Beyond the Call
The True Story of One World War II Pilot's Covert Mission to Rescue POWs on the Eastern Front
A US airstrip in Ukraine was the base from which bomber pilot Robert Trimble carried out his rescue mission in 1945. Keeping his experiences private until shortly before his death in 2009, his testimony is enhanced by original research into the little-known operation.
The Reality Frame
Relativity and Our Place in the Universe
By building and populating a virtual universe, Clegg demonstrates that reality is not a system of immovable absolutes; instead, the ever-shifting world of relativity is what provides the frame of reference that allows us to understand both the universe and humanity’s place within it.
The Graphene Revolution
The Weird Science of the Ultrathin
The strongest substance ever discovered, a better conductor than any metal and able to act as a molecular sieve to purify water, graphene is set to revolutionize technology. This guide explores the properties and potential uses of this remarkable new material.
Masters of Design
Great Courses of Colt, Mackenzie, Alison and Morrison
This golfing history explores the early game and the first courses built in Britain and America, before examining the careers and courses of four of the most celebrated architects from the 1920s and 1930s. Their designs include many of the best in Britain as well as famous tournament venues such as Augusta National, Sunningdale and Cypress Point, each of which is profiled and illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs.
Waiting for War
After the declaration of war in September 1939, Britain waited tensely for an invasion that never came. Drawing on unpublished letters, this narrative history presents the stories of ordinary people as the lights went out, theatres closed, food and petrol were rationed and thousands of women and children were evacuated. Against the backdrop of the invasion of Poland and the disastrous Norway campaign, it captures the uneasy mood of the ‘Phoney War’ that ended with the fall of France.
High Street Heroes
The Story of British Retail in 50 People
John Timpson charts the high street’s transformation from the small independent shops of the 1960s to today’s supermarkets, out-of-town malls and online stores, and concludes with a list of fifty inspirational entrepreneurs who have helped to shape today's retail market.
Headline Britons: 1926–1930
Seen Through Seven Unique Figures of the Time
An outline of the major events of 1926–1930 – the return to the Gold Standard and the General Strike – introduces profiles of seven notable figures: Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall, John Logie Baird, the car manufacturer William Morris, Ramsay MacDonald, Noël Coward and W Somerset Maugham.
Headline Britons: 1921–1925
Seen Through Six Unique Figures of the Time
Along with a sketch of the social and economic background and a timeline of events, this volume profiles the lives and achievements of Robert Baden-Powell, the fraudster Horatio Bottomley, Marie Stopes, David Lloyd George, Lord Reith and Bertrand Russell.
The French Exception
Emmanuel Macron: The Extraordinary Rise and Risk
How did France’s youngest-ever president assemble the network, team and finances to sweep to electoral victory in just twelve months? Based on previously unpublished interviews with Emmanuel Macron’s friends, mentors, opponents, and key members of his team, this first-ever biography in English charts his meteoric rise. It outlines his political vision, examines his support-base, analyses his strengths and weaknesses, and asks what his presidency means for Britain and the EU.
The Comet Sweeper
Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition
In 18th-century scientific circles, astronomer Caroline Herschel often played second fiddle to her illustrious brother William, yet as this thoughtful biography reveals, her dogged enthusiasm led to discoveries which more than secured her place in the annals of science. Icon Science series.
The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was a model for Auguste Renoir and other Impressionists. She was also a painter of considerable talent – a fact that she initially kept secret. Born in poverty in rural France, she was acclaimed by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, and became the first female painter exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. This biography traces the life and career of an exceptional woman who made her mark in a male-dominated world.
The Other Exile
The Remarkable Story of Fernão Lopes, the Island of Saint Helena and a Paradise Lost
Napoleon Bonaparte was not the first exile to end his days on St Helena. In the 16th century, the Portuguese conquistador Fernão Lopes set out to invade India, only to defect to the Muslim side and fight his own countrymen. This compelling biography tells the long-forgotten story of how he was captured and tortured before jumping ship en route to his homeland to live as a hermit on the uninhabited island for 30 years.
Michael Faraday and the Electrical Century
This unconventional biography of Michael Faraday, among whose numerous inventions was the electric motor, explores episodes in his career, including his discovery of electromagnetic induction, in order to understand why he flourished in a complex and hierarchical Victorian scientific community.
Knowledge is Power
How Magic, the Government and an Apocalyptic Vision Helped Francis Bacon to Create Modern Science
John Henry assesses Francis Bacon’s ineluctable influence on the methodology, content and organization of science both in his own time and now, revealing how Bacon’s fascination with bureaucracy, magic and religion inspired his best-known works, including The New Organon.
Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Far from being the author of genteel domestic comedies, Jane Austen was a deeply political writer. Based on a chapter-by-chapter reading of the novels, this groundbreaking study reveals her fiercely critical engagement with the issues of money, class, the militia and the Enclosure Acts.
The Spy in Moscow Station
A Counterspy's Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat
During the late seventies a series of security breaches within the US Embassy in Moscow led not only to several CIA agents being expelled from Russia, but to the execution of their Russian-born ‘assets’. This story of how the embassy was compromised follows several CIA and National Security Agency officers in their investigations into innovative Soviet tradecraft, uncovering advanced surveillance technology, moles, ‘walk-ins’ and microwave attacks.