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  1. One on One (Fourth Estate)

    101 chance meetings, juxtaposing the famous and the infamous, the artistic and the philistine, the pompous and the comical, the snobbish and the vulgar, told by Britain’s funniest writer. Craig Brown

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick (Picador)

    The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama is a look at both the life of the American president and the history of race in America. The title will be published by Picador on 28th May this year. David Remnick

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Faber & Faber)

    In the course of 1599, Shakespeare turned 35. Before the end of the year, he had completed Henry V , written Julius Caesar  and As You Like It  in quick succession, and produced the first draft of his greatest play, Hamlet . If ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (Allen Lane)

    Vast in scale and woven through with extraordinary stories and characters, Natasha’s Dance  ranges from the splendour of eighteenth century St Petersburg to the power of Stalinist propaganda, from folk art to the magic rituals of Asiatic...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. The Better Angels of our Nature (Allen Lane)

    Contrary to popular belief, humankind has become progressively less violent, over millennia and decades. Can violence really have declined? The images of conflict we see daily on our screens from around the world suggest this is an almost...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

    Catherine the Great’s lover, secret husband and partner in the Russian empire, this biography restores Potemkin to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. Simon Sebag Montefiore illustrates the life of ‘the one-eyed giant’, a gifted...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Tolstoy (Profile Books)

    A hundred years ago in November 1910 Count Leo Tolstoy died on a remote Russian railway station, attended by the world's media, taken ill as he was finally attempting to escape his decadent (as he saw it), aristocratic family life. Tolstoy has...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. The Spanish Holocaust (HarperPress)

    The first, authoritative history of Spain’s darkest period. In a work of meticulous scholarship and research, Paul Preston, the world’s foremost historian of 20th-century Spain, charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. The Invention of Clouds (Picador)

    The Invention of Clouds is the true story of Luke Howard, an amateur meteorologist who in 1802 named the clouds – a defining point in natural history and meteorology. He also became a cult figure for Romantics such as Coleridge, Shelley and...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. The Pike (Fourth Estate)

    The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, daredevil – and Fascist. ...

    Digital - 18.05.16