Non-Fiction

History Books

  • 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.
  • NAGH
    Keith Jeffery
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    In this eye-opening book, Keith Jeffery looks at how the events of the First World War affected the rest of the world.

    Covering the 12 months of 1916, he picks out 12 key moments and reveals the impact they had on the rest of the world. As well as famous battles including Gallipoli and the Somme, the author also examines the Easter Rising, the Italian Front and the killing of Rasputin and explains how all of these related to the War.

    Thoroughly researched using a host of military, social and cultural sources, this book looks at just how much the war dramatically altered the state of so many nations.
  • Neil Oliver's History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250502 - Neil Oliver
    HSNO
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    A knowledgeable and popular historian, Neil Oliver reveals the history of the Vikings, Ancient Britain and his native Scotland in this incredibly informative and entertaining three-book collection.

    All based around his popular BBC documentaries, the books are passionately written and will delight any armchair historian. In Vikings, he goes beyond their bloody reputation to discover the truth about them and how they managed to build an empire that lasted nearly 200 years.

    In A History of Ancient Britain, Neil looks at half a million years of human history, taking in everything from Ice Ages to the departure of the Roman Empire in the 5th Century AD. A History of Scotland looks at one of the oldest countries in the world's diverse past and how the tales of failure, submission, thwarted ambition and tragedy often badly serve this great nation and focuses on the rich tapestry of its intricate past. It perfectly captures the essence of Scotland and its place and standing in the world.
  • 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.
  • MAPR
    Mike Parker
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    Covering Britain's road development, Mike Parker's Mapping the Roads is a fascinating true-life story that also explores the country's political, economical and social history.

    The car has helped shape Britain's landscape, changed our maps and nowadays our lifestyle depends very much on our roads - from getting from A to B to distribution and much more. Although perhaps now taken for granted, the building of roads was once seen as a glorious advancement, with Britain's motorways being seen as 'the cathedrals of the modern world'.

    This intriguing and extensive book from The AA charts the ambitions and hopes of the nation through our maps, from the old ways through to our motorways, complete with distinct and colourful cartography.
  • SMME
    Robert J. Kershaw
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    Written by former para and colonel Robert J. Kershaw, 24 Hrs at the Somme provides a definitive account of the battle that changed history and left a huge emotional impact on the British public.

    It's now 100 years since the battle but it still remains one of the most important and devastating moments in military history with 57,470 men ending up dead, missing or wounded. In this detailed and informative book, Kershaw uses the voices of British and German soldiers who lived through the awful day to reveal exactly what happened.

    Juxtaposing the view of the British trenches with that from the German parapet, the book draws on eyewitness accounts, memories and letters to expose the true horror of 1 July, 1916. Amongst the horrifying accounts of warfare there are also poignant stories of humanity, comradeship and patriotic spirit.
  • GLBE
    Catharine Arnold
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    A compelling portrait of both William Shakespeare and the history of London during his lifetime, this book reveals just how much the Bard's life was affected by the great city.

    From triumphs including the opening of the Globe playhouse in 1599 to the tragic lives of Shakespeare's contemporaries and the ever-present threat of riots, rebellions and even the plague, this book covers a fascinating era in London's history.

    An acclaimed historian, Catharine Arnold also reveals how acting came of age during Shakespeare's lifetime. Using his own plays and contemporary sources, this is a unique and revealing insight into the development of both London and English theatre.
  • SPEE
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    Featuring over 100 of the most influential speeches of all time, this book - with a beautiful leatherette jacket - provides a chronicle of our history.

    Featuring full transcripts of speeches from the likes of Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill, the themes range from sport, politics and war to love and religion.

    Whether you think it's the choice of words, the feelings they express or the ultimate lasting impression, the speeches here have all made a huge impact - for better or for worse...
  • MRSR
    Geoff Tibballs
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    Rev yourself up for some of the most extraordinary true tales from the world of motor racing.

    Part of the bestselling Strangest series, this book goes all the way back to 1894 when motor racing's colourful history began with a bang. From the Frenchman who drove 25 miles in reverse to the Grand Prix when the leaders were so far ahead they stopped for a meal in the pits, this is a compendium of bizarre, fascinating and fast-paced facts.

    Very funny, this is a great gift for petrolheads of all ages.
  • HLVC
    Kevin Sampson
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    On 15 April 1989, the world witnessed one of the worst football disasters occur at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. 96 people were crushed to death and another 766 injured in a tragedy that was later admitted to have been exacerbated by police failures.

    Written by Kevin Sampson - a man who was actually in the stands on that fateful day and who has close connections with the Justice campaign - this book contains exhaustive and exclusive interviews with people who have become familiar public figures and many who are telling their heart-rending stories for the first time.

    From the tragic events of the day itself to the shocking aftermath that has taken years to resolve, this book interweaves the views of the people who were there with the families and friends of those who died, along with the observations of the people who played key roles in the long search for the truth.
  • RIGB
    Lyn Rigby
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    The mother of soldier Lee Rigby, who was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013, tells a personal story of grief and love for the son she lost.

    Although she has questions for the government and military, this is a tribute to a young father whose future was so cruelly taken away.
  • Standfords Travel Classics Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781909612860
    SFTC
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    With books from Captain Joshua Slocum, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edith Wharton, this collection features some of the finest historical travel writing of all time.

    Edith Wharton, the author of The Age of Innocence, travelled to Morocco in the final days of the First World War. A time before guidebooks, she recorded her encounters with the country's people, traditions and ceremonies and described the mosques, palaces and ruins she visited in In Morocco. Very observant and brimming with passion, her work will transport you to another era.

    Captain Joshua Slocum sailed the world for over 35 years and embarked on the first solo circumnavigation of the globe. For more than three years, he battled stormy seas, attacks from raiders and loneliness and in Sailing Alone Around the World, he documented it all. Travels with a Donkey in Cevennes is Robert Louis Stevenson's humorous and heart-warming memoirs of a walking trip (with a donley named Modestine) he took in his early 20s.

    This is an eye-opening collection for people interested in travel, history and classic authors.
  • 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.
  • King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to the Magna Carta - Hardback - 9780091954239 - Marc Morris
    KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world in 2015 and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder.

    The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • RELM
    Dan Jones
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    Written by Dan Jones, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets, Realm Divided outlines events during one transformative year of the thirteenth century.

    An astonishing read for anyone interested in history, it will show you exactly what happened in 1215 - the year when King John agreed to pace his seal on the Magna Carta. An event that set England on its slow march towards a fully representative democracy, this was also the year that the Capetians began to show their dominance in France and that Pope Innocent III's Fourth Lateran Council decisions affected the lives of millions.

    From royal court to peasant wedding, this book provides an accessible portrait of medieval English society.
  • KHWD
    Josephine Wilkinson
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    Katherine Howard was Henry VIII's Fifth Queen and this biography provides an in-depth look at her life right up until her beheading in 1542 for crimes of adultery and treason - one of the biggest scandals of the Tudor era.

    Having first come to court as a young girl of 14 years old, Katherine's fate was sealed from an early age. This book looks beyond the traditional story of her sexual exploits before she married the king and instead reveals a life blighted by child abuse, family ambition, religious conflict and political and sexual intrigue.

    Revealing Katherine as a bright and intelligent woman who tried to be a good wife to Henry, the book reveals how she was really no more than a child in a man's world - and the tragic victim of those who held positions of authority over her.
  • GMAP
    Jerry Brotton
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    A beautiful and endlessly fascinating gift book, Great Maps reveals how maps can provide a window into the culture, beliefs and history of the world's most inspiring civilizations.

    Focusing on 60 of the world's most influential maps to provide a unique insight into how cartographers shaped and depicted the world, the book reveals how and why each one was made and offers in-depth analysis and close-up details to reveal hidden features.

    Stunningly presented, the gorgeous and informative book takes you from classical maps to thematic maps and modern mapping.
  • The Times: Complete History of the World - Hardback - 9780007950911
    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.
  • Richard III - Hardback - 9781472902993 - David Horspool
    RIII
    David Horspool
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    Have we bought into the view of Richard III as the personification of evil as publicised by the likes of William Shakespeare, or should we believe he was a much-maligned monarch, warrior and statesman as claimed by the Richard III Society?

    In this riveting and fascinating biography, historian David Horspool provides an insight into the life and times of a flawed king whose story has endured and intrigued for so many years.

    From his birth and upbringing towards the climax of the War of the Roses through to what happened to the princes in the tower and even his reburial in Leicester in 2015, this book sheds light on the mysteries that have blighted one of England's most enigmatic and elusive kings.
  • ARYXN
    Mary Beard
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    Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us. Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome. SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.
  • Ann Cleeves' Shetland - Hardback - 9781509809790 - Ann Cleeves
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    Ann Cleeves
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    Ann Cleeves' bestselling series starring Detective Jimmy Perez has been a favourite with crime fans for years and the BBC adaptation of Shetland has brought her many more fans. This companion to the novels shows the readers exactly what this incredible location can offer.

    An archipelago of more than 100 islands, Shetland is one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom and its 1,500 miles of shore means that wherever you stand, you'll have a view of the sea. Traditions are valued and celebrated on the islands, but new technologies and ways of working are also embraced.

    Gloriously illustrated, this companion finds Ann Cleeves learning about the islands' past, people, the festivals that take place upon them and discovering how flora and fauna changes throughout the seasons. It's a lavish book that vividly captures Shetland in all its bleak and special beauty.
  • SHKT
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    Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this compelling and entertaining book takes a look at the weird and wonderful stories from the theatres that have played host to the Bard's work.

    From fluffed lines to falls off stages, you'll get to find out about the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at the Globe, learn why the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream were recast as a group of ladies from the WI and discover how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Curious and extraordinary, this collection of tales will entertain any fans of the Bard or the stage.
  • Battle Story Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780750965149 - Jonathan Trigg et al
    BTST
    Jonathan Trigg et al
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    From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War in 1982, this ten-book collection will help anyone fascinated by our past learn all about military history and the various wars and battles that have occurred - and how they have shaped the world we live in today.

    Complete with photographs of the battlefields, illustrations of the key events and easy-to-read maps, each book is packed with fact boxes that will explain how each event contributed to worldwide change.

    From the king that died during conflict in Hastings to the Wars of the Roses, and the bloodiest battles of the First World War - the Somme, Passchendale, El Alamein - to Iwo Jiima, you will be fascinated, appalled and intrigued by these blow-by-blow accounts.
  • DRTC
    Stephen McGann
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    One of the BBC's most popular shows, this informative book provides Call the Midwife fans with a nostalgic diary and social history narrative of what life was like for the real-life Doctor Turner.

    Cases portrayed in the series are discussed by Stephen McGann (the actor that plays him) and there are plenty of facts to pore over about our healthcare service and the treatments that were available during the War. From childbirths to polio, meningitis and measles, all the conditions have been depicted on the drama in meticulous detail and this book reveals how local doctors dealt with the cases.

    Stephen has an MA in medical studies, which adds extra integrity to his notes and the beautiful hardback is presented in hardback. It features full-colour stills from the show and an introduction from its creator and award-winning writer, Heidi Thomas.