32 books on the list
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The Blazing World
A New History of Revolutionary England, 1603-1689
Despite my sinus pain, I’ve been absolutely loving this fantastic book by @SocialHistoryOx - it’s incredibly detailed and capacious, but don’t be put off by its intellectual heft; it’s written with stylish wit and clear ideas. Really great stuff! – source
@MagsTheObscure @WolfsonHistory Fantastic book! – source
On Savage Shores
How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe
A landmark work of narrative history that shatters our previous Eurocentric understanding of the Age of Discovery by telling the story of the Indigenous Americans who journeyed across the Atlantic to Europe after 1492We have long been taught to presume that modern global history began when the "Old World" encountered the "New", when Christopher Col...
This is a fascinating, important book that will reframe how you see the 16th century👇 – source
Also recommended byAdam Rutherford
The Theory of Everything Else
A Voyage Into the World of the Weird
A collection of the world’s most mind-boggling, thought-provoking and downright hilarious theories – by the co-host of the UK’s most downloaded podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, Dan SchreiberWhy are we here? Do ghosts exist? Will we ever travel back in time? Are we being visited by extraterrestrials? Will we ever talk to animals? Are we being told t...
Absolutely loved this audiobook by @Schreiberland - I have zero interest in aliens or conspiracies, but I loved how this book found the fine line between “batshit weird” and cheery skepticism – source
The Transformations of John Donne
From standout scholar Katherine Rundell, Super-Infinite presents a sparkling and very modern biography of John Donne: the poet of love, sex, and death.Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing.In his myriad lives he was a scholar of law, a...
This is a brilliant book 👇 – source
The number one bestseller and Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year by national treasure Bob Mortimer.‘The most life-affirming, joyful read of the year’ - Sunday Times‘Winningly heartfelt’ – The Guardian‘A triumph’ – Daily Mail Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that require...
@IamRichWilson @RealBobMortimer Such a wonderful book – source
The Book That No One Wanted to Read
From actor-author-broadcaster-comedian-filmmaker Richard Ayoade comes a book narrated by . . . a book. Quirky, smart, and genre-busting, this is the saga of a book that nobody wants to read—until the day it meets YOU.The life of a book isn’t easy, especially when people judge you by your cover (not every book can be adorned with sparkly unicorns!)....
I love this book so, so much - it’s so funny. Thoroughly recommended – source
The Unbroken Machine
Canada's Democracy in Action
What if it is not our political system that is broken, but our understanding of it?Everybody thinks that it’s the system that’s broken in politics; but what if it’s not the system that’s broken but rather our understanding of it? What if everyone’s proposals to make the system “more democratic” only wind up making things worse, and weaken our syste...
I strongly advise you to read this book - it’s enthralling, surprising, and important. It will profoundly change how you see our shared history. Black history *IS* British history – source
Also recommended byPaula Simons
Achilles in Vietnam
Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compell...
@AsFarce @portusprince Yeah apologies if you’ve seen it before, but I read this book as a student and it was fascinating – source
A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I
Lindsey Fitzharris, the award-winning author of The Butchering Art, presents the compelling, true story of a visionary surgeon who rebuilt the faces of the First World War’s injured heroes, and in the process ushered in the modern era of plastic surgery.From the moment the first machine gun rang out over the Western Front, one thing was clear: huma...
This is a brilliant book, I highly recommend it 👏👏 – source
Also recommended byAndré PicardLindsey Fitzharris
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Kindred by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
The Beauty and the Terror by Catherine Fletcher
Origins by Lewis Dartnell
How Contagion Works by Paolo Giordano
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
The Element in the Room by Helen Arney
Something in the Blood by David J. Skal
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
Final Solution by David Cesarani
Frederick the Great by Tim Blanning
The Invention of News by Andrew Pettegree
Rob Delaney by Rob Delaney
Glamour by Professor Carol Dyhouse
Animal Freaks by Dr Jan Bondeson M.D.
Amelia Earhart by Doris L. Rich