• In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
    In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
    ISBN: 9780143111450
    Title: In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
    Author: PHILBRICK NATHANIEL

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    "Nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. He succeeds, marvelously."--The New York Times Book Review

    The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition.

    In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake--fought without a single American ship--made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.

    In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00

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  • In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China Is Taking Over NZ
    In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China Is Taking Over NZ
    ISBN: 9781872970516
    Title: In the Jaws of the Dragon: How China Is Taking Over NZ
    Author: ASHER RON

    China Inc., the business arm of China's repressive dictatorship, is trying to take over the world by grabbing key sectors of various countries' economies as part of its strategic plan for global control of the world's resources. China's rapid arms build-up suggests that it is preparing to back its ever increasing demands on other countries with force.

    China chose New Zealand as the first Western country with which to have a free trade agreement, which is more about colonising and dominating our economy than about free trade. Since then the New Zealand government has bent over backwards to accommodate the interests of China Inc. - often at the expense of the prospects and interests of ordinary New Zealanders, e.g. the refusal to do anything meaningful to halt the unnatural rise in house prices, fueled in large part by Chinese cash, and the unnecessary grants of approval for the alienation of the Crafar farms and the giant Silver Fern Farms co-operative to Chinese interests.

    This book should be read by every New Zealander since it affects the future prospects of the country in respect of economic welfare, sovereignty and national security. It is a case of getting a grip on the situation now or sleepwalking to a situation where New Zealanders will finish up as lowly paid serfs in the land that was built by the sweat and toil of the pioneers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • In the Land of Giants
    In the Land of Giants
    ISBN: 9781784080334
    Title: In the Land of Giants
    Author: ADAMS MAX

    The five centuries between the end of Roman Britain (410) and the death of Alfred the Great (899) have left few voices save a handful of chroniclers, but Britain's 'Dark Ages' can still be explored through their material remnants: buildings, books, metalwork, and, above all, landscapes.


    Max Adams explores Britain's lost early medieval past by walking its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill and field. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, each of his ten walk narratives form both free-standing chapters and parts of a wider portrait of a Britain of fort and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy well and memorial stone.


    Part travelogue, part expert reconstruction, IN THE LAND OF GIANTS offers a beautifully written insight into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, monks and kings during an enigmatic but richly exciting period of our island's history.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
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  • In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A life of Pliny
    In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A life of Pliny
    ISBN: 9780008211127
    Title: In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A life of Pliny
    Author: DUNN DAISY


    'Never less than compelling ... She consistently succeeds in bringing what might otherwise seem dusty and remote to vivid life' Tom Holland, Literary Review


    'Starts with an erupting volcano - and then gets more exciting ... Wonderfully rich, witty, insightful and wide-ranging' Sarah Bakewell


    In a dazzling, lively new literary biography, Daisy Dunn weaves together the lives of two Roman greats: Pliny the Elder, author of Natural History, and his nephew Pliny the Younger, who inherited his uncle's notebooks and intellectual legacy.


    Breathing vivid life back into the Plinys, Daisy Dunn charts the extraordinary lives of two outstanding minds and their lasting legacy on the world.


    'A fascinating,& compelling and& excellent biography'

    Simon Sebag Montefiore


    'Immensely entertaining and readable ... Thoroughly recommended'

    Sunday Times



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
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  • India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765
    India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765
    ISBN: 9780141985398
    Title: India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765
    Author: EATON RICHARD M

    The Indian subcontinent might seem a self-contained world. Protected by vast mountains and seas, it has created its own religions, philosophies and social systems. And yet this ancient land experienced prolonged and intense interaction with the peoples and cultures of East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and, especially, Central Asia and the Iranian plateau between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries.Richard M. Eaton's wonderful new book tells this extraordinary story with relish and originality. His major theme is the rise of 'Persianate' culture - a transregional world informed by a canon of texts that circulated across Asia. Introduced to India in the eleventh century by Afghan dynasties, this culture would become thoroughly indigenized by the time of the great Mughals in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This long-term process of cultural interaction and assimilation is reflected in India's language, cuisine, attire, religion, styles of rulership and warfare, science, art, music, architecture and more.The book brilliantly elaborates the complex encounter between India's Sanskrit culture - which continued to flourish and grow throughout this period - and Persian culture, which helped shape the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire and a host of regional states, and made India what it is today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
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  • Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India
    Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India
    ISBN: 9781925713527
    Title: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India
    Author: THAROOR SHASHI

    In the eighteenth century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism, and caused millions to die from starvation. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial 'gift' - from the railways to the rule of law - was designed in Britain's interests alone. He goes on to show how Britain's Industrial Revolution was founded on India's deindustrialisation, and the destruction of its textile industry. In this bold and incisive reassessment of colonialism, Tharoor exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain's stained Indian legacy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery
    Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery
    ISBN: 9781847925725
    Title: Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery
    Author: TAYLOR MICHAEL

    For two hundred years, the abolition of slavery in Britain has been a cause for self-congratulation - but no longer.

    In 1807, Parliament outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire, but for the next quarter of a century, despite heroic and bloody rebellions, more than 700,000 people in the British colonies remained in slavery. And when a renewed abolitionist campaign was mounted, making slave ownership the defining political and moral issue of the day, emancipation was fiercely resisted by the powerful 'West India Interest'. Supported by nearly every leading figure of the British establishment - including Canning, Peel and Gladstone, The Times and Spectator - the Interest ensured that slavery survived until 1833 and that when abolition came at last, compensation was given not to the enslaved but to the slaveholders. Worth e340 billion in today's money, this was the largest pay-out in British history before the banking rescue package of 2008, incurring a national debt that was only repaid in 2015 and entrenching the power of slaveholders and their families to shape modern Britain.

    Drawing on major new research, this long-overdue and ground-breaking history shows that the triumph of abolition was also one of the darkest episodes in British history, revealing the lengths to which British leaders went to defend the indefensible in the name of profit.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, & Connection
    Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, & Connection
    ISBN: 9781610397964
    Title: Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, & Connection
    Author: ANSARY TAMIM

    From language to culture to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual Age

    Traveling across millennia, weaving the experiences and world views of cultures both extinct and extant, The Invention of Yesterday shows that the engine of history is not so much heroic (battles won), geographic (farmers thrive), or anthropogenic (humans change the planet) as it is narrative.

    Many thousands of years ago, when we existed only as countless small autonomous bands of hunter-gatherers widely distributed through the wilderness, we began inventing stories--to organize for survival, to find purpose and meaning, to explain the unfathomable. Ultimately these became the basis for empires, civilizations, and cultures. And when various narratives began to collide and overlap, the encounters produced everything from confusion, chaos, and war to cultural efflorescence, religious awakenings, and intellectual breakthroughs.

    Through vivid stories studded with insights, Tamim Ansary illuminates the world-historical consequences of the unique human capacity to invent and communicate abstract ideas. In doing so, he also explains our ever-more-intertwined present: the narratives now shaping us, the reasons we still battle one another, and the future we may yet create.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Iran: A Modern History
    Iran: A Modern History
    ISBN: 9780300248937
    Title: Iran: A Modern History
    Author: AMANAT ABBAS

    A professor of history and international studies at Yale University presents a masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
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  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
    Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
    ISBN: 9780141021874
    Title: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
    Author: APPLEBAUM ANNE

    At the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union unexpectedly found itself in control of a huge swathe of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: Communism. Anne Applebaum's landmark history of this brutal time shows how societies were ruthlessly eviscerated by Communist regimes, how opposition was destroyed and what life was like for ordinary people who had to choose whether to fight, to flee or to collaborate.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives
    Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives
    ISBN: 9780500293782
    Title: Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives
    Author: F. ROBINSON CHASE

    The religious thinkers, political leaders, law-makers, writers and philosophers of the early Muslim world helped to shape the 1,400-year-long development of today's secondlargest world religion. But who were these people? What do we know of their lives, and the ways in which they influenced their societies? Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures, but weaves these ambitious lives together to create a rich narrative of early Islamic civilization, from the Prophet Muhammad to fearsome Tamerlane. Beginning in Islam's heartland, Mecca, we move across Arabia to follow Islam's journey across North Africa, as far as Spain in the West, and eastwards through Central and East Asia; we see the rise and fall of Islamic states through the political and military leaders working to secure peace or expand their power, and, within this political climate, the development of Islamic law, scientific thought and literature through the words of the scholars who devoted themselves to these pursuits. Alongside the famous characters who coloured this landscape, including Muhammad's controversial cousin, 'Ali; the first Sultan of Egypt, Saladin; and the poet Rumi, the reader will also meet less wellknown figures, such as Shajar al-Durr, slave-turned-Sultana of Egypt, and Ibn Fadlan, whose travels in Eurasia brought first-hand accounts of the Volka Vikings to the Abbasid Caliph.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities That Define a Civilization
    Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities That Define a Civilization
    ISBN: 9780141981093
    Title: Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities That Define a Civilization
    Author: MAROZZI JUSTIN

    Islamic civilization was once the envy of the world. From a succession of glittering, cosmopolitan capitals, Islamic empires lorded it over the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian subcontinent. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its cities unrivalled powerhouses of artistic grandeur, commercial power, spiritual sanctity and forward-looking thinking.

    Islamic Empires is a history of this rich and diverse civilization told through its greatest cities over the fifteen centuries, from the beginnings of Islam in Mecca in the seventh century to the astonishing rise of Doha in the twenty-first.

    It dwells on the most remarkable dynasties ever to lead the Muslim world - the Abbasids of Baghdad, the Umayyads of Damascus and Cordoba, the Merinids of Fez, the Ottomans of Istanbul, the Mughals of India and the Safavids of Isfahan - and some of the most charismatic leaders in Muslim history, from Saladin in Cairo and mighty Tamerlane of Samarkand to the poet-prince Babur in his mountain kingdom of Kabul and the irrepressible Maktoum dynasty of Dubai. It focuses on these fifteen cities at some of the defining moments in Islamic history- from the Prophet Mohammed receiving his divine revelations in Mecca and the First Crusade of 1099 to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal creation of the merchant republic of Beirut in the nineteenth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire
    Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire
    ISBN: 9780674984301
    Title: Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire
    Author: ZOELLNER TOM


    A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

    "Tom Zoellner tells the story of Sam Sharpe's revolution manqué, and the subsequent abolition of slavery in Jamaica, in a way that's acutely relevant to the racial unrest of our own time. Island on Fire is impeccably researched and seductively readable."--Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising

    From a New York Times bestselling author, a gripping account of the slave rebellion that led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

    For five horrific weeks after Christmas in 1831, Jamaica was convulsed by an uprising of its enslaved people. What started as a peaceful labor strike quickly turned into a full-blown revolt, leaving hundreds of plantation houses in smoking ruins. By the time British troops had put down the rebels, more than a thousand Jamaicans lay dead from summary executions and extrajudicial murder.

    While the rebels lost their military gamble, their sacrifice accelerated the larger struggle for freedom in the British Atlantic. The daring and suffering of the Jamaicans galvanized public opinion throughout the empire, triggering a decisive turn against slavery. For centuries bondage had fed Britain's appetite for sugar. Within two years of the Christmas rebellion, slavery was formally abolished.

    Island on Fire is a dramatic day-by-day account of this transformative uprising. A skillful storyteller, Tom Zoellner goes back to the primary sources to tell the intimate story of the men and women who rose up and tasted liberty for a few brief weeks. He provides the first full portrait of the rebellion's enigmatic leader, Samuel Sharpe, and gives us a poignant glimpse of the struggles and dreams of the many Jamaicans who died for liberty.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
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  • Ivory Vikings: the Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World & the Woman Who Made Them
    Ivory Vikings: the Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World & the Woman Who Made Them
    ISBN: 9781250108593
    Title: Ivory Vikings: the Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World & the Woman Who Made Them
    Author: BROWN NANCY MARIE


    In the early 1800s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard's Chess with them inHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects.


    Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where?Ivory Vikingsby Nancy Marie Brown explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explainsthe economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • James Cook: The Story Behind the Man who Mapped the World
    James Cook: The Story Behind the Man who Mapped the World
    ISBN: 9780733641275
    Title: James Cook: The Story Behind the Man who Mapped the World
    Author: FITZSIMONS PETER

    The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated.

    But who was the real James Cook?
    This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond.
    With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy.
    Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present
    Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present
    ISBN: 9780141985374
    Title: Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present
    Author: HARDING CHRISTOPHER


    This is a fresh and surprising account of Japan's culture from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid-nineteenth century to the present.


    'How much I admired it, what a lot I learned from it and, above all, how very much I enjoyed it ... Masterly.' Neil MacGregor


    It is told through the eyes of people who greeted this change not with the confidence and grasping ambition of Japan's modernizers and nationalists, but with resistance, conflict, distress.


    We encounter writers of dramas, ghost stories and crime novels where modernity itself is the tragedy, the ghoul and the bad guy; surrealist and avant-garde artists sketching their escape; rebel kamikaze pilots and the put-upon urban poor; hypnotists and gangsters; men in desperate search of the eternal feminine and feminists in search of something more than state-sanctioned subservience; Buddhists without morals; Marxist terror groups; couches full to bursting with the psychological fall-out of breakneck modernization. These people all sprang from the soil of modern Japan, but their personalities and projects failed to fit. They were 'dark blossoms': both East-West hybrids and home-grown varieties that wreathed, probed and sometimes penetrated the new structures of mainstream Japan.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Japanese A History in 20 Lives
    Japanese A History in 20 Lives
    ISBN: 9780241434505
    Title: Japanese A History in 20 Lives
    Author: HARDING CHRISTOPHER

    Chris Harding's enormously enjoyable new book distils Japan's long, complex and fascinating history into the stories of twenty remarkable individuals. These vivid and entertaining portraits take the reader from the earliest written accounts of Japan right through to the life of the current empress, Masako. We encounter shamans and warlords, poets and revolutionaries, scientists, artists and adventurers - each offering insights of their own into this extraordinary place.For anyone new to Japan, this book is the ideal introduction. For anyone already deeply involved with it, this is a book filled with surprises and pleasures.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
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  • Jerusalem: The Biography
    Jerusalem: The Biography
    ISBN: 9781474614399
    Title: Jerusalem: The Biography
    Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG

    The story of Jerusalem is the story of the world. This fully revised and updated edition includes a new epilogue bringing the story of Jerusalem up to the present day including updates on the Israeli American relationship and the huge recent shifts in the Middle East. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilisations. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? Drawing on new archives and a lifetime's study, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. From King David to the twenty-first century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice: in heaven and on earth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen
    Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen
    ISBN: 9781444796292
    Title: Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII's Fifth Queen
    Author: WILKINSON JOSEPHINE


    'An impressive revisionist biography' The Times

    Looming out of the encroaching darkness of the February evening was London Bridge, still ornamented with the severed heads of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham; the terrible price they had paid for suspected intimacy with the queen.

    Katherine now reached the Tower of London, her final destination.

    Katherine Howard was the fifth wife of Henry VIII and cousin to the executed Anne Boleyn. She first came to court as a young girl of fourteen, but even prior to that her fate had been sealed and she was doomed to die. She was beheaded in 1542 for crimes of adultery and treason, in one of the most sensational scandals of the Tudor age.

    The traditional story of Henry VIII's fifth queen dwells on her sexual exploits before she married the king, and her execution is seen as her just dessert for having led an abominable life. However, the true story of Katherine Howard could not be more different.

    Far from being a dark tale of court factionalism and conspiracy, Katherine's story is one of child abuse, family ambition, religious conflict and political and sexual intrigue. It is also a tragic love story. A bright, kind and intelligent young woman, Katherine was fond of clothes and dancing, yet she also had a strong sense of duty and tried to be a good wife to Henry. She handled herself with grace and queenly dignity to the end, even as the barge carrying her on her final journey drew up at the Tower of London, where she was to be executed for high treason.

    Little more than a child in a man's world, she was the tragic victim of those who held positions of authority over her, and from whose influence she was never able to escape.



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    Price: $32.00
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  • King in the North: the Life & Times of Oswald of Northumbria
    King in the North: the Life & Times of Oswald of Northumbria
    ISBN: 9781781854204
    Title: King in the North: the Life & Times of Oswald of Northumbria
    Author: ADAMS MAX

    A stunning recreation of the life and times of Oswald of Northumbria: Christian warlord, founder of Lindisfarne monastery - and the first great English monarch. Oswald Whiteblade lived one of the most influential and colourful lives in early English history. Before his death in battle against the pagans of Mercia cut short his reign as king of Northumbria (634-42), he remodelled his northeastern English homeland as a Christian kingdom, founded the monastery of Lindisfarne, introduced a culture of learning which influenced all Europe, and became the most powerful ruler in Britain. Max Adams's thrilling account rescues Oswald from Dark Age obscurity to reveal an unjustly forgotten English hero - a king whose return from exile to reclaim his birthright was the inspiration for J. R. R. Tolkien's Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. But THE KING IN THE NORTH is more than just a biography of the first great English monarch; it is a stunningly researched, wide-ranging, beautifully written and revelatory portrait of early medieval England in all its aspects.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • King Is Dead: The Last Will & Testament of Henry VIII
    King Is Dead: The Last Will & Testament of Henry VIII
    ISBN: 9781838937430
    Title: King Is Dead: The Last Will & Testament of Henry VIII
    Author: LIPSCOMB SUZANNAH

    On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall. Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped, and sealed. The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth; and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families. It also listed bequests to the king's most trusted counselors and servants.Henry's will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry's last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own illuminating interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period.Illustrated with portraits of the key figures at Henry's court, The King is Dead is as boldly evocative as it is beautiful--a work of Tudor history to cherish.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror & Heroism in Colonial Africa
    King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror & Heroism in Colonial Africa
    ISBN: 9781509882205
    Title: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror & Heroism in Colonial Africa
    Author: HOCHSCHILD ADAM


    With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver


    In the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory, pummelled its people and set up a ruthless regime that would reduce the population by half. . While he did all this, he carefully constructed an image of himself as a deeply feeling humanitarian.


    Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize in 1999, King Leopold's Ghost is the true and haunting account of this man's brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. It is also the inspiring and deeply moving account of a handful of missionaries and other idealists who travelled to Africa and unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a gruesome holocaust. Instead of turning away, these brave few chose to stand up against Leopold. Adam Hochschild brings life to this largely untold story and, crucially, casts blame on those responsible for this atrocity.



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  • Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
    Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
    ISBN: 9781408888827
    Title: Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM & ANAND ANITA

    The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world.

    On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old maharaja of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over great swathes of the richest country in India in a formal Act of Submission to a private corporation, the East India Company. He was also compelled to hand over to the British monarch, Queen Victoria, perhaps the single most valuable object on the subcontinent- the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. The Mountain of Light.

    The history of the Koh-i-Noor that was then commissioned by the British may have been one woven together from gossip of Delhi bazaars, but it was to become the accepted version. Only now is it finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology that has clung to it for so long. The resulting history is one of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation told through an impressive slice of south and central Asian history. It ends with the jewel in its current controversial setting- in the crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

    Masterly, powerful and erudite, this is history at its most compelling and invigorating.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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  • Land: How the Hunger For Ownership Shaped the Modern World
    Land: How the Hunger For Ownership Shaped the Modern World
    ISBN: 9780008359126
    Title: Land: How the Hunger For Ownership Shaped the Modern World
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON

    From the bestselling author Simon Winchester, a human history of land around the world: who mapped it, owned it, stole it, cared for it, fought for it and gave it back. In 1889, thousands of hopeful people raced southward from the Kansas state line and westward from the Arkansas boundary to stake claims on the thousands of acres of unclaimed pastures and meadows. Across the twentieth century, water was dammed and drained in Holland so that a new province, Flevoland, rose up, unchartered and requiring new thinking. In 1850, California legislated the theft of land from Native Americans. An apology came in 2019 from the governor, but what of the call for reparations or return? What of government confiscation of land in India, or questions of fairness when it comes to New Zealand's Maori population and the legacy of settlers?The ownership of land has always been complicated, opaque, and more than a little anarchic when viewed from the outside. In this book, Simon Winchester explores the the stewardship of land, the ways it is delineated and changes hands, the great disputes, and the questions of restoration – particularly in the light of climate change and colonialist reparation.A global study, this is an exquisite exploration of what the ownership of land might really mean – not in dry-as-dust legal terms, but for the people who live on it.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Last Days in Old Europe
    Last Days in Old Europe
    ISBN: 9780141979991
    Title: Last Days in Old Europe
    Author: BASSETT RICHARD

    Part memoir, part reflection, this book brings to life central Europe during the last 10 years of the Cold War. It begins in Trieste in 1979 where the resonances of the Habsburg Empire are still strong. The second part moves to the darker, claustrophobic world of Vienna in 1985, where the atmosphere of the Cold War seemed to infiltrate every brick of a city hovering between two worlds, and even the most seemingly harmless of culinary establishments masked the game of espionage between East and West. In the third part, the story shifts to Prague in 1989 during the dramatic, intoxicating days of the "velvet revolution" and the long-awaited opening up of the east. Revolution, when it came was from above rather than below: Moscow was far more engaged with events during those turbulent November weeks than is generally appreciated. Throughout the book we encounter a diverse array of glittering characters: penniless aristocrats, charming gangsters, even Amazonian blondes in the service of Eastern European spy agencies; fractious diplomatists and disinherited royalty supply a colorful supporting cast. With charm, wit and insight, Richard Bassett recreates through his personal encounters the elegy, farce and tragedy of Central Europe in the last days of communism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Last Days of the Incas
    Last Days of the Incas
    ISBN: 9780743260503
    Title: Last Days of the Incas
    Author: MACQUARRIE KIM

    The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers.

    In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca. Despite being outnumbered by more than two hundred to one, the Spaniards prevailed—due largely to their horses, their steel armor and swords, and their tactic of surprise. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. Although the Inca emperor paid an enormous ransom in gold, the Spaniards executed him anyway. The following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. Peru was now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.

    But the Incas did not submit willingly. A young Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, soon led a massive rebellion against the Spaniards, inflicting heavy casualties and nearly wiping out the conquerors. Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba—only recently rediscovered by a trio of colorful American explorers. Although the Incas fought a deadly, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla war, the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor and vanquished the native resistance.Kim MacQuarrie is a four-time Emmy Award–winning filmmaker and award-winning author who has lived and worked all over the world. Educated in the US and France, he lived for five years in Peru and spent some of that time living with a recently contacted tribe in the Amazon jungle, only 100 miles from Machu Picchu. He is the author ofLife and Death in the AndesandThe Last Days of the Incas,as well as three illustrated books about Peru. He currently divides his time between the US, Peru, and Thailand. Visit him at KimMacQuarrie.com."This is a wonderful book about one of the most epic struggles of history, a conquest that transformed a continent.""A colorful, superbly crafted historical narrative that masterfully demonstrates that when cultures collide, unforeseen and tragic consequences follow....also a memorable adventure story, revealing the modern Indiana Jones-type characters that unearthed, and continue to discover, lost parts of the Inca Empire. Last Days of the Incas is historical writing at its best.""The Last Days of the Incas surprises, delivers history, and reads like a great yarn. I've read yards of books on the Incas, but this one took me out of the classroom and into that long-lost world.""The story of the European conquest of the fascinating and fabulously rich empire of the Incas is one of history's most engaging and tragic episodes...Thanks to The Last Days of the Incas, Kim MacQuarrie's superbly written new treatment of the subject, it is now accessible to the much broader audience it deserves.""In this thrilling informative work...MacQuarrie also manages to spin the oft-told story of the discovery of Machu Picchu into narrative gold.""Thoroughly and entertainingly recounted...MacQuarrie excels."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City
    Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City
    ISBN: 9781786073303
    Title: Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City
    Author: SINCLAIR IAIN

    Iain Sinclair has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In 'The Last London', Sinclair strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Last Mughal: the Fall of Delhi 1857
    Last Mughal: the Fall of Delhi 1857
    ISBN: 9781408800928
    Title: Last Mughal: the Fall of Delhi 1857
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM

    On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughals rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories
    Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories
    ISBN: 9780141983561
    Title: Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories
    Author: ALEXIEVICH SVETLANA & PEVEAR RICHARD (TRANSLATOR);

    What did it mean to grow up in the Soviet Union during the Second World War? In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich started interviewing people who had experienced war as children, the generation that survived and had to live with the trauma that would forever change the course of the Russian nation.

    With remarkable care and empathy, Alexievich gives voice to those whose stories are lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history of one of the most important events of the twentieth century.

    Published to great acclaim in the Soviet Union in 1985 and now available in English for the first time, this masterpiece offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human consequences of the war - and an extraordinary chronicle of the Russian soul.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness
    Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness
    ISBN: 9780349141862
    Title: Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness
    Author: WINDER ROBERT


    It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder's brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.


    In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.


    Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets - the story is studded with these and other English things.


    And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Last Words: Approaches to Death in NZ Cultures & Faiths
    Last Words: Approaches to Death in NZ Cultures & Faiths
    ISBN: 9781877242342
    Title: Last Words: Approaches to Death in NZ Cultures & Faiths
    Author: SCHWASS MARGOT ED

    A short book about different practices for acknowledging death in the different cultures and religions currently in New Zealand. While it is designed for use by nurses and doctors, chaplains, funeral directors, police, hospice workers and community workers, the book is also intended for general readers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Life & Afterlife of Harry Houdini
    Life & Afterlife of Harry Houdini
    ISBN: 9781501137242
    Title: Life & Afterlife of Harry Houdini
    Author: POSNANSKI JOE

    Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist's impact on American culture--and why his legacy endures to this day.

    Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor's garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini.

    In The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters Houdini World to understand why the magician still enthralls people. Posnanski immerses himself in Houdini's past and present, visiting landmarks, museums (including one owned by Copperfield), attractions, and private archives. Filled with false histories and improbable facts, Houdini's life is an irresistible contradiction. His sweeping afterlife is no less fascinating.

    In rural Pennsylvania, a thirteen-year-old girl finds the courage to leave a violent home after learning that Houdini ran away to join the circus; she eventually becomes the first female magician to saw a man in half on television. In Australia, an eight-year-old boy with a learning impediment feels worthless until he sees an old poster of Houdini advertising "Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner," and begins his path to becoming that nation's most popular magician. In California, an actor and Vietnam War veteran finds purpose in his life by uncovering the secrets of his hero.

    But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. His incredible transformation from Ehrich Weiss, humble Hungarian immigrant and rabbi's son, into the self-named Harry Houdini has won him a slice of immortality. No one has withstood the test of time quite like Houdini.

    Fueled by Posnanski's personal obsession with the magician--and magic itself--The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a poignant odyssey of discovery, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to trace Houdini's metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions. Posnanski takes us on a joyous, thrilling, and, yes, magical journey to discover why Houdini endures--and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • Life & Legend of the Sultan Saladin
    Life & Legend of the Sultan Saladin
    ISBN: 9780099572749
    Title: Life & Legend of the Sultan Saladin
    Author: PHILLIPS JONATHAN

    An engaging biography that offers a new perspective on one of the most influential figures of the Crusades

    In 1187, Saladin marched triumphantly into Jerusalem, ending decades of struggle against the Christians and reclaiming the holy city for Islam. Four years later he fought off the armies of the Third Crusade, which were commanded by Europe's leading monarchs. A fierce warrior and savvy diplomat, Saladin's unparalleled courtesy, justice, generosity, and mercy were revered by both his fellow Muslims and his Christian rivals such as Richard the Lionheart.

    Combining thorough research with vivid storytelling, Jonathan Phillips offers a fresh and captivating look at the triumphs, failures, and contradictions of one of the Crusades' most unique figures. Bringing the vibrant world of the twelfth century to life, this book also explores Saladin's complicated legacy, examining the ways Saladin has been invoked in the modern age by Arab and Muslim leaders ranging from Nasser in Egypt, Asad in Syria, and Saddam Hussein in Iraq to Osama bin Laden, as well as his huge appeal across popular culture in books, drama, and music.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Lion & the Nightingale: A Journey Through Modern Turkey
    Lion & the Nightingale: A Journey Through Modern Turkey
    ISBN: 9781788314961
    Title: Lion & the Nightingale: A Journey Through Modern Turkey
    Author: GENC KAYA


    Turkey is a land torn between East and West, and between its glorious past and a dangerous, unpredictable future. After the violence of an attempted military coup against President Erdogan in 2016, an event which shocked the world, journalist and novelist Kaya Genc travelled around his country on a quest to find the places and people in whom the contrasts of Turkey's rich past meet. As suicide bombers attack Istanbul, and journalists and teachers are imprisoned, he walks the streets of the famous Ottoman neighbourhoods, telling the stories of the ordinary Turks who live among the contradictions and conflicts of Anatolia, one of the world's oldest civilizations. The Lion and the Nightingale presents the spellbinding story of a country whose history has been split between East and West, between violence and beauty - between the roar of the lion and the song of the nightingale.


    Weaving together a mixture of memoir, interview and his own autobiography, Genc takes the reader on a contemporary journey through the contradictory soul of the Turkish nation.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Little History of the World
    Little History of the World
    ISBN: 9780300143324
    Title: Little History of the World
    Author: GOMBRICH E H

    In 1935, with a doctorate in art history and no prospect of a job, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was invited by a publishing acquaintance to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Amazingly, he completed the task in an intense six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was published in Vienna to immediate success, and is now available in seventeen languages across the world. Toward the end of his long life, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, at last, an English translation. A Little History of the World presents his lively and involving history to English-language readers for the first time. Superbly designed and freshly illustrated, this is a book to be savored and collected. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers & Commoners
    Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers & Commoners
    ISBN: 9780500294802
    Title: Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers & Commoners
    Author: WILKINSON TOBY

    The 100 biographies included here give voice not only to ancient Egypts rulers but also to the people who built the great monuments, staffed government offices, farmed, served in the temples, and fought to defend the countrys borders. Illustrated.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Living on Stolen Land
    Living on Stolen Land
    ISBN: 9781925936247
    Title: Living on Stolen Land
    Author: KWAYMULLINA AMBELIN

    You are on Indigenous lands, swimming in Indigenous waters, looking up at Indigenous skies. Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler 'present'. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly original way. It pulls apart the myths at the heart of our nationhood, and challenges Australia to come to terms with its own past and its place within and on 'Indigenous Countries'. This title speaks to many First Nations' truths — stolen lands, sovereignties, time, decolonisation, First Nations perspectives, systemic bias and other constructs that inform our present discussions and ever-expanding understanding. This title is a timely, thought-provoking and accessible read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Lockhart Plot: Love, Betrayal, Assassination & Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia
    Lockhart Plot: Love, Betrayal, Assassination & Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia
    ISBN: 9780198852988
    Title: Lockhart Plot: Love, Betrayal, Assassination & Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia
    Author: SCHNEER JONATHAN

    During the spring and summer of 1918, with World War I still undecided, British, French and American agents in Russia developed a breathtakingly audacious plan. Led by Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart, a dashing, cynical, urbane 30-year-old Scot, they conspired to overthrow Lenin's newly established Bolshevik regime, and to install one that would continue the war against Germany on the Eastern Front. Lockhart's confidante and chief support, with whom he engaged in apassionate love affair, was the mysterious, alluring Moura von Benkendorff, wife of a former aide-de-camp to the Tsar.The plotters' chief opponent was 'Iron Felix' Dzerzhinsky. He led the Cheka, 'Sword and Shield' of the Russian Revolution and forerunner of the KGB. Dzerzhinsky loved humanity - in the abstract. He believed socialism represented humanity's best hope. To preserve and protect it he would unleash unbounded terror. Revolutionary Russia provided the setting for the ensuing contest. In the back streets of Petrograd and Moscow, in rough gypsy cabarets, in glittering nightclubs, in cells beneath the Cheka's Lubianka prison, the protagonists engaged in a deadly game of wits for the highest possible stakes - not merely life and death, but the outcome of a world war and the nature of Russia's post-war regime. Confident of success, the conspirators set the date for an uprising, September 8, 1918, but the Cheka had penetrated their organization and pounced just beforehand. The Lockhart Plot was a turning point in world history, except it failed to turn. At a time when Russian meddling in British and American politics now sounds warning bells, however, we may sense its reverberations and realize that it is still relevant.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City
    London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City
    ISBN: 9781786892133
    Title: London Made Us: A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City
    Author: ELMS ROBERT

    'London is a giant kaleidoscope, which is forever turning. Take your eye off it for more than a moment and you're lost.' Robert Elms has seen his beloved city change beyond all imagining. London in his lifetime has morphed from a piratical, bomb-scarred playground, to a swish cosmopolitan metropolis. Motorways driven through lost communities, accents changing, skyscrapers appearing. Yet still it remains to him the greatest place on earth.Elms takes us back through time and place to myriad Londons. He is our guide through a place that has seen scientific experiments conducted in subterranean lairs and a small community declare itself an independent nation; a place his great-great-grandfather made the Elms' home over a century ago and a city that has borne witness to world-changing events.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • London Under
    London Under
    ISBN: 9780099287377
    Title: London Under
    Author: ACKROYD PETER

    From the author of the bestselling London: The Biography, a poetic and powerful urban history of life and legend beneath London.

    This is a wonderful, atmospheric, historical, imaginative, oozing little study of verything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers and gang hide-outs. The depth below is hot, much warmer than the surface and this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures that dwell in darkness, real and fictional -- rats and eels, monsters and ghosts.

    There is a bronze-age trackway under the Isle of Dogs, Wren found Anglo-Saxon graves under St Paul's, and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. In Kensal Green cemetery there was a hydraulic device to lower bodies into the catacombs below -- "Welcome to the lower depths." A door in the plinth of statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge leads to a huge tunnel, packed with cables -- gas, water, telephone. When the Metropolitan Line was opened in 1864 the guards asked for permission to grow beards to protect themselves against the sulphurous fumes, and called their engines by the names of tyrants -- Czar, Kaiser, Mogul -- and even Pluto, god of the underworld.

    Going under London is to penetrate history, to enter a hidden world. "The vastness of the space, a second earth,"
    writes Peter Ackroyd, "elicits sensations of wonder and of terror. It partakes of myth and dream in equal measure."

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00

    $32.00
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