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An Interview with Betty Foster – The background to Jennifer Robson’s THE GOWN

The Gown is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century – Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown – and the fascinating women who made it. In February 2017 […]

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Chinese New Year: A Feast for the Gods and Family by Yangsze Choo

Lunar new year is upon us, and I’m almost ready. That is, if one can prepare for several days of non-stop eating and visiting relatives. This year’s lunar new year falls on February 5, which is […]

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H for History welcomes… Jodi Taylor

Hi, my name is Jodi Taylor and I’m an author. I’m also a chocoholic, easily confused, clumsy and with the attention span of a – what was I saying? People ask me how and why […]

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The World of Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

History buffs, get excited. Sonia Velton, author of Blackberry and Wild Rose, is about to take you on a tour of Eighteenth Century Spitalfields and the Huguenot silk weavers who lived there… Take a walk through the […]

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Scandal in the Seymours by Alison Weir

It appears likely that there was some kind of scandal in Jane Seymour’s family before she came to court. By 1519, her brother Edward had married an heiress called Catherine Fillol. She bore two sons, […]

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Decorated SOE Major betrayed by political infighting by Damien Lewis

Caused his untimely death and the defeat of one of Italy’s most feared band of partisans. In a quiet yet picturesque commonwealth war cemetery in Genoa, Italy, lies a man who lived an adventurer’s life. […]

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How Queen Victoria invented the Royal Wedding

Victoria and Albert’s famous marriage began with a spectacular royal wedding, just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this year. We enjoyed the familiar carriage ride along the streets, the big white dress, the […]

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Daring SAS behind-the-lines raid on French Chateau fortress by Damien Lewis

SAS sortie convinced enemy to flee non-existent Allied advance. The role played by Special Forces in any army is to hit fast and hit hard. Many argue the letters ‘SAS’ actually stand for ‘speed, aggressions, […]

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Do you what it takes to be a spy?

It’s time to pit your wits against the secret heroes of MI5 and MI6 and find out if YOU have what it takes to be a spy! Whether you have linguistic flair, an instinct for […]

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A must-have for anyone interested in cartography: Theatre of the World

Theatre of the World reignites our curiosity with the world both ancient and modern. It is beautifully illustrated and rich in detail. Before you could just scroll Google Maps, maps were being constructed from the ideas and […]

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Pickles and Guilt: a Nineteenth-Century Christmas at Sea by Elizabeth Lowry

If you find Christmas preparations stressful, spare a thought for the crew of the Pequod. In Moby-Dick (1851) it is Christmas Day when this ill-starred whaling ship plunges ‘like fate into the lone Atlantic’. Captain […]

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The Big Freeze

Extracted from The King’s War, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, an incredible insight into the monarchy during the darkest days of WWII. The King’s War draws on diaries, letters and other documents left by […]

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