Books

Non-Fiction

Here you’ll find all our finest non-fiction books. We’ve got everything from brilliant biographies to fully immersive studies that take you to the heart of lives lived centuries ago.

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Non-fiction

James May's Magnificent Machines

James May, Phil Dolling

Our world has been transformed beyond recognition, particularly in the twentieth century, and so were our lives and our aspirations. Throughout JAMES MAY'S MAGNIFICENT MACHINES James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, explores the ico…

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Four Princes

John Julius Norwich

'Never before had the world seen four such giants co-existing. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europe in the hollow of their hands.' Four great princes – Henry VIII of England, Fran…

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Hunting Hitler's Nukes

Damien Lewis

'Suicidal bravery, untold moral courage and awe-inspiring survival. An utterly compelling read' Bear Grylls In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united…

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The Secret Lives of Colour

Kassia St Clair

'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer….

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Dent's Modern Tribes

Susie Dent

Did you know that . . . a soldier's biggest social blunder is called jack brew – making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else? That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can't be identified – LBJ (the letters st…

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No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Felice Benuzzi

In the shadow of Mount Kenya, surrounded by the forests and creatures of the savannah, life drags interminably for the inmates of P.O.W. Camp 354. Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, it is little wonder when one prisone…

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War With Russia

General Sir Richard Shirreff

'You fail to read this book at your peril' – Admiral James G Stavridis, US Navy, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Closely modelled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, 2017 War With Russia is a chilling acco…

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Between the Wars

Philip Ziegler

At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. “What will you call it?” he was asked. “The First World War” was his bleak response. In Between the Wars Philip Ziegler examines the major intern…

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The Gestapo

Frank McDonough

Name as a 2016 Book of the Year by the Spectator A Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Week' (August 2015) Longlisted for 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Ranked in 100 Best Books of 2015 in the Daily Telegraph Professor Frank McDonough is o…

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Fascinating Footnotes From History

Giles Milton

'Giles Milton is a man who can take an event from history and make it come alive . . . an inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining' Matthew Redhead, The Times Did you know that Hitler too…

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