Fantasy author George R R Martin born 1948. His best known books are the epic Song of Ice and Fire series, the fifth book was published in July 2011. He has also written for TV including the HBO series Game of Thrones Read books by GRRM
Read the opening extract of the brand new Gregg Hurwitz book before its publication on 25/09/2014
Victoria A Life A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one... Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
Year Zero A History of 1945 Ian Buruma
World War II might have officially ended in 1945 but the ongoing turmoil and retribution that Ian Buruma portrays is chilling. The violence of the aggressors, the violence too of the humiliated underdog, the rape and murder of German women... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
A Short History of the First World War Gary Sheffield
All you need to know about WW1 from one of the world's foremost experts. Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why. Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
Fields of Blood Religion and the History of Violence Karen Armstrong
Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent. In fact, the world's major religions have throughout their history... Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
Maps: Their Untold Stories Rose Mitchell, Andrew Janes
A map is a snapshot of a place, a city, a nation or even the world at a given point in time - fascinating for what they tell us about the way our ancestors saw themselves, their neighbours and their... Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
The Word at War World War Two in 100 Phrases Philip Gooden, Peter Lewis
War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's famous description of Pearl Harbor as 'a date... Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
War Dog The No-Man's Land Puppy Who Took to the Skies Damien Lewis
In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners... Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
The Second World War Antony Beevor
The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
Modernity Britain Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62 David Kynaston
David Kynaston's history of post-war Britain has so far taken us from the radically reforming Labour governments of the late 1940s in Austerity Britain, through the growing prosperity of Family Britain's more placid 1950s, to the very cusp of the... Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
History is a fascinating topic whether it be the history of a country, the history of warfare or the history of an individual. Although we have promoted historical books over the years in our real world and biography genres we felt it was time these titles got their own special spot on the site and so we bring you a dedicated History genre.
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, we have created a special section of books, fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old ones, to reflect the tragedy of the First World War.Click here to find out more.
Take David Kynaston’s Family Britain, unputdownable narrative history that leaves you impatient for the next instalment or Mary Beard’s Pompeii, an enthralling account of this rediscovered city. There’s humour in Charlie Connolly’s And Did Those Feet and in Matthew Engel’s Eleven Minutes Late as they investigate history through road and rail respectively. And we have tragedy – Xinran’s Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is guaranteed to touch any heart. There’s tragedy too in Wendy Moore’s Wedlock featuring a villain so evil it’s hard to believe this in non-fiction we’re reading but this is one story that did turn into fiction, the case outlined in Wendy Moore’s book provided the inspiration for William Thackeray’s novel Barry Lyndon.
I would also especially recommend Roger Hutchinson’s family history, Walking to America. By pulling on one of history’s countless threads he uncovers a wealth of detail, of human love and loss that without his brilliant book would be lost to us all. It’s a worthy successor to his inspirational Calum’s Road which I’ve also recommended.
The Ugly Renaissance Alexander Lee
Featuring the beauties of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, combined with the dark and hidden side of the Renaissance, by an acclaimed historian and expert in the period. Renowned as...
The Fateful Year England 1914 Mark Bostridge
The Fateful Year by Mark Bostridge is the story of England in 1914. War with Germany, so often imagined and predicted, finally broke out when people were least prepared for...
Elizabeth of York Alison Weir
Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess...
Double Down John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
'What am I supposed to do when he starts spewing his bullshit?' Barack Obama preparing for his first debate with Mitt Romney. In their runaway bestseller Game Change / Race...
Modern Korea Andrew Salmon
The fascinating history of a divided country From nuclear missiles to Samsung smartphones; from assassins to salarymen; from Kim Il-sung to Psy; Modern Korea: All That Matters is the extraordinary...
The Renaissance Michael Halvorson
Was the Renaissance just a period of extraordinary art and architecture? The Renaissance: All That Matters examines the major developments of the Renaissance era from its beginnings in Italian city/states...
World War II A Beginner's Guide Christopher Catherwood
With over sixty million casualties WW2 was the bloodiest conflict in history. In this incisive introduction, esteemed academic Christopher Catherwood covers all the key battles and campaigns, while also giving...
Bolt Action: Tank War Warlord Games
Tank War, the new supplement for Bolt Action, gives players the option to expand their games to a whole new level - armoured warfare. Recreate such great engagements as the...
US Navy Dreadnoughts 1914-45 Ryan Noppen
The development of the US Navy's dreadnought battleships was a pivotal part of America's evolution into a true world power. By the beginning of World War I, the United States...
The Little Captive Lise Kristensen
'I took hold of the fence and pressed my face into the wire, asking myself what I had done to be made a prisoner?' On the Indonesian island of Java,...
Mona Lisa A Life Discovered Dianne Hales
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the...
The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt Steven Snape
Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have until recently been one of the least- studied and least-published aspects of this great ancient civilization. Now new research and excavation are transforming our...
Genocide on the Drina River Edina Becirevic
In this scholarly yet intensely personal history, author Edina Becirevic's explores the widespread ethnic cleansing that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 through 1995, war crimes and crimes against...
The Marches Rory Stewart
Ten years after walking across Central Asia and through Afghanistan, Rory Stewart returns to Britain. He walks a thousand miles, crossing and recrossing the English-Scottish Border. A referendum is coming...
Georgian London Into the Streets Lucy Inglis
In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic...