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The Return: Fathers, Sons & The Land In Between

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by Hisham Matar
Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return to his homeland. In this moving memoir, the author takes us on an illuminating journey, both physical and psychological; a journey to find his father and rediscover his country. The Return is at once a universal an...
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How England Made the English

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by Mount Harry
Harry Mount's "How England Made the English: From Why We Drive on the Left to Why We Don't Talk to Our Neighbours" is packed with astonishing facts and wonderful stories. Q. Why are English train seats so narrow? A. It's all the Romans' fault. The first Victorian trains were built to the same width as horse-drawn wagons; and they were designed to fit the ruts left in the roads by Roman chariots. For readers...
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Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion

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by Stedman Jones, Gareth
'A deeply original and illuminating account of Marx's journey through the intellectual history of the nineteenth century...a profound reappraisal and a gripping read' Christopher Clark 'Rich and deeply researched' John Gray As the nineteenth century unfolded, its inhabitants had to come to terms with an unparalleled range of political, economic, religious and intellectual challenges. Distances shrank,...
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914

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by Evans, Richard J.
'Transnational history at its finest ...social, political and cultural themes swirl together in one great canvas of immense detail and beauty' Gerard DeGroot, The Times A masterpiece which brings to life an extraordinarly turbulent and dramatic era of revolutionary change. The Pursuit of Power draws on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich, surprising and...
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Empire - What Ruling the World did for the British

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by Jeremy Paxman
From the bestselling author of "The English" comes "Empire", Jeremy Paxman's history of the British Empire accompanied by a flagship 5-part BBC TV series, for readers of Simon Schama and Andrew Marr. The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to...
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Georgian London: Into the Streets

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by Inglis, Lucy
In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed expectations of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways...
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Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble

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by Beevor, Antony
This is from the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor's Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble tells the story of the German's ill-fated final stand. On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of t...
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

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by Ferris, Joshua
This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. "The Catch-22 of dentistry". (Stephen King). Joshua Ferris' dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. There's nothing like a dental chair to remind a man that he's alone in the world'. Paul O'Rourke - dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avo...
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The Diary of a Young Girl

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by Anne Frank
In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings, movingly revealing how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with the daily threat of discovery ...
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Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941

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by Todman, Daniel
The most terrible emergency in Britain's history, the Second World War required an unprecedented national effort. An exhausted country had to fight an unexpectedly long war and found itself much diminished amongst the victors. Yet the outcome of the war was nonetheless a triumph, not least for a political system that proved well adapted to the demands of a total conflict and for a population who had to make...
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Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography Volume Two: Everything she Wants

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by Moore Charles
This is the sensational second volume of Charles Moore's bestselling authorized biography of the Iron Lady. In June 1983, Margaret Thatcher won the biggest increase in a government's Parliamentary majority in British electoral history. Over the next four years, as Charles Moore relates in this central volume of his uniquely authoritative biography, Britain's first woman prime minister changed the course of ...
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Run or Die

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by Jornet, Kilian
Run or Die by Kilian Jornet - The inspirational memoir of "the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." (The New York Times). Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any other human being, and struck down world records in every challenge that has been proposed - all before the age of 25. Dominating ultra m...
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Fairy Tales

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by Andersen, Hans Christian
A new selection of 30 tales to mark the 200 year anniversary of Andersen's birth in 2005. Tiina Nunnally's sparkling translation captures the rawness and immediacy of Andersen's style, for the first time enabling English readers to be as startled and amazed as his original readers were, and revealing the unique inventiveness of Andersen's genius. At a time when children's stories were formal, moral and dida...
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The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation Through its Portraits

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by Simon Schama
Simon Schama brings Britain to life through its portraits, as seen in the five-part BBC series The Face of Britain and the major National Portrait Gallery exhibition Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a black Othello in the nineteenth century, the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn't po...
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To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949: Volume 8

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by Kershaw, Ian
In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison. In 1939 Europeans would initiate a se...
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Kissinger: Volume One: 1923-1968: The Idealist

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by Ferguson, Niall
No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the "indispensable man", whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, Kissinger has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian - the ultimate cold-blooded "realist". In this remarkable new book, the first of two volumes, Niall...
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded

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by Simon Winchester
In August 1833 the most cataclysmic eruption in modern recorded history occurred on the island of Krakatoa off the west tip of Java. The island was destroyed, almost 40,000 people were killed and shock waves were felt around the world.
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India In Slow Motion

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by Mark Tully
In India in Slow Motion Mark Tully undertakes a journey that has no true beginning or end, seeking to unravel the mysteries lying at the heart of the country of his birth.
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The German Boy

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by Wastvedt Patricia
A moving, inter-war family saga "The German Boy" from Patricia Wastvedt, the Orange Prize Longlisted author of "The River". In 1947, Elisabeth Mander's German nephew comes to stay: Stefan Landau, her dead sister's teenage son, whom she hates and loves before she's even set eyes on him. Orphaned by the war and traumatised by the last, vicious battles of the Hitler Youth, Stefan brings with him to England onl...
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Charles Dickens

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by Claire Tomalin
Charles Dickens truly was a phenomenon: hardworking journalist, father of ten children, tireless walker and traveller, supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all one of the greatest novelists that ever lived.
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