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Rating: 4.30 / 5
41 reviews

War Letters 1914–1918, Vol. 1: From a Young British Officer at the Western Front during the First World War

by Mark Tanner

Wilbert Spencer was 17 years old when the First World War began. With one year still to complete at school, he decided to join the British army instead. Within four months he was leading 200 men to the front; within eight months he was dead.

Published for the first time in their entirety, Wilbert’s letters paint a deeply moving portrait of a remarkable young man. Bright, optimistic and exuberant, his gentle character shines through ever word.

Along with an introduction to Wilbert's life, the letters are accompanied by extensive, meticulously researched notes which are just a simple click away. They are there to add detail, context and colour for the reader who wants to understand more about particular aspects of the war. They include not just comments on militar...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 95 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
3 reviews

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000: Mycoses and Modernity (Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History)

by A. Homei and M. Worboys

This book is open access under a CC BY license. The grand narrative of twentieth-century medicine is the conquering of acute infectious diseases and the rise in chronic, degenerative diseases. The history of fungal infections does not fit this picture; indeed, it runs against it - this book charts the path of fungal infections from the mid nineteenth century to the dawn of the twenty-first century, both in Britain and the United States. It examines how fungal infections became more prevalent and serious over the century, a rise that was linked to the increased incidence of chronic diseases and to social, technological and medical 'progress'. In 1900, conditions such as ringworm, athlete's foot and thrush were minor, external and mostly chronic conditions  irritating, but mostly self-limit...

Genre: History, Americas, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 240 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
2 reviews

Mental Health Retrosight: Understanding the returns from research (lessons from schizophrenia): Policy Report

by Steven Wooding and Alexandra Pollitt

Examines the impacts arising from neuroscience and mental health research over 20-25 years, focusing on schizophrenia. Identifies attributes of the research, researchers or setting associated with translation into patient benefit. Policy report.
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Genre: History, Americas, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Health & Fitness, Mental Health
Size: 139 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.60 / 5
47 reviews

Fifty Great Things to Come Out of the Midlands

by Robert Shore

Celebrate the heart of Britain in this fun and informative mini-ebook.Rugby, Walkers Crisps, Conkers. These are just a handful of the many great things to have come out of the Midlands. In this celebratory list, journalist and loyal Midlander Robert Shore counts down fifty of the best gifts the Midlands has given the world.Knowledge no Midlander – nay, Brit! – should be without.From the author of Bang in the Middle....

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Travel, Essays & Travelogues
Size: 46 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 2.20 / 5
5 reviews

The East India Company: A History From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

★ The East India Company ★
Founded at the dawn of the 17th century as European nations were establishing global empires, the English East India Company would become a vital part of burgeoning British supremacy. Begun as a joint-stock company for trade with the East Indies, this organization would evolve into one of the world’s first capitalistic corporations.

Inside you will read about...
✓ Founding of the East India Company
✓ Struggling, Building, and Growing with Violence
✓ The East India Company Enters the 18th Century
✓ The British Government Steps In
✓ China and the Opium Trade
✓ The Nineteenth Century and Growing British Involvement
✓ The End of the East India Company

Over the course of thei...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Nonfiction
Size: 35 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
9 reviews

The Forgotten Soldier (Part 1 of 3): He wasn’t a soldier, he was just a boy

by Charlie Connelly

Bestselling author Charlie Connelly returns with a First World War memoir of his great uncle, Edward Connelly, who was an ordinary boy sent to fight in a war the likes of which the world had never seen.But this is not just his story; it is the story of all the young forgotten soldiers who fought and bravely died for their countryThe Forgotten Soldier tells the story of Private Edward Connelly, aged 19, killed in the First World War a week before the Armistice and immediately forgotten, even, it seems, by his own family.Edward died on exactly the same day, and as part of the same military offensive, as Wilfred Owen. They died only a few miles apart and yet there cannot be a bigger contrast between their legacies. Edward had been born into poverty in west London on the eve of the twentieth c...

Genre: History, Europe, Military, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 61 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
23 reviews

Queen Victoria: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Queen Victoria
The Queen of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years, the mother of nine children and grandmother to 42, Queen Victoria’s life was one of magnificent proportions. Victoria’s childhood was difficult and lonely but from the time she took the throne aged just eighteen she blossomed into a powerful woman, both frivolous and formidable.

Inside you will read about...
✓ An Unsentimental Marriage
✓ Race to Produce an Heir
✓ Finally an Adult and Finally a Queen
✓ V&A
✓ Die Shattenseite
✓ The Hungry Forties and Albert’s Great Exhibition
✓ The Widow at Windsor
And much more!

In her later years, Victoria struggled to find balance between her wish to live a very private life as a widow and ...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Leaders & Notable People, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 54 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
43 reviews

A RELATIVE MATTER: A SWEET REGENCY ROMANCE

by Karen Cogan

In this sweet Regency romance, life in India is idyllic for Anne Tyler and her younger brother, Jeremy until the deaths of their parents shatter their world. They are sent to England to live with a grandfather that neither remembers. However, as the years pass, the kindly man proves a balm for their wounded hearts. His death, when it comes, is a cruel blow.
Though his will leaves the estate to Jeremy, the boy is not yet of age. His grandfather’s nephew, a man with a mysterious past, is named guardian of the property
and soon arrives to take up his duty. Unfortunately, the man has a son who is both evil and cunning. Since he stands to inherit the estate should Jeremy die, he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the property.
Murder and threats of murder soon haunt ...

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Romance, Historical Romance, Crime Fiction
Size: 157 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.80 / 5
8 reviews

1814: Crime and Capital Punishment:

by XerXes Xu

This year we remember the outbreak of the First World War, one hundred years ago. This ended a century of relative peace in Europe, a century of great technological progress in which the modern world was born and a century of huge social change in England. We easily recognise the world of 1914, with trains, planes and buses. 1814 is not so easily recognisable, but it was also a cusp year. Napoleon surrendered, the French wars were near an end, a page was turning and a better future beckoned. However, in 1814, in many ways the social institutions of England remained medieval, none more so than the criminal justice system. There were 222 capital offences on the statute book, often for relatively minor offences. A child of eight was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, London's main criminal...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 643 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 13 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
2 reviews

A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Chris Millard

This book is open access under a CC BY license and is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization an...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 280 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
4 reviews

Oliver Cromwell: A Life From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Oliver CromwellOne of the most controversial figures in British History, Oliver Crowell entered the world as an insignificant member of the English gentry and left it as the all-powerful Lord Protector of the entirety of England, Scotland and Ireland. A radical Puritan, Cromwell believed that his meteoric rise through the ranks of the English military and parliament was an expression of God’s will.Inside you will read about...✓ The Early Life of Oliver Cromwell✓ The Road to Influence✓ The First English Civil War✓ Cromwell the Politician✓ Commonwealth in England, War in Ireland, and Rebellion in Scotland✓ Cromwell, Lord Protector✓ Cromwell’s LegacyProving himself on the battlefields of England’s Civil war, Cromwell signed King Charles I’s death warrant only to later be...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Nonfiction
Size: 41 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
2 reviews

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Alison Haggett

This book is open access under a CC BY license.Statistically, women appear to suffer more frequently from depressive and anxiety disorders, featuring more regularly in primary care figures for consultations, diagnoses and prescriptions for psychotropic medication. This has been consistently so throughout the post-war period with current figures suggesting that women are approximately twice more likely to suffer from affective disorders than men. However, this book suggests that the statistical landscape reveals only part of the story. Currently, 75 per cent of suicides are among men, and this trend can also be traced back historically to data that suggests this has been the case since the beginning of the twentieth-century. This book suggests that male psychological illness was in fact no ...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 230 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Elizabeth T. Hurren

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of corpses dangling from the hangman’s rope in crime studies. Some convicted murderers did survive execution in early modern England. Establishing medical death in the heart-lungs-brain was a physical enigma. Criminals had large bull-necks, strong willpowers, and hearty survival instincts. Extreme hypothermia often disguised coma in a prisoner hanged in the winter cold. The youngest and fittest were capable of reviving on the dissection table. Many d...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 326 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 September 2017 onward  

Stress in Post-War Britain (Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine)

by Mark Jackson

In the years following World War II the health and well-being of the nation was of primary concern to the British government. The essays in this collection examine the relationship between health and stress in post-war Britain through a series of carefully connected case studies....

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science & Maths
Size: 253 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 04 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 1.90 / 5
14 reviews

Roman Britain: A History From Beginning to End

by Henry Freeman

Roman Britain
This book takes a holistic look at Roman Britain, from the events leading up to its official inception in AD 43 until the Romans left the Isle entirely around AD 409. The timeline is straightforward, and each chapter delves into some aspect of Romano-British life: dealing with the concept of 'the Celts'; when Britannia actually became 'Roman'; how the two peoples attempted to blend their culture through religion; and lastly, why the Romans had to leave.

Inside you will read about...
✓ The Timeline
✓ Ancient Celtic Ethnicity, A Modern Invention
✓ The Beginnings Of Roman Britain
✓ Religion And Blending Culture In Roman Britain
✓ The Bitter End

It can be difficult to explain everything from a neutral, unbia...

Genre: History, Ancient, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: 40 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 04 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.70 / 5
3 reviews

Blood Sisters: Part 1 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death? (Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family, Book 6)

by Julie Shaw

It’s 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they’ll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy.Lucy has fallen for local policeman’s son, Danny. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her…Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there’s blood on your hands?...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Memoirs, Specific Groups, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Parenting & Families, Family Relationships, Parenting, True Crime, Sport, Individual Sports
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 September 2017 onward  

Embarkations (Whitehall Season 1)

by Barbara Samuel and Madeleine Robins

England gets a new queen in the first episode of Whitehall, an episodic royal tale full of true history and sensual intrigue, new from Serial Box Publishing.Winds of change carry a young Portuguese princess towards her destiny as the sun rises on Whitehall. Sheltered but curious, Catherine of Braganza arrives in her new English home full of eager excitement, but what this pious foreigner’s arrival will mean for the Merry Monarch she is to wed – and the mistress who holds his heart – is what everyone is talking about.This episode is brought to you by Liz Duffy Adams and Delia Sherman, who know every embarkation is an adventure about to happen....

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Romance, Historical Romance
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
65 reviews

Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story

by Alison Weir

Six Tudor Queens: Writing a New Story is an introduction to the Six Tudor Queens series by eminent historian Alison Weir. The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories that will offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories that will captivate fans of Philippa Gregory and readers who lost their hearts (but not their heads) to the majestic world of Wolf Hall. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister? Or that Henry VIII, an over-protected child and teenager, was prudish when it came to sex? That Jane Seym...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 02 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
3 reviews

Winston Churchill: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Winston S. Churchill

by Captivating History

Explore How Churchill Went From Schoolboy Failure to Wartime HeroFree History BONUS Inside!As a British politician who was well known for serving twice as prime minister for the United Kingdom and as an infamous war organizer, leader Winston S. Churchill filled his long life with achievements and recognition plotted throughout every modern history book. Most famously, he led Great Britain into victory over Nazi Germany during World War II in his first run as prime minister and played an essential role in negotiating peace once the war reached an unsteady end. Commonly, his name is associated as one of the “Big Three” alongside United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. In unity, the three men helped lead the world to a resolution from the viole...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Nonfiction
Size: 83 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 01 September 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.10 / 5
12 reviews

Battle of Waterloo: A History From Beginning to End

by Hourly History

Waterloo
The Battle of Waterloo has become synonymous with the word “defeat” but who lost, and why was it important?
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte left the island of Elba, and in a space of 100 days took power, and challenged the entire world to meet him on his terms. When that failed, he offered them a fight, one that would end at Waterloo, and left repercussions which can still be felt, even now, centuries later.

Inside you will read about...
✓ Beginnings
✓ Discord and Discontent
✓ The World Rearranged
✓ The Prisoner
✓ The Journey to Waterloo Begins
✓ One Hundred Days
✓ Quatre Bras & Ligny
And much more!

Who was this man, and what happened on the battlefield that made this fight in part...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, World, Nonfiction
Size: 40 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 31 August 2017 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
17 reviews

Secrets, Stories and Scandals of Ten Welsh Follies.

by Graham Watkins

Secrets,Stories and Scandals of Ten Welsh Follies contains the stories behind ten weird and wonderful Welsh buildings.If you enjoy unusual tales, quirky human history and delight in the ridiculous and the vain you will enjoy this book. Discover why...The undefeated American Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano lived in a Welsh Folly in Swansea.
6ft 3 inch Mr. Jones slept in a strange house in Conwy with his feet hanging out of the window.
A pipe smoking shipping magnate upset his wife and built a folly complete with battlements.
What possessed William Jones to build the strange folly that is Clytha Castle.
Why Lord Mostyn built a track through a house with a road underneath. His strange folly is still inhabited today.These are just a few of the entertaining Welsh Follies ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 71 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 August 2017 onward  

How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Global Diversities)

by Monika Palmberger

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 August 2017 onward  

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