An English Heritage Book
Behind London’s many inscrutable façades lies a wealth of treasures little known to the world outside. London: Hidden Interiors describes and vividly illustrates 180 extraordinary examples, which have been selected from a complete range of building types – including palaces and private houses, places of worship and work, gentlemen’s clubs, hotels and theatres as well as some of London’s most historic shops and most unusual museums – to portray the richness and diversity of London’s architectural heritage, and the secrets that lie within.
The 1,700 images from English Heritage and authoritative text offer the reader a unique opportunity to see what lies behind closed doors.
"A remarkable exploration of the grand, the humble, the quirky and the previously undiscovered … A magnificent eye-opening collection" This England
"I am dazzled – positively dazzled … this is my book of the year" Bill Bryson
"… London’s interiors sparkle. A stunning photographic tour of treasures of the capital" The Times
"Open it anywhere and dream awhile in some of the world’s most gorgeous spaces" Daily Express
RRP £50, This England readers pay just £30 incl. p&p.
Pass it On, Household Tips From The 1950s, is full of everlasting wisdom and homely nostalgia. How do you get furniture dents out of a carpet? Or beetroot stains out of a table cloth? How do you dust behind an immovable wardrobe? How do you keep midges away? How do keep veg fresh if you haven’t got a fridge? How do you keep your silverware from tarnishing? Or your teapot fresh if it isn’t in daily use? There are more than 1250 incredible tips here.
This is the biggest and best collection of tips for living that has ever been published. Buy it for anyone who grew up in the 1950s or ‘60s and watch as they remember the troubles that had to be faced and the remedies that were found. This book is a piece of social history, an amazing record of life experiences that will reconnect you with the good old days. Buy it for yourself to make your life today easier. Do you know how to gift-wrap a circular box? How to keep flies and wasps away from your bin? How to quickly clear a room of cigarette smoke?
Prepare to be amazed, amused and away on a trip back to the good old days. Paperback, 238pp.Learn More
A spectacular collection of more than 500 photographs taken to provide a unique record of whole districts of London as they were vanishing, Lost London 1870-1945 is about the lost buildings and streets of London, and about why some have remained and flourished while others have been swept away. Spanning a period of 75 years, they depict a world in transition, from the coaching inns and horse-drawn travel of the late Victorian age, through the 1920s and 1930s to wartime devastation. The images range from Little Dorrit’s lodgings in Marshalsea Prison to the Prime Minister’s bedroom at No. 10 Downing Street. Each has its own story to tell.
But this is not a nostalgic lament for a lost city. Written by Philip Davies, an expert who has been involved in planning and development in London for over 35 years, the book offers authoritative insights into the way London has developed and changed since the Victorian age.
"This is a beautiful, haunting and heartbreaking book" Dan Cruickshank
"Here are 360 pages of sustained shock and awe… in pin sharp clarity" The Times
"An endlessly absorbing book that is at once a record of destruction, a haunting collection of relics and a door into the past" Sunday Times
"An extraordinary – and sometimes upsetting – record of the capital’s architectural richness" Sunday Telegraph
"A fascinating, heartbreaking collection of photographs … these pin-sharp pictures illuminate a social history of London" Daily Mail
RRP £50, This England readers pay just £30 incl. p&p.Learn More
RAF 100 celebrates and commemorates 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
With unique access to the RAF’s historic archives, James Holland uses photographs and documents to bring to life the story of the people, planes and missions.
From its genesis in the horrors of the First World War, when pilots were open to the elements in craft made of little more than wood and fabric, to the infamous air battles of the Second World War, through to the life-saving missions carried out in today’s trouble zones, RAF 100 looks at the men, women and aircraft that are at the heart of this great service.Learn More
In Words, Pictures and Rare Documents From His Official Archive.
There are few figures in British history more famous than Winston Churchill. This lavishly illustrated book explores his history in detail, tracking Churchill’s nine-decade life from his early childhood, all the way to his last days. Churchill: The Greatest Briton is full of revealing personal letters, documents, and speeches, drawing
attention to the unforgettable power of his oratory, which added a special dimension to this undoubtedly true statesman.
PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH W.S.C CHURCHILL HERITAGELearn More
From the Magna Carta and Elizabeth's Tide Letter, in which she begs for her life to the official design for the FA Cupm Churchill's Finest Hour speech following the Fall of France, a ticket stub to the Beatle's first concert, and the signatories of the Good Friday Agreement, this beautifully designed book is a must-have for all history enthusiasts.Learn More
Fifty years ago this year mainline steam in Britain ceased to exist, the last official date being 11 August 1968. The plan by British Railways at the time was that after this there would be no more steam traction.This evocative book looks back at those days and years leading up to the end of steam on Britain’s railways with many original photographs from the period.Learn More
Work, Wealth, Poverty and Change 1870-1945
This spectacular large-format book reproduces astonishing historic photographs which capture individual buildings and streets that were on the threshold of redevelopment.
Combining enlargements of over 180 photographs selected from Lost London, along with more than 100 previously unseen images, this beautiful landscape-format book allows the reader to see a wealth of hidden detail in these historic pictures and enjoy remarkable panoramic views of London’s bustling streets.Learn More
Thematically covering every subject imaginable, this collection is the seminal gathering of our national wit and a humorous picture of who we are as a nation. The book contains a collection of quotes about Brits by famous Brits: Jane Austend, Jo Brand, Winston Churchill, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Eric Morecambe, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde and many more (465pp, paperback, published in 2005).Learn More
Pre-order now for delivery late March (UK addresses) and April (overseas).
If you love England, the English countryside, English history and English customs and traditions, you will not want to be without the latest edition of Explore England.
Although packed with ideas for places to visit and perfect for helping you plan some memorable days out, the 100-page collection of fascinating articles and beautiful colour photographs can be enjoyed just as much from the comfort of your armchair. And such is the wide variety of subjects covered, all carefully planned and put together by the same editorial team that produces This England and Evergreen, we are confident that Explore England will continue to be of interest far beyond 2019.
Please note that the cover image may change.Learn More
Buy two - one for you and one for a friend - and save £2.98 when bought together!
The Friendship book celebrates all that’s best in life. With an entry for every day of the year, whether it’s an uplifting tale, an evocative poem or an inspirational quote, you’ll find words to raise the spirits and warm the heart.
This original and colourful guide to British summer wildlife experiences is packaged into daily suggestions for what, when, where and how to see the best of British summer wildlife. For both the experienced wildlife tourist and the novice, the suggestions criss-cross England, Scotland and Wales, complete with inspiring itineraries, engaging descriptions, detailed directions and tips on how to find, identify and enjoy British animals, butterflies, birds and plants.
Each entry gives an informative and inspiring suggestion focusing on up to four species, with full-colour photography and a helpful box covering practicalities such as grid references, useful websites, access arrangements to specific sites, flexibility details such as flight periods for butterflies or flowering weeks for orchids, and alternative sites to make viewing possible if you don't live near the suggested site but want to view the suggested species. From delicate orchids to gargantuan basking sharks, from seabird skyscrapers to ostentatious otters, this is the only guide of its type to offer full details of how to get the most out of British summer wildlife-watching.Learn More
About thirty years ago the Guardian first published two amusing anecdotes about the Queen Mother. Readers reeled to see stories actually printed in a national newspaper that until then had had only an underground existence in certain circles. After that, tales about the royal family became respectable; they were also, quite rightly, believed to be true. Taken as a whole they reflect the contradictory roles we like royalty to fulfil: unworldly and impossibly regal, engagingly domesticated and just like us, or camp, worldly and outrageous.
In this affectionate tribute Thomas Blaikie has gathered together a compendium of stories, many never published before, which provide access to a unique world. How exactly a Queen reacts when she finds her footmen draped in her jewels? What does she do to amuse herself as she whiles away the hours sitting for her portrait? And how did the Duchess of Windsor and the Queen Mother really get on? This beautifully illustrated book answers these questions and poses many more in its affectionate celebration of the diverse personalities of the House of Windsor.Learn More
1966 was an iconic year in an incredible decade. The Beatles were at the height of their fame, programmes such as Ready Steady Go! and Top of the Pops dominated the television screen, and England won the World Cup in nail-biting fashion against West Germany at Wembley.
For those of us who were around during this incredible year it still seems like yesterday. But now, fifty years later, this collection of memories by bestselling author Paul Feeney will be enjoyed by anyone who lived through 1966.Learn More
The stories of the brave men who fought at the battlefields ofLearn More
The pack contains:
• Secret Tunnel Wars DVD
• Battle of the Somme book
• Bonus DVD: WW1 The Great War 1916.
• Trench maps:
- British Objectives, 1 July 1916;
- The British 21st Division attack on Bazentin le Petit, 14 Jul 1916.
We all know that some of the greatest inventions came from the Victorian age, the successors of which are still with us today. But this book is not entirely about those.
It's more about some of the weird and wonderful inventions, ideas and projects - some successful, others less so - that have largely been forgotten. Where well-known inventions or design concepts are included, it is from a perspective not previously appreciated, with details of the ingenious technology and thinking that led to their introduction and success.
Here you can read how Victorian innovators were responsible for: the world's largest glass structure; an electric railway with lines under the sea and a carriage on stilts 20 feet above the waves...as well as many other ingenious inventions.Learn More
For anyone with a love of Whitby - be they local, or a visitor, this book helps to give a feel for the town through the ages thanks to the efforts of well-known and not-so-well-known photographers.
Over 260 photos and 170 illustrations, many never published before, help tell the story of Whitby’s many photographers. Their story is closely woven in with the history of the town, which is illustrated on their cartes-de-visite and postcards.Learn More
This wonderful book takes an affectionate, entertaining and perceptive look at the English people. Here are the traditions, foibles, quirks, customs, humour and achievements, triumphs and failures, peccadilloes and passions. Travel through England from coast to coast and learn how every county contributes in unique and different ways to the distinct English personality.
This irresistible book is packed with fascinating trivia and amusing stories that will entertain and inform for hours on end.Learn More
The formative years of Britain’s railway network produced a host of ideas, activities and characters, quite a few of which now seem not only highly unusual, but sometimes little short of ridiculous. Weird schemes and designs, extravagant behaviour, reckless competition and larger-than-life characters all featured in the genuine struggle of the railway system to evolve.
While the dawning of regulation and common sense brought about more uniform and responsible practices, factors like the weather and the innate complexity of railway operation continued to produce a stream of nonstandard incidents and outcomes, from wild storms to unusual equipment.
This book, by ex-railwaymen Geoff and Ian Body, captures over 150 entertaining snippets, stories, and strange and unusual facts from an ample supply of railway curiosities.Learn More
It was John Betjeman who said the most interesting part of an autobiography is the bit which concentrates solely on childhood.
In Goodbye East End, an evacuee’s story, David Merron has captured his wartime displacement from London to the countryside in a most amusing and attractive manner, making this another fine book you won’t put down in a hurry.Learn More
Diana Mitford remains both controversial and captivating.
As the third of the Mitford girls she became infamous for her second marriage to the leader of the British Union of Fascists, Oswald Mosley, and her links — via her sister Unity — to Hitler.
Once referred to as “the most hated woman in England” Diana was imprisoned with Mosley for four years because of their political beliefs and associations with the Nazi leader.
This book charts Diana’s less complicated early life through the tumultuous years leading to her incarceration at Holloway.
As one of the Bright Young Things she dazzled countless suitors inspiring artists and writers with her grace, beauty and intelligence. Winston Churchill, a cousin through her parents’ marriage, nicknamed her “Dina-mite” and, in 1929, she married Bryan Guinness, heir to the brewing dynasty. But, despite an adoring husband, children, wealth and a comfortable social position, she felt that her life was shallow and empty. Her interest in politics led to her meeting Mosley in 1932. This — and her blind, unquestioning devotion to the man and his political ideals — proved to be fatal.
The couple’s affair, marriage in 1936, and the hurt caused to their former spouses and families resulted in Diana’s social downfall. All this was set against a backdrop of political upheaval across Europe and a world on the brink of war.
Using previously unpublished first-hand material, the author presents a portrait of a woman whose ultimate choice in love and politics made her a contentious figure until her death in 2003.Learn More
A definitive Oxbridge collection of paintings produced over the last twenty-five years of the Colleges and University buildings of our two premier universities.
The publishers, Contemporary Watercolours, have commissioned leading members of the Royal Watercolour Society who are renowned for their topographical draughtsmanship and will donate 50% of the profits from the sale of Visions of Oxford and Cambridge to Cancer Research UK.Learn More
Hailed by John Betjeman as ‘one of our dozen readable living writers of genius’, Nigel Balchin was one of the best-known English novelists of the Second World War generation: few writers so tangibly convey the excitement and terror of Blitz-era Britain. Little wonder that Balchin’s books, among them Mine Own Executioner and The Small Back Room, were seized upon by film-makers of the calibre of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.Learn More
On 16 August 1952, Ian Fleming wrote to his wife, Ann, 'My love, This is only a tiny letter to try out my new typewriter and to see if it will write golden words since it is made of gold'. He had bought the gold-plated typewriter as a present to himself for finishing his first novel, Casino Royale. It marked in glamorous style the arrival of James Bond, agent 007, and the start of a career that saw Fleming become one of the world's most celebrated thriller writers. And he did write golden words. Before his death in 1964 he produced fourteen bestselling Bond books, two works of non-fiction and the famous children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
Fleming's output was matched by an equally energetic flow of letters. He wrote constantly, to his wife, publisher, editors, fans, friends and critics, charting 007's progress with correspondence that ranged from badgering Jonathan Cape about his quota of free copies - a coin was tossed; Fleming lost - to apologising for having mistaken a certain brand of perfume and for equipping Bond with the wrong kind of gun. His letters also reflect his friendships with contemporaries such as Raymond Chandler, Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham.
Before the world-famous films came the world-famous novels this books tells the story of the man who wrote them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero.Learn More
A tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In this lavish new publication, specially produced for our loyal readers to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, readers will be able to follow her journey from her birth in the fashionable Mayfair district of London, through all the different aspects of her life — childhood, service with the ATS, marriage to Prince Philip, the Coronation, motherhood etc. — right up to the present day as she reaches a memorable milestone.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES INCLUDE:
• The Queen’s Decades: From the 1920s to the 2010s special sections chronicle the major world events that the Queen has lived through and the changes she has seen;
• The Coronation;
• “My Strength and Stay”: A tribute to Prince Philip;
• The Royal Yacht Britannia;
• The Queen Overseas: Illustrated memories of some of the tours to foreign lands;
• The Royal Residences;
• All the Queen’s Horses;
• Celebrations for her 90th birthday: Photographs from June this year when the people of the United Kingdom will be showing their love and respect for our country’s longest reigning monarch.
LIMITED EDITION tribute to Her Majesty the Queen is sure to sell out quickly, so to avoid disappointment please order now.