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True stories: discovery / historical / scientific

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Author: Asne Seierstad Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2018

One morning in October 2013, nineteen-year-old Ayan Juma and her sixteen-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents. 'Peace, God's mercy and blessings upon you, Mum and Dad ... Please do not be cross with us...' Leila and Ayan had decided to travel to Syria, 'and help out down there as best we can'. They had been planning for months. By the time their desperate father Sadiq tracks them to Turkey, they have already crossed the border. But Sadiq is determined to find them. What follows is the gripping, heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart. While Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate? Asne Seierstad - with the complete support of the Juma family - followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns. It's a tale that crosses from Sadiq and Sara's original home in Somalia, to their council estate in Oslo, to Turkey and to Syria - where two teenage sisters must face the shocking consequences of their decision.

Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold

Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold

Author: Dr. Brian Collopy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2018

Brazen Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World

Brazen Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World

Author: Penelope Bagieu Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

'Penelope Bagieu ... is a kind of genius. This book already feels like a classic, one to be loved by every girl who reads it from now until the end of time.' Rachel Cooke, The Observer Immerse yourself in the captivating adventures of some of history's unsung heroines, whose stories are told through engaging voices, dazzling drawings and with startling wit. Discover the life of an apache warrior dubbed strong as a man and braver than most of them , the only female Empress of China, three rebel sisters who toppled a fascist regime, a dancer who escaped poverty in America to become the darling of the Paris jazz scene and a resistance fighter, and a little girl who grew up to realise that being a witch is better than being a princess. Take in the stories of volcanologists, astronauts, animal whisperers, activists and explorers and feel ready to take on the world. Illustrated by award-winning Parisian artist Penelope Bagieu, humorous dialogue and uncommon true tales make Brazen an ideal book for anyone who loves trail blazers and courageous women, from Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to The Handmaid's Tale.

Au cA ur de l'Antarctique

Au cA ur de l'Antarctique

Author: Ernest H. Shackleton Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2018

Un carnet de bord qui prend vie ... pour une expedition scientifique incroyable !Le capitaine britannique Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) retrace l'expedition Nimrod, premiere tentative pour atteindre le pole Sud magnetique, de 1907 a 1909. Les membres de l'expedition s'arreterent a moins de 200 kilometres du pole Sud mais pour la premiere fois effectuerent l'ascension du mont Erebus et localiserent le pole magnetique.Ce recit de voyage explicatif nous demontre tout l'aspect humain d'une telle entrepriseEXTRAITLa principale difficulte a laquelle se heurtent presque tous les explorateurs lorsqu'ils veulent organiser un voyage, c'est le manque d'argent. Sous ce rapport, je n'etais guere en bonne posture. L'equipement d'une expedition antarctique entraine une depense de plusieurs centaines de mille francs, dont le recouvrement demeure tres aleatoire. Bien que mon programme eut ete etabli sur des bases aussi economiques que possible, pendant plus d'un an je ne pus reussir a trouver les sommes necessaires. Les recommandations que j'avais obtenues pour des gens fortunes demeuraient sans effet et mes efforts pour les persuader de l'importance de l'A uvre que je me proposais d'entreprendre restaient vains. Malgre ces insucces, je persistai dans ma resolution. C'est seulement, en decembre 1906, que quelques amis personnels me promirent leur appui financier. Encourage par cette confiance, je commencai de nouvelles demarches ; le 12 fevrier 1907, enfin, j'avais des promesses de souscription assez nombreuses pour pouvoir annoncer mon projet.A PROPOS DE L'AUTEURErnest Shackleton, ne le 15 fevrier 1874 a Kilkea en Irlande, et mort le 5 janvier 1922 dans l'ile de la Georgie du Sud, est un explorateur britannique, considere comme l'une des principales figures de l'age heroique de l'exploration en Antarctique et meme, par un expert en leadership tel que le britannique John Adair, comme le plus grand leader (civil) du XXe siecle.

Operation Chaos The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves

Operation Chaos The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves

Author: Matthew Sweet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

October 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War Craig Anderson, John Barilla, Michael Lindner and Rick Bailey, deserted the US Intrepid; smuggled from Tokyo to Sweden via Moscow with the help of a Japanese anti-war group, a draft-card-burning Buddhist priest from Nebraska, and the staff of the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Their act of defiance made them headline news around the world as the Intrepid Four, and inspired other disillusioned young conscripted soldiers to follow their escape to Sweden. Operation Chaos tells the true story of this group of U.S. military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War and how in falling in league with the American Deserters Committee and its mysterious founder Michael Vale they became a thorn in the side of the US government during the Cold War. Travelling widely to Paris, Stockholm, North Carolina, Washington and New York visiting protected archives and meeting with the original agents and dissidents Matthew Sweet here uncovers their life underground, how the US government waged a determined campaign to discredit deserting soldiers, the story behind the secret scheme code named Operation Chaos, how the CIA tried to infiltrate this radical political group, an international game of cat and mouse and spiraling series of events winding all the way to the Manchurian Candidate scare of 1973/4, and the hunt for the victims of the brainwashing institutes of Sweden . Sweet's fascinating journey of discovery sheds new light on one of the great untold tales of the Cold War, where the facts are wilder than any work of fiction.

Waiting Game

Waiting Game

Author: Chantal Ashby Heaven Format: eBook Release Date: 14/11/2017

Every picture tells a story; every story carries a hundred interpretations. The Waiting Game is the story of three very different women, born in three very different epochs with unique challenges and outcomes that reflect the worlds they live in. It is also the story of three very different men, born in three different epochs with challenges and outcomes that reflect the worlds they live in. And at the heart of it all lies seventeen-year-old Holly - static - in a coma - beyond reach. Or is she? What is a coma? What is a minimally conscious state? How can one differentiate between a conscious thinking state and an unconscious dream-like state? What is the difference between reality and fiction? This story, like all good stories, is rooted in fact; and the facts of this particular story, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Thatcherite Eighties and the Blaire Nineties, all have their place in history. Yet the question remains eternal: to what degree should you wear your heart on your sleeve? All proceeds from the sale of this book go to a subject very close to my heart and the women pictured on the front-cover: the cancer charity, Penny Brohn UK.

Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I The Overbury Murder

Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I The Overbury Murder

Author: Anne Somerset Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

'Wonderfully dramatic ... Probably the juiciest court scandal of the past 500 years' Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail 'A sordid yet fascinating story' Antonia Fraser, The Times In the autumn of 1615 the Earl and Countess of Somerset were detained on suspicion of having murdered Sir Thomas Overbury. The arrest of these leading court figures created a sensation. The young and beautiful Countess of Somerset had already achieved notoriety when she had divorced her first husband in controversial circumstances. The Earl of Somerset was one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom, having risen to prominence as the male 'favourite' of England's homosexual monarch, James I. In the coming weeks it was claimed that, after sending Sir Thomas Overbury poisoned tarts and jellies, the Somersets had finally killed him by arranging for an enema of mercury sublimate to be administered. In a vivid narrative, Anne Somerset unravels these extraordinary events, which were widely regarded as an extreme manifestation of the corruption and vice that disfigured the court during this period. It is, at once, a story rich in passion and intrigue and a murder mystery, for, despite the guilty verdicts, there is much about Overbury's death that remains enigmatic. Infinitely more than a gripping personal tragedy, the Overbury murder case profoundly damaged the monarchy, and constituted the greatest court scandal in English history.

The Wreck Of The Ten Sail A true story from Cayman's past

The Wreck Of The Ten Sail A true story from Cayman's past

Author: Sam Oakley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Legend has long claimed that a maritime disaster on the shores of Grand Cayman more than 200 years ago resulted in the Islands' tax-free status as a reward from a grateful British monarch to the inhabitants for their part in rescuing the survivors. Local author Sam Oakley revisits the evidence for the `Wreck of the Ten Sail' in 1794 and comes up with some surprising new discoveries in this new, fully-illustrated account of the incident that may have shaped the future of the Cayman Islands as we know them today.

PiP

PiP

Author: Derek Crowe Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2017

Originally titled 'Love Has No Gender', Pip's story began over 30 years ago at a time of ignorance and misinformation. It is a true story of a journey into the unknown. A lifetime later this tale is still as fresh and as frightening as it was then.A percentage of the royalties for this book will be donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Travelling to Tragedy Great Transport Disasters

Travelling to Tragedy Great Transport Disasters

Author: Rudi Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2017

Arabia Felix

Arabia Felix

Author: Thorkild Hansen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017