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f r om the p u l p i t 1 D J Taylor holy war r i or s 5 Timothy Brook

Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem Carol Delaney • The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyage of Vasco da Gama Nigel Cliff 6 Jonathan Sumption

The First Crusade: The Call from the East Peter Frankopan 8 Thomas Asbridge

In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World Tom Holland h i st or y 10 Leslie Mitchell

Why Spencer Perceval Had To Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister Andro Linklater 11 Leanda de Lisle

The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England Dan Jones 12 Nicholas Vincent

The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe R I Moore 14 John Guy

Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII & His Italian Ambassador Catherine Fletcher 15 Leo McKinstry

The Dam Busters: The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr James Holland 16 Anna Reid

Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag Orlando Figes 17 Donald Trelford

Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 Dominic Sandbrook 19 Hugh Bicheno on four memoirs of fighting in the Falklands b i o g r a p hy & d i a r i e s 20 Joan Smith

As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Diaries 1964–1980 Susan Sontag 21 Richard Overy

Witness to History: The Life of John Wheeler-Bennett Victoria Schofield 22 Frances Spalding

Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter Emmanuel Cooper

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