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Browse Month: August 2017

Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy


From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised and updated.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the…

Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks who Plotted Hi…


‘A magnificent story, brilliantly told. Read it!’ Anthony Horowitz

Six gentlemen, one goal – the destruction of Hitler’s war machine

In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage.

The guerrilla campaign that followed was to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and…

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlighte…



New York Times Bestseller
From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety,…

The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: Farida’s Story



In August 2014, Farida Khalaf was just a normal Yazidi girl, living in a village high in the mountains of northern Iraq. Then her village was attacked and swiftly taken by ISIS fighters, and her whole world changed. The jihadists murdered the men and the boys of her village, including her father and brothers, before taking Farida prisoner along with the rest of the women.

This is the story of what happened to Farida after she was captured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold…

Typhoon Pilot



This is not only the story of one man’s war, but of an aircraft – the Typhoon, or “Tiffy” as it was affectionately known – which the author describes as a “low-bred carthorse whose pedigree had received a sharp infusion of hot-headed sprinter’s blood”. He recounts his time as a young commander of a rumbustious New Zealand Air Force squadron, and later as the RAF’s youngest Group Captain at the age of 25. His story includes conflict in the air over Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany,…

Shadows of a Princess: Diana, Princess of Wales 1987-1996 – An Intimate Acc…


Reissued for the twentieth anniversary of Diana’s death, this sensational and controversial bestseller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period.

In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by many as a lifeline for the outdated Windsor line. But Diana didn’t follow the script. Instead she brought a revolution.

Patrick Jephson was Diana’s closest aide and adviser during her years of greatest public fame and deepest personal crisis….

The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club



Legendary musician Peter Hook tells the whole story – the fun, the music, the vast loss of money, the legacy – of Manchester’s most iconic nightclub

Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, ‘Blue Monday’ among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester’s Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of…

Bridge of Spies



THE DRAMATIC EVENTS BEHIND THE FILM BRIDGE OF SPIES.
‘Riveting, meticulously researched and beautifully written, Bridge of Spies unlocks one of the most fascinating espionage mysteries of the Cold War’ – Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag and SAS Rogue Heroes

Bridge of Spies is a gripping, entertaining, hair-raising and comical story, which moves effortlessly from the hardware of high-flying planes and new missiles to the geopolitics of the nuclear stand-off and through the poignant…