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Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland
Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer. John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992 aged 22, we...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son by Alex Hanscombe
Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son
Alex Hanscombe
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted and stabbed 49 times in front of her nearly three year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey by Dion Leonard
Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey
Dion Leonard
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A book to put a great big beaming (and somewhat tearful) smile on your face. ‘Finding Gobi’ documents the quite amazing story of one man’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie and the heyday of the British cozy school of crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of 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
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: Paperback - Released: 25/05/2017
Dad, You Suck by Tim Dowling
Dad, You Suck
Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling’s candid and highly humorous weekly Guardian column charts his life with his wife and three sons… unless they are cross with his exposés when they become ‘Sean his life partner and their three adopted research chimps’. Cherry picking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History
Ben Macintyre
75 years after it was set up, the SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story. It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben Macintyre full access to a treasure trove of unseen reports,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
One Man and a Mule Across England with a Pack Mule by Hugh Thomson
One Man and a Mule Across England with a Pack Mule
Hugh Thomson
In the Middle Ages, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a good 160 lbs of weight, they made ideal walking companions. Now, the author has revived that ancient tradition. Taking his cue...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/06/2017
Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s by Anne Sebba
Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
Anne Sebba
Anne Sebba has sought out and interviewed scores of women, and brings us their unforgettable testimonies. Her fascinating cast includes both native Parisiennes and temporary residents: American women and Nazi wives; spies, mothers, mistresses, artists, fashion designers and aristocrats. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2017
The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal by Michael Smith
The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal
Michael Smith
Could you betray your country? Not only turn your back on your friends, family, everything you have ever known but actively seek to destroy it? The Anatomy of a Traitor focuses on the critical moment in a spy's life: that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/06/2017
Passchendaele Requiem for Doomed Youth by Paul Ham
Passchendaele Requiem for Doomed Youth
Paul Ham
Through an examination of the culpability of governments and military commanders in a catastrophe that destroyed the best part of a generation, the author argues that Battle of Passchendaele, far from being a breakthrough moment, was the battle that nearly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens
Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
Nell Stevens
Hilariously funny, painfully honest, and beautifully observed, Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction and, in the end, a book about failing to write...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/06/2017
Jane Austen at Home A Biography by Lucy Worsley
Jane Austen at Home A Biography
Lucy Worsley
Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Jane Austen Treasury by Janet Todd
The Jane Austen Treasury
Janet Todd
The Jane Austen Treasury is a delightful collection of facts and insights into the life and times of the great novelist and the attitudes and customs that shaped both her and her work. Taking each of her novels in turn,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/05/2017
The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood by Paula Byrne
The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood
Paula Byrne
A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men by Manal Al-Sharif
Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men
Manal Al-Sharif
A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel. Daring to Drive is an account of Manal al-Sharif's fight for equality in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/06/2017
Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship by Ulrich Raulff
Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship
Ulrich Raulff
Farewell to the Horse is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. The intervention of horses was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/05/2017
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Battle by Paul O'Connell
The Battle
Paul O'Connell
As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion by Rick Broadbent
Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion
Rick Broadbent
Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his second world championship win, this is the Barry Sheene story as told like never before by the people who knew him best. It delves deep into the family history to get inside...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017
Believe by Nicola Adams
Believe
Nicola Adams
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her. Years of relentless training,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by Tim Shipman
All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class
Tim Shipman
All Out War is a book about leaders and their closest aides, the decisions they make and how and why they make them, as well as how they feel when they turn out to be wrong. It is about men...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
M Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming
M 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
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Helena Kelly
In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst
Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
Much needed light is shed on the isolating world of the deaf through the author’s own personal journey recounting how she gradually lost her hearing leaving her with rage then hard won acceptance only to find she had a condition...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/05/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

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
May 2017 Book of the Month. Poignant and honest this is one teenager’s experience of fleeing her homeland, a place that had...

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
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. Four...

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...

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
May 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...

Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed 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...

Mockingbird Songs My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt

Mockingbird Songs My Friendship with Harper Lee
Wayne Flynt
Beautifully written, intelligent and telling, this remarkable compendium of letters - a correspondence that lasted for a quarter century, from 1992 until Harper Lee's death in February 2016 - offers...

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
As one of only three musicians to sell over 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air. This book tells Phil Collins'...

The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost by Abdul Rahman Azzam

The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost
Abdul Rahman Azzam
A tale of a real-life Robinson Crusoe and his total retreat from human society. Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman,...

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life by John le Carre

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life
John le Carre
In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his...

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria by Annie Gray

The Greedy Queen Eating with Victoria
Annie Gray
Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with...

Passchendaele A New History by Nick Lloyd

Passchendaele A New History
Nick Lloyd
Between July and November 1917, in a small corner of Belgium, more than 500,000 men were killed or maimed, gassed or drowned - and many of the bodies were never...

Female Tommies The Frontline Women of the First World War by Elisabeth Shipton

Female Tommies The Frontline Women of the First World War
Elisabeth Shipton
The First World War saw one of the biggest ever changes in the demographics of warfare, as thousands of women donned uniforms and took an active part in conflict for...

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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