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  • National Trust Histories: Wessexby Humphrey Welfare

    G2 Rights Ltd 2015; US$ 7.99

    The name 'Wessex' is full of echoes of the ancient past - of Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill - and of the regional novels of Thomas Hardy. The ploughing up of traditional downland pastures and the removal of ancient hedgerows, woodlands and wetlands from the vales have changed some of Hardy's windswept grasslands and dairy-rich... more...

  • National Trust Histories: Cornwallby Jack Ravensdale

    G2 Rights Ltd 2015; US$ 7.99

    Cornwall has its own language, culture, outlook and a powerful individuality. Its scenery is unique in Britain and to see a remotely similar countryside one must travel across the sea to another Celtic bastion, Brittany  It is also a place where reality is far more fascinating and diverse than popular images suggest. Hidden coves, where... more...

  • National Trust Histories: The Lake Districtby Christopher Barringer

    G2 Rights Ltd 2015; US$ 7.99

    The Lake District was, until the 19th century, a remote, neglected and inaccessible part of England. Before the arrival of good road and rail networks and tourism it had been home to successive generations of very tough people: prehistoric peasant farmers, small Roman garrisons, Norse and Saxon settlers, monastic tenants and, after the Dissolution... more...

  • Wellingtonby Philip J Haythornthwaite

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 9.95

    One of the Duke of Wellington's officers once remarked, "We would rather see his long nose in the sight than a reinforcement of ten thousand men." Arthur Wellesley, first duke of Wellington (1769?1852), was one of the greatest military commanders in history and is best known as the successful opponent at Waterloo of arguably the leading general of... more...

  • Gordonby Brad Faught

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 9.95

    Charles George Gordon was the preeminent military hero of the late-Victorian British Empire. A lifetime officer in the Royal Engineers, he served in several theaters of war and imperial contest, most notably China and the Sudan. His last assignment took him back to the dusty Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where he supervised the overmatched Anglo-Egyptian... more...

  • At the Yeoman's Houseby Ronald Blythe

    Enitharmon Press 2011; US$ 11.99

    When in 1947 the young writer Ronald Blythe first visited Bottengoms Farm on the Essex-Suffolk border, the ancient house of the artists John and Christine Nash, he could not have guessed that this would in time become his own home and the centre of the writing life. It was to bring him fame with publication of his study of rural life, Akenfield ... more...

  • Orde Wingate and the British Army, 1922-1944by Simon Anglim

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    Major General Orde Wingate (1903?1944) was the most controversial British military commander of the Second World War, and perhaps of the last hundred years. Anglim's biography fills a significant void in the literature, making extensive use of Wingate's papers to place him firmly in the context of the British army of the time. more...

  • Watford: A Historyby Mary Forsyth

    The History Press 2015; US$ 11.99

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  • The Story of Bradfordby Alan Hall

    The History Press 2013; US$ 4.99

    The Story of Bradford traces the city?s history from earliest times to the present, concluding with comments on the issues, challenges and opportunities that the 21st century will present. The departure of the German wool merchants in 1914 and the tragedy that befell the Bradford Pals at the Somme had a serious effect not just on the city but further... more...

  • The Case of the Poisoned Partridgeby Diane Janes

    The History Press 2013; US$ 11.99

    On 22 June 1931, Lieutenant Hugh Chevis and Frances, his bride of six months, sat down to dinner as usual at their bungalow at Deepcut Barracks. Within an hour, Chevis was showing signs of strychnine poisoning and by the next morning he was dead. Thus began one of the most intriguing unsolved murder enquiries of the twentieth century ? soon to become... more...