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Margot Asquith was perhaps the most daring and unconventional Prime Minister's wife in British history. Known for her wit, style and habit of speaking her mind, she transformed 10 Downing Street into a glit... read more

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Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the C... read more

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Awarded The Prix Du Jury Des Grands Prix De La Fondation Napoleon 2014 From Andrew Roberts, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Storm of War, this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon. Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of... read more

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'Six Capitals' is the story of a 21st-century revolution led by the most unlikely of rebels: accountants...It is only the third revolution in accounting since double-entry bookkeeping emerged in medieval Italy - and it's proceeding apace,... read more

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Established in 1898 in the heart of Paris on the Place Vendome, the Hotel Ritz instantly became an icon of the city frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and ri... read more

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2015 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, which took place in 1215. In this new book published in celebration of that event, eminent historian David Starkey explores the many aspects of Magna Carta and its relevance ... read more

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This is the entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen ... read more

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In Berlin Now, and on the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Wall, a legendary Berliner tells the inside story of the city. Over the last five decades, no other city has changed more than Berlin. Divided in 1961, reunit... read more

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For more than two centuries, our political life has been divided between a party of progress and a party of conservation. In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the left/... read more

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This book traces the eventful life of Seneca, the Roman philosopher, dramatist, essayist and rhetorician of the first century CE, who came from Spain to Rome, spent his youth in Egypt, was exiled to Corsica under Claudius but recalled aft... read more

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The Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds and hearts. Over six hundred years the Empire swelled and declined; the royal line bent, but never broke, from Osman, born in a desert te... read more

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Author: Peter Robb
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 Travel Writing

Awards:Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction 1997. Shortlisted for "Banjo" Award for Non-Fiction 1997.

On innumerable bestseller lists, this is a brilliant combination of Italian art, crime, food, history, and travel, presented with tremendous narrative verse and fascinating detail. Originally published 1996.

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The Berlin-Baghdad Express explores one of the most important but least understood stories of the First World War: the bid by the Germans to destroy the British Empire by ha... read more

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Author: Orlando Figes
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003 and Samuel Johnson Prize 2003.

This tremendously attractive, ambitious, dizzying book is in every way a worthy successor to Figes' bestselling "A People's Tragedy". The whole panorama of Russia's mighty culture is conjured up in a way that is ... read more

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Author: Anna Funder
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2004.

Truth can be stranger - and more fascinating - than fiction. Anna Funder tells extraordinary stories from the underbelly of the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany. Funder meets Miriam, the sixteen-year-ol... read more

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She nursed dynastic ambitions, but was continually drawn into political and religious intrigues between catholics and protestants that plagued France for much of the later part of her life. It had always been said that she ... read more

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An elegantly written and highly informative account of a group of Americans living in Paris when the city fell to the Nazis in June 1940. In the early hours of 14 June 1940, Nazi troops paraded t... read more

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This book examines the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political whilst reconstructs the awe-inspiring city in its heyday of 1200. During the early Middle Ages, travellers to the East returned wit... read more

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A glorious account of the life of the Spanish infanta who became Queen of England and changed the course of Tudor history.
The image of Catherine of Aragon has always suffered in comparison to the vivacious e... read more

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From the end of the Baroque age and the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations ... read more

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