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London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford
London in the Company of Painters
Richard Blandford
September 2017 Non Fiction Book of the Month Richard Blandford shows London as represented in art from the C17 to C21, arranged by district it enables us to see the changes – to London and to artistic styles. This is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Deborah Cadbury
September 2017 Book of the Month There’s a picture in this book of Queen Victoria’s family at a garden party in 1875, a great crowd of Royalty spawned from her numerous prodigy. She became a grandmother and thought nothing of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
Kate Summerscale
This reads like a first rate crime novel but is in fact an analysis of real life events. It's so good it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. Said to have inspired Dickens, Willkie Collins and many,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017
Viking Britain An Exploration by Tom Williams
Viking Britain An Exploration
Tom Williams
Any historian dealing with the Vikings must firstly fight myth – those horned helmets to name but one and then there’s the sparsity of evidence from a people with so little in the way of written record. We do get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Month Before'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...

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