Secondhand History Books

    Ariana Neumann: When Time Stopped [2020] paperback


    WINNER OF THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE 'Beautifully told' John Le Carre 'More than just history' Michael Palin 'Truly exceptional' Jon Snow 'Absolutely remarkable' Edmund de Waal 'Beautifully written' Stephen...

    Dan Jones: The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God's Holy Warriors [2018] paperback


    Dan Jones narrates in his inimitably vivid and authoritative fashion the remarkable story of the Knights Templar. 'Exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history' TLS'Jones is certainly an entertainer, but also a fine...

    Daniel Kehlmann: Measuring the World [2007] paperback


    Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment - the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician and physicist Carl...

    Bart Van Loo: The Burgundians: A Vanished Empire [2022] paperback


    A masterful history of the great dynasty of the Netherlands' Middle Ages. 'A sumptuous feast of a book' The Times, Books of the Year 'Thrillingly colourful and entertaining' Sunday Times...

    Charlie Connelly: Last Train to Hilversum: A journey in search of the magic of radio [2019] hardback


    Despite the all-pervading influence of television ninety per cent of people in Britain still listen to the radio, clocking up over a billion hours of listening between us every week....

    Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken [2014] paperback


    The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean....

    China Miéville: A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto [2022] hardback


    China Mieville's brilliant reading of the modern world's most controversial and enduring political document: the Communist Manifesto.In 1848 a strange political tract was published by two emigres from Germany. Marx...

    Catherine Bailey: Black Diamonds [2008] paperback


    An extraordinary tale of family feuds, forbidden love, civil unrest and the downfall of a mining dynasty Wentworth in Yorkshire was surrounded by 70 collieries employing tens of thousands of...

    Tomi Reichental: I Was a Boy in Belsen [2011] paperback


    'In the last couple of years I realised that, as one of the last witnesses, I must speak out.'Tomi Reichental, who lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust,...

    Matyszak Philip: Lost Cities of the Ancient World [2023] hardback


    A fascinating tour of cities that have been lost to history, from the Neolithic period up to the late Roman Empire, that offers a fresh new perspective on the roots...

    Edward Shawcross: The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World [2023] paperback


    'Superbly entertaining.' Financial Times'Jaw-dropping.' Sunday Times'Fascinating.' Guardian'Gripping.' The Times'Terrific . . . A page-turning history of imperial hubris and nemesis, deceit and delusion, love and betrayal on a grand scale.'...

    Peter Popham: The Lady And The Peacock [2012] paperback


    Peter Popham's major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have...

    Edith Eger: The Choice: A true story of hope [2018] paperback


    THE AWARD-WINNING SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREven in hell, hope can flower'I'll be forever changed by her story' - Oprah Winfrey'Extraordinary ... will stick with you long after...

    Bound Mensun: The Ship Beneath the Ice [2023] paperback


    Over one hundred years after its wreck, Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, was found in the depths of the most hostile sea on Earth. The Ship Beneath the Ice is...

    Bill Clinton: My Life [2004] hardback


    President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years...

    Antony Beevor: D-Day [2009] hardback


    The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some...

    Otto English: Fake History [2022] paperback


    'A brilliant and important book ... Five Stars!' Mark Dolan, talkRADIO'An important new book' Daily Express An alternative history of the world that exposes some of the biggest lies ever...

    Selected Political Speeches


    Amid the corruption and power struggles of the collapse of the Roman Republic, Cicero (106-43BC) produced some of the most stirring and eloquent speeches in history. A statesman and lawyer,...

    Juliet Barker: Agincourt [2006] paperback


    Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt...

    Russell Shorto: The Island at the Centre of the World [2005] paperback


    It was situated on a perfect natural harbour at the mouth of a great river leading into a huge new land. Manhattan Island was to grow into the most powerful...

    Simon Schama: The Embarrassment of Riches [1988] paperback


    This is the book that made Simon Schama's reputation when first published in 1987. A historical masterpiece, it is an epic account of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age of...

    Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France [1982] paperback


    Burke's seminal work was written during the early months of the French Revolution, and it predicted with uncanny accuracy many of its worst excesses, including the Reign of Terror. A...

    E H Gombrich: LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD [2008] trade paperback


    The international bestseller: E. H. Gombrich's sweeping history of the world, for the curious of all ages "All stories begin with 'Once upon a time.' And that's just what this...

    Carlo Levi: Christ Stopped At Eboli [2000] paperback


    'We're not Christians, Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli.' Exiled to a remote and barren corner of Italy for his opposition to Mussolini, Carlo Levi entered a world cut...

    Professor Peter Frankopan: The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World [2019] paperback


    A brand new book from the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of The Silk Roads'Masterly mapping out of a new world order' - Evening Standard Revised and updated editionThe...

    Naomi Klein: No Logo [2001] paperback


    The book that offers a cure for affluenza, 'No Logo' is one of those rare books that defines a generation, the most significant one since Douglas Coupland's 'Generation X'. By...

    Virgil: The Aeneid [2006] paperback


    Aeneas the True - son of Venus and of a mortal father - escapes from Troy after it is sacked by the conquering Greeks. He undergoes many trials and adventures...

    William Dalrymple: The Anarchy [2019] paperback



    Laurence Rees: Hitler and Stalin [2020] hardback


    The bestselling historian on the dramatic wartime relationship - and shocking similarities - between two tyrants 'Laurence Rees brilliantly combines powerful eye-witness testimony, vivid narrative and compelling analysis in this...

    Mark (Cambridge University Lib Nicholls: A History of the Modern British Isles, 1529-1603 [1998] paperback


    This volume examines the development of two sovereign nations over seventy-four momentous years.

    Sean Sheehan: Dictionary of Irish Quotations [1993] paperback


    This dictionary of quotations contains a varied selection of interesting, informative, intriguing, infuriating - and sometimes even witty - remarks made by Irish people on a number of topical subjects....

    David Lee (University of Cambridg Smith: A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707 [1998] paperback


    This is a survey of a seminal and intensely controversial period in British history, from the union of the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603 to the union of...

    Hannah Pick-Goslar: My Friend Anne Frank [2023] paperback


    The inspiring and heartbreaking true story of two best friends torn apart and reunited against all odds.When Hannah Pick-Goslar's family fled Nazi Germany for Amsterdam, she struck up a close...

    Julian Jackson: France on Trial [2023] hardback


    One of the great contemporary historians of France on one of the most controversial periods of twentieth-century French historyFew images more shocked the French population during the Occupation than the...

    Wilson-Lee Edward: A History of Water [2023] paperback


    A Times History Book of the Year 2022 A TLS Book of the Year 2022 'Exhilarating and whip-smart' THE SUNDAY TIMES From award-winning writer Edward Wilson-Lee, this is a thrilling...

    Mitchell Zuckoff: Fall And Rise: The Story Of 9/11 [2021] paperback


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'The farewell calls from the planes... the mounting terror of air traffic control... the mothers who knew they were witnessing their loved ones perish... From...

    Laurence Rees: Hitler And Stalin [2021] paperback


    'Laurence Rees brilliantly combines powerful eye-witness testimony, vivid narrative and compelling analysis in this superb account' Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: Hubris and Hitler: Nemesis'In this fascinating study...

    Anonymous: A Woman In Berlin [2011] paperback


    This is a devastating book. It is matter-of-fact, makes no attempt to score political points, does not attempt to solicit sympathy for its protagonist and yet is among the most...

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