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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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A Traveller's History of Oxford

A Traveller's History of Oxford

by Richard Tames

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A compact history of Oxford from settlement to the present, including its importance in medieval England, founding of the different colleges and brief period as Royalist capital. Tames also discusses the architecture of the colleges and includes biographies of illustrious alumni. (GBR374, $14.95)

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)

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way

by Bob Hayne | Tricia Hayne

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A practical guide in the British series, this fully revised and re-walked second edition includes 44 large-scale walking maps and places to stay and to eat along the 102-mile national trail, which runs from Chipping Campden to Bath. (GBR588, $19.95)

South East England, The Midlands and East Anglia Map

South East England, The Midlands and East Anglia Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

This regional map, at a scale of 1:400,000, covers South East England, including London and East Anglia. (GRB117, $11.95)

 
Jane Austen's England

Jane Austen's England


by Lesley Adkins | Roy Adkins

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Lesley and Roy Adkins draw on a rich array of contemporary sources, including previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries and personal letters, for this cultural portrait of everyday life in Regency England. (GRB111, $17.00)

Behind Closed Doors, At Home in Georgian England


by Amanda Vickery

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 328 PAGES

Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer's ledgers, burglary trials and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success and political representation during the long 18th century. (GRB103, $28.00)

The Cotswolds, A Cultural History

The Cotswolds, A Cultural History


by Jane Bingham

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In this cultural guide, Bingham introduces the churches and manor houses, rich history and celebrated landscapes of southern England. (GBR901, $20.95)

The Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman


by Simon Winchester

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

The bizarre true story behind the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary and two men -- one a scholarly editor, the other a mentally ill, convicted murderer -- who contributed to its creation. (GBR178, $15.99)

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)

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew


by Daniel Pool

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

With excellent humor and an eye for detail, Pool clarifies the social customs, class distinctions and obsolete vocabulary of the Georgians and Victorians. (GBR320, $16.00)

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)

Cider With Rosie

Cider With Rosie


by Laurie Lee

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

In this memoir of growing up in a small, remote village in the Cotswolds -- set against the backdrop of the First World War -- Lee captures an all-but-vanished rural way of life. Originally published in 1959. (GBR971, $15.95)

In Search of England

In Search of England


by H.V. Morton | Jan Morris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations. (GBR368, $16.00)

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)

Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge

Looking for Class, Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge


by Bruce Feiler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A witty, charming and astutely observed account of an American graduate student's year spent in the halls of England's most prestigious academic institutions. (GBR467, $14.99)

My Early Life, 1874-1904

My Early Life, 1874-1904


by Winston S. Churchill | William Manchester

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Churchill's memoir of his first 30 years, written with considerable hindsight in 1930. His childhood, education and experiences as a war correspondent and early dabblings in politics are all addressed. (GBR580, $20.00)

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

Pride and Prejudice


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

One of the charms of Austen's masterpiece, published 200 years ago and one of the most popular novels of all time, is its depiction of real-life locations throughout Bath, Derbyshire and surroundings. She depicts the comedy, drama and heartache of high-society English courtship with the prejudiced Ms. Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy. (GRB116, $8.00)

The Jewel That Was Ours

The Jewel That Was Ours


by Colin Dexter

  • MYSTERY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An Inspector Morse mystery, set among the Oxford literati and featuring a stolen jewel and a healthy dose of scandalous affairs. (GBR407, $7.99)

Weekend at Blenheim

Weekend at Blenheim


by J. P. Morrissey

  • MYSTERY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The foul-tempered Duke of Marlborough, his young cousin Winston Churchill, the society painter John Singer Sargent; the duchess's mother and American suffragette, Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont, Gladys Deacon, an American friend of the duchess and the enigmatic Catholic Monsignor Vay de Vaya all feature in this satisfying whodunit set at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in 1905. (GRB108, $19.99)

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