Queen of Spies
Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master
With a degree in modern languages, Daphne Park joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in 1943 and was quickly talent spotted and transferred to the Special Operations Executive. This biography details her extraordinary achievements in the Secret Intelligence Service, taking her to Vienna and Moscow during the height of the Cold War, to the Congo and Hanoi, and attaining in the 1970s the Secret Intelligence Service's most senior operational rank.
The Canary Islands
A Cultural History
An award-winning journalist and native Canarian explores every island in the archipelago to describe their geology, ecology, history, mythology, folklore and cuisine. Earlier writings, and the recollections of older generations remembered from his youth, depict the islands before mass tourism.
The Nonesuch Dickens
Languishing in Marshalsea debtors’ prison, having fallen foul of the government’s Circumlocution Office, William Dorrit suddenly comes into money. Only his daughter Amy, ‘Little Dorrit’, keeps her head and stands by her beloved Arthur Clennam when he hits hard times. Slightly off-mint.
The True Origins of the Once and Future King
Adam Ardrey follows up the detective work in his Finding Merlin with this account of his wider investigations into the legend of King Arthur. He reaches the startling conclusion that the historical Arthur came from Scotland, and also presents evidence to suggest that some of the story’s most familiar features – the Round Table, the Sword in the Stone and the Lady of the Lake – have their origins in the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
Between the Sheets
Nine 20th Century Women Writers and their Famous Literary Partnerships
In her accounts of nine 20th century women and their literary partnerships, Lesley McDowell gives each a role – Hilda Dolittle is the ‘Novice’ in her affair with Ezra Pound, Anaïs Nin the ‘Mistress’ of Henry Miller, Rebecca West ‘Mother’ of HG Wells’s child – but none of them is labelled ‘victim’. These women writers, McDowell argues, ‘chose their own fates knowingly’ to further their own poetic consciousness and literary ambitions.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.