Nigel Cawthorne - Author

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of A Brief History of Robin Hood, Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession and A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to the New York Tribune. He lives in London.

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The Sex Files Erotica Banned by the Edwardians and Victorians

The Sex Files Erotica Banned by the Edwardians and Victorians

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

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 Oscar Wilde

#WETOO in the White House Hushed Affairs of the Presidents

#WETOO in the White House Hushed Affairs of the Presidents

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The History of World War I

The History of World War I

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2018

On the 28th June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo. This provided the trigger for the start of the bloodiest war the world had seen to date. Nicknamed the War to end all Wars, World War 1 saw over 70 million military personnel mobilized. Four years later over nine million of these would be dead, along with approximately seven million non-combatants. The History of World War I chronicles that Great War in its many locations and in its many forms, from the exhausting heat of the African desert to the fields of France, and from the spectacular Battle of Jutland to the desperate attacks and counter-attacks of trench warfare. Throughout the book runs a continuous timeline, month by month identifying the events in each theatre of war. This is illustrated with more than 400 photographs and maps, with data tables, biographies of the main leaders and generals, and assessments of the armies, their weapons and personnel. In addition to the military history there are sections on new weapons such as U-boats, zeppelins and tanks, civilians at war, the rise in importance of air power, the Armistice and the creation of the League of Nations. Clear, concise and painstakingly researched, it makes the ideal companion to major histories and other media, a quick and easy reference for experts and enthusiasts alike.

Killer Women Chilling, Dark and Gripping True Crime Stories of Women Who Kill

Killer Women Chilling, Dark and Gripping True Crime Stories of Women Who Kill

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The Disturbing Inside Story of Women Who Are Driven to Kill 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

The Beastly Battles Of Old England The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

The Beastly Battles Of Old England The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall. In THE BEASTLY BATTLES OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.

The Curious Cures Of Old England Eccentric treatments, outlandish remedies and fearsome surgeries for ailments from the plague to the pox

The Curious Cures Of Old England Eccentric treatments, outlandish remedies and fearsome surgeries for ailments from the plague to the pox

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2018

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?

The Grinning Killer Chris Halliwell - How Many Women Do You Have to Kill to Be a Serial Killer?

The Grinning Killer Chris Halliwell - How Many Women Do You Have to Kill to Be a Serial Killer?

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Superintendent Steve Fulcher had not followed procedure. 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...

Story of Codebreaking

Story of Codebreaking

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2017

'No wonder that Churchill described this effort as "e;Britain's secret weapon,"e; a weapon far more effective than the buzz bombs and the rockets that Wernher von Braun designed for a German victory, a weapon absolutely decisive, in the judgement of many, in winning the war for the Allies.'Peter Hilton, mathematician and codebreaker, 1923-2010, about the team at Bletchley ParkThe Story of Codebreaking begins with the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt and weaves its way stealthily through history to the present day, where computer code is fundamental to all of our online activities. It is a tale of ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary circumstances and shows how, through a combination of intelligence, grit, hard work and (occasionally) sheer good fortune, codebreakers have often saved lives and sometimes even changed the course of history.Find out how Mary Queen of Scots smuggled cryptic messages to her accomplices when she was plotting against her cousin Elizabeth I, or discover the methods used by codebreakers during World Wars I and II, most significantly those who cracked Enigma and intercepted Japanese naval messages prior to Pearl Harbor. The sheer doggedness of those who unravelled the Enigma code is thought to have shortened World War II by almost two years.To break a code, you have to put yourself in the mind of your enemy in order to probe the strengths and weaknesses of their systems. It's a game of bluff and doublebluff. The Story of Codebreaking describes undercover operations, power struggles, secret alliances, and brilliant feats of teamwork. Those who invent codes and those who break them are remarkable, indefatigable characters. This is their story.Topics include:Ancient ciphers and the art of encodingEarly spies, subterfuge and skytalesThe making and breaking of EnigmaJapanese naval codes in World War IICold War cryptography

Victory in World War II

Victory in World War II

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2017

Serial Killers & Psychopaths

Serial Killers & Psychopaths

Author: Nigel Cawthorne, Charlotte Greig Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

A concise, yet detailed look at some of the most dangerous individuals who have ever lived. Starting with examples of some of the earliest recorded psychopaths and serial killers, the authors present a carefully chosen cross-section of history's most infamous criminals.

Great Battles of World War II

Great Battles of World War II

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2017

Army of Steel

Army of Steel

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2017

Call Me Diana The Princess of Wales on Herself

Call Me Diana The Princess of Wales on Herself

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Fighting Them on the Beaches: the D-Day Landings

Fighting Them on the Beaches: the D-Day Landings

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2017

Army of Steel

Army of Steel

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2017

"e;If the tanks succeed, then victory follows."e;General Heinz Guderian, 1937After 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. Army of Steel looks at the development of the Panzer concept, and the building and deployment of the Corps through the eyes of those who fought it.

Fighting them on the Beaches

Fighting them on the Beaches

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2017

Fighting Them on the Beaches tells the story of one of the largest and most meticulously organized seaborne invasions in the history of warfare - the Allied Landings of June 6, 1944: D-Day. As the parachutists and glider troops of the US and British airborne divisions went in on the night of June 5, Allied shipping began massing out in the Channel. As dawn broke on June 6, waves of assault craft hit the Normandy beaches. British, American, Canadian, polish and Free French troops began to stream ashore to storm the defences of the Atlantic Wall in the teeth of overwhelming enemy firepower.

Great Battles of World War II

Great Battles of World War II

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2017

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 baking Libyan desert, and from the atolls of the Pacific to the skies over Britain. In Great Battles of World War II, Michael Dudley has taken a fresh look at the crucial battles which decided the outcome of the Second World War, beginning with the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, a feat that boosted the morale of a nation during its darkest hour, and reaching a climactic end with the final bloody reckoning between the Red Army and the Third Reich amongst the ruins of Berlin.

Victory in World War II

Victory in World War II

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 31/07/2017

After D-Day, 6 June 1944, Hitler found his worst nightmare coming true. He was fighting on two fronts, with the Russians advancing from one side and the western powers from the other. This book shows how the Allies built on their successes after the titanic struggle in the east, culminating in the brutal battle of Stalingrad, and emerged victorious from the Second World War.

Vietnam: a War Lost and Won

Vietnam: a War Lost and Won

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2017

The History of the Mafia

The History of the Mafia

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2017

The Story of Codebreaking

The Story of Codebreaking

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

Tesla The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah

Tesla The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Hitler The Psychiatric Files

Hitler The Psychiatric Files

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2016

Hitler: The Psychiatric Files

Hitler: The Psychiatric Files

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2016

How did a former Austrian corporal in the Bavarian army with no apparent gift for leadership or strategy become the leader of one of the most civilized countries in Europe and turn it into a nightmare state? This is an accessible, concise and penetrating analysis of Adolf Hitler, the most enigmatic figure of the 20th century. Drawing on sound psychological principles used to draw up documents of the time, Hitler: the Psychiatric Files presents revealing insights into one of the world's most murderous dictators.

The Ludicrous Laws of Old London

The Ludicrous Laws of Old London

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2016

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.

MH370, The Secret Files The Truth Behind the Greatest Aviation Mystery of All Time

MH370, The Secret Files The Truth Behind the Greatest Aviation Mystery of All Time

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

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.

Too Brave to Live, Too Young to Die Teenage Heroes from World War I

Too Brave to Live, Too Young to Die Teenage Heroes from World War I

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

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 twenty 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 sixteen. Several were just eighteen, though they were supposed to be nineteen 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 a hundred years now, but the tales of their valour 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.

I Know I am Rude, but it is Fun The Royal Family and the World at Large - as Seen by Prince Philip

I Know I am Rude, but it is Fun The Royal Family and the World at Large - as Seen by Prince Philip

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/2015

At the age of twenty-one, the future Prince Philip wrote to a relative: 'I know you will never think much of me. I am rude and unmannerly.' Prince Philip probably never managed to change the opinion of his relative. In this affectionate compendium, Nigel Cawthorne brings together many known and less well-known stories about the prince, giving an insight into the royal world where he 'traipses around' rather than being professionally qualified in 'something'. From his constantly forthright speech making, to his fearless mocking of official ceremonies, to his teasing of Her Majesty herself, here is a truly rude celebration of daily life in royal circles.

I Don't Believe it! Outraged Letters from Middle England

I Don't Believe it! Outraged Letters from Middle England

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2014

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!

Alan Turing: The Enigma Man

Alan Turing: The Enigma Man

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2014

Bodies in the Back Garden True Stories of Brutal Murders Close to Home

Bodies in the Back Garden True Stories of Brutal Murders Close to Home

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

For the killer, there is always the problem of getting rid of the body. Muswell Hill murderer Dennis Nilsen famously cooked the corpses of his victims in Cranley Gardens and flushed them down the lavatory, only to be caught when the sewers blocked up. But his first twelve victims were disposed of in the back garden of his previous home in Melrose Avenue. Fred and Rosemary West buried the bodies of three of their victims in the back garden of the House of Horrors at 25 Cromwell Street. Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer began his murderous career scattering human remains in the backyard of his parents' home in Bath, Ohio. Convicted killer Peter Tobin went back on trial after two more bodies were found in the back garden of his former home in Margate. And grisly granny Dorothea Puente murdered lodgers at her boarding house in Sacramento, California, dispatching then to the backyard while continuing to cash their Social Security cheques. This book explores these and many other cases that suggest that, whatever the motive for murder, the back garden is a convenient place to dump the corpse. The Mexican drug cartels use it. So do drug dealers in London and sex killers in France. Benjamin Laing, who killed a father and daughter to steal a GBP7,000 car, went one step further, burying the bodies of his victims in the back garden of his girlfriend's house in Abbey Wood. She called the police. His crime, she decided, had come just a little bit too close to home.

A Brief Guide To Agatha Christie

A Brief Guide To Agatha Christie

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

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.

Flight MH370 The Mystery

Flight MH370 The Mystery

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2014

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.

Sex Lives Of The Presidents

Sex Lives Of The Presidents

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 24/12/2013

It didn't start with Clinton, or even Kennedy. Ever since the Father of our Country was sworn in over 200 years ago, the White House has seen its share of oversexed, adulterous, philandering presidents. From Washington's countless bed partners to Jefferson's illegitimate children, Kennedy's notorious womanizing to Clinton's unstoppable libido, find out the surprising and sometimes bizarre sexual practices of all the men in the Oval Office.

Outraged of Tunbridge Wells Original Complaints from Middle England

Outraged of Tunbridge Wells Original Complaints from Middle England

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

The people of Britain have always loved to complain and we do it very well, but the people of Tunbridge Wells turned it into an art. In this new book, the first ever collection of letters from the letters page of the Tunbridge Wells Advertiser, founded in 1847, we are offered an insight into what makes complaining so much fun. Decrying everything from telephones to the excessive singing of Christmas carols, and providing unusual and often touching missives on the major events of the early 20th century, Outraged of Tunbridge Wells encapsulates the charm, compassion, mischief and madness of Middle England.

Tia Sharp - A Family Betrayal

Tia Sharp - A Family Betrayal

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2013

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.

Doomsday

Doomsday

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2013

Just how near is the end of the world? Behind the veil of safety of everyday life in the West lurks the sinister reality of a chaotic universe. Doomsday reveals the very real threats posed to modern civilisation as the 21st century progresses, and asks the question: Is humanity on the path to destruction? War, famine,plague, global warming, nuclear meltdown: all have the potential to extinguish life on Earth forever. While our technology can help us overcome these perils, that same technology may itself contain the seeds of catastrophe. In fifty compelling essays, including entries on mega-tsunamis, a new ice-age, a giant meteor strike, nuclear holocaust and nanotechnology running amok, Doomsday depicts the possible scenarios of annihilation to come and assesses our chances of survival, if any.

The Strange Laws Of Old England

The Strange Laws Of Old England

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Did you know that: It's against the law to check into a hotel in London under assumed names for the purpose of lovemaking? Under a statute of Edwards II all whales washed up on the shore belong to the monarch? Under a Tudor law Welshmen are not allowed into the city of Chester after dark? In THE STRANGE LAWS OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne unearths an extraordinary collection of the most bizarre and arcane laws that have been enacted over the centuries. Some of the laws, incredibly, are still in force. It is still illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour . . . This elegant and amusing book is perfect for everyone fascinated by the eccentric history of these islands.

A Brief Guide to Jeeves and Wooster

A Brief Guide to Jeeves and Wooster

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2013

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.

Tyrants

Tyrants

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2013

An astonishing compendium of dictators and their crimes against the State. The scope of entries is an all-encompassing chronicle of tyrants. They range from the bizarre to the horrific, from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous. The book includes 100 of history's most infamous despots. In vivid detail it tells the story of the lives that led them to power. And, of course, the destruction and sorrow they invariably left in their wake. These are gripping and compelling portraits of the darker side of power that also disclose the strange and grisly stories that haunt the world's most infamous leaders.

The Crimes of Stalin

The Crimes of Stalin

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2012

Mafia The Complete History of a Criminal World

Mafia The Complete History of a Criminal World

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2012

VC Heroes The True Stories Behind Every Vc Winner Since World War Two

VC Heroes The True Stories Behind Every Vc Winner Since World War Two

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2012

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.

Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

Sex Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

The headlines of Royal infidelity and divorce that the bread and butter of today's tabloid press are 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 antics of Prince Charles who, unlike his predecessors, chose a mistress who was far less attractive than his official partner.

Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses

Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

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.

Story of the SS

Story of the SS

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated title, ISBN 9781848587915.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.

Stalin

Stalin

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated title, ISBN 9781848587939.This is popular history about one of the most feared men in history, a man who is still venerated in much of his homeland and who played such a large part in shaping the political landscape of the modern world. Up to sixty million people perished under Stalin's murderous rule and his life and crimes will fascinate the general reader.

History's Greatest Battles

History's Greatest Battles

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully illustrated title, ISBN 9781848584372.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.

Mafia: The History of the Mob

Mafia: The History of the Mob

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

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 to Britain, Canada and Australia. And through the gangster movies of Hollywood, including The Godfather and Goodfellas, it permeates popular culture.The History of the Mafia is full of blood-chilling characters, from Al Capone, who ran Chicago during Prohibition, and hitmen Louis Lekpe and Alberto Anastasia who founded Murder, Inc, to Tot Riina, 'boss of bosses', John Gotti, 'the Teflon don', and Bernardo 'The Tractor' Provenzano, who hid out from the law in a farmhouse for 43 years...These were extraordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. The History of the Mafia tells the story of their lives, their families, their codes, their crimes and their cold-blooded murders. A long and enthralling tale, drenched in blood and scored with betrayal.

Against Their Will Sadistic Kidnappers and the Courageous Stories of Their Innocent Victims

Against Their Will Sadistic Kidnappers and the Courageous Stories of Their Innocent Victims

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2012

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.

Canine Commandos The Heroism, Devotion, and Sacrifice of Dogs in War

Canine Commandos The Heroism, Devotion, and Sacrifice of Dogs in War

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/04/2012

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.

100 Great Military Leaders

100 Great Military Leaders

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 14/04/2012

Military history as told through the lives and deeds of warfare's most famous commanders, from ancient Greece through the World Wars, Vietnam, and the end of the twentieth century.Beginning with Leonides of Sparta, who died at Thermopylae in 480 b.c.e., and ending with General Giap, a Vietnamese leader; Moshe Dayan, commander of the Israeli Defense Force during the 1967 Six-Day War; and Colin Powell, Military Commanders provides an informative overview of the careers and battles of one hundred military commanders and their places in history. Divided by eras, the material covers the ancient world, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic period, the American War of Independence and the Civil War, the two World Wars, and the postwar conflicts.Each entry provides a chronology of major events as well as a summary of achievements. The entries, both fascinating and easy to read, succeed in providing a clear yet nuanced picture of the role of the individual in historical events.An engaging and thought-provoking book, full of facts, pertinent quotations, and anecdotes, Military Commanders is sure to prove of interest to a wide range of readers.Nigel Cawthorne has a degree from University College, London. He has written, contributed to, and edited more than sixty books including, Fighting Them on the Beaches: D-Day, 6 June 1944; Turning the Tide: Decisive Battles of the Second World War; and The Encyclopedia of World Terrorism. His work has appeared in over one hundred and fifty newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Confirmed Kill Heroic Sniper Stories from the Jungles of Vietnam to the Mountains of Afghanistan

Confirmed Kill Heroic Sniper Stories from the Jungles of Vietnam to the Mountains of Afghanistan

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2011

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

Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Spitfire

Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Spitfire

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2011

This title tells the story of an iconic aircraft from World War II, that is illustrated with over 250 colour and black and white photographs. It takes you through the creation, construction, production and history of the Spitfire, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes moving first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew the Spitfires, including both their experiences in combat and the way of life for the RAF at that time. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. It lists sites where surviving Spitfires can be viewed today so you can go and see this incredible aircraft for yourself. It compares the Spitfire with other great fighters - both Axis and Allied - in the skies at the time. It shows how the famous fighter plane had its origins in a series of trophy-winning seaplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, and how it was developed. This engrossing book retells the story of the iconic aircraft of World War I. It goes into the heart of the action, showing what it was like to fly a spitfire in the Battle of Britain, and tells the moving stories of the brave young pilots who flew this all-conquering machine. In addition, this book lists where surviving planes can be seen today so that you see the incredible aircraft for yourself. The fascinating and informed text, written by a leading expert in the field and accompanied by over 250 stunning contemporary and historical photos, make this the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.

Compl Illust Enc of Lancaster Bomber

Compl Illust Enc of Lancaster Bomber

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2011

This title tells the story of the greatest night bomber of World War II, illustrated with over 275 photographs. It takes you through the design, development, construction and history of the Lancaster, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes first-hand accounts from people who lived through the war in Germany and in Britain, as well as profiles of the pilots who flew and fought over Europe. Stunning photographs of the planes themselves and of the destruction wrought on its target cities bring the devastating power of these machines to life. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. The Lancaster Bomber led the air offensive in the darkest days of World War II. This book describes how the plane was developed to fit into an entirely new role in warfare, and explains how the Lancaster could take the war to the enemy to devastating effect. Also covered is the production of the plane and the modifications made throughout its lifetime. This book shows what it was like to fly a Lancaster over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Germany, and lists where surviving planes can be seen today. This fascinating text is the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.

The Beastly Battles Of Old England The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

The Beastly Battles Of Old England The misguided manoeuvres of the British at war

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall. In THE BEASTLY BATTLES OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.

Football Hooligans

Football Hooligans

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2011

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.

Warrior Elite 31 Heroic Special-Ops Missions from the Raid on Son Tay to the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Warrior Elite 31 Heroic Special-Ops Missions from the Raid on Son Tay to the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2011

THE ULTIMATE WARRIORS Highly trained and equipped to kill, special-ops forces take on the world's most dangerous and courageous missions. Warrior Elite zeroes in on the most lethal special- ops encounters of all time. * RAID AT SON TAY Helicopter gunships drop 100 Green Berets into North Vietnamese jungle on a virtual suicide mission to rescue POWs * MAERSK ALABAMA Perfect planning and precise execution come together as Navy SEALs fire the greatest simultaneous sniper shots ever * BATTLE OF TORA BORA In the pitch-black labyrinthine caves of Afghanistan, Special Forces dispatch Taliban insurgents in a video game--like scenario of infrared warfare * KILLING OF BIN LADEN With the plan up in smoke as a Black Hawk goes down, SEAL Team 6 deftly adjusts on the fly--getting in and eliminating the target in just 7 minutes

Story of the SS

Story of the SS

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2011

Nigel Cawthorne provides a concise yet detailed look at one of the most chilling organizations ever conceived by the human imagination, making for a chilling and engrossing read. This is popular history about the legitimization of mass murder for political purposes, and the men and women who brought this about. Features chapters on Heinrich Himmler, The Knight of the Long Knives, The Waffen SS, The Holocaust, The SS in Retreat, Nuremberg and ODESSA, the organization of former SS members.

Stalin

Stalin

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

Born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia in 1879, the young Stalin studied to become a priest whilst secretly reading the works of Karl Marx. Politics was to become his religion and between 1902 and 1913 he was arrested for revolutionary activities and exiled to Siberia eight times, escaping on seven occasions. Following the Revolution he employed a cocktail of charm and ruthless cunning to slither up the treacherous Communist Party hierarchy, often by taking posts that nobody wanted which enabled him to build up a power base virtually unnoticed, until, with perfect timing, he was in a position to take over the Party leadership from Lenin when he died in 1924. Surrounding himself with terrified yes-men and trusting absolutely nobody, he was dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. In that time he defeated Hitler, out-maneuvered all his rivals and forged a mighty and vast empire of over 800 million people from a patchwork of poor countries which included Russia itself, working on his simple premise of "e;Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem."e; The human cost was enormous, but this never troubled his conscience. Peasants who resisted his policy of collectivisation were denounced as kulaks and either arrested and shot, exiled or worked to death in the Gulag, his ever-expanding network of concentration camps. Nobody, not even his friends, family or allies were safe. Yet despite all this, he was worshipped by millions as a great leader, although he had more blood on his hands than Hitler, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot put together.

Heroes on the Front Line True Stories of the Deadliest Missions Behind Enemy Lines in Afghanistan and Iraq

Heroes on the Front Line True Stories of the Deadliest Missions Behind Enemy Lines in Afghanistan and Iraq

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2011

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 Centre 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.

Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2010

What started as a patrol to combat commercial plundering of Somali fish stocks has now grown into a highly organised and lucrative business. In a war-torn country, the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in - they have even been likened to Robin Hood. But these modern-day buccaneers should not be romanticised - their attacks are becoming more violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. In this fascinating book, Nigel Cawthorne examines how a phenomenon thought to be consigned to history is once again a worldwide problem: piracy is rife in the South China Sea and has returned to the Caribbean and South America. The author also looks at attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits and the fate of the couple making a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world by yacht. Plus, he questions how the international community and its peace-keeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans of the world.

The World's Most Evil Gangsters

The World's Most Evil Gangsters

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2010

Although organised criminal groups have been an ever-present menace to our cities, in the last decade gangs have snowballed into one of the most terrifying problems facing Britain today. Seducing disillusioned youngsters into their ranks, vicious crews have declared open war in a desperate attempt to gain control of the lucrative drug trade...murder, kidnapping and intimidation have become all too common. In south Manchester, the feud between the Gooch Gang and the Doddingtons became so vicious that peace-keepers from America's Crips and Bloods were flown in from Los Angeles to broker a deal. Across the United States, the Crips now boast some 35,000 members from all ethic backgrounds - African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian - while the Bloods have made an alliance with the old-time Lucchese crime family, once one of the 'Five Families' of New York and still a pillar of the Cosa Nostra.

Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2010

A Brief History of Robin Hood

A Brief History of Robin Hood

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man but found its location during the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the crusades. In his absence his brother John lay waste to the country. But does this tell the full story? Was Robin a bandit prince ahead of a troop of brigands? Who was the Sherrif and was he in fact the legitimate law in the land fighting vigilantes?

A Brief Guide to James Bond

A Brief Guide to James Bond

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/2009

The world's fascination with Bond is unstoppable. James Bond is the greatest British fictional hero of the post-war era. He also has a huge following in the US - and around the world - as a legendary Cold War warrior, and now as a daredevil able to take on the villains of the post-Cold War world. The Bond books are all in print. Today, Sebastian Faulks is writing new stories while Charlie Higson is writing children's versions.In this comprehensive guide to Ian Fleming, the books, the films and the world that was created out of 007, Nigel Cawthorne uncovers Bond's allure. It comes with special sections on the main characters - Q, M, the Bond Girls, and the women who first inspired them; the cars, and the incomparable baddies. It will be the ideal gift for fans and aficionados alike and will be published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR NO; the new film is scheduled for autumn 2012.

A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes

A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2009

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.

Kings & Queens of England

Kings & Queens of England

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2009

Kings & 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

The Sex Secrets Of Old England A saucy compendium of our passionate past

The Sex Secrets Of Old England A saucy compendium of our passionate past

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2009

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.

Special Forces War on Terror True Stories of the Deadliest Missions Behind Enemy Lines in Afghanistan and Iraq

Special Forces War on Terror True Stories of the Deadliest Missions Behind Enemy Lines in Afghanistan and Iraq

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2009

British special forces lead the world. The Green Berets and Delta Force in the US and the special forces in other countries are based on the UK's SAS and SBS. In Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror, the special forces are in the front line. They are even called on by the Americans to help out when particularly dangerous or difficult jobs have to be done. The enemy who confront them admire their professionalism and fear meeting them face to face. Thre can only be one winner in such as encounter. Nigel Cawthorne looks into the activities of the British special forces since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The special forces have close ties with the American special forces which meant the SAS and SBS were itching to aid Britain's most important ally in her moment of need.

Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2009

In November 2008, Somali pirates seized the Sirius Star, a supertanker carrying $100 million-worth of oil and demanded a $25 million ransom for its return. This story, following hot on the heels of the capture of the Ukrainian vessel MV Faina, brought piracy back to the front pages - but these were by no means isolated incidents. Over the past few years, piracy has once again become the scourage of the high seas. Throughout 2008, close to 90 ships were seized in the Gulf of Aden alone and, in many cases, the pirates were paid million-dollar ransoms to release them. What is the reason for this modern-day phenomenon and just who are the men behind it? What started as a patrol to combat commerical plundering of their fish stocks has now grown into a highly organised and lucrative business. In a war-torn country, the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in - they have even been likened to Robin Hood. But whatever the motives behind their actions, these modern-day buccaneers should not be romanticised - their attacks are becoming more violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Nigel Cawthorne looks at the attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits, the Gulf of Guinea and off the coast of Bangladesh, plus he questions how the international community and its peace-keeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans of the world.

The Mammoth Book of the Mafia

The Mammoth Book of the Mafia

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

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 omerta. 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.

World's Ten Most Evil Men From Twisted Dictators to Child Killers

World's Ten Most Evil Men From Twisted Dictators to Child Killers

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2009

In this hard-hitting collection, acclaimed author Nigel Cawthorne examines ten of the most sickeningly twisted men who are still alive today. Some of them, like serial killer Dennis Nilsen and cult leader Charles Manson, are thankfully behind bars. Others, including the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, are still at large. Unbelievably, one of them, Robert Mugabe, is still clinging to the reins of power and continues to inflict suffering and economic mayhem on the desperate people of Zimbabwe. Inside this book is the gut-twisting story of Charles Taylor, the blood-soaked African general who has 'recruited' thousands of child soldiers, and one of the most shocking cases of recent years: that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who imprisoned and sexually abused his own daughter for almost a quarter of a century. This collection is a terrifying reminder that monsters really do exist.

On the Frontline True Stories of Outstanding Bravery by British Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

On the Frontline True Stories of Outstanding Bravery by British Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2009

After the horrors of 9/11, the British armed forces were called upon by the government to engage new enemies in faraway lands. Spearheading the War on Terror, Royal Marines led British troops into Afghanistan in 2002 to oust the Taleban and scatter al-Qaeda. Then in March 2003, again it was the Royal Marines who kicked off the Second Gulf War with an assault into southern Iraq. Since then, the men and women of the British forces have been risking their lives in both theatres, routinely exposed to mortal danger and showing constant courage and fortitude under intense pressure. But their task is not only one of combat and counterinsurgency; many humanitarian acts have been carried out to bring stability and new hope to ravaged peoples, often at great personal risk to servicemen involved.

Piraten

Piraten

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Die spannende Geschichte der klassischen Freibeuter wird hier erzahlt. Wer waren die verwegenen Manner, die mit ihrer Totenkopfflagge Angst und Schrecken verbreiteten? Dieses Buch lasst das Zeitalter der Piraten und das Leben an Bord wieder lebendig werden.

House of Horrors

House of Horrors

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2008

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.

On the Frontline

On the Frontline

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2008

After the horrors of 9/11, the British armed forces were called upon to by the government to engage new enemies in faraway lands. Spearheading the War on Terror, Royal Marines led British troops into Afghanistan in 2002 to oust the Taleban and scatter al-Qaeda. Then in March 2003, again it was the Royal Marines who kicked off the Second Gulf War with an assault in southern Iraq to pave the way for the removal from power of the brutal Saddam Hussein.Since then, the men and women of the British forces have been risking their lives in both theatres, routinely exposed to mortal danger and showing constant courage and fortitude under intense pressure. Whether you agree with the political motivation behind these wars or not, our boys and girls on the frontline have shown outstanding bravery in action against often fanatical foes.But their task is not only one of combat and counter-insurgency; many humanitarian acts have been carried out to bring stability and new hope to ravaged peoples, often at great personal risk to the servicemen involved. And some of the most inspiring stories of courage stem from individual acts of rescue of one wounded soldier by another. On the Frontline tells the story of modern bravery and devotion to duty in the great tradition of British men and women at arms.

Heroes Winners of the Victoria Cross

Heroes Winners of the Victoria Cross

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2007

For a nation with a long and proud military tradition, one token stands above all others as a mark of recognition for the ultimate acts of 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 thirteen 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. Forged in battle, from the shell-scarred hills of Korea, to the windswept marshland of East Falkland and today's counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, each one of these VCs has a uniquely inspiring tale to tell. This is their incredible story.

Public Executions: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day

Public Executions: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2006

Societies throughout history have adopted many and varied methods of meting out the ultimate sanction of capital punishment to their more unruly members.Although a number of countries across the globe still execute their own citizens, on occasion in public, the modern world in general views execution with distaste, and public execution doubly so. Public Executions documents the phenomenon of state-sanctioned killing from the ancient world to modern times, and in doing so, shows that although we regard the ancient practices with horror, they would have been equally bemused by our modern scruples, and would have regarded execution behind closed doors as little short of murder.Public Executions is a gruesomely enthralling account of public executions down through the ages and from around the world.

100 Catastrophic Disasters

100 Catastrophic Disasters

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2006

100 Catastrophic Disasters is an astounding compendium of natural and man-made disasters. The range of entries is extraordinary, from the bizarre to the horrific, and from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous.The book includes some of history's most incredible disasters and tells in vivid detail the story of events of people involved, the impact of particular disasters and the destruction and sorrow they left in their wake. From the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii, to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, from the raging flames of the Great Fire of London to the horror of Chernobyl, every event is chronicled in fascinating detail.100 Catastrophic Disasters is a gripping and compelling account of some of the worst tragedies ever to happen in history, but also reveals some incredible stories of human courage and fortitude in the face of adversity.

The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic science in over thirty real-life crime scene investigations

The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic science in over thirty real-life crime scene investigations

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/2004

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.

History of Pirates

History of Pirates

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2003

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'.

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2003

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.

Steel Fist

Steel Fist

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2003

"e;If the tanks succeed, then victory follows."e;General Heinz Guderian, 1937After 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.

Fighting them on the Beaches

Fighting them on the Beaches

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2002

Fighting Them on the Beaches tells the story of one of the largest and most meticulously organized seaborne invasions in the history of warfare - the Allied Landings of June 6, 1944: D-Day. As the parachutists and glider troops of the US and British airborne divisions went in on the night of June 5, Allied shipping began massing out in the Channel. As down broke on June 6, waves of assault craft hit the Normandy beaches. British, American, Canadian, polish and Free French troops began to stream ashore to storm the defences of the Atlantic Wall in the teeth of overwhelming enemy firepower. By midnight on D-Day 150,000 Allied troops were ashore and the process of consolidating the beachheads and pushing inland had begun.

Turning the Tide: Decisive Battles of the Second World War

Turning the Tide: Decisive Battles of the Second World War

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2002

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 baking Libyan desert, and from the atolls of the Pacific to the skies over Britain. In Turning the Tide, Nigel Cawthorne has taken a fresh look at the crucial battles which decided the outcome of the Second World War, beginning with the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, a feat that boosted the morale of a nation during its darkest hour, and reaching a climactic end with the final bloody reckoning between the Red Army and the Third Reich amongst the ruins of Berlin.

Sex Lives of the Great Composers

Sex Lives of the Great Composers

Author: Nigel Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/1998

Prion's internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film. Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye-opening revelations. Liszt discovered groupies 100 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. In 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.

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