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Learn all about our past with books covering the history of the world. We have military history to world history books covering life-changing battles, wars, fascinating inventions and discoveries. We have a book covering every era imaginable for armchair historians of all ages.

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    The Treasures of British History

    Peter Snow

    Product Code: TOBH
    Hardback
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    Peter and Dan Snow, two of Britain's most popular historians, discuss the importance of 50 key documents in this incredibly informative hardback tome.

    Presented in eye-catching style, this book finds Peter and Dan offering an authoritative commentary explaining each document's criteria for selection and an examination of their pertinent details.

    From the Magna Carta to Hitler's letter to Chamberlain agreeing he'd never go to war and the official design for the FA Cup, these documents have been researched from the collections of The National Archives, The British Museum, The British Library and the National Records of Scotland.

    A must for all history enthusiasts!
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    Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

    Max Hastings

    Product Code: CSOD
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    What really happened on the night of the Dambusters raid?

    Following extensive research, acclaimed military historian Max Hastings urges us all to examine the Dambusters in more complex shades. Having grown up embracing the story of 24-year-old wing-commander Guy Gibson and his crew's bravery on 16 to 17 May 1943, Hastings reveals how although some of the legends are true, the team also made some devastating errors and mistakes.

    He sets the Dams Raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War and offers moving portraits of the young airmen who made the mission a success including Barnes Wallis, Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris and the tragic Guy Gibson.

    This is a superb narrative of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.
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    100 Speeches That Roused the World

    Colin Salter

    Product Code: HNDS
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    The speeches that stirred nations!

    This inspiring book tells the stories of world-changing speeches delivered through the ages. From ancient Greece all the way through to the modern day, the chronologically ordered entries are complemented by full-colour photograph and supporting text extracts.

    Among the speeches covered are Emmeline Pankhurst's Freedom or Death (1913), Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream (1963) and Malala Yousafzai's The Right of Education for Every Child (2013).
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    Writers: Their Lives and Works

    DK

    Product Code: WTLW
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    Bookworms and literature lovers will delve into this compendium full of over 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Each author, playwright and poet's profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait and a critical evaluation of their key ideas, themes and techniques.

    From the Middle Ages through to contemporary writers, this book offers a captivating insight into the lives, loves and influences of a number of extraordinary writers.
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    Churchill

    Christopher Catherwood

    Product Code: CHLL
    Hardback
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    Leading Winston Churchill scholar Dr. Christopher Catherwood reveals what the former prime minister - a man often declared the greatest statesman to have ever lived - was like as a man in this painstakingly researched biography. It's packed with photographs and artefacts from the former PM's life.

    Drawing on archive interviews, artworks and personal notes for some of Churchill's most famous and inspiring wartime speeches, this book explores his hidden history in detail. From being homesick while at boarding school to his successes and failures (he disastrous Gallipoli campaign and his blind spot over India), it reveals him to be a powerful, colourful and remarkable character.

    This is a must-read for anyone who is fascinated in political history and those who have gained an interest in the politician after seeing John Lithgow in The Crown or Gary Oldman's Oscar-winning performance in The Darkest Hour.
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    History of Britain & Ireland

    Product Code: HOBI
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    Know your British and Irish history with this definitive visual guide.

    Covering over 5,000 years, this stunning book traces the key events that have shaped the British Isles - all the way from the Elizabethan age of Shakespeare to the modern day.

    It has clear and concise accounts of famous discoveries, battles and people who changed the world including Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I and Winston Churchill.
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    Christmas - A Short History

    Andy Thomas

    Product Code: CASH
    Hardback
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    From solstice to Santa, explore the short history of the most wonderful time of the year...

    Andy Thomas' fascinating book looks over the diverse origins, figures and traditions of Christmas with evocative accounts, short stories and personal essays.

    He examines how despite a Puritan ban during the 1600s and the modern commercialisation of the celebration, 25 December has survived and continues to be a time for friends and family to come together and rejoice.
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    Today

    Edward Stourton

    Product Code: TDAY
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    Sixty world-changing stories from six decades of BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    Edited by Edward Stourton and complete with forewords by Nick Robinson and Martha Kearney and in introduction from the Today programme editor Sarah Sands, this book examines the impact of major events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and space exploration.

    A keepsake for any armchair historian or people interested in current affairs, this hardback book reflects our history and how one of the BBC's flagship radio programmes has tried to make sense of it all.
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    A Short History of London

    Simon Jenkins

    Product Code: ASHL
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    Take a walk through the history of London...

    Simon Jenkins, the acclaimed author of A Short History of England, turns his attention to the nation's capital in this eye-opening narrative history. He reveals how the city evolved from humble beginnings to become an industrial hub and the centre of the largest empire in history before taking its place as one of the world's greatest cities.

    Simon examines all the key events, individuals and trends that have shaped London and helped it become such a special place. He draws on impeccable research and his own experiences to give a personal and authoritative account of the Old Smoke.
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    Armchair General

    Stuart Thresher

    Product Code: ARMC
    Hardback
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    Enjoy a journey through history without leaving your home...

    Armchair General provides concise accounts of major British battles that changed the course of history on all five continents for every day of the year - from Viking invasions and Agincourt to Waterloo, Passchendaele and the War on Terror...

    The book is presented in calendar days with all the great battles included and many lesser known, always British but often in conjunction with the Commonwealth and our other allies.

    It looks over the politics, economics, geography and strategies behind each conflict.
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    The Little Book of Big History

    Ian Crofton

    Product Code: LBBH
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    Ian Crofton's The Little Book of Big History will take you all the way from the beginning of our planet through to what's in store for our future. It's a concise, accessible and authoritative account of humanity.

    It incorporates everything from the Big Bang to modern day theories and will help you understand the entire story of the cosmos in an accessible way.

    Breaking down the main themes of the universe, this is an informative and essential guide for anyone interested in space and the universe. It includes a timeline that explains how we came to be.
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    To War With the Walkers

    Annabel Venning

    Product Code: WWTW
    Hardback
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    How would it feel if all your sons and daughters were caught up in war?

    Annabel Venning tells the incredible true story of four brothers and two sisters (the Walker children including her grandfather, Walker) who were swept along by the momentous events of the Second World War.

    She reveals how each sibling faced an extraordinary struggle for survival despite their vastly different circumstances: Harold was a surgeon and Ruth a nurse while Peter, Edward and Walter all fought on the frontline. Meanwhile, glamorous Bee had her sights set on everlasting happiness with an American suitor...
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    Invasion: D-Day and Operation Overlord in 100 Moments

    Scott Addington

    Product Code: INVA
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    Scott Addington's Invasion! D-Day & Operation Overlord in One Hundred Moments has been published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June, 1944.

    This illustrated book contains a range of facts, myth busters and biographies that will help you understand how the Allies succeeded in the invasion that was codenamed 'Overlord'.

    It reveals how D-Day was postponed for 24 hours due to bad weather and how much infantrymen were paid for their work. It also offers fascinating tidbits like the fact only 15% of paratroopers landed in the right place and the role of new gadgets including a flame-throwing tank nicknamed 'the crocodile'.
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    The Man Who Was Saturday

    Patrick Bishop

    Product Code: MWWS
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    Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his death, The Man Who Was Saturday is Patrick Bishop's eye-opening and action-packed biography of Airey Neave - a World War II hero, spymaster and politician who was murdered in the House of Commons car park in 1979.

    Examining the life, war and death of Airey, this book reveals how he was the first British officer to escape from Colditz and how (while using the code name 'Saturday') he became a key figure in the IS9 escape which helped hundreds of Allies out of Occupied Europe.

    As well as getting mixed up in several great spy scandals, Airey was also a trained lawyer who served indictments on the Nazi leaders during the Nuremburg war trial. As if that wasn't enough, he was also the man who helped get Margaret Thatcher into power in 1975...

    His death in 1979 is just as remarkable as his life. A bomb was placed beneath his car while he was driving up the ramp of the House of Commons underground car park, killing him instantly and although the murder was claimed by Irish Republican group the INLA, the killers have never been identified.
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    If I Could Tell You Just One Thing...

    Richard Reed

    Product Code: IYCT
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    Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed's inspiring book brings together the best quotes of advice he has been given by a host of politicians, actors, sports personalities and celebrities.

    Featuring wisdom and insight from the likes of Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench, Bear Grylls, Ruby Wax and Heston Blumenthal, this beautiful book (with orange sprayed edges and pen-and-ink portraits of each famous face by the talented Samuel Kerr) is packed with quips, tips and so much more advice that covers various aspects of life and its foibles.

    Perfect for dipping in and out of, this gift book is a treasure trove of the encounters Richard has had with a wide range of famous faces over the years - and the advice they gave that he believes will lead you to a better life.
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    Churchill: The Life

    Max Arthur

    Product Code: URCH
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    Commemorating 50 years since the death of Winston Churchil, this is a unique illustrated biography for anyone interested in the history of Britain.

    It includes rare and previously unpublished images from the vaults of the Churchill Archive Centre and family pictures from the Broadwater collection. Written by historian Max Arthur, the book covers everything from Churchill's youth and early military career through to the First and Second World Wars and his post-war life.

    Endlessly fascinating, it includes timelines, speech drafts, telegrams and insights into Churchill's key influences, acquaintances and family.
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    Art

    Andrew Graham Dixon

    Product Code: ARTY
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    This beautiful book offers a definitive visual historical timeline of art - all the way from classical Greek art and the Italian Renaissance through to modern-day masterpieces.

    Featuring masterpieces from artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Van Gogh, this reference book reveals key facts about art movements and their origins and influences and examines the matter and methods used by each artist.
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    Underground

    Will Hunt

    Product Code: UNDR
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    Urban adventurer Will Hunt has explored all kinds of incredible underground places - from caves and catacombs to subways systems and spectacular mines.

    In this narrative history, he explains why we find the world beneath our feet so intriguing and how we excavate in search of both scientific truth and to learn about mythology, magic and spirits. He also explains how we dig in search of riches; hide secrets and bury toxic waste...

    He explores the Paris underground; reveals what can be found under the dwellings in Turkey; and heads into South Dakota's abandoned mines with NASA scientists.
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    DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books

    Product Code: DCVH
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    Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are instantly recognisable superheroes all over the world and this eight-book collection covers over seven decades of DC Comics on a year-by-year and month-by-month basis.

    Packed with original comic book art by famed illustrators including Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Adam Hughes, these hardback books cover all the way from 1935 to the present day: The Bronze Age, The Silver Age, The Golden Age and The Modern Age. All presented in chronological order, each volume features key character profiles and guides to the iconic cities.

    With the success of the DC films, this is a must-have compendium for DC fans. In fact, when they receive the set they'll have a smile as big as The Joker's... These hardback books come presented in a keepsake slipcase.

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    Leaders Who Changed History

    DK

    Product Code: LEAD
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    This fully illustrated DK hardback looks at the leaders who have had a lasting impact on the history of the world - from presidents to prophets and conquerers to CEOs.

    It features accessible biographical profiles of good, evil, successful and tragic figures alongside specially commissioned portraits in eye-catchingly bold artwork styles and also contains photographs and infographics any armchair historian will be happy to pore over.

    Among the leaders and legacies you can learn about are Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Elizabeth I, Cleopatra and Emmeline Pankhurst. This immersive book covers their lives, motivations, achievements and innovations.
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    White King

    Leanda de Lisle

    Product Code: WHKG
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    As the man in charge at the time the nation entered the Civil War, Charles I's reign is one of the most dramatic in history. However, Charles as a man was an elusive individual. He is often regarded as weak and his wife, Henrietta Maria, as spoilt but Leanda de Lisle's thoroughly researched biography reveals him to be principled and brave but also blinkered.

    Charles I is revealed to be a complex man who pays the price for bringing radical change; Henrietta Maria a warrior queen and political player as impressive as any Tudor. This book also focuses on the cousins who befriended and betrayed the royal couple - the peacocking Henry Holland, whose brother engineered the king's fall and the 'last Boleyn girl' Lucy Carlisle.

    This is an almost unbelievable story that ties in everything from populist politicians and religious war to a new media and reshaping of the nation where women vied with men for power.
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    Events that Changed the World

    Product Code: ETCW
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    This book looks at how the world has changed since the beginning of the 20th century and how various major events have shaped the way we live. It has sections dedicated to humanity and liberty, culture and society, technology, medicine, science, space and the environment and politics and war.

    From the optimistic excitement at the start of the century when extraordinary scientific breakthroughs and new inventions were promising so much to the tumultuous and violent battles that followed, it's a whirlwind read through modern history.

    Covering culture, humanity, war, science and space among many other elements, this book covers everything from the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of JFK to the release of the first personal computer. Other events include The Beatles releasing 'Please Please Me', the moon landing and the Chernobyl Disaster.
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    Dominion - Peter Ackroyd

    Peter Ackroyd

    Product Code: DHEV
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    Peter Ackroyd continues his History of England series with Dominion. This impressive hardback tome will delight any armchair historian.

    This book takes us from post-Battle of Waterloo Britain in 1815 though to the last years of the Regency and death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Ackroyd casts his eye over William IV's reign that saw the modernisation of the political system and the abolition of slavery, the accession of Queen Victoria and technological progress including the invention of steam railways and the first telegram.

    This richly detailed book also looks at industrialisation and the sheer amount of great literature that was written during this era (Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth and, of course, Dickens). It celebrates a time when Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.
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    The Second World War

    David Horner

    Product Code: TSWW
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    Written by nine eminent historians, this eye-opening book focuses on the men and women who lived and died during the Second World War.

    This tome draws on contemporary documentation, private writings and historical research to show what life was like for people ranging from soldiers to factory workers and civilians.

    This is an evocative and essential account of the period between 1939 and 1945 that changed the world forever.
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If you want to delve into the history of the world, from ancient eras to modern times, then take a look through our extensive range of history books. Whether you’re a history buff or just starting to explore this interesting topic, we have so many brilliant books on history for you to read.

Fascinating historical figures

Kings, queens, military leaders, writers and more are all given starring roles in our range of brilliant books about history. Our history books are full of revealing accounts of the lives of the people that have impacted our world.

Fierce battles

Discover the causes and outcomes of some of the most significant battles the world has ever seen. Whether you are fascinated by the World Wars or prefer finding out about time periods long before, we have books about history that explore how some of the most brutal battles in history have led us up to now.

Delve into the stories of the past

Uncover stories from the past that have been forgotten or overlooked over the years. From modern history to times long gone, there is much to explore in our best history books.