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  1. Coleridge: Darker Reflections

    This is the second volume of Richard Holmes’s classic biographies of Coleridge, the poet of Kubla Khan. This volume covers the last 30 years of Coleridge’s career (1804 to 1834) during which he travelled through the Mediterranean, returned to...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. Country Driving (Canongate Books)

    After living in China for five years, and learning the language, Peter Hessler decided to undertake an even more complicated endeavor: he acquired his Chinese driving licence. An eye-opening challenge, it enabled him to embark on an epic journey...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Matisse the Master (Hamish Hamilton)

    The preface to Matisse the Master  begins with a quote from Matisse himself: ‘If my story were ever to be written down truthfully from start to finish it would amaze everyone’ . Until the publication of The Unknown Matisse , the first...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. Blood Knots (Atlantic Books)

    As a child in the 1960s, Luke Jennings was fascinated by the rivers and lakes around his Sussex home. With library books as his guide, he applied himself to the task of learning to fish. So began an enlightening but often dark-shadowed journey...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  5. Deliver us from Evil: Warlords and Peacekeepers in a world of Endless Conflict (Bloomsbury)

    ... consequences when the troops and aid agencies move in. The author travelled to war zones and talked to global policy-makers, leading ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Having it so Good: Britain in the Fifties (Allen Lane)

    Having It So Good evokes Britain’s emergence from the shadow of war and the privations of rationing into a period of growing affluence – but declining influence. Peter Hennessy takes his readers into the front-rooms where the Coronation was...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London (Jonathan Cape)

    In 1831, the authorities unearthed a series of crimes at No. 3, Nova Scotia Gardens in East London that appeared to echo the notorious Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh three years earlier. After a long investigation, it became known that a...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. MaximumCity: Bombay Lost and Found (Review)

    ‘Suketu Mehta’s MaximumCity is quite extraordinary – he writes about Bombay with an unsparing ferocity born of his love… It’s the best book yet written about that great, ruined metropolis.’ Salman Rushdie Returning to the city with his young...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. The Zanzibar Chest: A Memoir of Love and War (HarperCollins)

    In The Zanzibar Chest, Aidan Hartley weaves together his family’s history, his childhood in Africa and his accounts of the continents’ horrendous wars, which he witnessed at first hand as a journalist in the 1990s. After the end of the Cold War,...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (Yale University)

    Eamon Duffy uses the written accounts of a sixteenth-century country priest - Sir Christopher Trychay - to reveal Morebath’s complex social life, its strains, tensions and conflicting personalities, and its busy pre-Reformation piety. They also...

    Digital - 20.05.16