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The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
Sinclair McKay
July 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. 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....
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Hitler's Forgotten Children My Life Inside the Lebensborn
Ingrid von Oelhafen, Tim Tate
It's hard for anyone rooted in their identity, their nationality and family history to know what it can be like to have none of those things. To have to spend over 15 years of your life searching out who you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
Edge of the World combines science, social and economic history to tell an epic tale – of the North Sea and how it shaped our island history. From fish and trade, monks and new ideas, trade and wealth to disease...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
You emerge from reading In These Times almost convinced that you, too were one of the people waiting on the outcome of the Battles, dealing with family away at war, living lives profiting or losing by the war, overcome by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
The Sea and Civilization A Maritime History of the World
Lincoln P. Paine
A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, The Sea and Civilization is a stunning work of history that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The History of Modern France From The Revolution to the Present Day
Jonathan Fenby
A definitive analysis of France since the First Revolution and Napoleon's demise at Waterloo in 1815. Bestselling historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyses the extraordinary sequence...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Eureka! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks but Were Afraid to Ask
Peter Jones
From the Trojan War through to the rise of the Roman empire, Peter Jones tells the epic story of ancient Greece in this entertaining and illuminating follow-up to Veni, Vidi, Vici. Eureka! is both entertaining and illuminating, and will delight...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man
Anthony Sattin
Said to be the first examination of T E Lawrence as a young man, in his new book, Anthony Sattin has used first-hand source material, museum records and foreign office documents to show Lawrence before WWI when he changed from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
From one political renegade to another as Boris Johnson distils the essence of the Churchill magic. He considers Churchill in wartime and in peacetime, his bravery, outspokenness, oratory and legendary capacity for drink and cigars. We quickly learn politics and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Debs of Bletchley Park
Michael Smith
More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they played a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new book shows, they were many and varied from all walks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


A Journey to Britannia A Journey from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, C. AD130
Bronwen Riley
Imagine, courtesy of Bronwen Riley’s fantasy travelogue, Journey to Britannia, just how you’d travel from Rome to Britannia at the height of the Roman Empire. Stepping off the boat at...
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous...
 
 

Another Man's War The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army
Barnaby Phillips
Barnaby Phillips writes of Isaac Fadoyebo, just one of the 100,000 soldiers who signed on and were conscripted to fight in World War II. Isaac’s fate was to be sent...
 
 

Taking Command
General Sir David Richards
Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the...
 
 

Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
Taking us through the year that ended in all-out war, Nigel Jones plots the political mood of the country and the unsuspecting populace at work and at play as they...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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 Smith
January 2015 Book of the Month. More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung,...
 
 

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey...
 
 

How to Ruin a Queen Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal That Shook the French Throne
Jonathan Beckman
Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award 2015. This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French...
 
 

Borderland A Journey Through the History of the Ukraine
Anna Reid
A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.
 
 

Dunkirk Fight to the Last Man
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore examines the facts behind the famous 1940 retreat and the myths that now surround it to reveal the truth about Dunkirk. While over 300,000 men were rescued more...
 
 

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how...
 
 

Winston Churchill at the Telegraph
Dr. A. Warren Dockter
With a foreword from Boris Johnson, an anthology of Churchill's writing for the Daily Telegraph together with some of the newspaper's coverage of Churchill's life. It was a surprisingly long...
 
 

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter 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...
 
 

Waterloo The Aftermath
Paul O'Keeffe
With the 200th anniversary of the ending of the Battle of Waterloo on 19 June 2015 there are a great many books being published detailing the battle but what about...
 
 
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