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A meticulously researched oral history of migrant women workers in Britain over the last 70 years.

If you have recently eaten out,  gone to hospital or shopped at a supermarket, the chances are that your life intersected with that of a...

In his autobiography Interesting Times (2002) Hobsbawm wrote that, although he never tried to become or saw himself as a Latin Americanist, he was drawn to the region in the early 1960s because it appeared to offer ‘a laboratory of...

Though written more for the academic than the lay reader, this ambitious series traces the lives and experiences of women through history. 

It is one of feminism’s greatest achievements that, along with changing the present, it has also...

This SLIM book is an extended assault on the often catastrophic consequences of collective memory. Against the current mantra that nations, like individuals, need to face up to traumatic pasts, Rieff terms much remembrance toxic. As rankling...

Front cover of The Smoke of London

Within two generations coal merchants, who used to be everywhere in London, have disappeared from our streets and, along with them, both the smoke that used to constitute the capital’s nickname and the London Particular fogs that were notorious...

Cover of Pax Romana and Imperial Triumph

Rome may be known as the City of Seven Hills, but the average ancient Roman would have been hard pressed to name them. In fact, the city has more than a dozen. That four of its largest – the Capitoline, Aventine, Quirinal and Viminal – were...

Front cover of Reagan American Icon

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has stimulated further interest in the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In a book completed long before the outcome of the 2016 US election was known, Iwan Morgan offers a concise...

Front cover of 'The Reinvention of Seeing'

The Netherlands of the 17th century was in every aspect a most remarkable country: having successfully shaken off Spanish rule in the name of freedom of religion, it became the first modern republic. Called the ‘port of Europe’, it acquired...

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How was a small community on the banks of the Tiber able to rise to dominate the Mediterranean world? Further, how did it secure the continuity of that empire once it had acquired it? These questions, particularly the second, are at the heart of...

Soon after arriving behind enemy lines, in France in 1943, special agent Harry Ree heard the engines of 165 RAF Halifax bombers overhead. Their target was the local Peugeot factory, requisitioned by the Nazis to produce tank and aircraft parts....

The novelist Fanny Burney was one of the first writers to use the word ‘shopping’ in print. ‘We have been a shopping’, announces the eponymous heroine of her 1778 novel Evelina, ‘to buy silks, caps, gauzes, and so forth’. Burney’s book...

The 19th is the most Janus-faced of centuries. The 100 years that separated the devastation of the Napoleonic Wars from the industrialised killing of the First World War can appear as a halcyon period of linear progress that brought extraordinary...

Lyndal Roper’s superb new biography of Martin Luther sums her subject up beautifully: Luther is, she notes, a ‘difficult hero’. The German monk who rebelled against both pope and Holy Roman emperor; the theologian who brought the message of...

Genius generally manifests without ancestral antecedents, as with Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Occasionally, though, it arises from a talented family, such as the Bach, Darwin, Tagore and Tolstoy families. A less familiar...

Benjamin Disraeli has always attracted more interest on account of who he was than for what he did. Although he secured the passage of the Second Reform Act in 1867 and other significant achievements, he is best remembered as the most unlikely...

Crossrail is a high-tech tunnel drilled straight through the heart of London. Gillian Tindall uses it to weave a circuitous path through time and space, inspired by the places through which it passes and the histories its excavations have...