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This Month's Featured Books

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
The Marches by Rory Stewart
The Marches
Rory Stewart
A very personal history of the boundary between Scotland and England, endlessly walking the border country Rory Stewart realises it is really another country, a middleland with its own lost history, our current borders just lines on a map arbitrarily...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2016
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
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
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 - by Malachy Tallack whose 60 Degrees North was published to...
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
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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

The Month Before'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...

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