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London and England.

Peter Ackroyd's Illustrated London (Chatto & Windus, 25 [pounds sterling]) is a welcome supplement to his best-selling volume London: The Biography and contains more than 200 images, including drawings, maps, paintings and modern graphics.

Kenneth Panton's illustrated dictionary, London: A Historical Companion (Tempus, 25 [pounds sterling]), looks at many aspects of London's history, including the people, buildings, and institutions and their effects on London's history over the past millennia.

London from Punk to Blair (Reaktion Books, 19.95 [pounds sterling]) is a compilation of essays examining the order and chaos, the splendour and squalor, the excitement and danger of London, and is recommended to those wishing to explore this most multifaceted of world cities.

Fergus Linnane offers a secret history of 1,000 years of vice and naughtiness, and the social reality behind prostitution, in London: The Wicked City (Robson, 18.95 [pounds sterling]).

Looking at personalities and policies, James Fenton provides a detailed account of the fortunes of one of London's most revered cultural institutions in The Royal Academy of Arts: A History (Royal Academy Press, 35 [pounds sterling].

Alan Crosby tells the remarkable story of the growth, since 1800, of what is often presumed to be a nondescript commuter town in A History of Woking (Phillimore, 20) [pounds sterling].

The Kent & Sussex Weald (Phillimore, 25 [pounds sterling]), by Peter Brandon, studies man's changing attitudes towards areas of natural beauty such as Ashdown Forest and west Kent, showing how areas of forest were cultivated to meet the needs of Kent's handicraft industry and the sporting activities of the Edwardian 'nouveaux riches'.

Stuart Hylton's A History of Manchester (Phillimore, 18.99 [pounds sterling]) gives a good overview of the city's history from the first Roman mud and timber forts to the Anti-Corn Law League, the founding of the Manchester Guardian and the building of the airport.

Keith Proud examines the history of one of the most spectacular cities in the north of England in Durham (Phillimore, 15.99 [pounds sterling]).

Founded in 1899,The Victoria County History, published by Boydell & Brewer, is a key work of reference for English local history. This year's publications are A History of the County of Cheshire v.ii: The city of Chester(60 [pounds sterling]); A History of the County of Stafford ix: Burton upon Trent (75 [pounds sterling]) and A History of the Country of Somerset viii: The Poldens and the Levels (75 [pounds sterling]).

Pamela Sambrook gives a glimpse of the day-to-day running of a Cheshire country house in A Country House at Work Three Centuries of Dunham Massey (The National Trust, 18.99 [pounds sterling]).

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Date:Nov 1, 2003
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