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Oxford-based publisher, Shire, have a half-century history of publishing books celebrating the beauty, heritage and traditions of ordinary Britain. We've selected some of our favourites, offering you thoughtful and well- illustrated paperback guides to all things British, such as pub signs, gramophones, Scalextric sets and allotments.

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The Cottage Garden
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Twigs Way
 
Hollyhocks and cabbages, roses and runner beans: the English cottage garden combines beauty and utility, pride and productivity. Gardens did not just appeal to the senses, however: they played a...
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The British Seaside Holiday
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Kathryn Ferry
 
Old-fashioned seaside holidays inspire a great deal of nostalgic affection among British people. Focusing on the hundred year period from 1870 to 1970, this title takes a journey through the...
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The Home Guard
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Neil R. Storey
 
Tells the Home Guard's story, using original training manuals, photographs, and memoirs, and covers various aspects of their history.
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The Green Man
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Richard Hayman
 
Green men are figures or heads that were carved in churches, abbeys and cathedrals from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. This book discusses the origins and definitions of these...
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London Olympics: 1908 and 1948
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Janie Hampton
 
The first two London Olympics offer food for thought in the run-up to London 2012. In 1948, London hosted the Olympics again. The entire budget for the 1948 Games was...
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The Victorian Home
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Kathryn Ferry
 
The nineteenth century saw huge changes in design and technology. This book looks at the social history of rooms in the Victorian home and at how, thanks to industrialised mass...
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English Furniture
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John Bly
The story of English furniture begins in the sixteenth century, when crude medieval tables and stools gave way to more sophisticated, jointed designs. This book reveals that the Tudor furniture...
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Tea and Tea Drinking
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Claire Masset
 
If ever the idea of Britishness could be distilled into liquid form it would be into the quintessential cup of tea. This title guides us through the evolution of tea...
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Clarice Cliff
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Will Farmer
 
There are few pieces of pottery more recognisable than those designed by Clarice Cliff. Employed in The Potteries from the age of thirteen, Clarice was talented and resourceful, and in...
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Discovering Pub Names and Signs
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David Brandon
 
Do you know where 'The George and Dragon' derives from? How about 'The Gloucester Flying Machine'? This book untangles the meanings behind Britain's various often strange pub names and signs...
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Department Stores
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Claire Masset
 
The way we shop has undergone many transformations over the years - and a pioneer of one such change was the department store. This title charts the history of the...
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Town House Architecture: British...
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David Eveleigh
 
British architectural history has bequeathed to the modern age a rich tapestry of styles, one that can all too easily be taken for granted. This title introduces and explains these...
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British Pigs
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Val Porter
 
Over the centuries different localities had developed their own tastes in what their pigs should look like. This book describes these breeds and how they developed. It looks at some...
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Beach Huts and Bathing Machines
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Kathryn Ferry
 
Behind the enduring popularity of beach huts lies a story of classic British eccentricity. This work offers a view of the classic British seaside holiday through the history of beach...
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Scalextric
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Jon Mountfort
 
Scalextric, the ultimate boys' toy, arrived in toyshops in 1957. The first-ever electric slot-car system, with uncontrollable tinplate cars running on heavy rubber track, it brought the speed and glamour...
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Allotments
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Twigs Way
 
Charts the rise and fall of the allotment - and the factors behind its most recent resurgence. This book explores the history of the allotment within the context of its...
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