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The Lost Olympian of the Somme

Fredrick Kelly was an Olympic gold-medal rower, a skilled pianist and an aspiring composer, who fought at Gallipoli and The Somme. A good friend of the poet Rupert Brooke, he ensured the safe return of Brooke's notebooks to England. Kelly's recollections of war, which are published for the first time as The Lost Olympian of The Somme, are full of stark honesty and lyricism. We are delighted to present editor Jon Cooksey’s introduction to the book. 

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Philippe Sands on Europe's Dark Past

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity is a profound and vital work that explores how international justice was forged, and the two men,  Lauterpacht and Lemkin, who fought to establish the terms ‘crime against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ so firmly in our legal systems. Here, the author Philippe Sands QC, a Professor of Law at University College London and a barrister at Matrix Chambers, discusses the works that inspired his Baillie Gifford Prize longlisted book.

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A New History of the World

Dr. Peter Frankopan is a historian and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University whose writing has featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian. His internationally bestselling The Silk Roads, which was our Waterstones Non-fiction book of the Month in June, charts the history and resurgence of that once glorious transportation network. The challenging and dazzling work rewrites history from an Eastern perspective and argues why we need to rethink our Western bias.

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History books covering all historical periods, plus more general world history books and history encyclopedias. Our range of military history books includes military biographies, books on the armed forces, military strategy books, and books on warfare.