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Michigan Motivations - A Year of Inspiration with the University of Michigan Wolverines (Paperback): Cyle Young, del Duduit Michigan Motivations - A Year of Inspiration with the University of Michigan Wolverines (Paperback)
Cyle Young, del Duduit; Foreword by George Lilja
R472 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over the past century, the Wolverines have created heroes and legends that excite both the young and old. From the first football game in 1879 to the hundreds of thousands of faithful fans that cheer on the most triumphant program in college football history, University of Michigan football has an undeniable legacy. In Michigan Motivations: A Year of Inspiration with the University of Michigan Wolverines, authors Cyle Young and Del Duduit relive the most famous moments and show readers how they too can overcome adversity, find success, understand true teamwork, and much more. A year's worth of weekly stories will motivate and inspire, showcasing legendary players like Tom Harmon, Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, and Tom Brady. Along the way, readers will also appreciate the Wolverine persistence that drove a 1934 team MVP to become the 38th President of the United States, and they will learn to apply that same Michigan character in their own life. Michigan Motivations is for every fan that bleeds Maize and Blue. Rejoice at the stories that reveal come-from-behind victories, sigh at surprise losses, and scratch your head at how Ohio State went to the Rose Bowl in 1974.

Oswestry Through Time (Paperback): David Trumper Oswestry Through Time (Paperback)
David Trumper
R417 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ancient Shropshire market town of Oswestry, just to the west of Shrewsbury and close to the Welsh border, has not changed a great deal since the Battle of Maserfield in 642, which is perhaps why the town is so popular among discerning tourists and those in search of a quiet life. In this unique and fascinating series of new and old photographs, local author and historian David Trumper explores how the town and the surrounding villages have changed over the years, as well as highlighting how much has stayed the same. Featured here are many beautiful images of Oswestry's centre, its streets and buildings, local people at work and play, and the stunning countryside around the town, making this book essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Oswestry.

The Port of Dover Through Time (Paperback): Ian Collard The Port of Dover Through Time (Paperback)
Ian Collard
R417 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Port of Dover is Europe's busiest ferry port and is situated in south-east England. It is the nearest port to France, which is twenty-one miles away, and the world's busiest passenger port, with 12 million travellers, 2.5 million lorries, 2.2 million cars and motorcycles and 87,000 coaches passing through it each year. The port is owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board, which was formed by Royal Charter in 1606 by King James I. It has an annual turnover of GBP59.8 million and the board members are appointed by the government. P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways operate services to Calais and Dunkirk from the Eastern Docks. These docks were used for ship-breaking during the First World War and finally closed in 1964. In 1966 over 600,000 vehicles travelled through Dover's Eastern Docks to France and Belgium. The Western Docks are formed by the western arm of the harbour and include Admiralty Pier and other port facilities. They were used as a terminal for the Golden Arrow and other cross-channel train services. The railway station closed in 1994 and this area of the port was used for cross-channel hovercraft services operated by Hoverspeed, which was declared bankrupt in 2005. The railway station re-opened as the Dover Cruise Terminal and can accommodate up to three cruise ships at a time. The White Cliffs remain one of the most iconic and memorable parts of the Kent coast and the strategic importance of the town has been recognised throughout its history.

Shaftesbury Through Time (Paperback): Roger Guttridge Shaftesbury Through Time (Paperback)
Roger Guttridge
R417 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Dorset town of Shaftesbury is beautifully sited on a hill overlooking the Blackmore Vale, on the edge of Cranborne Chase. The town grew up around its abbey, which was founded in c. 888 by King Alfred and became one of the richest religious establishments in the country, before being destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. Next to the abbey site is Gold Hill, the steep cobbled street made famous in the 1970s as the setting for Ridley Scott's television advertisement for Hovis bread. With the help of the Gold Hill Museum archive, author Roger Guttridge takes a fascinating look at how Shaftesbury's streets, buildings and enterprises have changed over the years, highlighting what they meant to its citizens. There is something here to engage and delight all readers, from the serious to the casual.

Southampton Memories - People and Places (Paperback): Peter Wardall, Rod Andrews, Ben Waring Southampton Memories - People and Places (Paperback)
Peter Wardall, Rod Andrews, Ben Waring
R417 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Southampton is now part of a huge metropolitan area running along the south coast in Hampshire. The city has seen massive changes over the years and although its history goes back many centuries, it saw particularly rapid growth in Victorian times with the development of the docks and related shipbuilding industries. Significant areas of the city were destroyed in the Second World War. The subsequent rebuilding of Southampton, followed by more recent regeneration, has changed much of the city, but its history is still in evidence. Today Southampton is a busy metropolis, and alongside the people who live and work in the city, it draws visitors from around the world. In Southampton Memories: People and Placesthe authors have delved into their remarkable collection of photographs from their Facebook site of the same name to present a fascinating selection of images of the city since the nineteenth century. The photographs portray the many changes that have taken place in the city centre, the docks and the suburbs; in local transport, including the loss of the trams; the experiences of Southampton during wartime; industries and other workplaces; schools, colleges and hospitals; pubs, shops, hotels and restaurants; churches and memorials; recreation and leisure; and many more facets of the city. It is a unique record of how much Southampton and its people have changed over the years. This wonderful collection of historical photographs will be of interest to all those who live locally or know it well.

Knoxville, Tennessee - A Mountain City in the New South (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Bruce Wheeler Knoxville, Tennessee - A Mountain City in the New South (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Bruce Wheeler
R629 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This third edition of Knoxville, Tennessee: A Mountain City in the New South includes a new preface and a valuable new chapter covering the period from the death of Cas Walker to the end of the administration of Madeline Rogero, Knoxville's first female mayor. Wheeler argues that, until very recently, like Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (1925), Knoxvillians had fabricated for themselves a false history, portraying themselves and their city as the almost impotent victims of historical forces that they could neither alter nor control. The result of this myth has been a collective mentality of near-helplessness against the powerful forces of isolation, poverty, and even change itself. But Knoxville's past is far more complicated than that, for the city contained abundant material goods and human talent that could have been used to propel Knoxville into the ranks of the premier cities of the New South--if those assets had not slipped through the fingers of both the leaders and the populace. In all, Knoxville's history is the story of colliding forces--country and city, North and South, the poor and the elites as well as the story of colorful figures, including Perez Dickenson, Edward Sanford, George Dempster, Carlene Malone, Bill Haslam, and Madeline Rogero, among many, many more. While challenges related to public health, income inequality, racism, and the environment remain, Wheeler detects the possibility that the myth Knoxvillians have clung to may finally be fading. Downtown development by vibrant local entrepreneurs, a government more responsive than ever before, and an economy that endured a severe economic downturn only to turn out brighter than expected are all symptoms of a Knoxville that may be ready to take its place in the rising urbanism of twenty-first-century America.

Yorkshire - A Very Peculiar History (Hardcover, UK ed.): John Malam Yorkshire - A Very Peculiar History (Hardcover, UK ed.)
John Malam
R224 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Yorkshire is well known for its miners, pudding and cricket, but Yorkshire: A Very Peculiar History scrapes beyond the surface and past the cliches. Featuring a host of characters from Yorkshire past and present, from Guy Fawkes to Michael Parkinson, it's not all grit and grime! Tracing Yorkshire's history back through Roman and Viking rule, to the various tribes which populated the area in prehistoric times, Yorkshire: A Very Peculiar History covers the largest county in England from all angles. Featuring quirky tales of Yorkshire's crucial role in the industrial revolution, and detailed stories about the famed Wars of the Roses, this book tells the astonishing tale of this large and historic county and its people and culture, including recipes, lists and maps.

The World War 1 Trivia Book - Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the First World War (Paperback): Bill O'Neill The World War 1 Trivia Book - Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the First World War (Paperback)
Bill O'Neill
R280 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R52 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Railway Dog - The True Story of an Australian Outback Dog (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Olwyn M. Parker The Railway Dog - The True Story of an Australian Outback Dog (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Olwyn M. Parker
R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Set amidst South Australia's beautiful but isolated mid-north, The Railway Dog tells the true story of Bob, a scruffy brown stray, bought on impulse by a local railway man as a gift for his wife - setting in motion the beginnings of a legend...Recognised near and far for his cheery bark, waving tail, and devotion to train travel - Bob quickly became a beloved member of the tight knit railway community. Charming, humorous, and at times intensely moving, the adventures of Bob the Railway Dog, entwined with the lives of the fascinating people he meets on his journeys - make for an inspiring and touching Australian story.

Winchester in 50 Buildings (Paperback): Garth Groombridge, Kirsty Kinnaird Winchester in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
Garth Groombridge, Kirsty Kinnaird
R422 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R61 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From its earliest days during the Roman occupation when it was known as Venta Belgarum, to its current status as an important seat of learning and county town of Hampshire, Winchester has a proud and distinctive identity. It also boasts regal connections right up until the reign of Charles II and a 900-year-plus military presence from William I until the 1980s. This extraordinary history is embodied in the rich architecture that has shaped this beautifully preserved city, famed for its Gothic cathedral. Winchester in 50 Buildings explores the history of this much-visited city through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From its eleventh-century castle to the Gothic Revival Guidhall, this unique study celebrates Winchester's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Local author Garth Groombridge, author of two previous books in the '50 Buildings' series, together with his co-author Kirsty Kinnaird, a former student at the University of Winchester, guide the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural projects.

Peckover House and Garden (Paperback): Mike Sutherill Peckover House and Garden (Paperback)
Mike Sutherill
R169 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Overlooking the River Nene in Wisbech, Peckover House was built in the 1720s on the fashionable North Brink, one of Britains most perfect Georgian streetscapes. From the 1790s it was both the home and the banking premises of the Peckover family, Quakers who played a major role in the life of the town. Though their faith excluded them from certain positions, the family produced prominent collectors and a Lord-Lieutenant of the county who received an honorary degree from Cambridge University for his service to science and the cause of education and a Baronetcy. Beyond the beautifully decorated Georgian rooms, evocative servants hall and stables lies an enchanting and surprisingly large walled garden, with colourful borders, summer- and greenhouses, an orangery and a thatched reed barn. Besides 60 varieties of rose, the garden has a number of fine specimen trees, including a Chinese Chusan Palm, a maidenhair tree, tulip tree and three venerable orange trees.

Changing Jarrow (Paperback): Paul Perry Changing Jarrow (Paperback)
Paul Perry
R415 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R90 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A nostalgic tour of Jarrow illustrated by old photographs of the town, selected from the author's quite unique and extensive collection. The images, many of which have never been published before, feature street scenes, notable buildings, social history, industry, events and transport. Jarrow was renowned as a town built on shipbuilding and steel working, courtesy of the Palmer shipbuilding empire, who reigned supreme supplying the world's fleet with more than 1000 vessels until its demise in 1933. It was this abrupt closure of the world famous shipyard which instigated the infamous 'Jarrow Crusade'. The fascination eight picture postcards which were given to Paul Perry in 1966 were the beginning of a journey, a journey which has lasted close to fifty years. The postcards were to form the backbone of the author's extensive collection and have multiplied into many thousands of images, some of which he share's with you within the pages of this publication.

The Cotswolds Groundcover (Hardcover, UK ed.): John Curtis The Cotswolds Groundcover (Hardcover, UK ed.)
John Curtis
R301 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R73 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A history of the Cotswolds

Secret Hayes (Paperback): Louise Wyatt Secret Hayes (Paperback)
Louise Wyatt
R418 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The town of Hayes, located in West London, has a long and intriguing past. The area today is made up of what was originally five separate villages: Botwell, Hayes Town, Hayes End, Wood End, and Yeading. Historically in Middlesex, it became part of the London Borough of Hillingdon in 1965, but has a history that stretches back over a thousand years. Secret Hayescovers a wealth of topics, from its first documented origins in AD 757 to being the home of both EMI and George Orwell. Join author Louise Wyatt, who grew up in the town, as she unearths the area's deepest secrets.

East Yorkshire Village Visits (Paperback): Martin Limon East Yorkshire Village Visits (Paperback)
Martin Limon
R434 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R88 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'East Yorkshire Village Visits' is a collection of thirty studies of some of the East Riding's most interesting communities and the events that shaped them. From Airmyn in the west to Easington in the east the rich variety of East Yorkshire's villages, their heritage and people is represented in this fascinating book. This new volume is the sequel to 'The Villages of East Yorkshire', published by Blackthorn Press in December 2010 and like the first book is based on the popular 'village visit' series published by the glossy county magazine, the Journal, in Hull. The Journal's 'Village Visit' series is now in its seventh year of publication and I decided from the outset that I would focus my attention on social history, personalities, and interesting events to make the series as accessible as possible to the readership of the magazine. The chapters in this new book use the original village visit articles together with new and previously unpublished historical material.

Shropshire from Dawn to Dusk (Hardcover): John Hayward, Mike Hayward Shropshire from Dawn to Dusk (Hardcover)
John Hayward, Mike Hayward 1
R566 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R111 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Changing Scarborough (Paperback): Paul Chrystal Changing Scarborough (Paperback)
Paul Chrystal
R415 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R90 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scarborough has a rich and varied history extending from the Roman signal station and the marauding hordes of Vikings under Tostig Godwinson and Harald III of Norway through its revival under Henry II who built the Angevin stone castle and granted charters in 1155 and 1163 permitting a market and rule by burgesses. The changing fortunes of the castle and its role in the Civil War, the founding of the spa and development of tourism and establishment of famous hotels are detailed in the exhaustive Changing Scarborough: From Romans to Renaissance Town. Also covered are the associations with Anne Bronte, the Scarborough Riots and the role of the famous Quaker family, the Rowntrees, and the town's dramatic and lethal bombardment in the First World War, the famous lifeboat, Alan Ayckbourn, the Sitwells and the treasures of St Martin on the Hill. Old images are juxtaposed with modern equivalents to provide a fascinating historical journey that will delight visitors and residents alike.

York A-Z (Paperback): Paul Chrystal York A-Z (Paperback)
Paul Chrystal
R424 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R90 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York has a long and voluminous history which, to some, might be a little daunting. This important new book presents the history of this famous city in short, digestible, illustrated chunks designed to inform and entertain residents and visitors alike. What is more, it is published to coincide with York 800, a year long series of events celebrating the 800th anniversary of King John's pivotal charter, an event which has influenced York's history since its signing in 1212. A to Z of York History will clarify and highlight the significance of events before and after the charter in this most historical of cities. It is a book to dip into, to answer questions, settle arguments, arouse and satisfy curiosity while at the same time providing an authoritative and enjoyable history of York. Here you will meet Constantine, Ivar the Boneless, Guy Fawkes, Thomas Cooke, Francis Drake, Dr Slop, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mutton Curry and Blind Tom. You will visit Bitch Daughter Tower, the Bagnio, Bettys Briefing Room, the Ice House, the Poor Clares, Tyburn and the Doom Window.You will learn how the Rowntrees and Tukes were central to the industrial and social fabric of the city, indeed of the nation; why the railways converged on York, and the significance of York as an ecclesiastical and political centre, how William Etty RA, Dr Evelyn and JB Morrell helped save York from irreversible municipal vandalism. In short, an invaluable historical guide to the city of York which will make your experience of York 800 all the more rewarding and fascinating, explaining as it does the background to 2012's Chocolate Festival, the staging of the Mystery Plays, the Queen's visit for Royal Maundy, the Festival of the Rivers and Railfest.

A History of the Music of Bristol Cathedral in 100 Objects (Paperback): Wendy Wilby A History of the Music of Bristol Cathedral in 100 Objects (Paperback)
Wendy Wilby
R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Cheltenham in 50 Buildings (Paperback): David Elder Cheltenham in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
David Elder
R418 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From a small market town to its heyday as a fashionable watering place and recognition as 'the most complete Regency town in Britain', through to its subsequent reinvention as a centre for religion, education, shopping and festivals, Cheltenham has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the town, from the medieval church (now its Minster) and the Montpellier Rotunda, where a young Gustav Holst performed, to the world's first (outside of London) purpose-built Masonic hall and one of the country's most iconic buildings of the modern era, the GCHQ Doughnut. In this unique study well-known local author David Elder guides the reader on a tour of its greatest treasures, revealing that Cheltenham's history is sometimes complex but never dull.

Secret Ely (Paperback): Michael Rouse Secret Ely (Paperback)
Michael Rouse
R418 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ely and its magnificent cathedral have dominated this area of Cambridgeshire for centuries, and today it is a thriving and rapidly growing city. Much has been written about Ely's rich historical past but in this book local historian Michael Rouse explores the lesser-known episodes of the city's history, covering its beginnings as a collection of houses surrounding the medieval abbey and cathedral on an island in the Fens; its local economy, which was also based on the River Ouse and the surrounding fenland; medieval and modern-day fairs; local inhabitants, including Oliver Cromwell; and visitations by the plague, along with many more stories that even most locals don't know. With tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and tucked-away historical buildings, Secret Ely will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of Ely, and to all those who wish to learn more about this fascinating and historical corner of Cambridgeshire and the Fens.

Widnes At Work - People and Industries Through the Years (Paperback): Jean Bradburn Widnes At Work - People and Industries Through the Years (Paperback)
Jean Bradburn
R417 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Widnes is a town with a long industrial heritage. In 1847 the first chemical factory was established and the town rapidly became a major centre of the chemical industry. The town grew quickly as housing and social provisions were made for the factory workers. Soon the villages of Farnworth, Appleton, Ditton and Upton were absorbed within the developing town of Widnes. Other industries developed too, including iron and copper works. In the 1920s and 1930s there was further diversification of the chemical industry and the products it manufactured. Slums were replaced by better homes, and the process of slum clearance continued after the Second World War. In 1961 the Silver Jubilee Bridge replaced the outdated Transporter Bridge, and in recent years many of the old heavy chemical factories have closed to be replaced by more modern factories. In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations, Widnes at Work explores the life of this town and its people, from rapid growth during the Industrial Revolution, through two world wars, post-war decline and into the technologically advanced world of today.

Illustrated Tales of Sussex (Paperback): Christopher Horlock Illustrated Tales of Sussex (Paperback)
Christopher Horlock
R417 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The old county of Sussex is one of the most beautiful in England, but beneath its rural idyll lies a history that is surprising and often shocking. Local author and historian Christopher Horlock brings us some of the county's strange and mythical tales, bringing together a whole range of places, events and people that are seldom mentioned in standard histories or guides. Interesting remains, strange happenings, hoaxes, witchcraft and unusual memorials are featured, along with some new reminiscences on smuggling. Several little-known hill figures are featured, plus some famous individuals not usually associated with Sussex, including Guy Fawkes, Vincent van Gogh and John F. Kennedy. It's an unusual mix of the curious, the quaint and the mysterious, where even those who know Sussex well will find something new and surprising.

Secret Scunthorpe (Paperback): Morgan Broadbent Secret Scunthorpe (Paperback)
Morgan Broadbent
R417 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scunthorpe is the third largest settlement in Lincolnshire and is the administrative centre of the North Lincolnshire unitary authority. People have been living in the area for hundreds of years and making use of the local natural resource of ironstone. The town really began to thrive from the mid-nineteenth century thanks to the Industrial Revolution - between 1851 and 1901 the population had grown from 1,245 to 11,167. However, Scunthorpe has far more to it than its industrial heritage. It actually has a, perhaps unexpected, past that dates right back to the Stone Age. In Secret Scunthorpe local author Morgan Broadbent delves into this long history, revealing little-known stories and shedding light on aspects that deserve a greater amount of historical appreciation.

A Journey Through Wales (Paperback): Roger Thomas A Journey Through Wales (Paperback)
Roger Thomas
R123 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R23 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wales emcompasses windy headlands and sheltered calm estuaries; gently wooded hills and vales, and rocky volcanic outcrops; mighty castles and woollen mills.

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