Life in the Victorian Kitchen, Culinary Secrets and Servants Stories

B2184

It has been said that an army marches on its stomach, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that nations can be judged by their cuisine. The Victorians were at a turning point in the preparation of British food. The author has provided a comprehensive review of the Victorian kitchen and how it was supported, painting a vivid picture of Victorian life and complementing the range of Victorian themed books produced by the publisher. This is a delightful account of the part food played in Victorian life and contains many surprises for most readers.

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Warriors of the Sky, Springbok Air Heroes in Combat

B2138

The author flew two tours with the RAF, flying Mustangs, Typhoons and Kittywakes. After WWII he was a delivery and personal pilot, becoming a South African citizen. In this new book, he tells the under-told story of South African pilots, flying for the RAF and the SAAF there are many photographs through the body of the book to support the text. Many of the photographs are rare or previously unpublished. This is an enjoyable and informatory study of South Africans in air combat that will be appreciated by a wide readership of aviation enthusiasts.

The author has covered the variety of South Africa flyers and experiences through WWII and on into the South African Air Force. What stands out is the courage, determination and esprit de corps of South African airmen. This is a great book and highly recommended.

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Pirate Nation, Elizabeth I and her Royal Sea Rovers

B2139

This is a thoughtful and provoking account of English seamen who started the process of developing a global Empire, linked by sea routes. As with any provoking history, there will be readers who fully accept the author’s interpretation and those who reject it, but both groups will find much that is of great interest to them, making this a highly desirable book.

This is a thoughtful and provoking account of English seamen who started the process of developing a global Empire, linked by sea routes. As with any provoking history, there will be readers who fully accept the author’s interpretation and those who reject it, but both groups will find much that is of great interest to them, making this a highly desirable book.

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Warriors of the Sky, Springbok Air Heroes in Combat

B2138

The author has covered the variety of South Africa flyers and experiences through WWII and on into the South African Air Force. What stands out is the courage, determination and esprit de corps of South African airmen. This is a great book and highly recommended.

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Whitechapel’s Sherlock Homes, The Casebook of Fred Wensley OBE KPM Victorian Crime Buster

B2137

Fred Wensley was the son of a Somerset gardener who travelled London and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1888 and retired 41 years later as Chief Constable of Detectives. His life as a policeman was extraordinary and has been captured very ably in this book. There are some very helpful photo plate sections and this is a most informative book, not just in recounting and extraordinary life, but is exposing the state and development of policing into the forensically driven industry that it is today.

Wensley received the first Police medal to be awarded, was appointed OBE and dubbed “The Greatest Detective of All Time”. The author has brought to life this exceptional policeman in a very readable book.

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The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House

B2136

The publisher has been expanding a range of books covering topics from Victorian England. This new book compares well with others in the series and provides yet one more set of insights into Victorian society. The industrial revolution and the rapid expansion of Empire brought great riches to the British Isles, but it also saw people drawn from agriculture to the industries and towns, where many lived in appalling poverty. Many turned to drink and opium. The author has provided a graphic view of the Victorian Lodging House and the sights, sounds and smells that surrounded it. Historical research and imagination are combined to present a compelling image of the joys and sorrows of Victorian life.

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A Visitor’s Guide to: Jane Austen’s England

B2135

A delightful book where the author leads the reader through a long lost world that has been immortalized in the writings of Jane Austen. This is a most comprehensive review of the English society in the late 18th and early 19th Century, where the agricultural society was giving way to industry and urban society. There is detail and anecdotes, with a photo plate section in illustration.

The author has captured the amazing environment and drawn the reader into that environment. The reader could ask no more.

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What’s Tha Up To This Time, More Memories of a Sheffield Bobby

B2134

This third volume in the series continues the stories of policing in the 1960s and 1970s. There is humour and nostalgia. This is the period when British policing began to experience major change. As a social history and an account of historic policing, this is a book not to miss.

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Life in the Victorian Asylum, The World of Nineteenth Century Mental Health Care

B2133

A thoughtful and provoking book that provides a detailed account of Victorian Mental Health care. It is also in part a depressing story because it shows how little mental health care has advanced over the last hundred years or so. This really is a book that everyone should read because everyone is potentially at risk, or has friends and family who develop mental health conditions. The mark of a truly civilized society is the support and care provided to the old, the sick and the vulnerable, to enable them to live with their difficulties. It is very easy to build a large bureaucratic organization that spends money like water, but fails to deliver the standard of care that is due and deserved.

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Terror Attack Brighton, Blowing Up the Iron Lady

B2132

This is an exciting story that examines all of the many angles of what was a shocking attack on British Government. The author has looked at how close the attack came to killing more people, including the Prime Minister. The Bomber’s own reflection is included, together with any effect the attack may or may not have had on the subsequent peace talks. There is a well presented account of the bravery of rescuers and victims in the rescue and recovery at the Grand Hotel. This is a workmanlike review of an event that has received less attention than it deserves. High recommended.

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