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London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford
London in the Company of Painters
Richard Blandford
October 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
October 2017 Non-Fiction 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Queens of the Conquest England's Medieval Queens by Alison Weir
Queens of the Conquest England's Medieval Queens
Alison Weir
The story of England's medieval queens is vivid and stirring, packed with tragedy, high drama and even comedy. In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017
Ludwig Wittgenstein An Intellectual Biography by Miles Hollingworth
Ludwig Wittgenstein An Intellectual Biography
Miles Hollingworth
After the triumph of his intellectual biography, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Miles Hollingworth now turns his attention to one of Augustine's greatest contemporary admirers: a pioneering insight into the life and work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Course of History Ten Meals That Changed the World by Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh
The Course of History Ten Meals That Changed the World
Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh
An examination of 10 meals, not celebrated for any gourmet delights that might have been on show but for when they happened and who was at the dinner table. These meals changed history, starting with dinner on the eve of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2017
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
Victoria and Albert - A Royal Love Affair Official Companion to the ITV Series by Daisy Goodwin
Victoria and Albert - A Royal Love Affair Official Companion to the ITV Series
Daisy Goodwin
The second tie-in to ITV drama Victoria unveils the complex, passionate relationship of Victoria and Albert.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017
The Second World War in 100 Objects by Julian Thompson, Allan Millett
The Second World War in 100 Objects
Julian Thompson, Allan Millett
The Second World War was a seminal event in world history. The story of its battles and key events is a familiar one, but The Second World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on this global phenomenon by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The First World War in 100 Objects by Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War in 100 Objects
Professor Gary Sheffield
The First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
Journey An Illustrated History of Travel by DK
Journey An Illustrated History of Travel
DK
A lavishly illustrated account of human journeys with a foreword by Simon Reeve, from Ancient Persian couriers to the ascent of Everest, the invention of Concorde, and the voyage into space itself. Discover biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travellers, stories...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

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...

The Month Before'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...

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