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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
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
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
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
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

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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

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 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...

Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley

Sleep in Early Modern England
Sasha Handley
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. We face many clashing opinions about sleep today. But spare a thought for the hapless person in pre C18 England, harried by thoughts...

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...

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