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  1. Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

    Catherine the Great’s lover, secret husband and partner in the Russian empire, this biography restores Potemkin to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. Simon Sebag Montefiore illustrates the life of ‘the one-eyed giant’, a gifted...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. The Spanish Holocaust (HarperPress)

    The first, authoritative history of Spain’s darkest period. In a work of meticulous scholarship and research, Paul Preston, the world’s foremost historian of 20th-century Spain, charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Tolstoy (Profile Books)

    A hundred years ago in November 1910 Count Leo Tolstoy died on a remote Russian railway station, attended by the world's media, taken ill as he was finally attempting to escape his decadent (as he saw it), aristocratic family life. Tolstoy has...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. The Invention of Clouds (Picador)

    The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, an amateur meteorologist who in 1802 named the clouds – a defining point in natural history and meteorology. He also became a cult figure for Romantics such as Coleridge, Shelley and...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. The Pike (Fourth Estate)

    The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, daredevil – and Fascist. ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. The Whisperers (Allen Lane)

    The Whisperers  illuminates as never before the hidden histories of the ordinary people who lived under Stalin's tyranny. It reveals a society where everyone spoke in whispers: whether to protect themselves, their families or friends - or to...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart Tim Butcher (Vintage)

    When Daily Telegraph  correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was ‘suicidal’,...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. Winter King (Allen Lane)

    It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a usurper. Now, his elder son is to marry a great Spanish princess in a wedding upon which the fate of the country will hang... In...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. The Sale of the Late King’s Goods (Macmillan)

    'So wonderful and glorious a collection, that the like will never again be met with'. This is how one awed and wistful observer described King Charles's artworks. During his reign, Charles I assembled an array of paintings by Europe’s great...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. Empire of Necessity

    One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, seal hunter and abolitionist Captain Amasa Delano climbed aboard the Tryal, a distressed Spanish slaver. He spent all day on the ship, sharing food and water, yet failed to see that...

    Digital - 18.05.16