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  • Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic

    ‘A delightful compendium of the kind of facts you immediately want to share with anyone you encounter’ New York Times‘An ebullient, irrepressible spirit invests this book. It is erudite and sprightly’Sunday TimesFrom the creation of the first encyclopedia to Wikipedia, from ancient museums to modern kindergarten classes—here is award-winning writer Simon Winchester’s brilliant and all-encompassing ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • The Secret Language of Flowers

    by DK ...
    Series series DK Secret Histories
    Discover the uses and symbolic meanings of flowers over the centuries and across the globe.Flowers have been depicted as objects of beauty and wonder in countless paintings and poems, exchanged as tokens of love and affection, and displayed as symbols of both celebration and remembrance - "saying it with flowers" is truly part of the human experience.But how does the significance of flowers vary ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Maths on the Back of an Envelope: Clever ways to (roughly) calculate anything

    by Rob Eastaway ...
    ‘Another terrific book by Rob Eastaway’ SIMON SINGH‘A delightfully accessible guide to how to play with numbers’ HANNAH FRYHow many cats are there in the world?What's the chance of winning the lottery twice?And just how long does it take to count to a million?Learn how to tackle tricky maths problems with nothing but the back of an envelope, a pencil and some good old-fashioned brain power.Join ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • A Force Like No Other 3: The Last Shift: The final selection of real stories from the RUC men and women who policed the Troubles

    by Colin Breen ...
    Series Book 3 - A Force Like No Other
    In this final part to his bestselling A Force Like No Other series, Colin Breen brings together more compelling insider stories from RUC officers who served during the Troubles.‘A most powerful and unique insight into the world’s most dangerous job in policing in the 1970s and ’80s.’ Henry McDonald, Observer and Guardian‘This book of real RUC insider anecdotes … has, of course, the best possible ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • How Democracies Die

    The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

    'The most important book of the Trump era' The EconomistHow does a democracy die?What can we do to save our own?What lessons does history teach us?In the 21st century democracy is threatened like never before.Drawing insightful lessons from across history - from Pinochet's murderous Chilean regime to Erdogan's quiet dismantling in Turkey - Levitsky and Ziblatt explain why democracies fail, how ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour

    by Rupert Colley ...
    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today.The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour

    by Kaye Jones ...
    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.Nicknamed ‘The Anarchy' for its unprecedented levels of chaos and disorder, the succession crisis that followed the death of King Henry I in 1135 resulted in England's first civil war.‘The Medieval Anarchy: History in an Hour’ neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview of the plots and violence ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD $6.99 AUD

  • The Killer Book of True Crime

    Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder and Mayhem

    Series series The Killer Books
    The perfect read for any true crime junkie!You've read all the stories…but can you match the mobster with the way he met his end? Do you know how they caught the Boston Strangler? Can you define chickens, a Shotaro complex or Colombian neckties?The Killer Book of True Crime is the ultimate collection of in-depth stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes and photos gruesome and interesting enough to make ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Russia at War, 1941–1945

    A History

    In 1941, Russian-born British journalist Alexander Werth observed the unfolding of the Soviet-German conflict with his own eyes. What followed was the widely acclaimed book, Russia at War, first printed in 1964. At once a history of facts, a collection of interviews, and a document of the human condition, Russia at War is a stunning, modern classic that chronicles the savagery and struggles on ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium (Text Only)

    A rich blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with the thread of black comedy familiar to readers of William Dalrymple’s previous work.In AD 587, two monks, John Moschos and Sophronius the Sophist, embarked on an extraordinary journey across the Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. Their aim: to collect the wisdom of the sages and ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD $14.99 AUD

  • History of Western Philosophy

    Series series Routledge Classics
    First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly ... Read more

    $39.99 AUD

  • 17 DEADLY WOMEN THROUGH THE AGES+

    TRUE CRIME: WOMEN SERIAL KILLERS, #1

    Series Book 1 - TRUE CRIME: WOMEN SERIAL KILLERS
    TRUE CRIME: WOMEN SERIAL KILLERSOur society can barely account for evil in males, let alone imagine it in females. The female nests, creates, and nurtures doesn’t she or is it that we just want to believe in the intrinsic non-threatening nature of women?Yet, history is full of instrumentally violent women: women who have fought wars and battles throughout the world, with no less ferociousness than ... Read more

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  • Henry VIII’s Wives: History in an Hour

    by Julie Wheeler ...
    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.In his ambition to provide a male heir to the throne, Henry VIII married six times. Divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, caused England’s break from the Catholic church in Rome. He went on to divorce Anne of Cleves and behead Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard for infidelities. Jane Seymour died and Catherine Parr survived Henry ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD $5.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Serial Killer Files

    The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

    THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS!Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

    by David Starkey ...
    An exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised and updated.The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Who Invented Underpants?

    The Weird Trivia of Human Invention from Fire to Fast Food (and Everything In Between)

    by Stewart Ross ...
    Series series Fascinating Bathroom Readers
    A comprehensive collection of fun facts about the origins of pretty much everything, from windows to washing machines to websites.This fact-packed collection recounts the origins, invention, and discovery of just about everything, from the big bang to driverless cars. With sections covering topics such as the arts, sports, weapons, buildings, medicine, food, and many more, you can find out ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Millennium

    The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

    by Tom Holland ...
    Of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000, that of Western Europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for future greatness. Compared to the glittering empires of Byzantium or Islam, the splintered kingdoms on the edge of the Atlantic appeared impoverished, fearful and backward. But the anarchy of these years proved to be, not the portents of the end of the world, as many Christians had ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Famous Trials

    Cases that made history

    by Frank McLynn ...
    To amend Clausewitz on war, one might say that the trial in a courtroom is the pursuit of battle by other means. And, short of the horror on the battlefield, to be on trial is perhaps the most traumatic of all life experiences. Yet in the great trials of history much more than individual destinies are at stake. Fundamental issues of morality, political expediency, justice and social change are ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

    Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-FictionA New York Times Notable Book of 2015A painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators – her father, Josef Stalin.Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The English and their History

    by Robert Tombs ...
    **The acclaimed account of the English people, now updated with two new chapters'Masterful, an enormously readable narrative of the English people from the Anglo-Saxons to the present' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times, Books of the Year**In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • The Art of Time Travel

    Historians and Their Craft

    by Tom Griffiths ...
    No matter how practised we are at history, it always humbles us. No matter how often we visit the past, it always surprises us. The art of time travel is to maintain critical poise and grace in this dizzy space.In this landmark book, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history.Through portraits of fourteen historians, ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940–45

    by Max Hastings ...
    'I would choose this account over and above the rest. It is a fabulous book: full of perceptive insight that conveys all the tragedy, triumph, humour and intense drama of Churchill's time as wartime leader; and it is incredibly moving as a result' James Holland, Literary ReviewA moving, dramatic narrative of crisis and fortitude, Hastings offers one of the finest biographies of one of Britain’s ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Holocaust Survivor Accounts: True Stories of Prisoners Surviving the Holocaust: Holocaust Survivor Stories and Heroes of Auschwitz

    Holocaust Survivor Accounts, #2

    Series Book 2 - Holocaust Survivor Accounts
    The Holocaust, (called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the state sponsored murder and persecution of about six million Jews by the German Nazi regime and its collaborators, leading into and during the Second World War. The word itself means, "Sacrifice by fire".The Holocaust has no other comparison in the annals of human history because of the sheer extent of the terror it spread.In 1933 the ... Read more

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  • King Edward VIII

    The authorised life story of the king who gave up his throne for love, by one of our most distinguished biographers.In this masterly authorized biography, Philip Ziegler reveals the complex personality of Edward VIII, the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne.With unique access to the Royal Archives, Ziegler overturns many myths about Edward and tells his side of the story ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD