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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
April 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 to account at Nuremberg, some of the first stirrings of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2017

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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 never King in his own right. Destined never to get...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/06/2016
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 of sloth and religious foot-dragging. Hemmed around by different but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2016
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 thus more interesting, there are new things to learn about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2016
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: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 turns out, along with most other things about Martin Luther,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Shortlisted for 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 True Story of Maxwell Knight Maxwell Knight: MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming
The True Story of Maxwell Knight 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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Month Before'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...

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