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A His­tory of Sail­ing in 100 Ob­jects by Barry Pick­thall is a pot­pourri of all things nau­ti­cal with in­for­ma­tive text sup­port­ing each pic­ture and illustration. (Blooms­bury, 224pp, hard­back, £20)

ISBN 9780-7611-69086

Was the great bard who we think? Many be­lieve that only a bet­ter-ed­u­cated man could have writ­ten his plays and in Sir Henry Neville was Shake­speare, John Cas­son and William Ru­bin­stein as­sess the ev­i­dence. (Am­ber­ley, 320pp, pa­per­back, £14.99)

ISBN 9781-4456-54669

Now in its sixth edi­tion The Com­plete En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Horse Rac­ing by Bill Mooney and Ge­orge Se­nior will please

all equine fans. (Carl­ton, 256pp, hard­back, £14.99) ISBN 9781-7809-77652

The Vic­to­ria Letters by Helen Rap­pa­port is the of­fi­cial com­pan­ion to the tele­vi­sion drama (right) and delves into the pri­vate writ­ings of the young Queen Vic­to­ria who as­cended to the throne as a rebellious teenager but grew into a re­gal icon. Splen­didly il­lus­trated there is much here to please ev­ery­one. (Harper Collins, 302pp, hard­back, £20)

ISBN 9781-7809-77652

Op­er­a­tion Big, The Race to Stop Hitler’s A-bomb by Colin Brown is an un­usual story which will ap­peal to all mil­i­tary his­to­ri­ans. (Am­ber­ley, 288pp, hard­back, £20)

ISBN 9781-4456-51842

In Made on the Isle of Wight, David Williams re­lates sev­eral in­ven­tions, in­clud­ing the hov­er­craft (be­low), jet-en­gined cars, rock­ets, fly­ing boats, satel­lites, he­li­copters, etc. Well pre­sented with many fine archive photos. (His­tory Press, 222pp, pa­per­back, £20)

ISBN 9780-7509-67549

In a kalei­do­scope of bril­liant colours Foot­ball In­fo­graph­ics will ap­peal to all soc­cer lovers. De­scribed as “The beau­ti­ful game in bril­liant de­tail” this is a large-for­mat sur­vey and anal­y­sis of trends, statis­tics and data, the like of which you have never seen be­fore. (Carl­ton, 174pp, hard­back, £25)

ISBN 9781-7809-77720

Any­one alive in 1953 could not pos­si­bly avoid know­ing the film “Genevieve” in which two vet­eran car driv­ers race each other from Lon­don to Brighton, and then back again. In Rod­ney Laredo’s A Dar­racq Called Genevieve, the Story of Vet­eran Mo­tor­ing’s Most Fa­mous Car you can read all about what hap­pened be­hind the scenes. (Ve­loce, 160pp, hard­back, £30)

ISBN 9781-7871-10076

In Steamship Travel in the In­ter­war Years, his­to­ri­ans Lor­raine Coons and Alexan­der Varias open a win­dow into the by­gone age of travel when large lin­ers roamed the seas car­ry­ing tourists to all points of the globe. Strict pro­to­col, how­ever, ex­isted be­tween the dif­fer­ent classes. (Am­ber­ley, 160pp, pa­per­back, £9.99)

ISBN 9781-4456-49863

The VC is the na­tion’s high­est award for gal­lantry in face of the en­emy and in Vic­to­ria Cross He­roes, Vol. II, we read about some of the more mod­ern acts of brav­ery amongst the 200 VCS owned by Lord Ashcroft. It is the largest pri­vate col­lec­tion in the world, and we should be pleased they have been pre­served for pos­ter­ity. (Bite­back, 374pp, hard­back, £25)

ISBN 9781-7859-00976

The Com­plete Uxbridge English Dic­tionary has been “com­pre­hen­sively re­viled”! In other words, this is the lat­est edi­tion of the out­ra­geous puns fea­tured on the ra­dio pro­gramme “I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue”. They are ex­tremely witty: for in­stance “lit­er­ally” means “to drop rub­bish in a nar­row pas­sage” while “hu­man­i­tar­ian” means some­one who only eats peo­ple. There are hun­dreds more! (Pen­guin, 320pp, hard­back, £14.99)

ISBN 9781-7855-10618

The Com­plete Uxbridge English Dic­tionary is avail­able by post from This Eng­land. For fur­ther de­tails see page 85.

From Saxon to the 21st cen­tury, by way of Nor­man, Me­dieval, Post-re­for­ma­tion, Vic­to­rian and 20th cen­tury, Janet Gough takes us in­side Churches of the Church of Eng­land. With the help of stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy she cov­ers 42 churches of all styles. (Scala, 96pp, pa­per­back, £12.95)

ISBN 9781-7855-10618

Tony Ward is a racon­teur and poet, and in Un­rav­el­ling Sus­sex, Around the County in Rid­dles, he clev­erly por­trays peo­ple, places and things in verse, illustration and prose. (His­tory Press, 192pp, pa­per­back, £12.99)

ISBN 9781-4456-49863

In Maps of War, Map­ping Con­flict Through the Cen­turies, Jeremy Black has pro­duced a hugely im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal work which de­serves great credit. The maps and il­lus­tra­tions are many and var­ied and can­not fail to fas­ci­nate schol­ars and lay­men alike. (Blooms­bury, 224pp, hard­back, £30)

ISBN 9781-8448-63440

Si­mon Webb’s Com­muters traces the his­tory of a very Bri­tish way of trav­el­ling to work each day. Con­cise and in­for­ma­tive, it ex­plains how public trans­port cre­ated new suburbs. (Pen & Sword, 150pp, pa­per­back, £12.99)

ISBN 9781-4738-62906

Many chil­dren as­pire to be­come vets and will en­joy read­ing Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs, the Life of a York­shire Vet by Ju­lian Nor­ton. (Michael O’mara, 256pp, hard­back, £12.99)

ISBN 9781-7824-36836

Ma­jor & Mrs Holt’s De­fin­i­tive Bat­tle­field Guide to the Somme is well il­lus­trated and a must if you are plan­ning to visit this area, criss-crossed by trenches, ceme­ter­ies and other items of war. (Pen & Sword, 360pp, pa­per­back, £16.99)

ISBN 9781-4738-66720

The Cutty Sark tea clip­per un­der full sail off China (see A His­tory of Sail­ing in 100 Ob­jects).

Di­vided into four, this 1943 map clev­erly, clearly and ef­fec­tively por­trayed the Se­cond World War to US Navy ser­vice per­son­nel (see Maps of War).

The 1953 hit movie, “Genevieve”, starred Di­nah Sheri­dan (top left), John Greg­son (top right), Ken­neth More and Kay Ken­dall (see A Dar­racq Called Genevieve).

Poz­ières was one of the vil­lages on the Somme where many Aus­tralians died.

Tyn­wald Day on the Isle of Man is cel­e­brated on 5th July each year at St. John the Bap­tist Church. Although a par­ish church it dou­bles as home to the Manx par­lia­ment (see Churches of the Church of Eng­land).

Sir Pa­trick Moore, the coun­try’s favourite as­tronomer, is one of those fea­tured in Un­rav­el­ling Sus­sex.

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