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

France

John Julius Norwich

I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound al…

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Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy

Coretta Scott King, Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

'Coretta is more relevant today than ever . . . a female who takes responsibility for creating something better in the time she has and the space she has to occupy: that is true greatness. And Coretta did that.' Maya Angelou Born in…

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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. John Amery is a drunk and a fanatic, an exiled playbo…

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Bad Girls

Caitlin Davies

Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women. Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view…

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Civilisation

Kenneth Clark, No Author Listed

I believe that we haven't changed much in the last two thousand years and as a consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves' From the collapse of the Roman Empire to the bridges of Brunel, through art an…

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Forged in Crisis

Nancy Koehn

'A close analysis of five gritty leaders whose extraordinary passion and perseverance changed history . . . a gripping read on a timeless and timely topic!'Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit Ten years in the writing, Forge…

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The Making of a Secret Agent

Roderick Bailey

How do you set about training a secret agent? What kind of people were recruited and trained to kill and sabotage so they could be dropped into Nazi occupied territory in World War Two? And what happened to them after their active service w…

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Deeds Not Words

Helen Pankhurst

'An incredible book . . . Informative, enlightening, and with the potential to change women's lives.' Sandi Toksvig 'A valuable guide and reference to anyone who wants to understand the Women's Movement in more depth. I…

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Under the Knife

Arnold van de Laar

'This is history with a surgeon's touch: deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody' The Sunday Times 'Utterly eccentric and riveting' Mail on Sunday 'Eye-opening and, frequently, eye-watering . . . a book th…

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2020

Paul Cornish, Kingsley Donaldson

'A timely and cogent reminder that history never ends and is about to be made' – Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography With the world already struggling to contain conflicts on several continents, with security and defence…

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