For The Record ... books that may change your mind

By Simply Books

By Simply Books

There's some serious stuff here - all compiled by our very own newshound. 

The Splendid and the Vile: Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Bombing of London

Erik Larson

£9.99 £9.29

If you think you know about the Churchill Story, think again. A 'cinematic history' that casts a fascinating new light on our 'Darkest Hour'.

Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus

Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott

£20.00 £18.60

As we await the 'official' inquiry, the Sunday Times Insight team gets its teeth into the Johnson government's handling (mishandling?) of the COVID crisis.

The Lost Homestead: My Mother, Partition and the Punjab

Marina Wheeler

£25.00 £23.25

An immersive family memoir set against the backdrop of the violent end to British rule in India.

The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

Michael Taylor

£20.00 £18.60

A formidable corrective to those who frame the end of slavery as the highpoint of Britain's moral leadership in the 19C.

Agent Sonya: The True Story of WW2's Most Extraordinary Spy

Ben Macintyre

£25.00 £23.25

You couldn't make it up! The amazing story of a daring female spy who helped pass atomic secrets to her Soviet masters.

Those Who Forget: One Family's Story; A Memoir, a History, a Warning

Geraldine (Author) Schwarz

£10.99 £10.22

A brave and consequential book about the role that memory plays in dealing with the horrors of the Third Reich.

The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler

Chris Bryant

£25.00 £23.25

A fascinating account of the group of gay MPs who opposed the policy of appeasing Hitler pursued by PM Neville Chamberlain, the man who coined the dismissive epithet of the book's title.

Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn

Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire

£18.98 £17.65

As Keir Stamer tries to steer Labour in a new direction, this revelatory book offers a bumpy ride on the rollercoaster of Corbyn's leadership. Warning: there are more lows and than highs!

The War Against the BBC: How an Unprecedented Combination of Hostile Forces Is Destroying Britain's Greatest Cultural Institutio

Patrick Barwise and Peter York

£10.99 £10.22

Everyone has a view about the BBC's vices and virtues. A touch polemical, this books is also an evidential call to arms for those who believe Auntie is worth supporting.

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