Lovereading.co.uk

Search
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
Register



Vouchers













Read Extract Free History Book or Novel Online - as well as Sports and Suspense

     
History

History Books

The War Behind the Wire The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18
John Lewis-Stempel
On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely exchanged one barbed-wire battleground for another. In the camps the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The English and Their History The First Thirteen Centuries
Robert Tombs
The English, Robert Tombs writes in his 'Prelude' to this landmark book, have acquired ancestors by legend, conquest and migration . Here, in a single volume for the first time in ninety years, is a fresh, completely up to date...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

A Book of Voyages
Patrick O'Brian
An anthology of 17th and 18th century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O'Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth. Patrick O'Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Whitaker's Almanack 1869

'The Almanack is essentially a Household Book. From it is derived the knowledge ordinarily possessed of the Course of the Seasons, and other Astronomical phenomena, the nature of our Constitution, and the statistics of our Ecclesiastical, Legal, Naval, and Military...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Swansong 1945 A Collective Diary from Hitler's Last Birthday to VE Day
Walter Kempowski
Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four days in 1945: 20th April, Hitler's last birthday, 25th April, when American and Soviet troops first met at the Elbe, 30th April, the day Hitler...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Severed A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
Frances Larson
The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five senses, encases the brain and boasts the most expressive set of muscles in the body. It is our most distinctive attribute and it connects our inner selves to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter
Lucinda Hawksley
The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
This is a story of saints and spies, of fishermen and pirates, traders and marauders - and of how their wild and daring journeys across the North Sea built the world we know. When the Roman Empire retreated, northern Europe...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     


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.


Keep up to date by signing up for our free regular emails.

 

Member of a Reading Group? - Buy 5 or more copies of any single title and get an extra 5% discount!


Get Adobe Flash player
 

  Lovereading4kids

Lovereading 4 schools

Lovewriting
 
Last Month's Featured Books
The Month Before's Featured Books 


Civil War A History of England
Peter Ackroyd
In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I...
 
 
 


England, Arise The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381
Juliet Barker
The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for...
 
 
 


Children of the Days A Calendar of Human History
Eduardo Galeano
From Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy, comes Children of the Days, a new kind of history that shows us...
 
 
 


Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey', as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at...
 
 
 


The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith...
 
 
 


The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War
Alwyn W. Turner
From that first traumatic remembrance service at 11am on 11th November 1919, the last post continues to be played to end the two minute silence, most famously at The Cenotaph....
 
 
 


Dirty Old London The Victorian Fight Against Filth
Lee Jackson
In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with 'night soil', graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself...
 
 
 


Taking Command
David Richards
Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the...
 
 
 


Centuries of Change Which Century Saw the Most Change?
Ian Mortimer
History's greatest tour guide is back. And he's ringing the changes. In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death...
 
 
 


Elizabeth Renaissance Prince
Lisa Hilton
'I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.' Lisa Hilton's...
 
 
 


Leningrad Siege and Symphony
Brian Moynahan
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never...
 
 
 


A History of War in 100 Battles
Richard Overy
A history of warfare distilled into 100 momentous battles - epic moments that have shaped our world. From the earliest recorded skirmishes of the ancient world to the computerized conflicts...
 
 
 


Churchill's Secret Warriors The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
Damien Lewis
In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning...
 
 
 


The Rich From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
John Kampfner
From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and...
 
 
 


Waterloo Four Days That Changed Europe's Destiny
Tim Clayton
The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over twenty years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final...
 
 
 


Waterloo The Aftermath
Paul O'Keeffe
This was the scene after midnight, 19 June 1815: On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French...
 
 
 


Britain's Lost Regiments
Trevor Royle
The history of the British Army is really the story of its regiments and the men who served in them. From the very beginning they formed the backbone of a...
 
 
 


Zero Night The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape
Mark Felton
Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass...
 
 
 


Devotion An Epic True Story of Heroism, Brotherhood and Sacrifice
Adam Makos
Devotion is the gripping story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo - Tom Hudner, a white, blue-blooded New Englander, and Jesse Brown, a black sharecropper's son from Mississippi....
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Greatest Escape How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis - A Good Place to Hide
Peter Grose
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This true story should be heard, should be shouted from the rooftops, as not only is...
 
 
 


Belles and Whistles Five Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains
Andrew (Professor) Martin
In the heroic days of rail travel, you could dine on kippers and champagne aboard the Brighton Belle; smoke a post-prandial cigar as the Golden Arrow closed in on Paris,...
 
 
 


The Race Against the Stasi The Incredible Story of Dieter Wiedemann, the Iron Curtain and the Greatest Cycling Race on Earth
Herbie Sykes
When the 'Iron Curtain' descended across Europe, Dieter Wiedemann was a hero of East German sport. A podium finisher in The Peace Race, the Eastern Bloc equivalent of the Tour...
 
 
 


Death in the Baltic The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
Cathryn Prince
January 1945: the outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich is in free fall as the Russians close in from the east. Berlin plans an eleventh-hour...
 
 
 


The Downfall of Money Germany's Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class
Frederick Taylor
Many theorists believed a hundred years ago, just as they did at the beginning of our twenty-first century, that the world had reached a state of economic perfection, a never...
 
 
 


Dunkirk From Disaster to Deliverance - Testimonies of the Last Survivors
Sinclair McKay
The events of Dunkirk – the evacuation of the troops by the “little ships” has become part of the British myth. Here using commentary from the survivors together with archive...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Secrets of the National Archives The Stories Behind the Letters and Documents of Our Past
National Archives
The National Archives is one of the most remarkable collections of documents in the world, holding over 120 miles of papers. In 2010 the staff at the Archives were asked...
 
 
 


Thomas Cromwell The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's bestselling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? Born a lowly...
 
 
 


Trains to the Trenches The Men, Locomotives and Tracks That Took the Armies to War 1914-18
Andrew Roden, Annie Winsland
Without the railways for the Great Powers, the most terrible conflict the world has ever known would have taken a very different form - if it had happened at all....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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 Long Shadow The Great War and the Twentieth Century
David Reynolds
In Britain we have lost touch with the Great War. Our overriding sense now is of a meaningless, futile bloodbath in the mud of Flanders -- of young men whose...
 
 
 


Agincourt My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France
Sir Ranulph, Bt OBE Fiennes
25 October 2015 is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


Tommy's War The Western Front in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Richard Van Emden
Conventional histories of the Great War have tended to focus on the terrible attritional battles of Ypres, of Arras and of the Somme. What they do not tell us is...
 
 
 


See ALL Featured Books, with Opening Extracts, in this category 

Share or bookmark this page

Share this page on Facebook and Twitter.


Tell a friend about this page on Lovereading.co.uk.

We respect your privacy. The names and e-mail addresses you enter are used only for sending this message. Please read our Privacy Policy.
Your Friend's Name
Your Friend's Email
Your Name
Your E-mail
Your Message
(max. 1024 characters)
 


 
LovereadingLovereading4kids - Love Reading for KidsLIST ALL FEATURED AUTHORS