowntree's,...


Icehouses

by Tim Buxbaum Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2014)

Often hidden away or incorporated into other architectural features, icehouses are a largely forgotten part of our heritage. As winters warmed through the nineteenth century, and supplies of natural ice declined,...


Medieval Wall Paintings

by Roger Rosewell Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

The medieval wall paintings that remain in English churches are for the most part shadows of their former selves Â? the rare fragments of this beautiful art to have survived not only the Reformation but also...


Jews in Britain

by Michael Leventhal & Richard Goldstein Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2013)

This book tells the epic thousand-year story of Britain's Jewish community, the country's oldest minority group, replete with the dark episodes of persecution and expulsion, but also with positive periods of...


The Tube

by Oliver Green Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2012)

From Norman Foster's remarkable station at Canary Wharf to the Yellow-brick vaults of Baker street to the Art Deco exuberance of Arnos Grove, London's tube stations are among its most distinctive and iconic...


Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

by Sarah Jane Downing Bloomsbury Publishing (August 20, 2011)

The broader Regency period 1795 to 1820, stands alone as an incredible moment in fashion history, unlike anything that went before it. For the first time England became a fashion influence, especially for menswear,...


Art Deco

by Eric Knowles Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2014)

Although usually associated with the 1920s and the '30s, in fact the Art Deco style had begun to emerge in France prior to the advent of the First World War. But it was during the interwar years that the style,...


Humphry Repton

by Laura Mayer Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2014)

Humphry Repton (1752Â?1818) ambitiously styled himself Capability Brown's successor: the century's next great improver of landed property. With his rare combinations of skills Â? he was a talented topographical...


Jaguar

by Graham Robson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

Sir William Lyons enjoyed a seemingly unstoppable rise to fame and fortune in the motor industry, and the Jaguar brand that he introduced became world-famous. Yet it did not happen overnight. In the 1920s he...


A Century of Hairstyles

by Pamela Church Gibson Bloomsbury Publishing (April 10, 2014)

Nothing defines a person like their hairstyle Â? and what a century it has been for hair! Bangs, bobs, buns, beehives and bouffants have vied with pixie cuts, pin curls, perms and pageboys for ascendancy in...


American Barns

by Jan Corey Arnett Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

The heart of every working farm and ranch, the barn is an icon of rural America. This book chronicles Â? and celebrates Â? all the main types, and looks at how these treasures of early American architecture...


Peat and Peat Cutting

by Ian Rotherham Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

For thousands of years peat was the main fuel that that warmed houses all over the British Isles, and the mark of the peat cutter is written deep in the landscape. This book is a celebration of a cultural history...


Walking Jane AustenÂ?s London

by Louise Allen Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2013)

From prize-winning historical novelist Louise Allen, this book presents nine walks through both the London Jane Austen knew and the London of her novels! Follow in Jane's footsteps to her publisher's doorstep...


Classic Candy

by Darlene Lacey Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2013)

Whether classics like Hershey's, Mars and M&Ms or trend-setters like PEZ and Atomic Fireballs, candy has a special place� in the hearts and memories of most Americans, who to this day� consume more...


Museums in Britain

by Christine Garwood Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2014)

Museums are at the heart of the nation's cultural life, bastions of Britishness in almost every major city and town. Together they detail myriad aspects of our heritage: from lawnmowers to cuckoo clocks, pencils...


Spas and Spa Visiting

by Ian Rotherham Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

The British spa came into its own in the Georgian period, with thousands flocking to take the waters at Bath, Cheltenham and Tunbridge Wells as well as numerous other towns. As these towns grew, their reputation...


The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times

by John Hannavy Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

Through a collection of coloured holiday photographs covering all the major and several minor resorts around England's coast, linked to selected written commentaries from Charles Dickens and many others, this...


Scottish National Dress and Tartan

by Stuart Reid Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2013)

Tartan is an enormously popular pattern in modern fashion. Beginning as Highland dress, it was originally peculiar to certain areas of Scotland, but is now generally accepted as its national costume: what was...


Ancient Woodland

by Ian Rotherham Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2013)

Though most of us will have enjoyed strolling through beautiful British woodlands, we might not be aware of the ancient Â? and often complex Â? origins of our surroundings. From medieval times, woodlands were...


The Scouts

by Susan Cohen Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

Scouts have been part of the fabric of British society since the Movement's founding by Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, and Scout training continues to provide young people with 'instruction...


Medical Services in the First World War

by Susan Cohen Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2014)

The number of wounded in the First World War was unprecedented, and inadequate military planning presented the medical and voluntary community with huge and daunting challenges. Yet in the face of tremendous...


Duels and Duelling

by Stephen Banks Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

A duel could result from any challenge to a gentleman's honour, from minor insult to major accusation. At a prearranged time, two men at odds would meet, armed either with swords or pistols, to engage in a formal...


British Campaign Medals 1914-2005

by Peter Duckers Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2011)

Surveys the medals awarded to British personnel for military services from the First World War to operations of British forces in the opening years of the twenty-first century. The campaign medals awarded for...


Edwardian Fashion

by Daniel Milford-Cottam Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Fashion in the Edwardian period underwent some quite revolutionary changes. The delicately coloured, flower-and-lace-trimmed trailing gowns and elaborate hairstyles worn by tightly corseted fashionable ladies...


Animals in the First World War

by Neil R. Storey Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2014)

The burden of the Great War was not shouldered by soldiers alone: the tasks, the camaraderie, the day-to-day life and the devastation were all shared with the animals that accompanied the forces abroad. The...


1950s Childhood

by Janet Shepherd & John Shepherd Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Children of the 1950s have much to look back on with fondness: Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy, and Dennis the Menace became part of the family for many, while for others the freedom of the riverbank or railway...


Debutantes and the London Season

by Lucinda Gosling Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2013)

Until the middle of the last century, London's social calendar was dominated by 'the Season', a round of social events and parties during which the daughters of the upper classes made their 'debuts'. Debutantes...


British Railways in the 1950s and Â?60s

by Greg Morse Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

As Britain moved from austerity to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, it became clear that British Railways needed to modernise its equipment and rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face...


Posters of the First World War

by David Bownes & Robert Fleming Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2014)

The First World War, a new low in the annals of armed conflict, coincided with a golden age for the relatively new art of advertising. Striking and colourful posters were produced throughout the years 1914Â?18...


The Country Railway

by Tim Bryan Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

Britain's towns and cities were famously transformed in the nineteenth century by the coming of the railways, turning their fortunes around and giving urban dwellers new opportunities to travel across the country...


Buckles

by Gillian Meredith & Alan Meredith Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

The humble buckle is an often-taken for granted fastening, yet its usefulness and sturdiness has ensured that it has survived from ancient times through to the present day. The author provides a comprehensive...


Glasshouses

by Fiona Grant Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2013)

Since the early seventeenth century, when the cultivation of exotic plants and fruit became fashionable in northern Europe, glasshouses have offered an artificial climate in which they could flourish. At first...


Scalextric

by Jon Mountfort Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

Scalextric, the ultimate boys' toy, arrived in toyshops in 1957. The first-ever electric slot-car system, with uncontrollable tinplate cars running on heavy rubber track, it brought the speed and glamour of...


The Victorian Gardener

by Caroline Ikin Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2014)

Over the course of the nineteenth century, gardening came to be considered a respectable profession, providing a means to an education, a good chance of advancement and decent working conditions. The hierarchy...


Building Toys

by Brian Salter Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

The building-block has been a familiar and much-loved presence in children's toy-boxes for centuries. In the twentieth century, however, new production techniques allowed it to evolve into a multiplicity of...


Tractors

by Nick Baldwin Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

Steam, and then cumbersome motor, tractors existed in small numbers before 1914, after which the need to produce more foods using less horse and man power saw the origins of the machine we know today. Thanks...


The Edwardian GardenerÂ?s Guide

by Twigs Way Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2014)

It is Edwardian England, and a delightful flower garden and fruitful allotment are matters of personal pride, boons for the family dinner table, and even 'important acts of local patriotism'. 'The Edwardian...


Narrow Gauge Railways

by Peter Johnson Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2013)

Narrow gauge railways, so well suited to difficult, mountainous terrain, were built in many of the UK's most scenic locations. Their genesis was in mines and quarries where they replaced manor horse-pulled wagons,...


Bridal Fashion 1900Â?1950

by Kathleen York Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2013)

From homespun to haute couture, the dresses worn by American brides in the first half of the twentieth century had myriad influences. In Bridal Fashion 1900Â?1950, living-history expert Kathleen York takes...


Harley-Davidson

by Margie Siegal Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2014)

Harley-Davidson: words that evoke the open American road and the 'Made in America' tradition like no others. The sweeping chopper handlebars, the distinctive throaty 'potato potato' roar of the engine and the...


The Country Blacksmith

by David L. McDougall Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2013)

The blacksmith was once crucial to village life, whether commissioned for the humblest repair, the most luxurious ironwork or even the odd anvil marriage. Occupying prime position in the village, the forge attracted...


1950s American Fashion

by Jonathan Walford Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2012)

The 1950s was the first decade when American fashion became truly American. The United States had always relied on Europe for its style leads, but during World War II, when necessity became the mother of invention,...


Smugglers and Smuggling

by Trevor May Bloomsbury Publishing (August 10, 2014)

Smuggling was rife in Britain between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, and since then smugglers have come often to be romanticised as cheeky rogues Â? as highwaymen of the coasts and Robin Hood...


The Victorians and Edwardians at Work

by John Hannavy Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2011)

A picture can say a thousand words and the images caught on camera during the Victorian and Edwardian periods provide a fascinating insight into the lives of Britons during this time. Take a step back between...


The Golden Age of Train Travel

by Steve Barry Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2014)

For the century after 1865 all the largest railroad companies had flagship luxury trains, spectacularly appointed steamliners offering unrivaled standards of service and thoughtful amenities including ladies'...


The Victorian Detective

by Alan Moss & Keith Skinner Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

At the dawn of the Victorian age there was effectively no police detective force in Britain and detecting methods were rudimentary; by the end of Victoria's reign the Criminal Investigation Department had been...


Royal Weddings

by Emily Brand Bloomsbury Publishing (May 24, 2011)

Royal nuptials are always a cause for excitement both at home and abroad, and never more so than when the couple in question are young, glamorous and bathed in the glow of genuine romance. But the meaning invested...