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The Uninvited Guests

One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honour ...

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John Saturnall's Feast

The village of Buckland, 1625. A boy and his mother run for their lives. Behind them a mob chants of ...

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Ban This Filth! Letters from the Mary Whitehouse Archive

In 1964, Mary Whitehouse launched a campaign to fight what she called the 'propaganda of disbelief, doubt and dirt' being ...

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Water for Elephants

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, ...

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The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War

There are many books on the First World War, but here the historian Peter Englund takes a daring new approach. ...

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How to Create the Perfect Wife

This is the story of how Thomas Day, a young man of means, decided he could never marry a woman ...

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