Marina Amaral is a talented Brazilian artist who colourises historical photographs using new technology and painstaking research. The resulting images are by turns arresting, thought-provoking, disturbing and poignant.

Her growing band of followers on social media hoped that there would be a book. Now, this week, it is here. And it is mesmerising. The Colour of Time: A New History of the World 1850-1960 features 200 images from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War right through to the Cuban missile crisis. British historian Dan Jones has written the text that accompanies Marina’s work.

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The reviewer for The Times wrote last weekend of the The Colour of Time: “I have long considered colourisation sacrilege, rather like adding a Formica top to an antique mahogany desk. However, after reading this book, I’ve changed my mind.”

Professor John Bew Professor of History and Foreign Policy at King’s College London recommends it too: “This volume will become a must-read must-own for almost anyone interested in the past, from amateur enthusiasts to professional historians.”