Stolen: Escape from Syria describes how, as one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history raged throughout the country, Louise Monaghan walked across a heavily guarded border to save her six-year-old child from the father who had so callously kidnapped her. She encountered captivity, beatings and cruelty beyond belief along the way, but miraculously both Louise and her little girl escaped. Their journey back, led by illegal people-smugglers, took them through bomb attacks and sniper fire and is actually a miracle in itself. This emotional read is a breathtaking true story about survival.
Author Ashley Jackson seeks to finally unravel the mysteries behind `the greatest Briton' in this fascinating biography - Churchill. Describing the former Prime Minister's remarkable life and political career, this is an engaging hardback - a fantastic gift for all history fanatics. Addressing many of the common criticisms and misconceptions that have been lobbied against the equally maligned and celebrated politician, this is an entertaining read that will shed new light on an intriguing past.
Acclaimed historian A. N. Wilson offers a short, sharp and fresh interpretation of the life of one of the 20th century's most notorious figures in Hitler: A Short Biography. This brief, penetrating portrait provides a compelling introduction to a man whose evil continues to fascinate and appal. The book is full of insights, and Wilson shows how Adolf Hitler was a conjurer, rather than a regular politician. The biography shows how it was this skill, together with an intuitive sense, which helped his rise.
When France surrendered to Germany in 1940, the invasion of Britain seemed a very real possibility. The Home Guard was promptly formed to defend Britain's towns and villages and members came from all walks of life, including those who were too old, too young or unfit to go to war. Put together by Frank and Joan Shaw with a foreword by Ian Lavendar, the republished We Remember the Home Guard is a unique book of reminisces that brings together a range of entertaining tales, as well as reminding us of the commitment and sacrifices the men of this era made. Touching, moving and memorable, the stories included here are truly heroic.
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.
For those stationed on the front line, death is an ever-present danger. Sian Price's If You're Reading This...Last Letters from the Front Line is a profoundly moving collection of farewell letters written by servicemen and women to their loved ones. It offers a remarkable insight into the hearts and minds of some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have served their country over the past 300 years. From the staunch and unsentimental to unrelenting optimism and sinking morale, every letter is an enduring snapshot of an impossible moment in time.
The Hitler Memoirs set brings together two books that provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of Adolf Hitler, the two books contain eyewitness accounts from those closest to him. I Was Hitler's Chauffeur sees his personal driver Erich Kempka offer candid memoirs and a unique account of the events leading up to and during the war. Christa Schroeder's The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary also observes the actions and behaviour of Hitler and the most important characters who surrounded him. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in history, especially World War II.
This trilogy offers a unique view of war at sea, in the air and on land during the Second World War. Here are the testimonies of those who fought in all the great camapigns, and here too are the words of prisoners, partisans, saboteurs and soldiers. Far better than any single narrative, the endlessly fascinating extracts build up a complete picture of the war as it was experienced by the men and women who actually fought in it.
A remarkable study of the men who created the poetry that told the story of the First World War, The Red Sweet Wine of Youth by Nicholas Murray documents the brave lives of some remarkable men. Using journals, letters and literary archives, the author explores the lives of these frontline artists as they suffered in order to act as a literary beacon for the peace. Including fascinating insight into the political messages contained in World War I poetry, this excellent hardback is an absorbing testament to the courage of great men.
The unique story of a loveable scamp, Billy Brown, I'll Tell Your Mother is a brilliant autobiography that evokes memories of simpler times in post-war Britain. Detailing the cheeky escapades of a ten year-old rogue who ran a successful black-market business in Brixton, South London around the middle of the 20th century, this vivid and lively picture of Britain at the time is a wonderfully entertaining memoir. A hardback copy that sees Billy run riot while his parents are at work, this is an enjoyable read packed with wheeling and dealing and no shortage of scoldings!
A fascinating combination of his archived interviews and memories, this hardback edition of Black Watch details the bravery of Tom Renouf and his comrades as they overcame Heinrich Himmler’s fanatical ‘Hitler Youth’. Painting a vivid picture of some of the most brutal and memorable events of World War II, Renouf reflects on the vicious fights with the German SS Division and the capture of Himmler that saw him pinch the Gestapo commander’s watch – a trophy he still treasures to this day.