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What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until - finally - renewal and retributio... read more

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
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1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, ... read more

A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's Threat to the West
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On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. We now know that he was an ISIS terrorist. Khazzani's mission was clear: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate th... read more

The 15:17 to Paris
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 European

Awards:Long-listed for Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2016.

'Sicily is the key to everything' Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The author of the classic book on Venice turns his sights to Sicily in this beautiful book full of maps and colour photographs. 'I discovered S... read more

Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
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From the international bestselling author of Gomorrah, this is a deeply personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where votes can be bought and sold, where organized c... read more

My Italians True Stories of Crime and Courage
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'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine'. The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917-20... read more

Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.

Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Shortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016 The new series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2 now Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, crue... read more

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
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Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers an... read more

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft
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A brilliant kaleidoscope on the Reformation from its leading scholar and 'one of the best historians writing in English today' (Sunday Telegraph) The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixte... read more

All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation
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Courtesan, countess, bestselling author - the tempestuous true story of a woman far ahead of her time ...The true story of the Countess Celeste de Chabrillan is a rich and tempestuous... read more

Celeste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer
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It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof'. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Russian Revolution, the tsarist regime exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond... read more

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
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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 si... read more

Stasiland
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November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify agains... read more

Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy
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Valtesse de la Bigne was a celebrated nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan. She was painted by Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalised her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rum... read more

Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret
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"A bold and imaginative page-turner that challenges ideas about the world of antiquity." (Peter Frankopan (The Silk Roads)). "This vivid and engaging book brings to life some of the most important moments in a... read more

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West
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We live in a world obsessed by luxury. Long-distance airlines compete to offer first-class sleeping experiences and hotels recommend exclusive suites where you are never disturbed. Luxury is a rapidly changing global industry that... read more

Luxury: A Rich History
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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 ... read more

To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949
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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

Napoleon the Great
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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

Dirty Bertie: an English King Made in France
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Dr Matthew Green explores the sights and sounds of London through history. This is a fascinating and unique guide to the capital that takes the reader off the beaten track and into unexplored territory. This book allows ... read more

London A Travel Guide Through Time
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