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The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
The First Day on the Somme
Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme is a compelling and intensely moving account of the blackest day in the history of the British army. Drawing on official sources from the time, and on the words of hundreds of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster by Andrew Macdonald
First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
Andrew Macdonald
A groundbreaking history of the first, horrific day of one of the most notorious, bloody offensives of all time, from its inept planning to its disastrous execution. Published for the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2016
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme by Gavin Stamp
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Gavin Stamp
This brilliant study by an acclaimed architectural historian tells the origin of the Edwin Lutyens' Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in the context of commemorating the war dead; it considers the giant classical brick arch in architectural terms, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis
The Missing of the Somme
Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis
The Missing of the Somme has become a classic meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan
Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Rosemary Sullivan
A painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators – her father, Josef Stalin. Epic in scope, it’s a revolutionary biography of a woman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Douglas Haig From the Somme to Victory by Professor Gary Sheffield, Saul David
Douglas Haig From the Somme to Victory
Professor Gary Sheffield, Saul David
Drawing on previously unknown private letters and new scholarship unavailable when The Chief was first published, eminent First World War historian Gary Sheffield reassesses Haig's reputation, assessing his critical role in preparing the army for war.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Red A Natural History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey
Red A Natural History of the Redhead
Jacky Colliss Harvey
A New York Times bestseller, Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling. More than just a book for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Lost Tommies by Ross Coulthart
The Lost Tommies
Ross Coulthart
'Lost Tommies' brings together stunning never-before-seen images of Western Front tommies and their amazing stories in a beautiful collection that is part thriller, part family history and part national archive. Beautifully reproduced, it is a unique collection and a magnificent...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916 by Robert J. Parker
An Illustrated Introduction to the Somme 1916
Robert J. Parker
Fascinated by history? Wish you knew more? The Illustrated Introductions are here to help. In this lavishly illustrated, accessible guide, find out everything you need to know about the Battle of the Somme.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
Elegy The First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
Elegy The First Day on the Somme
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts evokes the pity and the horror of the blackest day in the history of the British army - a summer's day-turned-hell-on-earth by modern military technology - in the words of casualties, survivors, and the bereaved.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Nikolaus Wachsmann
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. The first definitive history of the Nazi concentration camp system, KL will remain an essential read for years to come. Wachsmann explores the practice of institutionalised murder and inmate collaboration...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
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: 05/11/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires by Julie Summers

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires
Julie Summers
This is the book that inspired the major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing...

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India by Walter Reid

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India
Walter Reid
This is a fascinating yet controversial account of Britain's role in India in the lead up to Independence in 1947 and in particular the last three years. It is a...

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars by Adrian Tinniswood

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars
Adrian Tinniswood
Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to...

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

The House by the Lake
Thomas Harding
Revealing the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building: a nobleman farmer, a Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi...

Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital by Penny Starns

Sisters of the Somme True Stories from a First World War Field Hospital
Penny Starns
Based on the previously unpublished true stories of its nurses and medical staff, this book is a heart-warming account of the joys and sorrows of life in an extraordinary Somme...

Somme 1916 A Battlefield Companion by Gerald Gliddon

Somme 1916 A Battlefield Companion
Gerald Gliddon
Gerald Gliddon's classic survey of the Somme battlefield in 1916, first published in 1987 to great acclaim, has been greatly expanded and updated to include the latest research and analysis....

Somme 1916 Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme by Paul Kendall

Somme 1916 Success and Failure on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Paul Kendall
This important new study will reopen the debate about what really happed on the first day of the Somme. This book challenges the many myths and misconceptions surrounding the battle...

The Somme: A Visual History by Anthony Richards

The Somme: A Visual History
Anthony Richards
Over a million men from both sides became casualties in the long and bitter struggle on the Somme in 1916. This book tells this story through the unique collections of...

The Somme: By Those Who Were There by Bob Carruthers

The Somme: By Those Who Were There
Bob Carruthers
A fascinating anthology of eyewitness accounts from both the British and German perspective drawn from rare contemporary publications, documents held in archives and museums, field reports, regimental records, battalion and...

Too Important for the Generals Losing and Winning the First World War by Allan Mallinson

Too Important for the Generals Losing and Winning the First World War
Allan Mallinson
One of the great questions in the ongoing discussions and debate about the First World War is why did winning take so long and exact so appalling a human cost?...

Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme by Jolyon Fenwick

Zero Hour 100 Years on: Views from the Parapet of the Somme
Jolyon Fenwick
Jolyon Fenwick's eerily compelling photographs are accompanied by detailed maps and vivid descriptions of the day's events, detailing their awful human loss: out of 116,000 British and Empire troops committed...

24 Hours on the Somme My Experiences of the First Day of the Somme 1 July 1916 by Edward G.D. Liveing

24 Hours on the Somme My Experiences of the First Day of the Somme 1 July 1916
Edward G.D. Liveing
A rare and forgotten first hand account of the first day of the Battle of the Somme by a British infantry soldier who went 'over the top' and survived. Edward...

Somme by Lyn Macdonald

Somme
Lyn Macdonald
The year 1916 was one of the great turning-points in British history: as the youthful hopes of a generation were crushed in a desperate struggle to survive, and traditional attitudes...

Somme Into the Breach by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Somme Into the Breach
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
This book shows the extent to which the Allied armies were in fact able repeatedly to break through the German front lines. By focusing on the first-hand experiences of both...

The Blitzed City The Destruction of Coventry, 1940 by Karen Farrington

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a...

The Secret Life of Fighter Command by Sinclair McKay

The Secret Life of Fighter Command
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...

Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors by Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries

Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors
Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew...

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials, armaments or men to fight - Britain's unique vulnarability. It led to The Battle of...

The Celts by Dr. Alice Roberts

The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights, Alice Roberts provides a thoroughly readable introduction to the world of the Celts. There are intriguing new...

The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry...

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