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Stand firm & carry on: Churchill’s 1940 instruction leaflet on surviving the German invasion

April 1940. Britain’s darkest hour as the country braced for invasion by German forces. Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the extraordinary step of printing and distributing 14 million leaflets, titled Beating the Invader, featuring instructions on what to do when German troops reached British soil. The key messages were quintessential Churchill – “Stand firm” and […]

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17 London bookshops for true bibliophiles

Take a video tour of some of London’s finest bookshops from Chelsea to Chiswick, from Bloomsbury to Charing Cross Road. We highlight high-end antiquarian specialists, sellers of general used books and community bookshops.

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In Pictures: the First American Divorcee to Marry a British Royal

Meghan Markle is not the first divorced American to marry into the Royal Family. In 1936, King Edward VIII revealed that he intended to marry an American socialite and divorcee, and this sensational news rocked Britain, taking the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis. Wallis Simpson was the Baltimore-born woman at the eye […]

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Introducing Behind the Bookshelves: A Podcast from AbeBooks

Enjoy bookish podcasts? You’re in luck. AbeBooks has just launched a podcast series called Behind the Bookshelves. The idea of the podcast is to tell the stories behind books and the people who love them. The first five episodes cover the early days of Penguin, the AA’s Big Book, Literary Oxford, the puzzle-book Masquerade and […]

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10 Trailblazing Environmental Books for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. It began in 1970 and is now celebrated in more than 150 countries. The day is intended to raise awareness about the environmental issues facing the world. Writing on the environment and nature has a long legacy. A History of British Birds by Thomas Bewick, published in two volumes in […]

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AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in January, February & March 2018

From German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to American artist Keith Haring, here is a list of AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in January, February & March. See the top 15 sales.

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The Evolution of Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is still sneaking into Mr McGregor’s garden to steal vegetables. Our video traces Peter’s history from being privately printed in 1901 to this year’s movie adaptation.

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It’s the Gormenghast Automata: Mervyn Peake’s characters in motion

This is the ‘Gormenghast Automata’ – the ultimate accessory for fans of British novelist and artist Mervyn Peake, who created the Gormenghast trilogy of gothic fantasy novels. Custom built by an anonymous Gormenghast-loving English craftsman from wood and metal, this brand new automated mechanical device depicts Peake’s decaying castle and some of its unusual inhabitants. […]

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Addicted to KFC? Five Finger Lickin’ Good Fried Chicken Cookbooks

As the UK struggles through the ongoing KFC crisis, AbeBooks.co.uk has prepared a list of the best fried chicken cookbooks to help Britons prepare fried chicken in their own homes. And, for good measure, we have added 10 facts about fried chicken below. Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken […]

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Tell Delia that specialty cookbooks are alive and well

Last week, the doyenne of British food writers Delia Smith was awarded the Companion of Honour for services to cookery at Buckingham Palace. At the time, Delia – who is deservedly known by one name to millions of people rather like Madonna, Adele and Bono – said that cookbooks were dead because recipes were now […]

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