Emily Bronte born in Yorkshire 1818 in village of Haworth. Together with sisters Anne and Charlotte she first published a joint collection of poetry in 1846. Wuthering Heights was her only novel and published in 1847. Read books by Emily Bronte
Read the opening extract of the brand new Kevin Sampson book before its publication on 07/08/2014
After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe Michael Jones
On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Donitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
Cutty Sark The Last of the Tea Clippers Eric Kentley, The Cutty Sark Trust
The first history of this square-rigged survivor for over a generation presenting numerous new findings and insights following the catastrophic fire that drew global headlines in 2007 * Includes rare and previously unpublished historical images from the ship's collections and... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
What's in a Surname? A Journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker David McKie
This is the Sunday Times bestseller. Surnames are much more than convenient identity tags; they are windows into our families' pasts. Some suggest ancestral trades (Butcher, Smith, Roper) or physical appearance (Long, Brown, Thynne). Some provide clues to where we... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Great War The People's Story Izzy Charman
During the First World War just under a million British people died - a figure so huge that it becomes almost meaningless. It feels impossible to give it a human context. Consequently we struggle to truly grasp the impact this... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
The Kaiser's Army The German Army in World War I David Stone
The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which the high command... Format: Hardback - Released: 24/07/2014
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 ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
The Ancient Paths Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe Graham Robb
Graham Robb's new book will change the way you see European civilization. Inspired by a chance discovery, Robb became fascinated with the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. His... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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.
Great Britain's Great War Jeremy Paxman
An in-the-round history of Britain during the first world war examining the experience of a country fighting a world war from humble factory worker to soldier to politician and journalist....
D-Day Stephen E. Ambrose
On the basis of 1,400 oral histories from the men who were there, bestselling author and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose reveals for the first time anywhere that...
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Robert the Bruce King of Scots James Robertson
Leading Scottish novelist, James Robertson has teamed up with illustrator, Jill Calder to retell the story of Robert the Bruce. It’s bold and colourful, a record of one of the...
D-Day The Battle for Normandy Antony Beevor
Criticised by some for its American bias it is none-the-less a good overview of the events surrounding the D-Day landings, read it as an introduction to the subject, a book...
A Very British Murder Lucy Worsley
This is the story of a national obsession. Ever since the Ratcliffe Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in...
We Remember D-Day Frank Shaw, Joan Shaw
On leaving the plane I can only say I felt very lonely, except that the sky was full of bullets coming upwards. Fortunately, it wasn't long before my feet hit...