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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control (Hodder and Stoughton)

    With access to formerly classified documentation and interviewees from MI5, MI6, the CIA, the US Army and British Intelligence Corps, Brainwash  traces the evolution of the world’s most secret psychological procedure. From its origins in the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

    The gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this new work, historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. The Magnetic North (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

    Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herding reindeer across the tundra with Lapps and shadowing the Trans-Alaskan pipeline with truckers, Sara Wheeler discovers a compex and ambiguous land belonging both to...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. Daughter of the Desert (Pan Macmillan)

    ... Gertrude Bell was an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer and mountaineer - but until the Iraq War of 2003 few ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge University Press)

    What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, who were often pitied by later generations as repressed, unfulfilled and full of moral anxiety? This book provides the first rounded, first-hand account...

    Digital - 18.05.16