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  • The Great Filthby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2011; US$ 7.99

    Victorian Britain was the world's industrial powerhouse. Its factories, mills and foundries supplied a global demand for manufactured goods. As Britain changed from an agricultural to an industrial ecomony, people swarmed into the towns and cities where the work was; by the end of Queen Victoria's reign, almost 80 per cent of the population was urban.... more...

  • From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shopby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2013; US$ 5.99

    London is unrivalled as a source of inspiration for writers from Geoffrey Chaucer to J.K. Rowling. From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop will explore the capital both from the viewpoint of the many writers who have used it as a stage for their plots and their characters; and of the readers whose imagination is fired by the knowledge that... more...

  • The Great Stink of Londonby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2001; US$ 7.99

    In the sweltering summer of 1858 the stink of sewage from the polluted Thames was so offensive that it drove Members of Parliament from the chamber of the House of Commons. Sewage generated by a population of over two million Londoners was pouring into the river and was being carried to and fro by the tides. The Times called the crisis "The Great Stink".... more...

  • Underground to Everywhereby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2013; US$ 12.49

    London's Underground is one of the best-known and most distinctive aspects of the city. Since Victorian times, this remarkable feat of engineering has made an extraordinary contribution to the economy of the capital and played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners.Stephen Halliday’s informative, entertaining, wide-ranging history... more...

  • London's Marketsby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2014; US$ 12.49

    London is a City of Markets: markets in meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, money, insurance, shipping and, occasionally, in stolen goods. Stephen Halliday’s book is a comprehensive account of the often lurid and controversial history of its markets from Roman Londinium to the London of Boris Johnson as well as a guide to visiting them (and emerging with... more...

  • Newgateby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2007; US$ 5.99

    Newgate Prison was the largest, most notorious and worst of London prisons. Stephen Halliday tells the story of Newgate's origins, the criminals it held, the punishments meted out and its rebuilding and reform. more...

  • Our Troubles with Foodby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2009; US$ 16.49

    For millennia the normal, natural and pleasurable activity of eating has been surrounded by fear and anxiety. Religious traditions have long decreed what foods are right for their followers to eat, but secularisation and scientific progress have not made the situation easier. Our present obsession with health, obesity, ethics and science has seemingly... more...

  • The Little Book of Crime & Punishmentby Stephen Halliday

    The History Press 2014; US$ 5.99

    The English criminal justice system has come a long way since the days when noses were cut off, heretics burned at the stake and rebels were hung, drawn and quartered. Yet the Common Law, which emerged from Henry II’s conflict with Thomas a Becket, survives in England (and much of the English-speaking world) and magistrates still deal with 95 per cent... more...

  • Political Journeysby Fred Halliday; Stephen Howe

    Saqi 2011; US$ 16.99

    Essays mixing the personal and political, originally written for openDemocracy.com, collected and published for the first time in book form. more...

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