> Skip to content
The Book Of Tea
The Book Of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
This 1906 guide to the beauty of the tea ceremony is both a paean to the art of simplicity, and a wry critique of the West's view of Japan.
Read More
Hannibal
Hannibal Livy
One of Rome's greatest historians recounts the military genius Hannibal crossing the Alps with twenty-one elephants and winning the famed Battle of the Trebbia.
Read More
Waterloo
Waterloo Victor Hugo
A tense, dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo - and how a rain shower changed history - from Victor Hugo's epic novel Les Misérables.
Read More
Matilda
Matilda Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley's dark story of a bereaved man's disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.
Read More
The Great Fire Of London
The Great Fire Of London Samuel Pepys
Originally written in code, Pepys' diary includes his unforgettable eyewitness account of the 1666 Fire.
Read More
Anthem For Doomed Youth
Anthem For Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen
The great First World War poet portrays first-hand the horror, devastation and futility of the trenches.
Read More
Caligula
Caligula Suetonius
The original biography of the murderous, crazed and incestuous Roman emperor Caligula – who pronounced himself a god.
Read More
The Madness Of Cambyses
The Madness Of Cambyses Herodotus Herodotus, Herodotus
Weaving factual account with colourful myth, the 'father of history' tells of the psychotic Persian king - and his fateful death.
Read More
Of Street Piemen
Of Street Piemen Henry Mayhew
The matchless chronicler of Victorian Londoners observes everything from surprise pie-fillings to a balloon-ride over the city.
Read More