The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece Doctor Zhivago has sold millions, but the true story behind its famed lovers has never been told. Drawing on previously neglected sources and original interviews, this scrupulously researched account breaks the family’s long silence about the author’s affair with Olga Ivinskaya to reveal how, on her release from Stalin’s gulags, the writer refused to leave his wife, channelling his thwarted passion into his great novel instead.
From Bath Chaps to Bara Brith
The Taste of South West Britain
This volume is from The Taste of Britain series that describes British foods – both raw ingredients and products – that belong to their region in the same way as French foods are linked to their terroir (soil). Surveying the foodstuffs of South West England, the Channel Islands and Wales, the authors delve into the history and culinary traditions of local fare such as Dittisham plums, Plymouth Gin, Caerphilly Cheese and the mighty Jersey Royal Potato.
The Lost Book of Moses
The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
When the flamboyant treasure-hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London in 1883, he claimed to have discovered the world’s most ancient copy of Deuteronomy – and was quickly denounced as a fraudster. Over 70 years later the emergence of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls prompted reassessment of Shapira’s claims, but by then his scrolls had vanished. Tigay describes his own worldwide quest to locate these mysterious documents and establish whether they truly were a forgery. Felt-tip mark on lower edge.
John Le Carré
As both spy and novelist, David Cornwell has, in the words of Adam Sisman, ‘perfected the art of hiding in full view’. Written with exclusive access to Cornwell, his private archive, and his family, friends, enemies, ex-intelligence colleagues, and ex-lovers, Sisman’s authoritative and insightful biography explores a life that has been as complex, confounding and filled with treachery as the novels of Cornwell’s pseudonym, John le Carré. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Some Sunny Day
Born in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn was 92 when she realized that her great age gave a better perspective (she wrote her first autobiography in her fifties) and she had to 'get everything down on paper in a final account'. Here then is the life of 'an ordinary girl from an ordinary family with a voice that you could recognize' – but also an embodiment of British spirit during the Second World War.
Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540
The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South
Robert Goodwin chronicles the adventures of the African slave Esteban Dorantes (1500-1539), the first pioneer from the Old World to explore the entirety of the American south and the first African-born man to die in North America about whom anything is known. Goodwin's groundbreaking research in Spanish archives has led to a radical new interpretation of American history - one in which an African slave emerges as the nation's first great explorer and adventurer. Slightly off-mint.
As an actor Simon Callow has played the part of Dickens and performed Dickens's works; as a writer he focuses on the role of theatre in the life of the novelist, public speaker and self-styled 'Sparkler of Albion'. The result is an exuberant, passionate portrayal of Dickens and the 'abundant living' that he crammed into a relatively short life. 'Callow not only admires his subject', wrote David Edgar in the Guardian, 'but has got inside him'.