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Book review – Peace and War: Britain in 1914
by Nigel Jones
Rachel Duffett praises an engaging account of the social fissures that shaped Britain's path into the First World War
Book review – The Gardens of the British Working Class
by Margaret Willes
Clare Hickman on a look at the often contentious role of gardens and gardening in the lives of Britain's working classes
Book review – The Gardens of the British Working Class
by Margaret Willes
Clare Hickman on a look at the often contentious role of gardens and gardening in the lives of Britain's working classes
Georgian London: Into the Streets
by Lucy Inglis
Tracy Borman applauds an ambitious exploration of everyday life in London during the 18th and 19th centuries
The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
by Hannah Greig
Hallie Rubenhold enjoys a vibrant account of the beau monde, Georgian England’s most influential social clique
Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio
by Gareth Williams
Michael Worboys praises a look at the spread of polio, and what it says about recent medical development
How to Be a Victorian
by Ruth Goodman
Alison Kay enjoys an entertaining overview of Victorian domestic life, from farming to fashion
Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957–59
by David Kynaston
Francis Beckett considers the latest in a series of books on postwar Britain, focusing on the final years of the 1950s
Men from the Ministry: How Britain Saved its Heritage
by Simon Thurley
Richard Morris on a look at the project to protect Britain's heritage — and what its survival says about the nation
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air
by Richard Holmes
Julian Humphrys is captivated by a history of ballooning and the pioneers who risked their lives to reach new heights
Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth Century Britain
by Lucy Lethbridge
Christina Hardyment on a revealing look at the lives of domestic servants
The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West
by Brian Levack
Rab Houston considers a study of 'demonic possession' across early modern Europe
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