Books published by William Collins


Bloody Brilliant Women

William Collins | March 7, 2019 | 384 pages
'A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing' Caitlin Moran 'Newman is a brilliant writer' ObserverA fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn't. For hundreds of years we have heard about the great men of history, but what... More Info

Life on Earth

William Collins | May 16, 2019 | 384 pages
Updated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth. David Attenborough's unforgettable meeting with gorillas became an iconic moment for millions of television viewers. Life on Earth, the series and accompanying book, fundamentally changed the way we view and interact with the... More Info


William Collins | April 15, 2019 | 752 pages
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'His masterpiece' Antony Beevor, Spectator'A masterful performance' Sunday Times'By far the best book on the Vietnam War' Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year Vietnam became the Western world's most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation... More Info

Shadows of a Princess

William Collins | July 25, 2017 | 608 pages
Reissued for the twentieth anniversary of Diana's death, this sensational bestseller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period. In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by many as a lifeline for the outdated Windsor line. But Diana didn't... More Info

A German Tragedy

William Collins | October 4, 2018 | 512 pages
From the bestselling and prize-winning author Paddy Ashdown, a revelatory new history of German opposition to Hitler from 1934 - 1945In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been defeated because he had been betrayed from the inside. In part, he was right.  More Info


William Collins | September 20, 2018 | 368 pages
A family story of blood and memory and the haunting power of the past. 2018 WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER EWART-BIGGS MEMORIAL PRIZE 2017 WINNER OF THE NON-FICTION IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC,... More Info

The First Iron Lady

William Collins | October 18, 2018 | 352 pages
'A brilliant study of a brilliant woman' LUCY WORSLEY History has forgotten Caroline of Ansbach, yet in her lifetime she was compared frequently to Elizabeth I and considered by some as 'the cleverest queen consort Britain ever had'.  More Info

Life on Earth

William Collins | October 4, 2018 | 352 pages
A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth.  More Info

Those Wild Wyndhams

William Collins | November 20, 2014 | 512 pages
This is a book about 'those wicked wicked Wyndhams' -- three beautiful, cultured aristocratic sisters born into immense wealth in late Victorian Britain. Rich historical biography to appeal to readers of Georgiana and Stella Tillyard's Aristocrats from brilliant debut writer. Mary, Madeline and... More Info

Joining the Dots

William Collins | June 14, 2018 | 208 pages
'An accomplished and intensely evocative memoir ... A journey of courage and determination ... Joining the Dots ... will become in time an integral part of our understanding of postwar Britain' Daniel Kynaston, Books of the Year, ObserverHow has Britain changed - politically, economically, socially... More Info

The Seabird's Cry

William Collins | April 5, 2018 | 228 pages
The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer. SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD JEFFERIES SOCIETY AWARD FOR NATURE... More Info

The Man Who Created the Middle East

William Collins | October 1, 2017 | 384 pages
At the age of only 36, Sir Mark Sykes was signatory to the Sykes-Picot agreement, one of the most reviled treaties of modern times. A century later, Christopher Sykes' lively biography of his grandfather reassesses his life and work, and the political instability and violence in the Middle East... More Info

The Defence of Democracy

William Collins | February 23, 2017 | 240 pages
A short, sharp intervention in the crucial debate about the future of democracy, which has been brought to a head by events from Brexit to the Trump phenomenon. We live in strange days in the history of democracy. Every serious politician in the Western world supports democracy. Yet when the EU... More Info

Joining the Dots

William Collins | August 10, 2017 | 208 pages
From Britain's leading social historian, a lyrical look at the changes to women's lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last 6 decades. "A young woman wearing a navy-blue duffle coat stood shivering in the... More Info

All Out War

William Collins | May 1, 2017 | 688 pages
The first book to tell the full story of how and why Britain voted to leave the EU. 'The biggest story in British politics since WWII ...  More Info

Forces of Nature

William Collins | March 9, 2017 | 288 pages
Sunday Times Bestseller A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions. 'What is motion?' 'Why is every snowflake different?' 'Why is life symmetrical?' To answer these and... More Info

Stressed, Unstressed

William Collins | December 29, 2016 | 224 pages
In this little book is one of the oldest of all remedies for stress: the reading of poetry. Intended to help you endure some of your stressful moments and painful experiences, these poems tell us we are not alone. Returned again and again over the centuries by great imaginations are love and death... More Info

The Shed That Fed a Million Children

William Collins | March 24, 2016 | 320 pages
In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow was enjoying a pint with his brother when he got an idea that would change his life and radically change the lives of others. After watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, the two brothers agreed to take a week s hiatus from work to help. What neither of... More Info

The Girl in the Red Shoes

William Collins | May 12, 2016 | 320 pages
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a... More Info

Collins Classics - Leaves of Grass

William Collins | August 27, 2015 | 256 pages
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Midnight's Descendants

William Collins | August 13, 2015 | 416 pages
An epic narrative history that compares and contrasts the fortunes of all the countries that make up South Asia. If British India had not been partitioned in 1947, its population would today be the world s largest. At c1.5 billion, Midnight s Descendants (the offspring of those affected by the... More Info

Collins Classics - Christmas Stories

William Collins | August 27, 2015 | 256 pages
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Far from the Madding Crowd

William Collins | April 9, 2015 | 320 pages
A tale of love and loss - the first of Thomas Hardy's novels to win him widespread recognition and popularity - reissued to accompany a major motion picture due for release in May 2015.'I shall do one thing in this life - one thing certain - that is, love you, and long for you, and keep wanting you... More Info

The Girl With Seven Names

William Collins | September 1, 2014 | 320 pages
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a... More Info

The Reckoning

William Collins | January 15, 2015 | 320 pages
From the bestselling author of Fighter Boys, the true story of two ruthless adversaries and a wartime killing that shook the modern world. As the world plunged into global conflict, in British-governed Palestine a killing took place that shook British and Middle East politics. While in neighbouring... More Info


William Collins | October 7, 2014 | 416 pages
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography. In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison traces the... More Info


William Collins | September 11, 2014 | 320 pages
'Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.' Bestselling author Bernard Cornwall is celebrated for his ability to bring history to life. Here, in his first work of non-fiction, he has written the true story of the epic battle of Waterloo - a momentous turning point in European... More Info

The Last Stalinist

William Collins | August 14, 2014 | 448 pages
The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulence in the 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for two decades by Santiago Carrillo, was the most determined opponent of General Franco's Nationalist... More Info