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  • 06/23/15--01:14: Sale in the Bookshop
  • The online bookshop is preparing for its summer sale. This year we have a good collection of history and military titles with a sprinkling of interesting biographies (not of under-20...

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    I virtually come from a cycling dynasty. My grandfather was a keen member of the Cyclists Touring Club  and undertook some amazing cycle tours of the Alps all carefully documented...

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  • 08/18/15--03:18: Aces High in the Bookshop
  • An iPod malfunction on the drive up to Stratford which froze the playlist in an endless loop of tracks beginning with ‘A’ has resulted in me having Aces High stuck...

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    I am just back from visiting my mother in New Zealand. I would say I was revitalised and totally ready for the Christmas rush (hand me that tinsel) but, although I...

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    Just like the kids whining from the back seat ‘Are we there yet?’ (showing my age I suspect: children today are probably little mice, thumbs a-flutter, absorbed in their phones),...

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    Welcome to the new year. After the copious amounts of food, visits to relatives, unwanted presents and overexcited children, one can start gathering up the cards for recycling and drinking...

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  • 02/02/16--00:30: Dear Diary…
  • For historians and archivists, diaries are treasure troves. We look at diaries kept as part of the Mass Observation project…

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    I have always been amazed at the courage of women who served in the Second World War…

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  • 04/12/16--00:15: The Bard in the bookshop
  • We have stocked up on a range of titles on all aspects of the life and work of Britain’s most famous playwright…

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  • 04/26/16--01:11: Merry May reading
  • From Tudor tales to First World War diaries, we share books for the May bank holidays…

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  • 05/24/16--01:53: The changing face of fashion
  • In need of some inspiration for your summer wardrobe? Check out this bundle of great fashion books…

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  • 06/21/16--01:00: Messing about in books
  • Last summer I took a canal boat from Hilperton to Bath. Inspired by this, I've put together a list of books about watery adventures…

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  • 07/19/16--05:59: What’s in a surname?
  • What is in a name? Well, your family history for starters…

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    I don’t usually devote the whole blog to a single book, but 'Dadland' by Keggie Carew is something special…

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    After my last blog on 'Dadland' I received some great recommendations for other titles, which I am going to share with you…

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  • 10/11/16--00:17: Crime in history
  • As it is nearly Halloween, this month’s selection of books offers an overview of crime through history…

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  • 11/08/16--07:17: Queens in fact and fiction
  • Fresh from watching the ITV series Victoria, I am minded to explore the lives of England’s queens…

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    As the romantics among you will have noticed it will soon be Valentine’s Day…

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    BBC One’s new period drama Taboo, set in 1814, is a far cry from any Austen novel…

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    To think that what lies beneath us holds answers to historical mysteries is exciting, but to find a king in a car park was miraculous…

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