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The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena

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C. W. Leadbeater


As sceptics dismissed other-worldly phenomena as the stuff of legend, trickery or delusion, nineteenth-century 'occult science' set out to e…

The Experienced English Housekeeper

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Elizabeth Raffald


'Cut a large old hare in small pieces, and put it in a mug with three blades of mace, a little salt, two large onions, one red herring, six …

That Lass o' Lowrie's

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Frances Hodgson Burnett


Frances Hodgson Burnett was born and grew up in Manchester, England, and emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 16. Fo…

Thorstein of the Mere: A Saga of the Northmen in Lakeland

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William Gershom Collingwood


A fine adventure set in 10th-century England at a time when everyday life in north was made hazardous by wars and shifting alliances among S…

Karl Marx: An Essay

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Harold J. Laski


Born in Manchester in 1893, Harold Laski was a leading figure in the left-wing of British socialism in the first half of the 20th century. A…

Hard Times (version 2), Locked Out and On Strike

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Charles Dickens


Hard Times was Dickens's shortest novel and the only one to be set in the industrial north of England. A fast moving story with a typical ca…

Who Did It?

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Nat Gould


Following the dissolution of the New South Wales government, Henry Bryce is ready to take on the Labour Party for the seat of Balmain East. …

The Masque of Anarchy

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Percy Bysshe Shelley


The Masque of Anarchy was Shelley's response to the Peterloo massacre at St Peter's Fields, Manchester, where 18 died and hundreds were inju…

Criminal Manchester: Experiences of a Special Correspondent

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Anonymous


Follow the Manchester Evening News 'special correspondent' and his guide - recently back from a 'seven stretch' - as they take you on a tour…

The Haunted Woman

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David Lindsay


Isabel Loment is engaged to the affectionate, but unemotional, Marshall Stokes. House-hunting for her aunt, she comes to Runhill Court, an a…

The Manchester Man

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Isabella Varley Banks


Jabez Clegg, the Manchester man, floats into this historical novel in 1799, carried downstream by the River Irk in flood. Jabez's rise to co…

Early explorations in New South Wales: A collection

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Various


In the early days of the penal colony at Sydney, rumour was rife among the convicts of another colony beyond the Blue Mountains and perhaps …

Short Stories (Household Words 1850-51)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1858. In addition to…

Extracts from a Diary Kept by the Rev. R. Burrows during Heke's War in the Nort…

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Robert Burrows


An eye-witness account of the so-called Flagstaff War, fought between Maori warriors, led by Hone Heke, and British troops between March 184…

In a North Country Village

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M. E. Francis


M. E. Francis was born Mary E. Sweetman in Dublin and moved to Lancashire on her marriage to Francis Nicholas Blundell, of the Blundell fami…

The Cycle Industry, its origin, history and latest developments

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Walter Ferdinando Grew


From the velocipede to the motor cycle in twenty chapters. A short history of the British bicycle industry from its origins in a Coventry se…

The Story of the Glittering Plain

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William Morris


In this early example of the modern high fantasy genre, Hallblithe, a warrior of the House of Raven, sets out in pursuit of the pirates who …

Clog Shop Chronicles

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John Ackworth


John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his…

Aladore

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Sir Henry Newbolt


Ywain, a knight bored with his administrative duties, abandons his estate to his younger brother and goes on a pilgrimage to seek his heart'…

Lancashire

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Francis Archibald Bruton


The county of Lancashire in the north-west of England is best known as the engine room of the nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. Stee…

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