Talking History's Book Recommendations

Our list of the best books to read on history and historical figures

We'll keep adding our recommendations to the list each week:

  • 'Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions' by Matthew Dennison

  • 'The Dynamics of War and Revolution : Cork City, 1916-1918' by John Borgonovo

  • 'The Conquest of the Ocean: the Illustrated History of Seafaring' by Brian Lavery

  • 'Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America' by Allen M. Hornblum

  • '1913: The World Before the Great War' by Charles Emmerson 

  • 'England and the Aeroplane: Militarism, Modernity & Machines' by David Edgerton

  • 'Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet' by Jesse Norman

  • 'Iron, Steam and Money: The Making of the Industrial Revolution' by Roger Osborne

  • 'The Measure of Civilisation: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations' by Ian Morris

  • 'In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson' by Sam Willis                                         

  • 'Burden of the Desert' by Justin Huggler 

  • 'The Norman Conquest' by Marc Morris 

  • 'A Capital in Conflict: Dublin and the 1913 Lockout' by Francis Devine 

  • 'Shipton & Tilman; The Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration' by Jim Perrin                           

  • 'Iraq Full Circle: From Shock and Awe to the Last Combat Patrol in Baghdad and Beyond' by Col. Darron L. Wright 

  • 'The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire' by Anthony Everitt                                 

  • 'Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing and Dying. The Second World War Tapes of German POWs' by Sönke Neitzel and Harald Welzer 

  • 'Wolfe Tone' by Marianne Elliott 

  • 'The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914' by Christopher Clark 

  • 'The Victorian City' by Judith Flanders

  • 'The Origins of the Irish' by J P Mallory 

  • 'Churchill: The Treasures of Winston Churchill, the Greatest Briton' by Dr. Christopher Catherwood  

  • 'The Tragedy of the Templars; the Rise and Fall of the Crusader States' by Michael Haag                          

  • 'Just Mary' by Mary O'Rourke 

  • 'Saints and Sacrilege and Sedition: Religion and Conflict in the Tudor Reformation' by Eamonn Duffy 

  • 'The Men Will Talk to Me' by Ernie O'Malley 

  • 'A Kick Against the Pricks' by Senator David Norris  

  • 'Michael Collins & The Civil War' by T Ryle Dwyer 

  • 'Defeating Hitler: Whitehalls Secret Report on Why Hitler Lost the War' by Paul Winter                                

  • 'Governing the World: The History of An Idea' by Mark Mazower

  • 'Home Before the Leaves Fall: A New History of the German Invasion of 1914' by Ian Senior

  • 'The Great Railway Revolution' by Christian Wolmar

  • 'Cheek: A History of Neighbours' by Emily Cokayne.

  • 'Britain and The Defeated French: From Occupation 1940 to 1944' by Peter Mangold

  • 'A Loss of Innocence Television and Irish Society 1960-72' by Robert Savage

  • 'Great Discoveries in Medicine' by William Bynum & Helen Bynum

  • 'The Limits to Inequality: How a Soaring Income Gap Caused the Crash' by Stewart Lansley

  • 'The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom' by Alvin Jackson

  • 'All the Kings Men' by Saul David

  • 'Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander' by Robin Waterfield

  • 'Nelson' by John Sugden

  • 'The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 Where the Terror Began' by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clarke

  • 'Joseph Plunkett' by Honor O Brolchain

  • 'Avoiding Armageddon: From the Great War to the Fall of France 1918 to 1940' by Jeremy Black

  • 'Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance' by Jane Gleeson-White