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The Thomas the Tank Engine Man (by Brian Sibley)

Lion Books (15 May, 2015)

The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends have delighted generations of children and adults, but what do we know of the man who created them? A devoted pastor and family man, the Reverend W Awdry first started telling the stories in order to amuse his own children, with no idea that the characters would lead to a global phenomenon that now, seventy years after their first appearance, shows no si ...

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As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson : The Extraordinary Story (by Rodney Bolt)

Atlantic Books (01 Jun, 2012)

Young Minnie Sidgwick was just twelve years old when her cousin, twenty-three-year old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnie - as Mary Benson - to preside over Lambeth Palace, and a social world that ranged from Tennyson and Browning to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Prime Minister William Gladstone called her 'the cleverest ...

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Whatever Happened to Margo? (by Margaret Durrell)

Time Warner Paperbacks (01 Aug, 1996)

In 1947, with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell took the advice of her maiden aunt and started a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of a conventional clientele were dashed as the establishment was colonized by a host of eccentrics, comprising, among others, a painter of nudes, a battered wife, a chauvinist bricklayer, and a Maltese transsexual. With brother Gerald descending from tim ...

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Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde (by Franny Moyle)

John Murray (23 Jun, 2011)

In the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably. Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. Part of a gilded couple, she was a popular children's author, a fashion icon, and a leading campaigner for women's rights. A founding member of the magical society the Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit enc ...

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The Cruel Mother: A family ghost laid to rest (by Siân Busby)

Short Books (07 Mar, 2013)

In 1919 Siân Busby’s great-grandmother, Beth, gave birth to triplets. One of the babies died at birth and eleven days later she drowned the surviving twins in a bath of cold water. She was sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment at Broadmoor. The murder, and the deep sense of shame it generated, resounded through the lives of Beth’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In Siân’s case, ill- ...

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Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy (reissued) (by Ben Macintyre)

Bloomsbury Publishing (17 Aug, 2009)

One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero. The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was. Ben Macintyr ...

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She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me (by Emma Brockes)

Faber & Faber Non Fiction (18 Mar, 2013)

When Emma Brockes was ten years old, her mother said 'One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed.' Growing up in a tranquil English village, Emma knew very little of her mother's life before her. She knew Paula had grown up in South Africa and had seven siblings. She had been told stories about deadly snakes and hailstones the size of golf balls. There was mention, once, of a trial. ...

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My Life in Houses (by Margaret Forster)

Vintage Digital (06 Nov, 2014)

‘I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate. I was a lucky girl.’ So begins Margaret Forster’s journey through the houses she’s lived in, from that sparkling new council house, built as part of a utopian vision by Carlisle City Council, to her beloved London house of today, via Oxford, Hampstead, the Lake District ...

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Mrs Griffin Sends Her Love: and other writings (by Miss Read)

Orion (24 Oct, 2013)

From organising the school summer fete... 'Because of our inability to recognise our climatic shortcomings from the outset, arrangements for outdoor jollities get completely out of hand'. ...to the sometimes rather odd passions of childhood: 'I collect stones with holes in them'. Miss Read captures the essence of rural life, and in particular of village schools, as only she can. This collection ...

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My Secret Life in Hut Six: One Woman's Experiences At Bletchley Park (by Mair Russell-Jones)

Lion Books (18 Jul, 2014)

The story of the World War 2 de-coders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate many. How did Mair Thomas, brought up in the Welsh valleys and a musician, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others, all desperately trying to break the German Enigma Code? How did she cope? What was it like? Sworn to secrecy and working in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, Mair di ...

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The King Of The Crime Writers: The Biography of John Creasey (by Nigel Cawthorne)

PIQWIQ (13 May, 2014)

FFiction maestro John Creasey (1908 - 1973) was and remains an enigma. He was one of the biggest selling and most prolific crime writers of the 20th century. Creasey wrote over 620 novels in both his own name and through over 25 different pseudonyms including; Norman Deane, Michael Halliday, Jeremy York, Gordon Ashe, JJ Maric and Anthony Morton. Creasey's popularity is as staggering as his output with bo ...

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic (by Alfred Lansing)

Phoenix (04 May, 2000)

In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endur ance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross t he Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent aw ay from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventuall y was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most sav ...

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