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The Illustrated Christmas Cracker

by John Julius Norwich

For over forty years, John Julius Norwich has been sending out his Christmas Crackers - a personal collection of quirky quotes and literary odds and ends - to his friends instead of a Christmas card. In The...


More Dynamite: Essays 1990-2012

by Craig Raine

More Dynamite anthologizes a wealth of essays by a writer with one of the keenest critical eyes of his generation. Craig Raine - poet, critic, novelist, Oxford don and editor - turns his fearsome and unflinching...


Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain

by Christian Wolmar

The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination...


The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

by Christian Wolmar

Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has had played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination...


Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

by Louis Barfe

Louis Barfe's elegantly written, authoritative and highly entertaining history charts the meteoric rise and slow decline of the popular recording industry.

Barfe shows how the 1920s and 1930s saw the departure...


Turned Out Nice Again: The Story of British Light Entertainment

by Louis Barfe

With a cast of thousands, including Peter Cook, Ken Dodd, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan, Rolf Harris, Bruce Forsyth and Reeves and Mortimer, Turned Out Nice Again reveals a world of comedians and cavorters,...


The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration

by David Goodhart

One of Britain's most influential centre-left thinkers examines UK immigration policy and argues that there have been unforeseen consequences which urgently need to be addressed.

In The British Dream, David Goodhart...


The Last King of Lydia

by Tim Leach

A brilliant and strikingly original debut novel, The Last King of Lydia imagines the bloody rise and fall of Croesus, 'the richest man on earth', and powerfully shows how happiness, even for those who have everything,...


The See-Saw: 100 Ideas for Work-Life Balance

by Julia Hobsbawm

In a society where women and men are under constant pressure to juggles their commitments as partners, parents and workers, The See-Saw offers life-changing tips and case studies to inspire and reassure you...


Union Jack: The Story of the British Flag

by Nick Groom

Known the world over as a symbol of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack is an intricate construction based on the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick. Nick Groom traces its long and fascinating past,...


Kissing Alice

by Jacqueline Yallop

Arthur Craythorne has barely married Queenie May when he is called away to fight in the First World War. When he returns from the trenches, he is a changed man and his wife and two young daughters, Alice and...


Britannia: 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation

by Graham Stewart

In Britannia Graham Stewart traces two thousand years of an island's story - from Roman province to twenty-first century European nation-state - through one hundred historic documents. From the eighth-century...


Hemispheres

by Stephen Baker

When sixteen-year-old Danny's father, Yan, leaves their Teesside home to fight in the Falklands War, he never returns and Danny imagines he is either dead or has abandoned him and his mother for good. So when,...


Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways

by Christian Wolmar

Engines of War tells the dramatic story of how the railways revolutionized the nature of warfare, ushering in an age of industrialized conflict in which wars were fought on a previously unimaginable scale. From...


To Sea and Back: The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon

by Richard Shelton

The Atlantic salmon is an extraordinary and mysterious fish. In To Sea and Back, Richard Shelton combines memoir and deep scientific knowledge to reveal, from the salmon’s point of view, both the riverine...


London Calling: A Countercultural History of London since 1945

by Barry Miles

London has long been a magnet for aspiring artists and writers, musicians and fashion designers seeking inspiration and success. In London Calling, Barry Miles explores the counter-culture - creative, avant...


The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera

by Daniel Snowman

The Gilded Stage is a comprehensive tour of the world of opera. From its origins in the courts of northern Italy, to its internationally recognised position in modern culture, Snowman explores the social history...


Falling

by Olivia Liberty

Imogen Green is gone. Her favourite underwear is not in her drawer, her sexy summer dress no longer hangs in the wardrobe and her passport is not in the bureau. She has left her cat, her garden and her boyfriend,...


Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves: How the Victorians Collected the World

by Jacqueline Yallop

During the Victorian age, British collectors were among the most active, passionate and eccentric in the world. Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves tells the stories of some of the nineteenth century's most intriguing...


Slow-Tech: Manifesto for an Over-Wound World

by Andrew Price

A sailor crossing the Atlantic in a small yacht would want to minimize excess baggage. But it would be unthinkable not to carry more fresh water than seemed necessary, to survive unexpected calms or storms....