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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes at £17.76

Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa by Lawrence James at £11.56

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra at £5.44

Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum by Kathryn Hughes at £13.30

The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees at £16.92

Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale at £8.32

The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen at £11.81

Boots on the Ground: Britain and Her Army Since 1945 by Richard Dannatt at £16.69

The Zoo: The Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of London Zoo by Isobel Charman at £12.15

Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel at £14.65

A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky at £20.83

A History of Pictures by David Hockney and Martin Gayford at £19.18

Rogues Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip Hook at £13.53

Stanley Spencer: Looking to Heaven edited by John Spencer at £20.76

The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals and Breathroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee at £12.06

Messiah: The Composition and Afterlife of Handel’s Masterpiece by Jonathan Keates at £17.92

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly at £14.96

Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today by Simon Morrison at £14.98

The New Book of Snobs: A Definitive Guide to Modern Snobbery by DJ Taylor at £12.28

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World by Michael Lewis at £15.07

Messy: How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World by Tim Harford at £14.44

The Way of the Strangers by Graeme Wood at £13.95

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash at £12.00

Merchants of Men by Loretta Napoleoni at £12.88

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison at £13.17

A Life in Questions by Jeremy Paxman at £14.46

Looking for the Outsider: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan at £15.67

Defiance: The Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard by Stephen Taylor at £12.85

Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison by Jerry White at £13.92

Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis at £12.20

Claretta: Mussolini’s Last Lover by RJB Bosworth at £15.79

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel by John Stubbs at £16.99

Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man who Wrote Dracula by David J Skal at £19.17

Autumn by Ali Smith at £11.06

Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada at £9.70

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively at £9.87

A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume at £9.06

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley at £11.02

Lives of the Great Gardeners by Stephen Anderton at £16.94

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe at £9.14

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti at £15.67

A Day in the Life of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk by Susan Greenfield at £13.99

Aliens: Science Asks Is There Anyone Out There? By Jim Al-Khalili at £6.04

The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel at £11.68

All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman at £18.03

The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory by Owen Bennett at £9.37

The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign by Arron Banks at £12.88

Party Animals: My Family and Other Animals by David Aaronovitch at £7.23

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes at £5.76

The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of Our Ordinary Lives by Helen Pearson at £7.66

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry at £6.26

Red Platoon: 12 Hours in Hell, The True Story of a Heroic Last Stand by Clinton Romesha at £7.61

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor at £7.35

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers by Frank Trentmann at £9.78

The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair at £14.34

The Language of Cities by Deyan Sudjic at £15.80

Television: A Biography by David Thomson at £14.29

The Face of War: Writings from the Frontline 1937–85 by Martha Gellhorn at £8.74

The View from the Ground: Peacetime Dispatches 1936–87 by Martha Gellhorn at £10.22

Scorn by Matthew Parris at £8.46

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