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Some very interesting looking titles on British history that have caught my eye.
The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery

Catherine Bailey

$35.00

Catherine Bailey, the best-selling author of Black Diamonds, uncovers a plotting Duchess, a mysterious death and a castle full of lies in her thrilling book, The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery. In April 1940, the ninth Duke of Rutland died in mysterious circumstances in a murky room next to the servants' quarters of his family home, Belvoir Castle. The mystery surrounding his death holds the key to a tragic story that is played out on the brutal battlefields of the Western Front and in the exclusive salons of Mayfair and Belgravia in the dying years of la belle epoque. Uncovered is a dark and disturbing period in the history of the Rutland family, and one which they were determined to keep hidden for over sixty years. Sixty years on, The Secret Rooms is the true story of family secrets and one man's determination to keep the past hidden at any cost.

For fans of Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre, and those interested in the real world of  Brideshead Revisited. Catherine Bailey read history at Oxford University and is a successful, award-winning television producer and director. She lives in West London.

"By a superb piece of forensic research, Bailey has managed to unravel the mystery. I found the results jaw-dropping." [read Clive Aslet's review in The Telegraph (UK)]
Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand

Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand

Bridget O'Donnell

$29.99  $10.00

A hung Parliament, terrorist bombs, sex trafficking and tabloid war...Welcome to London, 1885. In Victorian London, the age of consent was just thirteen. Girls from poor backgrounds were enticed, tricked and sold - sometimes by their own parents - into prostitution. From the city, if not already marked out for a wealthy gentleman in a discreet brothel, the girls were trafficked on to Brussels and to Paris. All the while, the Establishment turned a blind eye. That is, until one policeman wrote an incendiary report. Disgraced in the backwaters of Chelsea for testifying against a corrupt colleague, Irish inspector Jeremiah Minahan was already finding his integrity unwelcome to the Metropolitan Police. But particularly explosive among his findings at Mary Jeffries' local establishment was this fact: that her clients were none other than those with the power to change the situation - the peers and politicians themselves. With Minahan unceremoniously out of a job, and other radicals already campaigning for a change in the law, the forces were in place for a spectacular confrontation. What ensued was a courtroom battle, a sensational newspaper expose that set the nation alight, and a sweltering summer in which many encountered their demise...This is the true story of a very Victorian revolution, and also, a story for our times.
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Niall Ferguson

$24.95

Niall Ferguson's bestselling Empire is the compelling story of how the British empire rose to power - and why it finally fell. Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red and Britannia ruled not just the waves, but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries, showing how a gang of buccaneers and gold-diggers planted the seed of the biggest empire in all history - and set the world on the road to modernity. The most brilliant British historian of his generation...Ferguson examines the roles of pirates, planters, missionaries, mandarins, bankers and bankrupts in the creation of history's largest empire ...he writes with splendid panache ...and a seemingly effortless, debonair wit . (Andrew Roberts). Dazzling ...wonderfully readable . ( New York Review of Books ). A remarkably readable precis of the whole British imperial story - triumphs, deceits, decencies, kindnesses, cruelties and all . (Jan Morris). Empire is a pleasure to read and brims with insights and intelligence . ( Sunday Times ). Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of Civilization , The House of Rothschild , The Cash Nexus , The Pity of War , Colossus , The War of the World and The Ascent of Money .
           
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