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True stories: discovery / historical / scientific

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Failures of State

Failures of State

Author: Jonathan Calvert, George Arbuthnott Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/03/2021

The extraordinary inside story of the UK's response to the coronavirus pandemic from the country's most reputable investigative journalist unit at The Sunday Times. Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus recalls in detail the extraordinary political decisions taken at the heart of Boris Johnson's team during the global pandemic. Liaising with a government whistle-blower and corroborated by a host of inside sources, including scientists, emergency planners, politicians and advisers to Downing Street, Failures of State is the first of its kind to tell the story of what happened at the top of government before, during and after the most significant health crisis in a century beyond - and a book that uniquely details the key day to day decisions (or lack thereof) of some of the most influential people in the country.

The Disappearing Act

The Disappearing Act

Author: Florence de Changy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared...' A remarkable piece of investigative journalism into one of the most pervasive and troubling mysteries of recent memory. 01:20am, 8 March 2014. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared into the night, never to be seen or heard from again. The incident was inexplicable. In a world defined by advanced technology and interconnectedness, how could an entire aircraft become untraceable? Had the flight been subject to a perfect hijack? Perhaps the pilots lost control? And if the plane did crash, where was the wreckage? Writing for Le Monde in the days and months after the plane's disappearance, journalist Florence de Changy closely documented the chaotic international investigation that followed, uncovering more questions than answers. Riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions and a lack of basic communication between authorities, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 only deepened. Now, de Changy offers her own explanation. Drawing together countless eyewitness testimonies, press releases, independent investigative reports and expert opinion, The Disappearing Act offers an eloquent and deeply unnerving narrative of what happened to the missing aircraft. An incredible feat of investigative journalism and a testament to de Changy's tenacity and resolve, this book is an exhaustive, gripping account into one of the most profound mysteries of the 21st century.

The Disappearing Act

The Disappearing Act

Author: Florence de Changy Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared...' A remarkable piece of investigative journalism into one of the most pervasive and troubling mysteries of recent memory. 01:20am, 8 March 2014. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers, disappeared into the night, never to be seen or heard from again. The incident was inexplicable. In a world defined by advanced technology and interconnectedness, how could an entire aircraft become untraceable? Had the flight been subject to a perfect hijack? Perhaps the pilots lost control? And if the plane did crash, where was the wreckage? Writing for Le Monde in the days and months after the plane's disappearance, journalist Florence de Changy closely documented the chaotic international investigation that followed, uncovering more questions than answers. Riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions and a lack of basic communication between authorities, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 only deepened. Now, de Changy offers her own explanation. Drawing together countless eyewitness testimonies, press releases, independent investigative reports and expert opinion, The Disappearing Act offers an eloquent and deeply unnerving narrative of what happened to the missing aircraft. An incredible feat of investigative journalism and a testament to de Changy's tenacity and resolve, this book is an exhaustive, gripping account into one of the most profound mysteries of the 21st century.

Curse of Oak Island

Curse of Oak Island

Author: Randall Sullivan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2020

From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible. Since then the mystery of Oak Island's Money Pit has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn. Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers' imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives. Theories abound as to what's hidden on Oak Island-pirates' treasure, Marie Antoinette's lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare's plays-yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma. The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers. And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel's television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes readers along to follow their quest firsthand.

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 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 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 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.

Windrush and the Black Pentecostal Church in Britain

Windrush and the Black Pentecostal Church in Britain

Author: Roy N Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

In the 1980s, another equally important migration took place. Africans started coming to Britain. Roy explains what attracted them to the country, highlights the success they had, contrasts this with earlier Caribbean experiences and considers what is likely to happen in the future. This is a timely book which shines a light on British religious life rarely written about, but one that's been a great success story, the Caribbean and African Christian migration to Britain.

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