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  1. An Encyclopaedia of Myself

    The 1950s were not grey. In Jonathan Meades’s detailed, petit-point memoir they are luridly polychromatic. They were peopled by embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. Death went dogging...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. On Roads (Profile Books)

    In this history of roads and what they have meant to the people who have driven them, one of Britain's favourite cultural historians reveals how a relatively simple road system turned into a maze-like pattern of roundabouts, flyovers, and...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris

    Ian Kershaw's Hitler allows us to come closer to an understanding of the man and of the catastrophic sequence of events which allowed a misfit to climb from a Viennese dosshouse to leadership of one of Europe's most sophisticated countries....

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. The Woman Who Shot Mussolini (Faber and Faber)

    7 April 1926: on the steps of the Capitol in Rome, surrounded by chanting Fascists, the Honourable Violet Gibson raises her revolver and fires at the Italian head of state, the poster-boy of the European Right and darling of the British ruling...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (Little, Brown)

    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the knownworld. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation (Polygon, Birlinn)

    His name and image are everywhere – from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh’s city centre – yet who reads Walter Scott these days? Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. Modernity Britain: Opening the Box (Bloomsbury)

    The late 1950s was an action-packed, often dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain began to take shape. David Kynaston

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. Dreams in a Time of War (Random House – Harvill Secker)

    In Dreams in a Time of War , Ngugi wa Thiong'o paints a mesmerising portrait of a young boy's experiences in an African nation in flux. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex (Chatto & Windus)

    Ever wondered why some women bite your head off, or why one guy gets all the girls? Ever pondered why some men bring you balloons while others leave you their genitals? Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation  is the book for you. Quirky,...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. Under Another Sky (Jonathan Cape)

    This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of ‘Roman Britain’ has meant to those who came after Britain’s 400-year stint as province of Rome – from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to...

    Digital - 18.05.16