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Pamela's War: A Moving Account of a Young Girl's Life in the Midlands during the Second World War

by Cherryl Vines

It is the third of September 1939. It is just after half past eleven in the morning. I am fifteen years and sixteen days old. The radiogram at my home, the Woodman Hotel in Clent, has just been switched off,...


A Bucket of Sunshine: Life on a Cold War Canberra Squadron

by Mike Brooke

A Bucket of Sunshine - a term used for the use of a nuclear bomb - is a firsthand insight into life in the mid-1960s on a RAF Canberra nuclear-armed squadron in West Germany on the frontline in the Cold War....


Martin Luther: A Concise History of His Life and Works

by John Schofield

Martin Luther was so troubled by the sale of indulgences (pardons for sins granted by the Pope) that, in 1517, he nailed ninety-five theses to the doors of the church and the castle at Wittenberg. This act began...


Searching the Stars: The Story of Caroline Herschel

by Marilyn B B Ogilvie

Caroline Herschel is best known as the less significant sister of the astronomer William Herschel. Yet the romantic notion of her tirelessly working for her brother while he made his studies of the heavens,...


Ice Captain: The Life of J R Stenhouse

by Stephen Haddesley

As Shackleton watched his ship Endurance become trapped in the ice floes of the Weddell Sea, on the other side of Antarctica the expedition's second ship, Aurora, suffered an equally terrifying fate. Under the...


Gone Native: An NCO's Story

by Alan Cornett

On his first combat assignment, Cornett accompanied the Vietnamese Rangers on a search-and-destroy mission near Khe Sang. There he gained entree into a culture that he would ultimately respect greatly and admire...


Merlin: The Prophet and His History

by Geoffrey Ashe

Merlin, seer and wonder-worker at King Arthur's court, makes his debut in the highly inventive 'History of the Kings of Britain', written during the 1130s by an author known to posterity as Geoffrey of Monmouth....


John Ruskin

by Francis O'Gorman

John Ruskin was one of the greatest Victorian critics of art and society, but he was also preoccupied with politics, economics and education. This pocket-sized biography explores his influence on his own age...


Beethoven

by Anne Pimlott Pimlott Baker

Considered by many the world's greatest composer, Ludwig van Beethoven achieved his ambitions against the difficulties of a bullying and drunken father, growing deafness and mounting ill-health. This biography...


King Lucius of Britain

by David J J Knight

While everyone knows the story of King Arthur, few will have heard of King Lucius, a figure who has been consigned to myth and largely forgotten in the annals of British history. Examining the primary sources...


Charles V: The World Emperor

by Harald Kleinschmidt

Charles V (1500-1558), King of Spain (1516-1556) and Holy Roman Emperor (1519-1556) is one of the most interesting and perplexing of the great European monarchs. The son of Philip the Handsome (son of the the...


Alastair Sim: The Star of Scrooge and the Belles of St Trinians

by Mark Simpson

Alastair sim was an energetic character both on and off the screen. His idiosyncratic style of acting in films such as 'The Belles of St Trinian's' endeared him to a cinema-going audience desperate to escape...


All the Queen's Men: The World of Elizabeth I

by Peter Brimacombe

Elizabeth I was the last English monarch truly to rule the nation; she inherited a weak and divided kingdom yet relentlessly fashioned it into a major world power, and decisively defeated the mightiest invasion...


With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist

by Isobel E E Williams

Edward Wilson (1872-1912) accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on both his celebrated Antarctic voyages: the Discovery Expedition of 1901-1914 and the Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913. Wilson served as Junior Surgeon...


George V's Children

by John Van der Van der Kiste

The six children of King George V and Queen Mary all lived to maturity except the youngest, Prince John. The eldest, who was Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, reigned as King Edward VII for less than a...


The House Where the Hardest Things Happened: A Memoir About Belonging

by Kate Young Caley

Fusing an intimate memoir with an outspoken critique of organized religion's failure to welcome all into its community, The House Where the Hardest Things Happened is the moving story of one woman's search for...


Shakespeare the Player: A Life in the Theatre

by John Southworth

Man of the Millennium' he may be but William Shakespeare is a shadowy historical figures. His writings have been analysed exhaustively but much of his life remains a mystery. This controversial biography aims...


Rachmaninoff

by Michael Scott

The musical child of Russia's golden age, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was the last great romantic. Scorned by the musical establishment until very recently, his music received hostile reviews from critics and other...


What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

by Rielle Hunter

The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “a fall from grace,” “a modern-day tragedy”—it’s a story that has been reported,...


Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter and an Adolescence Survived

by Adair Lara

What does a mother do when her teenaged daughter is spinning out of control and nothing is bringing her back? Here is a searingly honest memoir of motherhood and a testament to the power of love and family.

When...