General History

Social History

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.

Victorian Geek -

The first full-length biography on Caminada... brings to life not just his own work but the wider world of crime and society in Manchester...

Your Family Tree

Recommended as an introduction to life at home between 1914 and 1918 - and profusely illustrated.

Paul Nixon -