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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  1. Book cover for 1939


    Frederick Taylor

  2. Book cover for The Age of Light

    The Age of Light

    Whitney Scharer

  3. Book cover for Meditations


    Marcus Aurelius

  4. Book cover for The Map of Knowledge

    The Map of Knowledge

    Violet Moller

  5. Book cover for Daughters of Chivalry

    Daughters of Chivalry

    Kelcey Wilson-Lee

  6. Book cover for Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  7. Book cover for Lotharingia


    Simon Winder

  8. Book cover for The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

    The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

    Susannah Stapleton

  9. Book cover for Germania


    Simon Winder

  10. Book cover for Danubia


    Simon Winder

  11. Book cover for The Book of Tea

    The Book of Tea

    Okakura Kakuzo

    Sayuri Romei

  12. Book cover for Nature's Mutiny

    Nature's Mutiny

    Philipp Blom

  13. Book cover for War Doctor

    War Doctor

    David Nott

  14. Book cover for Notre-Dame


    Ken Follett

  15. Book cover for Dominion


    Peter Ackroyd

  16. Book cover for The Skripal Files

    The Skripal Files

    Mark Urban

  17. Book cover for Handel in London

    Handel in London

    Jane Glover

  18. Book cover for Her Father's Daughter

    Her Father's Daughter

    Beezy Marsh

  19. Book cover for The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson’s Guide to Life

    The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson’s Guide to Life

    Henry Hitchings

  20. Book cover for Mrs Gaskell and Me

    Mrs Gaskell and Me

    Nell Stevens

  21. Book cover for A Daughter's Choice

    A Daughter's Choice

    Margaret Ford

  22. Book cover for The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram

    The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram

    David M. Guss

  23. Book cover for Carrying the Fire

    Carrying the Fire

    Michael Collins

  24. Book cover for Milk of Paradise

    Milk of Paradise

    Lucy Inglis

  25. Book cover for A World on Edge

    A World on Edge

    Daniel Schönpflug

  26. Book cover for A Higher Loyalty

    A Higher Loyalty

    James Comey

  27. Book cover for King of Spies

    King of Spies

    Blaine Harden

  28. Book cover for No Way Out

    No Way Out

    Adam Jowett

  29. Book cover for Operation Chaos

    Operation Chaos

    Matthew Sweet

  30. Book cover for King Leopold's Ghost

    King Leopold's Ghost

    Adam Hochschild

  31. Book cover for The Debatable Land

    The Debatable Land

    Graham Robb

  32. Book cover for Wolves of Rome

    Wolves of Rome

    Valerio Massimo Manfredi

  33. Book cover for The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

    Steve Brusatte

  34. Book cover for Leaves of Grass

    Leaves of Grass

    Walt Whitman

  35. Book cover for Love Letters of Great Men

    Love Letters of Great Men

    Ursula Doyle

  36. Book cover for The End of the Cold War

    The End of the Cold War

    Robert Service

  37. Book cover for Promise Me, Dad

    Promise Me, Dad

    Joe Biden

  38. Book cover for Christmas


    Judith Flanders

  39. Book cover for Gladstone


    Roy Jenkins

  40. Book cover for All My Mother's Secrets

    All My Mother's Secrets

    Beezy Marsh

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