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Books of the Month

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016
Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little
Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby decided to write a letter to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri
A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a reminder of how, without such brilliance, Shakespeare can be frustrating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control by Cathy Glass
The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control
Cathy Glass
Another emotional and open-hearted story from Cathy Glass, who has been foster mother to over 150 children. ‘The Silent Cry’ travels back in time, to when Cathy’s own children were young, and she was taking a short break from fostering...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter by David Starkey
Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the origins of the “Great Charter”, David Starkey explains its articles and how they have influenced...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Globe Life in Shakespeare's London by Catharine Arnold
Globe Life in Shakespeare's London
Catharine Arnold
A fascinating portrait of life in Shakespeare's London, seen from the theatrical perspective, by popular historian, Catharine Arnold. Arnold creates a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the bard's own plays and contemporary sources, combining a novelist's eye...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters – and it does as she makes so clear. What makes this such an involving history is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2016
Spectacles by Sue Perkins
Spectacles
Sue Perkins
Entering the crowded market of the celeb autobiography, Sue Perkins has managed to bring a fresh approach to the genre with a witty and funny view of her life so far - making this autobiography a winner. How much is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell
First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly as we quickly learn as she was Winston Churchill's helpmeet and supporter, advising and helping,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
The First Day on the Somme
Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme is a compelling and intensely moving account of the blackest day in the history of the British army. Drawing on official sources from the time, and on the words of hundreds of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster by Andrew Macdonald
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
Andrew Macdonald
A groundbreaking history of the first, horrific day of one of the most notorious, bloody offensives of all time, from its inept planning to its disastrous execution. Published for the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2016
Charlotte Bronte A Life by Claire Harman
Charlotte Bronte A Life
Claire Harman
Through the many Bronte biographies and of Charlotte in paticular, it's often hard to separate their lives from their fictions, to clear away the Victorian clutter and melodrama and see them as real people. This is where Claire Harman succeeds,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/10/2015
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
My Family and Other Animals
Gerald Durrell
My Family and Other Animals is Gerald Durrell's hilarious account of five years in his childhood spent living with his family on the island of Corfu. With snakes, scorpions, toads, owls and geckos competing for space with one bookworm brother...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Marking the twentieth anniversary of Notes from a Small Island, the author makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. He gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle
Thatcher Stole My Trousers
Alexei Sayle
Elegantly written and painfully funny--here is the second volume of memoirs from the acclaimed stand-up comedian, novelist and actor, Alexei Sayle. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story of class and comedy, politics and love, fast cars and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
Shakespeare in Ten Acts by Gordon McMullan
Shakespeare in Ten Acts
Gordon McMullan
In this book ten leading experts take a fresh look at Shakespeare, reminding us that the playwright's iconic status has been constructed over the centuries in a process that continues across the world today.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
I Love Shakespeare 400 Fantastic Facts by Warren King
I Love Shakespeare 400 Fantastic Facts
Warren King
This fun little book, containing 400 fantastic facts about the Bard and his work and more than 100 illustrations, will delight fans everywhere!
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/01/2016
Shakespeare's Strangest Tales Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre by Iain Spragg
Shakespeare's Strangest Tales Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre
Iain Spragg
A fascinating playbill of stories from the weird and wonderful world of Shakespearean theatre through the centuries, including distinguished actors falling off stages, fluffed lines, performances in the dark, and why you must never, ever say the name of that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/04/2016
Come, Tell Me How You Live Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East by Agatha Christie
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
A Strange Kind of Paradise India Through Foreign Eyes by Sam Miller
A Strange Kind of Paradise India Through Foreign Eyes
Sam Miller
Sam Miller, having lived in India for Many years is ideally placed to give readers this view of India through foreign eyes. He starts with the records of the earliest travellers and commentators, bringing us up to date with his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence by Angus Konstam

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Angus Konstam
This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this...

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer by David Hempleman-Adams

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer
David Hempleman-Adams
Known as the only man who has achieved what is known as the Adventurer’s Grand Slam by reaching both the North and South Poles and having climbed the highest peaks...

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by...

The Old Man and the Sea A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft by Anthony Smith

The Old Man and the Sea A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft
Anthony Smith
“Fancy rafting across the Atlantic: Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP” - to quote from Anthony Smith’s Daily Telegraph advertisement – and 80-year-old Smith got his crew allowing...

History's People Personalities and the Past by Margaret MacMillan

History's People Personalities and the Past
Margaret MacMillan
This pithy book interrogates the past to ask very big questions about the role of individuals and their behaviour. It really matters: the personalities of the powerful can affect-for better...

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon
For the first time, Romantic Outlaws brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy. This...

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster

My Life in Houses
Margaret Forster
Perhaps those “in charge” could spare the time to read My Life in Houses to remind them how housing is fundamental not just for protection from the elements but as...

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox by Alison Weir

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Alison Weir
Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas' captivating character out of the shadows for the first time. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should...

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own...

The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury

The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream
Katharine Norbury
As Katharine Norbury tracks rivers and mountains, her own personal story plays out against this watery landscape. As an adopted child, serious illness leads her to search for her real...

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s by Virginia Nicholson

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s
Virginia Nicholson
This account of women’s lives in the 1950’s will resonant with every generation of women, those who lived through it and those whose mothers and grandmothers experienced this pre-feminist age....

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Moranifesto
Caitlin Moran
Combining the best of the author's columns with lots of new writing, this book deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the...

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare by Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Michael Dobson
This Companion thoroughly covers Shakespeare's works, times, life, and legacy. Now revised and updated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the second edition reflects developments and discoveries made...

The Shepherd's Life A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks

The Shepherd's Life A Tale of the Lake District
James Rebanks
Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family...

The Scrapbook of My Life by Alfie Deyes

The Scrapbook of My Life
Alfie Deyes
Hey guys, I'm Alfie and welcome to The Scrapbook of My Life! The Scrapbook of My Life also includes a free app with exclusive digital content.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Eye Marty The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius by Marty Feldman

Eye Marty The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius
Marty Feldman
Marty Feldman died early and unexpectedly while filming in Mexico 30 years ago, he left behind him an autobiography which only now is seeing the light of day. Prepared for...

John Aubrey My Own Life by Ruth Scurr

John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. Calling it a book of scholarly imagination, Ruth Scurr attempts to recreate John...

Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
Andrea Wulf
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2015. Before Longitude no one remembered John Harrison. The Invention of Nature does the same for Alexander von Humboldt. He predicted human-induced climate change...

We British The Poetry of a People by Andrew Marr

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,...

The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. Using new and previously unpublished material Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Alice in Wonderland and the life of its author, Lewis Carroll, looking too at...

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