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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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