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Favourite Book(s) #15 – At Home: A Short History by Bill Bryson

From the moment I saw the write up about this book in one of the broadsheet newspapers, I knew I had to read it. Bryson opens At Home with 1850, the year in which his house was build. He spends … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #14 – Watching the English by Kate Fox

A former colleague recommended this book to me following us having a lively debate at a meeting. After which I was advised, do you realise you are thinking with your Italian brain! I recall looking at them thinking what on … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #13 – Paralysed with fear by Gareth Williams

As a child I remember having my polio drops on sugar. Later when I was in my early twenties I went off travelling and was recommended to have a variety of vaccinations to prevent contracting diseases which afflict some parts … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #12 – The Last Pink Bits by Harry Ritchie

This is an interesting book and personally one that I find reflective and at times I am actually ashamed to be British.  The British Empire, one in which the sun never set had so many possibilities and yet we seemed to … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #11 – Happy by Fern Cotton

This week I am cheating by talking about two books that are linked, but can be read independently of each other. I purchased a copy of Happy when it was on pre-order at Amazon last year. When my copy arrived … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #10 – Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T Bettinger

This week’s book is a fascinating one and one that is close to my desk as I attempt to understand my DNA matches. The book covers the three available DNA tests; following the male genetic line, the female genetic line which … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #9 – Family History Nuts and Bolts: Family Reconstruction Techniques by Andrew Todd

Even for those of us conducting a large One-Name study, family reconstruction, is possible and especially so in the internet era. This is a book that I recommend in the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course I have always researched … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #8 – A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will probably know that this is one of my absolute favourite books. My copy was purchased probably 30 years ago from a wonderful bookshop in Guildford called Thorps, which has … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #7 – Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

I have long been an avid reader of the Alphabet series by the late Sue Grafton. The series of books follows the life of a fictional private detective, Kinsey Malone in the United States. The series begins with A for … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #6 – Surname Detective by Colin D Rogers

This is a fascinating read of investigating surname distribution in England from 1086. The author took a sample of 100 surnames, some of them fairly common and followed the migration of people through the centuries. Also covered is how surnames … Continue reading

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