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David Abulafia THE BOUNDLESS SEA: THE HUMAN HISTORY OF THE OCEANS

Richard Atkinson MR ATKINSON’S RUM CONTRACT: THE STORY OF A TANGLED INHERITANCE

Antony Beevor ARNHEM: THE BATTLE FOR THE BRIDGES, 1944

Martin Bell WAR AND PEACEKEEPING: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON CONFLICT AND LASTING PEACE

Tracy Borman THE FALLEN ANGEL

Tim Bouverie APPEASING HITLER: CHAMBERLAIN, CHURCHILL AND THE ROAD TO WAR

Richard Buccleuch DRUMLANRIG: THE CASTLE, ITS PEOPLE AND ITS PAINTINGS

Ursula Buchan BEYOND THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS: A LIFE OF JOHN BUCHAN

Peter Caddick-Adams SAND AND STEEL: A NEW HISTORY OF D-DAY

Jung Chang BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER, RED SISTER: THREE WOMEN AT THE HEART OF TWENTIETH CENTURY CHINA

Tracy Chevalier A SINGLE THREAD

Tony Claydon THE REVOLUTION IN TIME: CHRONOLOGY, MODERNITY, AND 1688-89 IN ENGLAND

Patrick Cordingley CAPTAIN OATES

Chris Culpin SHP HISTORY YEAR 8

Danièle Cybulskie LIFE IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE: FACT AND FICTION

William Dalrymple THE ANARCHY: THE RELENTLESS RISE OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY

Lewis Dartnell ORIGINS: HOW THE EARTH SHAPED HUMAN HISTORY

Saul David CRUCIBLE OF HELL: OKINAWA – STALINGRAD OF THE PACIFIC

Daisy Dunn IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS: A LIFE OF PLINY

Patricia Fara A LAB OF ONE’S OWN: SCIENCE AND SUFFRAGE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Jonathan Fennell FIGHTING THE PEOPLE’S WAR: THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH ARMIES AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Catherine Fletcher BEAUTY AND THE TERROR: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE

Joanna Foat LUMBERJILLS: BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN ARMY

Helen Fry THE WALLS HAVE EARS: THE GREATEST INTELLIGENCE OPERATION OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Johnnie Gallop A MEMORY OF LIES

Ben Garrod SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT TYRANNOSAURUS REX?

Peter Gatrell THE UNSETTLING OF EUROPE: THE GREAT MIGRATION, 1945 TO THE PRESENT

Anne Glenconner LADY-IN-WAITING: MY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROWN

Jane Glover HANDEL IN LONDON: THE MAKING OF A GENIUS

Mark Goldie ROBERT MORRICE AND THE PURITAN WHIGS: THE ENTRING BOOK, 1677-1691

Thomas Grant COURT NUMBER ONE: THE TRIALS AND SCANDALS THAT SHOCKED MODERN BRITAIN

Peter Grimsdale WHEN BRITAIN RULED THE ROADS

Joanna Grochowicz AMUNDSEN’S WAY: THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE

Loyd Grossman AN ELEPHANT IN ROME: BERNINI, THE POPE AND THE MAKING OF THE ETERNAL CITY

Robert Hardman QUEEN OF THE WORLD

John Hare PARADISE DAMNED: THE TRAGEDY OF LAKE TURKANA

Max Hastings CHASTISE: THE DAMBUSTERS STORY 1943

Sudhir Hazareesingh BLACK SPARTACUS: THE EPIC LIFE OF TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE

Simon Heffer STARING AT GOD: BRITAIN IN THE GREAT WAR

Henry Hemming OUR MAN IN NEW YORK: THE BRITISH PLOT TO BRING AMERICA INTO THE SECOND WORLD WAR

John Hemming PEOPLE OF THE RAINFOREST: THE VILLAS BOAS BROTHERS, EXPLORERS AND HUMANITARIANS OF THE AMAZON

James Heneage BY BLOOD DIVIDED

Charlie Higson THE END (THE ENEMY BOOK 7)

Julian Hight BRITAIN’S ANCIENT FOREST: LEGEND AND LORE

James Holland NORMANDY ’44

Tom Holland DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND

Robert Hutton AGENT JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF MI5’S SECRET NAZI HUNTER

Dan Jones CRUSADERS: AN EPIC HISTORY OF THE WARS OF THE HOLY LANDS

Ben Kane LIONHEART

Tessa Keswick THE COLOUR OF THE SKY AFTER RAIN

Clement Knox STRANGE ANTICS: A HISTORY OF SEDUCTION

Alex Langlands CRAEFT: HOW TRADITIONAL CRAFTS ARE ABOUT MORE THAN JUST MAKING

Norman Leberecht GENIUS AND ANXIETY: HOW JEWS CHANGED THE WORLD 1847-1947

Hermione Lee TOM STOPPARD: A LIFE

Andrew Lownie THE MOUNTBATTENS: THEIR LIVES AND LOVES

Lara Maiklem MUDLARK: IN SEARCH OF LONDON’S PAST ALONG THE THAMES

Justin Marozzi ISLAMIC EMPIRES: FIFTEEN CITIES THAT DEFINE A CIVILISATION

Simon Mayall SOLDIER IN THE SAND: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Frank McDonough THE HITLER YEARS: DISASTER 1940-1945

Leo McKinstry ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL: ALLIES IN WAR, ADVERSARIES IN PEACE

David Miles THE LAND OF THE WHITE HORSE

Amanda Mitchison THE STORY OF ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL: THE MAN WHO BUILT BRITAIN

Charles Moore MARGARET THATCHER: HERSELF ALONE

Roger Moorhouse FIRST TO FIGHT: THE POLISH WAR 1939

Robert Morrison THE REGENCY REVOLUTION: JANE AUSTEN, LORD BYRON AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

Al Murray THE LAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS (GIVE OR TAKE) AND ALL THAT

James Naughtie ON THE ROAD: AMERICAN ADVENTURES FROM NIXON TO TRUMP

Michael Neiberg POTSDAM: THE END OF WORLD WAR II AND THE REMAKING OF EUROPE

Ariana Neumann WHEN TIME STOPPED: A MEMOIR OF MY FATHER’S WAR AND WHAT REMAINED

Patricia & Jean Owtram CODEBREAKING SISTERS: OUR SECRET WAR

Phillips Payson O’Brien HOW THE WAR WAS WON: AIR-SEA POWER AND ALLIED VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II

Thomas Penn THE BROTHERS YORK: AN ENGLISH TRAGEDY

Jess Phillips TRUTH TO POWER: HOW TO CALL TIME ON BULLSH*T, SPEAK UP & MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Agnès Poirier NOTRE-DAME: THE SOUL OF FRANCE

Edward Posnett HARVEST: THE HISTORY OF SEVEN NATURAL OBJECTS

Diana Preston EIGHT DAYS AT YALTA: HOW CHURCHILL, ROOSEVELT AND STALIN SHAPED THE POST-WAR WORLD

Samir Puri THE GREAT IMPERIAL HANGOVER: HOW EMPIRES HAVE SHAPED THE WORLD

Alexandra Richie WARSAW 1944; HITLER, HIMMLER AND THE CRUSHING OF A CITY

Sophy Roberts THE LOST PIANOS OF SIBERIA

Hallie Rubenhold THE FIVE: THE UNTOLD LIVES OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY JACK THE RIPPER

Adam Rutherford HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST: HISTORY, SCIENCE, RACE AND REALITY

Philippe Sands THE RATLINE: LOVE, LIES AND JUSTICE ON THE TRAIL OF A NAZI FUGITIVE

Jonathan Schneer THE LOCKHART PLOT: LOVE, BETRAYAL, ASSASSINATION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION IN LENIN’S RUSSIA

Timothy Schroder A MARVEL TO BEHOLD: GOLD AND SILVER AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII

Gary Sheffield IN HAIG’S SHADOW: BRIGADIER-GENERAL HUGO DE PREE AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Rebecca Simon WHY WE LOVE PIRATES: THE HUNT FOR CAPTAIN KIDD AND HOW HE CHANGED PIRACY FOREVER

Emma Southon AGRIPPINA: EMPRESS, EXILE, HUSTLER, WHORE

Dan Snow ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Tom Stoppard LEOPOLDSTADT

Julie Summers DRESSED FOR WAR: THE STORY OF AUDREY WITHERS VOGUE EDITOR,  FROM THE BLITZ TO THE SWINGING SIXTIES

Kate Thompson SECRETS OF THE HOME FRONT GIRLS

Laura Thompson TAKE SIX GIRLS: THE LIVES OF THE MITFORD SISTERS

Stella Tillyard GEORGE IV: KING IN WAITING

Alan Titchmarsh MARIGOLDS, MYRTLE AND MOLES

Daniel Todman BRITAIN’S WAR: A NEW WORLD 1942-1947

John Turner BOOM OR BUST: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF FINANCIAL BUBBLES

Mark Urban THE SKRIPAL FILES: THE LIFE AND NEAR DEATH OF A RUSSIAN SPY

Hester Vaizey BORN IN THE GDR: LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF THE WALL

Annabel Venning TO WAR WITH THE WALKERS

Nicholas Vincent JOHN: AN EVIL KING?

Graham Viney THE LAST HURRAH: THE 1947 ROYAL TOUR OF SOUTHERN AFRICA AND THE END OF THE EMPIRE

Christopher Whatley IMMORTAL MEMORY: BURNS AND THE SCOTTISH PEOPLE

Rowland White: HARRIER 809: BRITAIN’S LEGENDARY JUMP JET AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE FALKLANDS WAR

Abigail Williams THE SOCIAL LIFE OF BOOKS: READING TOGETHER IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY HOME

Rowan Williams THE BOOK OF TALIESIN

A. N. Wilson PRINCE ALBERT: THE MAN WHO SAVED THE MONARCHY

Andrew Ziminski THE STONEMASON: A HISTORY OF BUILDING BRITAIN

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