Matthew Parris, presenter of Great Lives on BBC Radio 4, explores the surprising connection between trauma and greatness through vivid case histories.
The last eight centuries of China's relationship with the world told through the eyes of traders, invaders, civil servants, visionaries, and trait…
A major new biography of one of Britain's best-loved artists
The full story of the most successful organisation in the history of sport
The cycling doctor: Round the world with a stethoscope
A fierce, strikingly redemptive exploration of the impact of traumatic violence on victim, perpetrator and society
Two hundred years of Roman imperial politics and power brought to life in an action-packed narrative
How ideas moved the world from post-war to pre-war once more
Silke Rose West
A delightful parents' and teachers' guide to creating and telling stories to children
A trailblazing journey into the brain, showing how perception, thought, and action all depend on 'maps' etched into your gray matter – and how…
Japan's fascinating culture of track cycling
A compelling foundation for a new story of interconnectedness, showing how, as our civilization unravels, another world is possible.
A biting and original history which places culture front and centre to explain how our country went to pieces
The astonishing true story of two First World War prisoners who pulled off one of the most ingenious escapes of all time.
John von Sothen
How to become Parisian – a genuine, laugh-out-loud tale of French life
A deeply moving story of what it means to care for those we love by bestselling author Kate Mosse
Power. Glory. Death. Courage. How well do we know the story of the Second World War?
An original exploration of all the ordinary, extraordinary and totally mad things we've thrown out and redeemed through the ages
Lies, spies, sex-magic and socialism: the secret history of the first American rocket in space
A life working on coral reefs by Britain's foremost marine scientist and pioneering conservationist