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Yorkshire From The Air - Jason Hawkes
England's largest county is also, in the view of many, its most beautiful - a richly varied landscape with its rugged northern moorland, the rolling chalk hills of the Wolds, and the homely hills and valleys of the Dales.   It is also rich with glorious stately homes like Castle Howard and Burton Constable, medieval abbeys and castles like Rievaulx, Fountains, Bolton and Richmond, and historic towns like York, Scarborough and Harrogate.   In this marvellous collection of aerial photographs Jason Hawkes has captured the magic of Yorkshire, urban and rural, in all its majesty.

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Yes, it's book 6! It's due in July of 2005. Reserve your copy.

North York Moors: The Official National Park Guide
The main feature of the Park is the central tract of moorland, but it also includes dales and coastline. This diversity is refected in the wildlife found in it. This guide to the Park contains specially commissioned photography throughout and is written by a former Park information officer.

The Heartbeat Chronicles - Geoff Tibballs
The life and times of Aidensfield through the pages of the Ashfordly Gazette (Aidensfield Edition).   An essential companion to the hugely successful television series, The Heartbeat Chronicles tells the story of the popular series through the Aidensfield edition of Heartbeat's local newspaper the Ashfordly Gazette.   Filled with articles based on the drama in the series, and packed with photos, The Heartbeat Chronicles also reports on famous national events from the 60s.

Ten Years of Heartbeat - Geoff Tibballs
Published to celebrate the 10 years that Heartbeat has been on the air.   It is full of interesting tidbits about the show.

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Set in medieval Britain, this story, which covers two generations, tells of a group of men and women whose destinies are fatefully linked with the building of a cathedral.   Not only is this book an excellent read, it exposes daily life in the 1100's for the rich, the poor and the monks.   Not for the faint of heart - detailed violence.   The cathedral building is discussed in minute detail which made me appreciate the abbeys I visited.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Alison Weir
Drawing upon documentary material from the Tudor period, this text reveals each of Henry's wives as a distinct and compelling personality in her own right.   It shows a court where personal needs influenced public events, and where ritualised pleasure was shot through with ambition and violence.   Even though the book has an enormous amount of characters, Weir makes it a very enjoyable read.

The English Lakes - Rob Talbot & Rbin Whiteman
Beautiful and unspoiled, Britain's Lake District is the crown jewel in a land filled with scenic treasures. The variety of landscapes found in a mere thirty-five square miles simply takes the breath away. A spectacular photographic display captures the splendor and drama of these panoramas, filled with greenery and rolling hills that hug flowing waters. Along with the images, a revealing text describes the history, geography, traditions, and literary connections of this exceptional region.

Dark Knights and Dingy Castles - Terry Deary
This horrible history takes you charging back in time to days of chivalry, when knights clanked about in armour waving weapons, peasants cleaned up the mess afterwards, and everyone lived in dark, dingy, horrible homes. Find out about dreadful dungeons, ghastly ghosts, and the famous Saint George. Terry Deary has loads of other books about British history. They are easy, entertaining reads with some very funny illustrations.

Castles of England, Scotland and Wales - Paul Johnson
England, Scotland, and Wales together possess one of the largest and most impressive collections of castles anywhere in the world. Their names--Kenilworth, Edinburgh, Bodiam, Stirling, Tintagel--conjure images of romance, battles and intrigue. Trace each stage of the castles' development from Norman times through Plantagenet and Edwardian expansion, including their role in strengthening the coastline during the Tudor age, the appalling devastation suffered in the Civil War, and the gradual decay of the castle--and its renaissance. A really interesting book explaining castle building through the ages.

Diana: Closely Guarded Secret - Ken Wharfe
Ken Wharfe, for many years a member of Scotland Yard's elite Royalty Protection Department, was the late Princess of Wales's police protection officer from 1987 to 1993. His first-hand, behind-the-scenes account takes issue with many of the so-called 'facts' about the Princess that have appeared in books and the media since her death, and provides an intimate and affectionate insight into this complex, troubled, but ultimately deeply fascinating woman. Here is the authentic voice of someone who played an important role in Diana's life. It is the voice of a man who is, above all, an exceptionally perceptive observer of the extraordinary events he watched unfold around the Princess during what was perhaps the most momentous period of her life.


Heartbeat, Official 10th Anniversary (soundtrack)
Great music from the 60's that is played on the TV series, Heartbeat.


The Madness of King George
This drama, set in 1788 and based on the stage play by Alan Bennett, follows the events surrounding King George III as his mental condition deteriorates.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Adapted from J.K. Rowling's third novel, this family fantasy adventure story finds Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (played by Emma Watson) and Ron (played by Rupert Grint), facing the dangerous convict Sirius Black (played by Gary Oldman). Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban Prison and is said to be on his way to Hogwarts.

Great Links Keith Melling, landscape painter. Yorkshire Television - Heartbeat. Magazine that contains fascinating stories about the people and places that make Yorkshire unique, articles on history and nature and glorious colour photographs of the stunning Yorkshire scenery. The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust conserves the unique features and improves the experience of those who visit or live in the Yorkshire Dales.

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