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This Month's Featured Books

The Silent Day A Landmark Oral History of D-Day on the Home Front
Max Arthur
A history of D-Day – from planning to execution, told in the worlds of the people who witnessed at first hand the epic military action. There were civilians who waited for news, others who woke to find only emptiness where...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
Alan Allport
How did ordinary men cope with being called up, propelled from civilian to soldier in a few short months they were then sent off to fight. Alan Allport captures their reactions through the writings of the men who recorded their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/03/2015
     
A History of Food in 100 Recipes
William Sitwell
William Sitwell has chosen 100 recipes that illustrate a history of Western Food. He starts with a bread recipe from Ancient Egypt and progresses through to today ending with a Heston Blumenthal creation. Tailor-made for dipping into this book illuminates,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Censoring Queen Victoria How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon
Yvonne M. Ward
Queen Victoria’s correspondence filled rooms, in all, 460 volumes of letters. It was a mammoth task to edit this down to 3 volumes and two men were chosen for the job, Viscount Esher who did all the overseeing and liason...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Midwife's Sister
Christine Lee
The woman whose stories were the foundation for the books and later the TV series Call the Midwife had a troubled start in life. Here Jennifer Worth’s sister reveals their childhood and their close bond throughout their lives, a moving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The Tears of the Rajas Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905
Ferdinand Mount
Using the letters and diaries of his grandmother’s family, the Lows, who, for over 100 years were part of the British Raj, their moving story forms the basis of Ferdinand Mount’s new and compelling history of the British in India....
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s
Virginia Nicholson
This account of women’s lives in the 1950’s will resonant with every generation of women, those who lived through it and those whose mothers and grandmothers experienced this pre-feminist age. There were a few women who were able to buck...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
The Golden Thread The Story of Writing
Ewan Clayton
A study of how humans have progressed from communicating with simple symbols to today’s electric writing via the internet. It is both a historical study with Ewan Clayton also looking to the future of writing, how we need to balance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
Fashion on the Ration Style in the Second World War
Julie Summers
After so many books devoted to how the nation’s Home Front cooked and gardened during WWI it’s refreshing to see Julie Summers tackling the question of how peoples dealt with clothing themselves. Making do, mending, using unorthodox fabrics and ingenuity...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Calling it a book of scholarly imagination, Ruth Scurr attempts to recreate John Aubrey’s life from his own writings. He was one of the first journalistic voices we have in English history; he was passionately interested in interpreting the landscape,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The People The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010
Selina Todd
A history that is both political and personal telling the story of how the working class gained education and rights only to lose them again, to become the sector of society the Tories and the Right Wing Press demonise at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Four Sisters:the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Helen Rappaport
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 their parents at Ekaterinburg...
 
 
Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo
David Crane
David Crane’s history not only illuminates the Battle of Waterloo but also brings light to bear on Britain and the toll of the wars with Napoleon, the dead and the...
 
 
The Nile Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
Toby Wilkinson
An exploration of the River Nile, whose waters form the heart, the centre of Egypt for the ancient tribes who first made their mark in the desert rocks to today...
 
 
Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War
Jerry White
London’s experiences of bombing and privation during WWII are well documented; here in Jerry White’s Zeppelin Nights is the lesser known story of the First World War as seen by...
 
 
Beneath the Heart of the Sea The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex
Owen Chase
First published in 1821 and the inspiration for 'Moby Dick', this is an absolutely fascinating true story, detailing a subject that will make you wince, grimace and wonder. Owen Chase...
 
 
My Dear Bessie A Love Story in Letters
Chris Barker, Bessie Moore, Simon Garfield
My first reaction on first reading My Dear Bessie was to turn to the end to make sure that Chris, away at the war, didn’t get killed and that Bessie...
 
 
Mr Selden's Map of China The Spice Trade, a Lost Chart & the South China Sea
Timothy Brook
This is an intriguing history concerning a map that was placed in the Bodleian Library in 1659 with author, Timothy Brook rediscovering it some 360 years later. He turned detective...
 
 
A Brief History of Magna Carta The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington
Geoffrey Hindley
The fascinating story behind the English Constitution, and why its influence remains significant today throughout the world. As civil Liberties and the rule of law are increasingly brought into question...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
Michael Jones
Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that...
 
 
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...
 
 
A Book of Voyages
Patrick O'Brian
An early book by Patrick O’Brian, reissued to mark the anniversary of his birth. It’s a collection of travel writing from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, writing Patrick O’Brian loved...
 
 
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...
 
 
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,...
 
 
Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic
Kate Colquhoun
What a tangled web! An unhappy marriage, an overbearing hypochondriac of a husband whose extreme self medication – often with that Victorian cure-all Arsenic, only made his health worse, in...
 
 
Mr and Mrs Disraeli A Strange Romance
Daisy Hay
An intriguing look at a marriage between a Jewish novelist and an older woman embarking on her second marriage, a very successful marriage, they were a devoted couple. Together Mr...
 
 
The Poet's Tale Chaucer and the Year That Made the Canterbury Tales
Paul Strohm
The year was 1386 and broke and out of favour with the Royal Court, Geoffrey Chaucer tried writing his way out of poverty. The result was The Canterbury Tales and...
 
 
The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land
Patrick Bishop
In 1942, Avraham Stern, leader of the Infamous Stern gang was shot and killed in Palestine. A complex man, he saw it as his duty to do anything possible to...
 
 
Sophia Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
Anita Anand
Born in 1876 Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was bought up in England after the English deposed her father as heir to the Sikh kingdom in Northern India. She cast off...
 
 
Those Wild Wyndhams Three Sisters at the Heart of Power
Claudia Renton
Three sisters, Mary, Madeline and Pamela Wyndham whose family background and later their own marriages put them at the heart of aristocratic and political England in the dying days of...
 
 
A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
Suzannah Lipscomb
A lively and entertaining guided tour to the Tudor buildings of England. It’s a carefully chosen selection of around 50 key locations, all having played their part in Tudor history....
 
 
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