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They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a twist of fate, their uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden wartime lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters - one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it - and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family and the way it has adapted to the changing mores of the twentieth century. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789293364 • Author: Andrew Morton • Publisher: Michael O’Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.25 cm

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From much-loved historian Neil Oliver, comes this beautifully written, kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other. The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. But the tolerant, easygoing peace we enjoy has been hard won. We have made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between, and we have learned some lessons. The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil's very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind's earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784165352 • Author: Neil Oliver • Publisher: Transworld  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 4.7 cm

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Codenamed Operation HUSKY, the Allied assault on Sicily on 10 July 1943 remains the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted in world history, landing more men in a single day than at any other time. The subsequent thirty-eight-day Battle for Sicily was one of the most dramatic of the entire Second World War, involving daring raids by special forces, deals with the Mafia, attacks across mosquito-infested plains and perilous assaults up almost sheer faces of rock and scree. It was a brutal campaign - signalling the beginning of the end of the War in the West. From here on, Italy ceased to participate in the war, the noose began to close around the neck of Nazi Germany, and the coalition between the United States and Britain came of age. Based on his own battlefield studies in Sicily and on much new research over the past thirty years, James Holland's SICILY '43 offers a vital new perspective on a major turning point in World War II. It is a timely, powerful and dramatic account by a master military historian and will fill a major gap in the narrative history of the Second World War. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787632936 • Author: James Holland • Publisher: Bantam Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 640 • Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.1 x 4 cm

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For over 150 years, Broadmoor has contained the UK's most violent, notoriously psychopathic criminals known. Since 1863, Broadmoor opened as an asylum and has housed perpetrators of some of the most dangerous and outrageous crimes in history - from Jack the Ripper suspect James Kelly , armed robber Charles Bronson, gangster Ronnie Kray and cannibal Peter Bryan. The mysterious happenings behind these walls has been unknown until now. Jonathon Levi and cultural historian Emma French paint the scene at Broadmoor after spending nearly a decade speaking and observing those inside. With various exclusive interviews, Inside Broadmoor is the full story into the minds of Britain's most violent and how they are treated. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788700948 Author: Jonathon Levi & Emma French Publisher: Blink Publishing Format: Blink Publishing Pages: 294 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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The captivating life of Margaret Douglas - a life of scandal, political intrigue and royal romance that spanned five Tudor reigns. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should be queen of England. She ranked high at the court of her uncle, Henry VIII, and was lady of honour to five of his wives. Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal - twice - by falling in love with unsuitable men. Throughout her life her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. A born political intriguer, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London three times, once under sentence of death. Her husband and son were brutally murdered, she warred with two queens, and proved instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of England for her grandson. Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas's captivating character out of the shadows for the first time. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780099546467 • Author: Alison Weir • Publisher: Random House • Format: Paperback • Pages: 576  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5 cm

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In November 1942, two nights after the Battle of El Alamein, a young British army officer was captured by German forces. As the Nazis deliberated about what to do with him and his peers, Richard Carver had particular reason to be afraid: unknown to anyone else, he was the stepson of Lt-Gen Bernard Montgomery, who had just inflicted the first serious land defeat on the Third Reich. Having decided on the high-risk strategy of making his way back to Allied HQ in the south, he embarked on a gruelling 500-mile journey through German-occupied territory, evading capture again and again and ultimately being saved by a family of brave Italian peasants who jeopardised not just their own lives but those of an entire village to hide him. This is a tale of great adventure and derring-do - a reminder of a lost age when, in the face of terrifying challenges, a generation rose to extraordinary feats of valour in the service of a cause greater than themselves. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781906021924 • Author: Tom Carver • Publisher: Short Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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A whole nation stood paralysed at the news of Princess Diana's tragic death after a car crash in Paris in August 1997. However heartbroken about the accident that took the life of the People's Princess, many people were sceptical about the government's official statements. After in-depth research of the circumstances of that fateful night, investigative writer and former journalist Noel Botham finally reveals what he alleges to be the truth - Princess Diana fell victim to a ruthlessly executed assassination. Twenty years later, the tragedy still shapes Britain as we know it today. How could the Establishment betray the trust of a whole nation? How was the killing executed? Was there really another car in the tunnel at the time of the crash? Reporting from the innermost sanctums of British intelligence and royalty, Botham reveals shocking answers to what he claims is one of the UK's most successfully kept secrets. Product Information: ISBN: 9781786064769 Author: Noel Botham Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.4 x 12.9cm

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When thinking of the Queen, our first image is one of dignity and authority. She is the very definition of majesty: the British monarch, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and the head of the Commonwealth. But as anyone who knows her will tell you, in person she has a wicked sense of humour. Occasionally unintentional (when meeting guitar legend Eric Clapton she enquired 'Have you been playing a long time?'), sometimes cannily astute ('I have to be seen to be believed') and at times downright silly (nicely demonstrated when staff at Balmoral discovered the Queen jumping up and down with glee exclaiming 'I've won, I've won!' after hearing that England had beaten Australia in the cricket), her sense of humour is like no other. Revealing a side of the Queen's personality that the public rarely see, this joyous little book is a timely celebration of royal humour as Elizabeth II succeeds Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781782433651 • Author: Karen Dolby • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 158 • Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 x 1.5cm

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Prince Philip's life and legacy. Read the new and definitive biography of the remarkable Duke of Edinburgh. For decades Prince Philip shared the Queen’s burden of office without upstaging her, always privately providing reassurance and advice but never overstepping the boundaries of his supporting role. It was an unforgiving position – a challenge for anyone – but one that he met head on. He remained the Queen’s adviser and closest confidant and was known as such the world over. Robert Jobson’s magnificent biography of the Duke of Edinburgh tells the full story of his remarkable life and achievements. Though he was a determined moderniser and environmental campaigner, it was perhaps his greatest achievement to have been a loyal husband and companion, and a loving father and grandfather. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543099 • Author: Robert Jobson • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers Ltd • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 20.29 x 12.7 x 1.91 cm

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The battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War, witnessed the worst single day's loss of British troops between the battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the opening campaigns of the First World War in August 1914. Moreover, decisive defeat at the hands of the Zulu came as an immense shock to a Victorian public that had become used to easy victories over less technologically advanced indigenous foes in an expanding empire. The successful defence of Rorke's Drift, which immediately followed the encounter at Isandlwana (and for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded), averted military disaster and went some way to restore wounded British pride, but the sobering memory of defeat at Isandlwana lingered for many years, while the legendary tale of the defence of Rorke's Drift was re-awakened for a new generation in the epic 1964 film Zulu, starring Michael Caine. In this new volume in the Great Battles series, Ian F. W. Beckett tells the story of both battles, investigating not only their immediate military significance but also providing the first overarching account of their continuing cultural impact and legacy in the years since 1879, not just in Britain but also from the once largely inaccessible and overlooked Zulu perspective. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784387563 • Author: I. F. W. Beckett • Publisher: OUP Oxford • Format: Hardback • Pages: 225  • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm

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When a close colleague is brutally attacked, DI Rebus is drawn into a case involving a hotel fire, an unidentified body and a long-forgotten night of terror and murder. Pursued by dangerous ghosts and tormented by the coded secrets of his colleague's notebook, Rebus must piece together a jigsaw no one - perhaps not even he - wants completed. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780752883571• Author: Ian Rankin• Publisher: Orion Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 340• Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2cm

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The Supermarine Spitfire was developed by R.J. Mitchell and his team for just one reason: to intercept and shoot down enemy bombers from British skies. It was during the Battle of Britain in 1940 that the Spitfire became an enduring legend and a symbol of the British fighting spirit, partnering with the Hawker Hurricane to defeat the might of Hitler’s Luftwaffe and prevent invasion. From 1942-3 onwards, it would range and fight around the world, from Malta and North Africa to Soviet Russia and Burma, often taking on new roles like ground attack and bomber escort for which it had never been designed.  Profusely illustrated with historic photographs, Spitfire The History of a Legend includes all the significant coverage of the Spitfire’s operational service, explaining how the aircraft evolved to meet the war’s changing requirements and overcome the threat of new generations of Luftwaffe fighters. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781912918256 • Author: Mike Lepine • Publisher: Sona Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 144 • Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.32 x 1.52 cm

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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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Henry VIII is Britain's most notorious monarch, remembered for his six wives and splitting the church in two for the sake of annulling his first marriage. But few know the full story of his tempestuous reign. This captivating biography chronicles Henry VIII's life and times, from his early childhood at Eltham to his dominant role as one of the leading players on the international stage. It includes his love affairs, military campaigns, the scheming and plotting of his courtiers and the way in which sex and politics were sometimes fatally intertwined with the Tudor Court. Including useful fact boxes and wonderful illustrations, this accessible book breaks down how Henry transformed the political, religious and social face of Britain. Product Information: ISBN: 9781838575854 Author: Kathy Elgin Publisher: Arcturus Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 x 2.1cm

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The riveting exploits of a fighter aircraft - and an underrated aerial hero of the Second World War. The Hawker Hurricane was flying on the outbreak of war in 1939. Six years later, having saved Britain, it was still playing a major part in the war effort. Widely remembered in its fighter role and unjustly left in the shade of the Spitfire, the Hurricane's role was varied and pivotal: as a fighter, fighter-bomber, anti-tank aircraft and used at sea. Nor was its theatre of operations any less wide: it saw action in France from the beginning of the Phoney War to the outbreak of the Blitzkrieg, in the Battle of Britain, and then as far afield as Russia, Sumatra and Madagascar. In this intensely readable, spirited and classic account, Adrian Stewart describes all the Hurricane's roles, adventures and achievements. He recounts the exploits of the aircraft's outstanding pilots who contributed so much towards mastery of the skies and eventual victory. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325326 • Author: Adrian Stewart • Publisher: Canelo  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4cm

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Having endured seven weeks of training with the 2/5th battalion, the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, Horace Greasley was just twenty-years-old when war was declared. Dive into the magificent and true story of the man who escaped the notorious German concentration camp over 200 times to see his love. Horace found himself facing the might of the German Army in a mucky and gloomy field south of Cherbourg, Northern France. But his war didn't last long... on May 1940, Horace was taken to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland where he fought for survival in a ten-week march to the camp. Left exhausted and broken, all chances of escaping seemed impossible. When Horace met Rosa, the daughter of one of his captors, his whole story changed... Fate had thrown him a lifeline and now he was to risk everything to steal out the camp to see his love and bring back supplies for his fellow prisoners. A powerful true story of love and survival. Product Information: ISBN: 9781789461619 Author: Horace Greasley Publisher: John Blake Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 313 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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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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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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Spitfire Pilot was written in 1940 in the heat of battle when the RAF stood alone against the might of Hitlers Third Reich. It is a tremendous personal account of one of the fiercest and most idealised air conflicts the Battle of Britain seen through the eyes of a pilot of the famous 609 Squadron, which shot down over 100 planes in that epic contest. Often hopelessly outnumbered, in their state of the art Spitfires, Crook and his colleagues committed acts of unimaginable bravery against the Messerschmidts and Junkers. Many did not make it and the author describes the absence they leave in the squadron with great poignancy. Spitfire Pilot is justly regarded as one of the classics of WWII and this new paperback edition, 66 years on, includes an introduction by the historian Richard Overy. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781906502041 • Author: David Crook • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm

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The history of the modern SAS is one of the great successes of post-war Britain. Since it was revived in 1950 to combat Communist insurgents, the Regiment has gone from strength to strength and in the process, it has become one of the most indispensable, and at times controversial, units in the British army. Drawing on his extensive network of contacts and his own experiences, Chris Ryan tells the story of the men on the ground. From the earliest patrols in the Malayan jungle, through to the storming of the Iranian Embassy and up-to-minute missions to capture or kill notorious terrorists. This is the gripping, no-holds-barred account of Regiment operations. Above all, it is a story of elite soldiers fighting, and triumphing, against seemingly impossible odds. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529324686 • Author: Chris Ryan • Publisher: Coronet • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm

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