And Other Bizarre Experiments
In this sequel to Elephants on Acid Alex Boese delves once more into the world of mad scientists and weird experimentation, whether a 1950s project to nuke the moon or self-experimenters getting stung by 78 species of Hymenoptera for the sake of science.
He led the Military Revolutionary Committee that overthrew Russia’s provisional government in 1917 and was widely regarded as the Revolution's finest orator, yet Trotsky died in exile, assassinated by Soviet agents. In a revelatory study that revised the Bolshevik leader’s reputation, Service traces the life of a man who ‘moved like a bright comet across the political sky’.
Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, this acclaimed biography of Stalin describes his formative years – emphasizing the importance of his parents, Georgian origins, religious training and his embrace of Marxism, as well as his poetry and voracious reading – to show that the notorious tyrant was ‘a more dynamic and diverse figure’ than is generally supposed.
Lenin remains to this day a colossal figure: the founder of the Bolshevik faction and one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. In this critically acclaimed biography, Robert Service – the first historian to have access to Communist Party archives after they were ‘unsealed’ – provides a complete portrait of Lenin, set in historical context.
Some Sunny Day
A Nurse. A Soldier. A Wartime Love Story
When Madge stepped onto a troop ship headed for Burma in 1944, she knew that life as a military nurse would be challenging. In this memoir, written with the aid of journalist Robert Blair, she recalls her experiences, humorous as well as difficult; the friends she shared them with; and how, amid the trauma and tragedy, she also found true love.
Retreat to Victory
Julian Thompson, himself a commander in the Falklands War, recreates the experiences of the ill-equipped, under-trained soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force in May 1940, when they endured weeks of a desperate fighting withdrawal inland and were then trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk, awaiting evacuation.
Ten long years after a murder and a suicide shocked the village of Elvet, new evidence comes to light that proves the innocence of the woman accused of the murder. The killer is still at large, and Vera Stanhope must reopen the investigation and jog villagers’ painful memories. Off-mint.
My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
The actors who would create the iconic parts of Spock and Kirk in Star Trek were both 23 when they met on the set of The Man from UNCLE in 1964. In this affectionate biography, Shatner gives an account of Leonard Nimoy’s life and career from the perspective of their long friendship.
You Are Here
Around the World in 92 Minutes
During the 2,597 orbits he made on the International Space Station, astronaut Chis Hadfield took 45,000 photographs of the Earth. In this edited collection of images, Hadfield creates a single, ‘virtual orbit’ of our planet, capturing close-up detail of six continents. From the scorched-red ripples of the Australian outback to the pixelated farmland of California’s San Joaquin Valley, his work reveals visual patterns and abstractions created by climate, geological processes, farming, urbanization and, disturbingly, deforestation.
The Kamikaze Hunters
Fighting for the Pacific, 1945
The final effort of the Second World War against Japan is remembered as mainly an American affair, but the British fleet was there too and British airmen flying from carriers, mostly in leased American Corsair planes. This book recounts those last days of the Pacific War through the eyes of the Royal Navy pilots who flew hundreds of missions over Japan and in the face of desperate Japanese kamikaze attacks during the summer of 1945.
The Angel and the Cad
Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England
Witty, wealthy and beautiful, Catherine Tylney Long was the most eligible heiress in England. Courted by royalty, she chose instead to marry William Wellesley, the charming but feckless and dissolute nephew of the Duke of Wellington. Combining archival research and the readability of detective fiction, this history unravels the story of a scandalous marriage that delighted the press and cartoonists of the day, and culminated in financial ruin and a landmark court case.
Caravans and Wedding Bands
Memories of a Romany Life
One of the last true Romany gypsies, Eva Petulengro (b.1939) recalled the happiness of her early life and its vanishing traditions in the bestselling The Girl in the Painted Caravan. In this sequel, written with her daughter, she remembers her eventful first years of marriage to a 'gorger' – non-Romany – in 1960s Brighton, including the birth of their four children, her booming career in astrology and the adventures of her wider family.
Volume 3 of the Cazalet Chronicle
Volume three of Elizabeth Jane Howard's absorbing saga opens in 1942, with the country at war and the Cazalet family in turmoil following Sybil's death and Rupert being posted as ‘missing’ in France. With a 'catch-up' Foreword for those who have not read volumes one and two.