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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The Gestapo

Frank McDonough

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 one of the leading scholars and most popular write…

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Edith Cavell

Diana Souhami

Edith Cavell was born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on 12th October 1915 by the Germans for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them escape over the Belgian border….

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Lucky Johnny

Johnny Sherwood

In 1938 Johnny Sherwood was a young professional footballer on the brink of an England career, touring the world with the all-star British team the Islington Corinthians. By 1942 he was a soldier surrendering to the Japanese at the siege of…

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Young Lawrence

Anthony Sattin

T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet…

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The Churchill Factor

Boris Johnson

'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard 'He writes with gusto… the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever … this book sizzles.' The Times 'The point of the Churchill Factor is that on…

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Children of the Mill

David Hanson

Channel 4's The Mill captivated viewers with the tales of the lives of the young girls and boys in a northern mill. Focusing on the lives of the apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill, David Hanson's book uses a wealth of first-person sour…

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Motherland

Jo McMillan

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit meets Goodbye Lenin. 'I hadn't expected the Berlin Wall to be clean and white and smooth. It looked more like the edge of the swimming baths than the edge of the Cold War. On the grass of No-man's…

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The Bletchley Girls

Tessa Dunlop

'Lively…in giving us the daily details of their lives in the women's own voices Dunlop does them and us a fine service' New Statesman 'Dunlop is engaging in her personal approach. Her obvious feminine empathy with the vene…

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Operation Thunderbolt

Saul David

'The definitive work on the subject….This is the achievement of a masterly, first-rate historian' New York Times Book Review 'It's a brilliantly orchestrated book, wonderfully rich in detail, but at the same time roaring a…

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