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  • TORP

    Arthur Aldridge

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    This is the true, touching and terrifying story of how two young men from completely different worlds embarked on the friendship of a lifetime during the most threatening and dangerous years of World War Two.

    Oxford-educated officer Arthur Aldridge, and Bermondsey-born Cockney gunner Bill Carroll are the two characters central to this emotion-packed story of ultimate comradeship. Filled with nostalgia and historic detail, this engaging and fascinating memoir recalls the men's near-death experiences against Hitler's maritime fleet and two enemy ships off the coast of Malta while rescuing a fellow pilot, as well as many other encounters the two were lucky to survive.

    Vivid storytelling of their unique recollections and the close friendship that existed between them make this ideal for fans of non-fiction writers like Geoffrey Wellum and Patrick Bishop.
  • NTRI
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Call the Midwife and Our Girl, this is a wonderfully nostalgic trio of real-life reads that shines a light on what life was like for the women left at home during the wartime era and beyond.

    The touching GI Brides takes a look at four girls who left their homeland to follow their new husbands across the Atlantic shortly after the end of the War. Not only did these girls - Gwendolyn, Rae, Margaret and Sylvia - have to cope with a new culture, they also had to get to know their husbands outside of the army... But after the Blitz, they were sure they could cope with anything and this book reveals how much fun they had!

    The Sweethearts is about those women who worked at the Rowntree's factory in York from the 1930s right the way through to the 1980s and how they kept the treats coming, no matter what was thrown at them... The Sugar Girls follows the women who worked at Tate & Lyle's factory in the East End during the Second World War - they're the ones who kept Britain sweet during the time of rations.

  • AXHA

    Max Hastings

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    Chronicling some of the most astonishing chapters of our times, our three-book Max Hastings Collection brings together three very different - but equally compelling! - analyses of modern history's most gripping military stories.

    The Battle for the Falklands takes a thoughtful look at one of the British military's most strange and unbelievable conflicts from a social, governmental and tactical standpoint; Bomber Command details the Allies' six-year air offensive against Germany; and the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France to reinforce the front line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe is skillfully accounted in Das Reich.

    Written by award-winning journalist and former Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard editor Max Hastings, this three-book military history collection will make gripping reading for the armchair historian.

  • MROS

    Mike Rossiter

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    Mike Rossiter has gathered together first-person accounts of major turning points in World War Two and turned them into a compelling narrative for fans of military history in this fascinating three-book collection.

    There are the Lancaster Bombers, who flew together for 50 missions and lived to tell the tale and the fascinating story of the men who lived, flew and fought on the Ark Royal. Finally there are the three survivors from the infamous 'bridge too far' mission who tell a story of hubris and bad planning, but also of valiant sacrifice and inspirational courage.

  • MBOX
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II.

    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view. Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while it also includes the highly acclaimed Das Boot.

  • FVOI
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    Moving and sometimes almost unbelievable, this stunning collection of real-life stories recalls momentous happenings from some of the most startling experiences of Britons at war. Forgotten Voices features men and women who speak with honest fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference and unmistakable courage, as they recount their experiences from events such as the Battle of the Somme, the D-Day Landings, Dunkirk and other times from The Great War and World War II.

    A remarkable and definitive series of startling oral history, praised by the likes of Stephen Fry, told in the words by the extraordinary people who witnessed it all. Exciting and harrowing, this is a must-read collection that non-fiction and history enthusiasts will be gripped by.

  • CHUH

    Sir Winston S. Churchill

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    Edited by his official biographer Martin Gilbert, Churchill: The Power of Words contains 200 extracts from Winston Churchill's own personal books, articles and speeches that reflect his life story, career and philosophy. The hardback book features everything from intimate memories of Churchill's childhood through to his debates on social policy, war and political causes. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in politics, the book is an illuminating, fascinating and compelling portrait of both the public and the private Churchill, told in the legendary prime minister's very own words.
  • AECC
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    I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches, written by the bestselling author and trivia expert Christopher Winn, will surprise and delight you as you read all about the hidden stories, forgotten pasts and buried secrets that belong to these famous places of worship.

    Did you know that St. Mary's Church Deerhurst in Gloucestershire is the only church in England to have a brass with a pet named on it? Or that All Saints Tudeley in Kent is the only church in the world to have its windows designed and painted by Chagall? You'll be fascinated to hear that the Minster Church of St. Mary at Stow in Lincolnshire has the tallest Saxon arches in Britain too...

    The hundreds of facts included here are just jaw-dropping and the illustrations help highlight some of the most momentous historical changes to happen in country churches throughout England.
  • AMBH
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    From the death of Queen Victoria through to post-Blair Britain, ex-BBC political editor, journalist and documentary film-maker Andrew Marr takes a look at the thrilling lives and the political and economic stories of modern Britain's history in our exclusive Andrew Marr British History Set.

    Including his critically acclaimed The Making of Modern Britain and A History of Modern Britain (both of which are Sunday Times bestsellers), the Andrew Marr Show host - with his enviable ability to unravel complex issues in accessible terms - paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of modern Britain in the colourful and outspoken manner for which he is so well known.

    Highly engaging, approachable and written in a format that is both lively and light enough to dip in and out of, Marr looks beyond the headlines to provide a crisp analysis of how the modern history of Britain has shaped our nation's present.

  • HWOB
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    A coffee table book to cherish and wonderful idea for a present, History of the World in 1,000 Objects is a huge book - both in size and scope!

    Celebrating our creativity, the reference book takes a look at different objects and reveals what each one tells us about the time and place in which it was created. From a Viking's wooden comb to a fridge-freezer from the 1950s, the book's stunning photographs and detailed descriptions are endlessly fascinating and perfect for poreing over.

    Detailing many different cultures, all the objects are grouped under key themes and provide an intriguing insight into the area of civilisation and how its people lived during a specific time and place. Everything from swords to spears and astrolabes to atlases are included.
  • RICH

    David Baldwin

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    Was Richard Plantagenet (later known as both the Duke of Gloucester and more commonly as King Richard III) a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne; an unfortunate victim of Tudor propaganda or - as seems most likely - something in-between?

    In this startling biography, David Baldwin provides an in-depth study of Richard III and his dealings with his contemporaries. With 81 illustrations featured throughout, the book aims to answer the question of 'What was Richard III really like?' and included the findings of the archaeological dig that found his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.
  • BITB

    Daniel James Brown

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    A charismatic young man abandoned by his family at an early age, Joe Rantz dared to dream of escaping the challenges of the Great Depression and the painful memories of his early family life, finding solace in rowing. Heading on an extraordinary journey, Joe found himself lining up in a gold medal rowing race at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, in front of Adolf Hitler himself. Written by Daniel James Brown and full of lyricism and unexpected beauty, The Boys in the Boat is an inspirational true story.
  • GCOM

    Andrew Roberts

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    The Great Commanders Set brings together four books that cover the military giants of the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern world. The books describe the tactics Julius Caeser employed to defeat Pompey at Pharsalus, the qualities that made Atilla the Hun a strategist of genius and how the farmer Oliver Cromwell created an army that overthrew the king and changed the course of British history. The brilliant analysis in all four books also answers many other questions about the world's greatest military commanders.

  • WNGS
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    From Patrick Bishop, one of Britain's bestselling historians, comes a compelling history of the Royal Air Force. Studded with eyewitness accounts of the epic actions of 20th century warfare, Wings marks the centenary of the great British institution that is the RAF. The glorious hardback also offers a rich account of military aviation from its heroic early days when flying was the domain of the daring, to the modern era where computers and pilotless drones are an integral part of the RAF. This book is perfect for anyone interested in military history.
  • ARWW
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    To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, BBC's the Antiques Roadshow filmed a series of special episodes at the Somme. In this beautiful book, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures, readers are introduced to some of the most telling tales and incredible family keepsakes from the Great War.

    Featuring fascinating and moving stories from the much-loved BBC show, and describing how they fit into a wider history of the War, the fully illustrated book paints a vivid picture of the extraordinary circumstances that ordinary people were thrown into by the onset of World War I.

    A stunningly presented insight into early 20th century life in Britain, Antiques Roadshow: World War I in 100 Family Treasures will make a unique and poignant addition to the bookshelf of any wartime historian or anyone with a keen interest in the British institution that is the Antiques Roadshow.
  • NEWH

    Andrew Marr

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    In A History of the World, intrepid journalist Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories to show how our understanding of the world's history is changing as new discoveries are made.

    Marr looks at cultures that have disappeared, as well as the origins of today's superpowers and finds a range of fascinating parallels between the past and now. He examines everything from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds these accounts with less familiar material from the likes of Peru, the Ukraine, China and the Caribbean.

    Covering famous historical figures such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan and Galileo, this book shows how looking to history can help us make sense of the modern day. Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this will appeal to anyone with an interest in world history and fans of the popular BBC show.
  • WDYT

    Dan Waddell

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    Accompanying the popular BBC series of the same name, Who Do You Think You Are? The Genealogy Handbook is a concise guide to tracing your family tree.

    Since the show started in 2004, the ways of accessing sources and information about family trees have multiplied and changed almost beyond recognition. This pocket-sized handbook finds the WDYTYA? team sharing their experience and expertise when it comes to tracing a family's history.

    With nods to the celebrity stories that have featured in the programme and hints, tips and practical step-by-steps, this book is sure to help you bring your family history to life. Ideal for fans of the show and amateur sleuths who are looking to discover their family's startling secrets.
  • CWPA
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    Having written engrossing biographies of London and of its great river, acclaimed author Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to England itself in what is the third volume of his six-part history of England, Civil War: A History of England Volume III.

    A fascinating and beautifully told tale, the book covers the era from the birth of the first Stuart King of England, James VI of Scotland, through to the deposition and exile of his grandson James II. With his extraordinary skill for evoking both time and place, Ackroyd tells the familiar story of Britain's 17th century monarchs in rich prose, with profound insight and some rather surprising details.

    An ideal gift for those who love exploring England's rich history, Civil War: A History of England Volume III by Peter Ackroyd is both a tale of regality and civil 17th century life.
  • AMHCQ

    Peter Pomerantsev

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    "A riveting portrait of the new Russia." (Tina Brown). "Pomerantsev is one of the most brilliant observers of Putin's Russia...an electrifying, terrifying book." (Anne Applebaum). "Unflinching, tragic and profound." (AD Miller, author of SNOWDROPS). A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable. It is home to a new form of authoritarianism, far subtler than 20th century strains, and which is rapidly expanding to challenge the global order. An extraordinary book - one which is as powerful and entertaining as it is troubling - Nothing is True and Everything is Possible offers a wild ride into this political and ethical vacuum.
  • WWMS
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    If you've ever wondered who fired the first British shot of the First World War, how low the Dambusters flew or just how many ships were sunk at Pearl Harbor, these two books will provide the answers.

    Compiled and written by Norman Ferguson, the miscellanies tell the stories of the battles, the aircraft, the weapons, the soldiers, the heroes and enemies of both World Wars; while also presenting these tales in accessible, bite-sized chunks. Among the events covered in the First World War are the downing of the Red Baron and the first WWI soldier to receive the Victoria Cross...

    The book based around the Second World War tells the stories of the Battle of Britain, the Siege of Leningrad, the horrors of the Holocaust and the D-Day landings... Compelling throughout, the books also contain a startling number of facts and figures to dip into.

  • WITL

    J. B. Edwards

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    The Wit and Wisdom of London is a unique book that brings together some of the best and most memorable quotations about England's famous capital city. A city that has produced countless scholars, artists and rogues, this is a treasury of some of the city's greatest residents' wittiest, cleverest and bawdiest sayings. With quotes from the likes of George VI, Oscar Wilde and Amy Winehouse, via the Romans and Charles Dickens, this is a book that captures the essence of London - in the words of its own people.
  • TBRL
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    Compiled by the newspaper's chief archivist Gavin Fuller, The Telegraph Book of Readers' Letters from the Great War provides an emotional glimpse into what life was like during an event that changed the world forever...

    Covering the lead-up, duration and final moments of the entire First World War, the book showcases some of the poignant letters that were sent into the newspaper's headquarters as readers showed their pride, expressed their anxieties and vented their frustrations at the battles being fought far from home.

    A fascinating and heartbreaking insight into the minds of those Britons whose stories of war were told from relative safety, this book gives a voice to those who may not have been on the battlefields yet still remained scarred by tragedy, guilt and grief as they dealt with the anguish and fear for their loved ones.
  • FOLD
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    Mike Snook's Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift is the incredible story of the British Army's most famous action in the Zulu War. On 22 January 1879, a modern British Army was swept aside by the onset of a seemingly unstoppable host. Nearby a single company were certain they'd share the terrible fate of their comrades - but victory at Rorke's Drift was achieved largely by sheer bloody-mindedness against remarkable odds. This beautiful hardback tells the incredible story of how the Zulu attack unfolded and how 150 men achieved their momentous victory.

  • RFAE

    Toby Wilkinson

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    Written by the acclaimed expert on Egyptian civilisation Toby Wilkinson, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt details the lives of both the pharaohs and the ordinary citizens.

    Revealing the harsh political realities behind the 3000-year civilisation, the book explores how the Ancient Egyptians were the first group of people to share a common culture, outlook and identity - the world's first nation-state.

    Using his tremendous knowlege of hieroglyphics and iconography of power, Wilkinson tells the story of the civilisation's attempt to unite a disparate realm - and defend it against hostile forces from both within and without.