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Favourite Book(s) #30 – The Button Box Lifting the Lid on Women’s Lives by Lynn Knight

I inherited a pile of buttons from my Grandmother and late Mum. I also had a pile of buttons that came as extra’s with clothes bought over the years. They had gathered in my sewing box and filled all the … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #29 – The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron

I have mentioned before on this site that I have kept a journal since I was 12. What started as a small homework book that I was presented with at senior school morphed into something else a complete note of … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #28 – Tracing Your Pre-Victorian Ancestors – A Guide to Research Methods for Family Historians by John Wintrip

This is a fabulous book for those who are embarking on researching their genealogical pursuits in England and Wales, whether you are new to this area of research or an established researcher. This book takes you back earlier than Civil … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #27 – 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Thus is one of my favourite go to books if I have been in a reading slump or I have been reading heavy texts. It is a light and amusing book. This is the story of Helene Hanff and the … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #26 – The Guernsey Novels by Anne Allen

This is a great fabulous series by author, Anne Allen who lives in Devon. Her  series of books are available on Amazon as both physical and Kindle books. The image here shows the first five books and the sixth book in … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #24 – The Surnames Handbook by Debbie Kennett

Firstly, a disclaimer – I know the author. Debbie Kennett is a fellow member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and has no idea that her book has made by favourite book list! This is a great book (published 2012) … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #23 – First Class by Chris West

I was about three when my Grandfather gave me a penny stamp in an old matchbox. As time progressed I joined the millions of children across the globe who collected stamps and found myself fascinated by the person who might … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #22 – And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

This was a book that was selected to be a book club read. I bought the hard backed version because it was the only one available online at a reasonable price – the book comprises of 1176 pages and is … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #21 – The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

This was one of those books that I bought because the cover appealed. It sat on my growing pile of books to be read and when a long standing friend mentioned it to me in an email, asking where would … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #20 – Genealogy Essential Research Methods by Helen Osborn

We hear a great deal about books written by American authors of the not just the best way to proceed with research, but genealogical proof and citing sources, but we hear very little about similar books written by British authors. … Continue reading

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