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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....

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...


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...

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,...


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...

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 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'...

Route 66

by David Knudson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2012)

Begun in 1926 to connect Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 was the country's first major east-west thoroughfare. By 1930 it was an important route for both truckers and travellers alike, and in 1939 it became...

Aston Martin

by Richard Loveys Bloomsbury Publishing (April 10, 2015)

Aston Martin is now more than a century old Â? and what a century it has been. Since its birth in London on the eve of the First World War, the company has experienced the highs of racing triumph Â? most famously...

Classic Video Games

by Brian R. Eddy Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

In the early 1970s, video arcade games sprung to life in the form of Pong, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Pac-Man, and if you were lucky enough to have an Atari system you could play Frogger or Galaga at home....

First World War Britain

by Peter Doyle Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

The First World War profoundly changed British society. The armed forces' need for mass recruitment saw the workforce severely depleted, with women stepping up to shoulder the burden; but nobody could ignore...

Volkswagen Beetle

by Richard Copping Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

Few cars have achieved the iconic status of Volkswagen's classic and much-loved Beetle Â? yet its origins are intertwined with the dark days of Nazism. This book looks at those origins, at the marque's initial...


by Ruth Artmonsky Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

From humble beginnings in the 1830s, The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company grew to dominate British mercantile shipping for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Initially, the company's...

Railway Accidents

by Greg Morse Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2014)

Britain's rail network is now among the safest in the world, but the journey that brought it to that point has been long and eventful. Early incidents like the felling of William Huskisson MP by Stephenson's...

A Century of Motoring

by Jon Pressnell Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2015)

The lot of the motorist has changed greatly over the last hundred years. In the early twentieth century, only the most wealthy could afford a motor car and there were very few rules and regulations. Now most...

The Touring Caravan

by Andrew Jenkinson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

From the original horse-drawn caravan to the sophisticated and well-appointed luxury leisure vehicle we know today, this book follows the dynamic evolution of the touring caravan over the last century. Using...

Railway Architecture

by Bill Fawcett Bloomsbury Publishing (January 10, 2015)

The great arched train sheds of Victorian Britain are often seen as the nineteenth-century equivalent of medieval cathedrals: once specific railway buildings became necessary around 1830 British architects seized...