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Mud, Blood and Bullets: Memoirs of a Machine Gunner on the Western Front

by Edward Rowbotham

It is 1915 and the Great War has been raging for a year, when Edward Rowbotham, a coal miner from the Midlands, volunteers for Kitchener's Army. Drafted into the newly-formed Machine Gun Corps, he is sent to...


Life as a Battle of Britain Pilot

by Jonathan Falconer

Southern England. Late summer 1940. The nation is fighting for its very survival and the Luftwaffe's aerial offensive is unrelenting. All that lies between invasion and salvation for Britain is the 'thin blue...


Life in a Tudor Palace

by Christopher Gidlow

This book lets us take a tour round a courtly palace and peep around each door, as we encounter the kitchens, the bakery, the laundry, the bedrooms, the gardens and the privvies! Everything you could wish to...


Rasputin

by Harold Shukman

Gregory Rasputin features in Russian history as a malign and destructive force, a man with an unhealthy influence on the Empress Alexandra and undue power in Russian politics. Yet his purposes were ostensibly...


Greater London Murders: 33 True Stories of Revenge, Jealousy, Greed & Lust

by Linda Stratmann

This compendium brings together thirty-three murderous tales - one from each of the capital's boroughs - that not only shocked the City but made headline news across the country. Throughout its history the great...


Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

by Shrabani Basu

This is the riveting story of Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of an Indian Prince Tipu Sultan (the Tiger of Mysore), who became a British secret agent for SOE during World War II. Shrabani Basu tells the moving...


Royal Marriage Secrets: Consorts & Concubines, Bigamists & Bastards

by John Ashdown-Hill

Were the 'Princes in the Tower' illegitimate? Did Henry VIII really have six wives? How virginal was the 'Virgin Queen'? Was James, Duke of Monmouth the heir to the throne, or just one of Charles II's bastards?...


Last of the Ten Fighter Boys

by Jimmy Corbin

In 1940, against the backdrop of the Battle of Britain, 66 Squadron's commanding officier, Squadron Leader Athol Forbes, asked ten of his pilots to record their experiences of flying one of the greatest aerial...


What Killed Jane Austen?: And Other Medical Mysteries

by George Biro & Jim Leavesley

Was Winston Churchill fit to rule? Why was Marie Antoinette's wedding night a let down? What really cost Napoleon his victory at Waterloo? What killed Jane Austen? The intriguing nature of Jane Austen's demise...


James Dean

by William Hall

They called him America's first teenageer, James Dean starred in just three films, but his death in 1955 aged 24 - dying as he lived - made him an icon of the rebellious youth culture that he had symbolised...


Troop Leader: A Tank Commander's Story

by Bill Bellamy

Bill Bellamy was a young officer in the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars from 1943 to 1945. He witnessed many of his contemporaries killed in action. This work offers an account of one man's experience of the...


Cheshire Murders

by Alan Hayhurst

Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind the most notorious murders in Cheshire's history. Alan Hayhurst re-examines some of the crimes that shocked not only the county but Britain as a...


William John Wills: Pioneer of the Australian Outback

by John Van der Van der Kiste

In 1860 the Australian outback remained all but unknown to the European settlers. A prize of £2,000 was offered by the Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria for the first expedition successfully...


For the Term of His Natural Life

by Marcus Clarke

Forced to conceal his identity and forego his inheritance, Rufus Dawes is unjustly implicated in his father's murder, convicted of theft and sentenced to be transported to Australia, where he encounters the...


Life as a Victorian Lady

by Pamela Horn

Presented in a small gift book format, this series offers books that intend to take the reader back in time and show them what it was really like to be a Victorian Lady, what sights and smells would be around...


D-Day Hero: CMS Stanley Hollis VC

by Mike Morgan

D-Day's only Victoria Cross winner, Stanley Hollis was uniquely recommended for this coveted award twice on 6 June. A tough, working-class rebel, Hollis was no model soldier: he was forever being 'busted' to...


Monarchs, Murders & Mistresses: A Calendar of Royal Days

by David Hilliam

Which 'ill-prepared' monarch was on the English throne at the turn of the last millenium? How many English monarchs have been crowned on St George's Day? When, how and why did England 'lose' eleven days? "Monarchs,...


Kings, Queens, Bones & Bastards: Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II

by David Hilliam

Who invented the 'House of Windsor' as a royal name? Who founded Westminster Abbey? Which king had twenty-one illegitimate children? David Hilliam answers all of these questions and more. Here is a continuous...


A 1960s Childhood: From Thunderbirds to Beatlemania

by Paul Feeney

With chapters on home and school life, games and hobbies, music and fashion, alongside a selection of charming illustrations, this compendium lets you take a nostalgic look at what it was like to grow up during...


We Died with our Boots Clean: A Royal Marine Commando in World War II

by Kenneth McAlpine

At the age of seventeen, Kenneth McAlpine ran away from Repton school to join Churchill's new elite special force, the Royal Marine Commandos. As the youngest member of the youngest commando force, after three...