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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
The Cottage Garden (Paperback)
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
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
The Home Guard (Paperback)
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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London's Bridges
London's Bridges (Paperback)
Peter Matthews
 
Traces the history of all 33 Thames bridges within Greater London, exploring the architecture and stories from Hampton Court Bridge in the west to the iconic Tower Bridge in the...
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The Safety Bicycle
The Safety Bicycle (Paperback)
Ian Jones
 
The safety bicycle, with front-wheel steering and pedal-driven rear wheel, has existed since the experiments of Kirkpatrick Macmillan in 1839, but his ideas were forgotten when the front-wheel driven boneshakers...
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English Furniture
English Furniture (Paperback)
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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London Olympics: 1908 and 1948
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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Highwaymen
Highwaymen (Paperback)
Russell Ash
 
"Discovering Highwaymen".
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Tea and Tea Drinking
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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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Richard Tames
The famous son of a famous father, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was acknowledged in his own lifetime as the greatest engineer in an era of engineering titans. He helped...
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1930s Britain
1930s Britain (Paperback)
Robert Pearce
 
In the 1930s Britain experienced an economic crisis, with high unemployment, wage cuts, benefit cuts and a deterioration in living standards. It was a decade noted for its austerity. Yet...
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Clarice Cliff
Clarice Cliff (Paperback)
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
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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Mazes and Labyrinths
Adrian Fisher
 
Mazes and labyrinths in various forms have been a preoccupation of mankind for thousands of years. This text traces the history of mazes worldwide from the earliest known examples, and...
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British Pigs
British Pigs (Paperback)
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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Department Stores
Department Stores (Paperback)
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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