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Books of the Month

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 far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
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 explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 relationship starting in 1897 with a report from the further...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/05/2015
     
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 than 40,000 were left behind. It was their bravery, as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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 what happened afterwards? The great battle is over - there...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
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 is inventive, illuminating, involving biography at its best.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
How to Ruin a Queen Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal That Shook the French Throne
Jonathan Beckman
This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French police disguised as colliers, reams of lesbian pornography and a duel fought with poisoned pigs. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

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

The Month Before'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...
 
 
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