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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.

  • LBEH

    English History (Paperback)

    Robert Peal

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    This little Collins book covers all the key people, places and events from English history, from the Battle of Hastings and the World Wars to the rise of the Beatles and Brexit.

    Presented in an accessible format, this concise guide shows how England became what it is today and will be enjoyed by visitors to England and history enthusiasts alike!
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  • LEAD

    Leaders Who Changed History (Hardback)

    DK

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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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  • LBEC

    English Castles (Paperback)

    Historic UK

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    This handy little Collins book is a guide to England's most dramatic castles and strongholds. It features an eight-page map section detailing the locations of each castle mentioned in the book, as well as beautiful colour photographs to accompany the information.

    This book covers Windsor, Warwick, and Leeds Castle in great detail, covering both their historical and architectural backgrounds. Also included are lesser-known fortresses across England, which are detailed according to their property custodianship and much more.
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  • PSCH

    Passchendaele (Hardback)

    Nick Lloyd

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    The Battle of Passchendaele took place between July and November 1917 and is widely regarded as one of the worst battles of both World Wars.

    Fought by the Allies against the German Empire in a small corner of Belgium, it was a horrific event that ended with over 500,000 men killed, maimed, gassed or drowned - and many bodies were never found.

    This book marks the centenary of the event. Historian Nick Lloyd references previously unexamined German documents to explain how the offensive put the Allies nearer to a major turning point in the war than anyone has ever imagined...

    It's a fascinating and poignant read for anyone with an interest in military history, trench warfare or past wars.
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    WTHI

    Walk Through History (Hardback)

    Christopher Winn

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    I Never Knew That About London author Christopher Winn takes you on a series of walks through central London that will open your eyes to the events that happened in the city during the Victorian era.

    Among the little-known facts he reveals are the 300-foot bell tower at the Houses of Parliament; a hidden chapel in Bloomsbury that was described by Oscar Wilde as 'the most delightful private chapel in London'; and the best Victorian loos in the world that are located near Old Street.
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  • URCH

    Churchill: The Life (Hardback)

    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.
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  • SPFR

    Spitfire (Hardback)

    John Nichol

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    This brilliant hardback book provides a heartfelt tribute to one of the most magnificent flying machines of all time - the iconic Spitfire.

    Written by bestselling author and former Royal Air Force navigator John Nichol, it looks over the history of the vehicle and its various innovations and updates and contains stories and first-hand accounts from those who flew them.

    From the Spitfire's deployment during World War II to its role on the D-Day beaches, this is an accessible and high-flying account of battling pilots who had to bail out over occupied territory, aristocratic female flyers and mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the crafts in battle-ready condition.
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    AWLH

    A Woman Lived Here (Hardback)

    Allison Vale

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    Only 111 of the 903 Blue Plaques that honour Londoners belong to women. This, despite thousands of truly remarkable women making significant and lasting impacts on every aspect of modern life...

    From politics and social reform to arts, medicine, science, technology and sport, this book celebrates those women whose achievements have largely went unnoticed and explains how their actions, ideas and inventions helped make the world a richer place to live in.

    Some of these women went about their lives and worked quietly with courage, conviction, skill and compassion, while others were fearless trailblazers who shattered the status quo of a 'man's world'.
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  • LBCA

    English Cathedrals (Paperback)

    Historic UK

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    This handy little book covers all of England's most famous cathedrals and abbeys, including beautiful photography as well as historical and architectural information.

    Presented as an accessible guide, this book talks through the likes of the world-famous St Paul's Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral, home to the leader of the Church of England.

    Details also include an eight-page map section explaining their locations, websites and opening times.
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    DCVH

    DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books (Collection)

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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.

    Format: Hardback
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    IYCT

    If I Could Tell You Just One Thing... (Hardback)

    Richard Reed

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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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  • INVA

    Invasion: D-Day and Operation Overlord in 100 Moments (Hardback)

    Scott Addington

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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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  • MWWS

    The Man Who Was Saturday (Hardback)

    Patrick Bishop

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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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    GLDN

    The Golden Thread (Hardback)

    Kassia St Clair

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    From the author of The Secret Lives of Colour, this fascinating book explores the history of civilization and human creativity: from the mummies of Ancient Egypt and the silken dragon robes of Imperial China to the woollen sails of Viking longboats and the Indian calicoes.

    Kassia St Clair studied the history of women's dress and masquerade during the 18th century and uses her knowledge and wit to argue that fabrics have changed and shaped the world we live in today.

    Packed with compelling stories from around the world and spanning thousands of years of human ingenuity, this book is sure to change the way you see the world.
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    SPIG

    Secret Pigeon Service (Hardback)

    Gordon Corera

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    BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story of MI14 and the Secret Pigeon Service during the Second World War for the first time in this compelling read.

    Using extensive original research and declassified documents, he reveals the inner workings of 'Columba' - an operation that saw 16,000 plucky homing pigeons dropped in an arc from Bourdeaux to Copenhagen in an effort to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation.

    The messages came flooding back from France, the Netherlands and Belgium - all written on tiny pieces of rice paper that has been tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds - and these authentic missives ranged from the comic to the tragic and occasionally invaluable, giving the British Intelligence advance notice of German troop movements, weapons and more.

    Corera also looks at the people behind this mission, not many of whom were trained agents or experienced in spying. He focuses in particular on the Leopold Vindictive network, a small group of Belgian villagers - led by priest Joseph Raskin - who were always prepared to risk everything. This is a powerful and tragic tale of wartime espionage that looks at a quirky and quarrelsome band of spy masters and their unique operations.
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  • WTLW

    Writers: Their Lives and Works (Hardback)

    DK

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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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  • QNVC

    Queen Victoria - Lucy Worsley (Hardback)

    Lucy Worsley

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    Popular BBC presenter and acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley examines how Queen Victoria grew from dancing princess to one of Britain's greatest monarchs in this eye-opening biography.

    Lucy looks at 24 significant days from Victoria's life including her birth and her coronation to reveal what she was like as a person and how her actions left a mark on history.

    Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, this biography celebrates Queen Victoria's extraordinary personal life.
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    OTDY

    On This Day (Paperback)

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    This fact-filled book gives armchair historians the chance to learn all about the world-changing events that happened on every day of the year.

    Looking back over the past 2,000 years of history, it covers births, deaths and landmark occasions from the worlds of politics, sport, the arts, economics and science.

    This eye-opening book also includes evocative black and white images as it recalls the likes of the rise of the vote for women in the UK and Cooke's discovery of Hawaii.

    Find out what happened on your birthday!
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    MLAD

    Miller's Art Deco (Hardback)

    Judith Miller

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    Art Deco is one of the most iconic and impressive design styles of all time and this book provides a celebration of the glamour of the Jazz Age.

    Classic yet contemporary, Art Deco remains a popular theme today and this stylish book looks at how designers and craftsmen used natural and man-made materials in innovative ways to produce the elegant pieces that defined the 1920s and 1930s.

    Judith Miller, an antiques expert, explores the key makers and pieces from the Art Deco era and explains what you should be looking for as a collector. From furniture to sculptures and prints to rugs, it's illustrated with over 700 stunning photographs.
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    LDNU

    London Uncovered (Hardback)

    Mark Daly

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    Featuring historic homes, palaces of entertainment, places of worship and unusual museums, London Uncovered presents 60 little-known places in the nation's capital for you to visit.

    All intriguing and visitable, the huge book is full of photographs that are sure to inspire you to visit these startling attractions. Together, they form an image of London which is strange, gaudy, grand, inventive and full of character.

    Endlessly fascinating, this coffee table book is a celebration of London and all its quirks. All of the places of interest's addresses, contact details and opening times are also listed.
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    ARTY

    Art (Hardback)

    Andrew Graham Dixon

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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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  • TSWW

    The Second World War (Hardback)

    David Horner

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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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  • IWMH

    Imperial War Museum's History Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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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.
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  • TOBH

    The Treasures of British History (Hardback)

    Peter Snow

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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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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.