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Erdogan Rising: The Battle for the Soul of Turkey

by Hannah Lucinda Smith William Collins (September 05, 2019)

‘Essential reading for anyone interested in Turkey and its future.’ Literary Review

‘Essential reading full stop.’ Peter Frankopan

‘It is a must.’ The Times

Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and how...

Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention

by Cathy Newman William Collins (October 04, 2018)

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran ‘Newman is a brilliant writer’ Observer

A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about...

Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party

by Lewis Goodall William Collins (September 20, 2018)

A timely and provocative account of the fall of New Labour, the rise of Corbyn, and what it means for the left in Britain.

‘Lewis Goodall is one of the most exciting voices in British politics right now’...

A Good Time to be a Girl: Don’t Lean In, Change the System

by Helena Morrissey William Collins (June 05, 2018)

From the founder of the worldwide 30% Club campaign comes a career book for women in a transforming world who don't just want to lean in, but instead, shatter the paradigm as we know it. ‘I absolutely love...

Enemies Within: Communists, the Cambridge Spies and the Making of Modern Britain

by Richard Davenport-Hines William Collins (January 25, 2018)

What pushed Blunt, Burgess, Cairncross, Maclean and Philby into Soviet hands?

With access to recently released papers and other neglected documents, this sharp analysis of the intelligence world examines how...

The Five Giants [New Edition]: A Biography of the Welfare State

by Nicholas Timmins William Collins (November 02, 2017)



The award-winning history of the British Welfare State –

now fully revised and updated for the 21st Century.

‘A masterpiece’...


by Margaret Thatcher William Collins (June 29, 2017)

Lady Thatcher, a unique figure in global politics, shares her views about the dangers and opportunities of the new millennium.

Lady Thatcher's previous books on her political career have been bestsellers, The...

On Europe

by Margaret Thatcher William Collins (May 18, 2017)

First published in her pioneering treatise Statecraft, the opinions and projections of the former Prime Minister on Europe remain potent and resoundingly prophetic.

Margaret Thatcher foresaw the European Union...

Revolting!: How the Establishment are Undermining Democracy and What They’re Afraid Of

by Mick Hume William Collins (February 23, 2017)

A short, sharp intervention in the crucial debate about the future of democracy, which has been brought to a head by events from Brexit to the Trump phenomenon.

We live in strange days in the history of democracy....

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

by Margot Lee Shetterly William Collins (December 08, 2016)

The #1 New York Times Bestseller SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial...

All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class

by Tim Shipman William Collins (November 03, 2016)



‘The best political book of the year’ Andrew Marr

‘A superb work of storytelling and reporting. Sets new benchmark for the writing of contemporary...

Inside Story: Politics, Intrigue and Treachery from Thatcher to Brexit

by Philip Webster William Collins (October 20, 2016)

From one of the greatest political journalists of recent times, an insider’s account of four decades of covering the British political scene, packed with tales of the biggest political happenings of the last...

Land Rover: The Story of the Car that Conquered the World

by Ben Fogle William Collins (October 06, 2016)

Sunday Times Bestseller

As quintessentially British as a plate of fish and chips or a British Bulldog, the boxy, utilitarian Land Rover Defender has become an iconic part of what it is to be British.

It is...

Full Steam Ahead: How the Railways Made Britain

by Peter Ginn & Ruth Goodman William Collins (July 28, 2016)

The Age of Railways was an era of extraordinary change which utterly transformed every aspect of British life – from trade and transportation to health and recreation.

Full Steam Ahead reveals how the world...

The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age

by Tom Fletcher William Collins (June 02, 2016)

Who will be in power in the 21st century? Governments? Big business? Internet titans? And how do we influence the future?

Digital technology is changing power at a faster rate than any time in history. Distrust...

Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

by Mick Hume William Collins (May 19, 2016)

Concise and Abridged Edition

In this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the West, not by jackbooted...

The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

by Richard Aldrich & Rory Cormac William Collins (April 21, 2016)

The Black Door explores the evolving relationship between successive British prime ministers and the intelligence agencies, from Asquith’s Secret Service Bureau to Cameron’s National Security Council.


Pacific: The Ocean of the Future

by Simon Winchester William Collins (October 01, 2015)

Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world’s largest body of water, and – in matters economic, political and military – the ocean of the future....

Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

by Mick Hume William Collins (July 21, 2015)

Concise and Abridged Edition

In this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened in the West, not by jackbooted...

Walden and Civil Disobedience (Collins Classics)

by Henry David Thoreau William Collins (January 03, 2013)

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I...

The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days that Changed Scotland Forever

by Alex Salmond William Collins (March 19, 2015)

The inside story of the campaign that rocked the United Kingdom to its foundations, and the implications of the Scottish independence movement for the future of British politics.

Alex Salmond has been a passionate...

True Blue: Strange Tales from a Tory Nation

by Chris Horrie & David Matthews William Collins (January 30, 2014)

Whatever happened to middle England? Two of our funniest writers set out on a journey through conservative country – with hilarious results.

The Women's Institute. Polo matches. The Duke of Edinburgh. Nimbys,...