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Firefighters fall hand-in-hand to their deaths battling 13th floor blaze in Shanghai, China

<b>Warning: Contains graphic video some viewers may find upsetting</b><p><b>China is mourning the loss of two young firefighters who fell hand-in-hand to their</b> …

A Great and Terrible King

• <b>Author:</b> Marc Morris<p>This is the first major biography for a generation of a truly formidable king. Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule …

Rubicon

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Holland<p><b>'The Book that really held me, in fact, obsessed me, was Rubicon . . . This is narrative history at its best. Bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, brilliant oratory, amazing feats of conquest and cruelty' Ian McEwan, Books of the Year, Guardian</b><p><b>'Marvellously</b> …

The Histories

• <b>Author:</b> Herodotus & Tom Holland<p><i>The Histories</i> of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Few history books since can compare for sheer drama with Herodotus's narrative of …

Caesar

• <b>Author:</b> Adrian Goldsworthy<p>From the very beginning, Caesar's story makes dazzling reading. In his late teens he narrowly avoided execution for opposing the military dictator Sulla. He was decorated for valour in battle, captured and held to ransom by pirates, and almost bankrupted himself by staging …

The Burma Campaign

• <b>Author:</b> Frank McLynn<p>The Burma Campaign was one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War Two. Impenetrable jungle, poor transport infrastructure, seasonal monsoon rains, as well as famine, disease, snakes and crocodiles all bore heavily on the troops.<p>Against this …

Respect Yourself

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Gordon<p>The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses …

Persian Fire

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Holland<p>In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept …

Sniper on the Eastern Front

• <b>Author:</b> Albrecht Wacker<p>Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of …

A Visual Encyclopedia of American Presidents 1789 - 1901

• <b>Author:</b> Jon Roper<p>The American president is the world’s most powerful and influential political leader. This visual directory of the early presidents looks at the men who were voted to its high office. Each presidency has its own detailed analysis, presented within the context of the key events that …

Confronting the Classics

• <b>Author:</b> Professor Mary Beard<p>Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.<p>In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek …

Nothing To Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p>North Korea is Orwell’s 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies study your expression to check your sincerity. After the death of the country’s great …

Blitzkrieg

• <b>Author:</b> Len Deighton<p>Written in five parts, the book begins with Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, while part two considers the opening stages of the Second World War, including the conquests of Poland and Norway. The third part focuses on both the tactical thinking behind Blitzkrieg as …

Catastrophe

• <b>Author:</b> Max Hastings<p>A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914.<p>1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into …

Return of a King

• <b>Author:</b> William Dalrymple<p>In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk.<p>On …

One Summer

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Bryson<p>In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on …

The Women of the Cousins' War

• <b>Author:</b> Philippa Gregory and Others<p>Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen(2009), Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen(2010), and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman(2011) are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, and of the three biographical essays in …

The Plantagenets

• <b>Author:</b> Dan Jones<p>Eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens that this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt – this is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today – great history to appeal …

Mesopotamia

• <b>Author:</b> Gwendolyn Leick<p>Situated in an area roughly corresponding to present-day Iraq, Mesopotamia is one of the great, ancient civilizations, though it is still relatively unknown. Yet, over 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the very first cities were created. This is the first book to reveal how …

The Histories

• <b>Author:</b> Herodotus & Aubrey De Selincourt<p>One of the masterpieces of classical literature, the Histories describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire. But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work, Herodotus' natural …

In The Shadow Of The Sword

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Holland<p>In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So …

Twelve Years a Slave

• <b>Author:</b> Solomon Northup<p>Twelve Years a Slave (1853) is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson.<br>Solomon Northup (July 1808 – 1863?) was a free-born African American from New York, the son of a freed slave. A farmer and violinist, he owned a property in …

Making It Happen

• <b>Author:</b> Iain Martin<p>When RBS collapsed and had to be bailed out by the taxpayer in the financial crisis of October 2008 it played a leading role in tipping Britain into its deepest economic downturn in seven decades. The economy shrank, bank lending froze, hundreds of thousands lost their jobs, …

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David Mitchell: Back Story

• <b>Author:</b> David Mitchell<p>David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That …

It’s Not Me, It’s You!

• <b>Author:</b> Jon Richardson<p>‘I loved Jon’s book. It’s even better than the real thing because you can’t hear his voice.’ Michael McIntyre<p>A control freak looks for love (women who leave wet teaspoons in sugar bowls need not apply).<p>‘I haven’t woken up with a cup of tea by the bed for seven years. It seems …