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The Present Picture of New South Wales

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David Dickinson Mann


Convicted of forgery at the age of 23, David Dickenson Mann narrowly escaped hanging and was transported instead to New South Wales, where h…

The Birth of Professional Rugby League in Australia: A selection from the Sydne…

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Sydney Morning Herald


In early 1907 the world of Australian rugby was rocked by the news that a professional New Zealand All Blacks team was set to tour the north…

An Excursion to the Lakes in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August 1773

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William Hutchinson


In the summer of 1773, lawyer and antiquarian William Hutchinson set out from his home in County Durham on a tour of the English Lake Distri…

The Later Life

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Louis Couperus


Set in the stifling world of turn of the century Dutch aristocracy, the second volume of the 'Books of the Small Souls' quartet, begins wher…

Athenaeum Souvenir

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Various


The Manchester Athenaeum was founded in 1837 as a society for the "advancement and diffusion of knowledge". This short collection …

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena

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C. W. Leadbeater


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

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…

The Roots of the Mountains

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William Morris


The Roots of the Mountains was the second in a projected series of three historical novels set in a pre-medieval Germanic world (the third w…

Beckside Lights

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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…

Tim Bobbin: A View of the Lancashire Dialect

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Various


A comic dialogue written in John Collier's idiosyncratic version of the 18th century South Lancashire dialect together with a collection of …

Poems and Songs in the Lancashire Dialect

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Edwin Waugh


A selection of poems in the Lancashire dialect by the foremost exponent of the form. A printer by training, Edwin Waugh left his trade for s…

Forty Seasons of First-Class Cricket

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Richard Gorton Barlow


R. G. "Dick" Barlow was one of the most accomplished all-round cricketers of the late 19th Century. For many years he opened the b…

Small Souls

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Louis Couperus


Constance van der Welcke returns to the Hague and the bosom of her family after a twenty year exile caused by a marital indiscretion and div…

Hard Times (version 3), 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…

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 Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician

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Edwin Lester Arnold


Phra, a Phoenician merchant and warrior, settles in the south of England as husband to Blodwen, a British princess. Slain during the Roman i…

The River Duddon: A Series of Sonnets

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William Wordsworth


Located in a part of Cumbria that was once part of Lancashire, the River Duddon rises in the high fells of the Lake District and flows for 2…

Short Stories (All the Year Round, 1859-1863)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


In 1859 Charles Dickens launched a new weekly journal, All the Year Round, to replace Household Words. Elizabeth Gaskell remained a prolific…

The Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543

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John Leland


John Leland's 'Itinerary' was the product of several journeys around England and Wales undertaken between 1538 and 1543. The manuscript is m…

A Guide to the Lakes

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Thomas West


In the late eighteenth century, English writers discovered the landscape, not only in the paintings of Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and S…

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