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Books of the Month


The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories
Michael W Smith
January 2015 Book of the Month. More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they placed a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

The Bletchley Girls
Tessa Dunlop
January 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic rather than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month


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: 15/01/2015
     

If This is A Woman The Untold Story of Heroism and Survival Inside the Nazi's Women-Only Concentration Camp
Sarah Helm
Created by Heinrich Himmler, Ravensbruck was the only Concentration camp set up for women – and their children. It was up and running in 1939 and Sarah Helm details the history of Ravensbruck from its beginning to the liberation by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Sophia Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
Anita Anand
In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

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
     

1864 The Forgotten War That Shaped Modern Europe
Tom Buk-Swienty
The Battle of Dybbol, 1864. Prussian troops lay siege to an outpost in the far south of Denmark. The conflict is over control of the Duchy of Schleswig, recently annexed by Denmark to the alarm of its largely German-speaking inhabitants....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
Suzannah Lipscomb
Join historian Suzannah Lipscomb as she reveals the hidden secrets of palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories of Tudor England. From the famous palace at Hampton Court where dangerous court intrigue was rife, to less well-known houses,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo
David Crane
A sweeping political, social, military and cultural overview of the United Kingdom on the eve, and then the day, of the greatest battle fought by British arms. Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Those Wild Wyndhams Three Sisters at the Heart of Power
Claudia Renton
A rich historical biography of 'those wild Wyndhams' - three cultured aristocratic sisters born into great privilege in late Victorian Britain. Mary, Madeline and Pamela - the three beautiful Wyndham sisters - were born into immense wealth. Cultured bohemian daughters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land
Patrick Bishop
From the bestselling author of 'Fighter Boys', the true story of two ruthless adversaries and a wartime killing that shook the modern world. On a cold, bright morning in February 1942, fugitive Avraham Stern was cornered in a flat in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

The Poet's Tale Chaucer and the Year That Made the Canterbury Tales
Paul Strohm
As the year 1386 began, Geoffrey Chaucer was a middle-aged bureaucrat and sometime poet, living in London and enjoying the perks that came with his close connections to its booming wool trade. When it ended, he was jobless, homeless, out...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     

Mr and Mrs Disraeli A Strange Romance
Daisy Hay
Deep in the archives of the Bodleian Library lies a tattered scrap of paper with newlyweds' scribbles on it. It is a table, listing the qualities of a couple. One column reads 'Often says what he does not think', 'He...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
     

Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic
Kate Colquhoun
In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. 'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     


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The Month Before's Featured Books 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year
Nick Groom
For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomised and urban...
 
 
 


The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House
Ben Highmore
'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family,...
 
 
 


100 Buildings, 100 Years
Twentieth Century Society, Tom Dyckhoff, Alan Powers, Timothy Brittain-Catlin
What are people's favourite buildings of the last 100 years? Created by The Twentieth Century Society this beautifully produced, cloth bound book has chosen a building for each year from...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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