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A portrait believed to be the free man Francis Barber, Samuel Johnson’s servant Pan Macmillan, 624 pages, £9.99 In this remarkable volume, David Olusoga places black Britons and their ancestors at the heart of British, European, African and Caribbe
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“As any reader of 1066 and All That will be aware, there are only two “genuine dates” in English history. One is of course the Norman conquest, while the second is 55 BC, when Julius Caesar launched the first Roman invasion of Britain. Sellar and Yea
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Waves of Time
Focusing on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Sir Barry Cunliffe’s latest fascinating book charts how these two seas have helped shape human outlook, invention, discovery, decisions and events from prehistory to AD 1500. What fascinates Cunlif