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

The 50 Francis Street Photographer

Suzanne Behan

From the 1950s to the 1990s, John Walsh ran his photography business out of a small shop on 50 Francis Street in inner city Dublin. For over forty years, he took thousands of photos on all aspects of Dublin life – funerals, communions, wedd…

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The Universe Next Door

New Scientist

It's lucky you're here. But for a series of choices, accidents and coincidences – any of which could have gone otherwise – your life would have been very different. The same goes for reality. We live in just one of many possible wor…

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Martin Luther

Peter Stanford

'A compelling biography of one of the greatest men of the modern age. Stanford is particularly brilliant on the tensions inside Luther's private and spiritual life. This is a very fine book, written with a flourish.' Melvyn Brag…

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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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War Stories

Peter Snow, Ann MacMillan

'Highly readable . . . an intimate and varied account of fascinating stories of people at war' History of War War Stories is a fascinating account of ordinary men and women swept up in the turbulence of war. These are the stories -…

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Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee

John Bew

The Orwell Prize-winning biography of Clement Attlee, a landmark contribution to the political dialogue by the ‘outstanding historian of his generation’ **WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING** **WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD…

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Leningrad

Michael Jones, Michael Jones

When the German High Command encircled Leningrad it was a deliberate policy to eradicate the city's civilian population by starving them to death. As winter set in and food supplies dwindled, starvation and panic set in. A specialist in…

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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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The Traitors

Josh Ireland

'An epic tale of love, dishonour, bravery, cowardice, betrayal and high-treason. Beautifully written. A stunning debut' Damien Lewis Playboy. Fascist. Strongman. Thief. Traitors. September 1939. For years now Britain has been rudder…

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