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Storm’s Edge: Life, Death and Magic in the Islands of Orkney Peter Marshall Richard Vinen

England: Seven Myths That Changed a Country and How to Set Them Straight Tom Baldwin & Marc Stears Malachi O’Doherty

Four Shots in the Night: A True Story of Espionage, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland Henry Hemming Stakeknife’s Dirty War Richard O’Rawe music Richard Williams

Shades of Blue: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and the Lost Empire of Cool James Kaplan • The Notebooks of Sonny Rollins Sam V H Reese (ed) Jon Savage

Pulp’s This is Hardcore Jane Savidge Deborah Levy

Me and Mr Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders f rom Mars Suzi Ronson history Levi Roach

House of Lilies: The Dynasty that Made Medieval France Justine Firnhaber-Baker Suzannah Lipscomb

The Waiting Game: The Untold Story of the Women Who Served the Tudor Queens Nicola Clark Ben Wilson

Writing on the Wall: Graffiti, Rebellion and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Britain Madeleine Pelling Mark Cornwall

Days in Prague: The Runciman Mission and the Race to Save Europe Ann Shukman Stephen Bates

The Undesirables: The Law that Locked Away a Generation Sarah Wise fashion Lucy Moore

Liberty Equality Fashion: The Women Who Styled the French Revolution Anne Higonnet Sophie Oliver

All the Rage: Pleasure, Pain, Power – Stories f rom the Frontline of Beauty – Virginia Nicholson

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