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HOSPITAL SKETCHES FROM THE CIVIL WAR
Book number: 89189 Product format: Paperback Author: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
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The author of Little Women wrote personal letters which provide a raw and honest account of the reality of battlefield medicine during the American Civil War, a war which tore the country and famil...
CLASSICAL SCHOOL:
Book number: 90856 Product format: Hardback Author: CALLUM WILLIAMS
Published price: £20
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This is an education on economics wrapped up in the fascinating history of 20 people who have shaped nations through their philosophy, all written with an engaging but clear tone that draws in both...
SISTERS IN ARMS: Female Warriors
Book number: 90888 Product format: Hardback Author: JULIE WHEELWRIGHT
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Western culture has a popular tradition of women who dressed as men and joined the military, often immortalised in books or on stage and screen. Julie Wheelwright soon discovered many of these acc...
NOW WE SHALL BE ENTIRELY FREE
Book number: 91046 Product format: Paperback Author: ANDREW MILLER
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Winner of the Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2019 this is a 'propulsive, beautifully written investigation into atrocity, guilt and new beginnings.' - Justine Jordan. One rainswept winter's...
AUTUMN IN VENICE: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
Book number: 91118 Product format: Paperback Author: ANDREA DI ROBILANT
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One of the most wrenching and scandalous love stories in all of literary biography, the author finely details the last productive years of Ernest Hemingway in a kaleidoscopic succession of relation...
HUSTLING HITLER: The Jewish Vaudevillian
Book number: 90789 Product format: Hardback Author: WALTER SHAPIRO
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Journalist Walter Shapiro always assumed that the stories about his great uncle Freeman Bernstein, particularly the one where he conned Hitler's war effort out of a valuable shipload of scrap metal...
ANTIPATER'S DYNASTY: Alexander the Great's Regent
Book number: 91226 Product format: Hardback Author: JOHN GRAINGER
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Antipater was a key figure in the rise of Macedon under Philip II and instrumental in the succession of Alexander III (the Great). Alexander entrusted Antipater with ruling Macedon in his long abse...
MIDNIGHT THREE WOMEN AT THE HOUR OF RECKONING
Book number: 91380 Product format: Hardback Author: VICTORIA SHORR
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'Written with a novelist's narrative flair and a biographer's factual command, Shorr recreates and reassesses the lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Joan of Arc at their hour of reckoning.' - J...
JOSIAH WEDGWOOD: A New Biography
Book number: 91582 Product format: Hardback Author: ANTHONY BURTON
Published price: £25
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Born in the Staffordshire potteries in 1739, Josiah Wedgwood was from a family of potters who worked in traditional ways, but he was to revolutionise the industry. When he started work, the local ...
AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD
Book number: 91600 Product format: Paperback Author: ROBERT HUTCHINSON
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Colonel Blood was the spy who stole the crown jewels and became the king's secret agent. One morning in May 1671, this man daringly attempted to seize the crown jewels from the Tower of London. A...
CLEOPATRA
Book number: 91625 Product format: Hardback Author: ALBERTO ANGELA
Published price: £22
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Sub-titled 'The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity', more than a muse and greater than a myth, Cleopatra was ruler, lover, diplomat and icon. The last Queen of Egypt lived less than ...
RADICAL WORDSWORTH: The Poet Who Changed the World
Book number: 91099 Product format: Hardback Author: JONATHAN BATE
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William Wordsworth was born among the mountains of the Lake District, walked into the French Revolution, had a love affair and an illegitimate child before witnessing horrific violence in Paris. H...
MASONIC MAGICIAN
Book number: 91757 Product format: Paperback Author: PHILIPPA FAULKS, R.L.D. COOPER
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'The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite' is the sub-title of this first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It tells the extraordinary story of a cult fi...
WILLIAM BLAKE'S SEXUAL PATH TO SPIRITUAL VISION
Book number: 91763 Product format: Paperback Author: MARSHA KEITH SCHUCHARD
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Miranda Seymour in the Sunday Times said 'Schuchard places Blake at the heart of a secret London as high on spiritualized sexuality as San Francisco in the 'summer of love'.' William Blake (1757-18...
AUNT BRANWELL AND THE BRONTË LEGACY
Book number: 91995 Product format: Paperback Author: NICK HOLLAND
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In 1821, Elizabeth Branwell journeyed from Penzance in Cornwall to a remote moorland village, Haworth in Yorkshire, to nurse her sister Maria Brontë who was dangerously ill. When Maria died, Elizab...
BEAUTY OF LIVING: E. E. Cummings in the Great War
Book number: 91997 Product format: Hardback Author: J. ALISON ROSENBLITT
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The experimental poet E. E. Cummings grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a family dominated by an overbearing father, "the Reverend", a man in whom social liberalism fought unsuccessfully with ...
DEFIANCE: The Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard
Book number: 92005 Product format: Paperback Author: STEPHEN TAYLOR
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Artist and hostess, poet and musician, Lady Anne Barnard lived at the heart of Georgian society. High-born yet egalitarian, she travelled to France to observe the Revolution, rejected numerous sui...
JANE AUSTEN: Love Is Like A Rose
Book number: 92017 Product format: Paperback Author: ANDREW NORMAN
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Whereas many aspects of Jane Austen's life are well known and documented, others are shrouded in mystery and this was not a result of any action on her part. It was principally because of the acti...
JANE AUSTEN'S INSPIRATION: Beloved Friend Anne Lefroy
Book number: 92018 Product format: Hardback Author: JUDITH STOVE
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An insightful biography on the life of a writer who had direct and undeniable influence on the life and works of Jane Austen who was her confidante and an immense source of inspiration as Jane deve...
LORD MOUNTCASHEL IRISH GENERAL
Book number: 92023 Product format: Hardback Author: D. P. GRAHAM
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Sub-titled 'Justin MacCarthy In the Service of James II and Louis XIV 1673-1694', MacCarthy (later Lord Mountcashel) was born into a notable family of Irish Jacobites. Loyal to the exiled Stuarts,...
MADAME TUSSAUD: Her Life and Legacy
Book number: 92025 Product format: Hardback Author: GERI WALTON
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'Curious Busts from Nature as Large as Life,' was just one advertisement for Madame Tussaud's wax work exhibition. Madame Marie Tussaud launched her chain of wax museums more than 200 years ago but...
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' DOWNFALL
Book number: 92027 Product format: Hardback Author: ROBERT STEDALL
Published price: £25
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Sub-titled 'The Life and Murder of Henry, Lord Darnley' this engaging and well researched biography re-examines the famous murder and brings new light and compelling confusions to a story surrounde...
SCOTT-LAND: The Man Who Invented a Nation
Book number: 92333 Product format: Paperback Author: STUART KELLY
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A BBC Radio Four Book of the Week, part biography, part literary criticism, part exploration of Scottish identity, this is by far the best book on Sir Walter Scott. No writer has ever been as famo...
BYRON IN LOVE
Book number: 92556 Product format: Paperback Author: EDNA O'BRIEN
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Everything about Lord George Gordon Byron was a paradox - insider and outsider, beautiful and deformed, serious and facetious, profligate but on occasion miserly, and possessed of a fierce intellig...
WHISTLER: A Life for Art's Sake
Book number: 92312 Product format: Paperback Author: DANIEL SUTHERLAND
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A major biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of the most intriguing and complex and important of America's artists. The first biography in more than 20 years makes use of the artist's private ...
KAHLIL GIBRAN: Beyond Borders
Book number: 92674 Product format: Hardback Author: KAHLIL GIBRAN & JEAN GIBRAN
Published price: £25
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Painter, poet, immigrant, rebel and global citizen, born in Lebanon, Kahlil Gibran emigrated to America as a young man in the 1890s, where he became a successful artist and prose poet. His book Th...
BRIGHT STAR, GREEN LIGHT
Book number: 92867 Product format: Hardback Author: JONATHAN BATE
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For this unusual literary study, Sir Jonathan Bate, expert on Shakespeare and much else, takes the star-crossed figures of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald, separated by a century, and gives them...
SCHUMANN: The Faces and The Masks
Book number: 92892 Product format: Hardback Author: JUDITH CHERNAIK
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The author is a New Yorker, long resident in London, and best known for founding London's popular 'Poems on the Underground'. For her ground-breaking account on Schumann's life and works, drawing ...
UNDREAMED SHORES
Book number: 92904 Product format: Hardback Author: FRANCES LARSON
Published price: £20
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'The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology' is the sub-title of this multiple biography of five women who arrived at the University of Oxford determined to study remote communities a world away f...
INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
Book number: 92944 Product format: Paperback Author: HARRIET JACOBS
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A seminal historical work, demonstrating the horror of slavery and the particular problems faced by female slaves, it is an autobiographical narrative of Harriet Ann Jacobs, a runaway slave who ori...
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