‘Excruciating details for the palace.’ – Sunday Times

When Prince Andrew returned from the Falklands War in 1982, the handsome royal was one of the most popular HRHs. At home, there was Andymania and teenage girls and their mothers would faint during royal engagements as if they were at a rock concert. The press called him ‘His Royal Heartthrob’. The four decades that followed, however, were less kind.

This acclaimed palace history investigates the story of the key players, allegations and counter-allegations in this unique, high-stakes royal drama. It provides a gripping and uncommon insight into the privileges enjoyed by billionaires, global power brokers and royalty. Transcending the life of one man, the story casts new light on Buckingham Palace one of the world’s most iconic institutions.

The global smash-hit Netflix documentary mini-series, Tiger King, introduced viewers to the weird, crazy and chaotic life of private zoo owner and big cat breeder, Joe Exotic, and his war against Carole Baskin.

Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue in Florida, a sanctuary for abused and abandoned wild cats, waged a long legal battle to have Joe’s exotic animal park in Oklahoma shut down for the maltreatment of his animals. But Carole had her own dark past and Joe wasn’t going down without a fight; he responded by plotting to have her murdered.

Tiger Wars delves deeper into this stranger-than-fiction tale and tells the shocking story of this big cat war, the cult-like characters involved and the spiral of obsession that landed Joe Exotic in jail and exposed the dark heart of America’s big cat obsession.

Women commit just 4% of homicides in comparison to men. But this disproportion can make their crimes seem all the more shocking.

In this chilling casebook, Al Cimino explores 34 female murderers. We meet ‘Angel of Death’ Kristen Gilbert who induced multiple cardiac arrests among her patients while working as a hospital nurse, Enriqueta Martí, the ‘Vampire of Barcelona’ who killed children to make cosmetics, and many more.

These case studies give riveting insight into the lives and motives of women who decided to commit the ultimate transgression. In many of these cases, the women had suffered years of abuse and psychological breakdown before their eventual crimes. Other times their heinous acts seemed to spring from nowhere, with an unpredictability that is haunting.

The FBI estimate that there are between 25 and 50 serial killers at large in the USA at any given time. But the truth is few people kill. We occasionally say we could kill someone, but that is usually hyperbole. Most of us can imagine what it might be like to be driven to a senseless act of violence in an unendurable situation. To kill once is one thing; to kill over and over again is quite another. What drives these people who kill and kill again? Are they evil or are they mad? Serial killing is a worldwide phenomenon and no two killers are alike. Each one comes with a grisly though compelling tale that takes the reader to the darkest reaches of the human psyche.

Roosevelt and Churchill is the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill—a friendship that saved the world.

“Being with them was like sitting between two lions roaring at the same time.” —[Churchill’s daughter] Mary Soames

As the world faced the deadliest conflict in human history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-second president of the United States, and Winston Churchill, wartime prime minister of the United Kingdom, recognized each other as vital allies. Under the menacing threat of world domination by Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in Europe and the military power of Japan in Asia, Roosevelt and Churchill’s urgent need for each other’s support soon turned into a firm friendship.

Thrown together during World War II, their relationship was rarely straightforward. They disagreed politically, but maintained the greatest affection and respect for each other. They would often sit up late into the night drinking and smoking together. Their correspondence comprised nearly two thousand letters and cables.

Together they steered the world through the dark days between 1939 and 1945 and emerged victorious. Both men were fallible, both making political and strategic mistakes—sometimes at the cost of thousands of lives. However, without the bond between them, the war against Nazism, Fascism, and Japan’s imperial ambitions would have been lost.

Roosevelt and Churchill tells the tale of a friendship with consequences like no other, that helped create world peace.

On first impressions, Ted Bundy seemed like the perfect all-American boy. He was good-looking, fun and very charming; many women found him irresistible…

But deep inside he was an evil monster who terrorised large areas of America, assaulting and murdering numerous women and adolescent girls. He used his insider knowledge of law enforcement to evade detection, escaping from imprisonment twice before his eventual capture. While he confessed to 30 killings, the real figure was probably much higher and many of the bodies have never been found.

Crime writer and journalist Al Cimino delves into this astonishing and tragic tale, providing a detailed account of Bundy’s crimes and the twisted manipulations of his victims. This is the story of a chameleon-like psychopath and necrophile who lured innocent victims to a horrible end.

All is fair in love and war. At least the Nazis thought so. They deployed sex like any other weapon in the service of the Third Reich. Al Camino examines many shocking cases, where brothels were hotbeds of bugging and blackmail, and pillow talk could topple nations.

Cases include:
– The bugging of Salon Kitty, a high-class brothel in Berlin which was taken over by the SS.
– Nazi spy Lilly Stein, a ‘good-looking nymphomaniac’ who slept with US men in order to blackmail them.
– Princess Stephanie Julianne von Hohenlohe, who used her intimate relationship with Lord Rothermere to get the British newspaper Daily Mail to support the Nazis in the 1930s

Full of intrigue and surprise, Nazi Sex Spies presents a fascinating history of a little-known aspect of World War II.

Charles Manson was the illegitimate child of a teenage prostitute; in 1969, on his orders, eight people were hacked to death in an orgy of violence.

Ted Bundy had the power to charm women. With his arm in a fake sling, he used to ask them to help him get his sailboat down off his car, but first they had to go to his house…

Joanna Dennehy stabbed her lover Kevin Lee in the heart, dressed him in a black sequin dress, and dumped him in a ditch. To celebrate, she played Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ down her phone and then helped torch Lee’s Ford Mondeo.

Serial killers are the ultimate outlaws. They step outside not just the law but all human norms. They are fascinating because they are almost impossible to understand. It’s comforting to know that all the serial killers featured here are now either dead or behind bars. Nevertheless, this book is not for people of a nervous disposition.

Apollo follows man’s dream of walking among the stars and charts how space travel and space programs have grown since then.  

In 2019, it will have been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. When his famous words came crackling across the atmosphere—“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” The first moon landing took place on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Nine days earlier, on July 11, 1969, David Bowie released his iconic “Space Oddity” song about Major Tom the astronaut. The two events resonated with people back on Earth like a match made in the heavens. The crew of Apollo 11—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins—had been launched into space by the powerful Saturn 5, a three-stage rocket which was about as tall as a 36-story building. It was the culmination of NASA’s human spaceflight program which began 1961.

This is the story of the Apollo Missions, with all of its ups and downs—in 1967, a cabin fire killed the entire crew of Apollo 1, and-after an oxygen tank exploded-the Apollo 13 crew limped back to Earth using the lunar module as “lifeboat.” But despite Apollo’s many setbacks, twelve  men walked on the Moon and their place in American history was assured forever.

Tyson Fury is colossal – six feet nine inches tall and a whisker under 20 stones in weight. He is spectacularly fast. He has a punch that could knock over a rhino and he can dance and weave like no one since the great Muhammad Ali. When he destroyed the fearsome Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to become two-time world heavyweight champion in February 2020, the world held its breath. Fury was born in 1988 and named after Mike Tyson, who was then the world heavyweight champion. He comes from a long line of gypsy bare knuckle fighters, and his father, Gypsy John Fury, and grandfather, Tiger Gorman, both fought as professionals. Tyson’s success has not come easily, but he has fought the terrible battles of his personal life as bravely as those in the ring. In this extraordinary biography you will read how he overcame addiction to cocaine and alcohol and lost a staggering eight stone in weight to make his comeback. His bravery in talking about his mental health problems is an inspiration to many. Now he is happy and at the top of his game. There seems little doubt that, for Tyson Fury, Gypsy King of the World, the best is yet to come…

On first impressions, Ted Bundy seemed like the perfect all-American boy. He was good-looking, fun and very charming; many women found him irresistible…

But deep inside he was an evil monster who terrorized large areas of America, assaulting and murdering numerous women and adolescent girls. He used his insider knowledge of law enforcement to evade detection, escaping from imprisonment twice before his eventual capture. While he confessed to 30 killings, the real figure was probably much higher and many of the bodies have never been found.

Crime writer and journalist Al Cimino delves into this astonishing and tragic tale, providing a detailed account of Bundy’s crimes and the twisted manipulations of his victims. This is the story of a chameleon-like psychopath and necrophile who lured innocent victims to a horrible end.

When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for subjugated persons – even when the power is wielded by the Church.

Witchcraft was viewed as devil-worship. Between 1450 and 1750, one hundred thousand people were accused, subject to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witches examines the wildfire-spread of witch hunting across Europe and America, as well as its roots in misogyny and religious persecution.

It includes:
– Letters and trial testimonies from those charged with witchcraft, as well as some from self-proclaimed witches
– Biographic detail of key witch hunters, such as Matthew Hopkins (the so-called Witchfinder General) who was responsible for hundreds of executions
– Accounts of famous witch trials, from Chelmsford to Salam

Nigel Cawthorne explores the real facts behind this persecution and the contexts that triggered it, tracing it back to its source.

Pirates have an almost mythical status in the public imagination – we think of rogue heroes riding the high seasand ‘X marks the spot’. But this image is flawed at best.

Using contemporary sources, Nigel Cawthorne turns the spotlight on the reality of pirate life, revealing the truth behind the legends. It gives us an insight into infamous the men and women who plundered ship and shore, including Captain Kidd, Blackbeard and Mary Read. We learn of the hazy distinction between pirates and state-approved privateers who were used to maintain empire, as well as the Port Royal pirate base in Jamaica – known as the ‘wickedest city in the world’.

Including details of various pirate exploits, as well as their weapons, ships and unhappy victims, this fascinating read will divide fact from slippery fiction.

True accounts of World War II through the eyes of German and Japanese soldiers.

‘The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw, and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naïve theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.’ – Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris, commander in Chief of the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, speaking in 1942

The wind that Germany sowed with its blitzkrieg – and Japan with its attack on Pearl Harbour – were reaped by their people as the allied forces retaliated. Soldiers and civilians alike were killed, maimed, widowed, orphaned and made homeless, their countries devastated and their cities destroyed. Fascinating and enlightening, Voices of the Vanquished uses the authentic voices of the people whose power-hungry and delusional leaders led them to disaster.

‘Gripping stuff, and a rare opportunity to understand the conflict from a different perspective.’ The Good Book Guide

In the last five years, Jeremy Corbyn’s career has gone from strength to strength. Rising from the backbenches to become the leader of the Labour Party, he has rejected Tony Blair-era centrism in favour of traditional left-wing views.

With unprecedented fervour amongst young voters, his authenticity and radical policies have culminated in a ‘youthquake’ phenomenon the press has dubbed Corbynmania. But this does not mean he is supported by the entire Left.

Dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism and impeded by his party’s official stance on Brexit, Corbyn’s abilities have been questioned by many. During his successful bid for Labour leadership, The Guardian stated, ‘if Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader, it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.’

Given Labour’s shock success in the 2017 snap general election, they were forced to eat their words – for now, at least.

Just who is this figure who leapt to the forefront of British politics? Can he unite the Left and lead an offensive against the Conservatives? Is this the man to reinvent labour?

The inside story of the world’s most notorious cults.

The strange and sinister world of cults is a source of endless fascination. Their secrets, rituals and shadowy hierarchies make for some of the most disturbing and shocking revelations in history. Most chilling of all is the fact that many of their followers forfeit all independence in order to carry out the often sadistic bidding of a mysterious master manipulator – and continue to defend their leader to this day.

From Charles Manson, who instructed his followers to murder seven people, including a heavily pregnant Sharon Tate, to Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out deadly terror attacks, and the People’s Temple, these cults and their leaders transfix us with their extreme ability to commit savage acts of cruelty and depravity in the name of a self-appointed higher power.

Many shocking and international cults are brought to life, including:

– The Manson Family
– People’s Temple
– Colonia Dignidad
– Thuggees
– Aum Shinrikyo
– Skopsty
– Raëlism
– Heaven’s Gate

Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury was named after Mike Tyson, the world heavyweight champion when Fury was born in 1988. His surname Fury is also the perfect name for a fighter who also calls himself The Furious One and the Gypsy King due to his Traveller origins. His family has a long history in bare-knuckle fighting and both his father Gypsy John Fury and grandfather Tiger Gorman also fought as professionals. After turning professional in 2008, Tyson Fury became famous for his aggression both in the ring and in the Twitter sphere. Perhaps not as poetic as Muhammad Ali, his verbal jibes at his opponents always packed a punch. He is also a great showman, turning up to one press conference dressed as Batman. He loves to sing and courts notoriety with his outspoken views on homosexuality and other sensitive issues. These probably cost him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2015. In the ring, though, he is unchallenged. In twenty-eight professional fights, he has won twenty-seven with just one controversial draw. At regional level he held the British and English heavyweight titles twice each, as well as the European, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight titles. He held the ABA super-heavyweight title before turning professional.

‘[A] bombshell.’ Daily Mail On 2 October 2018 Washington-Times journalist Jamal Kashoggi was ambushed and dismembered by at least 16 Saudi officials in Istanbul. Why? There is a connection to President Donald Trump argues Owen Wilson – read and find out!

Charles Manson was the illegitimate child of a teenage prostitute; in 1969, on his orders, eight people were hacked to death in an orgy of violence.

Ted Bundy had the power to charm women. With his arm in a fake sling, he used to ask them to help him get his sailboat down off his car, but first they had to go to his house …

Joanna Dennehy stabbed her lover Kevin Lee in the heart, dressed him in a black sequin dress, and dumped him in a ditch. To celebrate, she played Britney Spears’ ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ down her phone and then helped torch Lee’s Ford Mondeo.

Serial killers are the ultimate outlaws. They step outside not just the law but all human norms. They are fascinating because they are almost impossible to understand. It’s comforting to know that all the serial killers featured here are now either dead or behind bars. Nevertheless, this book is not for people of a nervous disposition.

The British who volunteered to join Hitler’s SS were a bunch of odd-balls, misfits, malingers, conmen, saboteurs and men who simply wanted to get out of prisoner-of-war camps so they could have access to beer and women. They were the most useless outfit in the German fighting machine – Dad’s Army in Nazi uniforms.

Killer Women are the most disturbing yet compelling of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity and subverting the conventional view of women as the weaker sex.

From Elizabeth Bathory, ‘The Bloody Countess’ whose vampire-like tendencies terrorised sixteenth-century Hungary, to the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley and the Florida Highway Killer Aileen Wuornos, these women transfix us with their extreme ability to commit savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

Most chilling is the fact that many of their victims represent the most vulnerable in society: babies, the ill and infirm, and the elderly. In some cases their methods of disposing of the corpses fall nothing short of ingenious: meet Leonarda Cianciulli, ‘The Soap-Maker of Correggio’, who used the fat from her victims’ bodies to make soap and teacakes to sell to unsuspecting customers. These killers’ backgrounds, methods and their crimes are described in forensic and gripping detail.

50 terrifying cases of killer women are brought to life, including:

Elizabeth Bathory ‘The Bloody Countess’
Amelia Dyer, The Reading Baby Farmer
Jane Toppan, ‘Jolly Jane’
Juana Barraza, The Old Lady Killer
Leonarda Cianciulli, ‘The Soap-Maker of Correggio’
Bonnie Parker, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’
Rosemary West
Myra Hindley
Aileen Wuornos

Once again, Nigel Cawthorne takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the strange, hidden sexual history of England. The history of sex in Britain has been largely glossed over by ‘proper’ historians: Nigel Cawthorne has burrowed deep into the archives to reveal exactly what our ancestors got up to in bed (and out of it). There are chapters on the ancient arts of seduction, adultery, brothels, ‘the English vice’, contraception, defloration, and many more – from the torrid Tudors to the supposedly strait-laced Victorians.

Did you know that a child can be cured of the whooping cough by passing it under the belly of a donkey?

The history of medicine in Britain is filled with the most bizarre and gruesome cures for many common ailments. Although enthusiastically supported by doctors of the time, many of these cures were often useless and often resulted in the death of the patient.

But strange and alarming though many of the cures may seem, some of them did in fact work and provide the basis of much of the medicine we take for granted nowadays. The use of herbs by medieval monks was remarkably effective – and still is today.

This highly entertaining and informative book will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered whether doctors really know what they are talking about – just don’t try any of the cures mentioned at home!
Or that weak eyes can be cured by the application of chicken dung – or alternatively be large draughts of beer taken in the morning?

Or that the juice extracted from a bucketful of snails covered in brown sugar and hung over a basin overnight was once used to cure a sore throat?

Due to this monumental error in judgement infamous killer Christopher Halliwell could not be convicted of a second murder, despite him openly admitting to having done so. Fulcher was suspended for gross misconduct, and later quit the force. Halliwell, imprisoned for the first murder, was later convicted of the second, after a long and tortuous process of collecting new evidence.

But the police, including Fulcher, remain convinced that he has killed other women known to have disappeared…

The Mafia began on a small island in the Mediterranean, Sicily. It grew to become a major political force in Italy, while its tentacles penetrated every aspect of life in the United States. Through drugs, it spread its influence around the world. This is its story.

Involving over a hundred defendants, the Nuremberg Trials took place between 1945 and 1946 and broke new ground. Twenty-one Nazi leaders were charged with crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity – and with having a common plan or conspiracy to commit those crimes. It was the first time judges and members of the judiciary had been charged with enforcing immoral laws. Doctors too stood in the dock for the many hideous medical experiments conducted in concentration camps, while members of the death squads were tried for the indiscriminate murder of civilians. The Nuremberg Trails brought closure to the Second World War.

Nigel Cawthorne is a prolific writer and is the author of both popular and investigative history books. Four of his publishers tell him that he is the most published living author in the UK. This is difficult to verify as he works under five different names and assumes other writers do too.

He was born in Wolverhampton – though Wikipedia says it was Chicago – and was brought up in what was then rural Surrey, now commuter belt. His first job was milking cows. Though the feel of a warm udder has its attractions for an adolescent boy, most of the job consisted of shovelling cow shit… But let’s not go further down the route.

He came to London to study physics at University College London and is, consequently, one of the Godless of Gower Street. To support himself, he became a printer’s message. Awaiting proofs at IPC Business Press one evening, he spotted a wanted ad on the notice board for a features writer on Nuclear Engineering International. He applied immediately. The vacancy had already been filled, but they offered him a job on a weekly tabloid for the white goods trade called the Electrical and Electronic Trader, where he learnt the craft of Grub Street.

He had an affair with the wife of a gangster and fled to New York where he worked on a building site in Bed-Sty. He began writing for pornographic magazines. Then a new newspaper called The New York Trib started. Still an illegal immigrant, he began writing for it. When it failed, he was employed by the Financial Times, then went freelance.

He went to see the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Hanoi researching The Bamboo Cage, showing that US service men held prisoner in southeast Asia after the Vietnam war. Though the book was not published in the US, he was called to testify to the US Senate. He followed up with The Iron Cage, showing 31,000 British prisoners of war disappeared into the gulags in 1945. Questions were asked in both houses of Parliament. His flat was broken into and documents taken.

A nine-year-old boy turned up on his doorstep, his son with the women he had married in New York to get his Green Card. So he had to give up journalism to write books full time, so he could stay home and bring him up. He started full-time authorship with Takin’ Back – The Confessions of Ike Turner and went on to write the twelve-volume Sex Lives… series, beginning with Sex Lives of the Popes, which was a bestseller in Brazil. Sex Lives of the US Presidents came out just when Bill Clinton got caught with Monica Lewinsky. That got him on The Joan Rivers Show

He has now published 175 books as Nigel Cawthorne, Al Cimino, Alexander Macdonald, Gordon Bowers and Karl Streisand.

‘Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich’

But that’s just part of it. His fingers, too, are ‘long and beautiful’. Improbably coiffed, perma-tanned and bronze-tongued, the Donald has increasingly impinged on the world’s consciousness through a string of startling pronouncements.

From his preference for war heroes who have not been captured, to his references to his sleeping around in the 1980s as his ‘personal Vietnam’ or this – ‘My grandparents didn’t come to America all the way from Germany to see it get taken over by immigrants’ – Trump’s utterances are nothing if not intriguing.

As he once said, and to date this has been hard to dispute, he ‘could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and [he] wouldn’t lose any voters.’

Here, in his own words, is the businessmen, the dealmaker, TV personality, author and one-time Democrat, now Republican who would be president of the United States.

Over the Easter weekend in 2015, an audacious gang of criminals robbed a safe depository in London’s Hatton Garden, the centre of the UK’s diamond trade. Shortly before, electrical cables under nearby Kingsway had caught on fire, disrupting the emergency services in the area. Coincidence?

Alarms at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd went off, but the police ignored them. The burglars were caught on CCTV taking jewellery worth up to £20 million. They had used specialist equipment, taking days to tunnel through the walls of the vault.

Within a month nine suspects had been arrested and valuables seized from their homes. They were aged between forty-three and seventy-six, including a father and son. The question was, were they the same gang that had made a similar daring raid in Hatton Garden safe netting £1.5 million over the Christmas holiday in 2004. The culprits then were never caught.

In 1986, a similar heist had taken place in Los Angeles where a gang drilled a 100-foot tunnel from a storm drain into the vaults of the First Interstate Band in West Hollywood. It inspired the novel The Black Echo. Author Michael Connelly believes his book might have inspired the Hatton Garden heists, and has a grudging respect for the criminals.

“There is no violence and they sweated for the money. And there is a certain class envy,” he said. “We don’t feel too sorry for people who keep fortunes hidden away in safety deposit boxes. Part of us hopes the gang members are now lying on a beach somewhere.”

However, was the Hatton Garden heist so victimless? There have been suggestions that the safety deposit raid was linked to the murder of John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer – a suspect in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat bullion robbery who was gunned down in Essex in July. The question remains: was Palmer killed for tipping off police about possible suspects?

London abounds with all manner of ludicrous laws, and not all of these curious statutes have been relegated to the past. Despite the efforts of the Law Commission there are medieval laws that are still in force, and the City of London and its livery companies have their own legal oddities. Laws are made in the capital because parliament is here; so are the Old Bailey, the Law Courts, the House of Lords and, now, the Supreme Court. The privy council, which sometimes has to decide cases, also sits in London, and there were other courts that used to sit in London, from prize courts concerning war booty to ecclesiastical courts.

Having maintained its ‘ancient rights and freedoms’ under Magna Carta, the City felt free to enact its own laws, many of which seem to have had to do with what people could wear. Until quite recently, for example, a man could be arrested for walking down the street wearing a wig, a robe and silk stockings – unless he was a judge.

And all human folly has been paraded through the law courts of London, to the extent that it is difficult to know where the serious business of administering justice ends and where farce begins. As law is made in the courtroom as well as in parliament and elsewhere, judges like to keep a firm hand, but sometimes so-called jibbing juries will simply not do what they are told.

All sorts of oddities get swept up into the law. Legislators particularly love to pass Acts about sex. If sexual services are being offered in a London massage parlour, for example, a police officer must then search the premises for school children. According to The Children and Young Persons Act of 1933 it is against the law for children and ‘yowling persons’ between the age of four and sixteen to frequent a brothel.

A writ was introduced under both Edward III and Henry IV to ban lawyers from parliament as there were too many of them, the reason being that it was easier for a lawyer to spend his time in London attending parliament that it was for a knight of the shires. But because parliament was already packed with lawyers it was difficult to make any such rule stick. Then an effective way of excluding them was found. They were denied the wages paid to members in those days. Sadly, these days, parliament and the government are packed with lawyers once again. And they are being paid.

A law passed in 1540 – and still in force today – makes it illegal for barbers in the City of London to practise surgery; with impeccable impartiality, the Act also forbids surgeons to cut hair.

Finally, never forget that under the Vagrancy Act of 1824, you can be convicted of being ‘an idle and disorderly person, or a rogue, vagabond, or incorrigible rogue’. The same act also outlaws people ‘professing to tell fortunes’, including ‘palmistry’. Under the Act, it is an offence merely to be suspected.

Its every parent’s worst fear, but it also makes for the most compelling stories of strength and courage. Here are the appallingly true tales of horrific kidnappings and torturous ordeals suffered by helpless girls – as well as every excruciating and yet amazing detail of how they managed to survive. Delving into the minds of twisted criminals who hold young women in endless captivity and telling every excruciating detail of the brave survivors’ stories, “Against Their Will” is the first comprehensive compendium to describe the most disturbing kidnappings of all time. There’s Jaycee Lee Dugard, who lived in her captor’s backyard in a California suburb for 18 horrifying years, and Elizabeth Smart, taken from her bed in Salt Lake City and forced to marry a religious fanatic. “Against Their Will” presents minute-by-minute accounts of the abductions and the year-by-year suffering of these young victims who went through every woman’s worst nightmare and lived to tell the tale. Covering infamous cases as well as lesser-known abductions, this collection of terrifying ordeals is the first of its kind. It even probes the bizarre instances when the kidnapper’s family is complicit, as with Colleen Stan, whose captor Cameron Hooker kept her as a sex slave with permission from his wife. It also profiles serial kidnappers such as John Jamelske and Gary Heidnik, who committed this perverse crime 11 times between them.

Spree Killers presents terrifyingly gripping stories of 45 spree killers, from the first recorded incident in 1913 through to the most recent high school and shopping centre massacres.

Spree killers are probably the most notorious of all multiple murderers, yet these criminals repel and fascinate us more than any other.

It is difficult to understand why these perpetrators committed mass murder, since many were killed by the police at the end of their sprees and are therefore unanswerable to their crimes.

Those who survived are usually certified insane – famously when Brenda Spencer, who killed two people and wounded nine, was asked why she had done it, she simply replied: ‘I don’t like Monday.’

This investigation into spree killing analyses the psychology of this chilling and relatively new phenomenon. Cawthorne carefully examines each case and shows how the killers suppress their rage and violent fantasies until a small incident sparks off their fatal rampage.

The cases include that of Michael Ryan, who slew sixteen in the quiet English town of Hungerford; Wade Frankum, who went berserk with a rifle in a shopping plaza in Sydney, Australia; teenage students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and their killing spree at Columbine High School in Colorado, USA; Seung-Hui Cho, responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting frenzy by a single gunman in the history of the USA; and the incident with Isaac Zamora in Mount Vernon, Washington State.

On 3 August 2012, as London was gripped by the Olympics, Tia Sharp, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, was reported missing from her grandmother’s home in New Addington, south London. A call made by her mother, Natalie, alerted police to Tia’s disappearance and so began a massive search operation to find the missing girl. Police were seconded from the Olympic village to make house-to-house enquiries, while locals searched the nearby area. A Twitter campaign began, sparking a nationwide appeal to find Tia, and the story dominated national newspaper headlines and television news. Tia’s family, including her step-grandfather, 37-year-old Stuart Hazell, and her grandmother, Christine, made a public appeal to find Tia. It was reported that Tia had disappeared after being dropped off at a train station to go shopping, but in the days that followed a different story emerged. Only seven days after Tia was reported missing, the terrible news came that the family hoped they would ever have to hear; Tia’s body, wrapped in bin bags, had been found in her grandmother’s attic. The truth that unfolded over the course of the day horrified the public; not only had the police searched the house on three separate occasions before discovering Tia’ body, late the following evening, Stuart Hazell – the man who Tia trusted, the man who appealed for her return – was charged with her murder. Tia Sharp: A Family Betrayal examines the appalling case of an evil step-grandfather who betrayed his families trust, deceived friends and neighbours, and cut short the life of a young, well-loved girl. An insight into the facts behind the murder, the court case and the aftermath of one of the most shocking crimes a family should never have to face.

In the quiet Austrian town of Amstetten in the balmy spring of April 2008, a truly horrifying vision of hell was discovered by police in the cellar of a normal suburban home. On 28 August 1984, seemingly respectable family man Josef Fritzl had lured Elisabeth, the youngest of his seven children, into the cellar of their family home, where he then drugged and handcuffed her in a windowless dungeon he’d spent years constructing. For the next 24 years Josef held his daughter captive in unimaginable conditions and repeatedly raped her, fathering seven children. When the eldest captive child, Kerstin, was admitted to hospital, Josef’s sickening web of incest and abuse was uncovered by the authorities. This is the full and utterly disturbing true story of what happened in those underground chambers of horror.

The story of fashion from the late 1930s into the advent of Dior’s New Look. This covers the impact of World War II on style and utility clothing and features the work of the major influences of the time, Chanel, Beaton, Parkinson and Bacall.

Tackles the steamy world of movies and their stars, including the sex lives of such heroes as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, James Dean and Marlon Brando. This book is one of a series that includes “Sex Lives of the Popes” and “Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England”.

This book presents a broad and deep symbolic reading of the characters involved in the mythical Holy Grail. The author makes several correlations between symbolic readings of the text and the subjective nature of the mythic psyche and personality development today. The Grail, Arthur and his Knights is a mythical-symbolic reading and Jungian analysis of the Grail, with its various forms, origins and manifestations. It is also about Arthur and his loyal and faithful knights of the Round Table and its dangerous chair. The Great Wounded Goddess, the Wasted Land, the Old Wise Merlin and his visions of the future are also re-examined. The book describes the archetypal themes of search, freedom, and the dreaming return of Golden Age. The symbolic reading of these themes according to the Analytical Psychology reveals a wealth of ancient wisdom, transforming the myth, in itself deeply fascinating, into a powerful metaphor for how the search of the individuation process works.

Despite the numerous books on World War II, until now there has been no one-volume survey that was both objective and comprehensive. Previous volumes have usually been written from an exclusively British or American point of view, or have ignored the important causes and consequences of the War.

A Short History of World War II is essentially a military history, but it reaches from the peace settlements of World War I to the drastically altered postwar world of the late 1940’s. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it is factual and accurate enough to satisfy professional historians. A Short History of World War II will appeal equally to the general reader, the veteran who fought in the War, and the student interested in understanding the contemporary political world.

From the invasion of Poland in 1939, to the dropping of ‘Little Boy’ over Hiroshima and the end of the war, this book is packed with rare photographs and previously unseen archive materials that provide a unique insight into the history of World War II. This book provides a world view of the second industrial war. All major theatres of war are covered, from Europe to America and the Pacific, and all are illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs of the conflict. Featuring propaganda posters from all the major protagonists as well as information on military tactics, heads of state and significant events this is a complete reference for anyone interested in World War II.

This illustrated volume documents the history of the Nazis, from their roots in World War I and their rise to power in 1933, to the end of the Cold War era and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, using many previously unpublished images of Nazi Germany and World War II. An Illustrated History of the Nazis traces the roots of the movement from the early days of the Weimar Republic, through the rise to power of the charismatic Adolf Hitler, up to the dramatic downfall of Germany in 1945. Extra material follows the aftermath of the war through to the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War, and examines the consequences of the Wehrmacht. Paying particular attention to the holocaust, the policy of ‘total war’, the state of German society and the systematic use of propaganda and terror, this unique and fascinating book is an essential purchase for the history enthusiast.

The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai’s steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans, the samurai sword is generally considered to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo.

The Samurai Sword Handbook is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as anyone intrigued by these ancient blades. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools and differences in construction, this revised edition of the classic reference outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. This must-have for sword lovers is sure to be a bestseller.

Topics of this Samurai book include:
Japanese History and the Samurai Sword
Types of swords
Parts of the sword
Blade shape, construction, and grain
The making of the sword
Inscriptions and their readings
Care and maintenance
Appraisal and value
Relative point values

The mysteries and myths of ancient sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Mayan temples of Central America, Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury hold a perennial fascination for us all. Who built them, how, and for what purpose, are endlessly debated. David Furlong’s 25 years of research form an important breakthrough in our understanding, provide amazing new concepts and information, and reveal an astonishing picture of our past.The Keys to the Temple presents startling new evidence about the history of mankind. After years of research David Furlong has discovered extraordinary patterns of alignments in the British landscape which link ancient sites and — incredibly — give a blueprint of the same geometric patterning found in the Great Pyramid in Egypt. These detailed calculations prove beyond doubt that a society with highly sophisticated astronomical, mathematical, and surveying knowledge was living in Britain and Northern Europe, 3000 years before Christ and creating highly complex “temples in the landscape”. These events correspond exactly with the start of dynastic Egypt, the building of the pyramids, and the beginning of the famed Mayan Calendar.Who were these masterbuilders? Where did they come from? What roots did they share with the masterbuilders of Egypt and South America. What message did they hope to conceal in the landscape?

The Encarta World English Dictionary is a publishing event that will set the standard for all future dictionaries. Created using computer, Internet and database technology in a groundbreaking way, this is the first newly written dictionary in more than 30 years. It combines the work of the world’s largest and best team of lexicographers with the power of Microsoft Encarta, the premier name in electronic consumer reference.
The work of more than 250 lexicographers in 10 countries, the Encarta World English Dictionary is the first reference work that traces the global use of English in its written, spoken and electronic forms. With each word newly defined, the Encarta World English Dictionary is the most up-to-date dictionary on the market and will offer a unique perspective on English as the world’s language.

The Encarta World English Dictionary has:
Over 400,000 entries
Over 20,000 new words and definitions
Over 3 million words of text
Over 4,000 illustrations
Over 1,000 boxed cultural and regional notes
Over 1,500 unique Word Stories on usage notes

Inside this remarkable guide to outer space, you’ll find everything from detailed planetary topography to the most current facts and figures about our amazing Universe. In addition to extensive maps of outer space, this atlas also includes constellation charts; diagrams and cross sections of space objects like asteroids and meteorites; the latest information on space shuttles and missions; and stunning, oversize images that capture exploding supernovas and distant galaxies, Designed for the next generation of space enthusiasts, Atlas of the Universe contains everything you need to navigate the night sky — and the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

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Science is a favorite subject of many children due to its visual lessons, and the way the subject taps into their imagination and natural desire for exploration. This atlas of human anatomy makes the oft complicated subject fun and easy with a design that is tailored specifically to the various learning styles of children. Order your copy now!

From the breathtakingly beautiful to the just plain weird, the modern art world excites, challenges, sparks debate, and also offends. This is the definitive accompaniment to the events, movements, personalities, and works that have had the greatest impact on 20th century art—from Neo-Dada to Abstract Expressionism, and from Edouard Manet to Tracey Emin. Written by a wide selection of internationally-recognized critics, academics and artists, this informative yet accessible guide to the sometimes seemingly inaccessible world of art history brings the works of the last century to life. With more than 250 fantastic images to learn from, even beginners will soon find themselves coming to grips with challenging ideas and gaining a new-found appreciation for the works themselves.

An eye-catching format and strong look, coupled with this great price, makes this book a great reference read or a fine gift for those interested in the Mafia.

Sandwiched between the placid fifties and the flamboyant seventies, the sixties, a decade of tumultuous change and stunning paradoxes, is often reduced to a series of slogans, symbols, and media images. In America in the Sixties, Greene goes beyond the cliches and synthesizes thirty years of research, writing, and teaching on one of the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century.

Real change in fashion has been triggered by a number of key events which have moulded attitudes and style through the 20th century. The 15 concepts described in this book, items of clothing and personalities, have influenced the way we dress and helped to define the mood of the times.

Test your trivia know-how to the limit! Over 10,000 questions covering a wide range of topics will keep you enjoyably intrigued and amused. Thirteen categories cover such favorites as sports, entertainment, people, food and drink, history, and events. As you go along, the quizzes gradually increase in difficulty, offering just the level of challenge you need. Here are a few to whet your appetite!

1. What is Scary Spice’s real name?
2. Who wrote the score of the musical West Side Story?
3. The Battle of the Bulge took place during what war?
4. Who won the Super Bowl in 1983?
5. Kofi Annan is the head of which organization?
6. What is the coldest planet in the solar system?
And if you need help the answers are easy to find!

Answers:
1. Melanie Brown
2. Leonard Bernstein
3. World War II
4. The Washington Redskins
5. The U.N.
6. Pluto

Week by week, day by day, this book charts every event and development in politics, science, the arts, the media and sport during the 1995. At-a-glance chronological summaries give readers a detailed record of every month’s news, accompanied by articles and photographs. A comprehensive cross-referencing system links key events and compliments the index.

Chronicling the events as they happened, this is a history of the making of the Channel Tunnel. It contains information about Eurotunnel’s 21st-century transport system, describes how the Tunnel was dug and how it operates, and talks to the men who have brought about this great feat of engineering. The book also includes information on the Shuttle – how it works and how to board it – the building of the Folkestone and Calais terminals whilst preserving the environment, and the Tunnel’s role in the overall European transport system of the future.

Where will we be in 2025? This book reveals the technology that’s in prototype today, and will be commonplace tomorrow. Whether it’s flying cars, space tourism, nanobots or airships, it reveals an exciting and totally real vision of a future that is almost within our grasp.

Adapted from MCL’s partwork “The Falklands War” (1983), this book relives the dramatic events of 25 years ago, which began when the Argentine Junta, desperate to restore its popularity at home, took the extraordinary decision to invade the Falkland Islands. Throughout the Spring of 1982, the conflict in the Falklands dominated world headlines, as British forces conducted a bravely fought and skilfully directed military campaign to recapture the Islands. The book provides a chronological account of the campaign and the key factors that enabled British forces to succeed. 25 years later, the Falklands War remains fresh in many people’s memories as one of the most gripping historical events in recent times.

Bill Bryson is an English national treasure.

He is the world’s number one anglophile, and Prince Charles has said “There can be no-one who more deserves the title of ‘honorary Englishman’ than Bill Bryson.”

But Bryson’s fascinating life story starts far away from Britain, in Des Moines, the capital of the flat-western state of Iowa.

He spent his childhood here creating super hero characters and a local newspaper, the ‘Neighbourhood News’, which he typed out individually for each reader.

He was only seven years old at the time.

But for all his juvenile ventures, Bill never took to school, believing teachers kept secret the good stuff and made learning soberly unfathomable.

He was less enchanted with Iowa than his parents, and when he finished high school, which he barely attended, he embarked on an adventure on the continent.

After falling for the charm and history of Europe, Bryson settled in Britain where his first job was at a psychiatric institution. It is here that he met his wife Cynthia, a nurse.

After nipping back to America to finish his bachelor’s degree, which took some seven years, the Brysons moved back to England and Bill worked for ‘The Times’ and ‘The Independent’.

But after developing an immense pleasure in writing these articles, he turned his hands to books.

Following the death of his father, he travelled to 38 southern states and wrote ‘The Lost Continent –Travels in Small-town America’ about his disillusionment with the USA.

His love for all things British shone through ‘Notes From a Small Island’, and the works that followed on the etymology of the English language.

He is the author of ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’, (widely praised for bringing science to the masses), ‘Shakespeare: The World as a Stage’, and ‘Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail’, which was recently made into a film starring Robert Redford.

Despite his American roots, Bill Bryson is the first non-Briton to be awarded Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, he is an English Heritage Commissioner and has served as Chancellor of Durham University, England’s third oldest university.

Bryson now resides in a nineteenth century rectory in Norfolk after living in Yorkshire for many years.

*Includes pictures
*Profiles the life and career of the famous actress

Barbara Windsor’s life has been anything but ordinary. From her humble East End roots to her role as the fearsome EastEnders matriarch Peggy Mitchell, via Carry On and her association with the infamous Kray twins in London’s swinging 60s, hers is one of British entertainment’s most intriguing stories. This exclusive publication is packed full of glossy images from her career on stage and screen, and pulls no punches as it delves deep into the colourful life of this unique national treasure.

Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign has gone from strength to strength.

Rising from the backbenches he has come to embody the old values of Labour, rejecting the middle ground as a champion for traditional left-wing views.

Owen Jones of The Guardian has thrown his weight behind the campaign which he believes ‘is making astounding headway – against the odds – because it offers a coherent, inspiring and, crucially, a hopeful vision.’

But this does not mean to suggest that he is supported by the entire Left.

The Guardian itself has placed its support behind Yvette Cooper and the creator of New Labour, Tony Blair, stated ‘If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.’

But who is this figure that has leapt to the forefront of British politics and where did come?

Does he have the ability to unite the Left and lead an offensive against the Conservatives?

Is this the man to reinvent Labour?

Nigel Cawthorne’s concise biography serves to elucidate these details.

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of over 160 books including the bestselling ‘Alan Johnson: Left Standing’, ‘Jeremy Clarkson: Motormouth’, ‘Harry: A Prince Among Men’ and ‘A Little Bit of Stephen Fry’. He lives in Bloomsbury, London’s literary area.

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David Cameron has always been proud of his Scottish, Welsh and English heritage, and of being all things to all people.

However, he was undeniably born into a life of privilege, and can claim bankers, Baronets and even royalty as ancestors. As a friend later said, ‘he was posh, even by Eton standards’.

Growing up in happy upper-middle class surroundings, he showed little interest in politics, leaving the Eton societies and Oxford Union to his contemporary Boris Johnson.

And yet right from the start his ambition was clear.

After Oxford, he quickly became one of the members of the young Conservative Party ‘Brat Pack’ at their Research Department, making friends who would be invaluable later in his career.

As Tory leader, he was the compassionate, modern and inclusive face of his party. A man keen to show he understood the concerns of ordinary people, and could lead the Conservatives to victory in the 2010 General Election.

Instead, he was forced to form a coalition, and as Prime Minister, has faced accusations that his Cabinet is an Old Etonian ‘boys club’.

Having weathered a Scottish referendum storm and anger over the financial cuts across British society, David Cameron must ensure his political survival in an upcoming election which, thanks to Nigel Farage, looks set to be even more unpredictable than the last…

‘Class Act’ is an incisive portrait of a leader who inspires admiration and loathing in equal measure, and yet who seldom loses his cool, or his political touch.

The ramifications of the Manhattan Project are with us to this day. The atomic bombs that came out of it brought an end to the war in the Pacific, but at a heavy loss of life in Japan and the opening of a Pandora’s box that has tested international relations.

This book traces the history of the Manhattan Project, from the first glimmerings of the possibility of such a catastrophic weapon to the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It profiles the architects of the bomb and how they tried to reconcile their personal feelings with their ambition as scientists. It looks at the role of the politicians and it includes first-hand accounts of those who experienced the effects of the bombings.

The image of Che Guevara adorn the walls of students’ bedrooms and T-shirts the world over. Looking out over the head of the viewer he cuts a Christ-like figure. In fact, he was a murdering racist psychopath. A direct descendent of the last viceroy of Peru, he hated Black people and American Indians almost as much as gringos. Only pure-blooded Spaniards were good enough for him – despite his Irish blood He happily shot his own men in the back of the head for minor infractions. In Havana he summarily executed so many allies as well as enemies in the football stadium, Taliban-style, Fidel Castro had to beg him to stop. He helped establish labour camps in Cuba. A Stalinist, he backed the bloody suppression of the Hungarian Uprising An Argentinian, he played host to dictator Juan Perón. A hardline Communist, he back-channelled with President Kennedy. During the Cuban missile crisis he urged a pre-emptive strike against the US, though America’s retaliation would have wiped Cuba from the map. “The Cuban people are willing to sacrifice themselves,” he said. Did anyone ask them? He alienated the Cubans, the Russians and the Chinese in turn. The people of the Congo are suffering from his bungled intervention to this day. The Communist Party in Bolivia did not want him there. Nor did any of the other Communist parties in the surrounding countries. When he was captured, the only people that tried to rescue him were the CIA.

Under cover of the bombardment, the Germans blew gaps in the wire and cleared paths through the minefield. By the following morning, they had established a hole through the outer defences a mile and a half wide and taken more than 100 prisoners. Their charismatic leader, the dynamic Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, was the most highly respected German general of World War II.

Read about the daring exploits of General Erwin Rommel during World Wars I and II in this tale of True Combat. An account filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of war in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflicts the world has known.

The Turks, who had remained hidden in their trenches up to this point, opened fire. Men were killed where they sat in their barges. “One fellow`s brains were shot into my mouth as I was shouting for them to jump for it,” said Sergeant J. McColgan, who was shot in the leg. “I dived into the sea. Then came the job to swim with my pack and one leg useless. I managed to pull out the knife and cut the straps and swim ashore. All the time bullets were ripping around me.” Of his 32 men, only six survived.

Read about the 1915 Australian, British and New Zealand landings on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli in this tale of True Combat. An account filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of war in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflicts the world has known.



The Germans could not believe their eyes. The English infantry were advancing at walking pace in four upright ranks, a yard or so apart from each other. They were sitting ducks. As the German machine guns rattled into life, the English died in their hundreds. On the first day of the battle, those parade-ground advances caused the greatest number of casualties of any single day in the history of the British Army.

Read about the first Battle of the Somme, a battle that went on to become a byword for the senseless waste of life on the Western Front in this tale of True Combat. An account filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of war in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflicts the world has known.



In the heat and dust of the North African desert, British and Australian troops led by General Montgomery were waiting for an attack by Rommel’s Afrika Korps. The defences they had prepared required the Germans to run the gauntlet between six pounder anti-tank guns and dug-in tanks. Montgomery urged his men to victory with the words: “Everyone must be imbued with the desire to kill Germans…”

Read about the battle at El Alamein, a turning point for the British in World War II, in this tale of True Combat. An account filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of war in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflicts the world has known.



It was easy for the German machine-gunners to concentrate their fire on the ramp of a landing craft as it hit the shore. Inside the landing craft, the assault troops would hear the bullets bouncing like flung pebbles off the metal ramp, knowing that the moment they hit the beach that protection would be snatched away from them. As it dropped, it exposed thirty men huddled together – the perfect target.

Read about the amphibious Assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy; the merciless German response in The Enemy Awaits; and the eventual relief as the American forces found a way of Getting Off the Beach in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand narrative that takes you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the campaigns, battles and close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, intimate insights into the violent confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.



INCLUDED: The Assault Goes In. The Enemy Awaits. Getting Off the Beach

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In the bunker, the Führer still believed he could win the war. The Russian Red Army was ruthlessly rolling from the east towards the gates of Berlin. Overhead, British and American bombers were attacking in force. While outside, the corpses of dead German deserters were hanging from the lamp-posts. Hitler’s death squads were in the streets to the very end…

Read about the Race for Berlin between the Allied armies; the Downfall of Berlin and of Hitler; and The Surrender of Berlin and of the Third Reich in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand narrative that takes you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the campaigns, battles and close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, intimate insights into the violent confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

INCLUDED: The Race for Berlin. The Downfall of Berlin. The Surrender of Berlin.

The Germans were masters of Blitzkrieg. But in the rubble of a ruined city, the Russians knew the troops of the Third Reich were reluctant to engage in the hand-to-hand battle that victory required. The Soviet soldiers were fearless; time was blood. The Red Army commander’s tactics were brutally simple – defend the city or die…

Read about the Attack by the German army on Stalingrad; the brutal Fighting in the Streets and Sewers; and the eventual Final Encirclement by the do-or-die Russian defenders in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand narrative that takes you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the campaigns, battles and close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, intimate insights into the violent confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.



INCLUDED: The Attack. Fighting in the Streets and Sewers. The Final Encirclement

One bomb hit the Japanese carrier Akagi amidships, ripping through the hangar deck and exploding amidst the stored torpedoes, carelessly stowed bombs and refuelling tanks, setting off secondary explosions. A second set the planes on the flight deck ablaze. The stern was shattered, the rudder useless and, as the huge ship lurched drunkenly around, Japanese officers begged the stunned admiral to abandon the blazing hulk…

Read about the dramatic Battle of Midway in the Pacific Ocean during World War II in this tale of True Combat. An account filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of war in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflicts the world has known.

Three days later a Japanese force landed at night. They ambushed a 26-man patrol, cutting the Marines down with hidden machine guns. The three survivors who made it back told their fellow Marines that the wounded had been hacked to death with sabres. From then on, the Marines decided they would be every bit as brutal…

Read about the US Marine Landings on Guadalcanal; the desperate fight to take and defend Henderson Field; and the long bloody Final Assaults in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand narrative that takes you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the campaigns, battles and close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, intimate insights into the violent confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.



INCLUDED: The Landings. Henderson Field. The Final Assaults.

Just after 2100 hours, the mission’s leader Wing Commander Guy Gibson gave the signal. The red light went on and the Merlin engines of the thirteen Lancaster bombers roared into life. They had been in intensive training for eight weeks for the most famous bombing raid of World War II. RAF 617 squadron, the Dambusters, were finally ready to go…

Read about the RAF’s daring Dambusters mission, along with the bombing and defence of London in the Battle of Britain and the merciless Bombing of Dresden by the Allied Air Forces in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute-by-minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.



INCLUDED: The Battle of Britain and the London Blitz. The Dambusters Raid. The Devastation of Dresden.

At dawn, they saw her masts on the horizon and immediately prepared for battle. They were up against a formidable foe; the Admiral Graf Spee had already sunk nine British merchant ships in the South Atlantic. Now, her modern prototype diesel engines were set at maximum power and she was heading straight for them at full speed…

Read about the Royal Navy’s determined hunt for the enemy battleship Graf Spee in the South Atlantic; Germany`s lethal U Boats and the Battle of the Atlantic; and the sinking of the Bismarck by the Royal Navy in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

INCLUDED: Hunting Down the Graf Spee. German U Boats and the Battle of the Atlantic. The Sinking of the Bismarck.

On 8 March 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport bound for Beijing. Less than an hour after take-off, somewhere over the South China Sea the plane simply vanished. One eyewitness saw a burning object crash into the sea. But confusing radar signals trace tracked an aircraft taking an erratic course across the Malaysian peninsula, then on to the Andaman Sea. Did it crash there? Or did it fly on to land safely in disputed lands of Central Asia, or the top secret CIA ‘black site’ on Diego Garcia? Data from the Rolls Royce engines tracked by Inmarsat was said to indicate that it might have ditched in the furthest reaches of the South Indian Ocean. We know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the sea there. And the weather and currents are so bad, it may never be found. Convenient? Two years later, the Australians are still search – at the cost of billions – and have found nothing. But was the search in such a remote place part of a cover-up to distract the world’s attention because the US Navy had, in fact, shot the plane down? Since the invention of radio, radar, satellite navigation and the internet, the world has become a smaller place. The answer must be out there. Or, perhaps, hidden within the pages of the secret files.

According to Winston Churchill, Alan Turing made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory over Nazi Germany with his code-breaking machine. The world is also indebted to Turing’s genius for the modern computer. It was clear that Turing had a remarkable mind from an early age. He taught himself to read in just three weeks. At his first school, the headmistress said, ‘I have had clever and hardworking boys, but Alan has genius.’ In 1954, he was found dead, poisoned by an apple laced with cyanide. This is the story of his life.

Shock horror! A little book of the art of Britain’s favourite pastime, grumbling, and its expression of the English language and complaining culture. Authors of these letters were surprised, niggled, indignant acrimonious, belligerent and yes, outraged. This new collection boasts the best and most amusing letters of British grouses and shows us why it is so much fun for us to complain just about everything!

At the age of twenty-one, Prince Philip wrote to a relative: I am rude, but it is fun. Prince Philip probably never managed to change the opinion of his relative… This affectionate compendium brings together both the best and a host of less well-known stories about the prince, giving an insight into the royal world where he traipses around as ‘fella belong to Mrs Queen’, rather than being professionally qualified in something . From Prince Philip s blunt speech-making, to his fearless mocking of officials and captains of industry, to his fond teasing of Her Majesty herself, here is a truly regal celebration of the unusual daily life in royal circles.

On 8 March, 00:41, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. At 01:19, the pilot bid air traffic control ‘good night’. Two minutes later, the plane and its 227 passengers vanished from the skies. No trace has been found. The disappearance of flight MH370 has horrified people across the globe. In an age where a stolen smartphone can be pinpointed to any location on earth, the vanishing of a cruise liner and 227 passengers is the greatest mystery since the Mary Celeste. Experienced author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne has researched the case with incredible thoroughness, revealing the most compelling explanations behind the mystery gripping the world.

Fiction maestro John Creasey (1908 – 1973) was and remains an enigma. He was one of the biggest selling and most prolific crime writers of the 20th century. Creasey wrote over 620 novels in both his own name and through over 25 different pseudonyms including; Norman Deane, Michael Halliday, Jeremy York, Gordon Ashe, JJ Maric and Anthony Morton.

Creasey’s popularity is as staggering as his output with book sales approaching 100 million copies across 29 languages in over 100 countries. At the peak of his commercial success Creasey was selling 4 million books a year in the UK and USA alone. Protagonists such as Gideon of Scotland Yard, The Baron and The Toff are lynchpins of British post war crime fiction, and several Creasey works were adapted for TV and film.

Despite being incredibly popular during his time, Nikola Tesla today remains largely overlooked among the greatest inventors and scientists of the modern era. Thomas Edison gets all the glory for discovering the lightbulb, but it was his one-time assistant and life-long arch-nemesis, Tesla, who made the breakthrough in alternating-current technology. Edison and Tesla carried on a bitter feud for years, but it was Tesla’s AC generators that illuminated the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago the first time that an event of such magnitude had ever taken place under artificial light. Today, all homes and electrical appliances run on Tesla’s AC current.

Born in Croatia in 1856, Tesla spoke eight languages and almost single-handedly developed household electricity. During his life he patented more than 700 inventions. He invented electrical generators, FM radio,remote control robots, spark plugs and fluorescent lights. He had a photographic memory and did advanced calculus and physics equations in his head.

Although he was never awarded a Nobel Prize, three Nobel laureates lauded him as one of the outstanding intellects of the world who paved the way for many of the technological developments of modern times.

SIR At the request of the Southborough Football Club, I have decided to treat the letters of Leaguer with the contempt they deserve. SIR Tunbridge Wells has been trying to make the place agreeable to the visitors how do you think the South-Eastern Railway Company did their part? Why, by having the paths covered with fresh liquid tar. The British have always loved to complain and we do it very well. But the people of Tunbridge Wells turned it into an art that became a figure of speech: ‘disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’;. This first-ever collection of letters culled from the archive of the defunct Tunbridge Wells Advertiser, shows what makes complaining so much fun. Decrying everything from telephones to shoddy pavements and excessive singing, and providing irritable, entertaining and often touching missives, Outraged of Tunbridge Wells encapsulates the charm, compassion, mischief and madness of our nation.

In The Sex Files Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a stroll through the ideas that made our (great, great) grandparents turn red. Selecting the highlights from what was deemed too corrupting for public comsumption, he demonstrates what made Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian prudes squirm. We find things that range from the pornographic to the ridiculous, including: Flagellation (for 50 shades fans) Ecclesiastical erotica The Trial of…

Amazing Guitar Facts and Trivia “Amazing Guitar Facts and Trivia” is an instant introduction to the history and world of fascinating anecdotes related to the instrument, reflecting the fun it is to listen to, study, and play.

Called the boy-power version of the Spice Girls, Five stormed to the top of the charts with their heart-stopping rhythms and their fantastic dance routine But there is more to these Five Spice Boys than you could ever imagine. In this full-colour, photo-packed book you will find out everything you need to know about Five. Highlights include:

  • Why Five are not a boys’ band but a lads’ band!
  • Where that Five magic comes from
  • Living with Five
  • Five on the road
  • Why Five were nearly four
  • In the days when most new bands are manuiactureu by a slick manager, three young guys made it to the top of the charts with no help from the major record labels. And their journey to fame took them via… Glasgow! In this full-colour, photo-packed book you will find out everything you need to know about 911. Highlights include… How three young guys gave up sport for music How a hot dance group became a chart-topping pop group Life on the road with 911 911’s look at love Emergency – call 911.

    Cats have recently eclipsed dogs in popularity as the favorite household pet, but they’ve always had a strong hold on humankind’s affection.This entertaining book celebrates the feline through art and culture, pairing celebrated artists’ renditions and literature’s witty observations throughout history.

    This fully illustrated book is the ultimate guide to the most catastrophic of all shipwrecks, taking in hundreds of years of maritime history from the wooden warships of the 11th century to the oil tanker disasters of today. Shipwrecks have a unique power over the imagination: from Robinson Crusoe and Twelfth Night to the movie Titanic, and with over 1,000 related items in the catalogue of the British Library, this is a subject of enduring interest. Covering all aspects of shipwrecks, from pirates to submarines and from treasure ships to survivors, this book provides a fascinating history of nautical peril.

    Kings and Queens of England is an entertaining account of the larger-than-life characters that have ruled England through the ages. Divided into easy-reference chapters based on the ruling dynasties of England, it follows the fascinating history of monarchs from the first Saxon kings to the Windsors of the present day. Author Nigel Cawthorne paints vivid portraits of a mixed bunch of rulers ranging from the drunken and debauched merry monarch Charles II to the idealized domesticity and colonial ambition of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

    • Box features on special topics
    • Includes over 190 images
    • Timelines for each dynasty

    When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for ordinary people – even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft, of course, was seen as devil-worship. Those accused – over 100,000 people, mainly women, between 1450 and 1750 – were subjected to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witch Hunt examines the real facts of this persecution and the religious hysteria that inspired it, tracing it back to its source. It tracks its wildfire-spread across Europe and the US until scientific reason began to challenge old beliefs and it began its long-awaited decline.

    The modern image of the pirate is derived from Captain Charles Johnson’s accounts of the cut-throats who sailed under the Jolly Roger. It was he who gave mythical status to the likes of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. Using contemporary sources, Nigel Cawthorne now turns the spotlight on the reality of pirate life, revealing the truth behind the legends. It gives us an insight into the men – and women – their weapons, their ships, their unhappy victims and their hide-outs, including the capital city of the pirate ‘empire’, Port Royal in Jamaica – known as the ‘wickedest city in the world’.

    In April 1989 The Stone Roses released their debut album, the eponymous “The Stone Roses”. Setting the album in the context of the Manchester scene at the time and the subsequent career of the band, as part of the Vinyl Frontier series “The Making of The Stone Roses” traces the studio dramas, musical politics and creative inspiration that lay behind a modern classic that is consistently rated highly among fans and critics alike.

    It is said that “The Who” made Tommy and Tommy made “The Who”. Until 1969, “The Who” were little known in the US. Due to legal problems with the producer Shel Talmy they recorded much less than the other bands of the 1960s and were constantly on tour to make money. Then came Tommy, which rescued the band from financial ruin and turned “The Who” into superstars, making them millionaires along the way. At the beginning of the 1960s, an album was merely a collection of singles. Then came the concept album. Tommy is the rock opera that everyone remembers. There has never been anything quite like it before or since–a rock album that has been made into a mainstream movie and a Broadway-style musical. At first, Tommy’s story of a deaf, dumb and blind kind, who becomes a pinball wizard, then a rock guru, was condemned as pretentious. The word circulated that it held some deep philosophical messages and was inspired by Meher Baba, Townshend’s Indian guru.

    Sophomore intellectuals maintained that it was the classic story of a messiah figure, elevated by his disabilities to other-worldly loftiness, brought down by mundane reality, and then deified as a rock god–perhaps an avatar of Meher Baba himself. But when “Pinball Wizard” became a hit, Tommy caught on–particularly in the US where audiences would rise and remain standing in reverence throughout performances. It reached Number 2 in the UK charts and Number 4 in the US, but continued re-entering the Billboard chart. It stayed there for a total of 126 weeks, far longer than any other Who album. Troupes mounted productions around the world–“The Who’s” performances were a concert version. Then in 1972, Townshend oversaw a new recording with Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Sandy Denny, Richard Burton and the London Symphony orchestra. Then in 1975 came Ken Russell’s movie version starring Elton John as the Pinball Wizard and Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, along with Ann-Margaret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson. Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey also appeared in the film, leading to a brief movie career for Daltrey.

    But Townshend was the genius behind Tommy, though John Entwistle contributed two off-beat tracks–“Cousin Kevin” and “Fiddle About”–while “Eyesight for the Blind (The Hawker)” was an old blues number written by Sonny Boy Williamson. Millions of words have been written about Tommy. Townshend himself contributed a 129-page book with his friend Richard Barnes in 1977. Since then “The Who’s” output has been the subject of doctoral theses. The show regularly reappears on stage all over the world and new CD editions have included bonus tracks.

    In the summer of 1863, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army slipped across the Potomac to draw out the Union Army. Lee’s army was 70,000 strong and has won nearly every battle it had fought. The Union Army was 80,000 strong and accustomed to defeat and retreat.

    It was Lee’s second invasion of the Northâ??the Gettysburg Campaign. With his army in high spirits, Lee intended to shift the focus of the summer campaign from war-ravaged northern Virginia and hoped to influence Northern politicians to give up the war by penetrating as far as Philadelphia.

    Thus begins the Battle of Gettysburg, the four most bloody and courageous days of America’s history. For Robert E. Lee, the battle was an unspeakable disaster. But with the total devotion of his generals and his unswerving faith in God, Lee was determined to fight to the bitter end.

    Extremely well researched and based upon many contemporary accounts, Nigel Cawthorne’s text is alive with the energy of life itself yet, at the same time, echoes with the sound of death and despair. Gettysburg provides an individual insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the human character while conveying the horrors of the Civil War with staggering realism.

    World War I was a slaughter on an unprecedented scale. Nevertheless, there was no shortage of young men willing to sacrifice themselves for their country. Some lied about their age to join up, not just at the start of the war when it was seen as a glorious adventure, but even towards the end, when the true horror of the mechanized butchery was known to one and all. This book concerns the young men who were not yet 20 when they won the Victoria Cross, the British armed forces highest award for gallantry. Many perished in the action that earned them the VC. Others survived to receive the award, but then went on to die later in the war. One was as young as 16. Several were just 18, though they were supposed to be 19 before they were allowed to serve overseas. They were sailors and airmen, as well as soldiers, and they came from Britain, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Nepal, and India. Each one demonstrated an exceptional nerve and bravery. While some did survive World War I—even going on to serve in World War II—they showed an reckless indifference to death that made them Too Brave to Live, Too Young to Die. World War I has been over for nearly 100 years now, but the tales of their valor live on. These men and their exploits deserve to be remembered—in the hope that young men will never be called on to do such things again.

    DOGS IN WAR
    From World War I battlefields to present-day Afghanistan, dogs have been the loyal companions and trusted compatriots of soldiers worldwide. Now the exciting, heartwarming and heroic stories of history’s most famous combat dogs are compiled in this incredible collection.
    •CAIRO, SEAL Team Six’s Belgian Malinois, who was choppered in with his top-secret unit on their heroic mission to take out Osama bin Laden.
    •RAGS, a Highland terrier who dodged German shell-fire, shrapnel and poison gas to deliver crucial messages to the Western Front.
    •GANDER, the Canadian Royal Rifles’ Newfoundland, who sacrificed his life by scooping up a grenade and carrying it in his mouth away from his unit.
    •EBONY, the fearless German shepherd who alerted soldiers to an imminent ambush, saving 25 men from sudden death in Vietnam’s unyielding jungle.
    •COOPER, the bomb-sniffing Labrador who relentlessly scoured Iraq for explosives until the fateful day when an IED killed him and his handler.

    HIGHLY TRAINED MARKSMEN WITH ONE GOAL — A PERFECT SHOT, A CONFIRMED KILL

    Elite snipers — with their deadly aim, iron nerves, killer instincts and unwavering courage — play a more critical role in modern military missions than ever before. Confirmed Kill accurately recounts the heroic actions of the world’s deadliest snipers, from the one-on-one duel between a U.S. Marine sniper and his North Vietnamese counterpart that ended with a miracle shot straight through the Vietcong soldier’s gun scope, to the shot fired from a mountain ridge in Afghanistan that dropped an unsuspecting Taliban fighter over a mile away. Confirmed Kill details the missions of the most legendary snipers:

    Chuck Mawhinney — Marine with 103 Vietnam War Confirmed Kills
    Adelbert Waldron — U.S. Record Holder with 109 Confirmed Kills
    Timothy Kellner — Army Sergeant with More Than 100 Confirmed Kills in Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Craig Harrison — British Corporal with the World-Record Kill Shot at 2,707 Yards

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    Author Nigel Cawthorne provides a concise, yet detailed look at one of the most chilling organizations ever conceived by the human imagination, whose misdeeds are viewed with an unflinching gaze, making for a chilling, yet engrossing read.

    Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), King of Macedonia, is among the greatest of all historical figures.

    He lived a life of mythical proportions. He modeled himself on Achilles and slept with a copy of the Iliad, annotated by Aristotle, his teacher, under his pillow.

    Unrivaled by any historical military figure, he conquered the Mediterranean, Persia, Afghanistan and north-west India during his brief life.

    By the time he died at the age of 33 he had introduced Greek civilisation to the world.

    Renowned as a god, a tyrant, and everything in between, his legacy continues to be both enduring and contested as historians seek to uncover more and more about this legendary warrior.

    But who was the real Alexander?

    In this clear and concise account Nigel Cawthorne tells the dramatic story of the man who would become ‘King of the World’.

    Using excerpts from the texts of ancient philosophers, most of whom were present at the feats they describe, as well as copious other historical sources, Cawthorne knits together a stirring narrative, rich with the action and drama only real life can provide.

    “A well-told story that both stimulates and informs.” – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

    Julius Caesar was one of the greatest, and most ruthless, rulers in history.

    A general and politician who re-shaped the world.

    But how did Caesar change the course of history?

    And what made him the most fearsome and formidable leader the world has ever known?

    ‘Julius Caesar’ is the blood-stained and detailed story of the man who, determined to succeed, slaughtered millions- but nonetheless changed the face of the Roman Empire, and military history, forever.

    ‘An unflinching, fascinating, account of one of history’s greatest figures.’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

    Worshipped by the Russians as a great leader, Stalin was one of modern history’s greatest tyrants, rivalling Hitler, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot. But he probably had more blood on his hands than any of them. Born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia in 1879, Stalin studied to be a priest while secretly reading the works of Karl Marx. Politics soon became his religion and, under his ruthless rule, up to 60 million people perished. Peasants who resisted Stalin’s policy of collectivization were denounced as kulaks, arrested and shot, exiled or worked to death in his ever-expanding network of concentration camps, the Gulag. Nobody was safe, not even his friends, his family, or his political allies. This is the story of a man who never let up for a second in his pursuit of absolute power. Complete with maps and photographs, this book details Stalin’s rise to power from humble beginnings and his ascent to total power of dictatorship, and the creation of the USSR.

    Throughout history, courageous men have demonstrated their prowess in battle and indefatigable fighting spirit through episodes of human sacrifice and displays of extreme loyalty. Their deeds have never been forgotten, and their reputations have endured the passage of time. The Immortals tells the remarkable stories of these intrepid forces, providing both an overview of history’s major conflicts and an exploration of the tenacity of the human spirit.

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    The Battle of Britain presents in photographs the many aspects of the momentous campaign, from tactics, personalities, and aircraft to its effect on the lives of civilians. Lavishly illustrated, it is a tribute to a nation that pulled together in the face of overwhelming odds, and united, saved and guided the world.

    A superb illustrated history of Britain’s greatest night bomber of World War II, with more than 275 photographs.

    `Shimmering in the morning sun, wave upon wave of bombers, driving for London. Stepped above and behind, the serried ranks of Messerschmitts. Covering mile upon mile of sky, as far as the eye could see. It was at once magnificent and terrible. I broke hard into attack, pulling the Spitfire into a climbing, spiralling turn as I did so…`

    Read about the development of the Spitfire in Taking to the Skies; heroic anecdotes of the pilots in The Battle of Britain; and amazing aerial combat in Fighting Far from Home in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand narrative that takes you into the heart of battle.

    Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the campaigns, battles and close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, intimate insights into the violent confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.

    World War II – one of the most defining periods of the 20th century, and the costliest war in terms of human life. World At War’s comprehensive account portrays the epic scale of combat while capturing personal courage and sacrifice. Complete with official strategic maps, soldiers’ letters home and hundreds of striking photographs, this chronological, compelling and authoritative book reveals the conflict and upheaval, explaining how the war was won around the world.

    In the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, Britain’s Special Forces are on the front line. These heroes are so respected that they are even called upon by the Americans when a particularly difficult and dangerous job has to be done. Time after time they have proved their worth on the battlefield, confirming that their commitment and professionalism are second to none. Military expert Nigel Cawthorne looks at the crucial role that the British special forces have played since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Of course, the circumstances have changed dramatically since the “War on Terror” began, which has made the task facing these brave soldiers even more complicated than it originally appeared.

    British special forces lead the world. The Green Berets and Delta Force in the U.S. and the special forces in other countries are based on the UK’s SAS and SBS. Nigel Cawthorne looks into the activities of the British special forces since the September 11 attacks. They have close ties with the American special forces, which meant the SAS and SBS were itching to aid Britain’s most important ally. With such close ties, it was also natural that the Americans would want the British Special Forces working alongside them in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book examines the relationship between the UK’s special forces and their American counterparts as they pit themselves jointly against common enemies.

    For a nation with a long and proud-military tradition, one token stands above all others as a mark of recognition for the ultimate individual feats of arms: the Victoria Cross. Awarded for one reason alone – to mark extreme acts of great heroism by British and Commonwealth servicemen in the face of the enemy – it is unquestionably the hardest club in the world to gain entrance to. Its holders – ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen – are linked by an uncommon bond of exceptional bravery, displayed often at great personal risk and against impossible odds. The VC has been awarded only sixteen times since the end of the Second World War in 1945. Three of these awards were made to recipients who had paid the ultimate sacrifice while demonstrating gallantry beyond the call of duty.

    Just sixteen minutes into D-Day and their glider had already crash-landed onto the field. Scrambling out to storm the bridge, the young British soldiers began the fight of their lives. Five miles inside enemy territory, they ran headlong into the day that shaped the twentieth century, paving the way for the invasion of Normandy. There was no going back…

    Read about the daring capture of Pegasus Bridge by British Airborne troops in the first hours of D-Day, along with the savage fighting on the Beaches of Normandy and in the allied Break Out in this 3 in 1 True Combat Compendium. Three accounts filled with the courage of war, and interwoven with first hand experiences that take you into the heart of battle.

    Short, sharp, and true to life, Chronicles of War describe the battles and relate the close-up combat experiences of World War II in an exciting, quick to read format. Each title in the series provides gripping, unforgettable insights into the minute by minute confrontations, extreme heroism and terrible brutality of the greatest conflict the world has ever known.



    History’s Greatest Battles covers the gamut of warfare, from huge sea battles to single engagements where regiments dug in and fought on long past the time for surrender. Chronologically organised for ease of reference, starting with the Battle if Marathon in 490BC and taking the reader up to modern times, all the great battles in this book are pivotal in history and were won by inspired leaders such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Nelson, Washington and Grant. Includes an eight-page plate section of photographs.

    Introducing 100 of the most renowned and revered military commanders history has ever seen. Including familiar names as well as lesser-known and more recent examples, the great military commanders of history are profiled and analysed.

    After seeing the success of the British tanks in the First World War, the Germans decided that the future of warfare lay in the Panzerkampfwagen, the armoured fighting vehicle, later simply known as the Panzer. In time, the Panzer Corps would become the German army’s new vanguard, an essential component of the new style of war that came to be known as Blitzkrieg – ‘lightning war’.

    Steel Fist looks at the development of the Panzer concept, and the building and deployment of the Corps through the eyes of those who fought it. It tells the story of how the Panzers formed the spearhead of the world’s most efficient military machine, and how they were ultimately defeated.

    The war in Vietnam was the longest war in American history. US ground troops were in Vietnam for eight long years. In all the American commitment in Southeast Asia lasted 15 years. During that time 46,370 US servicemen died in battle, more than 10,000 died from noncombat-related causes, and a further 300,000 were wounded. The Australian and New Zealand troops who fought there lost 496 dead and 2,398 wounded. But these figures pale beside Vietnamese losses. The South Vietnamese, America’s ally, lost 184,000 soldiers; the Communist enemy a further 900,000. It is estimated that over a million civilians lost their lives. However, the psychological damage to America was incalculable. Vietnam was the first war that America lost. It left the country bitterly divided. Many of 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam suffered psychologically for decades to come and America discovered that, for all its might and technological superiority, it could not defeat the ill-equipped peasant army of a small and fiercely determined enemy.

    The Second World War was the final global conflict of the twentieth century. It involved more combatants, and a wider range of battlefield terrain than any other conflict in history, from the frozen plains of Russia to the Libyan desert, and from the depths of the Atlantic to the skies over Britain. Turning the Tide examines the progress of the war, from the British evacuation of Dunkirk, an operation unparalleled in history, to the final battle amid the ruins of Berlin. Types of battle considered include airborne assault (Crete), amphibious assault (Iwo Jima), armoured (The Battle of the Bulge), aerial (Battle of Britain), and the battles for two cities (Stalingrad and Berlin

    This three-volume reference on terrorism in the 20th century places this growing phenomenon in the context of modern history. It provides students with both detailed information and the historical perspective tie terrorism to the high school and college curriculum. “Volume 1” defines terrorism, explores the historical perspective from the dawn of Western Civilisation through World War II, and discusses specific activities of modern terrorist groups. “Volume 2” focuses on the developing world, with emphasis on the Middle East (including the 1996 peace process). “Volume 3” explores terrorism and responses to terrorism in the developed world. This volume covers the United States, Europe, Israel, Britain, Central and South America and concludes with a chronology of major terrorist events since 1945, an A-Z listing of terrorist groups and leaders.

    Agatha Christie’s 80 novels and short-story collections have sold over 2 billion copies in more than 45 languages, more than any other author. When Christie finally killed off her Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the year before she herself died, that ‘detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep’ in Christie’s words, received a full-page obituary in the New York Times, the only fictional character ever to have done so. From her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a Poirot mystery, to her last, Sleeping Murder, featuring Miss Marple, Crawford explores Christie’s life and fiction.

    Cawthorne examines recurring characters, such as Captain Arthur Hastings, Poirot’s Dr Watson; Chief Inspector Japp, his Lestrade, as well as other flat-footed policemen that Poirot outsmarts on his travels; his efficient secretary, Miss Felicity Lemon; another employee, George; and Ariadne Oliver, a humorous caricature of Christie herself.

    He looks at the writer’s own fascinating: her work as a nurse during the First World War; her strange disappearance after her first husband asked for a divorce; and her exotic expeditions with her second husband, the archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan.

    He examines the author’s working life – her inspirations, methods and oeuvre – and provides biographies of her key characters, their attire, habits and methods, including Poirot’s relationships with women, particularly Countess Vera Rossakoff and Miss Amy Carnaby. In doing so, he sheds light on the genteel world of the country house and the Grand Tour between the wars.

    He takes a look at the numerous adaptations of Christie’s stories for stage and screen, especially Poirot’s new life in the eponymous long-running and very successful TV series.

    A very readable overview of Tolkien and his work, incorporating a brief biography, an examination of the books and a look at the process of filming his work, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings saga. It explores how Tolkien’s background as a medievalist and linguist informed the languages of Middle-earth, the influence of his Catholicism and Tolkien’s legacy in fantasy.

    A timely book to coincide with the first of Peter Jackson’s two keenly awaited Hobbit films.

    A comprehensive guide to P. G. Wodehouse’s two best-loved comic characters, Bertram Wilbeforce Wooster and his valet (‘Reggie’) Jeeves, Bertie’s friends and relatives and their world of sunshine, country houses and champagne.

    Although the stories may seem quintessentially English, they were for the most part written in the United States by a man who spent more than half his adult life there, eventually becoming a citizen in 1955. The first stories involving the two characters are even set in New York, while those that aren’t are set in an England that has never existed, contrived to appeal to an American audience. Cawthorne offers fascinating insights into Wodehouse’s world, his life – on Long Island and elsewhere – the wonderful short stories and novels and the many adaptations for stage and screen.

    Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock Holmes appears in four novels and fifty-six short stories. Although Holmes was not the first literary detective, he continues to have a perennial allure as the ultimate sleuth.

    As Holmes is being re-introduced to a new audience through TV and film, Cawthorne introduces the general reader to Holmes and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle. He gives a full biography of author as well as his creation, including his resurrection following his unlikely death at the hands of arch enemy, Moriarty. Cawthorne also surveys the world of Holmes, looking at Victorian crime, the real characters behind Dr Watson and Inspector Lestrade, as well as the world on the doorstep of 22b Baker Street.

    In A Brief Guide to James Bond, author Nigel Cawthorne uncovers Bond’s allure, the Bond Girls, Q, M, and the women who first inspired them, the cars, and the incomparable baddies.

    The story of Robin Hood contains compelling narratives of crusades and outlaws and has become a symbol for justice in an unjust world. Robin Hood became a hero over the centuries and has been immortalized in books, art, and movies, as well as a figure of admiration, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. This Brief History explores the truth behind the myths and the realities behind the images, and reveals an unexpected story that hits close to home.

    First-hand accounts of football violence, from infamous Millwall to Man U. Once dubbed ‘the English disease’, British match-day thuggery has spread right across Europe and beyond. Here is the inside story of that phenomenon from those that were there, taking part in the mayhem. ‘Yob Laureate’ Dougie Brimson and his brother Eddy offer a compelling description of match-day madness; Colin Ward goes steaming in, while other pieces detail the irresistible aggro of the local Derby, the tragedy inside Heysel Stadium and the violence surrounding England’s 1998 World Cup match against Tunisia. Finally, Dougie Brimson asks if the police are not just another ‘firm’, simply participants in the violence.

    30 inside stories of the American Mafia, Sicilian Cosa Nostra, Camorra and ‘Ndrangheta

    Images of life in the Mob pervade our film and TV screens, some glamorous, some horrific – what is the reality?

    Investigative journalist Roger Wilkes has put together the largest ever collection of insider stories from prominent ex-mafiosi, infiltrators and award-winning writers. It contains tell-all accounts by the likes of:

    Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski, the contract killer who claimed to have murdered over 200 people in a career lasting 43 years.

    Frankie Saggio, who ‘freelanced’ for all five of New York’s Mafia families, narrowly escaping assassination before being busted for a major scam.

    Joey Black, the Hitman, chillingly professional murderer of 38 victims and regarded by many as the ‘original Soprano’.

    Albert DeMeo, the son of a gangster, who later became a lawyer.

    ‘Donnie Brasco’, real name Joseph Pistone, the FBI agent, who worked undercover in the Bonanno and Colombo crime families in New York for six years.

    Tommaso Buscetta, the Sicilian mafioso, the first pentito, or informant, of real significance to break omertà. The two judges with whom he worked, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, were both later killed by the Mafia.

    This is the reality of the world of men you wouldn’t want to cross.

    Detailed accounts of over 30 contemporary cases, or older cases reopened as a result of advances in forensic science. Crime scene investigations draw on a wide range of cutting-edge technology including genetic fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, laser ablation, toxicology and ballistics analysis. Cases covered here include: the abduction of Madeleine McCann; the vindication of Colin Stagg, convicted of having murdered Rachel Nickell; Hadden Clark who killed and ate a six-year-old child in Maryland; Robert Pickton, the Vancouver farmer who fed his female victims to his pigs; the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia (was Amanda Knox guilty?); Lindsay Hawker’s gruesome death in Japan; Josef Fritzl and the cellar in which he imprisoned and raped his daughter.

    The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to American and British special forces, covering all aspects of their equipment, training and deployment in the Iraq age of warfare. It takes a special kind of person to join the Special Forces and those to pass the stringent entrance requirements are subjected to the most rigorous training. They’re trained to be super-fit, taught to survive in the most adverse conditions, and turned into killing machines. This book reveals what makes these men tick, and everything you need to know to become one of them. It covers all the types of training required – for fitness, combat, survival, navigation, communication, infiltration, interrogation, extraction and evasion. And it details the full array of weapons used, from small arms and knives to explosives and air back-up. Also included are full listings of all the units – including the SAS, Green Berets, SBS, Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Army Rangers – and their deployment in present-day conflicts such as Desert Storm, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and anti-terrorist operations.

    Sex scandals, some historical but many contemporary, involving political figures, celebrities, movie stars, sports stars, musicians and artists, from Julius Caesar’s affair with Cleopatra, which scandalized Rome and may have contributed to his murder, to what exactly IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn did or didn’t get up to in that New York hotel room. England’s Edward II was put to death by having a red-hot poker shoved up ‘those parts in which he had been wont to make his vicious pleasures’ and James Dean was known as ‘the human ashtray’ for the pleasure he took in having cigarettes stubbed out on his body, but from Silvio Berlusconi to Tiger Woods, many have been more focused on pleasure than pain. Even Barack Obama gets a look in – did he have an affair with Vera Baker?

    Fact: murderers and serial killers do not always get caught. Behind every headline of a newsworthy conviction lie other cases of vicious murderers who got away, and who remain somewhere among us. Here in one giant volume are more than 50 of the most serious serial killings and other murder cases that continue to remain unsolved. The cases covered in this alarming book include: ” Argentina’s crazed highway killer, responsible for mutilating and killing at least five people since 1997, and dumping their bodies along remote highways ” The Green River Killer, believed to be a middle-aged white man, who has claimed at least 49 lives to date in the Seattle-Tacoma area ” South Africa’s ‘Phoenix Strangler’, suspected of killing 20 women in the province of KwaZulu Natal. ” The Twin Cities Killer – either one or several people responsible for a series of over 30 murders on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where the victims were mostly prostitutes ” Costa Rica’s elusive ‘El Psicópata’ (The Psychopath), thought to have murdered at least 19 people in this small quiet Central American country ” ‘The Monster of Florence’, responsible for a series of 15 sexual slayings just outside Florence In each case it is not just the crimes that are horrifying and fascinating, but the response of local police and authorities to the lack of a conviction. Local authorities may fear to admit the continued existence of a serial killer at large; whilst police bodies face the temptation to ‘tidy up’ loose unsolved murders under the aegis of other admitted crimes.

    Queen Victoria simply did not believe that lesbianism existed, so it was never outlawed in the 19th century. However, across the Atlantic in the US the suffragette Susan B. Anthony, the artist Natalie Barney and the poet Emily Dickinson were all brushing up the sapphic arts. Over in France, the Napoleonic Code had introduced a certain laxity. While closer to home, the death of Queen Vic led to a veritable explosion of lesbianism with the Bloomsbury Group and Radclyffe Hall. Nowadays, lesbianism is the everyday fare of soap operas and, with Madonna French-kissing Britney, global TV. Sex Lives of the Famous Lesbians contain a mixture of the glamorous, the tragic, the excessive, the absurd and the downright comic. It aims to excite and amuse, while giving a genuine insight into the characters of those people who have shaped our history and culture.

    Over the years some gay men, such as Oscar Wilde, suffered for their sexuality. Others, such as Quentin Crisp, made a career out of it. Noel Coward could not have been more camp. J. Edgar Hoover hid his sexuality whilst openly persecuting other homosexuals, T. E. Lawrence probably died because he could not come to terms with his sexual needs. Joe Orton died because his partner could not accept them, while for Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima death itself was a sexual act. Sex Lives of the Famous Gays contains a richly diverse collection of gay lives – from the noble and heroic, through the comically camp to the compellingly creepy. Its cast includes poets, playwrights, novelists, soldiers, dancers, film directors, actors, entertainers and models. Like the other books in the Sex Lives series, Sex Lives of the Famous Gays aims to excite and amuse, while giving a genuine insight into the characters of those people who have shaped our history and culture.

    Sex has been the common currency of Hollywood from the beginning. The early tycoons packed their epics with ravishing dancing girls and frequently used the casting couch to decide who should be rocketed to star status. Hollywood has always used sex to sell but in the early days went to great lengths to cover up the erring ways of their tops stars. The screen goddesses of Hollywood could have anybody, and frequently did. The roll call of their lovers ranged from the producers and directors they met on the way up to the money-grabbing no-goods they bumped into on the way down. In the previous volume Nigel Cawthorne lifted the lid on Hollywood sex – the wild parties, secret lovers, sordid pasts and tragic endings – and in this new volume he does the same for a whole batch of new screen legends including Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, Jayne Mansfield, Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Susan Hayward and many more.

    Liszt discovered groupies a hundred years before Mick Jagger; It was adultery that consigned the amorous Amadeus to a pauper’s grave and syphilis that left Schubert’s symphony unfinished; Father of 20 legitimate children, Bach plainly did not use the rhythm method. Notoriously impulsive and eccentric, the great musical geniuses have always commanded our interest as figures of extreme behaviour and ideas. Their music embodies mankind’s most romantic yearnings, but what is really understood of the men and the inspiration behind their works? In this new edition of Sex Lives of the Great Composers, Nigel Cawthorne explores the private lives of the most celebrated composers to reveal how their sexuality inspired and fired their prodigious musical creativity. From the rock stars of their day – Liszt and Chopin, to the tortured double life of homosexual Tchaikovsky, Sex Lives of the Great Composers leads its readers through the most intimate details of the musical world.

    It is said that men become artists so that they can persuade attractive young women – or in some cases men – to take their clothes off. It is also said that the artist and his or her muse are frequently lovers. So what really made Picasso, Gauguin and Augustus John so insatiable? Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? Does it have anything to do with Leonardo? Who was the prostitute that Van Gogh gave his severed ear to? What did Gaugin do with all those naked brown-skinned Tahitian girls? And why did Picasso, with his famously abstract style, need to fill his studio with pretty young nude models? Did they give him inspiration or perspiration? Turning the easel on many great artists, Cawthorne’s portraits give more than an impression.

    Sex has been the common currency of Hollywood from the beginning. The early tycoons packed their epics with ravishing dancing girls and frequently used the casting couch method of employment. Hollywood has always used sex to sell, but in the early days went to great lengths to cover up the erring ways of their top stars. The screen goddesses of Hollywood could have anybody, and frequently did: from producers and directors on the way up, to money-grabbing no goods on the way down. In this title, Nigel Cawthorne lifts the lid on Hollywood sex – the wild parties, secret lovers, sordid pasts and tragic endings – and in this volume focuses in particular on Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, and Jean Harlow.

    The headlines of Royal infidelity and divorce that are the bread and butter of today’s tabloid press is nothing new. People have always been captivated by the sexual behaviour of Royalty, and as author Nigel Cawthorne reveals, there has been plenty of it. Historically this fascination has not been merely prurient – Royal marriages, adultery and splits have all had enormous political repercussions. In humorous style, Cawthorne chronicles the ongoing sexual farce across the centuries from Hal the Horny (Henry VIII) via Edward the Caresser (Edward VII) to the present day entics of Prince Charles who, unlike his predecessors, chose a mistress who was far less attractive than his official partner.

    Power corrupts; absolute power is even more fun. At least that’s what many of the world’s great dictators found. Sex Lives of the Great Dictators is a look at the bedroom antics of the most powerful, and some of the most evil, men in history. Napoleon said: “Not tonight, Josephine”, but only because he was busy entertaining other women. Mao Tse-tung was the greatest womaniser the world has ever known. On Saturday nights he would fill the Olympic-sized swimming pool in the Forbidden City with naked 18-year olds and go for a dip. Lenin returned to Russia in the closed train in 1917 with his wife and two mistresses. Like Kennedy, Benito got the whole thing over with in seconds; unlike Kennedy, he was romantic and serenaded his conquests with a violin. And Hitler? Well, as you would expect, he was just plain weird. Five of his lovers committed suicide because of his questionable practices. Now re-jacketed and fully updated with riveting revelations on Saddam Hussein and South Korea’s Kim Chong II, this is ‘one history lesson you are unlikely to forget.’ (Northern Echo)

    Sex and power, it is said, are inextricably linked. A president’s sexual chemistry can be both his greatest weapon and his very undoing. Down the years many a president’s political industry has been matched only by the fervour of his carnal pursuits. This irreverent history of the chief executive exposes the sexual appetites of the office’s incumbents from the often less than puritanical founding fathers, right up to the excesses of the Kennedy White House, and the allegations that have rocked the Clinton administration. Now fully updated to include new revelatory material on Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    In the Last 2000 years the popes have set the sexual agenda for almost a quarter of the world’s population. But while preaching chastity from on high, ,any have practiced something altogether more dissolute. Yet as the most powerful men on earth and with a direct line to God, it would appear that there was no one who could tell them how they should behave when it came to temptations of the flesh. Sex Live of the Popes is a humorous expose of papal promiscuity from the decadent papal court of Avignon to the scandals of the Borgia popes in Rome.

    This title offers an amazing insight into the events of World War II through the eyes of those who fought against the Allied forces in all theatres of the war.It features many previously unpublished accounts of the war from German and Japanese soldiers, civilians and military leaders.It covers every major arena of the war: Europe; the German invasion of Russia; Rommel’s Afrika Korps; and, the Pacific war between Japan and force of the US, Australia and New Zealand.”Reaping the Whirlwind” uses the authentic voices of German and Japanese people caught up in the conflict and highlights the similar deprivations and dangers experienced by both victors and vanquished.

    She was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. Using her beauty, wit, and powers of manipulation, she seduced her way to the throne of the most powerful empire in the world. She executed her enemies without mercy, and even murdered her own children for political gain. She set up her own imperial harem made up of young men. She elected herself a living god and held a ruthless reign of terror for over fifty years. In this sensational true story, bestselling author Nigel Cawthorne reveals the dark and dramatic story of the only woman ever to rule China, Wu Chao: concubine, manipulator, politician, murderer, Emperor. From her instruction in the art of love by palace officials, to her eventual sticky end, this book opens a window into the colourful world of Tang Dynasty in China – a world of sex and of power. This book is a cross between “Gone with the Wind” and “Fatal Attraction”, you won’t be able to put it down!

    The Empress of South America is the true story of the Irish woman who started the biggest war in the Americas. A redhead from County Cork, Eliza Lynch rose to become the highest paid courtesan in Paris before bedding the son of the Perpetual Dictator of Paraguay who promised to make her the Empress of South America. When he seized power in Paraguay, she cajoled him into attacking Brazil, Argentine and Uruguay – simultaneously. Not a good idea. She was seen riding at the head of the army. In the six-year war, over a million died. There was no male left in Paraguay over nine years old. Her boyfriend cut down by the Brazilian cavalry, she was captured fleeing through the jungle in a ball gown. A young Brazilian officer took pity on her and smuggled her out of the country. Back in London, she was a wealthy woman. During the war she had looted the country. She had stolen the entire Paraguayan treasury, stripped the churches of their gold and stolen all the jewels of the rich families. She returned to Paris where she lived in some style. Dying in 1886, she was buried in Père Lachaise cemetery. In 1961, a Lebanese drug dealer climbed over the wall, dug her up and smuggled her remains back to Paraguay where she now lies in the largest marble mausoleum in South America and is Paraguay’s national heroine. Talk about get away with it. The Empress of South America is the true story of one of the most remarkable – and forgotten – women of the nineteenth century. You couldn’t make it up. You would not believe it if it hadn’t actually happened.

    Serial killers are so defined when they have murdered at least 4 people over a period of time. The gruesome acts carried out by them are usually sexually motivated, and they will do anything to stretch the boundaries of morality.

    Morbid fascination or education, these stories highlight some of the most harrowing events of history that show mans inhumanity to man. Extremely shocking at times, it is difficult to believe that some of these events actually took place, and some only very recently.

    Part of a series of books which examines real-life stories that have made newspaper headlines around the world, this looks at alien abductions. Other titles available include “The World’s Greatest Serial Killers” and “The World’s Greatest Cults”.

    Part of a series of books which examines real-life stories that have made newspaper headlines around the world, this looks at cults. Other titles available include “The World’s Greatest Blunders” and “The World’s Greatest Crooks and Conmen”.

    Part of a series of books which examines real-life stories that have made newspaper headlines around the world, this looks at royal scandles. Other titles available include “The World’s Greatest Blunders” and “The World’s Greatest Cults”.

    During World War II, Germany had a secret weapon – a cricket team. Defeating the MCC would crush British morale. But they could not get a fixture. At the end of the war, the cricket team vanished. But in 1953, people who know part of the story of the SS Cricket Team are mysteriously gathered on a German cruise ship sailing out of Baltimore named, coincidentally, the SS Cricketteam. Then, one by one, they are murdered. Who is doing it? And why? And what is the secret destination of the voyage…

    Roll up! For the Magical Mythery Tour, step right this way, back to London, 1983, where Layla Laycock, ex-super-groupie turned journalist, will do anything for a story. When the ravens are stolen from the Tower of London and their ancient curse befalls Britain, Layla chases the big scoop to find the ravens and discover if ex-Beagles star Joe Lemmon really is the reincarnation of King Arthur…

    A study of the religious icons of Eastern Europe both as works of art and objects of workship. It charts the history of the icon from the earliest days of formalized Christianity to its zenith in Imperial Russia. It features trace pages and a metallic fifth colour and is intended as an introductory work on the subject.

    These lavishly produced books celebrate visual art from around the world, displaying vibrant collections of magnificently reproduced masterworks. Each book traces the evolution of the genre, its recurring themes and subjects, plus masters, movements, and influences. The books themselves are works of art, including special touches such as metallic papers and inks with printed trace paper inserts to highlight details.

    Offering small tastes from many dishes, this introductory survey touches first on the history and geography of North America and then on the art of the peoples of the various regions: arctic and subarctic, northwest seaboard, great plains and plateau.

    The diverse art of the Indian sub-continent spans many centuries and a variety of styles, which are all presented in this text. It covers the major movements that have influenced and affected the face of modern India: Hindu art from the temples and literature of one of the world’s oldest religions; the rise of sculpture and monumental art from the Mauryan dynasty; Bhuddist shrines and Jainism; the Mughals and Islamic art, featuring the rich, exotic paintings and mosques from this period.