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Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World by Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood
Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World
Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood
Hearing of this title my heart sunk a little, a book filled with (mostly) Victorian moustache twiddling tales of derring do – or so I thought - how wrong can you be? Instead the word journey has been interpreted in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History by
Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History

A fact-filled journey through 100 years of world history, exploring famous people and events in addition to lesser-known historical happenings. 100 Amazing Years presents a concise, punchy analysis of years and personalities which instigated big changes and were particularly formative...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/11/2016
The SAS 1983-2014 by Leigh Neville
The SAS 1983-2014
Leigh Neville
Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. This book sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/12/2016
Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters by Nigel Spivey
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 secure grasp of the nature of our Greek and Roman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy
Elizabeth The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016. This gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth I's life and times - often told in her own words ('You know I am no morning woman') - reveals a woman who is fallible, increasingly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack
The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
Malachy Tallack
Winner of The Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017. An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they all have one thing in common, they don’t exist -...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2016
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs by Emma White
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Emma White
Dogs as hunters, fighters, companions and helpers – all feature in this compendium of 100 dogs famous and otherwise. There are dogs in fact - revealing some little-known stories of bravery and love and dogs from fiction too – the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2016
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre
SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History
Ben Macintyre
From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS. An exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray
A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection
Jenni Murray
In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians - all pushed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Revolution A History of England Volume IV by Peter Ackroyd
Revolution A History of England Volume IV
Peter Ackroyd
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's enthralling History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a famous victory. In it, Ackroyd takes readers from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/09/2016
Augustine Conversions and Confessions by Robin Lane Fox
Augustine Conversions and Confessions
Robin Lane Fox
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. Augustine is the person from the ancient world about whom we know most. He is the author of an intimate masterpiece, the Confessions, which continues to delight its many admirers....
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016
A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions by Mark Forsyth
A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas. Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

The Making of the British Landscape From the Ice Age to the Present by Nicholas Crane

The Making of the British Landscape From the Ice Age to the Present
Nicholas Crane
The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the twenty-first century, by prize-winning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of COAST.

Blitzed Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler

Blitzed Drugs in Nazi Germany
Norman Ohler
The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives. The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman...

Between the Wars 1919-1939 by Philip Ziegler

Between the Wars 1919-1939
Philip Ziegler
Renowned biographer and historian Philip Ziegler tackles the great cultural and social events, flashpoints and diplomatic wrangles that led the world from the First to the Second World War.

The Peter & Dan Snow's Treasures of British History by Peter Snow, Dan Snow

The Peter & Dan Snow's Treasures of British History
Peter Snow, Dan Snow
Take a spirited tour of British history, as told through 50 key documents. From the Magna Carta to Hitler s letter to Chamberlain agreeing never to go to war, these...

Black and British An Untold Story by David Olusoga

Black and British An Untold Story
David Olusoga
Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries. Black and British is a vital re-examination of a...

The Month Before's Featured Books

In Their Own Words Letters from History by The National Archives

In Their Own Words Letters from History
The National Archives
The way we communicate has changed. Today, many of our interactions are digital, but until recently writing letters was the norm. Drawing from over 100 miles of records held at...

Churchill's Legacy Two Speeches to Save the World by Alan Watson

Churchill's Legacy Two Speeches to Save the World
Alan Watson
Churchill's Legacy describes how Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the...

Bad Girls Throughout History 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

Bad Girls Throughout History 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
Ann Shen
Bad Girls Throughout History features some of the fiercest women of all time - the famous, the infamous, and the ones you haven't even heard of yet. Explore the notable...

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