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Books of the Month


A Classless Society Britain in the 1990s
Alwyn W. Turner
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The 1990’s - the last decade and already how far away it seems, some of the attitudes, the fashions and the politics make it seem a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2014
     

Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Helen Rappaport
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia, overlooked in life and in death, the young women, the eldest only twenty-three were gunned down with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


The Poppy A History of Conflict, Loss, Remembrance, and Redemption
Nicholas J. Saunders
Our most obvious connection to the Poppy is as an iconic symbol of the First World War. But as a narcotic, its use reaches back to Ancient Egypt, its value attracting kings and empires, criminals, doctors and addicts. This humble...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

A History of London in 100 Places
David Long
David Long has chosen 100 places that each represents a stage in London’s evolution. It’s a good mix of the famous and the obscure, with many surprises along the way. A good inspiration for London walks, the book comes with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Back in Blighty British Society in the Era of the Great War
Gerard DeGroot
World War One had a devastating, cataclysmic impact on the world and the British people. As its reverberations were so long-lasting and significant, it is easy to assume that the social consequences were as profound. In this highly readable and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Fighting on the Home Front The Legacy of Women in World War One
Kate Adie
A chronicle of the ways in which women's lives changed during World War I and what the impact has been for women today, 100 years laterIn 1914 the world changed forever. This book details how when World War I broke...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010
Selina Todd
'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family's story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Meeting the Enemy The Human Face of the Great War
Richard Van Emden
A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became 'enemy aliens' in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops' heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield....
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

Crown of Thistles The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots
Linda Porter
The struggle between the fecund Stewarts and the barren Tudors is generally seen only in terms of the relationship between Elizabeth I and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. But very little has been said about the background to their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2014
     

1965 The Year Modern Britain Was Born
Christopher Bray
There is Britain before 1965 and Britain after 1965 - and they are not the same thing. 1965 was the year Britain democratised education, it was the year pop culture began to be taken as seriously as high art, the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
     


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.


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Cruel Crossing Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees
Edward Stourton
The mountain paths are as treacherous as they are steep - the more so in the dark and in winter. Even for the fit the journey is a formidable challenge....
 
 
 


The Great War: 1914-1918
Peter Hart
The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Girl from Station X My Mother's Unknown Life
Elisa Segrave
March 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. One woman at the heart of this biography but with two very different lives, as a...
 
 
 


A History of the First World War in 100 Objects In Association with the Imperial War Museum

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects narrates the causes, progress and outcome of the First World War by telling the stories behind 100 items of material...
 
 
 


How to be a Victorian
Ruth Goodman
How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what...
 
 
 


Shakespeare's Restless World An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects
Neil MacGregor
The Elizabethan age was a tumultuous time, when long-cherished certainties were crumbling and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. Shakespeare's Restless World uncovers the extraordinary stories behind twenty objects from the period...
 
 
 


Survivor on the River Kwai The Incredible Story of Life on The Burma Railway
Reg Twigg
Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of one of the last survivors of the Burma Railway. February 1942. A young British soldier is caught up in the...
 
 
 


World War I The Definitive Visual History

This is the definitive visual history of the people, politics and events of World War I. World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide is a fascinating portrait of a world...
 
 
 


Bonzo's War Animals Under Fire, 1939 -1945
Clare Campbell
March 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The cover illustration of a forlorn girl and her equally forlorn Airedale dog stand outside a...
 
 
 


Censoring Queen Victoria
Yvonne Ward
In 1901, two literary gentlemen were appointed a novel task: to preserve the memory of Queen Victoria in her own words. By the time they were finished, 460 volumes of...
 
 
 


O My America! Second Acts in a New World
Sara Wheeler
After reckoning with the ends of the earth in acclaimed books such as Terra Incognita and The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler rediscovered America thirty-five years after her first Greyhound trip...
 
 
 


The Prince, the Princess and the Perfect Murder
Andrew Rose
The royal family's darkest secret and the establishment cover-up. Half a century before Dodi and Diana, another Prince of Wales would be involved in a deadly love triangle with a...
 
 
 


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'...
 
 
 


Jambusters The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War
Julie Summers
The Second World War was the WI's finest hour. The whole of its previous history - two decades of educating, entertaining and supporting women and campaigning on women's issues -...
 
 
 


The First World War A New History
Hew Strachan
A brilliant and penetrating new history of the First World War by one of the world's foremost experts on the conflict. Reissued with a new introduction from the author. Hew...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


1913 The World Before the Great War
Charles Emmerson
Forever in the shadow of the war which followed, 1913 is usually seen as little more than the antechamber to apocalypse. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that...
 
 
 


World War Two A Short History
Norman Stone
Norman Stone's gripping book tells the narrative of the Second World War in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with...
 
 
 


July 1914 Countdown to War
Sean McMeekin
The outbreak of the First World War was 'a drama never surpassed'. One hundred years later, the characters still seem larger than life: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, brooding heir to the...
 
 
 


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