• Biography: historical, political & military
      March 2016

      Thirty Secret Years

      A.G. Denniston's Work in Signals Intelligence, 1914-1944

      by Robin Denniston

      30 Secret Years reveals how an enterprising Scottish linguist was able to decipher German naval messages in the Admiralty in World War One. Alastair Denniston became head of the British government’s cabinet noir or cipher-breaking bureau in 1919, developed his team of fellow experts between the wars by spying on the Soviets from Whitehall. In 1939 he went on to lead an enlarged body of secret service men and women to Bletchley Park where they solved the vast problems of machine encipherment, enabling Churchill to avoid defeat in 1941 and invade western Europe in June 1944. It is the story of how one man, working in obscurity and total secrecy, influenced the course of world history over 30 years of war and peace, told by his son.

    • Individual actors & performers

      An East End Life

      by Derek Martin

      As long-suffering EastEnders patriarch Charlie Slater, Derek Martin has become one of British TV's best loved stars. Now in this witty and revealing memoir, Derek tells of his extraordinary journey from growing up in the real East End of London during the Blitz to taking up residency in Albert Square. Derek's journey to Albert Square has proved to be an eventful one. A bone fide East Ender, born within the sound of Bow Bells, Derek grew up during the Blitz in a tight-knit, working-class family. In this candid memoir he describes those tough early days, his stint in the police, life on the wrong side of the law and how he turned his dream of being an actor into a reality. But not before trying his hand as a professional gambler and acting as a runner for the notorious East End gangster Charlie Kray, brother of twins Ronnie and Reggie. Determined to be an actor, Derek began his hugely successful stage and screen career firstly as a stuntman; before landing memorable TV roles in series such as Law and Order, Minder, King and Castle, The Governor and doomed soap Eldorado. In this frank and revealing tale, Derek pulls no punches as he admits past mistakes and describes his remarkable transformation into one of our best loved actors. Meet the man behind the character as he shares with readers his heartbreak over two marriage break ups and his devotion to his twin boys. An East End Life is a truly remarkable story spanning nearly seven decades, packed with tears and laughter that will endear you to this popular star.

    • Individual actors & performers

      On the Beat

      My Story

      by Graham Cole

      Actor Graham Cole pounded the beat in ITV1 police drama The Bill for more than two decades and won plaudits for his carefully crafted portrayal of dependable PC Tony Stamp, the television cop most like the real thing. While on screen Tony Stamp became a Sun Hill stalwart and the sort of old-fashioned policeman you would want on your side, off-screen Graham worked tirelessly with the real police to make sure he's kept up to date with frontline officers. Graham worked in the NHS as a porter before starting his acting career doing summer seasons and working in holiday camps. His television break came as an extra playing monsters in Doctor Who and appearing in episodes of shows such as Only Fools and Horses and Secret Army. Later his skill at stage fighting landed him work as an extra in The Bill and it wasn't long before he was given a full-time job as area car driver and all round good guy Tony Stamp. Now, in a witty and candid memoir, he reveals just what it was like to star in one of television's most enduring series, the key events he's seen during his time on the show and how he really felt about leaving after 25 years. On The Beat is the entertaining autobiography of a likeable star who reveals the inside story behind the scenes of Britain's favourite police drama and the ups and downs of an actor's life.

    • General & world history

      A Greater Love

      by Olga Watkins

      The true story of a woman's incredible journey into the heart of the Third Reich to find the man she loves. When the Gestapo seize 20-year-old Olga Czepf's fiance she is determined to find him and sets off on an extraordinary 2,000-mile search across Nazi-occupied Europe risking betrayal, arrest and death. As the Second World War heads towards its bloody climax, she refuses to give up - even when her mission leads her to the gates of Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps... Now 89 and living in London, Olga tells with remarkable clarity of the courage and determination that drove her across war-torn Europe, to find the man she loved. The greatest untold true love story of World War Two.

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      March 2016

      Cribs For Victory

      The Untold Story of Bletchley Park's Secret Room

      by Joss Pearson

      Cribs For Victory is a posthumous account of the secret code-breaking process in Bletchley Park’s Fusion Room during World War II by Major Neil Webster, one of the key members of the team involved. The Fusion Room was the central unit where decrypted German messages obtained from Hut 6 were compared with the corresponding data extracted by the log readers from the daily radio traffic between enemy stations, thus enabling a complete wartime picture of the enemy order of battle to be constructed. Neil Webster’s liaison role between traffic analysis and cryptography meant he was centrally involved in the search for ‘cribs’ – short pieces of enciphered text where the meaning is either known or can be guessed, allowing the whole cipher to be broken. His book describes this intensive search in detail, the intellectual and technical challenge, the personal stories, the setbacks and the triumphs.

    • History: specific events & topics
      March 2006

      Another Man's Shoes

      by Sven Somme

      Another Man's Shoes is a gripping first-hand account of a Norwegian scientist's escape from German custody during the Second World War after his arrest for spying. Written just after the war, Sven Somme vividly describes his 200-mile trek across the mountains, pursued by German soldiers, in a bid to reach Sweden and freedom in 1944.

    • Biography: historical, political & military
      March 2016

      Flushed With Pride

      The Story of Thomas Crapper

      by Wallace Reyburn

      Flushed With Pride celebrates the life and times of Thomas Crapper, the Victorian sanitary ware manufacturer who revolutionised the nation's water closets. This new edition has been updated by Simon Kirby, the Managing Director of the Thomas Crapper Company.

    • Autobiography: general
      March 2016

      Rockhopper Copper

      Life and Police Work On the World's Most Remote Inhabited Island Tristan Da Cunha

      by Conrad Glass

      Conrad Glass is a policeman with the loneliest beat in the world: he patrols the remote island of Tristan da Cunha in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. No aircraft can land there and few ships pass his way. Much of his work concerns the conservation of some of the rarest species, including the Rockhopper penguin. Rockhopper Copper is the story of the Tristan islanders, told by a direct descendant of the first settler there 200 years ago.

    • Biography & True Stories

      From That Flame

      A Novelized Account of the Life, Death, and Legacy of Ahmed Shah Massoud

      by MaryAnn T. Beverly

      FROM THAT FLAME follows journalist Michelle Garrett as she interviews the legendary Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud – the “Lion of Panjshir” – in Afghanistan’s rugged Hindu Kush Mountains. Without warning, an attack by Taliban and al-Qaeda troops propels Michelle into a wartime adventure with Commander Massoud and his Mujahidin, one in which a friendship between the journalist and Massoud grows, giving her a unique perspective into the man the Wall Street Journal credited as being “the Afghan who ended the Cold War.”

    • True stories
      August 2002

      Dada J.P. Vaswani- His Life & Teachings

      by Krishna Kumari, Dr. Prabha Sampat & Dr. Gulshan Gidwani

      A lovely rose that spreads its fragrance all around; the gentle breeze which wafts in its welcome freshness; the life-giving rain that enlivens everything it touches - such is the life that is dedicated to God and the service of all God's creation. Even such is the life of a living saint - the Life Beautiful that is Dada J.P. Vaswani's.

    • Music

      Deeper Blue

      The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt

      by Robert Earl Hardy

      This is the first serious biography of a man widely considered one of Texas'--and America's--greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was the embodiment of that mythic American figure, the troubled troubadour. A Deeper Blue traces Van Zandt's background as the scion of a prominent Texas family; his troubled early years and his transformation from promising pre-law student to wandering folk singer; his life on the road and the demons that pursued and were pursued by him; the women who loved and inspired him; and the brilliance and enduring beauty of his songs, which are explored in depth. The author draws on eight years' extensive research and interviews with Townes' family and closest friends and colleagues. He looks beyond the legend and paints a colorful portrait of a complex man who embraced the darkness of demons and myth as well as the light of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."

    • Biography & True Stories

      Spirit Mates - The New Time Relationship

      by Anni Sennov, Carsten Sennov

      Most people have heard of the terms ‘soul mate’ and ‘twin soul’. What most people may not yet know is that the concept of soul mate refers to a consciousness realm that is about to completely disappear from the Earth in order to be replaced by the purer and more powerful spirit energy. This is creating great changes in consciousness on Earth and it also means that we humans finally have the opportunity to join together with our spirit mate. In this book the co-authors and spirit mate couple Anni and Carsten Sennov describe with love and insight the different paths and circumstances that can lead you to your spirit mate.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Biography & True Stories
      January 2012

      The Coconut Comes in Due Season

      by David Hurd

      Once the only man, black or white, to be taken into Somalia by the Shifta and live to tell the tale. Author of Kidnap at Kiunga. Mombasa Malindi Kenya Africa. biography, entrepreneurship, trial and error. Hut, restaurant, sail, fishing. Malindi’s Robinson Crusoe. Lion, hippo, snake, velvet monkeys, wild animals. Indian Ocean, dhow, creek, island. Swahili culture, Giriama tribes. Palm wine, biriani, ugali. Foreword by Aamera Jiwaji.

    • Business & management
      January 2012

      The Unprincipled

      The Unvarnished Truth About Running A Marketing Agency From Start-up To Sell-out

      by David Croydon

      Building a business from start-up to sell-out. When I started, or at least co-founded, a small sales promotion agency called Marketing Principles in Oxford over 20 years ago, I had no idea about the dramas that would ensue, or the mixture of fun and games and pain and heartache that could be telescoped into 12 short years. I needed to get a lot of this off my chest for cathartic and purely selfish reasons, but in doing so, and in my current role as small business advisor/coach/mentor/NEC, I realised along the way that the lessons learned might be instructive as well as just entertaining, which is where it originally started. The title is taken from the scurrilous in-house ‘newsletter’ our creative department took to compiling a couple of times a year, to debunk any of our employees who… oh, just anyone who worked for us (including me). We begin the journey in 1985. The key protagonists (at the beginning) all have gainful employment at another local agency, and on the face of it should be content with their lot. But then this thing called ambition comes knocking, and a 12-year roller coaster ride begins. A couple of reviewers have described the content as part business handbook, part memoir, part comic novel, which makes it difficult to categorise in publishing terms. Its style and tone of voice is what makes it unique, and it will appeal to small business owner/managers - from start-ups to established businesses - anywhere: they will recognise many of the issues and problems that we confronted along the way. So it's a personal account, but one that will resonate with anyone who has ever run a small business (or aspires to). Here's a video about the business that is the book's subject matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2_heofh0WE

    • Memoirs

      Shooting Stars Are The Flying Fish Of The Night

      by Lynn Michell & Stefan Gregory

      If you dream or plan to sail off into the blue, you will learn from this book. A great read.— Sir Chay Blyth We dreamed for years of crossing an ocean. Then we did it in a blue boat called Scarlet. A book of many voyages, this account of crossing the Atlantic is much more than a book about sailing. As one reviewers says, ‘It is an endearing human story of a family battling to survive, physically and emotionally.’ There is the meandering trail of nights spent on the internet and trips across the globe hunting for the perfect boat for blue water sailing and for crossing oceans. There is the preparation – stalled in a sweltering American boatyard - while arguments about equipment and finance combine with the narrowing of the hurricane window. There is the crossing itself which starts with the wrong weather, broken boat parts, torn sails, serious leaks and a very seasick crew as Scarlet gets blown off course in unkind seas. Male and female monologues form the internal voyages. The skipper’s thoughts range from the challenges of fitting a wind vane to almost losing an arm in a tangled genoa to the navigational system of the Puluwat Islanders. His wife describes diminishing food supplies, the damp, bruises, blue eggs, jellyfish and her anxiety about the deteriorating health of her son who, suffering from ME, should not have been persuaded to go with them. External and internal journeys criss-cross as Scarlet sails on across 3000 miles of ocean. She would have told a different story. Lynn Michell has published 14 books with HarperCollins, Longman and The Women’s Press. They include a writing scheme for schools, an account of life with ME and two books about mothering adolescents with The Women’s Press, one of which received massive media attention and was translated into several languages. Her debut novel, White Lies, was runner up for Scotland’s Robert Louis Stevenson award, and has received rave reviews. Her second novel is being published in 2015 by Inspired Quill. A third novel is in preparation. Stefan Gregory fell in love with boats at the age of four while dangling his head over the side of a skiff. He is an experienced sailor who has voyaged eventfully with Lynn off the North Wales coast, in Majorca, Croatia and the Caribbean. This was his first ocean crossing. In his day job, he pursues equally dangerous philosophical theories.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2016

      Marooned

      The true story of Cornishman Robert Jeffery

      by James Derriman

      In 1807 a British naval captain, Warwick Lake, marooned an 18-year-old member of his crew from Polperro, Cornwall, on the tiny uninhabited island of Sombrero in the West Indies. The seaman, Robert Jeffery, escaped to the USA but when the news reached England, a search was ordered by Parliament and even the prime minister of the time was involved. The lad was brought home to his family, compensated in part by Lake who was himself dismissed from the service. This extraordinary but true story based on original research is told in Marooned, first published in 1991 and now updated in this new, revised and fully illustrated edition.

    • Memoirs
      September 2013

      Through Grown-up Eyes

      Living with childhood fame

      by Robert Henrey

      Bobby Henrey was eight when he was improbably chosen by film director Carol Reed and producer Sir Alexander Korda to star alongside Sir Ralph Richardson in The Fallen Idol in 1948. The film was an instant success and his performance was singled out for critical acclaim and it remains one of the classics of British cinema. Through Grown-up Eyes is a remarkably moving and candid account of coping with childhood stardom and the vicissitudes of later life in the USA, tragedy and loss. It is ultimately about survival.

    • Biography: religious & spiritual

      Heart of a Lioness

      Sacrifice, Courage and relentless love among the people of Uganda

      by Irene Gleeson

      Autobiography of Australian missionary to the children of Kitgum, northern Uganda. On 21 July 2013 Mama Irene passed away surrounded by her family in Sydney, Australia. Although there was much sadness with this news, Irene left a wonderful legacy, helping many thousands of children to receive food, education, healthcare, vocational training and spiritual nourishment. To the people of Kitgum, Uganda she was a hero who brought love to war-affected children, hope to the hopeless, and help to those who needed to rebuild their future. This is her story.

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