Nei­ther Nowt Nor Sum­mat

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

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.

If you’d like to see your fam­ily his­tory prod­ucts cov­ered here, send them to the ad­dress on p3

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