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22-12-2019, 14:17   #1
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History books of the year

As another year wraps up and Chrsitmas holiday reading time is upon us, what are posters favourite books (written, digital, audio) etc they have read during the year?

The top three for me are:
> The age of wonder by Richard Holmes on the Scientic revolution during the Regency. (audio version)

> Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar by Tom Holland on the birth of empire (audio version)

> The King and the Catholics by Antonia Fraser on the events leading up to the Catholic Emancipation bill of 1829. (paperback)
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23-12-2019, 00:09   #2
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This was the stand-out for me, a breathtaking depth of research deployed to show how the fact that the 1798 rebellion in the north was instigated and led by presbyterians was consciously buried since then.
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The Catalpa Rescue by Peter Fitzsimons.
Excellent account of the rescue of Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Jail Australia organised by John Devoy
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Really enjoyed the Nigerian History Quiz Book.

So often histories of African countries can read like academic essays , I found this a fun way to learn about the country
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