/British History
  • Spies and Stars: MI5, Showbusiness and Me

    Charlotte Bingham

    A sequel to ‘MI5 and Me’, in which Lottie has had the bad luck to fall in love with Harry, a handsome but frustrated young actor…

    Hardback £16.99
  • Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road To War

    Tim Bouverie

    In this remarkable debut, Bouverie tells the story of the pre-war years of diplomacy, indecision, infighting and political brinkmanship. It is an extraordinary tale of turning deaf ears to the experts who understood what was afoot (our ambassadors in Berlin, for instance, recalled for articulating the unwelcome) and of democracies failing to grapple with the gravest of threats. Bouverie considers the personalities and the pacifist mood of the country with sensitivity and pathos, and much of what he writes has a powerful resonance with the reader in the face of our own complex political upheavals.


    We will have Tim talking at Sandoe’s on 1st May – please note that booking is essential. For details see here.

    Hardback £20.00
  • In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England

    Keith Thomas

    A new book from the author of ‘Religion and the Decline of Magic’ and ‘Man and the Natural World’, which have both been continuously in print since their publication several decades ago.

    Hardback £25.00
  • A Short History of England

    Dominic Caldecott

    A highly articulate, intelligent and entertaining look at the history of England, with a somewhat idiosyncratic approach. Politics, trade, government and culture are Caldecott’s bread and butter here, and his sweep is extremely enjoyable – and stimulating: he ends, for instance, his initial and very brief chapter on prehistory thus: “The particular relevance of Roman Britain to English history lies in the English aristocracy’s adoption of the same Augustan culture during its eighteenth-century hegemony”. Privately published.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem

    David Kynaston & Francis Green

    Privileged access to education and the democratic deficit that results: this old chestnut is given a thorough roasting by two highly regarded minds.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Last Englishmen: Love, War and the End of Empire

    Deborah Baker

    This fine book uncovers the stories of John Auden and Michael Spender, who, as Everest climbers and geologists, led lives quite as interesting though very different to those of their more famous older brothers.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History

    David Edgerton

    Edgerton offers us a wholly new take on our understanding of ourselves as a nation: the imperial, global and liberal model giving way after WW2 to isolationism and a narrower nationalism. His arguments are powerful, his marshalling of material astonishing, and disquieting.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Carrington: An Honourable Man

    Christopher Lee

    It is no doubt forgivable that the author omits the fact that Lord C was a customer here, but we can attest that he was a delightful man; we miss him.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Darling Winston: Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother

    David Lough

    Beginning in 1881, when WC was only six years old, and continuing until his mother’s death in 1921. By the author of ‘No More Champagne: Winston Churchill and his Money’.

    Hardback £30.00