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W&N History HB June £30.00 608pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 1 474 60705 6 eBook: £30.00 / 978 1 4746 0707 0

ROY STRONG The Story of Britain The History of Our Islands from Stonehenge to the Present

Newly updated: a sweeping, comprehensive history of britain which answers the questions: ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘Where are we going?’.

‘Classic popular history’ was Andrew Roberts’s opinion of The Story of Britain when it was first published to great acclaim in 1996. Roy Strong beings the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times, and has brought it right up to date via the Blair years and into the present day of Brexit Britain. It is a remarkable achievement and, with his passion, enthusiasm and wide-ranging knowledge, he is the ideal narrator. His book should be read by anyone who cares about Britain’s national past, national identify or national prospects.

‘History at its best’ – antonia Fraser sir Roy strong CH was Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He is author of some forty books on a wide variety of subjects. He has published two volumes of diaries: Splendours and Miseries: 1967–1987 and Scenes and Apparitions: 1988– 2003. He lives, writes and gardens in Herefordshire.

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Location: Much Birch, Herefordshire

W&N History MMP June £9.99 496pp 978 1 474 60535 9 eBook: £9.99 / 978 1 4746 0536 6

OPHELIA FIELD The Favourite Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough a new and updated edition of ophelia Field’s acclaimed biography of sarah Churchill, first Duchess of Marlborough (1660–1744).

Sarah Churchill was the glamorous and controversial subject of hundreds of satires and newspaper articles during her lifetime and after her death. Tied to Queen Anne by an intimate friendship, Sarah hoped to wield power equal to that of a government minister. When their relationship soured, she blackmailed Anne with letters revealing their intimacy and accused her of perverting national affairs by keeping lesbian favourites. By bringing Sarah Churchill’s own voice, passionate and intelligent, back to life, Ophelia Field has created an unforgettable portrait of a woman who cared intensely about how we would remember her.

• a major Hollywood film about sarah Churchill and Queen anne, starring Rachel Weisz and olivia Colman, is set for release in 2018.

ophelia Field was born to American parents in Australia in 1971. After studying at Oxford University and the LSE she worked for refugee and human rights organisations including English PEN. She is also the author of The Kit-Cat Club.

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Location: King’s Cross, London www.opheliafield.com

W&N Non-Fiction • June 2018