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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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To Marry an English Lord

To Marry an English Lord

by Carol Wallace | Gail MacColl

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

Inspiration for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, this book is social history at its liveliest and most accessible. (GRB83, $15.95)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions. (GBR01, $30.00)

Great Britain Map

Great Britain Map

by Ordnance Survey

  • 2011
  • MAP

A homegrown, excellent map at a scale of 1:625,000. (GBR06, $11.95)

 
City Secrets London

City Secrets London


by Robert Kahn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 250 PAGES

A connoisseur's guide to the city and its attractions, with personal recommendations by artists, designers, architects and personalities who have made London their home. (GBR327, $19.95)

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England


by Antonia Fraser

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Lady Fraser gathers eight British historians for this engaging, illustrated history of the monarchy from 1066 to the House of Windsor, brimming with personality, incident and scandal. (GBR160, $39.95)

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way


by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit. (GBR15, $14.99)

The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain

The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain


by Kenne Morgan

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 670 PAGES

Two thousand years of British history, from the invasion of Roman legions to the exit of the Blair administration, fill this beautifully illustrated volume. (GBR820, $34.95)

The World of Downton Abbey

The World of Downton Abbey


by Jessica Fellowes

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

A lavish look at the real world -- both the history and the behind-the-scenes drama -- of the spellbinding Masterpiece TV series, by the niece of the creator, journalist and a former editor of Country Life. (GRB86, $29.99)

Titanic, Triumph and Tragedy

Titanic, Triumph and Tragedy


by John P. Eaton | Charles A. Haas

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

An encyclopedic, wonderfully illustrated compendium of information on the ship, the day and the times; one of the best books ever written about the Titanic. (OCE31, $50.00)

English Architecture, A Concise History

English Architecture, A Concise History


by David Watkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A straightforward, illustrated history of English architecture from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. (GBR228, $14.95)

Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House


by Mark Girouard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A celebrated social and architectural history of life in English country houses, fully illustrated in black and white and color, first published in 1978. Girouard traces the history of these houses from medieval times to World War II. (GBR221, $50.00)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle


by Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war. (GRB85, $15.99)

All Souls

All Souls


by Margaret Jull Costa | Javier Marias

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 210 PAGES

A visiting Spanish lecturer, who is not unlike Marias himself, illuminates the eccentricities of Oxford life in this contemplative black comedy. Call him the Spanish Oscar Wilde or a more mysterious Henry James. (GRB52, $15.00)

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle


by Dodie Smith

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

A novel about a 17-year-old girl who spends six months in an English castle writing in a journal, until she has "captured" the castle with words. (GBR497, $15.99)

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

Austen's first novel parodies the Gothic thrillers of her day. Catherine Morland is a country girl spending a season in sophisticated Bath, where she falls for Henry Tilney, who invites her home to his possibly haunted mansion (GBR313, $8.00)

Pride and Prejudice


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Austen's favorite of all her novels, this comedy follows the romantic fortunes of the Bennet sisters, who in the absence of any monetary advantages must win their husbands with wit (Elizabeth), sweetness (Jane) or threat of legal action (Lydia). (GBR324, $7.95)

The Ministry of Fear

The Ministry of Fear


by Graham Greene

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A thriller set in London during the Blitz by the master of atmosphere and ambiguity. (GBR571, $16.00)

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