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Super stocking fillers for the bookworms in your life this Christmas!

We have several brilliant new titles for you this month, any of which would make an ideal Christmas present or stocking filler - and all at great prices too! We also have lots more to choose from over at the Laurel Cottage website so please come and see what we can do for you!

We'll be shipping right up until the Royal Mail final posting dates but to ensure you get your parcel well in time for wrapping it, please order as soon as you can to avoid disappointment on Christmas Day.


A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year to you from all of us here at Laurel Cottage - see you in the New Year!
A Chronicle of Comber

A Chronicle of Comber, The Town of Thomas Andrews, Shipbuilder, 1873-1912 £9.99

This book paints an intimate picture of Comber, County Down, home town of Thomas Andrews junior, Shipbuilder, during the 39 years of his short but hugely influential life from 1873 to 1912. It provides an outline of Thomas and the Andrews family, their family industries and the businesses, schools, churches and organisations in the town, and also includes a diary of local events based on articles that featured in the Newtownards Chronicle as well as detailing key world events at that time.

This illustrated book will have an intrinsic appeal for anyone with an interest in Thomas Andrews and the Titanic, and also for those interested in learning more about the historic town of Comber, Co. Down.


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The Bedside Book of Dormers

The Bedside Book of Dormers and Other Delights: A Pictorial Guide to Traditional Architectural Details in Ulster £15

Arranged by building element, this is a pictorial analysis of of existing (and some lost) details that will provide a source of reference to building owners and architects trying to restore missing details on historic properties. From bargeboards to windows via the dormers of the title and much more, the many photographs included here give a flavour of the visual delights round the towns and villages of Ulster. The illustrations are accompanied by explanatory, perceptive and often witty comments, which set each detail in its architectural and geographical context.

This unique and fascinating book is essential reading for owners, students, architects, planners and anyone  who has an interest in, or an appreciation of, local architecture.


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Portrait of an Industrial City

Portrait of an Industrial City: 'Clanging Belfast', 1750-1914 £9.99 

'Hammers clanging' was the sound that the great 19th century novelist William Makepeace Thackeray associated with Belfast when he visited it in 1842. By then, Belfast's industrial development was well under way. By 1900 Belfast was the fastest growing city in the British Isles, had outstripped Dublin as the largest city on the island of Ireland, and was ranked third in the British Empire - and still it echoed to the sound of those clanging hammers.

Industry lay at the heart of the city's manufacturing prowess and the industrialisation was the engine of Belfast's remarkable growth. The principal contributors to its industrial development - shipbuilding, linen and engineering - take pride of place in a chapter of their own.

Throughout the book, the deft use of primary sources and documents illuminates the intriguing story of Belfast, an industrial city described in 1914, at the end of the period of this book's interest, as 'really a wonder'.


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Ideal for Christmas

Ideal for Christmas

We have a wonderful selection of books on such diverse subjects - from walking to music, from rivers to history and from sport to biography - and the best thing is, now you can see inside many of our books before you buy them - perfect! Just look out for Click here to see inside this book on individual product pages to see a few sample pages from the book. For a full list of our titles, click here - there's something for everyone!




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