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David Long - Author

About the Author

Writer and historian David Long is the author of the acclaimed Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and more than twenty other non-fiction books on a wide range of historical subjects. Jet the Rescue Dog the first of several titles for younger readers, was published by Faber in 2014. He lives in Suffolk and has two teenage sons.

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The Hats that Made Britain A History of the Nation Through its Headwear

The Hats that Made Britain A History of the Nation Through its Headwear

Author: David Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

The world's most famous hats have their origins in Britain. In fact, many of them were designed by James Lock & Co, the world's oldest hatters, whose history can be traced back to 1676. Their shop at 6 St. James's Street, London, their headquarters since 1765, has played host to an extraordinary clientele over the years, including Lord Nelson, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks Junior, Jackie Onassis and, more recently, Jackie Chan and David Beckham. Iconic hats such as the bowler, Nelson's bicorn, Oscar Wilde's fedora, Queen Elizabeth's coronation crown and Winston Churchill's homburg were created here, and British Tommies in the First World War were even fitted for their Mark 1 tin helmets at Lock & Co before travelling to the Western Front. Britain in 25 Hats celebrates these as well as hats that have graced the screen, such as Oddjob's steel-rimmed Sandringham in Goldfinger (designed at Lock & Co) and, more recently, the flat cap worn by the infamous Shelby clan in Peaky Blinders. This is the first book to tell the history of Britain through its headwear.

London Murders In the Footsteps of the Capital's Killers

London Murders In the Footsteps of the Capital's Killers

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2020

For those who would sooner seek out 10 Rillington Place, 39 Hilldrop Crescent or Whitechapel's infamous Blind Beggar than pay a visit to Westminster Abbey or the National Gallery, LONDON MURDERS pinpoints the exact locations of scores of the bloodiest, most intriguing and sinister murders in London's last 100 years. Featuring names such as Crippen, Kray, Haigh, Christie and Ellis, whose terrible crimes shocked the world, this compelling guide divides the metropolis into areas compact enough to be explored on foot in an afternoon. The book describes in detail the events, the characters involved and the eventual fates of the perpetrators, which include playwrights and politicians, celebrities and spies, royalty, aristocrats and, of course, countless ordinary Joes. Crisscrossing the heart of London as well as reaching deep into the suburbs, LONDON MURDERS matches crimes to buildings as the author walks the reader through the city's streets whilst revealing their tragic and awful histories.

When Darwin Sailed the Sea Uncover how Darwin's revolutionary ideas helped change the world

When Darwin Sailed the Sea Uncover how Darwin's revolutionary ideas helped change the world

Author: David Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2020

One day, on tearing off some old bark, I saw two rare beetles, and seized one in each hand; then I saw a third and new kind, which I could not bear to lose, so that I popped the one which I held in my right hand into my mouth. At the age of 22 Charles Darwin clambered up the steps of HMS Beagle, armed with enough notepads to last him for several years and set sail on a journey of exploration that would change his life and how we view the entire world forever. This book tells the story of Charles Darwin, and shows how his revolutionary research changed the world forever. From his fascination with the natural world which began at an early age, his love of collecting new specimens and keen eye for observation, to his groundbreaking theory of evolution, uncover the incredible life of Charles Darwin with this beautifully illustrated narrative non-fiction book. Published to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the launch of the HMS Beagle, this is the perfect book for any child who has ever looked at the world and asked 'why'.

A History of London in 100 Places

A History of London in 100 Places

Author: David Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

From Roman Londinium to the seething modern metropolis of today, journey through 2,000 years of the world's most vibrant capital. Shaped by invasion, occupation and immigration, and upheavals as diverse as the Great Fire, the Blitz and the Big Bang, London's history is unmatched for variety and drama. Sharing his passion and expert knowledge, David Long selects 100 places that best tell this incredible story. Discover Roman temples, Saxon burial mounds, frost fairs on the frozen Thames, Georgian windmills, and one old brown shoe, each with its own unique insight into a critical period of London's evolution. Whether you prefer to explore history on your feet or from an armchair, this little book will captivate and surprise, revealing oft-overlooked gems among the famous landmarks and the hidden stories locked within.

Castles Magnified With a 3x Magnifying Glass!

Castles Magnified With a 3x Magnifying Glass!

Author: David Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Grab your magnifying glass and charge into battle with this search-and-find history adventure packed with more than 200 things to spot in each eye-boggling illustration. Meet history's most heroic knights as you travel back in time to follow Sir Gallahad into the court of King Arthur, Joan of Arc into battle and Richard the Lionheart on his last crusade. Use the magnifying glass to explore cutaway castles, epic medieval battlefields and impressive royal tournaments, then learn about chivalry, armour and jousting. Written by the Blue Peter award-winning David Long, this book will delight and inform the most inquisitive young squires and ladies! Continue your up-close, search-and-find history adventures with Pirates Magnified and Egypt Magnified.

Dharanas Book Two Yoga Moment to Moment

Dharanas Book Two Yoga Moment to Moment

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2019

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