Essential books illuminating key periods of history, from the Romans to the Tudors to World War 1. Delve into the history of England with Peter Ackroyd, explore Britain’s forgotten multicultural past with David Olusoga, or uncover the violent rise of early Christianity with Catherine Nixey.

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Margaret George’s favourite stories of the Roman Empire.

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    The Diary of Lena Mukhina

    Lena Mukhina

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    A Curious Friendship

    Anna Thomasson

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    The Discovery of France

    Graham Robb

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    King John

    Stephen Church

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    The Way We Wore

    Daphne Selfe

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    An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist

    Nick Middleton

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    Our Story

    Reginald Kray

    Ronald Kray

    Fred Dinenage

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    1946: The Making of the Modern World

    Victor Sebestyen

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    Civil War

    Peter Ackroyd

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    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill

    William Manchester

    Paul Reid

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    The Fall of Paris

    Alistair Horne

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    Empire's Crossroads

    Carrie Gibson

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    Some Desperate Glory

    Max Egremont

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    Max Hastings

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    Max Hastings

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    Churchill's Empire

    Richard Toye

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    We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families

    Philip Gourevitch

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    Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses

    Helen Rappaport

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    Queen of the Desert

    Georgina Howell

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    Michael Herr

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    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

    Alexandra Fuller

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    The Seventies Unplugged

    Gerard DeGroot

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    Max Hastings

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    The Places In Between

    Rory Stewart

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    Passions Between Women

    Emma Donoghue

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    Last Letters Home

    Tamasin Day-Lewis

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    A History of the First World War

    B. H. Liddell Hart

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    A History of the Second World War

    B. H. Liddell Hart

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    The Ancient Paths

    Graham Robb

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    Bear Grylls: Two All-Action Adventures

    Bear Grylls

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    Simon Winder

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    The Restoration of Rome

    Peter Heather

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    Judith Mackrell

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    To War with Whitaker

    Hermione Ranfurly

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    Crown of Thistles

    Linda Porter

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    The Wreck at Sharpnose Point

    Jeremy Seal

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    Small Wars, Far Away Places

    Michael Burleigh

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    Burial Rites

    Hannah Kent

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    Jim Crace

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    Going to the Wars

    Max Hastings

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