The Battle for Sky
The Murdochs, Disney, Comcast, and the Future of Entertainment
A senior journalist surveys Sky’s progression from scrappy start-up to billion-dollar business, focusing on its clashes with the BBC and BT, News Corporation’s bid for full control and the bidding war between two global media giants. Interviews with key individuals and stakeholders also highlight the Murdoch family’s huge role in building the modern media landscape.
Hemingway in Love
The Untold Story
In 1961, a few weeks before Hemingway took his own life, AE Hotchner visited his old friend for the last time. What the writer told him formed the final piece of the mystery Hemingway had been revealing down the years: the story of the affair that destroyed his marriage, and the woman who haunted his life and fiction. Withheld for decades out of consideration for his widow, this frank account reveals an unknown Hemingway: humble, thoughtful and full of regret. American Cut Pages.
A Life From Print to Panorama
Tom Mangold is known to millions as the long-serving broadcaster of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama. In this frank and often funny memoir, he describes his National Service in Germany, where he excelled at selling misappropriated cigarette tokens, and his years in the cut-throat world of Fleet Street tabloid journalism. He reflects on scoops and scandals, chaotic interviews with presidents, and reporting from the world’s deadliest conflict zones.
Love from Boy
Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother
Roald Dahl wrote his first letter to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, when he was nine, and the correspondence continued into his adult life. This carefully chosen selection, accompanied by photographs and biographical information, charts his wartime service in the Royal Air Force, his time in Hollywood and his budding literary career. The collection offers touching evidence of the bond between mother and son, and shows the development of Dahl’s fantastical imagination and dark sense of humour. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Making Monte Carlo
A History of Speculation and Spectacle
Monaco was an obscure, impoverished principality until, in 1855, it legalized gambling, and Monte Carlo was born. Blending research, storytelling and scandal, this account describes how princes, profiteers and press agents created the first modern casino resort, how it flourished in the belle époque and how, after the First World War, it was reinvented for the Jazz Age. Its cast of characters includes Karl and Harpo Marx, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso and Cole Porter.