Book cover of Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma Smith
Fiction

Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers 

A history of one of humankind’s most resilient and influential technologies over the past millennium—the book. Revelatory and entertaining in equal measure, Portable Magic will charm and challenge literature lovers of all kinds as it illuminates the transformative power and eternal appeal of the written word. […Learn More]

Book cover of Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939-1945 by Halik Kochanski
Eastern Europe

Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939-1945

In every country that fell to the Third Reich during the Second World War, from France in the west to parts of the Soviet Union in the east, a resistance movement against Nazi domination emerged. And every country that endured occupation created its own fiercely nationalist account of the role of homegrown resistance in its eventual liberation. Halik Kochanski’s panoramic, prodigiously researched work is a monumental achievement: the first book to strip these disparate national histories of myth and nostalgia and to integrate them into a definitive chronicle of the underground war against the Nazis. […Learn More]

Book cover of African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History by Hakim Adi
Africa

African and Caribbean People in Britain: A History

A major new history of Britain that transforms our understanding of this country’s past

‘I’ve waited so long so read a comprehensively researched book about Black history on this island. This is it: a journey of discovery and a truly exciting and important work’ Zainab Abbas […Learn More]

Book cover of The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire by Henrietta Harrison
Asia

The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire 

An impressive new history of China’s relations with the West—told through the lives of two language interpreters who participated in the famed Macartney embassy in 1793

The 1793 British embassy to China, which led to Lord George Macartney’s fraught encounter with the Qianlong emperor, has often been viewed as a clash of cultures fueled by the East’s disinterest in the West. […Learn More]

Book cover of God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou
History

God: An Anatomy 

An astonishing and revelatory history that re-presents God as he was originally envisioned by ancient worshippers—with a distinctly male body, and with superhuman powers, earthly passions, and a penchant for the fantastic and monstrous. […Learn More]

Book cover of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History by Alex von Tunzelman
History

Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History

In this timely and lively look at the act of toppling monuments, the popular historian and author of Blood and Sand explores the vital question of how a society remembers—and confronts—the past.

In 2020, history came tumbling down. From the US and the UK to Belgium, New Zealand, and Bangladesh, Black Lives Matter protesters defaced, and in some cases, hauled down statues of Confederate icons, slaveholders, and imperialists. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World by Malcolm Gaskill
Colonial Period

The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World

In Springfield, Massachusetts in 1651, peculiar things begin to happen. Precious food spoils, livestock ails, property vanishes, and people suffer convulsions as if possessed by demons. A woman is seen wading through the swamp like a lost soul. Disturbing dreams and visions proliferate. Children sicken and die. As tensions rise, rumours spread of witches and heretics and the community becomes tangled in a web of distrust, resentment and denunciation. The finger of suspicion soon falls on a young couple with two small children: the prickly brickmaker, Hugh Parsons, and his troubled wife, Mary. […Learn More]

Book cover of Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688 by Clare Jackson
Europe

Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688

A ground-breaking portrait of the most turbulent century in English history

Among foreign observers, seventeenth-century England was known as ‘Devil-Land’: a diabolical country of fallen angels, torn apart by seditious rebellion, religious extremism and royal collapse. Clare Jackson’s dazzling, original account of English history’s most turbulent and radical era tells the story of a nation in a state of near continual crisis. […Learn More]