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  1. Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (Little, Brown)

    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the knownworld. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation (Polygon, Birlinn)

    His name and image are everywhere – from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh’s city centre – yet who reads Walter Scott these days? Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Modernity Britain: Opening the Box (Bloomsbury)

    The late 1950s was an action-packed, often dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain began to take shape. David Kynaston

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. Dreams in a Time of War (Random House – Harvill Secker)

    In Dreams in a Time of War , Ngugi wa Thiong'o paints a mesmerising portrait of a young boy's experiences in an African nation in flux. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex (Chatto & Windus)

    Ever wondered why some women bite your head off, or why one guy gets all the girls? Ever pondered why some men bring you balloons while others leave you their genitals? Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation  is the book for you. Quirky,...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  6. Under Another Sky (Jonathan Cape)

    This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of ‘Roman Britain’ has meant to those who came after Britain’s 400-year stint as province of Rome – from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  7. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (HarperPress)

    The Age of Wonder is Holmes's first major biography in over a decade and explores the scientific ferment that swept across Britain at the end of the 18th century. Holmes proposes a radical vision of science before Darwin, exploring the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. The Unexpected Professor

    John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment. John Carey

    Digital - 18.05.16

  9. The Mighty Dead: Why Homer matters

    Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  10. Because Cowards Get Cancer Too

    Shortly before his 44th birthday, John Diamond received a call from the doctor who had removed a lump from his neck. Having been assured for the previous 2 years that this was a benign cyst, Diamond was told that it was, in fact, cancerous....

    Digital - 20.05.16