The Piazza San Marco is the most famous townscape in the West. This book is the first to consider it as a coherent whole, as a theatre in which the wh…
A huge baroque basilica with a dome by Michelangelo, crammed with works of art, standing in a Ruritanian statelet called the Vatican, home of Roman Ca…
'A most wonderful collection…I will put it on my shelf and take it off over and over again' Simon Schama
How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived?
Why does the West rule? Eminent Stanford polymath Ian Morris answers this provocative question, drawing uniquely on 20,000 years of history and archae…
Picking up where bestseller Nella Last's Peace left off, this fascinating diary from the 1950s delves into the thoughts, feelings and daily life o…
The Taj Mahal is the queen of architecture. Other buildings may be as famous but no other has been so consistently admired for a beauty that is seen a…
True crime at its most potent: a riveting account of tracking down and convicting an evil serial killer by the detective who trapped him. "In the…
'An enthralling cautionary tale of the recurring excesses of global finance … The author displays a vivid touch in describing the Swedish parven…
'When we read we are able to travel to many places, meet many people and understand the world' Nelson Mandela
An original idea that's well-executed and of interest to anyone who's enjoyed a fry-up, stood by a water-cooler and slept under a duvet. By in…
The definitive account of the history and significance of a world landmark – reissued in time for the anniversary of the Somme.
'The Scots have always been a restless people', says leading Scottish historian Marjory Harper 'but in the nineteenth century their restle…
This scholarly yet highly accessible book illuminates the manifold ways in which the culture of power and the power of culture were interwoven and sha…
Groundbreaking in its scope and ambition, Occasions of Sin charts the Irish sexual experience over the course of the twentieth century.
St Pancras station has long been an iconic landmark on the London landscape and one of its most distinctive monuments. This new edition is published t…
Jenny Diski at her essayistic best in a highly personal and entertaining exploration of the twentieth century's most colourful decade.
'MacMillan has written illuminatingly on topics as diverse as the 1919 Paris peace conference and Nixon in China. Perhaps more unusually she is al…
The Destruction of Dutch Jewry
Britain's best known classicist speaks her mind on the ancient, and modern, worlds. A wide-ranging selection from her 'best hit' blog.