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    Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History (Hardback) By (author) Justin Pollard


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    DescriptionSome of our most intriguing history is missing. Perhaps there has been a conspiracy, a cover-up? Or maybe some stories have been lost, forgotten or were just too embarrassing to talk about at the time? But now they are back, revealed in all their glory: secret passages, events, societies, loves, identities and even dark secrets of the grave. After much sleuthing, Justin Pollard takes us into undisclosed historical waters to discover why the city of Burlington isn't on the map; how 'Agent Pickle' saved the lost treasure of Bonnie Prince Charlie; what Sir Thomas Overbury knew in 1613 that got him murdered with a poisoned enema and how Virginia Woolf sweet-talked her way aboard HMS Dreadnought dressed as Abyssinian Prince. Secret Britain will also reveal the tragic love story behind the Rolls Royce mascot; how agent Garbo managed to get an MBE and an Iron Cross; the sinister properties of the Hand of Glory; the lost smuggling ship Peggy; the Mystery Runner of Nos Galan; the extraordinary history of the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan; London's only Nazi war memorial and the secrets of the WWII Monopoly board.

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    Secret Britain
    The Hidden Bits of Our History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justin Pollard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848541986
    ISBN 10: 1848541988

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    DC22: 941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    15 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer/consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and Atonement as well as over twenty-five documentary series such as Time Team and The Tudors for Channel Four. He is a researcher for QI and the author of five books including The Interesting Bits and Charge!
    Review quote
    Amusingly and energetically told...his best. Pollard has the QI knack of knowing what's funny or interesting -- Spectator The parts of our past they didn't teach in school -- Express 'Ideal for history buffs and fact lovers' -- Scottish Sunday Post Gems you won't have heard about at school -- Daily Mail Scotland