Jennifer - March 3rd, 2017
We are delighted to share with you an extract from Wendy Moore’s stunning new book THE MESMERIST. From the author of the No. 1 bestseller WEDLOCK, comes the story of two pioneering men of science, and a nation in thrall to mesmerism . . . Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy. Onto this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope…
Amy Davies - January 28th, 2016
Start reading or listening to Isy Suttie’s brilliantly funny memoir The Actual One now – out in hardback, audio and ebook.
Amy Davies - January 15th, 2016
Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father by George Goodwin
is published on 11 February 2016 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Dr Franklin’s dramatic and successful appearance before the British House of Commons.
Amy Davies - October 28th, 2015
With Halloween a mere night’s sleep away, we are delighted to share with you an extract from Stacy Schiff’s acclaimed The Witches. We spoke to the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling historian about what inspired her to write about one of the great mysteries of American history: the Salem witch trials. It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread…
Amy Davies - October 23rd, 2015
Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years. In Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century he revisits six battles that changed the course of the twentieth century and reveals the one trait that links them all: hubris. The ancient Greeks defined hubris as the worst sin a leader, or a nation, could commit. It was the attitude of supreme arrogance, where mortals in their folly would set themselves up against the gods. Its consequences were invariably severe. The Greeks also had a word for what usually followed hubris….