Booklist

New and Recommended: History & Politics

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Books about the past, the present and the future.

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How can you fight something if you don’t know it exists?We live under an ideology that preys on every aspect of our lives: our education and our jobs; our healthcare and our leisure; our relationships and our mental wellbeing; the…

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The untold story of British politics in modern times, through the triumphs and disasters of its five most radical figuresFrom the acclaimed author of Promised You a Miracle and When the Lights Went Out, the untold story of…

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When landlords always win and renters pay the price, what can be done?Housing means prosperity and security for some; poverty, precarity and sickness for others. More people live in private rented accommodation than ever before, and rents…

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Imperial Island shows how empire and its ever-present aftermath have divided and defined Britain over the last seventy years.'An eye-opening study of the empire within' SHASHI THAROOR'Clear, bold, refreshing' LUCY…

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'The First World War from a refreshingly unfamiliar angle . . . masterly' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times'Compelling . . . The Eastern Front is essential reading' Margaret Macmillan, Financial TimesThe…

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The first history of childhood in Tudor England “Tudor Children is social history at its best. . . . By connecting with our own history as children, Orme invites us to embrace a new way of engaging with the…

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Translated by Luke LeafgrenA Palestinian prisoner’s memoir of thirty years’ captivity, and a love letter to the wall that encircles and comforts himThis is the story of a wall that somehow chose me as the witness of what it…

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The Tories’ ancient instinct for survival has vanished, along with any concern for the public good, and Bloody Panico is the prevailing moodThe most successful political party in history?The Tory Party has been in power for…

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Everyone is originally from Africa, and this book is therefore for everyone.For too long, Africa’s history has been dominated by western narratives of slavery and colonialism, or simply ignored. Now, Zeinab Badawi sets the record…

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‘Utterly fascinating and illuminating’ Sinclair McKay‘Fascinating… An astonishing read, with remarkably vivid protagonists’ Harald Jähner‘Ohler weaves a masterful tapestry of history in this…

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How the modern world has understood the ancient Greeks and why they matter todayThe study of ancient Greek history has been central to the western conception of history since the Renaissance. The Muse of History traces the…

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A powerful and urgent explanation and vindication of our human rights and freedomsAfter the devastation of World War Two, the international community came together to enshrine fundamental rights to refuge, health, education and living…

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'This is an essential and fascinating book because it brings to light, through conversations and nature walks, some of the buried connections between Britain’s landscape and historic buildings and its complicated hidden histories.…

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