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You Wouldn't Want to be Series

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    You Wouldn't Want To Be: Ill in Tudor Times

    As an apprentice barber surgeon of the 1500s you are embarking on a career in which you will have to treat the gruesome ... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Married To Henry VIII!

    Marrying Henry VIII was not an easy option - tips provided in this book include 'think carefully before accepting his pr... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Viking Explorer!

    Get ready...as an adventurous young Viking living in 10th century Norway, you are keen to join other explorers in search... More

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    Book 4
    Book 4

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Slave In Ancient Greece!

    Seized by slave traders, separated from your native tribe, your family and friends, you are put up for sale in the slave... More

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    Book 5
    Book 5

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In The Trenches in World War One!

    It's August 1914. You are 16-year-old Tommy Atkins, living in London. Set against a backdrop of the war just broken out ... More

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    Book 6
    Book 6

    You Wouldn't Want To Be An Egyptian Mummy!

    As an ancient Egyptian, your body is being prepared for the afterlife. But it's fairly disgusting business, and you can'... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Ill In Tudor Times!

    Discover what it was like to be a barber surgeon in the sixteenth century and why it was a terrible time for people to b... More

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    Book 8
    Book 8

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Victorian Schoolchild!

    Growing up in Britain in the 1880s wasn't easy. For a young child in school the going is tough and the punishments are h... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    You Wouldn't Want To Be On Shackleton's Polar Expedition!

    Get ready...as a hardened sailor, you're about to join Shackleton in what will prove to be one of the most gruelling adv... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Victorian Miner!

    As a man brought up a British coal-mining village in the 1860s, you have to endure the dangers and difficulties of worki... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Roman Gladiator!

    Do you think being a Roman gladiator seems glamorous? Think again! At gladiator school, you'll be taught to fight, kill,... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Pirate's Prisoner!

    Get ready...as the captain of a Spanish treasure ship sailing in the Spanish Main, you're about to get captured as a pir... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Medieval Knight!

    You are the son of a senior servant living in England in the 1400s. Instead of following in your father's footsteps and ... More

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    Book 14
    Book 14

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In A Medieval Dungeon!

    It's the end of the 15th century, and your local castle is looking for a jailer. Are you up to the job? Your charges wil... More

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    Book 15
    Book 15

    You Wouldn't Want To Sail On The Titanic!

    The year is 1907, and you are the manager of a prestigious shipping company. You decide to plan and build the largest an... More

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    Book 16
    Book 16

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In The Ancient Greek Olympics!

    You are a young boy in the city-state of Athens at the height of the Ancient Greek civilisation. Following several years... More

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    Book 17
    Book 17

    You Wouldn't Want To Be An Anglo-Saxon Peasant!

    You're a farmer's son living in England in the early 7th century. Your people are descendants of invaders from Northern ... More

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    Book 18
    Book 18

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Victorian Servant!: Extended Edition

    Get ready... as a 12-year-old girl living in Britain in the 1880s, you are about to start work for a wealthy family. You... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    You Wouldn't Want To Work In A Victorian Mill!: Extended Edition

    The year is 1842, and you have been taken from your mother in London to work in a cotton mill in smoky Manchester. The w... More

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    Book 20
    Book 20

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Roman Soldier!: Extended Edition

    Get ready... as a young man living in the Roman Empire, you've heard many stories about far-away lands and people. It s... More

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    Book 21
    Book 21

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In The Great Fire Of London!: Extended Edition

    As if the plague wasn't bad enough, here comes the fiery antidote! As famous diary-keeper Samuel Pepys, you'll witness f... More

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    Book 22
    Book 22

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Shakespearean Actor!: Extended Edition

    In 16th century London, you start work as an actor at William Shakespeare's theatre, but soon realise it won't be easy. ... More

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    Book 23
    Book 23

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Mammoth Hunter!: Extended Edition

    Get ready... finding food and shelter in the ice age is not easy. You must be ready to trek for miles in search of prey,... More

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    Book 24
    Book 24

    You Wouldn't Want To Sail With Christopher Columbus!

    You are Christopher Columbus, the explorer who accidentally discovered America. Follow Columbus' struggles to finance hi... More

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    Book 25
    Book 25

    You Wouldn't Want To Be An Aztec Sacrifice!

    You are a young man from a noble family in Mexico. Little do you suspect that you are about to fall victim to one of the... More

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    Book 26
    Book 26

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Secret Agent During World War Two

    As a French refugee in the Second World War, you find hope in the Special Operations Executive in Britain. Your task? Yo... More

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    Book 27
    Book 27

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Second World War Evacuee

    You are a 10-year-old girl living in London with your family in 1938. When the German air force begins dropping bombs on... More

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    Book 28
    Book 28

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Guy Fawkes!

    As Catholic conspirator and would-be assassin Guy Fawkes, you'll witness the secretive planning and thwarted execution o... More

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    Book 29
    Book 29

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Mayan Soothsayer

    You are the son of a Mayan soothsayer, living near the city of Copan in about AD 710. Becoming a soothsayer yourself mea... More

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    Book 30
    Book 30

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Convict Sent To Australia

    You are an 18th-century convict faced with a fate potentially worse than death: to be sent to one of the new English col... More

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    Book 31
    Book 31

    You Wouldn't Want To Work On The Great Wall Of China!

    Get ready . . . you're a hardworking farmer trying to support your family. But you disobey the Emperor's orders and soon... More

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    Book 32
    Book 32

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Cleopatra!

    Get ready . . . you're a princess born into the Egyptian royal family. But it's not easy living in the palace. From fami... More

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    Book 33
    Book 33

    You Wouldn't Want To Explore With Captain Cook!

    The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach encourages readers to get emotionally involved with ... More

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    Book 34
    Book 34

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Slave In Pompeii!

    It is AD 79 and you are a trusted slave, looking after your master's young son in a quiet and pleasant Roman seaside tow... More

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    Book 35
    Book 35

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Pyramid Builder!

    The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach encourage readers to get emotionally involved with t... More

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    Book 36
    Book 36

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Mary, Queen of Scots!

    See life through the eyes of one of the most unfortunate people in European history - Mary, Queen of Scots! Crowned as a... More

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    Book 37
    Book 37

    You Wouldn't Want To Be On Apollo XIII!

    This engaging information book tells the story of the American astronauts who set out on the voyage of a lifetime in 197... More

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    Book 38
    Book 38

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Suffragette!

    The spread of female suffrage is one of the success stories of the 20th century, but it was not achieved without a great... More

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    Book 39
    Book 39

    You Wouldn't Want To Be Tutankhamun!

    You are Tutankhamun, ruler of Egypt for a brief but turbulent period. You oversaw a national change in religion and then... More

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    Book 40
    Book 40

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A World War Two Pilot!

    As an American pilot joining the RAF during World War Two, you'll experience many ups and downs, and no doubt you'll dis... More

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    Book 41
    Book 41

    You Wouldn't Want To Explore with Sir Francis Drake!

    It is 1577 and Francis Drake, the Queen of England's favourite adventurer, has been ordered to command a new expedition ... More

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    Book 42
    Book 42

    You Wouldn't Want To Sail in the Spanish Armada!

    May, 1588. You are a sailor in the service of King Philip II of Spain, and your country is about to send `la felicissima... More

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    Book 43
    Book 43

    You Wouldn't Want To Live In A Medieval Castle!

    You're a country girl in 13th-century England and there's trouble ahead. The year is 1215 and King John is in a power st... More

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    Book 44
    Book 44

    You Wouldn't Want To Sail On A 19th-Century Whaling Ship!

    The year is 1819. You are a 14-year-old boy named Thomas Nickerson, living in Nantucket. It is one of the most important... More

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    Book 45
    Book 45

    You Wouldn't Want To Sail on the Mary Rose!

    You're a young sailor aboard the ill-fated Mary Rose, pride of Henry VIII's fleet. You'll learn the ropes (literally!) a... More

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    Book 46
    Book 46

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In The Trenches In World War One!

    It's August 1914. You are 16-year-old Tommy Atkins, living in London. Set against a backdrop of the war just broken out ... More

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    Book 47
    Book 47

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In Alexander The Great's Army!

    You are a soldier in Alexander the Great's army - ruler of one of the largest empires in the ancient world. The book cha... More

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    Book 48
    Book 48

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In A Virus Pandemic!

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In A Virus Pandemic! is a fast-paced, informative and entertaining guide to pandemics like the C... More

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    Book 49
    Book 49

    You Wouldn't Want To Meet Burke and Hare!

    It's 1828 and you're a medical student at the world-famous Edinburgh university. You are keen to start dissecting bodies... More

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    Book 50
    Book 50

    You Wouldn't Want To Be In A Tank In World War Two!

    You're a member of a tank crew in the Second World War. You'll learn about the challenges and dangers of serving in a ta... More

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    Book 51
    Book 51

    You Wouldn't Want To Be A Prisoner in the Tower of London!

    The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach placing readers at the centre of the narrative histo... More

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