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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


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


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


This astoundingly successful, superbly reviewed book vividly recreates the excitement, brutality and adventure of the British Empire. Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work, Empire is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces. It shows on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th Century spearheaded real globalisation with steampower, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries and millions of settlers.
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