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  • Horse Racing in Britain and Irelandby Anne Holland

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 7.95

    Historian and experienced rider Anne Holland explores the history of horse racing, from the horses and jockeys, the history and racecourses, to betting and race-goers. The "Sport of Kings," racing dates back to contests between chariots at the ancient Olympics. Racing came to Britain with the Romans, and its popularity, particularly among the elite,... more...

  • Prefab Homesby Elisabeth Blanchet

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 7.95

    In 1944, Winston Churchill promised to manufacture up to 500,000 prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage after the Second World War. Made in factories, over 156,000 temporary "prefabs" of a few designs were delivered to eager Local Authorities. They were nicknamed 'Palaces for the People'. With convenient kitchens, bathrooms and heating... more...

  • Railway Accidentsby Greg Morse

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 7.95

    Though trains are one of the safest forms of transport, train accidents always make headline news. Their history is, in many ways, the history of technological development and learning. Early incidents like the felling of William Huskisson MP by Stephenson's Rocket in 1830 led to the reporting systems we know today, while within 50 years safer signalling... more...

  • Ghostsby Roger Clarke

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 27.99

    A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice "Roger Clarke tells this [the story that inspired Henry James? The Turn of the Screw ] and many other gloriously weird stories with real verve, and also a kind of narrative authority that tends to constrain the skeptical voice within? [an] erudite and richly entertaining book." ? New York Times Book... more...

  • Common Peopleby Alison Light

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize 'A remarkable achievement ...should become a classic .' - Margaret Drabble ' Light writes beautifully ...Common People is part memoir, part thrilling social history of the England of the Industrial Revolution, but above all a work of quiet poetry and insight into human behaviour . It is... more...

  • Vivid Facesby R F Foster

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    A searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland, from R. F. Foster Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. Determined to reconstruct the world and defining themselves against... more...

  • Did She Kill Him?by Kate Colquhoun

    Overlook 2014; US$ 14.99

    In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arse-nic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The ?Maybrick Mystery? had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumors of gambling and debt; and tor-rid mutual... more...

  • The English and their Historyby Robert Tombs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    In The English and their History , the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day If a nation is a group of people with a... more...

  • The Game of Our Livesby David Goldblatt

    Nation Books 2014; US$ 26.99

    The Game of Our Lives is a masterly portrait of contemporary Britain through the lens of soccer. In the last two decades soccer in the United Kingdom has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very center of British popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry that has conquered the world. What... more...

  • George V (Penguin Monarchs)by David Cannadine

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    For a man with such conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact. Almost despite himself he marked a decisive break with his flamboyant predecessor Edward VII, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on frequent public appearances, family values and duty. George V was an effective war-leader and inventor of 'the House... more...