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Greed, romance and desperation abound in Giles Milton’s exploration of the colonial enterprise that paved the way to the United States of America. At the book’s heart lies the vanishing of the 1587 settlement on Roanoke Island, whose 115 inhabitants met with a grisly end.
Nepotism, murder and debauchery abound in this gripping portrait of a family that bribed their way to power in Renaissance Italy. The first illustrated edition, this is designed in series with Hibbert's The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici.
A fine edition of the celebrated limited edition, featuring an additional binding illustration by Quentin Blake.
One of the most fascinating women in history, brilliantly re-examined in a stellar biography.
There are high jinks aplenty in this early comedy – two sets of twins separated at birth, misguided servants and family lost and restored – all themes which delighted Shakespeare.
Complex, disturbing and powerful, King Lear is a play of haunting, shocking scenes and unmatched language.
One of the most influential novels of the 20th century, it is both a gripping thriller and an ingenious parable about the nature of civilisation.
Eric Newby’s story of escape and evasion, dedicated to the ordinary Italian people who saved his life, remains funny, vivid and deeply moving.
One of the most frequently performed of all Shakespeare’s comedies, an enchanting meditation on the nature of love, gender politics and the supernatural
Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again, this is the only Shakespeare comedy set entirely in England.
A gripping account of the twilight of the Roman Republic and its bloody transformation into empire; the story of Caesar's generation, thrillingly told.
Every bit as ambitious and prophetic as the film that shared its inception, Arthur C. Clarke’s novel remains a towering science-fiction classic. This is the first illustrated edition.
With only two genuine dates, this irreverent romp is history as every schoolboy would wish it – hilarious and memorable.
A hilarious story of romance and rivalry thought to be Shakespeare’s first play – penned before he came to London.
The most powerful sorcery is Shakespeare’s language. Complex, personal and unsurpassably lyrical: rediscover one of Shakespeare’s most finely nuanced plays.
The chilling account of the Nazi conference to finalise the plans for genocide, with a new preface by author Mark Roseman.
Martian tripods, heat-rays and the terrible red weed, H. G. Wells’s classic story of alien invasion is full of iconic imagery, and Grahame Baker-Smith’s stirring illustrations capture all of the action.
In 1900, a former travelling salesman published a book about a girl from Kansas and her adventures in a strange land. It soon became one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, with generations of children growing up with Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West and, of course, Toto.
This essential introduction to philosophy is engaging, entertaining and filled with Russell’s passion for the subject.
John Reed’s immersive eyewitness account of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
A treasury of Japanese folklore and wisdom, beautifully bound by Folio and fully illustrated by artist Yuko Shimizu.
A fabulous array of exquisite recipes from the best-selling author of Persiana. Published by Mitchell Beazley.
A sumptuous new book revealing how Classical mythology has inspired art over time. Published by Phaidon.
A comprehensive guide to one of the most exciting periods in design history. Published by Mitchell Beazley.
A fascinating book, encased in a beautiful collector’s box, The Orchid tells the intriguing stories of 40 orchids.
One of the most authoritative celebrations of mosque architecture and Islamic design, lavishly illustrated throughout.
Vienna 1900 Complete brings together almost 1,000 images representing the richness of the visual arts in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century.
This new fully illustrated and wide-ranging book applies 21st-century knowledge to help answer centuries-old questions about Leonardo da Vinci.
Women in Art, from the best-selling ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series, aims to inspire the next generation to change the world.
With a preface by the Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka, this anthology collects folktales from across the African continent – including classic trickster tales like ‘Spider Outwits the Rich Woman’, and stories about navigating the complexities of life, such as ‘Never Ask Me About My Family’.