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  1. 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

  2. Peacemakers (John Murray)

    This book brings together the personalities, ideals and prejudices of the people who shaped the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, after ‘the war to end all wars’. Macmillan argues that the peacemakers – at its heart the three great leaders Woodrow...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  3. 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

  4. Churchill (Macmillan)

    Roy Jenkins uses his skills as an acclaimed biographer to analyse Churchill’s exceptional character in all its strengths and attendant weaknesses. He describes how from a very young age Churchill knew that he was destined to play a great role in...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia (Allen Lane)

    As Milosevic comes to trial for war crimes, Brendan Simms focuses again on the war in Bosnia and on the world’s response to it. He asks whether the international community could have averted this tragedy, or at least have brought the Bosnian war...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Russia (Granta)

    Catherine Merridale investigates the catalogue of death and destruction in twentieth century Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Union territories and its impact on a nation. We learn of the personal tragedies wreaked by two World Wars, a civil...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Rimbaud (Picador)

    This biography uncovers the life of one of the world’s greatest poets, Arthur Rimbaud, hailed at one time as a ‘Messiah’ and the reinventor of poetry. Graham Robb traces his many identities from boy poet, lover (famously of Paul Verlaine), to...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution (HarperCollins)

    Richard Fortey unravels evolution through the eyes of the Trilobite, a crustacean-like animal who dominated the seas for three hundred million years. Key to the evolutionary process, the Trilobite survived ice ages and volcanic eruptions and by...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Karl Marx (4th Estate)

    For the first time, a biography of Karl Marx which reveals the human side of the man whose ideas have been amongst the most influential of the last century. From his beginnings as an obscure Prussian Jewish pauper to his adult life as an...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. George's Ghosts a new life of W.B. Yeats (Picador)

    A unique biography of one of the 20th century’s literary giants. Brenda Maddox examines the virtually unknown occult adventure of Automatic Script practised by Yeat’s much younger wife, George, in the early years of their marriage. The poet’s...

    Digital - 20.05.16