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Books of the Month

East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands
East West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
Philippe Sands
April 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This immersive book works as both a personal and public examination of the legal attempts to hold Nazi warmongers to account at Nuremberg, some of the first stirrings of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2017
Four Mums in a Boat by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
April 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough....
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom by Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
The Girl from Aleppo Nujeen's Escape from War to Freedom
Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb
Poignant and honest this is one teenager’s experience of fleeing her homeland, a place that had once meant family and tradition but is now torn apart by war. This eye-opening account takes us right to the heart of the journeys...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland
Henry the Young King, 1155-1183
Matthew Strickland
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. He was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, brother to the future Richard the Lionheart and “wicked” King John yet never King in his own right. Destined never to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/06/2016
Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson
Henry IV
Chris Given-Wilson
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Not one of the famous Henrys, not a “V” or an VIII”, but a modest “IV”, more unfamiliar to us general readers and thus more interesting, there are new things to learn about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2016
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the mad, the bad and the dangerous were thought to find...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper
Martin Luther
Lyndal Roper
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. This year is the anniversary of the events that we hold responsible for the beginning of the European Reformation in 1517. As it turns out, along with most other things about Martin Luther,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of medieval manuscripts and their history. With first-rate illustrations, we too...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young Soul Rebels is part personal autobiography of the acclaimed music...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw
Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when they leave school they take different paths as they fall...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
Elizabeth Jane Howard A Dangerous Innocence by Artemis Cooper
Elizabeth Jane Howard A Dangerous Innocence
Artemis Cooper
The authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard from the award-winning author of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
The True Story of Maxwell Knight Maxwell Knight: MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming
The True Story of Maxwell Knight Maxwell Knight: MI5's Greatest Spymaster
Henry Hemming
Known simply as M, Maxwell Knight is seen today as one of MI5's greatest spymasters. He was the first in MI5 to grasp the potential of training female agents. This book reveals the names and stories of seven men and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus
Soldier Spy
Tom Marcus
A footsoldier's account out on the street. A vivid picture of surveillance' Midweek, Radio 4 'Gripping. One of the most successful MI5 undercover surveillance officers of his time' Sun
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Floating A Life Regained by Joe Minihane
Floating A Life Regained
Joe Minihane
Floating is the story of Joe Minihane's attempt to retrace the greatest swimming exploration of our time while facing up to his struggles with anxiety by diving right in. A brave, moving and inspirational story of wild swimming and succeeding...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
Gone A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym
Gone A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung
Min Kym
This is Min Kym's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and the intense, almost...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found by Tom Watkins
The Real Pet Detective True Tales of Pets Lost and Found
Tom Watkins
The Real Pet Detective is the story of 20 years of missing pets, their owners and Tom's team of expert pet investigators. From recording the owner's voice to lure cats from their hiding place, to organising a fly-over to raise...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag
The Durrells of Corfu
Michael Haag
Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant civil engineer, had died. It recalls the real life characters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime by Devika A. Rosamund
The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime
Devika A. Rosamund
In 1975, decades before ‘The Gap Year’ was commonplace, 22-year-old student Devika A. Rosamund fulfilled a life long dream to take time away from her studies in England to travel by herself to India. And not by hopping on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Messenger by Shiv Malik

The Messenger
Shiv Malik
Shiv Malik nearly lost his journalistic career after being duped by an informant, a reluctant jihadist. Now looking back after six years, Shiv Malik questions his own judgement, the public...

Taken by Rosie Lewis

Taken
Rosie Lewis
Experienced foster carer, Rosie Lewis, takes on the heart-breaking case of Megan, a baby born with a drug addiction and a cleft palate.

Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass

Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
March 2017 Book of the Month. A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training...

A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman's Work
Harriet Harman
From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no...

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World by Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe

The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World
Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
Illustrated with original photography, this title presents portraits of sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are...

The Unmumsy Mum Diary by The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum Diary
The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner
She's back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two...

Modern Women 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane

Modern Women 52 Pioneers
Kira Cochrane
March 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To quote from Jacky Fleming’s book, The Trouble with Women (listed in Like for Like Reading below) “Why...

Who I am by Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille

Who I am
Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille
The autobiography of acclaimed actor, model and chanteuse Charlotte Rampling. Highly personal, packed with photographs from her personal archive, Rampling recounts her childhood and youth as the daughter of an...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a...

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
Stephen Westaby
February 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Heart surgery is by its very nature a high-risk business and as Professor Stephen Westaby says ‘the grim reaper...

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell

Fathers and Sons
Howard Cunnell
Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

Love Like Salt A Memoir by Helen Stevenson

Love Like Salt A Memoir
Helen Stevenson
A beautifully written memoir, in the vein of H is for Hawk and The Last Act of Love, about mothers and daughters, and living the best life you...

Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful by Daniel Levin

Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful
Daniel Levin
Based on the author's first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, Nothing but a Circus offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen...

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
A splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes reads as fast as a novel as it unveils the real world behind the pages of mystery fiction. Himself an esteemed...

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801 by Roger Hutchinson

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801
Roger Hutchinson
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is a witty, insightful and surprising history of modern Britain, narrated through the colourful stories of the men and women who forged the...

The Wild Other A Memoir by Clover Stroud

The Wild Other A Memoir
Clover Stroud
The Wild Other is a powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, love, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses. Grippingly honest, powerful...

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