The best books about the United Kingdom 📚

Browse the best books on the United Kingdom as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Harold Nicolson Diaries 1907-1964

The Harold Nicolson Diaries 1907-1964

By Nigel Nicolson

Why this book?

Like Colville, Nicolson is not very important in himself (a backbench MP for most of the time) but one who matters because he knows so many greater figures and because he writes with such honesty – particularly interesting when his predictions turn out to be wrong. If you get hooked, you can read the earlier edition, which is in three volumes.

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The best political diaries (United Kingdom)

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Who's In, Who's Out: The Journals of Kenneth Rose: Volume One 1944-1979

By Kenneth Rose

Why this book?

Rose wrote the Albany column in The Sunday Telegraph and it is tempting to dismiss him as a gossip columnist who spread amusing and implausible stories about the bons mots of Princess Margaret. In fact, Rose was a more substantial person. He was interested in the British establishment but aware of himself as an outsider (partly because he was of Jewish origin). He was also, particularly during the early part of his career, an odd kind of modernizer – close to Tony Benn, whom he had known at university.

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The best political diaries (United Kingdom)

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The Alan Clark Diaries: In Power 1983-1992

By Alan Clark

Why this book?

Clark was a nasty man – not a lovable rogue but a real bastard with Nazi sympathies and a taste for young girls. The first volume of his diaries, however, are brilliant because they are so extraordinarily uninhibited. He reveals everything about himself including his own fraudulence.

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The best political diaries (United Kingdom)

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Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War

By Gordon Corrigan

Why this book?

The shout line on the jacket is “This will overturn everything you thought you knew about…The First World War”, and it certainly delivers. No other conflict has been so misrepresented, and for most people, their idea of it comes straight from Blackadder Goes Forth. But men did not spend months at a time in the trenches; a whole generation did not die; the generals were not cowardly, incompetent fools.

When I first began to write about WW1 for my Morland Dynasty series, I knew as little as anyone, and what I thought I knew was all wrong! By the time…

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The most readable books on World War 1

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How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

By Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith

Why this book?

This book is another top pick of mine. Helgesen and Goldsmith provide advice for leaders who are ready to move forward, but are confused by what is holding them back. The book breaks down the 12 habits that hold women back (and some men) and prevents them from taking their careers to new heights. I love their direct no nonsense approach and pragmatic suggestions. A must read for women who are ready to break through and achieve greatness.

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The best books on maximizing your talent

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Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

By Susan Scott

Why this book?

This book is great for better understanding how to be fully present in a conversation, how to be authentic and say what needs to be said even when it’s uncomfortable, and how to have tough conversations at work to keep great employees connected and motivated. The book is chock full of great examples of conversations and suggestions of how to say things more effectively.

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The best books on become an exceptional manager and human being

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