The perfect presents for the history buff in your life
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Finding the right gift for a loved one can be challenging, especially if you want to get them something meaningful that will really appeal to their interests. Well, if that person is a keen history buff (like ourselves) then these ideas may help you find something that will really surprise and delight them.
Great British History Map
RRP: £14.99 | marvellousmaps.com
The new Intrepidly Time-Travelling Great British History Map from Marvellous Maps is the perfect Christmas gift, heaving with clues from the past to inspire your future adventures. From the Jurassic south coast to the Viking-plundered north, Britain’s history of invasions, battles, weddings, beheadings, thuggery, skullduggery (and not a little peacockery) make for a colourful tapestry, stitched together from many a well-spun yarn. The same could be said for this map. Featuring over 1,500 royally visitable historical locations, journeys and stories, this cartographical blast from the past will inspire some intrepid time travel through bygone Britain, a seemingly foreign country where they did things very differently.
Peace, War and Whitehall: A Memoir
RRP: £25 | ospreypublishing.com
Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie has commanded at every level of the British Army, starting his career in 1959. In this memoir, with a foreword by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Lord Guthrie reflects on the world-changing events he has both witnessed and played a hand in resolving.
“Charles Guthrie has been one of Britain’s foremost soldiers as well as a terrific personality throughout his remarkable life. It is great that he is now telling his own story,” says Sir Max Hastings. Peace, War and Whitehall tells the extraordinary story of Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank’s unique military career with the British Army, from a young platoon commander through to the Chief of the General Staff.
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Falklands War Heroes
RRP: £25 | bitebackpublishing.com
Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated by bravery since he was a young boy, has amassed several medal collections over the past four decades, including the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry award.
Falklands War Heroes tells the stories behind his collection of valour and service medals awarded for the Falklands War. The collection, almost certainly the largest of its kind in the world, spans all the major events of the conflict.
This book, which contains nearly 40 individual write-ups, has been written to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict. Lord Ashcroft champions the outstanding bravery of our Armed Forces during an undeclared war that was fought and won over ten weeks in the most challenging conditions.
The Churchill Girls
RRP: £20 | thehistorypress.co.uk
The life of Winston Churchill has been explored and retold countless times, but what about the lives of his daughters Diana, Sarah, Marigold and Mary? Rachel Trethewey looks to uncover these stories in The Churchill Girls, which looks past the glitz and glamour of some of their more famous relatives and offers a behind-the-scenes picture of one of England’s most powerful families.
With biographies that cover the build up to war, life in WWII and the aftermath, Trethewey offers a unique perspective on some of the events that shaped the 20th century, from Parliament to Potsdam. Thanks to previously unpublished family letters, we get to delve deeper into the Churchill family than ever before.
Spirits of the Otherworld
RRP: £14.99 | prestel.com
Get into the spirit in more ways than one this Christmas by giving someone a copy of this fascinating recipe book. Spirits Of The Otherworld: A Grimoire Of Occult Cocktails
& Drinking Rituals offers a blend of folktales, history and mixology that will be a treat for your mind and your taste buds.
From old druid tales to England’s most famous prophetess Mother Shipton, this compelling book offers tips for stocking your drinks cabinet and what natural ingredients might come in handy too. For any occult, history or cocktail fan in your life, this book has much to offer.
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