If you are not familiar with Shire Books, they focus on one topic, making each of them an excellent source of information on a particular subject. They are rich in detail and have the bonus of being inexpensive. There are hundreds of titles. New titles for 2006 are:
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Animal Graves and Memorials :county by county gazetteer of historic memorials and graves of animals.
Windmills: the history and construction of Britainís surviving historic windmills
Watermills: history and development of watermills as working buildings.
Discovering Fortifications from the Tudors to the Cold War: British fortifications built in the age of artillery.
Public Art since 1950: post-war public art that can be seen in urban and rural locations throughout Britain.
Coade Stone: industrial history of the Coade stone factory in London.
Wattle and Daub: explanation of the wattle and daub building technique of Britainís historic buildings
Victorian and Edwardian Prisons: development of prison buildings, life and labour of prisoners, position of prison officers; attitudes to women and juvenile prisoners
The Salt Industry: explanation of the various processes by which salt is obtained and history of the industry in Britain
The Archaeology of Rabbit Warrens: description of the main archaeological features of warrens and discusses their date and function, the banks and walls used to contain predators, the lodges in which warreners lived and the mounds in which rabbits were encouraged to reside.
Ancient Boats and Ships: building and use of rafts, boats, and ships in north-west Europe up to 1500.
The Art of Death in Graeco-Roman Egypt: introduction to funerary art of the period.
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