• 100 Nasty Women of History
    100 Nasty Women of History
    'Vital reading' STYLIST

    '...hooting with laughter - what a swashbuckler that Hannah Jewell is' MARINA HYDE

    'Because 100 Nasty Women is so easy to read and witty, I didn't expect it to be the life changing, important book that I'm discovering it to be' PHILIPPA PERRY

    'A fantastic addition to your feminist library and historical knowledge.' ANN SHEN, author of Bad Girls Throughout History

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    100 fascinating and brilliantly written stories about history's bravest, baddest but little known 'nasty' women from across the world.

    These are the women who were deemed too nasty for their times, too nasty to be recognised, too nasty to be paid for their work and sometimes too nasty to be allowed to live.

    When you learn about women in history, they're often made out to be shining, glittering souls. But when you hear about these Bold-Yet-Morally-Irreproachable Women of History who were 100% Pure and Good (TM), you're probably not being told the best bits of her life. You probably missed the part where she:

    Slept around
    Wore men's clothes
    Crashed planes
    Led a revolution
    Terrorised the seven seas
    Wrote ~sensual poetry~
    Punched a Nazi (metaphorically, but not always)

    These are the women you've probably never heard of, but should. Take these stories and tell them to your friends, because everyone should know about the nasty women from history who gave zero f*cks whatsoever. These are the 100 Nasty Women of History you need to know about.

    ISBN: 9781473671249
    Publication date: 07/03/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Jewell, Hannah
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • 1001 Days That Shaped the World
    1001 Days That Shaped the World
    From the foundation of Rome on April 21, 753 B.C. to the Arab Spring of 2011, this newly updated edition of 1001 Days That Shaped the World focuses on those truly pivotal moments that have changed the direction of world history. This page-turner of a book summarizes each event with a dramatic descriptive article and memorable illustrations and photos. Among the general categories of events described by historian Peter Furtado and his team of researchers and writers are decisive battles, major natural disasters, historic assassinations, the hatching of political plots, artistic and cultural milestones, and much more.

    Here are stories of human achievement, high drama, and memorable tragedy, explained in terms of their physical, cultural, social, or economic impact on the world. Supplemented with hundreds of evocative photos and illustrations.

    ISBN: 9781760524050
    Publication date: 28/11/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Furtado, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • 1066 and All That a Memorable History of England
    1066 and All That a Memorable History of England
    "Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet." 1066 And All That is a book that has itself become part of our history. The authors made the claim that "All the History you can remember is in the Book" and, for most of us, they were probably right. But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic; an uproarious satire on textbook history and our confused recollections of it: "The first date in English History is 55 BC, in which year Julius Caesar (the memorable Roman Emperor) landed, like all other successful invaders of these islands, at Thanet. This was in the Olden Days, when the Romans were top nation on account of their classical education, etc."

    ISBN: 9780413772701
    Publication date: 24/09/1998
    Price: $32.00
    Author: Sellar, W. C.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • 1917 Year that Changed the World
    1917 Year that Changed the World
    A dramatic account of a year of two revolutions in Russia, told through extracts from contemporary diaries, letters and memoirs and illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.

    1917: The Year that Changed the World is a dramatic and compelling account of Russia's revolutionary year as told by those who lived through it (not just in Russia). The book consists entirely of primary sources, taken from letters, memoirs, diaries and other documents of the period, accompanied by remarkable images, many previously not published. The team of journalists and experts behind Project 1917 has scoured archives, libraries and storerooms for texts, photographs and videos which are presented in a way that brings the reader as close as possible to the lives and events of that extraordinary year. The story is told through several chapters that reveal the ebb and flow of events and opinions over the year, from increasing disillusionment with the monarchy to revolutionary fervour after the abdication of Nicholas II, then the gradual 'unravelling' of the Provisional Government, and eventually the 'Great October' that brought the Bolsheviks to power.
    There were many who thought that Russia's second revolution would also be short-lived, but it was the decisive moment in a year that influenced the entire course of the twentieth century, as this book vividly demonstrates.

    ISBN: 9781906257279
    Publication date: 05/07/2018
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Zygar, Mikhail
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • 1918  How the First World War Was Won
    1918 How the First World War Was Won
    The war in 1918 changed character radically, and nowhere more so than on the Western Front. Over three years of stalemate, what had effectively become siege warfare conducted along a line of trenches from Switzerland to the sea was `unlocked' by the German March 1918 offensive. Suddenly it was a war of movement again for the first time since November 1914. After some desperate fighting the Allies stemmed the tide of the German advance, and began the counter-offensive.

    1918: How the First World War Was Won gives the detailed account of the final year of the First World War. Every battle is examined and retold from a new, refreshing perspective - it wasn't just the British forces on the final push - they were accompanied by new American troops, Canadian reinforcements, and masterminded by the tactical command of French General Ferdinand Foch. This new, incredibly illustrated book tells the story of those final violent pushes to the end of the war in 1918, and is a must for any interested in the subject.

    ISBN: 9781743794890
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Thompson, Gen. Julian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • 1947 Where now begins
    1947 Where now begins
    As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age - the one we call now.This shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way back to homes that are no longer there, or on to an uncertain future across the sea. Some run from their deeds, and most get away. Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 is Elisabeth Asbrink's father.In 1947, production begins of the Kalashnikov, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first actual computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, a clockmaker's son draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day, and a UN Committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.In 1947, Elisabeth Asbrink chronicles the creation of the modern world, as the forces that will go on to govern all our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.

    ISBN: 9781925322439
    Publication date: 30/10/2017
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Asbrink, Elisabeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram
    21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram
    A genuinely new Second World War story, The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram is a riveting account of the wartime exploits of Alastair Cram, brilliantly told by the American author, David Guss. Cram was taken prisoner in North Africa in November 1941, which began a long odyssey through ten different POW camps and three Gestapo prisons. He became a serial escapee - fleeing his captors no fewer than twenty-one times, including his final, and finally successful, escape from a POW column in April 1945.

    Perhaps the most dramatic of his attempts was from Gavi, the 'Italian Colditz'. Gavi was a maximum-security prison near Genoa for the pericolosi, the 'most dangerous' inmates because of their perpetual hunger to escape. It was here that Alastair met David Stirling, the legendary founder of the SAS, and cooked up the plan for what would become the 'Cistern Tunnel' escape, one of the most audacious but hitherto little-known mass escape attempts of the entire war.

    A story of courage in the face of extraordinary odds, it is a testament to one man's dogged determination never to give up.

    ISBN: 9781509829590
    Publication date: 11/06/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Guss, David M.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • 30 Second Ancient Greece
    30 Second Ancient Greece
    We think of Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and a breeding ground for pioneering philosophers, but what was life really like in a Greek city-state? Who could vote in an election in Athens? What kind of plays did people see at the theatre? How much impact did gods and myths have on the lives of the ancient Greeks? Why were neighbouring states so often at war?

    30-Second Ancient Greece presents a unique insight into one of the most creative and influential civilisations, where military might and architectural brilliance flourished alongside great rhetoric and spellbinding stories of heroes. From temples and oracles to soldiers and slavery, from beautiful pottery to tragic drama, this is the key to understanding the 50 crucial ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilisations.

    ISBN: 9781782405900
    Publication date: 24/04/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Nicholls, Matthew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Age of the Horse
    Age of the Horse
    Man has always been fascinated by Equus caballus, recasting horse power into many forms: a hunk of meat, an industrial and agricultural machine, a luxury good, a cherished dancer, a comrade in arms and a symbol of a mythical past. From the wild tarpans sought by the Nazis to jade-laden treasure steeds in Ancient China, broken-down nags recycled into sausages and furniture stuffing, stallions that face fighting bulls and brewery horses that charmed the founder of the Sikh Empire, The Age of the Horse knits the history of the horse into that of humans, through revolution, war, social change and uneasy peace. It also uncovers new roles for the horse in the twenty-first century as a tool in the fight against climate change and as a therapist for soldiers damaged in unwinnable conflicts.In this captivating book, Susanna Forrest takes a journey through time and around the world, from the Mongolian steppes to a mirrored manege at Versailles, an elegant polo club in Beijing and a farm, a fort and an auction house in America, exploring the horse's crucial role and revealing how our culture and economy were generated, nourished and shaped by horse power and its gifts and limits.

    ISBN: 9780857899002
    Publication date: 05/10/2017
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Forrest, Susanna (Author)
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Akhenaten Egypt's False Prophet
    Akhenaten Egypt's False Prophet
    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. Reeves argues that, far from being the idealistic founder of a new faith, Akhenaten cynically used religion for purely political ends in a calculated attempt to reassert the authority of the king. Backed up by abundant archaeological and documentary evidence, Reeves's closely written narrative also provides many new insights into questions that have baffled scholars for generations - the puzzle of the body in Tomb 55 in the Valley of the Kings; the fate of Nefertiti, Akhenaten's beautiful wife, and the identity of the mysterious successor, Smenkhkare; and the theory that Tutankhamun, Akhenaten's son and true heir, was murdered.

    ISBN: 9780500294697
    Publication date: 24/01/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Reeves, Nicholas
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Amazons
    Amazons
    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.

    ISBN: 9780552173285
    Publication date: 19/04/2018
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Man, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Ancient Ivory Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire
    Ancient Ivory Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire
    Ivory is a wonderful material: tactile, beautiful, workable into many different forms and the strongest in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately for the elephant, it has been highly prized from the Palaeolithic to the present day, in part by virtue of its rarity and the difficulty of acquiring it. During the early first millennium bc - the 'Age of Ivory' - literally thousands of carved ivories found their way to the Assyrian capital city of Kalhu, or modern Nimrud, in northern Iraq. The majority were not made there, in the heart of ancient Assyria, but arrived as gift, tribute or booty gathered by the Assyrian kings from the small neighbouring states of the ancient Middle Eastern world. The ivories were first unearthed in the mid-19th century by renowned Victorian traveller and adventurer Austen Henry Layard, but it was not until the mid-20th century that the extent of the treasure was realized by Max Mallowan, the archaeologist husband of Agatha Christie. Thousands of extraordinary ivories have since been excavated from the ruins of the ancient city's extravagant palaces, temples and forts.
    In recent years, many have been destroyed or remain at risk following the invasion of Iraq and the sacking of the Iraq Museum, as well as in the ongoing conflict and destruction of cultural heritage in the region. As a result, the ivories preserved in these pages form a unique and unparalleled record of the otherwise lost art of the Middle East.

    ISBN: 9780500051917
    Publication date: 29/06/2017
    Price: $90.00
    Author: Herrmann, Georgina
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $90.00
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