The People : The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family’s story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised I would have to write this history myself.’ What was it really like to live through the twentieth century? In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working class, but their story has been ignored until now.

Based on the first-person accounts of servants, factory workers, miners and housewives, award-winning historian Selina Todd reveals an unexpected Britain where cinema audiences shook their fists at footage of Winston Churchill, communities supported strikers and pools winners (like Viv Nicholson) refused to become respectable. Charting the rise of the working class, through two world wars to their fall in Thatcher’s Britain and today, Todd tells their story for the first time, in their own words. Uncovering a huge hidden swathe of Britain’s past, The People is the vivid history of a revolutionary century and the people who really made Britain great.

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Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves : A Mediterranean Cookbook

A mix of modern and traditional Greek recipes, all inspired by the quaint and picturesque island of Paxos. This cookbook will appeal to fans of Mediterranean cuisine as well as those inspired by Greek island life. On the sleepy and beautiful Ionian island of Paxos, the local people still follow the old ways.

They cook from ancient recipes: simple dishes, handed down the generations until they seem to have become part of the collective unconscious – in which good ingredients are allowed to speak for themselves. The food on this little island is special, because by happy accident of history and geography, Paxos is the place where Greek and Italian cuisines meet. Here, you have the simplicity and robust flavours of traditional Greek food, lifted with Italian style and panache.

The result is the quintessence of Mediterranean cooking – healthy, fresh ingredients used in delicious flavour combinations that are easy to prepare. Try your hand at real Tzatsiki and tasty Dolmades; learn a fuss-free way to prepare grilled meats and seafood; cook up one of Belinda’s warm pies on a cold winter night, and mix a glorious daquiri for a warm summer evening with friends. How many times have you fallen in love with something you have tasted on holiday, only to be disappointed when trying to recreate it at home? Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves not only brings a treasure-trove of tastes home safely, it shows how these dishes can be made dazzling and inspiring for modern cooks to serve at home.

In sparkling, original recipes that are true to the spirit of Paxiot cooking, it shows how the ancient can be very modern indeed.

BBC Proms Guide 2014

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced Prommer, plan your summer through the 2014 BBC Proms season with the official Proms Guide. It contains: brand-new articles on featured composers, insights on performers, new music and Proms Plus events; an introduction to the season from Roger Wright, Director of the BBC Proms and Controller of BBC Radio 3; full listings for every concert and event – repertoire, performers, time, location, ticket and broadcast information; details on how to book tickets; and, free season calendar to see all the concerts at a glance. With beautiful photographs and images throughout, this official Proms Guide is the most comprehensive way to plan your summer’s Proms visiting, watching and listening.

The BBC Proms is the world’s biggest and longest-running classical music festival and features many of the greatest artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 80 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. There are also daily free Proms Plus talks, workshops, performances and family events.

Absent Through Want of Boots : Diary of a Victorian School in Leicestershire

June 13th 1890: Mrs Bailey found Albert playing truant on Wednesday morning and brought him to school, giving him a good thrashing in the cap room with a stick she brought withher. December 11th 1908: The inclement weather has affected the average. Had two cases of boys not attending through want of boots.

Following the 1870 Forster Elementary Education Act, Albert Road Board School in Leicestershire opened on September 2nd1878, with an average role of 500 children. Drawn from the first-hand accounts of the head teachers in the school logbooks, this book details the diseases and ailments suffered; the struggle of local families to feed and clothe their children, especially during difficult times of strike and war; the introduction of vaccinations and the school health inspector; and comments about the curriculum, staff and leisure activities. Sometimes humorous but often sad, everyday life is captured here: from accounts of overcrowded classrooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles about tending the classroom fires, this book describes the reality of life in a Victorian school.

 

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