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  • AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9781408885406
    Title: AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The thrilling real-life story of a double agent in the Second World War

    One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero. The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top- secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    REEVES NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780500294697
    Title: AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    Author: REEVES NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most compelling and controversial figures in history, Akhenaten has captured the imagination like no other Egyptian pharaoh. Known today as a heretic, Akhenaten sought to impose upon Egypt and its people the worship of a single god - the sun - and in so doing changed the country in every way. In this immensely readable re-evaluation, Nicholas Reeves takes issue with the existing view of Akhenaten, presenting an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of his seventeen-year reign.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    CARTLEDGE PAUL
    ISBN: 9781447237198
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    Author: CARTLEDGE PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The acclaimed biography of one of history's greatest icons, Alexander the Great.

    At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9780141983011
    Title: ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixteenth century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history. Ever since, it has remained one of the most contested. Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of the leading British historians of this turbulent and endlessly fascinating era. Many essays in this volume expand upon his now classic Reformation- Europe's House Divided, tracing, for example, the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible or reassessing the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. All Things Made New shows MacCulloch at his best - learned, far-seeing, sometimes subversive, and often witty.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552173285
    Title: AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

    For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them.

    In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

    Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.

    In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    GRISWOLD ELIZA
    ISBN: 9781472268723
    Title: AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    Author: GRISWOLD ELIZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

    Seven years in the making, AMITY AND PROSPERITY tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

    Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbours' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

    Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbours and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

    Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold reveals what happens when an imperilled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AMONG THE WOLVES OF COURT : The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn
    AMONG THE WOLVES OF COURT : The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn
    MACKAY LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781350147058
    Title: AMONG THE WOLVES OF COURT : The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn
    Author: MACKAY LAUREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2020 New Release

    The tragic story of Anne Boleyn has been retold over the centuries, yet two key figures in Anne's life her father Thomas and brother George are often relegated to the margins of the history of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. Well before Anne's coronation in 1533, Thomas was regarded as one of Henry's most skilled and experienced ambassadors, and George was a talented young courtier on the rise. But Anne's downfall was to have a devastating effect on her family o ultimately costing her and her brother their lives. A family whose success and prestige had been shaped over generations was destroyed in a violent and brutal episode as the king sought a new wife and a male heir.
    In this first biography devoted to the Boleyn men, Lauren Mackay takes us beyond the stereotypes of Thomas and George to present a story that has almost been lost to history. This book follows the Boleyn men as they negotiated their way through the ruthless game of politics among the wolves of the court, and establishes their place in Tudor history.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ATLAS OF EXTINCT COUNTRIES
    AN ATLAS OF EXTINCT COUNTRIES
    DEFOE GIDEON
    ISBN: 9780008393878
    Title: AN ATLAS OF EXTINCT COUNTRIES
    Author: DEFOE GIDEON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated – and timely – history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.

    ‘Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close'

    Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either ‘got too greedy' or ‘Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence.

    This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.

    The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this – and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything – these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    MATTHEWS OWEN
    ISBN: 9781408857816
    Title: AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    Author: MATTHEWS OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The most formidable spy in history' IAN FLEMING

    'His work was impeccable' KIM PHILBY

    'The spy to end spies' JOHN LE CARR
    Born of a German father and a Russian mother, Richard Sorge moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. In the years leading up to and during the Second World War, he became a fanatical communist o and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy.

    Combining charm with ruthless manipulation, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society. His intelligence proved pivotal to the Soviet counter-offensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war itself.

    Drawing on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives, this is a major biography of one of the greatest spies who ever lived.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780500252352
    Title: AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A quirky yet hugely informative global guide to the magnificently designed and engineered structures that lie deep underground beneath our feet.

    Lose yourself in the vast sewer networks that lie beneath the world’s great cities – past and present. Let detailed archival plans, maps and photographs guide you through these subterranean labyrinths – previously accessible only to their builders, engineers and, perhaps, the odd rogue explorer. This execrable exploration traces the evolution of waste management from the ingenious infra-structures of the ancient world to the seeping cesspits and festering open sewers of the medieval period. It investigates and celebrates the work of the civil engineers whose pioneering integrated sewer systems brought to a close the devastating cholera epidemics of the mid-19th century and continue to serve a vastly increased population today. And let’s not forget those giant fatbergs clogging our underground arteries, or the storm-surge super-structures of tomorro


    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864395
    Title: ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
    THE TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019

    A FINANCIAL TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, WALL STREET JOURNAL AND TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

    'Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India A book of beauty' o Gerard DeGroot, The Times
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.

    William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANCIENT GREEKS : Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World
    ANCIENT GREEKS : Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9780099583646
    Title: ANCIENT GREEKS : Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

    But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

    Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

    Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity and explains how they made us who we are today.

    A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness'

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    BRYCE TREVOR
    ISBN: 9780198828907
    Title: ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    Author: BRYCE TREVOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Syria has long been one of the most trouble-prone and politically volatile regions of the Near and Middle Eastern world. This book looks back beyond the troubles of the present to tell the 3000-year story of what happened many centuries before. Trevor Bryce reveals the peoples, cities, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared in the lands that now constitute Syria, from the time of it's earliest written records in the third millennium BC until
    the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 3-4th century AD.

    Across the centuries, from the Bronze Age to the Rome Era, we encounter a vast array of characters and civilizations, enlivening, enriching, and besmirching the annals of Syrian history: Hittite and Assyrian Great Kings; Egyptian pharaohs; Amorite robber-barons; the biblically notorious Nebuchadnezzar; Persia's Cyrus the Great and Macedon's Alexander the Great; the rulers of the Seleucid empire; and an assortment of Rome's most distinguished and most infamous emperors. All swept across the
    plains of Syria at some point in her long history. All contributed, in one way or another, to Syria's special, distinctive character, as they imposed themselves upon it, fought one another within it, or pillaged their way through it.

    But this is not just a history of invasion and oppression. Syria had great rulers of her own, native-born Syrian luminaries, sometimes appearing as local champions who sought to liberate their lands from foreign despots, sometimes as cunning, self-seeking manipulators of squabbles between their overlords. They culminate with Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, whose life provides a fitting grand finale to the first three millennia of Syria's recorded history. The conclusion looks forward to the Muslim
    conquest in the 7th century AD: in many ways the opening chapter in the equally complex and often troubled history of modern Syria.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    ISBN: 9781911630753
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets - A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    Author: HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In The Animal's Companion, acclaimed social anthropologist and author of Red: A History of the Redhead, Jacky Colliss Harvey turns her keen eye for cultural investigation and compelling storytelling skills to the history of animals as our companions in the everyday and in adversity. She explores the development of our interest in breeding and accessorising our pets; the connection, in the early nineteenth century, of animals and childhood (from Black Beauty to Lassie); our desire to mourn our pets and send them to the afterlife; and the when, how, and why all of these attitudes have developed over time.

    Along the way Colliss Harvey regales us with wonderful stories of famous, endearing, and sometimes eccentric pet owners throughout history.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    NIRENBERG DAVID
    ISBN: 9781789541168
    Title: ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    Author: NIRENBERG DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Judaism across three millennia.

    In this magisterial history, David Nirenberg explores anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, from the Ancient Egyptians who resented their Jewish neighbours to the ideas of Voltaire and Marx, thereby revealing it to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. With intolerance and racism on the rise across the West, the central argument of David Nirenberg's groundbreaking study – that to imagine anti-Judaism to be confined to the margins of our society is to be dangerously complacent – is as urgent and as timely as it has ever been.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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