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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.
The rags to riches story of Mary Robinson who started her career in a debtors prison yet rose to become the mistress of George IV
The colourful and often gruesome life of the 18th-century pioneering surgeon and anatomist John Hunter generally regarded as the father of modern medicine
A detailed account of military life in the First World War, the author has certainly done his research and gives the reader a real insight to the workings of the army, having gone through army records of the time, to see exactly what a soldiers day to day life would have been like. Fascinating reading.
From the Big Bang to today, science through history stories, which is so easy to read it becomes both fun and compulsive. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Apart from his bestselling humorous travel books, Bill Bryson had already notched up a couple of more serious books (about language) when, frustrated at the gaps in his own education in and understanding of science, he embarked on this massive effort to explain the world, the universe and everything from the Big Bang to where man came in, in an entertaining and accessible way. In so doing, he created the best and most successful book of popular science ever, which apart from winning prizes, went on to become the bestselling non-fiction book of the decade: a rewarding and landmark book with which I and my colleagues are terribly proud to have been associated.' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003. A major biography of one of literature’s most romantic and enigmatic figures, published in hardback to great acclaim: ‘one of the great biographies of recent times’ (Sunday Telegraph).
Between January and July 1919, after the war to end all wars, men and women from all over the world converged on Paris for the Peace Conference. At its heart were the leaders of the three great powers - Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau. Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes - from Armenian independence to women's rights. Everyone had business in Paris that year - T.E. Lawrence, Queen Marie of Romania, Maynard Keynes, Ho Chi Minh. There had never been anything like it before, and there never has been since. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China and dismissed the Arabs, struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; failed above all to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. They tried to be evenhanded, but their goals - to make defeated countries pay without destroying them, to satisfy impossible nationalist dreams, to prevent the spread of Bolshevism and to establish a world order based on democracy and reason - could not be achieved by diplomacy. This book offers a prismatic view of the moment when much of the modern world was first sketched out.
One of Hardeep Singh Kohli's favourite books. The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, is one of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated.
The authors had extensive access to documents from the Imperial War Museum to research this book and it certainly shows. The First World War saw some of the bloodiest battles in history and hearing about it in the words of those who witnessed these harrowing events makes for compelling reading.
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.