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The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby
The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials, armaments or men to fight - Britain's unique vulnarability. It led to The Battle of the Atlantic, fighting back against the German planes, U-boats and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand by Stephen Bates
Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
Stephen Bates, a former Guardian Royal Correspondent, chronicles the ups and downs of the British Monarchy and their evolution into today's Royalty Inc. He writes about how we perceive Royalty, the changes made to accommodate public access via media or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Celts by Dr. Alice Roberts
The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights, Alice Roberts provides a thoroughly readable introduction to the world of the Celts. There are intriguing new theories overtaking the established ideas we have of the Celts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India by Walter Reid
Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India
Walter Reid
This is a stimulating and controversial account of Britain's role in Indian independence after World War II. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘Keeping the Jewel in the Crown is in the best traditions of historical writing. It’s well...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Secret Life of Fighter Command by Sinclair McKay
The Secret Life of Fighter Command
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general (female) reader it was a gripping read, especially as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri
A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a reminder of how, without such brilliance, Shakespeare can be frustrating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman
The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more. With new insights...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme by Gavin Stamp
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Gavin Stamp
Edwin Lutyens' Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval in Northern France, visited annually by tens of thousands of tourists, is arguably the finest structure erected by any British architect in the twentieth century. It is the principal,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors by Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors
Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew up during the appalling economic depression of the 1930s, witnessed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter by David Starkey

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the origins of the “Great Charter”,...

Shakespeare in Ten Acts by Gordon McMullan

Shakespeare in Ten Acts
Gordon McMullan
In this book ten leading experts take a fresh look at Shakespeare, reminding us that the playwright's iconic status has been constructed over the centuries in a process that continues...

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook

The First Day on the Somme
Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme is a compelling and intensely moving account of the blackest day in the history of the British army. Drawing on official sources...

First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster by Andrew Macdonald

First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
Andrew Macdonald
A groundbreaking history of the first, horrific day of one of the most notorious, bloody offensives of all time, from its inept planning to its disastrous execution. Published for the hundredth...

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly as we quickly learn as...

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters – and it does as she makes...

Globe Life in Shakespeare's London by Catharine Arnold

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence by Angus Konstam

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Angus Konstam
This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this...

History's People Personalities and the Past by Margaret MacMillan

History's People Personalities and the Past
Margaret MacMillan
This pithy book interrogates the past to ask very big questions about the role of individuals and their behaviour. It really matters: the personalities of the powerful can affect-for better...

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed by David Crane

Witnessing Waterloo 12 Hours, 48 Lives, A World Forever Changed
David Crane
[Previously published as 'Went The Day Well'] David Crane’s history not only illuminates the Battle of Waterloo but also brings light to bear on Britain and the toll of the...

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon
For the first time, Romantic Outlaws brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy. This...

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox by Alison Weir

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Alison Weir
Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas' captivating character out of the shadows for the first time. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should...

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s by Virginia Nicholson

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....

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