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Women of the World

by Helen McCarthy Bloomsbury Publishing (May 22, 2014)

Throughout the twentieth century and long before, hundreds of determined British women defied the social conventions of their day in order to seek adventure and influence on the world stage. Some became travellers...

Whitaker's Britain

by Bloomsbury Publishing Bloomsbury Publishing (September 26, 2013)

Whitaker's Britain draws on an extensive archive which dates back to 1868 when Joseph Whitaker first published Whitaker's Almanack. With its combination of facts, figures and commentary on subjects as diverse...

The Little Wonder

by Robert Winder Bloomsbury Publishing (April 11, 2013)

John Wisden, at his peak known as 'The Little Wonder', was a key member of the England cricket team who in 1859 sailed across the Atlantic on the world's first overseas cricket tour. In 1864, after his retirement,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

The Salvation Army

by Susan Cohen Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2013)

The Salvation Army is a byword for philanthropy and charitable work, with its brass bands and uniformed officers indelible parts of the fabric of British life Â? yet many may not be aware of the real extent...

World War II Allied Nursing Services

by Martin Brayley & Ramiro Bujeiro Bloomsbury Publishing (February 20, 2012)

The skill and care of the women of the Allied military nursing services was remembered gratefully by hundreds of thousands of wounded servicemen. The small peacetime services increased rapidly by enrolling reservists...

The Cherwell School

by Martin Roberts Bloomsbury Publishing (June 07, 2013)

Originally among the smallest secondary schools in Oxford, and without much of a reputation, by 2013 The Cherwell School had grown fourfold and established a national reputation for quality. Martin Roberts tells...

Leehurst Swan School

by Jane Howells Bloomsbury Publishing (December 18, 2013)

The first school at Leehurst in Campbell Road, Salisbury, run by the Sisters of Christian Education, was opened by the Bishop of Clifton in May 1914. In 1953 the school was taken over by the Sisters of La Retraite...

New College School, Oxford

by Matthew Jenkinson Bloomsbury Publishing (June 26, 2013)

New College School is one of the oldest continually functioning schools in the United Kingdom and, indeed, the world. It was founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, to provide choristers...

The In & Out

by Tim Newark Bloomsbury Publishing (November 21, 2015)

The Naval and Military Club Â? or the 'In & Out' as it is affectionately known Â? is one of Britain's greatest and oldest service clubs and this book tells its rich and entertaining history for the first time....


by Anthony Bale & David Feldman Bloomsbury Publishing (March 24, 2016)

Blood is something that all humans share: a vital force that courses through our veins Â? the giver of life. This book gathers together specially commissioned essays from leading scholars which reflect on the...

Magdalen College School

by Laurence Brockliss Bloomsbury Publishing (July 28, 2016)

Founded in the grounds of Magdalen College 500 years ago, Magdalen College School has been educating centuries of students. Originally intended to offer free tuition in grammar, it has attracted students from...

Navigational Instruments

by Richard Dunn Bloomsbury Publishing (May 19, 2016)

With over two-thirds of the globe covered by water, the ability to navigate safely and quickly across the oceans has been crucial throughout human history. As seafarers attempted longer and longer voyages from...

Sticklers, Sideburns and Bikinis

by Graeme Donald, Andrew Wiest & William Shepherd Bloomsbury Publishing (May 20, 2013)

Did you know they started 'hearing through the grapevine' during the American Civil War, that 'ghettos' originated in Venice or that 'deadline' has a very sinister origin? Jam-packed with many amazing facts,...

Letters from the Front

by Andrew Roberts & The Imperial War The Imperial War Museum Bloomsbury Publishing (March 20, 2014)

A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Letters from the Front is a collection of correspondence sent by British and Commonwealth troops from the front line of war to their loved ones at home. Poignant expressions...

Thetford Grammar School

by David Seymour Bloomsbury Publishing (April 20, 2016)

Thetford Grammar School's formation is shrouded in mystery, but it may date back as far as 631. First re-founded by the Bishop of Norwich in 1114, the school was revitalised following the dissolution of the...

Handbook of the United States of America, 1880

by Lp Brockett Bloomsbury Publishing (August 10, 2014)

Millions of immigrants entered America's "golden doorÂ?? in the years after 1880. This authentically reproduced Handbook of the United States was a trusted resource that told them everything they needed to...

St Christopher School

by Chris McNab Bloomsbury Publishing (December 03, 2014)

In 1915 a new school opened in Letchworth. Based upon Theosophic values, it offered a very progressive form of education, with children encouraged to develop their own personal interests, and emphasis placed...


by Ted Bruning Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2015)

Back cover: A dram of fine scotch can transport us to Scotland Highlands or Lowlands, coast or island from anywhere in the world. This fully illustrated book looks at the ingredients and processes, the distilleries,...

Consult the Oracle

by Gabriel Nostradamus Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2013)

"If you sing before breakfast you will cry before supper...' In their own words, what it meant for Victorians to dream of actors, April Fools, herrings or a railway ticket Â? why it was advised to throw a black...

The Woman and the Car

by Dorothy Levitt Bloomsbury Publishing (July 10, 2014)

The Woman and the Car is a faithfully reproduced, quirky classic from the dawn of motoring Â? and testament to womankind's perennial claim on the steering wheel! Take a spin through a time Â? 1909, to be precise...

Pillboxes and Tank Traps

by Bernard Lowry Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

With invasion a very real threat, in 1940 Great Britain began a huge military construction programme designed to stop an invading army in its tracks. Around vulnerable coastlines, and inland, thousands of pillboxes,...

Fashion in the 1940s

by Jayne Shrimpton Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2014)

This book reveals the impact of wartime and austerity on British fashion and tells the story of how a spirit of patriotism and make-do-and-mend unleashed a wave of new creativity among women who were starved...

The Wartime Garden

by Twigs Way Bloomsbury Publishing (February 10, 2015)

This War is a Food WarÂ?' In 1941 Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, was determined that the Garden Front would save England: 'Dig for Victory' was the slogan, digging for dinner the reality. With food imports...

Titled Americans, 1890

by Chauncey M Depew Bloomsbury Publishing (October 20, 2013)

Perfect for all Downton Abbey fans, this is the 1890 book behind the marriage of Lord and Lady Grantham. In an age when securing a prudent match was all-important for both sexes, Titled Americans offered a glance...

Arthur MurrayÂ?s Popularity Book

by Arthur Murray Bloomsbury Publishing (March 10, 2014)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1944, the Popularity Book is a vintage guidebook full of wise and wonderful advice on living well, building poise and maintaining good relationships. Drawing on books, testimonials and magazines...

Horse Racing in Britain and Ireland

by Anne Holland Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

Often called the sport of kings, horse racing dates back at least to the chariot races of the ancient Olympic Games. Arriving in Britain with the Romans in the first century BC, its popularity among the elite...

The British Dentist

by Rachel Bairsto Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2015)

Though the prospect may fill us with dread, most of us need dental treatment at some stage Â? and the reality is that better care has never been available, as this fully illustrated book shows. Early dentistry...

Notre Dame High School, Norwich

by John Eady Bloomsbury Publishing (July 01, 2014)

For a century and a half Notre Dame High School has occupied a central position in Norwich, and within the Roman Catholic community of East Anglia. This book traces the school's founding, the development of...

The City School

by Steve Ryan Bloomsbury Publishing (December 18, 2014)

QEH opened in 1590 in line with the instructions laid down in John Carr's will of 1586. Always known as the City School, it has occupied three sites in and around the centre of Bristol. The current site in Berkeley...

Royal Jubilees

by Judith Millidge Bloomsbury Publishing (June 20, 2012)

In 1809, thanksgiving ceremonies and feasts across Britain ushered George III into his fiftieth year as king. This was the first British celebration of a royal jubilee and set the tone for the five that have...

The Iron Industry

by Richard Hayman Bloomsbury Publishing (February 25, 2016)

The iron industry was the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution, producing a vital source of iron without which none of the great engineering achievements of the Victorian age would have been possible. This...

Gloves and Glove-making

by Mike Redwood Bloomsbury Publishing (February 25, 2016)

From workaday marigolds to hand-wear custom crafted for the Queen, gloves perform many functions Â? insulation from the cold, protection from injury, and even ceremonial roles. Gloves have been used since prehistoric...

Love, Tommy

by Andrew Roberts & The Imperial War The Imperial War Museum Bloomsbury Publishing (September 20, 2012)

A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Love Tommy, is a collection of letters housed at the Imperial War Museum sent by British and Commonwealth troops from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa...

The German Home Front 1939Â?45

by Brian L Davis & Malcolm Mcgregor Bloomsbury Publishing (May 20, 2012)

This book outlines and illustrates the living conditions of German civilians in World War II, and the Nazi state's basic structure. German families suffered the same hardships as British labour conscription,...

The British Home Front 1939Â?45

by Martin Brayley & Malcolm Mcgregor Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

The population of Britain was mobilized to support the war effort on a scale unseen in any other Western democracy Â? or in Nazi Germany. They endured long working shifts, shortages of food and all other goods,...