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  • Revolution (Hardback)

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    Revolution (Hardback)

    Russell Brand

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    Our political system isn't working; our government - corrupt; our culture - empty-headed. In his brand new book Revolution, Russell Brand uses his well-known, articulate humour and wit to provide readers with his vision for a fairer, sexier, fun and inclusive society.

    Lacerating the straw men and paper tigers of the conformist times in which we live, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, Brand picks apart the fabrics of our society to present an alternative to modern civilization - and he wants YOU to join the revolution!

    The perfect book for fans of his previous two books, My Booky Wook and My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal, Russell Brand puts his main points from the famous Paxman vs. Brand interview to page - and the results are not only highly entertaining, but compelling, deft and persuasive.
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    My Scotland, Our Britain (Hardback)

    Gordon Brown

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    Presented in this highly personal account, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lays bare his family's ancestry over 300 years of the Union and explains how it has shaped his life.

    Charting what it was like growing up in Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s, and explaining the influence of religion, education and Scotland's unique industrial structure on the shaping of his - and Scotland's - identity, he sets out the dramatic economic, social and cultural changes of the past 50 years and the vastly different prospects his children will face with or without Scottish independence.

    With the referendum on Scottish independence being a hot topic for debate recently, Brown argues that Scotland will prosper with a strong Scottish Parliament that is part of the UK. Agree or disagree, My Scotland, Our Britain is an enlightening, eye-opening and honest account of how a nation's history has shaped one man's present and how our choices can shape the future of the next generation.
  • A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)

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    A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)

    Ben Macintyre

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    Along with his 'friends' Nicholas Elliott and James Jesus Angleton, Kim Philby was one of the rising stars in the intelligence world during the early years of the Cold War. The three spies drank in the same bars, wore the same suits and spoke with the same accents, but Philby had one secret he never revealed to MI6 agent Elliott and CIA agent Angleton - he was covertly working for Moscow. An agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends looks at how Philby managed to hide his true identity for so long. It's a gripping tale of duplicity, loyalty, trust and treachery, made all the more startling as it is true. Macintyre draws on detailed research and newly released MI5 files, along with family papers, to deliver the definitive biography of what may well be the great secret of the Cold War. The book also comes with an afterword from John Le Carre.
  • Teenage Tommy (Hardback)

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    Teenage Tommy (Hardback)

    Richard Van Emden

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    At just 16 years old, Benjamin Clouting embarked with the British Expeditionary force for France in August 1914. Following this, he served on the Western front during every major engagement of the First World War except Loos, being wounded twice and having his horse shot from under him during a cavalry charge. Always wanting to be a soldier, he signed up for the force in 1913, meaning his training had barely completed by the time war broke out. Even though the Regiment tried to stop him going to France as he was under age, Ben flatly refused and went to serve under some of Britain's greatest war officers, including Major Tom Bridges and Captain Hornby. These memoirs, edited by Richard Van Emden, offer a detailed account of life during the war, covering everything from the desperate fighting to hold back the German onslaught at 2nd Ypres to the camaraderie and bonds built between those situated in the trenches.
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    It is undeniable that Nelson Mandela is one of the most influential people the world has even known. A household name across the globe, his fight for black equality in South Africa made him an unforgettable and highly respected figure, but his road to the international statesmen he became was without doubt a turbulent one. Although spending 27 years in prison and branded a terrorist by some, he was not born an outlaw. Born into a well-respected family in his local community, he was destined to become an advisor to his tribal chief, like his father before him, but Mandela ended far from the mud-brick hut he grew up in... Rising to become a firebrand lawyer, political campaigner, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the President of South Africa, he was an inspiration to say the very least. This comprehensive yet accessible story of the life of Nelson Mandela, illustrated with nostalgic photographs, is completely up to date and a fitting tribute to the extraordinary freedom fighter.
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    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.

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    Robert Hutchinson Collection - 5 Books (Collection)

    Robert Hutchinson

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    Examining the life and times of King Henry VIII and the impact his reign had over Tudor Britain, this five-book collection from Robert Hutchinson will delight and entertain anyone with an interest in this fascinating historical era.

    Revealing how conspiracies, treason and heresy were all present throughout Henry VIII's reign, the books tell the incredible story of the greed and corruption that was ever-present throughout this time and also examines Henry's rise as a young monarch and the crucial impact his trusted minister Thomas Cromwell, the most corrupt Chancellor in English history, had on the nation. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's Spymaster focuses on Francis Walsingham, the world's first super spy.
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    Nelson - The Sword of Albion (Hardback)

    John Sugden

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    John Sugden's Nelson: The Sword of Albion is a comprehensive and intimate biography that encompasses the high dramas of the Battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar. In the biography, Sugden brilliantly interweaves graphic accounts of these famous battles with lesser-known yet equally gripping campaigns to liberate Italian states from French domination. It also reveals how behind his military prowess was a man riven with paradoxes and schisms at the very heart of his personal life. The life of Nelson is fully exploited here in a richly detailed narrative that teems with a glittering array of sailors and civilians, heroes and villains, husbands, wives and lovers.
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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.

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    Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER (Hardback)

    Brian Gordon Lett

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    A thrilling operation that involved Ian Fleming and surely inspired him to create James Bond, this book provides details of a daring and successful SOE Operation during the Second World War. Written by Brian Gordon Lett, an experienced criminal QC, the book uses recently released top secret archive material to discuss the true story of a force of 'licensed to kill' secret agents who, in a daring mission, sailed a ship to West Africa and stole three enemy ships from a neutral Spanish port on the volcanic island of Fernando Po.
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    We Remember the Home Guard (Hardback)

    Frank Shaw

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    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.

  • Gardens of Stone (Hardback)

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    Gardens of Stone (Hardback)

    Stephen Grady

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    Written by Stephen Grady OBE, a man recruited by the French Resistance when he was just 16, Gardens of Stone is an extraordinary wartime memoir. Covering Stephen's extraordinary life, the book combines an adventure story with a poignant coming-of-age tale. Arrested aged 14 for the crime of sabotage and threatened with deportation or the firing squad, Stephen is eventually released two years later. Under the threat of imminent betrayal, he learns the arts of clandestine warfare and - in a shocking moment that his haunted him throughout his life - how to kill. Stephen made such an impact with his work for the French Resistance that he was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the American Medal of Freedom and this book offers an insight into his staggering life story.
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    The Boys in the Boat (Hardback)

    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.
  • Stolen (Hardback)

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    Stolen (Hardback)

    Louise Monaghan

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    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.

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    Churchill's First War (Hardback)

    Con Coughlin

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    Over a century ago, British troops were fighting a vicious frontier war in Aghanistan and Winston Churchill, then a young cavalry lieutenant, wrote a vivid account of his experiences. More than 120 years later, The Story of the Malakand Field Force remains required reading for both British and American military commanders.

    This book, Churchill's First War, finds acclaimed author and journalist Con Coughlin telling the story of the campaign in Afghanistan and combines historical narrative with interviews from the key players and an analytical approach. A highly interesting book for anyone with an interest in military history, this hardback was one of David Cameron's holiday reads!
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    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.

    Starting with the Napoleonic Wars and concluding with Iraq and Afghanistan, the book reveals the final letters from soldiers of all ranks and nationalities - telling a potted history of each unique individual and their story while also, where possible, exploring the reaction and impact the letters had on those who received them. Traditionally, the letters gave soldiers an opportunity to express feelings, facts and instructions but they tended to be overwhelming messages of love.

    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.
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    Churchill: The Power of Words (Hardback)

    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.
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    Roger, Sausage and Whippet (Hardback)

    Christopher Moore

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    Christopher Moore, the author of Trench Fever, provides a lexicon of the phrases and lingo of life at the front in Roger, Sausage & Whippet.

    In four long years, from 1914 - 1918, the Western Front created a generation of young men and women bonded by combat and burdened by duty. Wherever they were or whatever they were doing, these brave heroes invented or borrowed a word for it. From Ammo to Zig-Zag, this gift book offers a fascinating glimpse into life during the First World War.
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    The Red Sweet Wine of Youth (Hardback)

    Nicholas Murray

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    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 Dream of the Celt (Paperback)

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    The Dream of the Celt (Paperback)

    Mario Vargas Llosa

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    As "The Dream of the Celt" opens, it is the summer of 1916 and Roger Casement awaits the hangman in London's Pentonville Prison. Dublin lies in ruins after the disastrous Easter Rising led by his comrades of the Irish Volunteers. He has been caught after landing from a German submarine. For the past year he has attempted to raise an Irish brigade from prisoners of war to fight alongside the Germans against the British Empire that awarded him a knighthood only a few years before. And now his petition for clemency is threatened by the leaking of his private diary and his secret life as a gay man...Vargas-Llosa, with his incomparable gift for powerful historical narrative, takes the reader on a journey back through a remarkable life dedicated to the exposure of barbaric treatment of indigenous peoples by European predators in the Congo and Amazonia. Casement was feted as one of the greatest humanitarians of the age. Now he is about to die ignominiously as a traitor.