X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest Warship
The mere presence of the German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord was enough to haunt Allied war planners and keep a significant part of Britain's fleet tied to home waters. Consequently, repeated attempts were made throughout the Second World War to sink the ship, including mini submarine raids and many bomber attacks. Patrick Bishop's book is a tale of technology, ingenuity and daring, culminating in the final, successful assault of Autumn 1944, using Barnes Wallis's 'Tallboy' bombs.
The Secret Lives of Monsters
Presented as a dossier of evidence for the existence of hostile aliens (gleaned from the evidence provided by the adventures of Doctor Who) this well-illustrated volume explains the origins and nature of 14 extra-terrestrial threats to humankind. Chapters include case files of the Doctor's adventures with each monster, from the Daleks to the Slitheen, and behind-the-scenes insights into how the creatures were created and filmed. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Growing up in the Kremlin, Svetlana Stalin knew nothing of her father’s tyranny, but could not escape tragedy: her mother’s suicide, the loss of two brothers, and the exile of her lover to Siberia. With access to FBI, CIA and Russian state archives, this biography charts her growing awareness of Stalin’s crimes, her defection to the West, her struggle to escape his terrible legacy – and her horrified realization, with the rise of Putin, that ‘they haven’t changed a bit’. American cut pages with a felt-tip mark on the lower trimmed edge.
How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence
Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO of a huge digital media company and a leading marketing expert, explains how great entrepreneurs build their businesses and influence, and how you too can seize the opportunities offered in the digital age.
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 Petticoat Tails to Arbroath Smokies
Traditional Foods of Scotland
One of the Taste of Britain series, described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his preface as 'an exciting journey to find Britain's edible treasure', this volume goes north of the border into the land of oatcakes and haggis, Irn-Bru, Aberdeen Angus Cattle and mealie puddings. The authors explain the culinary history and traditions of each raw ingredient or product, how it is prepared (unless it is a trade secret), and where to find it.
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'.