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f r om the p u l p i t 1 Piers Brendon b i o g r a p hy 5 Eric Ormsby

The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad Lesley Hazleton 7 Robert Gildea

Mitterrand: A Study in Ambiguity Philip Short 8 Linda Porter

Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen Alison Weir 10 Stephen Bates

Excellent Dr Stanley: The Life of Dean Stanley of Westminster John Witheridge 11 John Sweeney

Che Wants to See You Ciro Bustos 12 Jane Ridley

Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves David Crane 13 Andrew Lycett

Uncle Bill: The Authorised Biography of Field Marshal Viscount Slim Russell Miller f or e i g n pa rts 14 David Gilmour

1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh Srinath Raghavan 15 Miranda Seymour

The Danube Nick Thorpe 17 Kevin Jackson

American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light Iain Sinclair h i st or y 18 Richard Overy

Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising Alexandra Richie 19 Philip Parker

The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria Max Adams 20 Frances Wilson

The Profligate Son Nicola Phillips 21 Giles Milton

Merchant Adventurers James Evans 22 Nigel Jones on fourteen books on the First World War memoirs 25 Donald Rayfield

Spy in the Archives Sheila Fitzpatrick