A Short History of England Simon Jenkins
A definitive and concise account of our remarkable past. There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals. Published with the support of the... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2012
On the Map Simon Garfield
Packed with interesting facts, written in an incredibly accessible style this book is simply amazing. From early attempts to map the world, where strangely East was at the top of some maps (hence the term Orient yourself), to a map... Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2012
Churchill 1940-1945 Under Friendly Fire Walter Reid
Churchill’s gift for words as a speaker and a writer – “we will fight them on the beaches”...”we will not give in”...and most tellingly “history will be kind to me for I intend to write it” has given us a... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/08/2012
Stalin's Legacy The Soviet War on Nature Struan Stevenson
In this book Struan Stevenson travels to the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He investigates the effects of Stalin's reign on the land and lives of the region. Despite almost insurmountable challenges, however, there ultimately... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/08/2012
Real Britannia Our Ten Proudest Years - The Glory and the Spin Colin Brown
1215: The Magna Carta. 1415: Henry V. 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada. 1688: The Bill of Rights. 1815: Waterloo. 1833: Abolition of the slave trade. 1928: Women's suffrage. 1940: Dunkirk and Churchill's last stand. 1945: Creation of the welfare... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2012
Tudors A History of England Peter Ackroyd
It is the story of Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome, and his relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent... Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2012
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.
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.
A Less Boring History of the World Dave Rear
Refreshes the parts other history books can't reach...A bit ropy on the Renaissance? In the dark about the Enlightenment? Or, in fact, do you need a revision course on the...
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Britannia Graham Stewart
Graham Stewart takes us from the Lindisfarne Gospel to the Life in the United Kingdom Question Paper of 2005, a range of historical documents that, as Stewart asks, how many...
A History of English Food Clarissa Dickson Wright
In this magnificent guide to England's cuisine, the inimitable Clarissa Dickson Wright takes us from a medieval feast to a modern-day farmers' market, visiting the Tudor working man's table and...
A History of Ancient Britain Neil Oliver
Who were the first Britons, and what sort of world did they occupy? In A History of Ancient Britain Neil Oliver turns a spotlight on the very beginnings of the...
The Elizabethans A. N. Wilson
This is the Elizabethans from top to bottom from political intrigue to beggars on the streets. It is energetic, comprehensive and very compulsive reading. After reading A N Wilson’s history...