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This Month's Featured Books

A Broken World Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War
Sebastian Faulks
Many of the writings included in this anthology have never been published before, war memories culled from letters, diaries and memoirs reflecting the extremes as experienced by those who fought and were left behind. Not restricted to the trenches, A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
     
The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of Folklore, Magic and Spells
Sam McKechnie, Alexandrine Portelli
A book to delight , a seasonal celebration of tradition, magic, custom and folklore. The text and little random thoughts and sayings punctuating the beautiful collage style illustrations making some stunning still life scenes using found objects. The book has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
     
Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps
Barbara Bond
A history of MI9's efforts in providing secret mapping during WWII. These maps, often printed on silk, were produced for pilots, the SOE and for smuggling to prisoners as an escape aid. It is one of those stories that has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
     
History of the World in 100 Modern Objects Middle-Class Stuff (and Nonsense)
Francesca Hornak
From her Sunday Times column Francesca Hornak has taken 100 columns highlighting iconic objects that any middle-class person would see as essential such as a Farrow and Ball sample pots to a Smeg fridge. There are some oddities along the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015
     
Telegraph History of the World
Gavin Fuller
A celebration of 160 years of reporting from the end of the Crimea War in 1856 to the Fifa scandals in May this year. A Daily Telegraph reporter always on hand to report war and protest, death and glory. 160...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


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...
 
 

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
November 2015 Book of the Month. Mary Beard has pulled off a...
 
 

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”,...
 
 

The Nazi Hunters
Damien Lewis
Not to be dismissed as just another account of past SAS derring-do. There is plenty of adventure in Damien Lewis's historical account but for me, the second half of the...
 
 

Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945
Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum
Using an amazing collection of maps from the Imperial War Museum archives, showing how – pre-computer - maps were used as a means of momentarily pinning down the action, they...
 
 

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
November 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials,...
 
 

Ferguson's Gang The Remarkable Story of the National Trust Gangsters
Polly Bagnall, Sally Beck
December 2015 Book of the Month. You don't often read “gangsters” and National Trust in the same sentence, more surprising still to...
 
 

The Men Who Were Honest to Jesus and What They Did
N. Micklem
In his authoritatively written exploration of the critical roles Jesus’ disciples played in spreading the word of God, Micklem argues that current views of the history of Christianity (from Gospel...
 
 

An Ever Rolling Stream From the Conventional to the Unconventional in Life (and Medicine)
Don Snuggs
An interesting little memoir by Don Snuggs who has had a varied career in medicine. As a child during the Second World War, the author spent some time in and...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Desert Songs of the Night 1500 Years of Arabic Literature
Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey
With 1500 years of poetry and prose included in this anthology, there is a hugely diverse range of thoughts and feelings on display. In the introduction, the editors Suheil Bushrui...
 
 

Stalin's Englishman The Lives of Guy Burgess
Andrew Lownie
Why did Guy Burgess, 1st class Cambridge scholar and apparently one of the most British of characters, agree to work for a foreign power, of which he knew very little,...
 
 

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
Michael Jones
Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that...
 
 

The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights,...
 
 

Mayday! A History of Flight Through its Martyrs, Oddballs, and Daredevils
David Darling
David Darling’s is a most agreeable voyage through the history of flight and the men – and women who took such risks in the battle to get airborne. There is...
 
 

Severed A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
Frances Larson
A startling view of Western history uncovering our obsession with skulls, decapitated (and decapitating) heads. We decry the “uncivilised” tribe or culture that worships human heads, shrunken or otherwise but...
 
 

Human Race 10 Centuries of Change on Earth
Ian Mortimer
An ideal subject for heated discussions - in Western history, which century saw the most change, and what were these changes, medical, scientific, democratic, military or social? Has change escalated...
 
 

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Alison Weir
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought...
 
 
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