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History and reference

Breedon Books' commitment to history publishing extends beyond our well-established local history list to include several general interest history and reference titles. New in 2004 is Fighter Writer, a study of the life of Sergeant Joe Lee which brings together his war poetry, sketches and letters to reveal an undervalued talent and the times in which he lived.

New in 2004


Fighter Writer
The eventful life of Sergeant Joe Lee, Scotland's forgotten war poet

A beautifully illustrated biography of this true Scots hero. Lee's battlefield sketches and letters enliven the story of a trench poet denied his place in literary history after an argument with the Poet Laureate. Compulsive reading.

History and reference titles

Making the Metropolis
Creators of Victoria's London

London historian Stephen Halliday reveals the stories of the men who made the city great. From Marc Brunel, who first tunnelled under the Thames, to the colourful builder Thomas Cubitt, responsible for Buckingham Palace and Belgravia, these accessible biographies show the indomitable spirit of the Victorians.

The Book of British Birthplaces

The first who-was-born-where reference allows you to find out which celebrities had their roots in your area, as well as tracking down the origins of your favourite figures from history and the present day.

Women Who Shocked The Nation

From pirates to poisoners, and from strumpets to suffragettes, this lively book recounts the exploits of the most notorious women in British history.

Unsolved Victorian Murders

Twelve cases from around Britain and Ireland are reopened more than 100 years later. Jonathan Sutherland fills us in on the details and tries to pin down the questions that were left unanswered. How did an elderly, blind Bristol man throw his nephew out a window? And who was the real Jack the Ripper?

Recommended links

BBC History
Your way in to the BBC's vast collection of historical features and articles, as well as information on current and forthcoming documentaries.

British history timeline
The BBC's timeline of British history is an accessible way to find out more about whatever period interests you.

Salient Points
A great independent site for anyone interested in the First World War. Includes details of important campaigns and resources on the war poets.


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