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Churchill’s Funeral: The End of Empire by Patrick Bishop

On 30 January 1965, the world said farewell to Sir Winston Churchill in a ceremony of the grandest scale, full of pageantry, pomp and grandeur; a historical event to honour a man who had shaped history. But Britain was saying goodbye to an era, as well as a leader. The empire was deteriorating, and with it went the confidence, power, wealth and cultural certainties that underpinned it. Would Churchill recognise the...
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The Warbirds by Richard Herman

Dealing with a company of poorly trained misfits, Colonel Anthony “Muddy” Waters is sent on a mission that no other officer in the US Air Force would touch. Stubborn and dedicated, Waters turns a superbly talented pilot but loose cannon named Jack Locke into a fighting force to be reckoned with. When the heavens explode, they’ll have to fly their F-4’s into the eye of the firestorm, face an overwhelming...
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The Marlboroughs by Christopher Hibbert

  John and Sarah Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, were the most influential and gifted couple in eighteenth-century England. John Churchill proved himself to be not only the greatest military commander of his time — his bravery and skill were legendary — but also a masterful diplomat in the service of both King William III and later Queen Anne. His wife Sarah was no less a charismatic figure....
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The Forgotten Few by Adam Zamoyski

  The crucial role played by Polish airmen during the Second World War and the colourful stories of their adventures have become part of British folklore. But very few people have any idea of the extent of their involvement, or how they came to be in Britain. In this brilliant history, Adam Zamoyski explores the unwavering courage of Polish fighters and how they helped to defeat the Nazis. This book...
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Dark Quartet by Lynne Reid Banks

  The Bronte sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - are some of the best-known, and best-loved, English authors. But less well-known were the two other Bronte sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, who died before reaching adulthood, and their brother Branwell, who was haunted by his own demons until his death in his thirties. After the death of Maria and Elizabeth, the four remaining children returned to its cheerless rooms and...
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The Spencer Family by Charles Spencer

  Tracing the history of the Spencers from their beginnings as medieval sheep farmers, through centuries of service to country and crown to their high public profile following the marriage of Diana Spencer to the Prince of Wales, Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer, has written a superb and engaging work of family history. Hugely enriched by his unique access to private papers and family memories, it details the lives of such...
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The Secret Generations

May, 1910 The world is on the eve of a war set to ruin the lives of a whole generation. The Railton family are intimately involved in the world of espionage, which will become so crucial to the conflict’s outcome. With the death of General Sir William Railton, the family patriarch and hero of Balaclava, the family is thrown into a world of violence and intrigue. ‘A Schnapps and champagne...
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Ocean Strike by Damien Lewis

December. Most of the world is preparing for Christmas.But a small fanatical group of lethal terrorists are preparing for something very different - the most devastating terror attack the world has ever witnessed. The target. Britain. 
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A Great and Godly Adventure by Godfrey Hodgson

The United States has many public holidays, but two of them are supreme in Americans’ affection: Independence Day (July 4), and Thanksgiving, which, since 1941, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.  Their mood is very different. July 4 is a feast of noisy patriotism, with flags and marching bands and patriotic oratory. Thanksgiving is a quiet time for families and closest friends to get together over a traditional meal of turkey, often served with cranberry sauce and followed by pumpkin pie, and give thanks for America’s peace and prosperity. For many it has come to celebrate specially immigrants and their contribution to American life. In recent years it has been associated with the beginning of the winter shopping season, building up to the mercantile climax of Christmas, and for many with watching American football games on television. Both high schools and colleges play their fiercest rivals on Thanksgiving […]

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Murder in Ancient Rome

By Mark Knowles Looking at how various authors’ plots were first conceived within this blog makes for very interesting reading. I remember mine vividly. I was a relatively inexperienced supervisor stood half frozen on a crime scene one morning by a canal in central London. I was discussing with another officer how such scenes might have been handled in early Victorian times, when The Metropolitan Police was still in its infancy. He told me a story (possibly an urban myth) about a constable who had once prodded a body he had found to the other side of a canal so that it entered another borough’s jurisdiction. I can only assume that this officer had a severe aversion to paperwork! This got me thinking about how – or indeed if – murders were dealt with in Ancient Rome by the city authorities. ‘vestigia‘ means ‘footprints’ or ‘traces’ in Latin, from where […]

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Red Winter: Why This, and Why Now?

By Julia Underwood Sometime last year I read an article about the Russian Revolution and it struck me how much the dispossessed Russians lost in the struggle. They often fled the country with nothing and looked forward to the bleak prospect of an uncertain future, rather like the refugees of today. As 2017 marks the centenary of the turmoil of the revolution, I decided to write a novel about it. This involved weeks of research, which I found fascinating and enlightening. My invented family, the Cookes, with five children, an English patriarch and Russian Mama, a Russian nanny, and an English governess, live in a large mansion in St.Petersburg, manned by a small army of servants. Their life takes them from a whirl of luxury to poverty and near-starvation in those turbulent times until they are free to flee the country. The terrible loss of life during the Great War, […]

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