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    DescriptionStamps tell a story--and Chris West's book is the unique, fascinating tale of Great Britain told through its stamps. Hailed by "The Times" of London""as "a splendid reminder of the philatelic glories of the past," "A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps" tells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of England through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. West shows that stamps have always mirrored the events, attitudes, and styles of their time. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction--"A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps" is a hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose. On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history.


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    Title
    A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris West
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 490 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781250035509
    ISBN 10: 1250035503
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    DC21: 941
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1K
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 941
    DC22: 941
    BIC subject category V2: WCG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS038000
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    BISAC V2.8: ANT044000
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    LC classification: HE6183.G74 W47 2013
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    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    22 October 2013
    Author Information
    CHRIS WEST has written widely in a variety of genres. His titles include a bestselling business guide and a quartet of crime novels. He inherited a love of history from his father and an Edwardian "Lincoln" stamp album from his great-uncle as a child. His love for stamps was revived when he found that same dust-covered album in his attic as an adult. He lives in Cambridgeshire, London.
    Review quote
    "Clever, quirky...This is a lovely book. And not just for philatelists."--"The Plain Dealer ""There's brilliant social history on every page and a dramatic mini-series in every chapter."--Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of Masterpiece and author of "Making Masterpiece ""West treats each entry more like a riffing conversation than a lecture...And since each chapter is just a handful of pages long, it's easy to jump around and explore, making for diverting and educating reading."--"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ""A clever and informative look at the United Kingdom's history."--"Richmond Times Dispatch " "Though this delightful read is deliberately designed to capture the fancy of both devoted Anglophiles and stamp enthusiasts, it will also appeal to members of the "Downton Abbey "set interested in background and context."--"Booklist" "Stamp collectors and Anglophile history buffs alike will enjoy this book--and for the reader who's both, it's a sure bet."--"Kirkus Reviews """A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps "lives up to its title. Though stamps may be the subject of the book, its content is full of insight into the full history of the British Empire, from Queen Victoria to Kate Middleton. Through West's book, we get fascinating stories and anecdotes about wars, celebrations, the mercurial fortunes of Britain's royalty, the rise and fall of its empire and, of course, design."--Smithsonianmag.com's Design Decoded Blog "Chris West's book is like a collection of witty, informative letters about British history. It's as clear and readable as a picture postcard: short and sweet and chatty."--Stephen Clarke, author of the international bestseller" A Year in the Merde" and "1,000 Years of Annoying the French""Chris West's gripping book reminds us why philatelists are passionate enough to kill. Oh, by the way, it's a fine portrait of the last 175 years of British history, too."--Alan Bradley, "New York Time