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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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For the first time, legendary DEA operatives Steve Murphy and Javier F. Pena tell the true story of how they took down Pablo Escobar. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's brutal Medellin Cartel was responsible for trafficking tonnes of cocaines to North America and Europe in the 1980s and '90s. Colombia became a war zone as his sicarios mercilessly murdered thousands of people - competitors, police and civilians - to ensure he remained Colombia's reigning kingpin. With billions in personal income, Escobar bought off politicians and lawmen and became a hero to poorer communities by building houses and sports centres. He was untouchable. From their rigorous physical training and early assignments in Miami and Austin, to the Colombian mission that would make their names, Manhuntersis the jaw-dropping true story of how the world's most infamous narcoterrorist was finally put out of business. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472268358 • Author: Stephen E Murphy • Publisher: Headline • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2cm

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Dacre's War is a story of personal and political vengeance... Ten years after the battle of Flodden, Adam Crozier, head of his clan and of an increasingly powerful alliance of Borderers, learns for sure that it was Lord Thomas Dacre - now the most powerful man in the north of England - who ordered his father's murder. He determines to take his revenge. As a fighting man, Crozier would like nothing better than to bring Dacre down face to face but his wife Louise advises him that he must use more subtle methods. So he sets out to engineer Dacre's downfall by turning the machinery of the English court against him. A vivid and fast-moving tale of political intrigue and heartache, Dacre's War is a fascinating portrait of the historical Scottish and English borderlands, a place were there is never any chance of peace. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781846973413 • Author: Rosemary Goring • Publisher: Polygon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 3.5cm

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Becoming Minister of Defence as well as Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill was ready to get his hands dirty and take personal control of military policy. With full responsibility for Britain's success or failure in war effort, he would be faced with monumental challenges and crucial decisions upon which the fate of Britain and the free world rest. How to respond to the collapse of France was one example of this and ordering Admiral Sommerville to sink the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir demonstrated to the world that he was determined to wage war 'whatever the cost may be'. But should Churchill have concentrated on the defence of the realm or take the war to the enemy? Where should any offensive action be focused? How much support should be offered to the Soviet Union? Delve into the insightful investigation into Churchill's conduct during the Second World War as Allen Packwood shares the agonies and uncertainties faced at each crucial stage. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781526771094• Author: Allen Packwood• Publisher: Frontline Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 271• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.5cm

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This is a unique collection of strange laws, heroic deeds, surprising revelations and other quirky stories that have shaped the unique history of Scotland. Scotland's long history is an extraordinarily rich source of amazing facts, whether your interest is political, social, architectural or historical. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781910821145• Author: Douglas Skelton• Publisher: Rydon Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 144• Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 1.5cm

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Born Vera Welch on 20 March, 1917 in the East End of London, Dame Vera Lynn s career was set from an early age - along with her father, who also did a turn , she sang in Working Men's Clubs from just seven years old. She had a successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and 30s, but it was with World War II that she became the iconic figure that captured the imagination of the national public. Her spirit and verve, along with her ability to connect with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, made her the Forces sweetheart. Performing the songs that she will always be associated with, such as We ll Meet Again and Yours , Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma to entertain the troops and bring them a sense of back home . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780007318919 • Author: Dame Vera Lynn • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12 x 2.3cm

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Wives, mothers and teenage girls clocked in daily to work in vast munitions factories, helping to make the explosives, bullets, shells, bombs and war machines that would ensure victory. It was a dangerous, dirty and exhausting job with many going home with acid burns, yellow skin or damaged hair. This hidden army of nearly two million women toiled on regardless through the hardest years of the war, despite the bombing, rationing and heartbreak of loss or separation from their other halves. Delve into the vivid wartime memories of the 'secret army' of female workers as we republish to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day in May 1945! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781789462050• Author: Jacky Hyams• Publisher: John Blake• Format: Paperback• Pages: 232• Dimensions: 20 x 12.7 x 1.5cm

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'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou. In this first volume of her seven books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination, violence and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. The international classic and bestseller, Maya Angelou's memoir paints a portrait of 'a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman' - Barack Obama. Product Information: ISBN: 9780860685111 Author: Maya Angelou Publisher: Virago Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3cm

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Calling all of Britain! We finally introduce to you, the first official BBC Weather book! Celebrating the highs, lows, oddities and marvels of British weather from all-time, reminisce in those unforgettable British summers or miserable dark rainy days! Rain before seven, fine by eleven. Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Ne'er cast your clout before May is out. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785942822• Author: Alison Maloney• Publisher: BBC Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 201• Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2.5cm

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Delve into this exploration through maps of the land and time in which Shakespeare wrote! From the locations of his plays and looks at how they differ from their dramatic incarnations, enjoy all of the possible inspirations for the mythical sites. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781844865178• Author: Jeremy Black• Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 192• Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 2.5cm

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In April and May 1917, the assault upon the Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt by three British and three Australian Divisions was designed to assist Allenby's Third Army breakout from Arras. But as a grinding war of attrition saw the worst Australian defeat of the War, this book tells the full story of a battle that can be seen as an archetype of the horrors of trench warfare. With significant numbers fighting into German lines against all odds, it was here that the Australians cemented their reputation as a reliable and formidable force. Join Paul Kendall as he contacts living relatives of those who fought to bring a human face to the sacrifices made at Bullecourt that resulted in the first breakthough of the Hindenburg Line. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780750981781• Author: Paul Kendall• Publisher: The History Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 416• Dimensions: 25 x 17.5 x 3cm

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George VI made a broadcast to the nation on the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939.This remarkable moment has renownedly climaxed into the well-known Oscar-winning film The King's Speech. After more than a decade of hard work with Lionel Logue, the two men formed a relationship that followed on for years. Now, Logue was to play an even more important role at the Monarch's side. Delve into this study following the relationship through the dark days of Dunkirk, the Blitz and the heroism of D-Day to victory in 1945 and beyond. Drawing on collections of diaries, letters and other documents by Lionel, this book recounts the details of the most dramatic moments of the war - as seen inside Buckingham Place. A fascinating portrait of two men and their families, the Windsors and the Logues, as they together face up to the greatest challenge in Britain's history. Product Information: ISBN: 9781782065999 Author: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi Publisher: Quercus Format: Paperback Pages: 302 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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The victory of the Second World War has to appreciate the prevalence of airpower. The success of the military and naval operations relied on control of the air and the rise to dominance of Allied air forces meant that Nazi Germany was doomed. A sequel to the Second World War in Colour, this book is a stunning presentation of original colour photographs from the IWM collection. War In The Air assesses how crucial airpower was to the victory of the war. Enjoy a variety of powerful images to bring the Second World War to life. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912423033• Author: Ian Carter• Publisher: IWM• Format: Paperback• Pages: 127• Dimensions: 24 x 19.4 x 1cm

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Taking you through the year day by day, "The Canterbury Book of Days" contains a quirky, eccentric, amusing or important event or fact from different periods of history, many of which had a major impact on the religious and political history of England as a whole. Ideal for dipping into, this addictive little book will keep you entertained and informed. Featuring hundreds of snippets of information gleaned from the vaults of Canterbury's archives, it will delight residents and visitors alike.

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They called him the 'angriest black man in America' . . . Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him. His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780141032726 • Author: Malcolm X • Publisher: Penguin Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.4cm

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The city of Oxford has a long and prosperous history. First mentioned by name in 912 as one of the 'burghs' or fortified places that King Alfred and his descendants had constructed to protect Wessex from the Vikings, Oxford has played a significant part in many of the great historical events that have shaped the country. In the twelfth century the University of Oxford began to take shape, establishing the city as a centre of learning, which remains today. Join the author on a nostalgic trip around historic Oxford, showcasing some of the finest buildings and streets in this quintessentially English university city. Arranged geographically, starting in Carfax, the reader journeys through the streets of Oxford to the rivers Cherwell and Thames. City of Oxford Through Time is sure to reawaken nostalgic memories for many. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781445609980• Author: Stanley C. Jenkins• Publisher: Amberley Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 96• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 1cm

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Delve into this extraordinary addition to the primary-source records of the First World War and the later archives of the Haig family. An unknown story of Haig's nephew Hugo de Pree and his distinguished military career with a fascinating insight into the life of a Great War staff officer and brigade commander. Including new material concerning Hugo De Pree and Douglas Haig as a valuable resource of the history of the British Army and a rounded picture of a man who has too often been caricatured. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781784383534• Author: Gary Sheffield• Publisher: Greenhill Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 228• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3cm

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Bounded by the River Dee in the west and by the River Mersey in the east, the Wirral peninsula is a remarkable place. The Wirral Through Time is a rare insight into the amazingly diverse history of this part of the country, a mishmash of both ancient and modern artefacts and locations that are often overlooked by the casual observer. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of the Wirral, its towns and villages, and what they meant to its residents throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781445661568• Author: Daniel K. Longman• Publisher: Amberley Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 93• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.5 x 1cm

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Scotland was of grave strategic importance during the war because of its geographical position and its capital was the location of a significant number of important military and civil organisations. Edinburgh Castle became the HQ of the Scottish Home Forces whilst the Forth was a vitally important port and was heavily protected even before the start of the war. Its importance was marked by its attracting the first air raid of the war on mainland Britain when a force of German bombers was sent to attack naval shipping in the Forth on 16th October 1939. The raid was intercepted by the RAF which shot down at least two bombers and the entire action was witnessed by many civilians on the ground. The raid also caused the first civilian casualties when two women were injured in Edinburgh and two men machine-gunned in Portobello. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781473879638• Author: Craig Armstrong• Publisher: Pen { Sword• Format: Paperback• Pages: 216• Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 1.5cm

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The war of 1914-18 changed Britain forever. The movement for Irish Home Rule strengthened, women were in jobs they had never done before and, at the end of the war, were granted the vote for the first time. Political and military careers were won and lost and in all of these, Winchester played its part. Whilst this is a book about the Great War, that terrible conflagration which claimed so many lives, it is also expertly covers how that war touched the citizens of Winchester. It can be said that every city, town, village and hamlet contributed to the war effort but some cities, of which Winchester is certainly one, were of crucial importance to the final victory. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781783463299• Author: John J. Eddleston• Publisher: Pen { Sword• Format: Paperback• Pages: 103• Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 1cm

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