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Spitfire Saga

by Angus Mansfield The History Press (January 01, 2019)

Rodney Scrase’s life in the RAF began in an old airship shed where he took the King’s shilling in May 1941. He learnt to fly at a BFTS in America and went on the fly Spitfires with Nos 72 and 1 Squadrons,...


London's Docklands

by Fiona Rule The History Press (January 02, 2019)

In its heyday, London’s Docklands was dominated by the Port of London; a sprawling network of quays, ancient wharves, deep canals and high-walled basins that stretched along the Thames from the City to Tilbury....


Yesterday We Were In America

by Brendan Lynch The History Press (February 01, 2019)

Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop 1919 Atlantic flight was arguably the most significant aviation feat after the Wright Brothers’ 1904 flights. The first crossing of an ocean, the longest distance ever flown...


London's Labyrinth

by Fiona Rule The History Press (November 01, 2018)

London's Labyrinth exposes the sinister side of the subterranean city in Victorian times: from the shocking bomb attacks on the Metropolitan and District Lines in 1883 to the sad tale of unrequited love at Charing...


Flying Past

by Mike Brooke The History Press (December 03, 2018)

Following the first four books describing his long career as a military pilot Mike Brooke completes the story with more tales of flying at airshows during the 1980s and 1990s. He also gives the reader a fascinating...


Three Generations of Railwaymen

by Jim Body, Geoff Body & Ian Body The History Press (November 01, 2018)

When, in June 1916, thirteen-year old ‘Jim” Body joined the Great Northern Railway he began what would become over a century of family railway service. Over his life, and those of his son Geoff and his grandson...


Journey to Crossrail

by Stephen Halliday The History Press (October 01, 2018)

Why did London have to wait so long for a main line railway beneath its streets? For a few years in the mid-nineteenth century, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s broad gauge Great Western trains ran from Reading to...


St Pancras International

by The History Press The History Press (September 03, 2018)

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of St Pancras Station, this absorbing new book brings together 150 facts revealing many little known details about the long history of this iconic building and its surroundings....


Tube Life

by Mirrorpix The History Press (September 03, 2018)

December 2018 sees the opening of the new Elizabeth Line that will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, stretching right across central London and clarifying how vital...


Flying Boats

by Charles Woodley The History Press (August 01, 2018)

From the early 1930s until the end of that decade long-distance air travel was the preserve of the flying-boat, which transported well-heeled passengers in ocean-liner style and comfort across the oceans. By...


The Portsmouth Dockyard Story

by Paul Brown The History Press (September 03, 2018)

The importance of Portsmouth in the annals of British naval history cannot be overstated. Here Paul Brown seeks to fill the gaps left by other histories and tell the full story for the first time. Complemented...


The Complete Dambusters

by Charles Foster The History Press (May 08, 2018)

On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which...


50 Airliners that Changed Flying

by Matt Falcus The History Press (June 28, 2018)

The invention of the aeroplane was the dawn of a new way of travelling. Its potential was quickly realised, and aircraft were developed to carry first mail and then passengers, over distances that would have...


Inside British Rail

by Stephen Poole The History Press (January 19, 2018)

Stephen Poole worked on three of British Rail’s five geographical Regions and then for three of the BR business sectors, thereby experiencing a vast range of operational, business and management styles and...


Transforming the Skies

by Peter Reese The History Press (February 16, 2018)

Following the Armistice of 1918 the British Air Industry, including the newly founded RAF, held a low place in national priorities. The RAF was rapidly run down with the infant airlines being given the least...


Paranormal Encounters on Britain's Roads

by Peter A. McCue The History Press (February 19, 2018)

In this detailed book, Peter McCue reflects on the enormous range of paranormal phenomena to have been reported along Britain’s roads, and examines the theory that certain areas seem to be hot spots for such...


Aviation Landmarks - Norfolk and Suffolk

by Peter B. Gunn The History Press (November 13, 2017)

In this book Peter Gunn brings together many aspects of aviation history in the two counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, chronicled by place-name in alphabetical order. Subjects include airfields, war graves and...


A Passion for Speed

by Paul Smiddy The History Press (September 01, 2017)

Mildred Bruce enjoyed a privileged upbringing that allowed her to search for thrills beyond the bounds of most female contemporaries. She ‘borrowed’ her brother’s motorbike at only 15; she raced at Brooklands...


The Southern Handbook

by David Wragg The History Press (August 01, 2017)

The Southern Railway may not have been the most glamorous of the ‘Big Four’ companies that emerged from the grouping of 1923, but it was the great innovator. In the 1930s the Southern pioneered the first...


The LNER Handbook

by David Wragg The History Press (July 03, 2017)

Renowned for its express locomotive Mallard setting a world speed record (126mph) for steam locomotives that endures to this day, the London & North Eastern Railway was the second largest of the ‘Big Four’...


The GWR Handbook

by David Wragg The History Press (August 01, 2017)

For many the GWR was synonymous with holidays by the sea in the West Country, but it was built to serve as a fast railway line to London, especially for the merchants and financiers of Bristol. Its operations...


Schoolboy, Servant, GWR Apprentice: The Memoirs of Alfred Plumley 1880-1892

by David Wilkins The History Press (June 02, 2017)

A unique glimpse into the life of a young servant boy and GWR apprentice in the late nineteenth century


RMS Titanic: Made in the Midlands

by Andrew P.B. Lound The History Press (March 01, 2017)

RMS Titanic: Made in the Midlands