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A Bear's Diary

A Bear's Diary

Author: Ralph Hancock Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

In 1805 the young Lord Byron, a new undergraduate at Cambridge University, was annoyed to find that he was not allowed to keep a dog in his rooms. So he bought a bear instead. And that might have been the end of it - except that Daisy was no ordinary bear. Three years later, thanks entirely to her unsparing efforts, the idle and dissolute young poet left Cambridge with a Master of Arts degree under his belt, and Daisy set out on a career as a scholar, entertainer, navigator and statesbear. As Napoleon's armies swept over Europe, it was a time when history was being made. She fought beside the future Duke of Wellington, gave wise advice to the Tsar of Russia and Sir Stamford Raffles, unfortunately rescued John Bellingham who was later to shoot the British Prime Minister, and in company with an eccentric Russian aristocrat took a ship through the icy Northeast Passage for the first time. This is her diary, written over seven momentous years that shaped the modern world.

Living Inside Raindrops

Living Inside Raindrops

Author: Luke Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Jimmy Ford is too young to be a soldier, several years too damn young. But that's only if you measure life by the number of years it has been lived in. Jimmy is a dreamer, a charming boy, curious about the world outside his small town of Brentwood, Essex. But as the intensity of the war surges, he hatches a plan to make it to the Western Front. Little does he know; it is a day that will change his life forever. 1917. Jimmy Ford awakes to find himself confined to Warley Lunatic Asylum. As he gets acquainted with the colourful characters at the asylum, Jimmy's childlike perspective to mental health blossoms into a deeper understanding of human nature. But, with his age and illness against him, will he ever find his purpose? Flitting between the asylum walls and the outdoor serenity of his childhood at the outbreak of World War I, the novel explores the human compulsion to survive, how we bear loss and when in the face of adversity; overcoming fear and finding love is still what we strive for.

Smoke Chase

Smoke Chase

Author: Jack Callan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

A bomb goes off at the Tobacco Market, London. John Chase, ex-Fusilier and Red Marine, is wrongly arrested. Along with Burns, a union official who has confessed to the bombing, he is taken to The Warrior, a prison hulk moored on the Thames. Discovering that he and Burns are to be murdered, Chase manages to escape to the safe confines of the Warren. Searching for answers, Chase uncovers a murky world of criminal conspiracy and organised crime. To survive, he must turn to his former army comrades. At close quarters, the melee fighting of the trio is devastating. Will it be enough to save Chase and his family?

MacBride's Wars

MacBride's Wars

Author: Dermod Judge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

What Major John MacBride learns when leading the Irish Brigade in the Second Anglo-Boer War against the British Empire isn't much help when fighting his estranged wife in the French courts. She is the beloved muse of Ireland's leading poet and so charismatic that militant Irish nationalists think she is worth a platoon of heavy dragoons in Ireland's fight for freedom. Back in Ireland, MacBride's involvement in that fight moves the same poet to say that he has transformed from a drunken, vainglorious lout to a major player in the 'terrible beauty' of the 1916 Easter Rising. This is a rollicking story of a life-long struggle against an implacable foe with a tragic love story thrown in.

The Guns of September A Novel of Mcclellan's Army in Maryland, 1862

The Guns of September A Novel of Mcclellan's Army in Maryland, 1862

Author: Alexander B. Rossino Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

September 1862. After John Pope's devastating defeat at Second Bull Run, George McClellan reconstitutes the Army of the Potomac and marches in pursuit of Robert E. Lee's invading Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates have pushed north of the Potomac River into the border state of Maryland in search of one more decisive victory that might bring about Southern independence. Fortune smiles on Little Mac when a lost copy of Lee's orders falls into his hands, revealing the Rebel general's plan to divide his army and capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry. McClellan pushes his army and catches Lee by surprise at South Mountain, where he inflicts a decisive defeat that turns Lee's plan on its head and his army back against the Potomac for a final stand at Sharpsburg on September 17. The resulting battle could decide the fate of the nation. Alexander Rossino brilliantly weaves together these momentous hours inThe Guns of September: A Novel of McClellan's Army in Maryland, 1862. Readers live the high-stakes drama through the gritty minutiae experienced by a host of historical characters-including a diligent General McClellan, the hard-fighting Joseph Hooker, a frustrated Ambrose Burnside, and the aggressive George Armstrong Custer. Rossino also displays a keen understanding of daily travails undergone by the common foot soldier, including experienced veterans from Ohio and greenhorns from central Pennsylvania. The Guns of September is a sweeping account, superbly written with a you-are-there sense that will linger with you long after you finish the book. It is a masterful conclusion to his earlier volume Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862, which is written from the Confederate perspective.

In the Warsaw Ghetto

In the Warsaw Ghetto

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

The Epiphany Betrayal

The Epiphany Betrayal

Author: Caroline Newark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

By 1397 Richard II's reign has descended into a nightmare world of execution, banishment and murder. Only those whom the king loves are safe and much of his fury is directed at the Arundel family of Nell Holand's mother. When Henry of Lancaster seizes the throne from his tyrannical cousin, no-one could be happier than Nell. But her Montagu father-in-law and her uncle, the dangerously ambitious John Holand, are plotting to restore Richard to his throne. When Nell is entrusted with delivering a secret message, she must decide which of the players in this dangerous game are to be trusted and who most deserves her loyalty. Whatever she does, whoever she confides in, she knows people are bound to die. From the shadowy streets of London and the king's magnificent palace at Windsor to the wilds of faraway Devonshire, The Epiphany Betrayal is the story of a young woman who faces hardship and danger when her life is turned upside down, and of the secret she must keep from her husband if she is to remain safe.

The Lost Tunnel of Samos

The Lost Tunnel of Samos

Author: Jane Hartley Schofield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Somewhere, beneath the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean, there was a tunnel, known in antiquity as one of the greatest wonders in the world . Yet the secret of this engineering marvel had been lost for over two thousand years. Until now... Samos: an ancient city, beautiful, ruled by the tyrant Polycrates, is constantly under threat of Persian invasion. Eupalinos, a young engineer in the 6th century BC, is tasked with constructing a mile-long tunnel under the mountain, designed to bring water to the city in case of siege. Beset by rock falls, political interference and the death of a great many slaves, Eupalinos must complete the tunnel before the city is attacked, but he knows he is running out of time. Digging blind, without the benefit of any modern technical aid whatsoever, he decides to build two tunnels, concurrently, one from each end through the mile-wide mountain, but how will he make them meet ? When the tyrant Poycrates offends the Gods by his hubris, the fate of Samos is under question. The Persians invade; will Eupalinos survive and will the city - and their tunnels - fall? In 1853 an elderly archaeologist, Monsieur Victor Guerin, and Eleni, a young Greek woman, set out to look for the whereabouts of the lost tunnel, but over another hundred years must pass before the true wonder of this extraordinary tunnel is discovered.

Champion A German Boxer, a Jewish Assassin and Hitler's Revenge

Champion A German Boxer, a Jewish Assassin and Hitler's Revenge

Author: Stephen Deutsch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2020

Dark haired, slight, with deep-set haunted eyes, Herschel Grynszpan is an undocumented Jewish alien living in Paris. He receives a postcard from his parents - recently bundled from their Hanover flat, put on a train and dumped, with 12,000 others on the Polish border. Enraged, Herschel buys a gun and kills a minor German official in the German Embassy. The repercussions trigger Kristalnacht, the nationwide pogrom against the Jews in Germany and Austria, a calamity which some have called the opening act of the Holocaust. Intertwined is the parallel life of the German boxer, Max Schmeling, who as a result of his victory over the then 'invincible' Joe Louis in 1936 became the poster boy of the Nazis. He and his movie-star wife, Anny Ondra, were feted by the regime - tea with Hitler, a passage on the airship Hindenburg - until his brutal two-minute beating in the rematch with Louis less than two years later. His story reaches a climax during Kristalnacht, where the champion performs an act of quiet heroism.

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Author: Celia Rees Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Germany, 1946 A reluctant spy is born... An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying... Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls' school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life - but Edith is not everything she seems to be. Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coding messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend - after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network? But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Germany, 1946 A reluctant spy is born... An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying... Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls' school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life - but Edith is not everything she seems to be. Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coding messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend - after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network? But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?

Hitler's Secret The Sunday Times bestselling spy thriller

Hitler's Secret The Sunday Times bestselling spy thriller

Author: Rory Clements Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The most anticipated spy thriller of 2020, from the award-winning author of Corpus. Autumn 1941. The war is going badly for Britain and its allies. If Hitler is to be stopped, a new weapon is desperately needed. In Cambridge, professor Tom Wilde is approached by an American intelligence officer who claims to know of such a weapon - one so secret even Hitler himself isn't aware of its existence. If Wilde can smuggle the package out of Germany, the Third Reich will surely fall. But it is only when he is deep behind enemy lines that Wilde discovers why the Nazis are so desperate to prevent the 'package' falling into Allied hands. And as ruthless killers hunt him through Europe, a treacherous question hangs over the mission: if Hitler's secret will win them the war, why is Wilde convinced it must remain hidden? Dramatic, intelligent, and utterly compelling, Hitler's Secret is the Sunday Times bestselling spy thriller of 2020 from the award-winning author of Corpus and Nucleus - perfect for readers of Robert Harris, C J Sansom and Joseph Kanon. _____________________________ Praise for Rory Clements: 'Political polarisation, mistrust and simmering violence' The Times 'A standout historical novel and spy thriller' Daily Express 'Enjoyable, bloody and brutish' Guardian 'A dramatic, twisty thriller' Daily Mail 'A colourful history lesson . . . exciting narrative twists' Sunday Telegraph