Nicholas Best was educated in Kenya and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, which gave him the material for his satirical novel WERE YOU AT WATERLOO? He left the Army to be a financial journalist, but soon became a full-time writer. He was fiction critic for the FINANCIAL TIMES for ten years and has written history books, travel books and many radio scripts. His work has been translated into many languages.
Tying in with the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day this book covers what happened in the days leading up to the momentous events of the 11th of November, 1918. This is packed with historical facts and also capturing the mood of the time, among leaders and privates alike. This is a great tribute to those who fought in the Great War and helped to bring about this day of cease fire.
On 28 April 1945 Benito Mussolini was dragged from his mistress's bed, taken outside and executed. Only two days later, surrounded by the Soviet Army, Adolf Hitler put a gun to his head and committed suicide as the Allies raced to secure the heart of the Reich - Berlin. This is the story of the final days of the war in Europe. Drawing on a wealth of unfamiliar material and first-hand accounts, Nicholas Best tells the compelling tale of the men and women who witnessed the final days of the war, from Jack Kennedy at the UN conference in San Fransico to Bob Dole, wounded and recuperating in an Italian hospital, and Private Henry Kissinger, back on German soil for the first time since his family fled before the war. While Audrey Hepburn was starving in Holland, Roman Polanski was playing with grenades in Krakow and a future Pope was on his way home, terrified of being shot for deserting the Wehrmacht. Blending historical discourse with the thoughts and reactions of these and many other famous and ordinary individuals, Five Days that Shocked the World is an insightful new look at the most dramatic 120 hours in our history.
Two sixteen year-olds break in to a mortuary on the Manaus waterfront and a vivid tale of dark deception unfolds.Fast Fiction: A selection of masterful short stories from 4th Estate short story collections, and the best talent from The Sunday Times authors, available to purchase as single story ebooks.
A brilliant page-turning account of the most famous sea fight in historyBeginning with a vivid recreation of Napoleon's army assembling at Boulogne for the invasion of England, Nicholas Best tells how the French fleet joined with their Spanish allies and set out for a decisive battle with the Royal Navy. Following events through the eyes of eyewitnesses on the gun deck as well as the admiral's cabins, he takes us to the Mediterranean and the West Indies and back to the coast of Spain as the rival fleets manoeuvre for advantage. Then follows his gripping minute-by-minute account of the actual battle: a truly murderous affair as the rival fleets trade cannon shots as point blank range.
A beautifully illustrated companion to the Royal family throughout history Spanning ten dynasties of England's monarchs, The Kings and Queens of England presents portraits and potted biographies of England's monarchs. Spanning from the Normans through to the House of Windsor, this exquisite little book captures the personalities behind the crowns and records the landmarks, traditions and events of each reign.
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