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Bendigo, Right Fist of God - Alan Dance and David Field Bendigo, The Right Fist of God, book review

William Thompson, better known as Bendigo, is one of Nottingham's underappreciated sons. Alan Dance and David Field have sought to correct that with their historical novel: Bendigo, The Right Fist of God. They have used fiction  and their undoubted story telling skills to build on a sound but limited historical base to produce an engaging novel

Ancient Worlds, cover Ancient Worlds, the Search for Origins of Western Civilization

Richard Miles' book, and the BBC televisions series it supports, explores the history of western civilization from the establsihment of the first cities in what is now Iraq.

Pop Goes the Weasel, cover Pop Goes the Weasel, Wonderful Stories & Origin of Nursery Rhymes

In Pop Goes the Weasel,  Albert Jack has produced a fascinating exploration of the story behind much-loved nursery rhymes. Many of the seemingly innocent songs and rhymes that we remember from our childhood often have a darker history. Albert Jack explores the origins of those popular and much loved nursery rhymes and other popular song.

Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, cover Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, Insight Into Egyptian Culture

Dr Joyce Tyldesley provides a detailed exploration of the religious and other beliefs that both reflected and shaped the culture of ancient Egypt. In Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt Dr Tyldesley pieces together the fragmentary evidence of Egyptian religious, cultural and funerary practices to build a detailed picture of Egypt’s dynastic period.

In Caravagio, A Life Scared and Profane, cover Caravaggio, A Life Sacred and Profane. Story of a Flawed Genius

In Caravagio, A Life Scared and Profane, Andrew Graham-Dixon has written a masterful new biography of Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and casts new light on the mystery of his life and death.

Liberal Fascism, The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning - cover Politics of Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg

Goldberg seeks to demonstrate that fascism is a socialist movement and therefore a misdirected term of abuse by the left-wing of right-leaning policies and politicians.

The Pleasures of English Food, cover Pleasures of English Food – History and Culture

English cuisine is criticised despite a rich heritage and culture that compares with most culinary traditions. This classic extract will inspire both cook and gourmand.

America, Empire of Liberty - book cover America, Empire of Liberty, History of USA

America is a nation with a particular view of democracy and freedom. This book seeks to explain how that view has been formed through its history of conflicting beliefs. America, Empire of Liberty covers the history of America from before the arrival of European colonists up the election of Barack Obama in November 2008 which was a noteworthy event in the context of this book’s analysis.

The Adventure of English, book cover The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg's History

English is now a global language but how it became so is a fascinating story. There were times when it all but disappeared but miraculously survived and became stronger.

Citrus, A History, book cover Citrus, A History of the Fruits by Pierre Laszlo

Pierre Laszlo is a man of culture as well as being a scientist and it shows through in Citrus, A History which is a story, reference and an enticing literary work. Pierre Laszlo has written Citrus, A History which tells the story of man’s migration of these tasty fruits from the Far East, China in particular, to the Americas.

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