The Secret Train Robber
The Real Great Train Robbery Mastermind Revealed
The London crime scene of the 1950s and 1960s was rife with notorious villains such as the Krays and the Richardsons, but this book reveals that behind the headline-grabbers there was an unsuspected mastermind planning the Great Train Robbery and a string of other major robberies, a shadowy Mr Big controlling London's crime from the cover of his day job as a solicitor's clerk. His only confidant, his nephew Lee Sturley, tells the story.
How to Read a Village
A leading expert in the history of landscape, Richard Muir covers all aspects of villages throughout the British Isles, explaining how to interpret the history of a village by exploring features such as the village green, the church, cottages and farmsteads. As well as each of these features there are chapters on fishing villages, deserted villages and Scottish clachans and fermtouns, all richly illustrated with photographs and interspersed with practical guidance on how to carry out your own research.
Ronnie Corbett (1930-2016) was one of Britain's best-loved entertainers. Here he discusses his life and work with characteristic self-deprecating wit, including his Edinburgh childhood before the war; early ventures on the stage and screen; encounters with stars such as John Cleese, Noel Coward, Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan; plus his solo sitcom Sorry! and - of course - his long-running partnership with Ronnie Barker.
The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
The Adventure of a Lifetime
The actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane have shared a passion for wandering England's waterways in their narrow boat. When they upgraded to a Dutch barge, the Princess Matilda, they expanded their horizons and set out to sea, the subsequent voyages being documented in a popular TV series. This book chronicles their adventures as well as reflecting on the part that boating has played in Spall's recovery from cancer.
Heroes of the Holocaust
Ordinary Britons Who Risked Their Lives to Make a Difference
Sometimes known as the 'British Schindler', Frank Foley worked in the British Embassy in Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War and helped up to 10,000 Jews escape from Germany by arranging for visas and issuing fake documents. This book tells the stories of Foley and 26 other Britons who risked their lives to help Jews evade Nazi persecution and who were awarded the 'Hero of the Holocaust' medal in 2010.
The World at War
The seminal television documentary series, The World at War was first broadcast in 1973, when memories of the Second World War were still clear in people's minds. The words of those interviewed for the programme - among them Albert Speer, Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, Traudl Junge (Hitler's secretary) and John Colville (Churchill's Parliamentary Private Secretary) - are brought together here and skilfully woven into a compelling oral history of the War by Professor Holmes. Foreword by Sir Jeremy Isaacs.