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20th Century Battlefields

by Dan Snow & Peter Snow

In this riveting book, political journalist Peter Snow and military historian Dan Snow bring to life the most intense and bitterly fought battles of the 20th century - from the apocalyptic terrain of the Western...


Black Water: By Strength and By Guile

by Don Camsell

Don Camsell joined the men in black of the SBS in 1974. From the deserts of Oman to the hills of Port Stanley, from the bottom of Gibraltar harbour to the deep, cold, black waters of Loch Long and from the QE2...


Coventry's Motorcar Heritage

by Damien Kimberley

Coventry, home of the cycle industry, was also to become the birthplace of the motor industry when the Daimler Company became the first in Britain to mass produce cars in the late 1890s. Spearheaded by H J Lawson,...


Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy

by Patrick O'brian

A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels. This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily...


Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution

by Lindsey Hilsum

A vivid and astonishing reckoning with the Gaddafi regime, from one of our most acclaimed and gifted international journalists

 

The fall of Muammar Gaddafi, who was for forty-two years the great autocrat-madman...


Life in a Victorian Workhouse

by Peter Higginbotham

The word 'workhouse' has a grim resonance even today, conjuring up a vision of the darker side of Victorian Britain. Almost every town had at least one workhouse, and most people dreaded ending up there. Here...


The Ripper Code

by Thomas Toughill

The Ripper Code is a fascinating combination of literary and conventional detective work, which is as original as it is enthralling. After showing that the official Ripper files contain little of forensic interest,...


The Piltdown Man Hoax: Case Closed

by Miles Russell

Piltdown. Even today the names sends a shiver down the collective spine of the scientific community, for this was the most dramatic and daring fraud ever perpetrated upon the world of science and academia. Between...


The SS: A History 1919-1945

by Robert Lewis Koehl

The SS grew out of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's obsession to prevent the treachery they believed to have caused the German defeat in the First World War. The SS was to be an elite corps of politically...


A Harpenden Childhood Remembered: Growing Up in the 1940s and '50s

by John Cooper

A Harpenden Childhood Remembered takes us on a fascinating journey through the picturesque village in the 1940s and '50s. John Cooper vividly recalls the dark days of the Second World War - air raids, rationing,...


Old Wives' Tales: The History of Remedies, Charms and Spells

by Mary Chamberlain

We may all know that dandelions make us wet the bed, and that stewed prunes are a cure for constipation, but how many of us were aware that a poultice of chicken manure is a remedy for baldness? Or that eel...


Charles Dickens: A Critical Study

by George Gissing

When this study first appeared in 1898 it was praised as the first piece of thorough and level-headed criticism of Charles Dickens and his works. Published at a time when Dickens' literary reputation was at...


A Warwickshire Childhood: No Cakes For Tea

by Eveline A Hughes

This collection of memories follows a Warwickshire girl as she grows up during an era of huge transformation in Britain. Written to reflect her childhood impression of the world around her, this memoir reminds...


Genghis Khan

by James Chambers

Genghis Khan, the thirteenth century emperor, is known for his bloodthirsty, ruthless campaigns; however he was also one of the greatest commanders in history. Though a master of terror - his campaigns in northern...


The Stuart Courts

by Eveline Cruickshanks

The regal courts of the English Stuart kings, from James I (1603-1625) to the ill-fated James II (1685-1689), were magnificent affairs. In a country otherwise given to increasingly austere Puritan ways of living,...


1916 And All That: A Completely Complete History of Ireland

by C M Boylan

1916 And All That is an extremely funny and irreverent satirical history of Ireland. The central assumption behind '1916 And All That' is that, despite all of the compulsory school lessons and exams taken, there...


The Cable: The Wire That Changed the World

by Gillian Cookson

The compelling story of how the first transatlantic cable was laid - the people who dared, the people who lost, and the people who profited. The Cable tells of the dramatic efforts to lay the Atlantic telegraph...


Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York

by John Ashdown-Hill

In 1455 John Howard was an untitled and relatively obscure Suffolk gentleman. At the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 he was Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Admiral and a very rich...


Eat Thy Neighbour: A History of Cannibalism

by Daniel Diehl & Mark F Donnelly

In Eat Thy Neighbour the authors put cannibalism into its social and historical perspective. Even in an age when almost nothing is sacred numerous prohibitions surround the subject. However, there is some dark...


Olde Nottinghamshire Punishments

by Ian Morgan

Generation after generation has come up with new forms of punishment to inflict on those guilty (and sometimes innocent) of crimes against property and person. From the stocks and pillory, to flogging, ducking...