• Codebreakers of Bletchley Park The Secret Intelligence Station that Helped Defeat the Nazis
    Codebreakers of Bletchley Park The Secret Intelligence Station that Helped Defeat the Nazis
    At Bletchley Park, some of Britain's most talented mathematicians, linguists, and intellectuals were assembled to break Nazi codes. Kept secret for nearly thirty years, we have now come to realise the crucial role that these codebreakers played in the Allied victory in World War II.

    Written by Dermot Turing - the nephew of famous codebreaker Alan Turing - this illustrated account provides unique insight into the behind-the-scenes action at Bletchley Park. Discover how brilliant and eccentric individuals such as Dilly Knox, Alan Turing and Joan Clarke were recruited, the social life that grew up around the park, and how they dealt with the ever-present burden of secrecy.

    Including a foreword by Professor Christopher Andrew of Cambridge University, author of MI5's official history The Defence of the Realm, this book brings to life the stories of the men and women who toiled day and night to crack the seemingly unbreakable enigma code.

    ISBN: 9781789506211
    Publication date: 15/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Turing, Dermot
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Colour of Time
    Colour of Time
    An artist, working with a historian, uses digital techniques to bring to life 200 photographs of the defining events and personalities of the modern world. A mini edition of Dan Jones and Marina Amaral's The Colour of Time.

    The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace, and the lives of men and women who made history. The book is a collaboration between a gifted Brazilian artist and a leading British historian. Marina Amaral has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions. Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that we live in today. A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen words, The Colour of Time offers a unique - and often beautiful - perspective on the past. This compact edition of The Colour of Time makes the perfect gift for anyone (and not just anyone interested in history).

    ISBN: 9781789541557
    Publication date: 03/10/2019
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Jones, Dan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Conquistadores
    Conquistadores
    The 'conquistadores', the early explorers and settlers of Spanish America, have become the stuff of legends and nightmares. In their own time, they were glorified as heroic adventurers, spreading Christian culture and helping to build an empire unlike any the world had ever seen. Today, they stand condemned for their cruelty and exploitation, as men who decimated the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs and the Incas, and carried out horrific atrocities in their pursuit of gold and glory.In Conquistadores, Mexican historian Fernando Cervantes cuts through the layers of myth and fiction to immerse the reader in the world of the late-medieval imperialist. It is a world as unfamiliar to us as the Indigenous peoples of the New World were to the conquistadores themselves. Drawing upon a wide range of sources including diaries, letters, chronicles and treatises, Cervantes reframes the story of the Spanish conquest of the New World, set against the political and intellectual landscape from which its main actors emerged. At the heart of the story are the conquistadores, whose epic ambitions and moral contradictions defined an era.From Columbus to Cortes, Pizarro and beyond, the explorers we think we know come alive in this thought-provoking and illuminating account of a period that irrevocably altered the course of world history.

    ISBN: 9780241242148
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Cervantes, Fernando
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Conspiracy Book
    Conspiracy Book
    Scholar of the occult and secret histories, John Michael Greer shines a light on 100 mysterious conspiracies and hidden societies throughout history, from Ancient Greece to the modern era.

    The Freemasons. The Satanic Hell-Fire Club. The Illuminati. This fascinating book delves into 100 mysterious conspiracies across time, ranging from secret societies that planned revolutions to underground groups with sometimes-nefarious agendas. Illustrated with intriguing photos and ephemera, it's a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about the hidden forces that have shaped some of the most significant events in history.

    ISBN: 9781454930044
    Publication date: 01/11/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Greer, John Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Crucible of Hell Okinawa The Last Great Battle of the Second World War
    Crucible of Hell Okinawa The Last Great Battle of the Second World War
    From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa - one of the greatest battles to take place across air, land and sea, and one of the most extraordinary, unusual episodes of the Second World War.

    For the ferocity of the fighting, the loss of life on both sides, and the pivotal, war-ending potential of its outcome, the assault on Okinawa had no match. Named 'Operation Iceberg' by the Americans leading the campaign against the Japanese island and 'typhoon of steel' afterwards for the overwhelming clash of soldiers, the battle was the bloodiest of the Second World War's action in the Pacific. Of the 300,000 pre-war population of Okinawa, around half were killed, committed suicide, or went missing. On the US Navy's side, the dead exceeded the wounded.

    Saul David delivers fierce military action from both sides with masterful, close attention, weaving through the remarkable and dreadful features of the battle: the brutal barrage of the kamikaze attacks, which the Imperial Army believed would deter the American forces; the precedents it set for Japanese conscription as thousands of boys as young as fourteen were mobilized for guerrilla warfare; and the terrible circumstances of mass suicide by Japanese civilians, who as defeat loomed were encouraged by soldiers and handed grenades to use on their families.

    Saul David captures the action of the battle, drawing together gut-dropping first-hand narrative accounts with impeccable research to illuminate this shocking episode of history that is too often forgotten amidst Western-centric narratives of the Second World War.

    ISBN: 9780008342524
    Publication date: 23/03/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: David, Saul
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Crusaders
    Crusaders
    A history of the Crusades.

    From the bestselling author of The Templars . 'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight' HELEN CASTOR. 'A fresh and vibrant account of a conflict that raged across medieval centuries' JONATHAN PHILLIPS. Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades - the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West. From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle. Dan Jones is a master of popular narrative history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto. PRAISE FOR THE TEMPLARS : 'A fresh, muscular and compelling history of the ultimate military-religious crusading order, combining sensible scholarship with narrative swagger' SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE. 'Dan Jones has created a gripping page-turner out of the dramatic history of the Templars' PHILIPPA GREGORY. 'The story of the Templars, the ultimate holy warriors, is an extraordinary saga of fanaticism, bravery, treachery and betrayal, and in Dan Jones they have a worthy chronicler. The Templars is a wonderful book!' BERNARD CORNWELL. 'Told with all Jones's usual verve and panache, this is a dramatic and gripping tale of courage and stupidity, faith and betrayal' MAIL ON SUNDAY . 'This is another triumphant tale from a historian who writes as addictively as any page-turning novelist' OBSERVER . ' The Templars is exhilarating, epic, sword-swinging history ' TLS . 'Jones carries the Templars through the crusades with clarity and verve . This is unabashed narrative history, fast-paced and full of incident ... Jones tells their story extremely well' SUNDAY TIMES .

    ISBN: 9781781858882
    Publication date: 05/09/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Jones, Dan
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Crusaders
    Crusaders
    Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades - the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West. From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle. Dan Jones is a master of popular narrative history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto.

    ISBN: 9781781858899
    Publication date: 02/04/2020
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Jones, Dan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Crying Book
    Crying Book
    'A deeply felt, and genuinely touching, book' Esme Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

    'Spellbinding and propulsive' Leni Zeumas, author of Red Clocks

    'The Crying Book is a rigorous and urgent work but it reads like an intimate gift' Kaveh Akbar, author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf

    'This book began five years ago with an idle idea about what it might look like to make a map of every place I'd ever cried, an idea I carried into conversation with friends, not knowing, how many years and pages would grow around it, not knowing how that growth would change the way I viewtears'

    During a period of intense grief that coincides with the birth of her first child, acclaimed poet Heather Christle starts to research the deeply human impulse to shed tears. As Christle looks to art, nature, science, history and her own experience to understand crying in all its colours and textures - so she slowly begins to find new ways of understanding life.

    Honest, intelligent, rapturous and surprising, THE CRYING BOOK is a poignant, personal tribute to the astonishing strangeness of tears and the startling resilience of joy.

    ISBN: 9781472154705
    Publication date: 06/02/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Christle, Heather
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
  • Danubia
    Danubia
    For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off - through luck, guile and sheer mulishness - any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From their principal lairs along the Danube they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and interfered everywhere - indeed the history of Europe hardly makes sense without them.

    Simon Winder's extremely funny new book plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Danubia is full of music, piracy, religion and fighting. It is the history of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in many rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder's genius for telling wonderful stories of middle Europe with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburgs and their world.

    Danubia was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.

    ISBN: 9781529026160
    Publication date: 20/02/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Winder, Simon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Daughters of Chivalry
    Daughters of Chivalry
    Virginal, chaste, humble, patiently waiting for rescue by brave knights and handsome princes: this idealized - and largely mythical - notion of the medieval noblewoman still lingers. Yet the reality was very different, as Kelcey Wilson-Lee shows in this vibrant account of the five daughters of the great English king, Edward I.

    The lives of these sisters - Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth - ran the full gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages. Living as they did in a courtly culture founded on romantic longing and brilliant pageantry, they knew that a princess was to be chaste yet a mother to many children, preferably sons, meek yet able to influence a recalcitrant husband or even command a host of men-at-arms. Edward's daughters were of course expected to cement alliances and secure lands and territory by making great dynastic marriages, or endow religious houses with royal favour. But they also skilfully managed enormous households, navigated choppy diplomatic waters and promoted their family's cause throughout Europe - and had the courage to defy their royal father. They might never wear the crown in their own right, but they were utterly confident of their crucial role in the spectacle of medieval kingship.

    Drawing on a wide range of contemporary sources, Daughters of Chivalry offers a rich portrait of these spirited Plantagenet women. With their libraries of beautifully illustrated psalters and tales of romance, their rich silks and gleaming jewels, we follow these formidable women throughout their lives and see them - at long last - shine from out of the shadows, revealing what it was to be a princess in the Age of Chivalry.

    ISBN: 9781509847914
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Wilson-Lee, Kelcey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Diggers of Colditz
    Diggers of Colditz
    Colditz Castle was Nazi Germany's infamous `escape-proof' wartime prison, where hundreds of the most determined and resourceful Allied prisoners were sent. Despite having more guards than inmates, Australian Lieutenant Jack Champ and other prisoners tirelessly carried out their campaign to escape from the massive floodlit stronghold . . . by any means necessary.

    In this riveting account - by turns humorous, heartfelt and tragic - historian Colin Burgess and Lieutenant Jack Champ, from the point of view of the prisoners themselves, tells the story of the twenty Australians who made this castle their `home', and the plans they made that were so crazy that some even achieved the seemingly impossible - escape!

    `A stirring testimony of mateship . . . We are often on tenterhooks, always impressed by their determination, industry and courage' Australian Book Review

    ISBN: 9781760852146
    Publication date: 01/07/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Champ, Jack
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Dominion
    Dominion
    The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

    In it, Ackroyd takes us from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, who was firmly set against reform, to the reign of his brother, William IV, the 'Sailor King', whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

    But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, aged only eighteen, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress - from steam railways to the first telegram - swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas across the nation. But though intense industrialization brought boom times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty.

    It was a time that saw a flowering of great literature, too. As the Georgian era gave way to that of Victoria, readers could delight not only in the work of Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth but also the great nineteenth-century novelists: the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell, Thackeray, and, of course, Dickens, whose work has become synonymous with Victorian England.

    Nor was Victorian expansionism confined to Britain alone. By the end of Victoria's reign, the Queen was also an Empress and the British Empire dominated much of the globe. And, as Ackroyd shows in this richly populated, vividly told account, Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

    ISBN: 9781509880027
    Publication date: 06/09/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Ackroyd, Peter
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $29.99
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