The History Lessons by award-winning history teacher Shalina Patel publishes today with Icon Books in the UK. Taking the reader on a tour through history, from the Romans to the Second World War via Tudor courts, medieval castles and more, this hugely entertaining debut explores a variety of historical topics in a thoughtful and engaging way. Written in an approachable and accessible style, Shalina Patel will be your guide on an eye-opening and jaw-dropping journey back in time.

The History Lessons invites readers to reclaim our history education, and is a treat for curious minds keen to look beyond the usual narratives. This is a book that celebrates stories and people that may be less familiar – but no less remarkable or fascinating.

‘Shalina Patel is the history teacher I wish I had at school, and her first book shows she is the history teacher Britain needs now. A lively, timely, highly engaging book’ ― Sathnam Sanghera

‘Engaging and well-researched, this is a vital book for our times’ ― Kavita Puri, author of Partition Voices: Untold British Stories

‘I wish I’d had this book when I was young. Shalina has done a superb job of shining a light on important history, too often left in the shadows.’ ― Anita Anand, author of The Patient Assassin

‘It’s scholarly, lively, entertaining, inclusive and compassionate. It’s highly readable and full of fascinating facts […]This is a new way of writing accessible history for all, at a time when we need this more than ever.’ ― Professor Joanna Lewis, London School of Economics

‘History can be a daunting subject for many of us, but Shalina Patel befriends her reader with a warm, witty style that entertains and educates in equal measure.’ ― Priya Atwal, author of Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire


Congratulations Shalina on this essential and dynamic publication! You can get your copy here