Dick Francis born 1920: A former steeplechase jockey, Francis is famous for his suspense novels as well as his championship career. Francis produced one novel per year, most of which are bestsellers. He died 14 Feb 2010. Read books by Dick Francis
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. Alwyn Turner considers the history of the bugle, the music... Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
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 liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
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 will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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 majestic biography of Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen', provides vibrant... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/11/2014
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 Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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 how to remember and how to live. This book is... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
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 became the first Stuart king of England, and ends with... Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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 singular institution that is itself a reflection of the way... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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 Grande Armee was struggling in abject disorder to the Belgian... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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 of today, renowned military historian Richard Overy dramatically brings to... Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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 took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or... Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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 modern armed forces. His outspokenness and candour extends to his... Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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 was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2014
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 a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before... Format: Paperback - 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.
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 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...