Kenneth Grahame born 1859. Grahame wrote a series of letters to his son, Alastair, describing the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger which eventually became The Wind in the Willows. See all books by Kenneth Grahame
Read the opening extract of the brand new Keir Alexander book before its publication on 20/03/2014
Bonzo's War Animals Under Fire, 1939 -1945 Clare Campbell
March 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
The cover illustration of a forlorn girl and her equally forlorn Airedale dog stand outside a shop advertising “No Dog Biscuits Today” summing up the plight... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
The Great War: 1914-1918 Peter Hart
The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena around the world, in a history that combines cutting... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees Edward Stourton
The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep - the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge. Hundreds of those who climbed through the Pyrenees during the... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
The First World War A New History Hew Strachan
A brilliant and penetrating new history of the First World War by one of the world's foremost experts on the conflict. Reissued with a new introduction from the author. Hew Strachan is one of the world's foremost experts on the... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder Andrew Rose
The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-up. Half a century before Dodi and Diana, another Prince of Wales would be involved in a deadly love triangle with a fabulously wealthy Egyptian prince. Prince Edward was the future King... Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
O My America! Second Acts in a New World Sara Wheeler
After reckoning with the ends of the earth in acclaimed books such as Terra Incognita and The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler rediscovered America thirty-five years after her first Greyhound trip across the country. She returns in turbulent midlife to trace... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Censoring Queen Victoria Yvonne Ward
In 1901, two literary gentlemen were appointed a novel task: to preserve the memory of Queen Victoria in her own words. By the time they were finished, 460 volumes of the Queen's correspondence had become just three; their decisions --... Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
Under Another Sky Journeys in Roman Britain Charlotte Higgins
This is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of 'Roman Britain' has meant to those who came after Britain's 400-year stint as province of Rome... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
World War I The Definitive Visual History
This is the definitive visual history of the people, politics and events of World War I. World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide is a fascinating portrait of a world at war, vividly portraying the conflicts of the Great War... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/03/2014
Shakespeare's Restless World An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects Neil MacGregor
The Elizabethan age was a tumultuous time, when long-cherished certainties were crumbling and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. Shakespeare's Restless World uncovers the extraordinary stories behind twenty objects from the period to re-create an age at once distant and yet surprisingly... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
How to be a Victorian Ruth Goodman
How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me?... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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.
Peace and War: Britain in 1914 Nigel Jones
1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent...
World War Two A Short History Norman Stone
Norman Stone's gripping book tells the narrative of the Second World War in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with...
July 1914 Countdown to War Sean McMeekin
The outbreak of the First World War was 'a drama never surpassed'. One hundred years later, the characters still seem larger than life: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, brooding heir to the...
The Month Before's Featured Books
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...
The First World War Illustrated John Keegan
The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unparalleled ferocity far beyond its European epicentre, it broke the century of relative peace and prosperity which we associate...
Hannibal: Fields of Blood Ben Kane
The killing fields of Cannae provide the setting for one of the bloodiest battles in history. But who will triumph? Hannibal and his warrior army, or the mighty legions of...
Love Letters of the Great War Mandy Kirkby
From the private papers of Winston Churchill to the tender notes of an unknown Tommy in the trenches, Love Letters of the Great War brings together some of the most...