Second Best

History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the men and women of the past who reached for gold but grasped only morale-sapping silver? Australia’s second-best comedy historian Ben Pobjie celebrates the fascinating stories of those pipped at the post of greatness – from Buzz Aldrin following footsteps onContinue reading “Second Best”

Burning the Books

Richard Ovenden, director of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, reveals the vital importance of libraries to civilisations in this rich and timely history of the destruction of knowledge, and the heroic stories of its rescue and preservation. Opening with the notorious bonfires of ‘un-German’ and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of NaziContinue reading “Burning the Books”


Discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind – from the US Constitution to the first iPhone – in DK’s latest history book. From the beginning of human history, the one thing that has defined us is our talent for making things, from basic technology and everyday objects, such as bowlsContinue reading “Civilization”

Entrepreneurs Who Changed History

A boldly illustrated biography-led title profiling more than 90 of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout history Discover the lives and achievements of more than 90 of the world’s most inspirational and influential entrepreneurs and business leaders with this book of graphic-led biographies. Boldy illustrated and comprehensive in its scope and depth,Continue reading “Entrepreneurs Who Changed History”

When America Stopped Being Great

A comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America’s decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump’s presidency. The presidency of Donald Trump is commonly seen as an historical accident. In When America Stopped Being Great, Nick Bryant argues that by 2016 it had become almost historically inescapable. InContinue reading “When America Stopped Being Great”

The Altar Boys

Boys with everything to live for … A community betrayed … The whistle-blower priest who paid the ultimate price. Glen Walsh and Steven Alward were childhood friends in their tight-knit working-class community in Shortland, on the outskirts of Newcastle, New South Wales. Both proud altar boys at the local Catholic church, they went on toContinue reading “The Altar Boys”

People of the River

A landmark history of Australia’s first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British. ‘A masterpiece of historical writing that takes your breath away’– Tom Griffiths ‘A majestic book’– John Maynard ‘Shimmering prose’– TiffanyContinue reading “People of the River”