I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

World History & Politics

Letters to Palestine

Impassioned and intimate writing to Palestinians from celebrated American writers.

Politics and Letters: Interviews with New Left Review

A volume of interviews with celebrated literary critic Raymond Williams, conducted by New Left Review, designed to bring into clear focus the major theoretical and political issues posed by his work.

Abducting a General

The famous travel writer, Patrick Leigh Fermor, gives his own account of the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on 26 April 1944.

Not in God’s Name

Jonathan Sacks' work of biblical analysis and interpretation showing that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of the texts of the Bible that have influenced all three of the Abrahamic faiths.

The Sociologist and the Historian

In 1988, the renowned sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the leading historian Roger Chartier met for a series of lively discussions that were broadcast on French public radio. Published here for the first time, these conversations are an accessible and engaging introduction to the work of these two great thinkers, who discuss their work and explore the similarities and differences between their disciplines with the clarity and frankness of the spoken word.

The Sociology of Unemployment

An analysis of the experience and governance of unemployment, considering unemployment as more than just the absence of work but as a distinctive experience created by the welfare state.

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the 19th. Tim Blanning's new biography recreates a remarkable era, a world which would be swept away shortly after Frederick's death by the French Revolution.

1916: A Global History

Covering the twelve months of 1916, historian Keith Jeffery uses twelve moments from a range of locations and shows how they reverberated around the world, including better-known battles such as Gallipoli, Verdun and the Somme; the Easter Rising in Dublin, East Africa, the Italian front, Central Asia and Russia.

Who is Charlie?

Emmanuel Todd investigates the cartography and sociology of the three to four million who marched in Paris and across France To demonstrate their revulsion in the wake of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, asking who were the millions of demonstrators who were suddenly united under the single cry of ‘Je suis Charlie’.

Black Earth

A radical reframing of the Holocaust that challenges prevailing myths and draws disturbing parallels with the present. Longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize.


Brings to life a panoramic view of the Dublin city and its characters when Handel, one of the world’s greatest composers, arrives in Dublin in 1741 to prepare his masterpiece, Messiah, for its maiden performance the following spring.

The Reproach of Hunger

Addresses the issues surrounding why we have failed to address the crisis of hunger in the twenty-first century, by leading expert on humanitarian aid and development David Rieff.