First books announced


We recently launched the BBC History Magazine reader book club, giving five readers a month the chance to peruse one of the latest history releases and put their questions to the book’s author.


The author’s answers will then be published on

The first books up for review are:

Leningrad by Anna Reid (Bloomsbury, Sept 2011)

City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire by Roger Crowley (Faber & Faber, Aug 2011)

With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson, (Penguin, May 2011)

Mary I: England’s Catholic Queen by John Edwards (Yale University Press, August 2011)

Copies of all three titles will be winging their way to our first reviewers very soon, but if you’re reading, or are planning to read, any of the above books over the next few weeks, why not put your own questions to the authors?

We can’t guarantee they’ll be published, but we’ll try and pick the best of the bunch for publication on the website. Simply send your questions to Charlotte Hodgman by 30 September and we’ll let you know if they make it onto the website.


Don’t forget, it’s not too late to join the BBC History Magazine reader book club. Take a look at our webpage for more information.