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Find the perfect present with The Folio Society’s bestselling non-fiction books. We’ve created a list of our most popular titles to help you choose – from the seminal On the Origin of Species to The Art of War; from Longitude, with stunning colour photography, to the fascinating story of Enigma. See below for the full list.

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The Art of War book

The Art of War

Sun-tzu

Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. Sun-tzu’s collection of precepts on strategic warfare has yet to be surpassed.

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Enigma: The Battle for the Code book

Enigma: The Battle for the Code

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

No episode in the history of the Second World War has captured the imagination more vividly than the deciphering of the Enigma code messages by a group of eccentric boffins at Bletchley Park.

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God's Englishman book

God's Englishman

Christopher Hill

This exhilarating book has never been surpassed as a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and his times.

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The Great Railway Bazaar book

The Great Railway Bazaar

Paul Theroux

Theroux's account of his four-month journey from London to Japan by train has become a classic of travel writing. Featuring a new introduction by the author.

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The Great War and Modern Memory book

The Great War and Modern Memory

Paul Fussell

One hundred years on, the enduring impact of the First World War is explored in Paul Fussell’s acclaimed literary and cultural history.

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A History of the Indians of the United States book

A History of the Indians of the United States

Angie Debo

Angie Debo's comprehensive and compassionate account provides an unrivalled history of American Indians from the dawn of their first contact with Europeans to the late twentieth century.

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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs. With a new preface from the author, Dava Sobel

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On the Origin of Species book

On the Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

No book has revolutionised our view of life on earth more than Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Yet its enduring popularity is testimony to the immense energy and startling simplicity with which Darwin makes his revelations.

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Once There Was a War book

Once There Was a War

John Steinbeck

The first illustrated edition of Steinbeck’s absorbing dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune.

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Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town book

Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town

Mary Beard

In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.

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Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781 book

Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781

Christopher Hibbert

A gripping and detailed account of the American revolution which sheds a new light on the war that created the United States

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments book

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

George Johnson

George Johnson’s superb book explores the method behind some of science’s most dazzling discoveries – from the exquisite ingenuity of Galileo’s experiments on acceleration, to Newton’s fearless use of needles to understand vision.

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The Wars of the Roses book

The Wars of the Roses

Desmond Seward

Claiming the lives of thousands, including three kings and eight dukes, the bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster fuelled three decades of turbulence. Desmond Seward’s engrossing work focuses on five individuals from both sides, including Yorkist hero William Hastings and Jane Shore, disgraced mistress of Edward IV.

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