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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

Kassia St Clair

A new history of ingenuity from the author of The Secret Lives of Colour.

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Civilisations: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith

Civilisations: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith

Mary Beard

Companion to the BBC series Civilisations. Focusing on the arrival of the human figure as a subject of art, Mary Beard examines the history of beauty in civilisation.

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 Special priceThese Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

Jill Lepore

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table

Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table

Ellen Wayland-Smith

Told by a descendant of one of the Community's original families, Oneida is a captivating story that straddles two centuries to reveal how a radical, free-love sect, turning its back on its own ideals, transformed into a purveyor...

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The House: The dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House and the people who made it

The House: The dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House and the people who made it

Helen Pitt

The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the controversy and drama that surrounded its construction.

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The Bedroom: An Intimate History

The Bedroom: An Intimate History

Michelle Perrot, Lauren Elkin

An erudite and highly enjoyable exploration of the most intriguing of personal spaces, from Greek and Roman antiquity through today

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Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire

Ottoman Odyssey: Travels through a Lost Empire

Alev Scott

A journey across the former Ottoman Empire reveals the legacy of its influence on people from the Balkans to the Levant, and the integral diversity threatened amid rising nationalism.

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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Ruby Lal

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost-until now.

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Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

Sarah Churchwell

'The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting 'America First'.The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most...

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Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Joan Beaumont, Allison Cadzow

After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's participation in the Australian defence forces. This book reveals the courage, resilience and...

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Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel

Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel

Natasha Hurley

A new history of the queer novel shows its role in constructing gay and lesbian lives.   

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Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium

Lucy Inglis

A compelling and comprehensive history of opium, a drug that has both healed and harmed since civilisation began.

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The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

Catherine Nixey

A gripping account of how the early Christians annihilated the art and teachings of the Classical world from a brilliant young historian.

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The Guns of August

The Guns of August

Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle determined the course of the First World War is to this day revered as the classic account of the conflict's...

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 Read reviewThe Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

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You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

The long-awaited translation of the classic oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a...

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1947: Where Now Begins

1947: Where Now Begins

Elisabeth Asbrink, Fiona Graham

As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age - the one we call now.

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Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Miranda Kaufmann

A transformative history - in Tudor times there were Africans living and working in Britain, and they were free

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Dancing with Strangers: Text Classics

Dancing with Strangers: Text Classics

Inga Clendinnen

Dancing with Strangers is Inga Clendinnen's seminal account of the moment in January 1788 when the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour and a thousand British men and women, some of them convicts and some of them free,...

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The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

Anna Clark

In every coastal town in Australia, there's a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on...

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The Celts

The Celts

Dr. Alice Roberts

The Celts are one of the world's most mysterious ancient people. In this compelling account, Alice Roberts takes us on a journey across Europe, uncovering the truth about this engimatic tribe: their origins, their treasure and...

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The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

Dava Sobel

`A biographical orrery - intricate, complex and fascinating' The Observer `A peerless intellectual biography. The Glass Universe shines and twinkles as brightly as the stars themselves' The...

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If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women

If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women

Sarah Helm

The compelling story of the only concentration camp for women by the acclaimed author of A Life in Secrets.

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The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City

The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City

Iris Origo

This extraordinary re-creation of the life of a medieval Italian merchant, Francesco di Marco Datini, is one of the greatest historical portraits written in the twentieth century.Drawing on an astonishing cache...

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The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World

The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World

Edith Hall

They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This title...

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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

Lindsey Fitzharris

The spellbinding story of a visionary British surgeon who changed medicine forever.

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A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind

A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind

Rachel Hewitt

A Revolution of Feeling is a vivid and absorbing account of the dramatic end of the Enlightenment, the beginning of an emotional landscape preoccupied by guilt, sin, failure, resignation and repression, and the origins of our...

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The Vikings

The Vikings

Else Roesdahl, Kirsten Williams, Susan M. Margeson

Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel and...

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Lenin on the Train

Lenin on the Train

Catherine Merridale

A gripping account of how Lenin's 1917 train ride to Petrograd ignited the Russian Revolution.   

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Mischka's War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Sheila Fitzpatrick

On a winter's day in 1943, 22-year-old Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight as he skied through Latvian woods—a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. The world was full of such atrocities,...

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Victoria: The Queen

Victoria: The Queen

Julia Baird

The extraordinary story of the world's most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem, 1692

Stacy Schiff

A Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian explores one of the great mysteries of American history: the Salem witch trials

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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich

In this magnificent requiem to a civilization in ruins, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate reinvents a singular, polyphonic literary form, bringing together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in...

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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