Re­views in brief Sophia Unger takes a look at three other ti­tles that have just hit the shelves

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - REVIEWS -

A His­tory of Women in 100 Ob­jects by Mag­gie An­drews and Ja­nis Lo­mas His­tory Press, 350 pages, £20

From wife-sale ad­ver­tise­ments to the first elec­tric fridge, and the corset to the con­tra­cep­tive pill, this book from two lead­ing his­to­ri­ans in­ter­weaves items sym­bol­is­ing the sup­pres­sion and elevation of wom­an­hood, in a fas­ci­nat­ing yet some­times bru­tal ac­count of women’s chang­ing place in so­ci­ety.

Crimes & Crim­i­nals of 17th Cen­tury Bri­tain by Daniel J Codd Pen & Sword His­tory, 264 pages, £14.99

Set against a back­drop of a so­ci­ety in which cor­rup­tion, vi­o­lence and superstition pre­vailed, Daniel J Codd cat­a­logues Bri­tain’s most shock­ing early mur­der cases, in­clud­ing se­rial killing, ru­ral mur­ders and po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tions, and sheds light on lesser-known tales.

RAF 100: The Of­fi­cial Story by James Hol­land An­dré Deutsch, 224 pages, £25

Cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of the RAF, broad­caster and his­to­rian James Hol­land maps the ser­vice and the mem­bers at its core from the early years to mod­ern-day mis­sions of mercy. Pho­to­graphs and doc­u­ments from the RAF’s own archives il­lu­mi­nate this de­tailed ex­plo­ration of the force’s his­tory.

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