The Mitford Girls
The Biography of an Extraordinary Family
The six daughters of the eccentric Lord Redesdale and his wife Sydney have inspired many books, but this group biography is widely considered to be the finest. It skilfully weaves together the dramatic, often outrageous lives of the sisters: the novelist Nancy; Diana, who married Oswald Mosley; Decca, the communist; the lesbian horsewoman Pamela; the socialite Deborah; and Unity, the doomed admirer of Adolf Hitler.
The People, the King & the Great Revolt of 1381
In 1381, England erupted in a violent popular uprising as unexpected as it was unprecedented. Juliet Barker's narrative history depicts a volatile society on the brink of profound change. Treating contemporary chronicles with scepticism, she draws on court proceedings and letters to give voice to the ordinary people from many walks of life who took part in the so-called Peasants' Revolt, illuminating their motives and demands, examining the ambiguous role of Richard II, and charting its long-term effects.
Fighting the First World War
In a radical re-evaluation of the First World War, Dr Philpott argues that the competing and emotionally charged accounts of the events of 1914–1918 have muddled perceptions of the war. Looking beyond the propaganda and myth-making, his clear narrative explains why and how the new type of combat came about; and he examines the attitudes and actions of political leaders and the willing responses of their peoples.
Studies in Archaic Forms of Social Movement in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Social agitation is as essential a part of public life today as it has ever been. Eric Hobsbawm’s classic study, reissued with a new introduction by Owen Jones, explores the origins of contemporary rebellion in Robin Hood, Nonconformist dissenters, secret societies, Mafiosi, Spanish anarchists and labour movements. This concise guide provides an insightful analysis of the revolutions that shaped Western civilization, while a selection of historical texts presents the radicals’ perspectives in their own words.
The Double Comfort Safari Club
and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
This Alexander McCall Smith double bill introduces two of his hugely popular series. In The Double Comfort Safari Club, we rejoin Precious Ramotswe in Botswana and another case for The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate is the second book in The Sunday Philosophy Club series and the second risky investigation for the Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie. The two books are shrink-wrapped together.
The King's Revenge
Charles II and the Greatest Manhunt in British History
After the beheading of his father Charles I in 1649, the 19-year-old Prince of Wales vowed to seek revenge and, from exile, instigated the biggest manhunt in British history. The search lasted over 30 years, with show trials and assassination squads scouring the country for the men who dared to sit in judgement of King Charles. Following the hunt in this fast-paced historical narrative, the authors tell an engrossing tale of intrigue, espionage, ambition and betrayal.
His Life and Work
‘We know more about the life of Shakespeare than that of any of his literary contemporaries ... And the rest is there for all to see, in and between every line he ever wrote.’ This popular biography, written by the royal biographer and award-winning journalist Anthony Holden, sifts fact from legend and interweaves the poet’s own words to create an absorbing, vivid portrait of the man behind the genius. First published in 1999.
The Great Race
Described by The Times as 'an epic tale told concisely and confidently', this book recounts the European 'discovery' and initial exploration of Australia, then concentrates on the rivalry between Matthew Flinders of England and Nicolas Baudin of France in the quest to chart the coast of the Great South Land and compile the definitive map of the continent. Working from first-hand accounts including diaries, Hill celebrates the courage and determination that fuelled their danger-filled voyages.
Bess of Hardwick
First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527–1608
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527–1608) struck some as rapacious and social-climbing, but is nowadays seen as an astonishingly shrewd and accomplished woman who successfully managed four husbands and four monarchs in a particularly complex and dangerous era. Mary Lovell's biography charts every aspect of Bess's long life, including her time as minder of Mary, Queen of Scots for Elizabeth I and the building of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Oldcotes, which still stand as testimony of a remarkable Tudor figure.
Worse Than War
Genocide, Eliminationism and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity
The crimes of the Nazis led to the establishment of international conventions to ensure that such horrors would not happen again; yet they have - in Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur and countless other places. This lucid, sobering study by the acclaimed author of Hitler's Willing Executioners undertakes an unflinching examination of the continuing global problem of genocide. It asks crucial questions such as how and why mass murders begin and how they are implemented, and proposes radical new preventive measures.
The Wars of the Roses
England's First Civil War
Using the evidence of contemporary and near-contemporary chroniclers, military historian Trevor Royle presents a vivid history of the civil war that lasted from 1399 to 1485. He reveals the brutal realities of a country torn apart by conflict and rivalry, includes the roles of Scotland, Wales and Ireland within his account of the battle between York and Lancaster, and places the fighting in the context of a period of rich cultural progress.
The Red Sweet Wine of Youth
The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets
The poetry that emerged from the trenches of the First World War is a remarkable body of work, at once political manifesto and literary beacon for the 20th century. In this passionate recreation of the lives of poets such as Rupert Brooke, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, Nicholas Murray reveals the men themselves as well as the struggle of the artist to live fully and bear witness in the annihilating squalor of battle.