Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons

By Francis Pryor

Leading archaeologist Francis Pryor retells the tale of King Arthur, mythical king of the Britons, tracing it again to its Bronze Age origins.

The legend of King Arthur and Camelot is among the so much enduring in Britain's heritage, spanning centuries and surviving invasions through Angles, Vikings and Normans. In his most recent booklet Francis Pryor – considered one of Britain’s so much celebrated archaeologists and writer of the acclaimed ‘Britain B.C.’ and ‘Seahenge’ – strains the tale of Arthur again to its historic origins. placing forth the compelling concept that lots of the key parts of the Arthurian legends are deeply rooted in Bronze and Iron a long time (the sword Excalibur, the girl of the Lake, the Sword within the Stone and so on), Pryor argues that the legends' survival mirrors a flourishing, indigenous tradition that persevered during the Roman profession of england, and the following invasions of the so-called darkish Ages.

As in ‘Britain B.C.’, Pryor roots his tale within the very panorama, from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, to South Cadbury fort in Somerset and Tintagel in Cornwall. He lines the tale again to the 5th-century King Arthur and past, forever trying out his rules with archaeological proof, and exhibiting how the tale used to be manipulated throughout the a long time for numerous historic and literary reasons, through Geoffrey of Monmouth and Malory, between others.

Delving into background, literary resources – historical, medieval and romantic – and archaeological learn, Francis Pryor creates an unique, energetic and illuminating account of this so much British of legends.

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British National Cinema (National Cinemas)

By Sarah Street

With movies as assorted as Bhaji at the seashore, The Dam Busters, Trainspotting, The Draughtsman’s Contract, Prick Up Your Ears, Ratcatcher, this is often England and Atonement, British cinema has produced wide-ranging notions of British tradition, identification and nationhood. British nationwide Cinema is a finished advent to the British movie inside an fiscal, political and social context.


British nationwide Cinema
analyzes the politics of movie and establishes the tricky context in which British manufacturers and administrators have labored. Sarah road questions why British film-making, creation and distribution have consistently been topic to executive apathy and monetary stringency. In a comparability of england and Hollywood, the writer asks to what volume was once there a ‘star system’ in Britain and what was once its genuine ancient and social functionality. An exam of genres linked to British movie, corresponding to Ealing comedies, Hammer horror, ‘heritage’ movies and hybrid kinds, confirms the eclectic nature of British cinema. In a last overview of British movie, she examines the lifestyles of ‘other cinemas’: film-making which demanding situations the conventional idea of cinema and operates open air mainstream buildings that allows you to deconstruct and substitute classical types and conventions.

Illustrated with over thirty stills from vintage British movies, British nationwide Cinema offers an available and entire exploration of the attention-grabbing improvement of British cinema.

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The Great Immigration Scandal

By Steve Moxon

On March eighth [2004], the writer was once suspended on complete pay from his activity as a house workplace immigration caseworker having blown the whistle on frequent abuse and cover-up of the government's coverage of 'Managed Migration'. His revelations within the Sunday instances contributed to the resignation of immigration minister Beverley Hughes.
In this booklet Moxon outlines the occasions prime as much as the choice that he may well now not perform a coverage that looked to be at odds with the need of Parliament. The e-book contains an in depth research of the suitable scholarly literature in demography, economics and evolutionary psychology.

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A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Britain within the nineteenth century observed a sequence of technological and social adjustments which proceed to steer and direct us at the present time. Its reactants have been human genius, funds, and impression; its crucibles, the streets and associations; its catalyst, time; its keep an eye on, the marketplace. during this wealthy and engaging e-book, James Hamilton investigates the colourful alternate among tradition and enterprise in 19th-century Britain, which turned a middle for global trade following the economic revolution. He explores how artwork was once made and paid for, the turns of style, and the recent calls for of a starting to be middle-class, well known between whom have been the artists themselves. whereas the top figures of the area of artwork and literature are avid gamers right here, so too are the consumers, financiers, creditors, and industrialists; attorneys, publishers, marketers, and reporters; artists' providers, engravers, buyers, and curators; hostesses, shopkeepers, and brothel keepers; quacks, charlatans, and auctioneers. Hamilton brings all of them vividly to existence during this kaleidoscopic portrait of the company of tradition in 19th-century Britain, and offers exciting and unique insights into the operating lives of a few of the main celebrated artists.

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The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy (War, Culture and Society)

Within the international Wars, thousands of Indian sepoys have been mobilized, recruited and shipped abroad to struggle for the British Crown. The Indian military used to be the manager Imperial reserve for an empire below risk. yet how did these sepoys comprehend and clarify their very own warfare studies and certainly themselves via that have? How a lot did their tales understand and mirror their very own fragmented identities as either colonial matters and imperial policemen?

The tales of Indian infantrymen and the 2 global Wars attracts upon the money owed of Indian warring parties to discover how they got here to phrases with the conflicts. In thematic chapters, Gajendra Singh lines the evolution of army identities below the British Raj and considers how these identities turned embattled within the praxis of infantrymen' conflict tales – mainly letters, depositions and interrogations. It turns into a narrative of mutiny and obedience; of horror, loss and silence. This ebook tells that tale and is a vital contribution to histories of the British Empire, South Asia and the 2 global Wars.

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Yorkshire's Flying Pickets

By Brian Elliott, Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson's diary is a decent and action-packed account of what existence used to be like for 5 younger males on wood responsibility in the course of the longest and so much sour commercial dispute nowa days: the 1984-85 miners' strike. Bruce and, more youthful brother Bob, in addition to buddies Shaun, Darren and 'Captain' Bob stuffed themselves into an previous vehicle or 'battlebus' and, regardless of police obstacles and blockades, journeyed into Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and somewhere else to be able to exhibit their perspectives and help their union in a rustic which they proposal was once unfastened.

We may be able to event at first-hand and day-to-day occasions, which have been frequently scary, sometimes funny yet by no means boring; and in addition achieve perception into significant conflicts at Orgreave, Brodsworth, Rossington and Maltby in addition to at destinations extra afield. in the direction of the tip of the strike our flying pickets came upon themselves on domestic floor, demonstrating at Silverwood and close by collieries, together with Cortonwood the place many observers examine the nice strike begun.

Any former notable miner will locate the booklet compulsive analyzing and regardless of the passage of 20 years the adventure will appear like the day prior to this. yet there's a good deal for us all to understand from this remarkably frank and relocating testimony.

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Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

The fitting significant other to Bradshaw's consultant e-book. Showcasing in color all that's nice approximately Bradshaw's consultant. nice British Railway trips has been a highly profitable television programme, that is now into its 3rd sequence on BBC2. a lot as Michael Palin outfitted up a committed fan base for trip around the world, so Michael Portillo has performed likewise for fanatics of trains in his explorations the size and breadth of the uk from the window of a teach seat. either captivating and insightful, Michael back makes use of Bradshaw's publications, and now undertakes 5 detailed trips that have been developed through the Victorians from 1830-1900. throughout 25 episodes he delves into this attention-grabbing and vibrant interval of our heritage, and exhibit how the trendy British panorama used to be made out of this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, nice Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and at last Dublin to Belfast - Michael will return in time to show off components of remarkable Victorian engineering and layout throughout Queen Victoria's dominions. Key components of the programme and tie-in e-book will show off how the world's first actual fixed-track educate in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electrical teach provider ran in Southend to its recognized pier; and he additionally celebrates the wide range of strains that spread out exchange and mobility to the Victorian periods. vacationing on numerous present, and every so often restored, Victorian teach strains, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly paintings on them, and likewise appears on the sleek panorama to inform the tale of the way every one sector used to be formed via their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this may once more be a 'must have' buy for all teach fanatics, in addition to those that easily are looking to discover their background and what's now on hand to view and trip upon within the twenty first century to move them again in time.

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India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power

By Pamela Mountbatten

In March 1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten turned the final Viceroy of India, with the mandate handy over 'the jewel within the crown' of the British Empire inside of twelve months. Mountbatten labored with Nehru, Gandhi and the chief of the Muslim League, Jinnah, to plot a plan for partitioning the empire into self reliant sovereign states, India and Pakistan, on August 15, 1947 and he remained as period in-between Governor-General of India until eventually June 1948. in this time Lord Mountbattens daughter and Indias mom, Pamela, was once along with her mom and dad and stored a diary recounting this amazing story of heritage. The diaries contain their journeys to stick in Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Orissa and Assam, and the unique palaces of Indian rulers. 'India Remembered' is a scrapbook of non-public relations photos taken in this ancient interval (Edwina Mountbatten jogging arm in arm with Nehru via a courtyard, or Gandhi taking tea for the 1st time at Viceroys House). comprises many anecdotes from Pamela Mountbattens diaries similar to memories of getting to go away 10 mins ahead of dinner used to be really introduced because the stroll from the bed room to the eating corridor used to be to this point (if working relatively overdue, using a bicycle in the course of the corridors to make time). comprises images evoking the ambience of the Mountbattens favorite retreat, that of Viceregal resort in Simla.

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21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff)

By Steve Stack

A fond farewell to the various inanimate gadgets, cultural icons and common stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of extinction.

We’ve all heard of the checklist of endangered animals, yet nobody has ever pulled jointly a listing of endangered inanimate objects.

Until now, that is.

Steve Stack has catalogued good over 100 items, traditions, cultural icons and, good, different stuff that's prone to extinction.

Some of them have vanished already.

Cassette tapes, rotary dial telephones, half-day ultimate, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, nations that now not exist, white puppy poo…

…all those and lots of extra are immense a fond farewell during this nostalgic, and occasionally irreverent, journey down reminiscence lane.

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Cocky: The Rise & Fall of Curtis Warren, Britain's Biggest Drug Baron

By Tony Barnes

Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the tools of the road nook and increased them to an artwork shape. He cast direct hyperlinks with the the cocaine cartels of Columbia, the heroine godfathers of Turkey, the hashish cultivators of Marocco and the Ectasy brands of Holland and jap Europe. His medicinal drugs went all over the world, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden seashores of Sydney.

This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward thrust from road mugger to the richest and such a lot winning British felony who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia turned the UK's most popular drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang conflict and the way he corrupted top-level law enforcement officials; unveils the interior tale of the most important and so much winning British legislation enforcement operation ever undertaken; and divulges the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that introduced his international empire crashing down.

Thoroughly revised and up to date, COCKY is a stunning perception into geared up crime and an enormous research right into a modern foreign drug baron.

'Compelling' - The Observer.

Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.

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