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Portillo's Hidden History of Britain

Hardback, 01/11/2018, £20.00
A compelling and evocative history of Britain through the stories of its `lost' or abandoned buildings, published to tie in with Channel 5's series of the same name.

Cryotron Files: The strange death of a pioneering Cold War computer scientist

Paperback, 04/04/2019, £9.99
The true life story of Dudley Buck, an American Cold War hero whose pioneering work with computer chips placed him firmly in the sights of the KGB.

Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London's Foundlings

Hardback, 11/04/2019, £20.00
The fascinating story of what happened to the orphaned and abandoned children of the London Foundling Hospital, and the consequences of Georgian philanthropy. From serving Britain's growing global empire in the Royal Navy, to the suffering of child workers in the Industrial Revolution, the Foundling Hospital was no simple act of charity.

Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves

Hardback, 22/08/2019, £25.00

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Paperback, 30/05/2019, £8.99
It's a fascinating story that [Palin] brings full-bloodedly to life.' Guardian `This is an incredible book . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.' Sunday Times`A great story .

Wicked Wit of Prince Philip

Hardback, 01/11/2017, £9.99
This joyous and timely book celebrates Prince Philip's supremely wicked wit - from his notorious one-liners to less newsworthy witticisms and wry humour.

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Paperback, 06/06/2019, £10.99
The definitive history of the Opium War between Britain and China in the nineteenth century, shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize.

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

Paperback, 25/07/2019, £9.99
The gripping life story of the great war correspondent Marie Colvin told by one of her closest friendsMarie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life.

Oblivion or Glory: 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill

Hardback, 24/09/2019, £20.00
An engaging and original account of 1921, a pivotal year for Churchill that had a lasting impact on his political and personal legacy

We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post War Britain

Hardback, 22/10/2019, £20.00
The story of the Jewish ex-servicemen who fought against Oswald Mosley after World War II

Maoism: A Global History

Paperback, 12/03/2020, £12.99
'A landmark work giving a global panorama of Mao's ideology filled with historic events and enlivened by striking characters' Jonathan Fenby Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the utopian turmoil of Mao's revolution in favour of authoritarian capitalism.

Nanny State Made Me: A Story of Britain and How to Save it

Hardback, 05/03/2020, £20.00
'He is as funny as Bryson and as wise as Orwell' Observer It was the spirit of our finest hour, the backbone of our post-war greatness, and it promoted some of the boldest and most brilliant schemes this isle has ever produced: it was the Welfare State, and it made you and I.

Empress of the East: How a Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire

Paperback, 07/01/2020, £12.99
The extraordinary story of a slave-girl who rose from concubine to become the Ottoman Empire's only queen.

Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill

Hardback, 18/06/2020, £20.00
In this major, wide-ranging new biography Andrew Adonis brings to life one of our greatest statesmen - a politician whose light is often unjustly hidden beneath that of his more celebrated contemporaries.

Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell's Protectorate

Hardback, 09/01/2020, £30.00
The story of the rise and fall of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate (1653-9), England's sole experiment in republican government - and one of the most extraordinary but neglected periods in British history.

Maurice Thorez: A Biography

Paperback, 31/10/2019, £28.99

Motherwell: A Girlhood

Hardback, 23/01/2020, £16.99
A stunning literary memoir about the author's relationship with her complicated mother and childhood for fans of WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Paperback, 05/09/2019, £12.99

Library Book

Paperback, 07/11/2019, £9.99
The bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief reopens the unsolved mystery of one of the most catastrophic library fires in history and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries.

Cold War Counterfeit Spies: Tales of Espionage - Genuine or Bogus?

Hardback, 30/07/2016, £25.00
An astonishing expose of previously celebrated spies.

At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6

Hardback, 30/06/2016, £19.99
The first detailed, in-depth look at the heads of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service. A New, extended edition

1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Hardback, 10/08/2017, £16.99
Did Martin Luther really post his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door in October 1517? Probably not, says Reformation historian Peter Marshall. But though the event might be mythic, it became one of the great defining episodes in Western history, a symbol of religious freedom of conscience which still shapes our world 500 years later.

Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria

Paperback, 30/07/2017, £10.99
Ground-breaking account of Syria's descent into chaos

Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain

Paperback, 13/07/2017, £9.99
The inspiring stories of ten great British entrepreneurs from the Elizabethan age to the present - how their genius made Britain great and shaped the global marketplace.

Albert Hourani's History of the Arab Peoples

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
Albert Hourani's A History of the Arab Peoples is unsurpassed as an overview of Arab history from the rise of Islam to the late twentieth century. Going far beyond political history, it provides a deep analysis of social, cultural and economic structures.

Chinua Achebe's An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Few works of scholarship have so comprehensively recast an existing debate as Chinua Achebe's essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Frank Dikotter's Mao's Great Famine

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Dikotter's 2010 masterpiece catalogues the tragedy and the cover-up of the hideous famine caused by the Great Leap Forward-Mao Zedong's disastrous attempt to jumpstart industrialization in China in the late 1950s.

Mahmood Mamdani's Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
In Citizen and Subject, Mahmood Mamdani challenges dominant views of the crisis of postcolonial Africa, particularly that the problems the continent faces are home grown. Citizen and Subject insists that the current crisis is the institutional legacy of colonialism.

Odd Arne Westad's The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions And The Making Of Our Times

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Westad's seminal 2005 work shifts the focus of Cold War studies from Europe to the post-World War II interventions by both the Soviet Union and the United States in the affairs of developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £10.99
The reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixteenth century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history, and has remained one of the most contested. This book explores a turbulent and endlessly fascinating era.

Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £30.00
Over a career spanning nearly fifty years Edward Garnett - editor, critic and publisher's reader - would become one of the most influential men in twentieth-century British literature.

Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl

Hardback, 07/12/2017, £10.99
24 July, SaturdayBought a pair of shorts - white, very short with two pockets. Algebra, 6th = 74%. Latin = 55% Thrilled! Eng Literature, Top = 79% but Lang. 4th = 60%. History top = 85% smashing! French 12th = 61%. Geography, disgusting, 2nd = 67%.

Fishers of Men

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £8.99

After Ireland: Irish Literature Since 1945 and the Failed Republic

Hardback, 12/10/2017, £25.00
A magisterial survey of the ways in which postwar Irish writers have witnessed the frustration of the promise of Irish independence.

1947: when now begins

Hardback, 20/10/2017, £16.99
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