General History

Social History

Grogan has produced a compassionate and comprehensive study of post-traumatic stress disorder that makes compelling and, at times, shocking reading. ... This clear, accessible account will appeal to the general reader with an interest in mental health or social history. [W]hat I think I loved about the book is its cohesion. What could have been a sprawling study of seemingly disparate issues was pulled together so that everything linked up and made sense. I think that's the paradox of [Grogan's] achievement - making sense of what seems on the face of it to be so much madness.

Linda Gillard, author of House of Silence and Untying the Knot

Sue Wilkes simply takes you by the hand and walks you through Jane Austen’s world. A thoroughly engaging – and very informative – ‘eye-witness’ guide to everything from medical matters to modes of travel.

Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

Leigh author Richard Anthony Baker has now firmly established himself as the foremost authority on the British music hall with his latest book, 'British Music Hall – an Illustrated History'. It is all there in this 261-page book, fully illustrated – and with a hilarious note to end the book entitled the 'Final Curtain' in which the great comedian Jimmy Wheeler answered the question: 'What killed music hall?' His analysis is worth the cost of the book alone. Make sure you read it.

Leigh Times

[This book] divulges some of the lesser-known tales of Scotland's social history and successfully uncovers what life could really be like for Scottish women over the last 300 years.

Discover Your History

Although Queen Victoria was supposedly prudish, she popped out nine tiny Saxe-Coburgs and the population more than doubled during her reign. We might think of the Victorians as sexually repressed, but they were clearly at it like stoats. In 'The Victorian Guide to Sex' Fern Riddell synthesises a wealth of material from marriage guides, newspapers, and the archives to bring us a more sophisticated and composite view of our ancestors. [This book] is an enjoyable read and an informative survey of Victorian sexual tastes and preoccupations. Riddell knows her stuff and succeeds in presenting a rigorously balanced account of this complex subject. From her absorbing book, the Victorian era emerges as no less surprising or contradictory than our own.

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