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History Books

The King's Grave The Search for Richard III
Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
From the woman who was convinced that Richard III lay under that Leicester car park. Together with historian Michael Jones she shares the inside story of the search and reclamation of Richard’s body together with the history and background to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Shopgirls The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley
From the Victorian age through to the present day, an unsung army of women workers has been at the heart of Britain's retail revolution. For the first time, Shopgirls tells the story of the women who have served behind our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/06/2014
     

The Men Who Lost America British Command During the Revolutionary War and the Preservation of the Empire
Andrew O'Shaughnessy
The loss of America in 1781 has traditionally been blamed on incompetent British military commanders and political leaders whose arrogant confidence and out-dated tactics were no match for the innovative and determined Americans. But this is far from the truth....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
Michael Jones
On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Donitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Cutty Sark The Last of the Tea Clippers
Eric Kentley, The Cutty Sark Trust
The first history of this square-rigged survivor for over a generation presenting numerous new findings and insights following the catastrophic fire that drew global headlines in 2007 * Includes rare and previously unpublished historical images from the ship's collections and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

1914: Fight the Good Fight Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War
Allan Mallinson
'No part of the Great War compares in interest with its opening', wrote Churchill. 'The measured, silent drawing together of gigantic forces, the uncertainty of their movements and positions, the number of unknown and unknowable facts made the first collision...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Men Who United the States The Amazing Stories of the Explorers, Inventors and Mavericks Who Made America
Simon Winchester
From bestselling author Simon Winchester, the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation. For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum - out of many, one - has been featured on America's official government seals and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

What's in a Surname? A Journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker
David McKie
This is the Sunday Times bestseller. Surnames are much more than convenient identity tags; they are windows into our families' pasts. Some suggest ancestral trades (Butcher, Smith, Roper) or physical appearance (Long, Brown, Thynne). Some provide clues to where we...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Great War The People's Story
Izzy Charman
During the First World War just under a million British people died - a figure so huge that it becomes almost meaningless. It feels impossible to give it a human context. Consequently we struggle to truly grasp the impact this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

A Broken World Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War
Sebastian Faulks
This is a profound, moving and important collection of letters, diaries and memories of the First World War, edited by Sebastian Faulks - author of Birdsong - and Dr Hope Wolf. A Broken World presents a cacophony of voices from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Kaiser's Army The German Army in World War I
David Stone
The book deals in considerable detail with the origins and creation of the German army, examining the structure of power in German politics and wider society, and the nation's imperial ambitions, along with the ways in which the high command...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/07/2014
     

Georgian London Into the Streets
Lucy Inglis
In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Ancient Paths Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
Graham Robb
Graham Robb's new book will change the way you see European civilization. Inspired by a chance discovery, Robb became fascinated with the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. His...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     


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.

 

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, we have created a special section of books, fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old ones, to reflect the tragedy of the First World War. Click here to find out more.


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.


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