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The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
The Secret Rooms: A True Story of a Haunted Castle, a Plotting Duchess, and a Family Secret
by Catherine Bailey
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Secret Rooms, the extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of Englands wealthiest families Fans of Downton Abbey looking for fascinating, real-life stories of the spectacular lives led by... (read more)

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Among the Thugs
Among the Thugs
by Bill Buford
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US“A grotesque, horrifying, repellent and gorgeous book; A Clockwork Orange come to life.” —John Gregory Dunne  "An important, perhaps prophetic, book ... both exciting and sad at the core.... [Buford is] a superbly talented... (read more)

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Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England
Black Diamonds: The Downfall of an Aristocratic Dynasty and the Fifty Years That Changed England
by Catherine Bailey
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For fans of Downton Abbey, this New York Times bestseller is the enthralling true story of family secrets and aristocratic intrigue in the days before WWI After the Ninth Duke of Rutland, one of the wealthiest men in Britain, died alone in a cramped... (read more)

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Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey"
by Margaret Powell
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Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powells classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who... (read more)

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Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain
Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain
by Tariq Modood
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Examines the modern problem of religious identity and cultural racism.... (read more)

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The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy
The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy
by Tom Nairn
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In this acclaimed meditation on the British state, its identity and culture, Tom Nairn sees the monarchy both as its apex and its essence, the symbol of a national backwardness. This powerful, analytical, and bitterly funny book lays bare Britain's... (read more)

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Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
by Fiona Carnarvon
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1. Lady Almina’s wealth contributed to her social success, but far more was required to achieve prestige in her husband’s circles. What special traits and wisdom did she possess? 2. How does Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora Crawley compare to... (read more)

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To Marry an English Lord
To Marry an English Lord
by Gail Maccoll
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AMERICAN HEIRESSES TAKE ON THE PEERAGE In 1895 nine American girls, including a Vanderbilt (railroads), LaRoche (pharmaceuticals), Rogers (oil), and Whitney (New York trolleys), married peers of the British realm—among them, a duke, an earl, three... (read more)

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All Muck Now Medals: Landgirls by Landgirls
All Muck Now Medals: Landgirls by Landgirls
by Joan Mant
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The Women's Land Army was actually founded in 1917, but it was during the Second World War that this organization attracted the kind of attention which assured its place in the annals of the British war effort. Joan Mant's engaging account of what life... (read more)

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Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain
Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain
by Jeremy Seabrook
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In 1797 Jeremy Bentham prepared a map of poverty in Britain, which he called "Pauperland." More than two hundred years later, poverty and social deprivation remain widespread in Britain. Yet despite the investigations into poverty by Mayhew, Booth, and... (read more)

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Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times
Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times
by Lucy Lethbridge
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From the immense staff running a lavish Edwardian estate and the lonely maid-of-all-work cooking in a cramped middle-class house to the poor child doing chores in a slightly less poor household, servants were essential to the British way of life. They... (read more)

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Governing Pleasures: Pornography and Social Change in England, 1815-1914
Governing Pleasures: Pornography and Social Change in England, 1815-1914
by Lisa Z Sigel
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How did concepts of sex & gender, race & class, home & empire develop in Victorian society? Here, Sigel charts the evolution of these ideas through the medium of pornography (PN). She details its prod'n., dist'n., & cons'n. in Great... (read more)

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The Long Week End: A Social History of Great Britain, 1918-1939
The Long Week End: A Social History of Great Britain, 1918-1939
by Robert Graves
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"The long week-end" is Robert Grave's and Alan Hodge's evocative phrase for the period in Great Britain's social history between the twin devastations of the Great War and World War II. With brilliant wit and trenchant judgments they offer a... (read more)

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The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870
The Forging of the Modern State: Early Industrial Britain, 1783-1870
by Eric J Evans
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In this hugely ambitious history of Britain, Eric Evans surveys every aspect of the period in which the country was transformed into the world's first industrial power. This was an era of revolutionary change unparalleled in Britain, yet one in which... (read more)

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From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper: Studies in the Radical Domestic
From William Morris to Sergeant Pepper: Studies in the Radical Domestic
by Peter Stansky
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Stansky (history, Stanford University) puts forward a particular view of Britain and its past and the way it copes with change. His approach is frequently biographical, with essays on the relationship between biography and history, critics of Britain,... (read more)

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Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England
Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England
by Paul Watkins
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Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
by Nina Stibbe
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"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA might be the most charming book I've ever read." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two... (read more)

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The Industrial Revolution and British Society
The Industrial Revolution and British Society
by Patrick K Obrien
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A distinguished international team of contributors focuses on topics currently at the very center of scholarly interest in an original survey of the principal economic and social aspects of the British Industrial Revolution during the 18th and early 19th... (read more)

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Strictly No!: How We're Being Overrun by the Nanny State
Strictly No!: How We're Being Overrun by the Nanny State
by Simon Hills
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The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses
The Dons: Mentors, Eccentrics and Geniuses
by Noel Annan
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Noel Annan (1916-2000) was elected provost of King's College, Cambridge, at age thirty-nine and went on to become the first full-time vice-chancellor of the University of London. He is perhaps best known for his book Our Age and for his often-quoted... (read more)

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