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This Month's Featured Books

Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Nina Ansary
A fascinating, behind the scenes view, looking simply and astutely at the history and story of women in Iran. The author is a historian born in Iran and now living in the USA. This is a book you can dip...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general (female) reader it was a gripping read, especially as the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters
Nigel Spivey
A masterly account of how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome came into being, by a prize-winning Cambridge classicist whose writing is as accessible as it is scholarly. A secure grasp of the nature of our Greek and Roman...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
Edge of the World combines science, social and economic history to tell an epic tale – of the North Sea and how it shaped our island history. From fish and trade, monks and new ideas, trade and wealth to disease...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Village of Secrets Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Caroline Moorehead
A myth has grown up around the villages of France’s mountainous Massif Central and the part they played in aiding refugees and escaping Jews. While extraordinary acts of daring and bravery were carried out the history has become over-simplified and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Debs of Bletchley Park
Michael Smith
More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they played a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new book shows, they were many and varied from all walks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
From one political renegade to another as Boris Johnson distils the essence of the Churchill magic. He considers Churchill in wartime and in peacetime, his bravery, outspokenness, oratory and legendary...
 
 

Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man
Anthony Sattin
Said to be the first examination of T E Lawrence as a young man, in his new book, Anthony Sattin has used first-hand source material, museum records and foreign office...
 
 

Eureka! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks but Were Afraid to Ask
Peter Jones
From the Trojan War through to the rise of the Roman empire, Peter Jones tells the epic story of ancient Greece in this entertaining and illuminating follow-up to Veni, Vidi,...
 
 

The History of Modern France From The Revolution to the Present Day
Jonathan Fenby
A definitive analysis of France since the First Revolution and Napoleon's demise at Waterloo in 1815. Bestselling historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through...
 
 

The Sea and Civilization A Maritime History of the World
Lincoln P. Paine
A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The...
 
 

In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
You emerge from reading In These Times almost convinced that you, too were one of the people waiting on the outcome of the Battles, dealing with family away at war,...
 
 

Hitler's Forgotten Children My Life Inside the Lebensborn
Ingrid von Oelhafen, Tim Tate
It's hard for anyone rooted in their identity, their nationality and family history to know what it can be like to have none of those things. To have to spend...
 
 

The Bletchley Girls War, Secrecy, Love and Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
Tessa Dunlop
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 is utterly compelling. These...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


A Journey to Britannia A Journey from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, C. AD130
Bronwen Riley
Imagine, courtesy of Bronwen Riley’s fantasy travelogue, Journey to Britannia, just how you’d travel from Rome to Britannia at the height of the Roman Empire. Stepping off the boat at...
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous...
 
 

Another Man's War The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army
Barnaby Phillips
Barnaby Phillips writes of Isaac Fadoyebo, just one of the 100,000 soldiers who signed on and were conscripted to fight in World War II. Isaac’s fate was to be sent...
 
 

Taking Command
General Sir 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...
 
 

Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
Taking us through the year that ended in all-out war, Nigel Jones plots the political mood of the country and the unsuspecting populace at work and at play as they...
 
 
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