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Britain’s History from the Air

The landscape of Britain is one of the most diverse in the world. Within these tiny islands there is everything from wild mountains, coasts and moorlands to gentle farmland, forests and meandering rivers. Imprinted over this diversity is a rich history, visible as much in the buildings as in the shape of the landscape itself. From prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury to the vast modern motorways which sweep across the land, Britain is marked indelibly by the works of man.

Royal Britain: Historic Palaces, Castles and Houses

Fully revised and updated edition published 2011

Illustrated with some spectacular original photography, Royal Britain: Historic Palaces, Castles and Houses travels across the nation, taking the reader on a fascinating journey to more than 30 of the finest royal buildings in England, Scotland and Wales.

From London’s well-known royal residences, to castles in North Wales and palaces in Scotland, this exhaustive work brings to life many of Britain’s greatest historic buildings.

British History

Royal London

A fully revised and updated edition of this book (originally published in 2005) will be published in 2012

The streets of London are alive with a 2000-year history that stretches back to its birth as the Roman city of Londinium and are loosely intertwined with the history of the monarchy. That profound influence is still obvious today, but runs much deeper than simply physical architecture and geography.

Royal London reveals the fascinating regal history behind over 110 buildings, parks, gardens, statues and other sites in London, from such instantly recognized landmarks as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Victoria and Albert Museum to less obvious examples such as York Watergate and the church of St Mary-le-Bow.

Royal Britain from the Air

Here is a bird’s-eye view of the historic buildings and landscapes which represent our royal heritage. The castles, palaces, cathedrals and rural landscapes with royal associations, both legendary and actual, have been captured on film and in the accompanying text.

Literary Britain and Ireland

A fully revised and updated edition of this book (originally published in 2005) will be published in 2012

The British Isles have a long and distinguished literary history. In both town and country, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have provided inspiration for generations of authors, poets and playwrights and they, in turn, have shaped our view of the landscape, from Wordsworth’s fields of golden daffodils to the grimy streets of Dickens’s London.

Britain’s Coastlines from the Air

Here is Britain’s coastline as you have never seen it before. In these magnificent photographs, every mood of the British coastline has been faithfully recorded, from the jagged teeth of the Needles on the Isle of Wight and the strange red archway of Durdle Door in Dorset, to the flat stretches of marshland that border the East Anglian coast. Revealed here are landmarks of the British coast such as the beautiful symmetry of the Humber Bridge, the new link between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland, as well as the less obvious such as the soaring ironwork of the Blackpool Tower and the North Sea oil rigs.

The informative text gives insight into the often amazing stories behind the pictures and chronicles the tales of age-old bravery, shipwrecks, rescues and sea battles – as well as modern-day items such as ship-building, power stations and the brave work carried out by lifeboats around the country.

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