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  1. 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

  2. Lords of Finance (William Heinemann)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression of 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person’s or government’s control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions taken by a small number of central bankers...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  3. Murder in Amsterdam (Atlantic Books)

    It was a murder that shook a nation. In November 2004, an angry young Muslim, Mohammed Bouyeri, shot and killed the provocative Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh. The killer had objected to a film that van Gogh had made with the Dutch politician...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality (Icon Books)

    For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Memoir (HarperCollins)

    Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood, of an idyll which became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Catching Fire: How Cooking made us Human (Profile Books)

    Catching Fire  offers a startlingly original argument about how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. Richard Wrangham argues that it was cooking that caused the extraordinary transformation of our ancestors...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. An Encyclopaedia of Myself

    The 1950s were not grey. In Jonathan Meades’s detailed, petit-point memoir they are luridly polychromatic. They were peopled by embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. Death went dogging...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  8. On Roads (Profile Books)

    In this history of roads and what they have meant to the people who have driven them, one of Britain's favourite cultural historians reveals how a relatively simple road system turned into a maze-like pattern of roundabouts, flyovers, and...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris

    Ian Kershaw's Hitler allows us to come closer to an understanding of the man and of the catastrophic sequence of events which allowed a misfit to climb from a Viennese dosshouse to leadership of one of Europe's most sophisticated countries....

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. The Woman Who Shot Mussolini (Faber and Faber)

    7 April 1926: on the steps of the Capitol in Rome, surrounded by chanting Fascists, the Honourable Violet Gibson raises her revolver and fires at the Italian head of state, the poster-boy of the European Right and darling of the British ruling...

    Digital - 18.05.16