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True stories: discovery / historical / scientific

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It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Author: Cathy Newman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

'Sometimes, 1+1 = changing the world. Cathy Newman's witty, warm history on the power of determined couples will make you look at your relationship and wonder, Could we be doing more this weekend than just going to IKEA? ' CAITLIN MORAN Throughout history, collaboration has fuelled greatness. From rivals pressuring each other forwards to friends combining their talents, it's clear: often two heads are better than one. In It Takes Two, Cathy Newman rewrites the history books to expose this strange power of two - the reason Holmes and Watson need to come as a pair, and Apple could not have been started by Steve Jobs alone. Bringing together an extraordinary range of stories from around the world, Newman shows how double acts have relied on each other, how minds have married to usher in miraculous discoveries, and how those we think of as lone geniuses often did not work solo. How did William and Ellen Craft work together to pull off a perilous cross-country escape from slavery? How did the queer artists Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun become icons of the surrealist movement, then heroines of the resistance during WW2? How did Amelia Earhart and George 'Mr Earhart' Putnam forge a true marriage of equals and adventure? How do today's most powerful couples - from Beyonce and Jay-Z to Bill and Melinda Gates - negotiate coupledom and individual achievement in the spotlight? Vibrant, feminist and unexpected, this brilliant history shows the value of friction, obsession, difference and trust when it comes to progress - and retrieves the work of many who have been forgotten, asking why certain collaborators are so often left out of the narrative.

It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Author: Cathy Newman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

'Sometimes, 1+1 = changing the world. Cathy Newman's witty, warm history on the power of determined couples will make you look at your relationship and wonder, Could we be doing more this weekend than just going to IKEA? ' CAITLIN MORAN Throughout history, collaboration has fuelled greatness. From rivals pressuring each other forwards to friends combining their talents, it's clear: often two heads are better than one. In It Takes Two, Cathy Newman rewrites the history books to expose this strange power of two - the reason Holmes and Watson need to come as a pair, and Apple could not have been started by Steve Jobs alone. Bringing together an extraordinary range of stories from around the world, Newman shows how double acts have relied on each other, how minds have married to usher in miraculous discoveries, and how those we think of as lone geniuses often did not work solo. How did William and Ellen Craft work together to pull off a perilous cross-country escape from slavery? How did the queer artists Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun become icons of the surrealist movement, then heroines of the resistance during WW2? How did Amelia Earhart and George 'Mr Earhart' Putnam forge a true marriage of equals and adventure? How do today's most powerful couples - from Beyonce and Jay-Z to Bill and Melinda Gates - negotiate coupledom and individual achievement in the spotlight? Vibrant, feminist and unexpected, this brilliant history shows the value of friction, obsession, difference and trust when it comes to progress - and retrieves the work of many who have been forgotten, asking why certain collaborators are so often left out of the narrative.

It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Author: Cathy Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

'Sometimes, 1+1 = changing the world. Cathy Newman's witty, warm history on the power of determined couples will make you look at your relationship and wonder, Could we be doing more this weekend than just going to IKEA? ' CAITLIN MORAN Throughout history, collaboration has fuelled greatness. From rivals pressuring each other forwards to friends combining their talents, it's clear: often two heads are better than one. In It Takes Two, Cathy Newman rewrites the history books to expose this strange power of two - the reason Holmes and Watson need to come as a pair, and Apple could not have been started by Steve Jobs alone. Bringing together an extraordinary range of stories from around the world, Newman shows how double acts have relied on each other, how minds have married to usher in miraculous discoveries, and how those we think of as lone geniuses often did not work solo. How did William and Ellen Craft work together to pull off a perilous cross-country escape from slavery? How did the queer artists Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun become icons of the surrealist movement, then heroines of the resistance during WW2? How did Amelia Earhart and George 'Mr Earhart' Putnam forge a true marriage of equals and adventure? How do today's most powerful couples - from Beyonce and Jay-Z to Bill and Melinda Gates - negotiate coupledom and individual achievement in the spotlight? Vibrant, feminist and unexpected, this brilliant history shows the value of friction, obsession, difference and trust when it comes to progress - and retrieves the work of many who have been forgotten, asking why certain collaborators are so often left out of the narrative.

A Fortunate Life

A Fortunate Life

Author: A B Facey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

Killing at its Very Extreme

Killing at its Very Extreme

Author: Derek Molyneux, Darren Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2020

Killing at its Very Extreme takes the reader to the heart of Dublin from October 1917 to November 1920, effectively the first phase of Dublin's War of Independence. It details pivotal aspects at the outset, then the ramping up of the intelligence war, the upsurge in raids and assassinations. Vividly depicting mass hunger-strikes, general strikes, prison escapes, and ruthless executions by the full-time IRA 'Squad', amid curfews and the functioning of an audacious alternative government. Intensity builds as the reader is embedded into Commandant Dick McKee's Dublin Brigade to witness relentless actions and ambushes. The authors' unprecedented access lays bare many myths about key players from both sides. The tempo escalates with deployment of the notorious Black and Tans and Auxiliaries, as well as a host of cunning political and propaganda ploys. Desperate plights and horrific reprisals are portrayed, the effects of mass sectarian pogroms and killings. Tthe sacking of Balbriggan, the killing of Sean Treacy, the death of Terence MacSwiney, and the capture and execution of teenager Kevin Barry. As in the authors' previous works the pulsating tension, elation, fear, desperation, hunger, the mercy and the enmity leap from the pages. The harrowing circumstances suffered by those whose sacrifices laid the bedrock for modern Ireland, and whose own words form the book's primary sources, are recounted in unflinching detail.

Treasure Islands

Treasure Islands

Author: Alec Crawford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

In 1971 Alec Crawford is determined to make his fortune from ship salvage. Early attempts lead nowhere until he teams up with a new partner, Simon Martin. Diving in Hebridean waters, they explore remains of the Spanish Armada, and the wreck of the SS Politician, the vessel made famous in the Whisky Galore. But money is scarce and irregular, and the work is fraught with danger and disappointment. Until they hear of one of the most incredible wrecks of all time - the White Star Liner Oceanic, which, when built in 1899, was the biggest and most luxurious ship in the world. Widely regarded as an 'undiveable' wreck, lying somewhere off the remote island of Foula, they decide to take the challenge. They face unbelievably dangerous waters and appalling weather conditions, and when a large salvage company takes action against them, they also have a huge legal fight on their hands. But if they succeed, the rewards will be enormous...

The Great Scottish Women Colouring Book

The Great Scottish Women Colouring Book

Author: Diana Matos Gagic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2020

Operation Morthor

Operation Morthor

Author: Ravi Somaiya Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020

'One of the mysteries I've long been fascinated by, and I am so grateful that Ravi Somaiya has cracked it open so brilliantly' David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon A PLANE CRASH IN THE JUNGLE. A LEGENDARY STATESMAN DEAD. A TRAGIC ACCIDENT... OR THE ULTIMATE CONSPIRACY? For nearly sixty years, the circumstances surrounding the death of renowned diplomat Dag Hammarskjoeld have remained one of the Cold War's most tightly guarded secrets. Now, with exclusive evidence, investigative journalist Ravi Somaiya finally uncovers the truth. In 1961 the Congo was in crisis, fragmented and at war with itself. The streets of Leopoldville, the capital, were crawling with CIA operatives, MI6 agents and Soviet infiltrators. Belgian colonialists, Rhodesian white supremacists and corporate mercenaries massed in the south of the country. The chaos conspired to make it one of the most dangerous places on earth. UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjoeld, the man John F. Kennedy called 'the greatest statesman of our century' flew into the maelstrom. He was an idealist. The Congo's best hope for peace and independence. But en route to a diplomatic summit to reunite the country, Hammarskjoeld's plane mysteriously disappeared. Soon afterward he was discovered dead in the smoking wreckage, an Ace of Spades playing card placed on his body. A riveting work of investigative journalism based on new evidence, recently revealed first-hand accounts, and groundbreaking interviews, Operation Morthor reveals the plot behind one of the longest-standing murder mysteries of the Cold War, with dark implications for governments and corporations alike.

The Mayflower Pilgrims

The Mayflower Pilgrims

Author: Nick Bunker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

16 SEPTEMBER 1620: 400 YEARS SINCE THE MAYFLOWER SET SAIL On a blustery day in September 1620 a small ship, the Mayflower, set sail from the English port of Plymouth. Known to history as the Pilgrims, the passengers on board were beginning an adventure to find religious freedom, undeterred by the daunting prospect of establishing a colony in uncharted territory thousands of miles from home. They were successful. At least 10 million US citizens are their descendants. This short edition is the essential guide to the fascinating story of the Mayflower - a project that changed history on both sides of the Atlantic. It is taken from the longer work, Making Haste from Babylon by renowned historian Nick Bunker.

Gunpowder, Apples and Cement

Gunpowder, Apples and Cement

Author: Evelyn Cook Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2020

This fascinating, meticulously researched book is an affectionate account of an English country home, Higham Hall in Kent. When you live in a historic house, you are always conscious of your predecessors. 'Gunpowder, Apples and Cement' brings the previous occupants of one such house to life. Detailing a continuous thread of occupation from the mid-seventeenth century to today, tells the story of an English country home and the families who lived there. Full of engrossing details about the social and economic history of Kent, it provides an engaging history of middle-class English life over a period of 450 years. In the process, this captivating story looks at the links between intensely local history and national events - and reminds us that history is made up of individuals and their stories.

Penguin Diplomacy

Penguin Diplomacy

Author: June Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Strangers on the Praia

Strangers on the Praia

Author: Paul French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2020