Non-Fiction

History Books

  • BHOB
    David Olusoga
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    Inspired by a landmark BBC Two programme, David Olusoga's Black and British: An Untold Story is a vital re-examination of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.

    Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, this book provides an unflinching history of black and white Britons and how they have been intimately entwined for centuries.

    From Roman Britain to Shakespeare's Othello and how black people were regarded during the medieval times, this book confronts taboos and reveals some previously unknown scandals.
  • THTW
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    The most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on history available, this bestselling book takes readers from the origins of mankind right through to the technological advancements of the modern day.

    The book with all the answers, it is very visually enticing and covers everything from the cavemen to the Cold War and Alexander the Great to global warming.

    The ultimate work of historical reference, it also contains short biographies of 100 of the world's key figures from history.
  • BGHI
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    With stunning visual timelines and special CGI reconstructions, this huge book from DK shows you history's greatest events in ways you have never seen before.

    Taking you from the formation of the universe right up to the present day, the brilliantly illustrated book looks at the major events that have changed the course of life on Earth. Bringing together a range of perspectives, it's a celebration of the human race's incredible journey.

    Containing a foreword from Professor David Christian, whose Big History TED talk had over 5 million views, this huge book will help you not only understand how and why we got where we are today, but also how we should view our place in history. It's aligned with Bill Gates' online Big History Project.
  • THYB
    DK
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    This DK book will take you on a visual exploration of the world's past and will entertain and inform everyone from avid students to armchair historians.

    Spanning from the first humans arriving in Australia around 45,000 years ago to the modern world as we know it, the book is written in plain, accessible English and gives short and pithy explanations for all the events that have shaped our world.

    It also features step-by-step diagrams to help you untangle knotty concepts and witty illustrations that play with our ideas about our past. From revolutions to changes in civilisations and advancements in technology, it reveals just how much our world has changed over the years.
  • Imperial War Museum's History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471162497
    IWMH
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    Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, this three-book collection brings together a fascinating and authoritative social history of the Second World War.

    A Prayer for Gallipoli covers the Great War from the point of view of a chaplain. Kenneth Best had no military training, so to fulfil his pastoral role, he had to get close to the front line and work with troops as they were under fire. As his empathy for the troops grew larger, he became more and more disgusted with their leaders. These diaries provide an insight into the horrific realities of trench warfare.

    The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine looks at the people that are not normally mentioned during accounts of the War - those spivs, outcasts and unsung heroes who were in the shadows; and D-Day to Victory features the diaries of a British tank commander as the war finally came to an end.

    All written using archive and primary sources, these are candid and compelling reads about the triumphs and tragedies of war.
  • TBRL
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    Compiled by the newspaper's chief archivist Gavin Fuller, The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War provides an emotional glimpse into what life was like during an event that changed the world forever...

    Covering the lead-up, duration and final moments of the entire First World War, the book showcases some of the poignant letters that were sent into the newspaper's headquarters as readers showed their pride, expressed their anxieties and vented their frustrations at the battles being fought far from home.

    A fascinating and heartbreaking insight into the minds of those Britons whose stories of war were told from relative safety, this book gives a voice to those who may not have been on the battlefields yet still remained scarred by tragedy, guilt and grief as they dealt with the anguish and fear for their loved ones.
  • TYCH
    Dixe Wills
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    Dixe Wills, the author of Tiny Islands and Tiny Stations, once again proves why small is beautiful with Tiny Churches.

    In his personal and quirky style, he looks at 60 of the nation's most perfect diminutive churches and explains how you can get to each one via public transport. Each church is so tiny, that only about 30 people could fit comfortably inside!

    Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitude, Dixe looks at how the tiny churches have survived and thrived throughout history. He celebrates the fact that they now retain the atmosphere and beauty of when they were first built.
  • ACKR
    Peter Ackroyd
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    Peter Ackroyd presents the latest instalment in his History of England with Revolution, a book covering the years between 1688 and 1815.

    From William of Orange's accession following the Revolution to the Regency when England once again found itself at war with France (a war that ended with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo), this looks at life during the late Stuart and Georgian eras.

    During this time, the Bank of England and stock exchange were founded and the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation. Newspapers also first flourished during this era and the English novel was born. It was also a time when coffee houses, playhouses and shops began to pop up in towns and villages all across the nation.

    The industrial revolution also occurred in this period and this was a time when England transformed from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.
  • URCH
    Max Arthur
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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.
  • Military History Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407244068 - Various
    MBOX
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II.

    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view.

    Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while the highly acclaimed classic Das Boot is also included.

  • Terry Deary's Dangerous Days Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250625 - Terry Deary
    TDDD
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    With his dark sense of humour and accessible writing style, Terry Deary is one of the nation's favourite children's authors.

    Here, he takes the traits which have helped make his Horrible Histories books so popular to introduce adults to the most shocking secrets of the Roman Empire, Elizabethan England and the Victorian Railways.

    From how the Romans (the first 'civilised' society, remember...) made human killing a sport to the lack of safety on the rails, there are so many shocking facts to absorb and gasp over...
  • CWWA
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    With cross-section drawings taken direct from the official Flight and The Aeroplane archives, Classic World War II: Aircraft Cutaways is a must for anyone interested in history and aeronautical engineering.

    Alongside each of the illustrations is some detailed text for each type of aircraft. It covers the history and evaluates the drawing. There are even 12 vehicles displayed on pull-out, double-page gatefolds!

    Telling you everything you could ever want to know about the planes that flew during the Second World War, this keepsake book also features archive photography Aeroplane Montly.
  • World War Miscellanies Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781849537117
    WWMS
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    If you've ever wondered who fired the first British shot of the First World War, how low the Dambusters flew or just how many ships were sunk at Pearl Harbor, these two books will provide the answers.

    Compiled and written by Norman Ferguson, the miscellanies tell the stories of the battles, aircraft, weapons, soldiers, heroes and enemies of both world wars, while also presenting these tales in accessible, bite-sized chunks. Among the events covered in the First World War are the downing of the Red Baron and the first WWI soldier to receive the Victoria Cross...

    The book based around the Second World War tells the stories of the Battle of Britain, the Siege of Leningrad, the horrors of the Holocaust and the D-Day landings... Compelling throughout, the books also contain a startling number of facts and figures to dip into.
  • SLCL
    Kassia St Clair
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    Did you know that the colour khaki changed the way wars were fought? How about the fact mauve was accidentally created by a scientist trying to cure malaria? Or that magenta was named after a battle that took place near Milan?

    Praised by Simon Garfield, The Secret Lives of Colour looks at a palette of 75 different shades, dyes and hues. Revealing the inspiring, vivid stories behind each colour, the book looks at their roles in everything from fashion and politics to art and war.

    Providing an alternative cultural history, Kassia St Clair's colour-full book is great for dipping in and out of.
  • TICR
    Andrew Davidson
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    Told through a series of letters and thoroughly researched analysis, Andrew Davidson's The Invisible Cross tells the incredible true story of Colonel Graham Chaplin, a frontline officer who spent three years in the trenches during the First World War.

    The commander of the Cameron Highlanders, Colonel Chaplin sent letters from the trenches to his new wife on an almost-daily basis. He was so keen to let her know how he was doing that if he didn't have time to write a letter, he would send a postcard to assure her he was 'quite well'.

    Providing a personal insight into how a serving officer felt during time of conflict, the letters reveal his worries about his men and the family he's left behind as well as his observations on how the war is actually going. They also reveal why a man who was so trusted and respected by his men wasn't promoted out of the trenches until 1917, despite the fact all his contemporaries were...

    Startling from the very first page, the non-fiction book offers a portrait of what life was like on the Western Front and also touches upon Colonel Chaplin's encounters with the likes of Robert Graves, Bernard Montgomery and Siegfried Sassoon.
  • MPWR
    Jeremy Black
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    A very poignant and powerful book, Maps of War is a visual survey of how conflict was recorded and planned. It uses archive maps to reveal how warfare and documentation has changed through the centuries.

    Covering the history of military mapping, the book looks at beginning and what impact the invention of printing and introduction of gunpowder had. In the 17th century, military commanders and strategists started to document wars by way of illustration.

    In the 18th century, they started to use maps to chart progress. This chapter reflects the spread of European power and transoceanic conflict and focuses on the American war of Independence. The book then moves on to the 19th and 20th centuries, covering everything from the American Civil War to the World War, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.
  • BNHS
    Paul Brown
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    Passionately written by Paul Brown, this lavish book explores 20 of the most celebrated and accessible ships in Britain and explains how they have helped to shape the nation.

    Britain has a long and rich seafaring history that stretches right back to the time of Drake and Nelson. Although much of this is recorded in literature and in museums, there's nothing better than looking at the preserved and restored monuments to discover their true past.

    Presented in order of each ship's launch date, each entry is written by the acknowledged expert on a particular vessel, giving full specification details. The book is also sumptuously illustrated with contemporary photographs, historical illustrations and a full set of scale plans.

    Among the vessels featured at the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.
  • FLSA
    Peter Ginn
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    Accompanying a BBC Two series, Full Steam Ahead: How the Railways Made Britain provides a glorious insight into life in the country during the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and early 20th century - using rail transportation as the backdrop to the changes in social attitudes and culture that occurred.

    Revealing just how much of today's world was shaped by the rail network, authors Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman chart the evolution of railways and reveals the stories of the men, women and children who built many of the tracks and trains. They also explore how the railway impacted everything from food and medicine to warfare and the class system.

    Covering the rise of the working class, women's rights, industrial growth and economic decline, this illustrated book provides an insight into one of the key periods of Britain's social history.
  • ENGC
    Simon Jenkins
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    Simon Jenkins, who previously brought you England's Thousand Best Churches, provides a fascinating and personal insight into the history of England's cathedrals in this gloriously illustrated read.

    The nation's glory, cathedrals become one of the landmarks of the city in which they are built. They tower over landscapes and outrank palaces, castles and mansions. Objects of pilgrimage for those seeking faith, consolation and beauty, they reflect our social history.

    Offering welfare, these beautiful pieces of architecture are so beloved by so many and this book celebrates the most impressive, important and iconic.
  • BOTG
    Richard Dannatt
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    Richard Dannatt is the former head of the British army and in this vivid, extensive and fascinating read, he reveals the history of the military since the end of the Second World War.

    Richard served in the military for over 40 years and in an authoritative and personal style, he talks about how the British army has shaped - and been shaped by - world events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement. He also offers his thoughts on everything from the decolonisation of India to the two invasions of Iraq.

    Britain has had 'boots on the ground' ever since the end of World War II and with the rise of terrorism and the current tensions in the Middle East, this shows no sign of changing anytime soon. This book reveals why the army is so important and how it has evolved and adapted through shifting security and defence policies. It is ideal for anyone with an interest in military history.
  • LTGT
    Matthew Green
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    Take a step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London throughout six of the city's most fascinating eras.

    Illustrated and told with charm and charisma, Dr. Matthew Green will transport you back to the time of Shakespeare and the swinging 60s in just a few pages. He also relives the nightmare of the plague; and considers what is must have been like to have lived in medieval England.

    Taking you off the beaten track and revealing little-known snippets about England's capital city, this is an engaging social history which will make you view the streets of London in a very different way.
  • CRWN
    Nicola Tallis
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    Written by acclaimed historian and debut author Nicola Tallis, Crown of Blood is a retelling of the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey. It follows her journey from the deadly intrigues of her childhood right through to her trial and execution.

    Forced onto the throne by the great power players at court, Queen Jane reigned for just 13 tumultuous days before being imprisoned in the tower and being condemned for high treason and then being executed.

    An engaging and dramatic biography, this book explores a range of evidence that has never been seen before and sweeps away many of the myths to reveal a moving, human story of a young woman who was extraordinarily intelligent, proudly independent and very courageous.
  • PWRH
    Rebecca Rideal
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    From the Great Fire of London to the plague and the Second Dutch War, this fascinating book from historian Rebecca Rideal provides a narrative history of the year 1666.

    Presented in beautiful hardback and based on original archive research, it looks at how these events struck the country and their lasting effects. Rideal also uses little-known sources to provide an eye-opening account of what happened during these 12 months - a period often seen as a turning point in English history.

    Despite the devastation, there were also many significant cultural and scientific feats taking place - John Milton completed Paradise Lost; Christopher Wren proposed his plan for a new London after the Fire; and Isaac Newton discovered gravity.
  • QBEE
    Sian Evans
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    Written with humour and style by Sian Evans, Queen Bees is a book that looks at the lives of six remarkable society hostesses and the powerful impact they made on social history.

    The women covered in the book are Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, Mrs Greville, who cultivated a relationship with Edward VII, and Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax.

    During the aftermath of the First World War, the previously strict hierarchies of the British class system had been weakened and a number of ambitious women had made sure it was their time. Taking their place at the top of society as great hostesses, they ruled over London from their dining tables and salons, entertaining all kinds of powerful people and celebrities.

    This is the story of a form of societal revolution, and the extraordinary women who helped it happen. Extraordinary women whose influence can still be felt today.