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History Books

Intensively researched, lovingly compiled, more accessible than ever, whatever your subject of interest this is where you’ll find it.

100 Buildings, 100 Years
Twentieth Century Society, Tom Dyckhoff, Alan Powers, Timothy Brittain-Catlin
What are people's favourite buildings of the last 100 years? Created by The Twentieth Century Society this beautifully produced, cloth bound book has chosen a building for each year from 1914 to 2014. The buildings were nominated by their supporters...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

A Book of Voyages
Patrick O'Brian
An anthology of 17th and 18th century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O'Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth. Patrick O'Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Great Indoors At Home in the Modern British House
Ben Highmore
'House' has long been synonymous with 'home': the significance of four walls and a roof lies far deeper than simply shelter from the elements. A house stands for sanctuary, family, belonging, privacy and our pasts: even when standardised as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year
Nick Groom
For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomised and urban lives and our weather becomes ever more unpredictable or extreme?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter
Lucinda Hawksley
The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     


A Person, a Country, The World

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History is such a broad and universal subject. After all, we’re all living through it and we all have our own. Here’s where you can get new perspectives on past events, discover a subject you’ve never explored or broaden your existing knowledge.

 

Our resident expert, Sue Baker, has compiled a wide range of great books covering everything from the major wars, or the creation of nations to the life-journeys of world-changing individuals. From social history (Family Britain by David Kynaston) and the World Wars (Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski) to the much loved periods of popular fiction authors (The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones; The Rise of the Tudors: The Family that Changed Britain by Chris Skidmore): From the realities of often romanticised times (The Knight who saved England by Richard Brooks) to the lives of history’s extraordinary people (Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence). You’ll find a resource here to fascinate on many levels. History without histrionics.

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The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what...
 
 
 


Swansong 1945 A Collective Diary from Hitler's Last Birthday to VE Day
Walter Kempowski
Swansong 1945 brings together hundreds of letters, diary extracts and autobiographical accounts to chronicle four days in 1945: 20th April, Hitler's last birthday, 25th April, when American and Soviet troops...
 
 
 


The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
This is a story of saints and spies, of fishermen and pirates, traders and marauders - and of how their wild and daring journeys across the North Sea built the...
 
 
 


The English and Their History The First Thirteen Centuries
Robert Tombs
The English, Robert Tombs writes in his 'Prelude' to this landmark book, have acquired ancestors by legend, conquest and migration . Here, in a single volume for the first time...
 
 
 


Severed A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
Frances Larson
The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five senses, encases the brain and boasts the most expressive set of muscles in the body. It is our most...
 
 
 


The War Behind the Wire The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18
John Lewis-Stempel
On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely...
 
 
 


Whitaker's Almanack 1869

'The Almanack is essentially a Household Book. From it is derived the knowledge ordinarily possessed of the Course of the Seasons, and other Astronomical phenomena, the nature of our Constitution,...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Civil War A History of England
Peter Ackroyd
In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I...
 
 
 


England, Arise The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381
Juliet Barker
The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for...
 
 
 


Children of the Days A Calendar of Human History
Eduardo Galeano
From Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy, comes Children of the Days, a new kind of history that shows us...
 
 
 


Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey', as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at...
 
 
 


The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith...
 
 
 


The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War
Alwyn W. Turner
From that first traumatic remembrance service at 11am on 11th November 1919, the last post continues to be played to end the two minute silence, most famously at The Cenotaph....
 
 
 


Dirty Old London The Victorian Fight Against Filth
Lee Jackson
In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with 'night soil', graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself...
 
 
 


Taking Command
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...
 
 
 


Centuries of Change Which Century Saw the Most Change?
Ian Mortimer
History's greatest tour guide is back. And he's ringing the changes. In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death...
 
 
 


Elizabeth Renaissance Prince
Lisa Hilton
'I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.' Lisa Hilton's...
 
 
 


Leningrad Siege and Symphony
Brian Moynahan
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never...
 
 
 


A History of War in 100 Battles
Richard Overy
A history of warfare distilled into 100 momentous battles - epic moments that have shaped our world. From the earliest recorded skirmishes of the ancient world to the computerized conflicts...
 
 
 


Churchill's Secret Warriors The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII
Damien Lewis
In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning...
 
 
 


The Rich From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
John Kampfner
From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Rich is the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and...
 
 
 


Waterloo Four Days That Changed Europe's Destiny
Tim Clayton
The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over twenty years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final...
 
 
 


Waterloo The Aftermath
Paul O'Keeffe
This was the scene after midnight, 19 June 1815: On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French...
 
 
 


Britain's Lost Regiments
Trevor Royle
The history of the British Army is really the story of its regiments and the men who served in them. From the very beginning they formed the backbone of a...
 
 
 


Zero Night The Untold Story of the Second World War's Most Daring Great Escape
Mark Felton
Oflag VI-B, Warburg, Germany: On the night of 30 August 1942 - 'Zero Night' - 40 officers from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa staged the most audacious mass...
 
 
 


Devotion An Epic True Story of Heroism, Brotherhood and Sacrifice
Adam Makos
Devotion is the gripping story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo - Tom Hudner, a white, blue-blooded New Englander, and Jesse Brown, a black sharecropper's son from Mississippi....
 
 
 


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