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Books of the Month

Sue Perkins
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Entering the crowded market of the celeb autobiography, Sue Perkins has managed to bring a fresh approach to the genre with a witty...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights, Alice Roberts provides a thoroughly readable introduction to the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2015
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2015

Other Featured Books this Month

Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945
Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum
Follow the conflict of the Second World War from 1939 to 1945 in this unique volume, published in association with Imperial War Museums, London, featuring historical maps and photographs from their archives, and fascinating commentary from an expert historian. Lovereading...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park
Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. This book tells the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2015
Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps
Barbara Bond
A history of MI9's efforts in providing secret mapping during WWII. These maps, often printed on silk, were produced for pilots, the SOE and for smuggling to prisoners as an escape aid. It is one of those stories that has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
The Nazi Hunters
Damien Lewis
The extraordinary true story of the SAS's bloody rebirth, revealed for the very first time. Still studied by the SAS today and a central part of their founding myth, the story of the Nazi hunters is now told by bestselling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
London Couture British Luxury 1923-1975
Edwina Ehrman
London Couture is the first book to examine, in detail, the luxurious garments produced by the rarefied London couture industry - from lavish ballgowns to sharply tailored suits and spectacular court dress - as well as the designers who conceived...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2015
I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
The amazing story of Malala’s courage and her fight for the education of girls is well known. Here, in her own voice, she tells of her journey from her early days as a clever school girl to her exceptional life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2015
Mayday! A History of Flight Through its Martyrs, Oddballs, and Daredevils
David Darling
David Darling’s is a most agreeable voyage through the history of flight and the men – and women who took such risks in the battle to get airborne. There is as much stupidity as bravery on show with a plentiful...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson puts across some of the lessons he's learned during his long career in Football. Throughout the book he references football - the players, the money, the owners, the sheer pitfalls of running huge organisations. It's a path he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2015
A Star is Born The Moment an Actress Becomes an Icon
George Tiffin
In a sequence of elegant pen-portraits, George Tiffin takes a microscope to the movies and the moments that established 75 female icons of cinema. These penportraits are supplemented by quotes, notes and anecdotes, including script excerpts from key scenes. From...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Take Six Girls The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
Laura Thompson
The contrasting lives of the Mitford sisters - stylish, scandalous and tragic by turns - hold up a mirror to upper-class life before and after the Second World War.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
The Not Enough Time
Henrietta Knight
The story of a great love between racehorse trainer Henrietta Knight and her husband, Terry Biddlecombe, who trained Best Mate to win three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups.Lovereading view to appear soon...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Telegraph History of the World
Gavin Fuller
A celebration of 160 years of reporting from the end of the Crimea War in 1856 to the Fifa scandals in May this year. A Daily Telegraph reporter always on hand to report war and protest, death and glory. 160...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
We British The Poetry of a People
Andrew Marr
‘We British’ is a remarkable book, full to the brim with some extraordinary poetry that will encourage you to open your heart and mind. Andrew Marr looks beyond the obvious, even when including some of our most famous poets and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Black Mass Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal
Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neil
A gripping and chilling true story of violence, double-cross and corruption, Black Mass takes us deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history.The film adaptation of Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, is due to be released in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
Michael Jones
Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that is the subject of Michael Jones’s history. For some it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
Call the Midlife And Whatever You Do ... Don't Give Me That 'Midlife Crisis' Bulls***t!
Chris Evans
During his run into turning fifty, Chris Evans is on a mission. To take stock of where his and where he's at in order to figure out how best to get the most out of what he believes are the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Sir Ranulph, Bt OBE Fiennes
Fresh from finishing the Marathon des Sables, Ranulph Fiennes has become the oldest Briton to complete this ultimate endurance test.
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Unscripted My Ten Years in Telly
Alan Sugar
As the star of the award-winning BBC series The Apprentice, Alan Sugar has won millions of fans who tune in to watch his mix of business wisdom, witty putdowns and ability to cut straight through bullshit. But how did the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
I'll Never Write My Memoirs
Grace Jones
The hotly anticipated no-holds-barred memoir from muse, model and music legend Grace Jones. In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her religious upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Absolute Pandemonium The Autobiography
Brian Blessed
There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
White Road A Pilgrimage of Sorts
Edmund de Waal
In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked with for decades.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Alison Weir
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought she should be queen of England. This is the biography...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
More Letters of Note Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Shaun Usher
Featuring Richard Burton's farewell note to Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Keller's letter to The New York Symphony Orchestra about 'hearing' their concert through her fingers, the final missives from a doomed Japan Airlines flight, this book offers a collection, which reminds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
Letters of Note Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Shaun Usher
Offers a collection of one hundred and twenty five of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
My Story
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football. As the only player ever to have scored in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Twenty years ago, the author went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. In this book, he shares his experience as he tours around this country to mark the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Strictly Bruce Stories of My Life
Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth, the consummate performer and much-loved face of British entertainment, invites you to share with him in a collection of his favourite photographs, through which he tells the story of a remarkable life lived to the full. It's a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Open the Cage, Murphy!
Paul O'Grady
To describe Open the Cage, Murphy as action-packed is a massive understatement. The book takes us on a roller coaster ride through a decade of Paul O'Grady's life and is stuffed to the gunwales with hilarious stories, extreme situations and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Tom Jones
In this, his first ever autobiography, Tom revisits his past, both personal and professional, exploring the twists of fate that took a boy from a poor Welsh coal-mining family to global celebrity status. He charts the stories behind the hits...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
Deep South Four Seasons on Back Roads
Paul Theroux
For the past fifty years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth - to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere - and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose.
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
Come, Tell Me How You Live Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels. Acclaimed as 'a pure pleasure to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour Great Tales from My Rugby Travels
Brian Moore
Renowned English rugby player Brian Moore recalls his mischievous misadventures on tour, and provides hard-won tips to avoid trouble. To help readers get the best out of any tour, Moore provides top tips on how best to organise one, including...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
England Rugby Heroes
Julian Bennetts
Drawing on almost 150 years of rich rugby heritage and featuring more than 70 carefully crafted biographies, this book describes each player's career, the highlights and their special skills.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Final Solution The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949
David Cesarani
A thorough and wide-ranging history questioning our view of Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jews, David Cesarani’s history starts 6 years before the war and ends 4 years afterwards in...

Guantanamo Diary
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Larry Siems
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015. Edited and introduced by Larry Siems, a leading Human Rights activist, Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diary is the first record to be...

Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me
Bernard Sumner
For the first time, Bernard Sumner writes of his career in music, first with Joy Division and then New Order. He goes back to his childhood tracing his earliest musical...

The Yellow Jersey Club
Edward Pickering
What does it take to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance? What are the differences as well as the key factors in common? What sets these men apart...

Louis Van Gaal The Biography
Maarten Meijer
Louis Van Gaal led the young Ajax team he moulded to Champions League glory in 1995, went on to win titles across Europe with Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich...

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove...

Life After You
Lucie Brownlee
Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015. Lucie Brownlee lost her husband Mark when he suddenly dropped dead at the age of 37. Through her blog,...

The Republic of Imagination
Azar Nafisi
A more impassioned plea for the importance of reading you will be hard pressed to find. Coming from Iran, a repressed state where to read fiction was to invite extreme...

The Silk Roads A New History of the World
Peter Frankopan
A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east....

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
John Carlin
Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. As the Independent Newspaper’s South African Bureau Chief from 1989-1995, John Carlin has extensive knowledge of...

The Man Who Didn't Go to Newcastle
Alison Clink
September 2015 Book of the Month. A wonderfully eloquent, heartfelt and touching recollection of the author’s relationship with her brother, after he...

Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Nina Ansary
September 2015 Book of the Month. A fascinating, behind the scenes view, looking simply and astutely at the history and story of...

Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught...

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
September 2015 Book of the Month. Stephen Bates, a former Guardian Royal Correspondent, chronicles the ups and downs of the British Monarchy...

The Blitzed City The Destruction of Coventry, 1940
Karen Farrington
Karen Farrington starts her books before 1940 showing the development of flying and how soon the military saw its potential for war. Then there were the bombs themselves, at first...

The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits
Simon Schama
If you were expecting a chronological plod through the Nation's portrait history, then try something else. On the other hand if you want a set of dazzling pen portraits equal...

What a Thing to Say to the Queen A Collection of Royal Anecdotes from the House of Windsor
Thomas Blaikie
Evidence of the Queen's strong sense of humour in Thomas Blaikie's collection of anecdotes revealing her amused reaction to some of the clangers she's been subject to. Taken from commentaries,...

Left for Dead My Journey Home from Everest
Beck Weathers
The extraordinary story of one of the survivors of the infamous 1996 Everest disaster - now made into a film, Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin. Heartstoppingly...

Dior by Dior The Autobiography of Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Dior by Dior is a unique portrait of the classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s and offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes. Written by Christian Dior himself he...

A Different Kind of Weather A Memoir
William Waldegrave
The life and times of William Waldegrave, he looks back on a full political career at the heart of the Conservative Party considering why he had such a passion for...

The Frood The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jem Roberts
A fresh look at the life and work of Douglas Adams, with the help of friends, family and colleagues, J L Roberts reveals not only the man but his influence...

The Last Escaper
Peter Tunstall
Peter Tunstall, WWII bomber pilot and - after being shot down, he became renowned as a determined tormentor of his German captors and also one of the most determined escapers....

The Temporary Bride A Memoir of Food and Love in Iran
Jennifer Klinec
A memoir of food, cooking and nationality, where you come from and where you can belong. Having abandoned a high-flying job in London’s financial industry, Jennifer Klinec starts a cookery...

The Making of Home The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of last year, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns...

Maggie Smith A Biography
Michael Coveney
The definitive biography of Maggie Smith, grande dame of stage and screen, and a national treasure. No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie...

The Bletchley Girls War, Secrecy, Love and Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
Tessa Dunlop
Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic rather than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there is utterly compelling. These...

Dear Lupin... Letters to a Wayward Son
Roger Mortimer, Charlie Mortimer
A charming, witty and touching collection of letters from a father to his son, that became a huge bestseller in hardback. Nostalgic, witty and filled with characters and situations that...

Late Fragments Everything I Want to Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
Kate Gross
Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer as a young woman, Kate Gross was destined never to see her children grow and mature, leave behind a much loved husband and lose all...

Stalin's Englishman The Lives of Guy Burgess
Andrew Lownie
Why did Guy Burgess, 1st class Cambridge scholar and apparently one of the most British of characters, agree to work for a foreign power, of which he knew very little,...

Peter O'Toole The Definitive Biography
Robert Sellers
With the help of exclusive interviews with colleagues and close friends, Peter O'Toole: The Definitive Biography paints the first complete picture of this much loved man and reveals what drove...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Notes from A Small Island
Bill Bryson
In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last...

The Path of the Ninja
Martin Faulks
By turns thrilling, funny and spiritually enlightening, this is a real-life Kick-Ass. Martin Faulks grew up in a Norfolk village. Returning from the rec with a friend one day they...

Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home
Malachy Tallack
August 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Follow the latitude line from Malachy Tallack's home on Shetland and you voyage to Greenland,...

The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general...

Walking the Nile
Levison Wood
In November 2013, former soldier Levison Wood embarked on one of the last great explorations; to walk the Nile from source delta. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book,...

Village of Secrets Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Caroline Moorehead
A myth has grown up around the villages of France’s mountainous Massif Central and the part they played in aiding refugees and escaping Jews. While extraordinary acts of daring and...

The Debs of Bletchley Park
Michael Smith
More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they played a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new...

The Life and Loves of a He Devil A Memoir
Graham Norton
A look at the loves and passions in Graham Norton’s life, looking back to recall early loves and inspirations and considering how they change as you grow older. These are...

Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th...

The Twinkling of an Eye
Brian Aldiss
Writer, soldier, bookseller, father: Brian Aldiss has earned many titles in his life. In the Twinkling of an Eye is a candid, vivid and charming look at the stories behind...

Breaking Ground Classic Travel Writing from Pioneering Women

A unique collection of classic travel writing, showcasing and celebrating the pioneering spirit of women throughout the ages. Spanning three centuries, this assortment of writings reveals a rich treasure trove...

The Valley A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family
Richard Benson
Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for biography 2015. If I could nominate a Book of the Month, this would be it, Richard Benson’s family memoir has kept me...
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