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The Lusitania Story

Author:

Mitch Peeke/Kevin Walsh-Johnson

Synopsis:

RMS LUSITANIA is best remembered today for the controversy surrounding her loss as the result of a German submarine attack on Friday 7th May, 1915, during the First World War. But this book also tells of her life before that cataclysmic event: the ground-breaking advances in maritime engineering that she represented, her hitherto unheard-of degree of opulence, and her seven glorious years of peacetime service - including her capture of the coveted Blue Riband award for Great Britain. Here, three members of the Lusitania Historical Society take a close and authoritative look at the disaster which befell her, and attempt to determine why this magnificent vessel, together with over a thousand souls, was lost in a mere eighteen minutes...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9781444824544

Published:

01-05-2015

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£20.89

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Beautiful For Ever

Author:

Helen Rappaport

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This is the true story of a woman who began life as a poor fish fryer in a disease-ridden, grubby corner of Victorian London. Madame Rachel had everything: a Mayfair address and the title of 'Purveyor to Her Majesty The Queen'. Her shop was full of exotic, expensive creams and potions. Her clientele were aristocratic, rich, gullible and came in their droves, lured by the promise of eternal beauty. What they found there was a con-woman and fraudster who made a career out of lies, treachery and the desperate hopes of women wanting to be 'beautiful for ever'.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9781444815009

Published:

01-04-2013

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The Sweethearts

Author:

Lynn Russell/Neil Hanson

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From the 1930s through to the 1980s, as Britain endured war, depression, hardship and strikes, the women at the Rowntree's factory in York kept the chocolates coming. This is the true story of The Sweethearts - the women who roasted the cocoa beans, piped the icing and packed the boxes that became gifts for lovers, snacks for workers and treats for children across the country. More often than not, their work days provided welcome relief from bad husbands and bad housing, and a community where they could find new confidence, friendship and, when the supervisor wasn't looking, the occasional chocolate.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9780750538572

Published:

01-03-2014

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£18.79

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Jambusters

Author:

Julie Summers

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The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of their previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining and supporting women, and campaigning on women's issues - culminated in a collective desire to 'do their bit' for Britain. With all the vigour, energy and enthusiasm at their disposal, a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as a 'period of insanity'. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing their nitty-gritty approach to the daily problems presented by the conflict. This is the compelling true story of how the Women's Institute pulled rural Britain through the war with pots of jam and a spirit of make-do-and-mend.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9781444825688

Published:

01-10-2015

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£20.89

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Pirates Of Barbary

Author:

Adrian Tinniswood

Synopsis:

PIRATES OF BARBARY is a record of the European renegades and Islamic sea-rovers who terrorised the Mediterranean throughout the seventeenth century. From the coast of Southern Europe to Morocco and the Ottoman states of Algiers, Christian and Muslim seafarers met in bustling ports to battle, swap religions and trade goods and slaves - raiding as far as Ireland and Iceland in search of their human currency. Studying the culture and practices of these men Adrian Tinniswood recreates the world of the corsairs. He uncovers a clash of civilisations and creates a kaleidoscopic image of the time of these wild and exotic people - and how it was to sacrifice everything for a violent, uncertain and alien life, which set you apart from the rest of mankind.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9781444806618

Published:

01-05-2011

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First Class

Author:

Chris West

Synopsis:

This delightfully playful history uses 36 of our most expressive, quriky, beautiful and sometimes baffling stamps to tell us the story of Britain, through Dickens and the potato famine to Thatcher and punk. Stamps tell a story. Since the Penny Black first burst on the scene in 1840, they have made and mirrored history as it happens - from the "Britsh Empire Exhibition" of 1924 to the Austerity Olympics of 1948, from the Coronation to the death of Diana, from the advent of computers to the new Millennium. Chris West is a stamp-obsessive. He has picked his favourites to tell a hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic history. Each lovingly-designed stamp is a vintage specimen and a tantalising window onto an era.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9780753153284

Published:

01-05-2013

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First Class

Author:

Chris West

Synopsis:

This delightfully playful history uses 36 of our most expressive, quriky, beautiful and sometimes baffling stamps to tell us the story of Britain, through Dickens and the potato famine to Thatcher and punk. Stamps tell a story. Since the Penny Black first burst on the scene in 1840, they have made and mirrored history as it happens - from the "Britsh Empire Exhibition" of 1924 to the Austerity Olympics of 1948, from the Coronation to the death of Diana, from the advent of computers to the new Millennium. Chris West is a stamp-obsessive. He has picked his favourites to tell a hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic history.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

History

ISBN:

9780753153291

Published:

01-05-2014

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£14.76

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