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Trinity

Trinity

Frank Close

A thrilling new history of the most damaging nuclear spy ever to undermine the West, by an important scientific practitioner.

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The Bastard Brigade

The Bastard Brigade

Sam Kean

New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean tells the incredible story of how a renegade group of spies kept Hitler from obtaining his ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb.

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Who We Are and How We Got Here

Who We Are and How We Got Here

David Reich

Huge advances in our ability to sequence ancient DNA have revolutionised what we know about the earliest human populations. David Reich explains the science, and tells the emerging story of our complex and often surprising...

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Larrikins in Khaki

Larrikins in Khaki

Tim Bowden

With a reputation for being hard to discipline, generosity to their comrades, frankness and sticking it up any sign of pomposity, Australian soldiers were a wild and irreverent lot, even in the worst of circumstances during World...

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Women Who Dared To Break All the Rules

Women Who Dared To Break All the Rules

Jeremy Scott

The extraordinary stories of six women who defied the spirit of their age

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The Borgias: Power and Fortune

The Borgias: Power and Fortune

Paul Strathern

The sensational story of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious families in history, by the author of The Medici.

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The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

Mark B. Smith

We can all treat history with more respect. If we do, we might find that the cure for the Russia Anxiety is within reach . . .

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Out of Our Minds

Out of Our Minds

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

An extraordinary journey through the history of the human imagination, from the dawn of civilization to the present day

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Major Thomas

Major Thomas

Greg Growden

Major Thomas had been a pillar of his community. He was a published poet, newspaper proprietor, lawyer and decorated soldier, but defending Breaker Morant became the defining episode of his life. For more than a century he has...

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King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV

Philip Mansel

The first full biography of the great Sun King of France since 1999, including recent discoveries and situating Louis XIV in a broader European context.

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Hitler: A Life

Hitler: A Life

Peter Longerich (Former Professor of Modern German History, Royal Holloway, University of London)

The story of how Adolf Hitler created his 'Fuhrer dictatorship' - consistently and ruthlessly destroying everything that stood in his way, and with with terrifying and almost limitless power over the German people.

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Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain

Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain

Andrew Hindmoor

This book offers a history of modern Britain since the late 1970s. Twelve chapters take as their starting-point one particularly important day in recent British history and describes what happened on that day and what happened as...

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The Letters of Paul Cezanne

The Letters of Paul Cezanne

Alex Danchev

A translation of the correspondence of Paul Cezanne, known as the father of modern art. This book paints a picture of Cezanne as a singular thinker and an uncompromising seeker after artistic truth qualities that shine through in...

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Viking London

Viking London

Thomas Williams

Viking Britain author Thomas Williams returns with a brief history of the interaction between the Vikings and the British to tell the story of the occupation of London.

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Einstein's War

Einstein’s War

Matthew Stanley

Einstein's War teaches us about science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result -- we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

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Operation Babylift

Operation Babylift

Ian W. Shaw

The dramatic and heart-warming story of the last-minute evacuation of hundreds of orphaned babies from South Vietnam in the dying days of the Vietnam War and of the brave Australian nurses who made it happen.

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Love and Resistance:

Love and Resistance:

Roxane Gay, Jason Baumann, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Diana Davies

These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of LGBT history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.

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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself

Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself

Florian Huber

An important exploration of a shocking and previously unacknowledged chapter in German history.

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Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Toby Faber

A vibrant history of the London publishing house Faber and Faber told in its own words. Published to celebrate Faber's 90th anniversary, this is for readers who love books and are curious about the business of writing.

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The Origin of Empire

The Origin of Empire

David Potter

Capturing the pivotal moment when Rome transformed from a republic to a world empire, spanning over three hundred action-packed years.

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Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Armand D'Angour

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This Is Shakespeare

This Is Shakespeare

Emma Smith

A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery. Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much...

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The Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks

The Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks

Huw Lewis-Jones

A captivating compendium of rare and exquisite first-hand records of ocean voyages around the world and in different ages, providing a fascinating insight into exploration and adventure at sea.      

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Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940--1950

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950

Agnes Poirier

A captivating portrait of those who lived, loved, fought, played and flourished in Paris between 1940 and 1950 and whose intellectual and artistic output still influences us today.

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Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History

Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History

Lewis Dartnell

From Sunday Times bestselling author of The Knowledge, a book that takes us far back in time to the point where history becomes science, and that unpeels the layers of this history to reveal not how we made the earth, but that the...

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Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country

Simon Winder

Following on from Danubia and the bestselling Germania, Lotharingia is the final instalment in Simon Winder's hilarious and informative personal exploration of European history.

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Figuring

Figuring

Maria Popova

A history of women who have changed our understanding of the universe, from the creator of Brain Pickings

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Hungary: A Short History

Hungary: A Short History

Norman Stone

Hungary has an unusually fascinating and complicated history. The nation was only created in 1918 at the end of the First World War from the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, but it had long antecedents. Norman Stone, pre-eminent...

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A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

Dr John Barton

A uniquely ambitious study of the Bible's creation: how it came to be written, how its contents were selected - and how it really relates to the religions that endorse it.

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A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Sonia Purnell

The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.

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Our Mob Served

Our Mob Served

Allison Cadzow, Mary Anne Jebb

Our Mob Served presents a moving and little-known history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war time and defence service, told through the vivid oral histories and treasured family images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

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A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

DaMaris Hill

Contains biographical information about black women freedom fighters throughout the history of the United States, as well as poems inspired by the women discussed in the text.

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Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Susanna De Vries

From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, to Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, to Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize, these are women who have made a difference. They are the women who...

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Deeds Not Words

Deeds Not Words

Helen Pankhurst

On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst - great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women's rights campaigner - charts how women's lives have changed over the last...

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The Map of Knowledge

The Map of Knowledge

Violet Moller

A vibrant and evocative account of how the great scientific ideas of the ancient world were lost and found.

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Women to the Front

Women to the Front

Heather Sheard, Ruth Lee

Australian Women Doctors of the First World War

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Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl

Adam Higginbotham

The dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

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Hell of a Time

Hell of a Time

Philip Owen Ayton, Ross McMullin

One of the last undiscovered personal accounts of an Australian soldier fighting to survive WWI

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Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

Tim Mackintosh-Smith

A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Alice Gorman

Turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Alice Gorman's captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years takes the reader on a journey which...

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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War

Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War

Max Hastings

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER `His masterpiece' Antony Beevor, Spectator `A masterful performance' Sunday Times `By far the best book on the Vietnam War' Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year

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Australia's Vietnam: Myth vs history

Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs history

Mark Dapin

Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong

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Mother: An Unconventional History

Mother: An Unconventional History

Sarah Knott

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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Christina Thompson

A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.

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Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem

Waltzing Matilda: Australia’s Accidental Anthem

W. Benjamin Lindner, Geoffrey Blainey

Waltzing Matilda Australia's Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia's internationally famous song. This...

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Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Roderick Beaton

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History Day by Day

History Day by Day

Peter Furtado

A vivid, day-by-day perspective on 2,500 years of human history through the medium of 366 quotations.

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Stefan Zweig (Author), Eden Paul (Translator), Cedar Paul (Translator)

Mary Stuart Queen of Scots, Queen of France and a claimant to the throne of England, was condemned for treason and executed at the age of forty-four. A potential threat to the stability of the English Crown, she was held captive...

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The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots

The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots

Philippe Brenot, Laetitia Coryn, Will McMorran

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Behemoth

Behemoth

Joshua B. Freeman

A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society.

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Women Our History

Women Our History

DK, Lucy Worsley

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Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kate Legge

Award-winning journalist Kate Legge tells the remarkable story behind the creation of the Cradle Mountain sanctuary through the characters at its heart.  

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The Seventies

The Seventies

Michelle Arrow

The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. In a lively and engaging style, Michelle Arrow has written a new history of this transformative decade; one that is more urgent, and more resonant, than ever.

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Paper Emperors

Paper Emperors

Sally Young

Reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and political history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, this book explains how Australia's media system came to be...

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Last Days in Old Europe

Last Days in Old Europe

Richard Bassett

Part memoir, part reflection, this book brings to life central Europe during the last ten years of the Cold War. It begins in Trieste in 1979 where the embers of the Habsburg Empire still burnt brightly, and then moves to the...

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The Human Tide

The Human Tide

Paul Morland

A dazzling new history of the modern world, as told through the remarkable story of population change.

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Threads of Life

Threads of Life

Clare Hunter

The Hare with Amber Eyes meets The History of the World in 100 Objects: an eloquent history of the language of sewing over centuries and across continents.

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How to Hide an Empire

How to Hide an Empire

Daniel Immerwahr

For a country that has always denied having dreams of empire, the United States owns a lot of overseas territory. The birth control pill, chemotherapy, plastic, Godzilla, the Beatles, the name America itself - you can't understand...

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Contesting Australian History

Contesting Australian History

Joy Damousi, Judith Smart

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Capturing Nature

Capturing Nature

Vanessa Finney

The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed in this volume for the first time. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the...

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Mortal Republic

Mortal Republic

Edward J. Watts

A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse

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