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    Not another “Ooooooh, isn’t she lovely?”-

    Over the last 18 months I’ve been on an entirely coincidental Windsor reading jag. Admittedly the shadier side of the abdication turmoil that placed George VI in personally horrifying, but ultimately successful position, and the following Windsor in-fighting. So I was expecting a higher-brow but otherwise fairly standard 90th birthday year tribute to his daughter, being A N Wilson and so forth. This isn’t another life story. This is an essay that places the Queen, her role and how she inhabits that role in a deeper perspective. It’s wide-ranging and not simple to summarise pithily – bringing together so background strands and new viewpoints to redefine our appreciation of a dedicated life.
    We’re all familiar with the basic Abdication story, the private family forced onto a throne they neither wanted nor were trained for. Wilson explores the Queens’ life set against a wider background, factoring in the contemporary mind-set that modern generations overlook but which affected common and even political considerations at the time. And then moves forward to analyse how those lasting reverberations still overshadowed the breakdown of a slew of modern royal marriages.

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    This book is from an excellent and growing series from Pen & Sword. Obviously, the standard and scope of each book depends on the skill and interests of the author, as well as the characteristics of the town, city or area described.

    Leonard Markham has written an eclectic range of books, covering topics of history, meteorology, footpaths and angling, in English counties including Derbyshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Sussex (East and West), Warwickshire and Yorkshire. I admit to being intrigued to search out a copy of “Yorkshire Privies”, after being taken to reservoirs and sewage works throughout Midlands and Wales during school holidays by my Dad who worked in water industry, and now I live in West Yorkshire.

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    This book is from an excellent and growing “Your Towns and Cities in the Great War” series from Pen & Sword. Obviously, the standard and scope of each book depends on the skill and interests of the author, as well as the characteristics of the town, city or area described.

    The author, Stephen Browning, has written several other books about Norfolk, including Norwich Cathedral, Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (long distance walking paths), books for learners of English in Asia and detective stories.

    The book is well illustrated, with a mixture of photographs from World War One era, buildings used at that time illustrated in modern times, posters from WWI and memorial structures and windows installed after Armistice, all in black and white.

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    From “Your Towns and Cities in the Great War” series.

    This book is from an excellent and growing series from Pen & Sword. Obviously, the standard and scope of each book depends on the skill and interests of the author, as well as the characteristics of the town, city or area described.

    The author, Vivien Teasdale is a retired teacher, with a record of publishing articles and books on local history topics, particularly mills and textile industry, crimes, suspicious deaths and disasters.

    The book is well illustrated, with a mixture of photographs from World War One era, modern photos of buildings used at that time and posters and sketches from WW1, all in black and white.

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    From “Your Towns and Cities in the Great War” series.

    This book comes from an excellent and growing series from Pen & Sword. Obviously, the standard and scope of each book depends on the skill and interests of the author, as well as the characteristics of the town, city or area described.

    Ludlow in the Great War is written by an amateur historian, who specialises in social history. Her interest in World War I stems from the discovery of a 1918 postcard and letter from her husband's Great Uncle Fred to his sister Gertie. With a fourteen year career as a nurse, she naturally includes details of VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments and volunteers) and nursing in the Great War.

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