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To Catch A King: Charles II's Great Escape

by Charles Spencer William Collins (October 05, 2017)

How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history?

In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic....


Genius of Britain (Text Only)

by Robert Uhlig, James Dyson, Richard Dawkins & Stephen Hawking William Collins (August 24, 2017)

The extraordinary history of British science, with commentary from Britain's greatest living scientists: Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson

We may only be a small island, but we are far from small-minded....


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...


The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

by Sarah Fraser William Collins (May 04, 2017)

Henry Stuart’s life is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale. Shadowed by the gravity of the Thirty Years’ War and the huge changes taking place across Europe in seventeenth-century society, economy, politics...


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...


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...


War: A History in 100 Battles

by Richard Overy William Collins (October 06, 2016)

The object of this book is to introduce readers to a whole range of military history which has all the drama, dangers, horrors and excitement that we associate with Stalingrad or the Somme. Battles are acute...


My Dear Ones: One Family and the Final Solution

by Jonathan Wittenberg William Collins (May 19, 2016)

‘Moving – at times almost unbearably so – and fascinating’ Antonia Fraser

A family’s story of human tenacity, faith and a race for survival in the face of unspeakable horror and cruelty perpetrated...


The Lost Tommies

by Ross Coulthart William Collins (May 05, 2016)

‘Lost Tommies’ brings together never-before-seen images of Western Front tommies and their amazing stories in a beautiful collection that is part thriller, part family history and part national archive....


Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan To A More Dangerous World

by Christina Lamb William Collins (May 03, 2016)

From the award-winning co-author of ‘I Am Malala’, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers?...


The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

by Paul Preston William Collins (February 25, 2016)

Told for the first time in English, Paul Preston’s new book tells the story of a preventable tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more at the end of the Spanish Civil War....


Commandos: The Definitive History of Commando Operations in the Second World War

by Charles Messenger William Collins (January 14, 2016)

The definitive and thrilling history of those who wore the famous green beret.

COMMANDO is the definitive history of the units raised to answer Winston Churchill’s call to arms: ‘Enterprises much be prepared...


In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired ‘Moby Dick’ (Text Only)

by Nathaniel Philbrick William Collins (October 15, 2015)

The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the nineteenth century – and inspiration for ‘Moby-Dick’ – reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for release in...


The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

by Paul Preston William Collins (January 06, 2015)

The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain’s turbulence in the 20th century.

From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades...


Letter To An Unknown Soldier: A New Kind of War Memorial

by Kate Pullinger & Neil Bartlett William Collins (November 06, 2014)

On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter. On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war everyone in the country was invited to...


SOE Manual: How to be an Agent in Occupied Europe

by Special Operations Executive William Collins (November 06, 2014)

The actual course given to all secret agents in SOE before working behind enemy lines. It includes everything you needed to know to go undercover – from documents, cover stories and how to live off the land...


A History of War in 100 Battles

by Richard Overy William Collins (October 23, 2014)

A history of warfare distilled into 100 momentous battles – epic moments that have shaped our world.

From the earliest recorded skirmishes of the ancient world to the computerized conflicts of today, renowned...


Fighter Heroes of WWI: The untold story of the brave and daring pioneer airmen of the Great War (Text Only)

by Joshua Levine William Collins (August 28, 2014)

The first heroes of the air.

Rewriting the rules of military engagement and changing the course of modern history as a result, the pioneering airmen of the First World War took incredible risks to perform their...


To Fight Alongside Friends: The First World War Diaries of Charlie May

by Gerry Harrison & David Crane William Collins (July 03, 2014)

‘I do not want to die. The thought that we may be cut off from each other is so terrible and that our babe may grow up without my knowing her and without her knowing me. It is difficult to face. Know through...


Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves

by David Crane William Collins (April 29, 2014)

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction; the extraordinary and forgotten story of the building of the World War One cemeteries, due to the efforts of one remarkable man, Fabian Ware.

Before...


Churchill: History in an Hour

by Andrew Mulholland William Collins (April 24, 2014)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…

Sir Winston Churchill was a soldier, journalist, writer, Nobel Prize winner and, above all, a leader. Conservative then Liberal then Conservative again,...


D-Day: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley William Collins (April 24, 2014)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Midnight, Tuesday 6 June 1944: the beginning of D-Day, the operation to invade Nazi-occupied Western Europe and initiate the final phase of World War II....


Henry VIII: History in an Hour

by Simon Court William Collins (April 24, 2014)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

King of England, claimant King of France, Lord – and later King – of Ireland, Supreme Head of the Church of England and, perhaps most famously, six...


Mussolini: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley William Collins (April 24, 2014)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

‘Il Duce’, Benito Mussolini, was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Famed for his dictatorial style, his political cunning and admired...


Abraham Lincoln: History in an Hour

by Kat Smutz William Collins (April 24, 2014)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is an American icon. To many, he is a symbol of values, sacrifice and determination. Modern...


Belle: The True Story of Dido Belle

by Paula Byrne William Collins (April 01, 2014)

The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the conventions of...


Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II

by Len Deighton William Collins (March 27, 2014)

Drawing on the author’s deep understanding of military life and the strengths and frailties of politicians and generals, this is a myth-puncturing analysis of the advent of the Second World War.

‘Blood,...


Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain

by Len Deighton William Collins (March 27, 2014)

Summer, 1940: western Europe has been conquered, and all that stands between Hitler and the invasion of England is the matter of air supremacy. And the RAF…

Hitler’s top-secret Directive No. 16, July 1940:...


Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

by Len Deighton William Collins (March 27, 2014)

A compelling history of Blitzkrieg: the ‘lightning war’ by which Hitler and his generals overwhelmed the Allied armies in Western Europe.

‘Blitzkrieg’ begins with a chilling portrait of Hitler’s rise...


Twelve Years a Slave: A True Story (Collins Classics)

by Solomon Northup William Collins (February 13, 2014)

The shocking first-hand account of one man’s remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture.

‘Why had I not died in my young years – before God had given me children to love and live...


Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolutionary War

by Hugh Bicheno & Richard Holmes William Collins (January 30, 2014)

Due to the level of detail, maps are best viewed on a tablet.

Controversial and revisionist history of America’s first civil war. Published with hugely successful accompanying four-part BBC TV series – written...


A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War

by Paul Preston William Collins (January 09, 2014)

Map best viewed on a tablet device.

An account of the Spanish civil war which portrays the struggles of the war, as well as discussing the wider implications of the revolution in the Republican zone, the emergence...


Early Greece

by Oswyn Murray William Collins (December 19, 2013)

Now available in ebook format.

Within the space of three centuries, up to the great Persian invasion of 480BC, Greece was transformed from a simple peasant society into a sophisticated civilisation which dominated...


1914: History in an Hour

by Rupert Colley William Collins (November 07, 2013)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In 1914 the world changed. Europe’s great powers were dragged, one by one, into a war by Serbian conflict which affected very few of them directly. At...


The Holocaust: History in an Hour

by Jemma J. Saunders William Collins (November 07, 2013)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

The Holocaust, in which 11 million people died, was the largest atrocity of the 20th century and perhaps the hardest to understand. Approximately 6 million...


The Korean War: History in an Hour

by Andrew Mulholland William Collins (November 07, 2013)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Bringing together the military mights of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United Nations States, the Korean...


William Shakespeare: History in an Hour

by Sinead Fitzgibbon William Collins (November 07, 2013)

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In a writing career that spanned over twenty years during the explosion of poetic and theatrical creativity of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods,...


The Irish Are Coming

by Ryan Tubridy William Collins (November 07, 2013)

In the sequel to his bestselling JFK in Ireland, the Emerald Isle’s favourite son delves into his country’s past to celebrate the Irish people who through their skills and endeavours helped make the British...


Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves

by David Crane William Collins (September 26, 2013)

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction; the extraordinary and forgotten story of the building of the World War One cemeteries, due to the efforts of one remarkable man, Fabian Ware.

Before...


Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 – The Epic Story of the Last Great Stand of Empire

by Fergal Keane William Collins (August 29, 2013)

(This ebook contains a limited number of illustrations. Maps are best viewed on a tablet.)

The epic story of one of the most savage battles of the Second World War.

Kohima. In this remote Indian village near...


Britain in the Middle Ages: An Archaeological History (Text only)

by Francis Pryor William Collins (August 01, 2013)

This ebook edition does not include illustrations.

As he did in ‘Britain B.C.’ and ‘Britain A.D.’, eminent archaeologist Francis Pryor challenges familiar historical views of the Middle Ages by examining...