Neither Nowt Nor Summat
by Ian McMillan (Ebury Press, 340 pages, £14.99) As a proud Yorkshireman born and bred, poet, journalist and broadcaster Ian McMillan attempts to get to the heart of his birthplace here – he looks at the county’s past, present and imaginary future in a bid to distil the essence of ‘Yorkshireness’. With plenty of affectionate tongue-in-cheek humour, this makes for an entertaining read for those with ancestors in ‘God’s Own Country’. Former RAF pilot Gordon Olive flew more than 125 Spitfire missions above London and the South-east during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Attractively illustrated with 40 unique colour paintings by the author, one of the most heavily engaged pilots of the battle tells his personal story here, recounting the fear and difficult physical conditions as he fought for his country 25,000 feet above the ground. Women’s Century celebrates 100 historic years of the Women’s Institute, highlighting the vital role the group has played in the development of women’s rights in this country and further afield. Centred on a collection of powerful images of the WI and its work, the book covers the institution’s fascinating history, from its establishment in 1915 to the recent increase in its popularity in modern society.
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