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Join the notorious Peaky Blinders as we know them, from their hit TV series, and enjoy following the lives infused with drama and dead... Charismatic and fashionably dressed, the deeply flawed Shelby family have become cult anti-heroes. Well-known social historian, broadcaster and author, Carl Chinn, revealed the true story of the notorious gang in his bestselling Peaky Blinders: The Real Story and now in this follow-up book, he explores the legacy they created in Birmingham and beyond. What happened to them and their gangland rivals? In Peaky Blinders: The Legacy we revisit the world of Billy Kimber's Peaky Blinders, exploring their legacy throughout the 1920s and 30s, and how their burgeoning empires spread across the UK. Delve into the street wars across the country, the impact of the declaration of War on Gangs by the Home Secretary after The Racecourse War in 1921, and how black-market bookmaking gave way to new and daring opportunities for the likes of Sabini, Alfie Solomon and some new faces in the murky gangland underworld. Drawing on Carl's inimitable research, interviews and original sources, find out just what happened to this incredible cast of characters, revealing the true legacy of the Peaky Blinders. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789462937 • Author: Carl Chinn • Publisher: John Blake Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.9 x 1.6cm

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To celebrate Liverpool Football Club's 2019/2020 triumph, the club is releasing '19' which recounts in detail the full story of each top flight title success, a journey which started 120 years ago, back in September 1900! Packed with anecdotes, facts and statistics, this thoroughly researched, impressive offering, includes the thoughts and opinions of the players, managers, protagonists and fans, who were involved in delivering the 'Holy Grail' of English football to the Anfield trophy cabinet. Written by Carl Clemente along with paramount contributions from historian Arnie Baldursson from the highly-respected LFChistory.net, this forthcoming publication will be cherished by Liverpool fans wanting to revel in their club's rich history. Product Information: ISBN: 9781911613763 Author: Liverpool Football Club Publisher: Reach Sport Format: Hardback Pages: 560 Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 1cm

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Descendant of a Peaky Blinder and the son of an illegal Birmingham bookmaker, historian Carl Chinn presents us with the real life Peaky Blinder story... Billy Kimber, Darby Sabini and Alfie Solomons are more than just fictional characters. The charismatic but deeply flawed Shelby family are the favourite relatives of the ITV series, prowling the dingy back streets of Brum and leaving murder and mayhem on every street corner. But who were the real peaky blinders? Join Carl Chinn as he presents unseen photographs, interviews and facts about the real-life gangs of Birmingham. Get to grips with everything you need to know on the infamous icons - by order of the Peaky Blinders. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789461725• Author: Carl Chinn• Publisher: John Blake• Format: John Blake• Pages: 276• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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It is 1940 and the Royal Air Force is called to defend Britain from invasion with the RAF Fighter Command already operating. In this book Saunders asserts that the fall of France in June 1940 had been brought about through the lack of any centralised command and control structure, but it was the complete opposite for the defence of the British Isles during the Battle of Britain that followed. This manual sets out the organisational planning and the operational details of how the RAF fought the battle. From how the system worked to fight the Luftwaffe to an examination of the weapons and tactics, Saunders covers all the details of the RAF's preparation and handling during this memorable period of time. Product Information: ISBN: 9780857335081 Author: Andy Saunders Publisher: Haynes Format: Hardback Pages: 164 Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.2 x 1cm

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The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms - non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography - were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it. Exploration, map-making and mythology are all brought together to create a colourful tapestry of monsters, heroes and volcanoes; swindlers, mirages and murderers. Sometimes the stories are almost impossible to believe, and remarkably, some of the errors were still on display in maps published in the 21st century. The Phantom Atlas is a beautifully produced volume, packed with stunning maps and drawings of places and people that never existed. The remarkable stories behind them all are brilliantly told by Edward Brooke-Hitching in a book that will appeal to cartophiles everywhere. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781471159459• Format: Hardback• Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching• Publisher: Simon { Schuster• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 2.5cm

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Expanded and updated, this is the definitive history of British serial killing 1888-2020 - by the UK's leading criminologist, David Wilson. This fascinating tells the stories of Britain's serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case. David Wilson has worked as a Prison Governor and as a profiler, and has been described as the UK's leading expert on serial killers. His work has led him to meet several of the UK's deadliest killers, and build up fascinating insights into what makes a serial killer - and who they are most likely to target. A vivid narrative history and a call for prison and social reform, Professor Wilson's new book is a powerful and gripping investigation of Britain's serial murderers. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751581072 • Author: David Wilson • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm

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The prison break from Stalag Luft III in eastern Germany was the largest of its kind in World War II. It shows the variety and depth of the men sent into harms way during World War II, something emphasised by the population of Stalag Luft III. Most of the Allied POWs were flyers, with all the technical, tactical and planning skills that profession requires. Such men are independent thinkers, craving open air and wide-open spaces, which meant than an obsession with escape was almost inevitable'- John D Gresham Between dusk and dawn on the night of March 24th-25th 1944, a small army of Allied soldiers crawled through tunnels in Germany in a covert operation the likes of which the Third Reich had never seen before. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784384388 • Author: Jonathan F. Vance • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3cm

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Her beauty saved her life... and condemned her. In 1942, Cilka Klein was sixteen-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Noticing her beautiful long hair, Commandment Schwarzhuber forced her to separate from the other women prisoners. Cilka was then charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to Vorkuta, a prison camp in Siberia. Once again, Cilka faced a familiar and horrifying battle for survival. Befriending a woman doctor, Cilka learnt to nurse the ill in the camp... eventually tending to a man named Alexandr. The story of Cilka's discovery that there is room in your heart for love, despite all unimaginable circumstances. A powerful testament to the triumph of human will, based on what is known of Cilka Klein's experiences. The sequel to the No.1 Bestseller - The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785769047• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Zaffre• Format: Hardback• Pages: 401• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785763649• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre• Format: Hardback• Pages: 275• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5cm

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Pablo Escobar was the most notorious drug lord the world has ever seen... He became one of the ten richest men on the planet and controlled 80 per cent of the global cocaine trade before he was shot dead in 1993. This is the long-awaited autobiography of his eldest son, Roberto Sendoya Escobar. Over the years, during his rise to prominence as the most powerful drug lord the world has ever known, Pablo Escobar tries, repeatedly, to kidnap his son. Flanked by his trusty bodyguards, the child, unaware of his true identity, is allowed regular meetings with Escobar and it becomes apparent that the British government is working covertly with the gangster in an attempt to control the money laundering and drug trades. Life becomes so dangerous, however, that the author is packed off from the family mansion in Bogota to an English public school. Many years later in England, as Roberto's adopted father lies dying in hospital, he hands his son a coded piece of paper which, he says, reveals the secret hiding place of the 'Escobar Missing millions' the world has been searching for! The code is published in this book for the first time. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543976 • Author: Roberto Sendoya Escobar • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 x 2.7cm  

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The son of a Hull butcher, Neville 'Timber' Wood volunteered in 1939, at the age of eighteen, to join the British Army's Tyne-Tees 50th Northumbrian Division. Timber was in many ways an entirely unremarkable soldier - he won no medals for gallantry, though he exhibited conspicuous bravery day after day, for years, and he rose no higher through the ranks than Lance Corporal. Nonetheless, he had an extraordinary war. As a driver for the Royal Army Service Corps, Timber's job was to get ammunition and high explosives to the front line. It was a job with a high casualty rate, sometimes higher than front-line troops. The 50th Division was the principal fighting division of the British Army in the Second World War. Four men of the 50th were awarded Victoria Crosses, more than any other division. It was last off the beach at Dunkirk and the first back on it on D-Day; the division was at the heart of El Alamein and the major actions which followed; it took part in the invasion of Sicily and fought all the way from Normandy to Germany, where Timber saw first-hand the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472144591 • Author: Mike Wood • Publisher: Robinson • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.4cm

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World War II from Above offers a never-before-seen combination of annotated satellite images and expertly drawn battle maps. It aims to satisfy both the military history buff and those seeking a visually stunning history gift book, bringing the war vividly and dramatically to life by showing the actual landscapes where battles took place along with specially commissioned annotations depicting remarkable events, troop movements, heroic last stands, or even where individual soldiers stood or fell. Each of the 25 chapters features an enhanced Google Earth image, along with specially commissioned battle maps showing every facet of the conflict in exceptional detail. Written by a highly decorated soldier and leading military history expert, this is an innovative, richly detailed and visually stunning overview of history's most destructive conflict. Product Information: ISBN: 9781787395817 Author: Julian Thompson Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 160 Dimensions: 22.4 x 25.7 x 2.1cm

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An essential gift for every history buff, this boldly illustrated book maps out the events that have shaped our world - from the dawn of human civilization to the present day. A comprehensive and accessible guide to the history of human civilisation, World History profiles everything from the emergence of Homo Sapiens to the Greek and Roman empires, through Chinese dynasties, the rise of the Vikings, and the Renaissance, to the Industrial Revolution and World War I and II. Offering a concise and insightful overview of key historical milestones that have occurred over the course of the last century, the book also covers more recent events such as the rise of ISIS, the Arab Spring, and Brexit and populism in the Western world. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241457856 Author: DK Publisher: DK Format: Hardback Pages: 416 Dimensions: 20.3 x 24 x 3.2cm

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The extraordinary sound and site of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flights that soar overhead is really something to remember... The Flight serves as a important reminder of the 544 RAF aircrew that were killed during the Battle of Britain in 1940 - 'Lest we forget'. With six spitfires, two hurricanes, a Lancaster, Dakota and two Chipmunks all in 2015, enjoy this unique access to the Flight itself and examine every aspect of the team at work. Discover the flight's engineers and join the pilots to take a look at the flypasts and formations that the BBMF has been involved in over the years. Celebrate the mighty Memorial Flight with Keith Wilson and delve into the unique insight of it's history as the significant and powerful aircraft it was. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780857335166• Author: Keith Wilson• Publisher: Haynes• Format: Hardback• Pages: 157• Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 2cm

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Beginning on the bloody battlefield of Bosworth, when Henry Tudor seized the crown of England and ended the Wars of the Roses, The Tudors contains stories and characters that have fascinated readers for centuries. The Tudor age gave us Henry VIII, famous for his six marriages and for breaking from Rome; 'Bloody Mary' and her attempt to return England to the Catholic fold; and Elizabeth I, 'Gloriana,' who reigned in a new era of discovery and innovation. Illustrated with contemporary artworks, photographs and documents The Tudors tells the public and private story of England's most famous royal family and the England they ruled. Product Information: ISBN: 9781787396647 Author: Siobhan Clarke & Linda Collins Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 160 Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.6 x 1.7cm

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From stalwart little locomotives of topographical necessity to the maverick engines of one man's whimsy, Britain's narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines! Join Chris Arnot on a journey setting out to explore idiosyncrasy, enthusiasm and eccentricity, from the south coast to the mountains of north Wales and the mining land of the Scottish borders. Discover these little trains with their big tales of Britishness! Product Information: ISBN: 9780749578497 Author: Chris Arnot Publisher: AA Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 22.5 x 15 x 3.5cm

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Nature holds the answers for Raynor and her husband Moth and after walking 630 miles homeless along The Salt Path, the windswept and wild English coastline now feels like their home. Despite Moth's terminal diagnosis, against all medical odds, he seems revitalized in nature - outside, they discover that anything is possible. Now, life beyond The Salt Path awaits.  As they return to four walls, the sense of home is illusive and returning to normality is proving difficult - until an incredible gesture by someone who reads their story changes everything: A chance to breathe life back into a beautiful but neglected farmhouse nestled deep in the Cornish hills; rewilding the land and returning nature to its hedgerows becomes their new path. Along the way, Raynor and Moth learn more about the land that envelopes them, find friends both new and old, and, of course, embark on another windswept adventure when the opportunity arises. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241401460 • Author: Raynor Winn • Publisher: Michael Joseph • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 2.8cm

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It is the 1930s in Vienna and after the Nazis annex Austria, the Kleinmann family's ordinary and simple world is turned upside down. With neighbours turning on them and their business seized, the threat to the family becomes greater than ever before. Nazi police send Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann, father and son, to Buchenwald in Germany for what was about to be an unimaginable and tragic ordeal. Through months of suffering and torturous work, there is one constant that keeps the pair alive : the strong love between father and son. Delve into a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a father and son and their experience in Auschwitz, based on meticulous archival research and Gustav's secret diary for the first time ever released. A story of love, courage, strength and heart-break in the face of unparalleled horrors. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780241448496• Author: Jeremy Dronfield• Publisher: Penguin Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 415• Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 4.5cm

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The Spitfire is the world's most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky. Yet, even today, the history of the Spitfire contains many hitherto hidden or little-known stories of the men and women behind the plane; not only the gifted creators and inventors who brought the Spitfire to life, or the brave fighter pilots from many countries who triumphed in battle, but also the thousands of other people whose lives were affected by their personal connection to it - engineers, ground crew, factory or office workers, and their families. The Spitfire Story recounts the memories and stories of these people, from the birth of the iconic Spitfire in the 1930s to the present day. Product Information: ISBN: 9781789291360 Author: Jacky Hyams Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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Shurka, her husband and their two small children never thought the war would reach their remote Polish village. They were wrong. Forced to flee their family home, they find shelter with their fellow Jews in the ghetto - but every night more and more people disappear, taken away on trucks to never be seen again. As terrible rumours of extermination camps swirl, Shurka realises that the longer they stay in the ghetto, the lower their chances of survival. Their best hope is to flee into the Polish forest, where Jewish resistance fighters hold out against Nazi search parties. Their new life is precarious in the extreme - and will test them more than they ever thought possible... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787465947 • Author: Adiva Geffen • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 301 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm

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