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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 1999. This has really become the ‘go to’ book if you want to know the events that occurred in October 1942 for the battle of Stalingrad. Shocking, stunning and compelling this book shows the true horrors and costs of war as well as the bravery of soldiers. Their strength and courage should not be forgotten and this book is essential reading.
History is boring? Well think again. This piece of history and literature by Charles Dickens provides a fast-paced, relevant, exciting history with witty observations and compelling narrative, which will capture a child’s (and parents) imagination. It’s an absolutely fascinating treasure trove to delve in to. This spectacular new edition has been carefully edited and lightly abridged to ensure that children in the 21st century will gain as much and more from it than those who read it 150 years before.
Just the kind of quizzical book you would expect from Jeremy Paxman. He questions the character, history, ways and obsessions of the English in the same way he might grill a politician although here he is the one providing the answers or his rather his opinion. A great book to dip in to and full of interesting facts and fictions.
This has got loads of great historical gems including one about Simeon Stylites who died in 459 AD after spending 36 years on top of a narrow pillar to avoid pilgrims flocking to admire his asceticism. David Blaine eat your heart out!
This is a story of a remarkable woman who travelled to places women had never been at the time, meeting extraordinary people and influencing writers who are well respected today. She lived through periods of tremendous change and embraced the old and the new. For a truly inspiring and fascinating read treat yourself to a copy of this.
Revealing the dark side of those driven personalities which define history, History Greatest Scandal’s tells the story of people from all walks of life. From Caravaggio, the painting genius who killed a man over a tennis match to US President Warren Harding, blackmailed by his mistress. Straying from the route of honour to make a quick buck, these true stories often rival the greatest fiction. Expect underhand deals, criminality and clandestine affairs.
A boys book if there ever was one! Fascinating synopsis of the contributions through history of spies and their sponsors. Doesn't get bogged down with irrelevant details and great to cherry pick your favourite moments from man's somewhat bloody past.
A great insight in to this remarkable man. What makes it all the more interesting is that the author collaborated with Sassoon’s son, George, and for the first time we get a very intimate portrait of one of our great literary figures.
As with his Forgotten Voices books Max Arthur has produced another book recounting the events and consequences of the First World War. Told through the voices of 21 war veterans this moving and compelling book is a must read so that we never forget the great debt owed to so many of that generation.
A comprehensive account of one of the most infamous battles of the First World War – The Somme. With many lives lost a lot has been written about mistakes and wrong decisions made but Hart tries to look at these in a less damning way than other historians have. He analyses why decisions were made by those in charge in an unbiased fashion and gives us great insight not only in to those leaders but also the minds of the ordinary soldiers fighting their own individual battles.
This work presents an intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year, we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw, and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays - Henry V , Julius Caesar , As You Like It , and, most remarkably, Hamlet.
October 2011 Guest Editor Philippa Gregory on Rodney Bolt... I am beginning to think that I am addicted to this book. I have read and re-read it. I love its shameless exploitation of history, its utter determination to tell its own viewpoint, I love its sense of magic and the way that it brings Shakespeare’s plays into the life of Europe at the time, and the way that Bolt pursues an extraordinary theory about the authorship with such energy and elegance that you come away utterly convinced - and pinching yourself at the same time. It is about the plays, it is also a play itself – a terrific entertainment and joke. It is not quite history, but not written as fiction, it is a delight.
History is such a broad and universal subject. After all, we’re all living through it and we all have our own. Here’s where you can get new perspectives on past events, discover a subject you’ve never explored or broaden your existing knowledge.
Our resident expert, Sue Baker, has compiled a wide range of great books covering everything from the major wars, or the creation of nations to the life-journeys of world-changing individuals. From social history (Family Britain by David Kynaston) and the World Wars (Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski) to the much loved periods of popular fiction authors (The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones; The Rise of the Tudors: The Family that Changed Britain by Chris Skidmore): From the realities of often romanticised times (The Knight who saved England by Richard Brooks) to the lives of history’s extraordinary people (Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence). You’ll find a resource here to fascinate on many levels. History without histrionics.