Written by Claudia Gold, The King's Mistress: Scandal, Intrigue and the True Story of the Woman Who Stole George I's Heart tells the tale of Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, a woman who was the mistress and probable secret wife of King George I. Seemingly grasping, unattractive and dim-witted, she managed to tempt George away from his beautiful wide and bind him to her for almost 40 years, becoming one of the most powerful women in Europe. This thoroughly readable account brings her tale vividly to life in an extremely compelling way.
Please be aware this title features images that some people may find disturbing.
A footballing genius, Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League is the Manchester United striker's incredible story, told in his own words. In the book, he looks back over the last ten years he has spent playing at the highest level in English football - from making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton through to his move to Old Trafford and the emotional highs and lows that have followed since. Rooney gives a real insight into what it must feel like to be one of the most famous footballers on the planet as he lifts the lid on each of his Premier League seasons. The book also features a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Few people know the trails, byways and footpaths of Britain as well as Christopher Somerville, and in this lavishly illustrated book he introduces some of his favourite walks through our diverse landscape. Personal observations enliven every walk, and you can follow each route with the aid of the stunning photos and maps. Somerville's Travels is a great and useful book for anyone who enjoys walking in the great outdoors.
Irreverent Top Gear presenter James May is back with another book, although this time it’s more than just a book, it’s a ‘man manual’! As the title suggests, How to Land an A330 Airbus is a quirky look at the skills men are expected to know in times of crisis or when there are ladies to impress! The perfect gift for lads, dads and even floppy-haired middle-aged men like May himself, this is a witty, funny and satirical look at the role of the modern day male.
Hard working and good-hearted despite facing tragedy, the O'Neils cling together and help each other, and a whole community. Meanwhile, Rosh Allen mourns the loss of the love of her life Phil and the apparently greedy and selfish Tess Compton is on the verge of separation from her husband. Behind the three families, two men are at work. One will do serious damage, while the other will reunite a clan that came ashore from the ships of the Spanish Armada. Lights of Liverpool is a stunning novel from Ruth Hamilton, the author of The Judge's Daughter and Mersey View.
Accompanying his fascinating BBC TV show, Coast presenter Neil Oliver's A History of Ancient Britain shows how what archaeologists call prehistory accounts, in fact, for more than 99% of the story of humankind on the British Isles. The glorious hardback is a detailed and informative exploration of how our land and people came to be. Encouraging us all to look at and see old familiar landscapes in a completely new way, this is an astonishingly fresh and lively look at history that will appeal to fans of the TV show and anyone interested in Britain's background as well as those who enjoyed Oliver's A History of Scotland.
The story of a fearsome monarch?s first 35 years, Young Henry is a factual and fascinating account of the rise of Henry VIII to power. Revealing how the infamous former King of England lived in the shadow of his elder brother Arthur and his autocratic father, Robert Hutchinson?s brilliantly-researched hardback documents the trials and tribulations experienced by a man best known for his fearsome reputation and many wives. Compelling in its vision of Henry as a magnificent but troubled young man, this is a historical account that fans of Tudor times are sure to enjoy.
From the processional routes of ancient Britain to Victorian promenades along the sea-front, Britain's Pathways are inextricably woven into our landscape and history. In this magical hardback, David Stewart and Nicholas Rudd-Jones set out to explore some of the most evocative and beautiful tracks and ways that criss-cross the nation, explaining how they came about and what they tell us about the people who made them. As they do so, they give both the keen and the casual walker a very real sense of what it is like to walk in our ancestors' footsteps.
Tamasin Day-Lewis is an inspirational food writer with a wonderfully refreshing style, and in Food You Can't Say No To, she presents a collection of recipes for indulgent food that you and your guests will be unable to resist. Containing brilliant new supper ideas, impressive but simple puddings and a whole host of indulgent, comforting and mouth-watering recipes that are effortless but special, indulgent yet practical and, above all, totally and utterly irresistible.
In the wonderful Great Scot!, respected food writer and chef Sue Lawrence interviews 70 prominent Scots and unlocks their beloved memories of food and childhood. Celebrities as diverse as Ewan McGregor and Andy Murray reminisce about their granny's shortbread, their mum's cullen skink and their dad's roast which Sue then brings up to date with a recipe for modern chefs to make at home.