India's association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurers and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India.... read more

Empire of Enchantment - The Story of Indian Magic
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'This extraordinary book brings to life an astonishing place. Beautiful prose renders brutality vivid' The Times - BOOK OF THE WEEK
From Peter the Great to Putin, this is the unforgettable story of St Petersburg - one of the most magical, menacing and influential cities in the ... read more

St Petersburg
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Series:Civilisations Ser.

Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon SchamaThe idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big question of how peo... read more

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith
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Bestselling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything. It is a... read more

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
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In this colorful and image-rich history of humanity's mapping of the cosmos, author Anne Rooney has assembled a selection of beautiful illustrations, maps, drawings, digital images, and cave art, too - all chronicling the many ways mankind has looked to the stars and tried to make... read more

Mapping the Universe
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The history of guns is a fascinating and of course vast subject. This is not a catalog of every model of every gun through history to date, but instead a look at the historical evolution of generic categories of guns together with who, how and why key gun design changes were developed and implemented over the centuries.

A History of Guns
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On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess, then the Deputy Fuhrer, parachuted over Renfrewshire in Scotland on a mission to meet with the Duke of Hamilton, ostensibly to broker a peace deal with the British government. After being held in the Tower of London, he... read more

Camp Z: How British Intelligence Broke Hitler's Deputy
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In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its roll call of achievements is easily as impre... read more

30-Second Ancient China: The 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation, Each Explained in Half a Minute
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We've all heard of pyramids, hieroglyphs and Cleopatra, but how much do you really know about ancient Egypt? Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the myste... read more

30-second Ancient Egypt: The 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation Each Explained in Half a Minute
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The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has... read more

Monash's Masterpiece: The Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World
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Awards:Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2018 (UK).

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
The acclaimed author of A Train in Winter and Village of Secrets delivers the next chapter in "The Resistance Quartet": the astonishing story of the aristocratic Italian fam... read more

A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini
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