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Christmas Comes to Sheffield (Paperback, UK ed.): Kipper Williams Christmas Comes to Sheffield (Paperback, UK ed.)
Kipper Williams
R193 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R23 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kipper Williams is one of the UK's favourite cartoonists. This collection of festive favourites highlights the best and the worst of Christmas. From cheeky snowmen to nervous turkeys, Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in the festive season.

Die Groot Afrikaanse Heldeboek (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd Hers Uitg ed.): Pieter W. Grobbelaar Die Groot Afrikaanse Heldeboek (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd Hers Uitg ed.)
Pieter W. Grobbelaar
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie bekende kultuurhistorikus se heldeboek bevat gunstelingverhale oor onder andere bekende helde soos Racheltjie de Beer, Shaka, Dirkie Uys, Wolraad Woltemade en Klara Majola. Dit is ’n hele paar jaar dat Grobbelaar al skrywende met die mense van sy land die heldepad loop – al die mense van sy land, omdat hy met opset nie net die heldedade van sy volk beskryf nie. Hy het helde en heldedade op verskillende maniere benader: soms van buite, soms van binne, soms deur die oe van ’n buitestander.

South Africans Versus Rommel - The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II (Paperback): David Brock Katz South Africans Versus Rommel - The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II (Paperback)
David Brock Katz
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

South Africa’s Union Defence Force played an important part in World War II and also made tremendous sacrifices. By early 1941 South Africa had 30 000 troops in East Africa, where it helped drive the Italians out of Abyssinia and Somalia. This campaign was mere prelude to the operations it would conduct as part of the British Eighth Army against Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps in North Africa.

In November 1941 the battle-hardened Afrika Korps decimated a South African force at Sidi Rezegh in Libya. Six weeks later, South Africans captured the ports of Bardia and Sollum, after Rommel withdrew to the west. Rommel regrouped and attacked again, driving the South Africans and British back toward the vital port of Tobruk. The situation was tenuous at best ‒ South African general Hendrik Klopper surrendered his trapped force of 35 000 men, including 10 000 South Africans, in June 1942.

When Rommel attacked El Alamein a week later, his lead elements were pinned down by South Africans, who went on to play a significant role in the month-long battle that halted Rommel’s advance into Egypt.

Ons Japie - Die Boereoorlogdagboek van Anna Barry (Afrikaans, Paperback): Anna Barry Ons Japie - Die Boereoorlogdagboek van Anna Barry (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Anna Barry; Compiled by Ena Jansen
R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wanneer ’n mens aan die ervarings van Boerevroue en -kinders tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog dink, is die outomatiese konnotasie die van konsentrasiekamplyding. ’n Fassinerende en grotendeels onbekende buitebeentjie in hierdie genre is die dagboek van Anna Barry, waaruit ’n unieke en veelkantige beeld van die oorlog na vore kom. Aan die een kant van Anna se oorlogservaring staan haar broer Japie – ’n begeesterde jong soldaat wat uiteindelik as krygsgevangene op Ceylon sterf. Hierteenoor le haar geliefde pa Thomas (aanvanklik ’n gerespekteerde veldkornet) al in 1900 die eed van neutraliteit af, en wag hy die grootste gedeelte van die oorlog in die neutrale Basoetoland uit. Vir die tienderjarige Anna is die oorlog as gevolg hiervan ’n uiters verwarrende ervaring en haar dagboek bied ’n sonderlinge blik op die gefragmenteerdheid en buigbaarheid van konsepte soos “identiteit”, “nasie” en “volk”. Die feit dat die dagboek eers in 1960 vir die eerste keer gepubliseer is en daarna grotendeels in die vergetelheid verval het, is verder veelseggend in terme van hoe Anna self verwag het haar ervarings kort na die oorlog ontvang sou word – maar ook in terme van hoe blinde lojaliteit aan sekere groepe so dikwels in die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrikaners vereis is. Die dagboekteks, geboekstut deur Ena Jansen se insiggewende en verhelderende voor- en nawoord, bied nie slegs ’n sonderlinge blik op die Anglo-Boereoorlog nie, maar is verweef met kwessies van taal, politieke mag en sosiale status wat vandag nog net so relevant is soos toe die dagboek geskryf is.

North East Canals Through Time - Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley... North East Canals Through Time - Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley (Paperback, UK ed.)
Ray Shill
R419 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

North East Canals Through Time follows on from previous titles by specialist author and canal historian Ray Shill, notably North West Canals Through Time: Manchester, Irwell & the Peaks. As a study of the waterway infrastructure of North East England, this volume focuses particularly on Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley. A broad and varied array of historic and modern photographs complements this insightful commentary. Throughout this volume, Ray Shill explores the construction and technical developments of the canals and their contributions to the habitations they passed through, as well as the architecture they spawned and the legacy they left behind. This book will fascinate anyone with an interest in this region and its long-established waterway infrastructure.

Breaking Down Barriers - George McLaurin and the Struggle to End Segregated Education (Paperback, New edition): David W Levy Breaking Down Barriers - George McLaurin and the Struggle to End Segregated Education (Paperback, New edition)
David W Levy
R582 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For nearly sixty years, the University of Oklahoma, in obedience to state law, denied admission to African Americans. Only in October 1948 did this racial barrier start to break down, when an elderly teacher named George McLaurin became the first African American to enroll at the university. McLaurin's case, championed by the NAACP, drew national attention and culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision. In Breaking Down Barriers, distinguished historian David W. Levy chronicles the historically significant - and at times poignant - story of McLaurin's two-year struggle to secure his rights. Through exhaustive research, Levy has uncovered as much as we can know about George McLaurin (1887-1968), a notably private person. A veteran educator, he was fully qualified for admission as a graduate student in the university's School of Education. When the university denied his application, solely on the basis of race, McLaurin received immediate assistance from the NAACP and its lead attorney Thurgood Marshall, who brilliantly defended his case in state and federal courts. On his very first day of class, as Levy details, McLaurin had to sit in a special alcove, separate from the white students in the classroom. Photographs of McLaurin in this humiliating position set off a firestorm of national outrage. Dozens of other African American men and women followed McLaurin to the university, and Levy reviews the many bizarre contortions that university officials had to perform, often against their own inclinations, to accord with the state's mandate to keep black and white students apart in classrooms, the library, cafeterias and dormitories, and the football stadium. Ultimately, in 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, swayed by the arguments of Marshall and his co-counsel Robert Carter, ruled in McLaurin's favor. The decision, as Levy explains, stopped short of toppling the decades-old doctrine of 'separate but equal.' But the case led directly to the 1954 landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which finally declared that flawed policy unconstitutional.

Christmas Comes to Bury St Edmunds (Paperback, UK ed.): Kipper Williams Christmas Comes to Bury St Edmunds (Paperback, UK ed.)
Kipper Williams
R195 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R22 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kipper Williams is one of the UK's favourite cartoonists. This collection of festive favourites highlights the best and the worst of Christmas. From cheeky snowmen to nervous turkeys, Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in the festive season.

The Radium Girls - They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. (Paperback): Kate Moore The Radium Girls - They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice. (Paperback)
Kate Moore
R293 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R80 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club choice New York Times bestseller 'Fascinating.' Sunday Times 'Thrilling.' Mail on Sunday All they wanted was the chance to shine. Be careful what you wish for... 'The first thing we asked was, "Does this stuff hurt you?" And they said, "No." The company said that it wasn't dangerous, that we didn't need to be afraid.' As the First World War spread across the world, young American women flocked to work in factories, painting clocks, watches and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in dust from the paint. However, as the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. It turned out that the very thing that had made them feel alive - their work - was slowly killing them: the radium paint was poisonous. Their employers denied all responsibility, but these courageous women - in the face of unimaginable suffering - refused to accept their fate quietly, and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished diaries, letters and interviews, The Radium Girls is an intimate narrative of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar. Further praise for The Radium Girls 'The importance of the brave and blighted dial-painters cannot be overstated.' Sunday Times 'A perfect blend of the historical, the scientific and the personal.' Bustle 'Thrilling and carefully crafted.' Mail on Sunday

Britain in the Blitz (Paperback): Brian and Brenda Williams Britain in the Blitz (Paperback)
Brian and Brenda Williams
R167 R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Save R42 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Blitz was a defining moment of the Second World War when civilians faced total war from the air with bombing raids over Britain. This title brings back the effect of the chilling wail of the air-raid siren followed by anxious, sleepless nights and stories of bravery from ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Well-illustrated with contemporary photographs, this book explores the Blitz and its effect on places and people.

Christmas Comes to Nottingham (Paperback, UK ed.): Kipper Williams Christmas Comes to Nottingham (Paperback, UK ed.)
Kipper Williams
R193 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R23 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kipper Williams is one of the UK's favourite cartoonists. This collection of festive favourites highlights the best and the worst of Christmas. From cheeky snowmen to nervous turkeys, Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in the festive season.

Figuring (Paperback, Main): Maria Popova Figuring (Paperback, Main)
Maria Popova 1
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries - beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalysed the environmental movement. Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists - mostly women, mostly queer - whose public contribution has risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson. Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman - and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

Tailored for Scotland - The story of Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers - over 150 years of an Edinburgh family in... Tailored for Scotland - The story of Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers - over 150 years of an Edinburgh family in fashion and lifestyle (Hardcover)
Deirde Kinloch Anderson
R560 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R111 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Tailored for Scotland' tells the story of Edinburgh family business Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers. For over 150 years they have succeeded in business, design and Scottish fashion, and played a key role in the story of tartan. They hold three Royal Warrants of Appointment. Based in Edinburgh, and holders of Royal Warrants for Highland Dress, Kinloch Anderson won an export award for exporting 100,000 tartan skirts a year in the '70s and '80s. They were instrumental in setting up the Scottish Register of Tartans.

Abandoned Places - Where Time Has Stopped (Paperback): Richard Happer Abandoned Places - Where Time Has Stopped (Paperback)
Richard Happer 1
R513 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R132 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Places include: * Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. * Shicheng in China has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. * Chernobyl was totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. * Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill. * Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat. The town was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions starting in 1995 and was abandoned. * St Kilda a remote Scottish Island may have been permanently inhabited for at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180. The entire population was evacuated in 1930.

Suid-Afrikaanse Vrykorps Van Duits-Suidwes-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Gordon McGregor Suid-Afrikaanse Vrykorps Van Duits-Suidwes-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Gordon McGregor 1
R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Die geskiedenis rondom die Vrykorps en hul alliansie met die Duitse Koloniale Troepe in Duits-Suidwes-Afrika is om verskeie redes interessant – maar die belangrikste hiervan is waarskynlik die feit dat dit die eerste en enigste keer in die geskiedenis was dat Boere hul vaderland, Suid-Afrika, binnegeval het en Boer teen Boer geveg het. Hierdie boek vertel die Vrykorps se storie vanaf hul ontstaan tot hul ontbinding en word toegelig met ’n lys van al die Vrykorpslede, die wapens wat hulle gebruik het, hul range en gedetailleerde inligting oor hul aktiwiteite en die veldslae waaraan hulle deelgeneem het.

Christmas Comes to Newport (Paperback, UK ed.): Kipper Williams Christmas Comes to Newport (Paperback, UK ed.)
Kipper Williams
R193 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R23 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kipper Williams is one of the UK's favourite cartoonists. This collection of festive favourites highlights the best and the worst of Christmas. From cheeky snowmen to nervous turkeys, Kipper Williams finds all the ingredients for comedy in the festive season.

The Unidentified - Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained (Hardcover): Colin Dickey The Unidentified - Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained (Hardcover)
Colin Dickey
R636 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mass Murder in California's Empty Quarter - A Tale of Tribal Treachery at the Cedarville Rancheria (Hardcover): Ray A.... Mass Murder in California's Empty Quarter - A Tale of Tribal Treachery at the Cedarville Rancheria (Hardcover)
Ray A. March
R645 R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mass Murder in California's Empty Quarter exposes a story of mass murder, a community's racism, and tribal treachery in a small Paiute tribe. On February 20, 2014, an unseasonably warm winter day for the little agriculture town of Alturas, California, Cherie Rhoades walked into the Cedarville Rancheria's Paiute tribal offices. In the space of nine minutes she killed four people and wounded two others using two 9mm semiautomatic handguns. In that time she slayed half of her immediate family and became only the second woman, and the first Native American woman, to commit mass murder in the United States. Ray A. March threads the story through the afternoon of the murders and explores the complex circumstances that led to it, including conditions of extreme economic disparity, privations resulting from tribal disenrollment, ineptness at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and family dysfunction coupled with a possible undiagnosed mental illness. This account of the tragic murders and the deplorable conditions leading up to them shed light on the formidable challenges Native Americans face in the twenty-first century as they strive to govern themselves under the guise of U.S.-sanctioned sovereignty.

Countdown 1945 - The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World (Hardcover): Chris Wallace Countdown 1945 - The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World (Hardcover)
Chris Wallace; As told to Mitch Weiss
R702 R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Poison - The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners (Hardcover): Ben Hubbard Poison - The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners (Hardcover)
Ben Hubbard; Foreword by Sophie Hannah 1
R587 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R199 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Chronologically recounting the story of history's silent assassin, Poison documents the gripping tales of the users and victims of these mysterious substances, from Cleopatra, the Borgias and Qin Shi Huang to contemporary secret service agents and terrorists. Profiles of the most commonly used toxins of each era reveal how the power-hungry, the dangerous and the desperate have harnessed these natural killers to achieve their ends. Poisoning is a dark art as old as human history itself. The Roman emperors used poison liberally to dispose of rivals, guests at Renaissance dinner parties were quietly assassinated with adulterated wine, and professional poisoners equipped murderous wives with toxic tonics for their husbands. In twentieth-century warfare, poisonous substances were used in new and awful ways to terrorize and obliterate both civilians and enemy forces. Today, in the search for the perfect covert weapon, shadowy figures deploy pernicious poisons which are almost impossible to trace. They are only the latest in a long line of experimenters: for the same poisons used to kill or injure others have been used throughout history as intoxicants, aphrodisiacs and even elixirs of life. As every amateur toxicologist knows, the difference between a poison and medicine is often simply the dose.

Love and War in the Apennines (Paperback): Eric Newby Love and War in the Apennines (Paperback)
Eric Newby
R281 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hailed as Newby's 'masterpiece', 'Love and War in the Apennines' is the gripping real-life story of Newby's imprisonment and escape from an Italian prison camp during World War II. After the Italian Armistice of 1943, Eric Newby escaped from the prison camp in which he'd been held for a year. He evaded the German army by hiding in the caves and forests of Fontanellato, in Italy's Po Valley. Against this picturesque backdrop, he was sheltered for three months by an informal network of Italian peasants, who fed, supported and nursed him, before his eventual recapture. 'Love and War in the Apennines' is Newby's tribute to the selfless and courageous people who were to be his saviours and companions during this troubled time and of their bleak and unchanging way of life. Of the cast of idiosyncratic characters, most notable was the beautiful local girl on a bike who would teach him the language, and eventually help him escape; two years later they were married and would spend the rest of their lives as co-adventurers. Part travelogue, part escape story and part romance, this is a mesmerising account of wisdom, courage, humour and adventure, and tells the story of the early life of a man who would become one of Britain's best-loved literary adventurers.

Last Mission to Tokyo - The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice (Hardcover): Michel... Last Mission to Tokyo - The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice (Hardcover)
Michel Paradis
R672 R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Save R136 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A thrilling narrative that introduces a key but underreported moment in World War II: The Doolitte Raids and the international war crimes trial in 1945 that defined Japanese-American relations and changed legal history. In 1942, freshly humiliated from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States was in search of a plan. President Roosevelt, determined to show the world that our nation would not be intimidated or defeated by enemy powers, he demanded recommendations for a show of strength. Jimmy Doolittle, a stunt pilot with a doctorate from MIT, came forward, and led eighty young men, gathered together from the far-flung corners of Depression-era America, on a seemingly impossible mission across the Pacific. Sixteen planes in all, they only had enough fuel for a one-way trip. Together, the Raiders, as they were called, did what no one had successfully done for more than a thousand years. They struck the mainland of Japan and permanently turned the tide of the war in the Pacific. Almost immediately, The Doolittle Raid captured the public imagination, and has remained a seminal moment in World War II history, but the heroism and bravery of the mission is only half the story. In Last Mission to Tokyo, Michel Paradis reveals the dramatic aftermath of the mission, which involved two lost crews captured, tried, and tortured at the hands of the Japanese, a dramatic rescue of the survivors in the last weeks of World War II, and an international manhunt and trial led by two dynamic and opposing young lawyers-in which both the United States and Japan accused the other of war crimes-that would change the face of our legal and military history. Perfect for fans of Lucky 666 and Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, Last Mission to Tokyo is a thrilling war story-meets-courtroom-drama that explores a key moment in World War II.

Sussex, Kent and Surrey 1939 (Hardcover): Richard Wyndham Sussex, Kent and Surrey 1939 (Hardcover)
Richard Wyndham 1
R293 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R74 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A remarkable and eccentric insight into the south east of England in the pre-war period.

Richard Wyndham's 'last look round' was a tour taken immediately before the Second World War in 1939 and was originally published in the following year as South-Eastern Survey.

Wyndham is a very agreeable companion as he travels in his self-confessed 'haphazard' way around the counties of Sussex, Kent and Surrey. Often eccentric but always good fun, he drives 'for the most part on side roads only, and through villages and lesser towns.' A selection of Wyndham's own black and white photographs taken on his expedition are included.

Sussex, Kent and Surrey 1939 is a wonderful insight into south east of England before the outbreak of the Second World War, which brought so much change to the country. Wyndham is a superb travel companion who completed the writing as he was called up for active service.

Horse Soldiers - The Extraordinary Story of a Band of Special Forces Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Paperback): Doug... Horse Soldiers - The Extraordinary Story of a Band of Special Forces Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Paperback)
Doug Stanton 1
R264 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R84 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Horse Soldiers is the true, dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who entered Afghanistan immediately following September 11, 2001 and, riding to war on horses, defeated the Taliban. Heavily outnumbered, they nonetheless succeed in capturing the strategic Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, where they are welcomed as liberators as they ride on horseback into the city, the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban have been kicked out. The soldiers rest easy, as they feel they have accomplished their mission. Then the action takes a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers are ambushed by the would-be P.O.W.s and, still dangerously outnumbered, they must fight for their lives in the city's ancient fortress known as Qala-I Janghi, or the House of War...

Secret Hornchurch (Paperback): Carol Cannavan Secret Hornchurch (Paperback)
Carol Cannavan
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The town of Hornchurch was historically in the county of Essex and its medieval church of St Andrew's was known as the 'horned church' - hence the name. The area was mainly agricultural until the nineteenth century but then expanded rapidly due to its proximity to London. Today Hornchurch is a large commuter town on the edge of Greater London. In themed chapters, this book delves into the history of the town from traces of prehistoric ancestors in the area to the founding of the priory by Henry II and the story of RAF Hornchurch, which played a key role in two world wars and of which traces remain among the housing estate built on the airfield. The town's story includes alleged witchcraft; the local industries of tanning, milling, brewing and a foundry; historic pubs and manor houses; famous and notorious inhabitants; changing tastes in entertainment including an annual wrestling match, cockfighting and prize-fighting, a Whit Monday fair, art deco cinemas and ballroom dancing; the parish workhouse and charity schools; and the first fire engine, village lock-up and tube station. Secret Hornchurch explores the lesser-known episodes and characters in the history of the town through the centuries. With tales of remarkable events and tucked-away historical buildings, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in the story of this town.

Epitaph for the Ash - In Search of Recovery and Renewal (Paperback, Edition): Lisa Samson Epitaph for the Ash - In Search of Recovery and Renewal (Paperback, Edition)
Lisa Samson 1
R279 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ash tree has long been an integral part of the British landscape, its familiar branches protruding from limestone scars and chalky cliff faces. But tragically ash dieback, a disease from mainland Europe, now poses a serious threat to the trees' survival. And their grave prognosis took on a personal resonance when, while writing this book, Lisa Samson was diagnosed with a brain tumour, forcing her to contemplate her own mortality while the trees' likely fate emerged. Taking us from the lowlands of Norfolk to the northernmost reaches of the British Isles, Epitaph for the Ash offers up a rallying cry to treasure these remarkable woodlands while we can, before it is too late.

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