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Books of the Month

Gallipoli
Alan Moorehead, Sir Max Hastings
April 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The Centenary of Gallipoli, the First World War campaign that was doomed to failure, bringing about the tragic loss of so many men. First published...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Spy with 29 Names The Story of the Second World War's Most Audacious Double Agent
Jason Webster
From Jason Webster, who knows and loves Spain, the intriguing story of Juan Pujol, a spy and a fighter who double-crossed, worked all sides yet influenced some of the major events of World War II. Without “Garbo”, as he was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
The World's War
David Olusoga
That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t appear in other histories of the war. He is writing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant species, Yuval Noah Harari also seeks to show how our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
Turkish Awakening Behind the Scenes of Modern Turkey
Alev Scott
From the European buzz of modern-day Constantinople to the Arabic-speaking towns of the south-east, this book investigates mass migration, urbanisation and economics in a country moving swiftly towards a new position on the world stage. Threatened as it is by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Globe Life in Shakespeare's London
Catharine Arnold
A fascinating portrait of life in Shakespeare's London, seen from the theatrical perspective, by popular historian, Catharine Arnold. Arnold creates a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the bard's own plays and contemporary sources, combining a novelist's eye...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Porcelain Thief
Huan Hsu
China, 1938 and Huan Hsu’s grandfather had to save the the family heirlooms, they were facing the Japanese invasion and had to flee, hoping their possessions would stay hidden in the ground where they had been buried. It became a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
1864 The Forgotten War That Shaped Modern Europe
Tom Buk-Swienty
At first sight this might seem an odd book to recommend, a history of an obscure war between Prussia and Denmark – but it’s now been filmed and will appear on BBC4 in 2015. The early reports are that it’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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....
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 

The Month Before'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...
 
 
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