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11 books

last updated April 2023

The present you live in will be the past soon — you are living in history. Other people will read about now and say 'wow, did they really live like that?'

Bear that in mind when you read about the past. Those people were just like you. Except perhaps they didn't have such good taste in clothes.

I've included a few slightly older books on this page as history doesn't change. Well — that's something you could discuss!

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The last century sounds like history, doesn't it? We could even call it the last millennium to make sound longer ago. These books look at recent events.

Rachel Carson (Salariya, 2019)​

A Place in History: The Berlin Wall (Franklin Watts, 2011)

​Dates of a Decade: The 1990s (Franklin Watts, 2009)

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History started before the twentieth century, of course. These books put on historical binoculars to see further back into the mists of time. Or something.​ I wrote all of the first five books, but contributed to the other two.

The Story of Humans (Arcturus, 2023)

Pirates: Dead Men's Tales (Carlton, 2018)

Sumerian Civilisation (Badger Learning, 2015)

Stone Age to Iron Age Britain (Badger Learning, 2015)

Crime and Punishment in Britain (Badger Learning, 2015)

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings (Badger Learning, 2015)

Surgery Through Time (HarperCollins, Big Cat, 2013)

Take Me Back (Dorling Kindersley, 2008; contributor)

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Do you want to find out about the way we live? There are books about:
>> how we live now
>> technostuff


There are also books for grownups about the history of science. These are not too hard if you are 12+
>> science for adults
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