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The Trigger
The Trigger Tim Butcher
A trek through the Balkans, an exploration of the life of an assassin (the teenager who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and so triggered the First World War), and a journey into the history of this complex and fascinating part of the world...
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The Catholics
The Catholics Roy Hattersley
The story of Catholicism in Britain from the Reformation to the present day, from a master of popular history – 'A first-class storyteller' The Times
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The Tunnel Through Time
The Tunnel Through Time Gillian Tindall
The doyenne of London history travels over and under our great capital to reveal the layers of human existence underlying the Crossrail route as the new line through the heart of London takes shape
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A Bold and Dangerous Family
A Bold and Dangerous Family Caroline Moorehead
Following two bestselling books on the French Resistance, including the Samuel Johnson-shortlisted Village of Secrets, Caroline Moorehead turns her attention to the anti-fascist movement in Italy.
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Queer City
Queer City Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way – through the history and experiences of its gay population.
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Flaneuse Lauren Elkin
Part memoir, part biography, part cultural meander, an irresistibly intelligent literary walk through the lives of wandering women: about how, by putting one foot in front of the other, we can sometimes stumble upon different routes in our lives
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Dadland Keggie Carew
A daughter’s journey into her father’s past – a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness, mischief and fierce love
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Icebreaker Horatio Clare
Bestselling travel writer Horatio Clare joins an icebreaker for a voyage through the ice-packs of the far north
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Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl
Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl Margaret Forster
The diary of an ordinary schoolgirl living in Carlisle in 1954 -- a perfectly preserved period piece from one of the UK's favourite novelists
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Lost Years
Lost Years Christopher Isherwood
'His writing soon becomes addictive as one self-disclosure follows another. What better recommendation for a diary could there be?' - The Times
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The Pineapple
The Pineapple Francesca Beauman
A brilliant and delicious history for all to devour...
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The Irish Game
The Irish Game Matthew Hart
'A highly readable account of the way criminal lowlife gets involved with great art...written in a sharp thrillerish style...a diverting mixture of mad daring and blind incompetence on both the right and wrong sides of the law' Daily Mail
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Dancing to the Precipice
Dancing to the Precipice Caroline Moorehead
Lucie de la Tour du Pin was the Pepys of her generation: her diaries provide a vivid picture of Versailles, the French Revolution and Napoleon. This richly textured, highly enjoyable and evocative biography shows us an extraordinary woman in the midst of her extraordinary times.
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Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated
Nobody Told Us We Are Defeated Rory McCarthy
There are many books about Iraq, but few that explore the thoughts and actions of the Iraqi people as they deal with occupation. As correspondent for the Guardian Rory McCarthy spent two and a half years on the ground. His brilliantly compelling, insightful book focuses on the lives of a group of Iraqis in order to retell the story from their point of view.
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Footprints in Paris
Footprints in Paris Gillian Tindall
Unique book about the Left Bank and five generations of a family - all of whom left their footprints in the same narrow streets, and all of whom found refuge and rejuvenation in Paris.
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Village of Secrets
Village of Secrets Caroline Moorehead
From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands who were pursued by the Gestapo during World War II.
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Birth Tina Cassidy
This page-turning -- and jaw-dropping -- history of childbirth is 'a wonder of a book... a must read for anyone who's ever been born' (Mary Roach)
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Shapely Ankle Preferr'd
Shapely Ankle Preferr'd Francesca Beauman
Published for Valentine’s Day - a lively history of Lonely Hearts ads, and the stories that go with them
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Wits and Wives
Wits and Wives Kate Chisholm
A fresh look at Dr Johnson and the lives and times of his circle of women
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The War Poems Of Wilfred Owen
The War Poems Of Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen was the greatest poet of the First World War - his best work is collected here, published in a new hardback edition to commemorate the end of the war that Owen has taught us never to forget
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Affirming Isaiah Berlin
The fourth and final volume of Isaiah Berlin’s much admired letters
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The Mayflower Generation
The Mayflower Generation Rebecca Fraser
The epic story of one family’s flight from England and the life they forged amongst the Indians in America
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Political Ideas In The Romantic Age
Political Ideas In The Romantic Age Isaiah Berlin
Isaiah Berlin's longest continuous work - and therefore of key importance to anyone interested in the history of ideas.
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A Little History of British Gardening
A Little History of British Gardening Jenny Uglow
A new edition, with new material, of this hugely popular romp through British gardening from the stone-age to today. Thoroughly engaging, immensely successful, beautifully packaged.
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