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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 National Archives: The Buildings That Made London

The National Archives: The Buildings That Made London

Author: David Long Illustrator: Josie Shenoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Take an incredible journey through the streets of London and see beautiful buildings as you've never seen them before! An elegant horizon of historic masterpieces mixed with sleek modern skyscrapers, the familiar London skyline seems to change every year. Using original architectural drawings from The National Archives brought to life by stunning artwork by Josie Shenoy, discover the rich heritage of some of London's most iconic buildings. Watch Buckingham Palace transform from a large country house into an opulent palace, spot Henry VIII playing tennis on the lawn of Hampton Court Palace, and get lost in the Palm House at Kew, London's very own tropical rainforest. This beautiful book from Blue Peter Award-winning author David Long and exceptionally talented artist Josie Shenoy is a historical kaleidoscope celebrating the magnificent buildings that made London.

London Underground Architecture, Design and History

London Underground Architecture, Design and History

Author: David Long, Jane Magarigal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2018

The seminal and pioneering London Underground is more than a mass transportation network - it is a style icon, its history involving some of the most important architects and artists of their time. Exploring Frank Pick's vision through the development of Metroland to Holden's innovative designs, David Long expertly weaves the story of the Underground - its abundance of characters (some good, some not so good), design firsts and brand identity - with Jane Magarigal's atmospheric photography. From suburban expansion to Blitz bombings and Soviet adulation, this book celebrates what remains a magnificent engineering and aesthetic achievement while providing an affectionate if slightly elegiac portrait of a London which is now gone for good.

Pirates Magnified With a 3x Magnifying Glass

Pirates Magnified With a 3x Magnifying Glass

Author: David Long, Harry Bloom Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2017

Ahoy, shipmate! Explore the lives of 10 real pirates and learn about life on the high seas, whilst using the magnifying glass - included inside the book's foil-accented cover - to spot more than 200 pirate-themed items in 16 eye-boggling illustrations. Meet history's most notorious pirates as you follow Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny and more rogues on their real-life adventures in this book by award-winning author David Long. As you spot, explore cutaways of ships and learn about navigation, survival at sea, the merchant trade and finding treasure. At the back, find a rogues gallery of even more pirates and dangerous individuals on the prowl in the era of sail ships and ocean travel, plus more things to spot, an answer key and a guide to talking like a pirate. The intricate illustrations and fascinating facts in this seafaring adventure will inform and entertain the youngest landlubber for hours.

War School for Dogs Band 16/Sapphire

War School for Dogs Band 16/Sapphire

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level During the First World War, the British War Dog School was set up. Find out how it trained dogs to carry messages along the trenches, helping the war effort and saving lives. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type - An information book. The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. Curriculum links - History

Bizarre England Discover the Country's Secrets and Surprises

Bizarre England Discover the Country's Secrets and Surprises

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

An alternative journey around England, visiting the sights that are definitely not on the average tourist trail. In this charming book, David Long introduces the reader to some of the oddest and most interesting sights in England, such as: * Devon's Gnome Reserve * Britain's smallest pub * A church for dragon slayers * A subterranean ballroom * The Phone Box Museum, and much more From weird buildings to eccentric museums and from mystical superstitions to remnants of magical rites, this is a guide to England like no other.

Lost Britain An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

Lost Britain An A-Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

From vanished villages and bygone businesses to abandoned architecture, forgotten pastimes and projects put on hold, Lost Britain tells the intriguing story of Britain's buildings, counties, transport, languages, roads and rivers that have been forgotten over the centuries. The book shines a light on the hidden corners of Britain's history, exploring medieval ghost villages, former architectural masterpieces, the purported resting place of Anne Boleyn's heart, England's Atlantis, God's Gift, a German war cemetery, the hamlet of Lost in Aberdeenshire, the old Welsh railway run on seven different forms of power and a missing fort in County Down, not to mention how Britain used to be connected to mainland Europe. Exploring the history of the lost parts of Britain, author David Long both mourns their loss and celebrates the achievements of the engineers and architects of past generations, revealing some extraordinary features of this nation's history that should not be forgotten.

The Battle of Passchendaele Band 18/Pearl

The Battle of Passchendaele Band 18/Pearl

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level In 1917, during World War I, the battle of Passchendaele was fought on the Western Front in Belgium. Find out why the battle was important and what life was like for the soldiers who fought and died there. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: an information book Curriculum links: history

A History of London in 50 Lives

A History of London in 50 Lives

Author: David Long Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

'By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.' - Samuel Johnson It is the people who make London what it is. The men and women living within its walls, with all their successes and failures, their loves and lies, their dramas and indulgences. Taking us from the sixteenth century to the present day, London author David Long introduces us to fifty of the most eccentric, revolutionary, bloodthirsty and memorable characters to have walked London's streets. Many are familiar names, but others remain largely unknown. From a house lived in by both Handel and Hendrix to Queen Victoria's rat catcher, an emperor in exile and real-life tales of derring-do, A History of London in 50 Lives is a unique take on the English capital and on some of the more remarkable characters who have called it home.

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