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Books of the Month

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
September 2015 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Nina Ansary
September 2015 Book of the Month. A fascinating, behind the scenes view, looking simply and astutely at the history and story of women in Iran. The author is a historian born in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Bletchley Girls War, Secrecy, Love and Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
Tessa Dunlop
Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic rather than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there is utterly compelling. These Bletchley Park veterans are from various backgrounds, they have widely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
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 and James M. Malarkey explain the importance of and provide...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2015
     
The Blitzed City The Destruction of Coventry, 1940
Karen Farrington
Karen Farrington starts her books before 1940 showing the development of flying and how soon the military saw its potential for war. Then there were the bombs themselves, at first hand grenades tossed out of cockpits before more lethal firepower...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Angus Konstam
'Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book' Sunday Times In Scotland, history and politics often become entangled. For some, the past is a source of inspiration for the future. For others,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
     
The Making of Home The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of last year, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in previous centuries,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
The Last Escaper
Peter Tunstall
Peter Tunstall, WWII bomber pilot and - after being shot down, he became renowned as a determined tormentor of his German captors and also one of the most determined escapers. The last of the Colditz survivors tells his story. ~...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
Final Solution The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949
David Cesarani
A thorough and wide-ranging history questioning our view of Nazi Germany’s treatment of the Jews, David Cesarani’s history starts 6 years before the war and ends 4 years afterwards in the displacement camps of Europe. A revisionist and questioning history...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Secret War Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945
Sir Max Hastings
Spies, codes and guerillas played critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts. In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2015
     
The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits
Simon Schama
Simon Schama brings Britain to life through its portraits, as seen in the five-part BBC TV series The Face of Britain and the major National Portrait Gallery exhibition In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/09/2015
     
The Silk Roads A New History of the World
Peter Frankopan
A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
The Neanderthals Rediscovered How Modern Science is Rewriting Their Story
Dimitra Papagianni, Michael A. Morse
In a compelling narrative, this book takes a fresh and engaging look at the whole story of the Neanderthals, setting out all the evidence, redressing the balance and arriving at a fairer assessment of a species that was closely related...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Village of Secrets Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Caroline Moorehead
A myth has grown up around the villages of France’s mountainous Massif Central and the part they played in aiding refugees and escaping Jews. While extraordinary acts of daring and...
 
 

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...
 
 

Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters
Nigel Spivey
A masterly account of how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome came into being, by a prize-winning Cambridge classicist whose writing is as accessible as it is scholarly. A...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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,...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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,...
 
 

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...
 
 
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