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Guinea A Minute

Author: Godfrey Bloom
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Supposedly controversial politician Godfrey Bloom has created an autobiography in a whimsical style with some homespun and sometimes trenchant views. It will come as no surprise that it is not politically correct. What might be a surprise is it is full of common sense, a commodity so sadly lacking in most modern day politicians. Born in 1949 it covers a fascinating post war period from rationing to obesity. Like most Brits of a certain age he does not think we are happier than we were and explains perhaps why. The Guardian did not offer to serialize the book notwithstanding that noble paper's extraordinary help with his political career.


A guinea a box

Author: Anne Francis
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William Beckford

Author: Timothy Mowl
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William Beckford had two lives: one real and sensational, the other an elegant forgery he invented in retirement after the young Disraeli mischievously sent him a homoerotic epic based loosely on Beckford's own career. Biographers have been bemused by Beckford's faked letters and dream encounters with celebrities, but his real life was far more significant: he is the pivotal Romantic between Horace Walpole and Byron. Beckford was reared in exotic isolation in a Palladian palace where he grew up obsessed with dark grottoes, towers and images of the living dead. Rushed into marriage by an apprehensive mother, he indulged his actual passions (both legal and paedophile) until a Tory administration staged a sex scandal that exiled him. In his absence his novel, Vathek was treacherously pirated. Returned to England, Beckford flung his wealth into the creation of Fonthill Abbey, which, by its shadowy vistas and glamorous camp furnishings, paved the way for the wildest excesses of Victorian taste.


Alistair Cooke

Author: Nick Clarke
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The first major biography of revered journalist Alistair Cooke, known to millions here as the host of Masterpiece Theatre, & to the world as the author of the weekly Letter from America.


Somehow They Knew

Author: Anthony M. Cooper
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True love story of a girl awaiting her man's return. Fascinating glimpses of wartime Britain, and later the Far East, US and France. An appealing portrait of a timeless romance.


A Home on the Rolling Main

Author: Tony Ditcham
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From first joining the Royal Navy in 1940 until the end of the campaign against Japan, Tony Ditcham was in the front line of the naval war. After brief service in the battlecruiser Renown off Norway and against the Italians, he went into destroyers and saw action in most European theatres _ against S-boats and aircraft in 'bomb alley' off Britain's East Coast, on Arctic convoys to Russia, and eventually in a flotilla screening the Home Fleet. During the dramatic Battle of the North Cape in December 1943 he was probably the first man to actually see the Scharnhorst and from his position in the gun director of HMS Scorpion enjoyed a grandstand view of the sinking of the great German battleship (his account was so vivid that it formed the basis of the description in the official history). Later his ship operated off the American beaches during D-Day, where two of her sister ships were sunk with heavy loss of life, and he ended the war en route for the British Pacific Fleet and the invasion of Japan.??This incident-packed career is recounted with restraint, plenty of humour and colourful descriptive power _ his account of broaching and almost capsizing in an Arctic winter storm is as good as anything in the literature of the sea. The result makes enthralling reading, and as the surviving veterans rapidly decline in numbers, this may turn out to be one of the last great eyewitness narratives of the naval war.


Olivia s Luck

Author: Catherine Alliott
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From the bestselling author of A Rural Affair and A Crowded Marriage comes Catherine Alliott's brilliantly warm and funny take on taking control of your life, in Olivia's Luck. 'I don't care what colour you paint the sodding hall. I'm leaving.' When her husband Johnny suddenly walks out on ten years of marriage, their ten-year-old daughter and the crumbling house they're up to their eyeballs renovating, Olivia is at first totally devastated. How could he? How could she not have noticed his unhappiness? But she's not one to weep for long. Not when she's got three builders camped in her back garden, a neighbour with a never-ending supply of cast-off men she thinks Olivia would be drawn to and a daughter with her own firm views on . . . well, just about everything. Will Johnny ever come back? And if he doesn't, will Olivia's luck ever change for the better? Step into Alliott country with Olivia's Luck. Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'The writing is both intelligent and sparkling' Marian Keyes 'Alliott's joie de vivre is irresistible' Daily Mail


The Horse in Magic and Myth

Author: M. Oldfield Howey
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Rich compilation of legend and lore from mythology, Bible, folklore, literature, other sources. Tales of headless horses, fairy horses, seahorses, plus associations with gods and patron saints, metempsychosis, creation myths.


Secrets of the Lighthouse

Author: Santa Montefiore
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A sweeping story of divided family, buried secrets and a love that will never die from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. Ellen Trawton has run away from London to the sweeping landscape of Connemara, hoping to find a place she can cut off all contact with the past. But beneath the wild beauty of the Irish landscape lie secrets which have been hidden for years… Conor Macausland cuts a dark, lonely figure. His young wife, Caitlin, died tragically at the old lighthouse, and her loss has devastated him. But when he and Ellen meet, a connection sparks between them. Ellen soon realizes that Conor’s past is not all it seems, and there’s more to her family history than she knew too. As the secrets are finally revealed, the truth must be told…


La Belle assembl e

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