Danish writer Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen, was born in 1884. She and her husband moved to Kenya in 1914 and her experiences, became the came memoir "Out of Africa". Read books by Issak Dinesen
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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
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
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...