The Escape Artists
By Neal Bascomb
Summer, 1918: twenty-nine officers crawled into a 16 inch high, 55 metre tunnel dug only with spoons. This was the culmination of 9 months gruelling toil in oxygen-starved darkness. Of the twenty-nine escapees, just ten would make their way back to Britain.When captured Royal Flying Corps pilots Captain David Gray, Captain Caspar Kennard and 2nd Lieutenant Cecil Blain had arrived at Holzminden - or 'Hellminden' as its occupants called it - the Germans' highest-security prison complex had seemed impregnable. 'The Black Hole' was ruled by the iron fist of Camp Commandant Carl Niemayer, under whose brutal temper prisoners were known to be shot and beaten to death. Not least the breakout artists.After five unsuccessful attempts from different camps in one year, the obsessive Captain Gray was personally determined to orchestrate the building of a tunnel directly under the feet of their one hundred armed guards. With an improvised oxygen piping system, stolen disguises and astonishing courage, this handful of the Kaiser's 2.3 million prisoners would succeed in making their way to neutral Holland and eventually back to Britain - for a private audience at Windsor Palace. The most unlikely escape of the Great War, their derring-do became military legend and the inspiration for the subsequent great escapes of the Second World War.
By Belva Plain
A magnificent story of courage and ambition. Born into poverty and fear, Anna Friedman is desperate to leave her native Poland. Determined to make something of herself, Anna takes a journey that will change her life forever. Crossing the ocean, she moves to into a cramped New York slum and finds a job in a sweatshop. When two very different men fall in love with her, Anna is torn in love and loyalty.
By Claire Lorrimer
Emotions is a delightful collection of short stories by Claire Lorrimer. Each in its way covers an emotion all women will recognize, and many of which are true reflections of women's experiences past and present. Indeed, First Love is a true story from Claire's own childhood. Her love of children and understanding of the elderly have enabled her to write these charming vignettes, all of which will touch the hearts of readers.
Escape to Love
By Denise Robins
Storm Castle - home of the Trevarwiths - on the wild Cornish coast. A bride and bridegroom driving up to the doors...a white-faced child peering from a turret window... the first dread meeting between the bride and her red-haired vixen of a step-mother...In later years, after the death of Celia Trevarwith's father, during the Second World War, Paul Manton comes to the district. A Free-French fisherman; he falls madly in love with Celia. She then embarks on a passionate struggle for her love and happiness with Paul, always up against her step-mother's opposition.
By Denise Robins
He transforms her quiet world into a dazzling realm of money and success...but can she know what is really in his heart?Young Nicole loves her beautiful Mediterranean island paradise - until dashing composer Paul Quest looks deep into her eyes and promises to carry her away to his London penthouse. And so shy, tender Nicole tradesher blue jeans and rope-soled sandals for high fashion and the dizzying sophistication of Paul's elite social whirl. But even as her young heart thrills at the romance, the question burns: will Paul's love stand the test, or is she destined to become just another of his brief affairs?
By Denise Robins
A darkly captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1929 and now available for the first time in eBook. Marion Grayle is in love! Overwhelmingly, totally in love. Wild and elemental as her native Dartmoor, with her flaming red-gold hair, challenging dark eyes and the supple allurement of her figure, she has always stood apart from the locals: like a creature from another world. She has spurned all suitors - until now. Now that she has found the one man she is determined will be hers, no one will be allowed to stand in her way. Neither convention, conscience nor scruple will stop her. Only the village wise woman, or mad woman, black-clad and second-sighted, forsees the terrible consequences of Marion's fated, obsessive love.
The Enduring Flame
By Denise Robins
A sweeping tale from the original Queen of Romance, originally published in 1929 and now available in eBook for the first time. Joanna is distraught when Richard leaves. It is difficult to be brave, knowing he is returning to his wife. The decision seemed right; but alone now, she writhes in the torment of separation. The vast wastes of snow and spruce stretch out into the black of the moonless Arctic night and Joanna loses herself in the overwhelming expanse...Suddenly, a sled pulls up to the cabin and stops. A man in furs jumps off and shakes back the hood to reveal a face that Joanna once knew... a face that now makes her heart beat faster in terror.
Everything for Us
By M. Leighton
The intensely exciting conclusion to DOWN TO YOU and UP TO ME, from New York Times bestselling M. Leighton. When it comes to passion this hot, it's all or nothing...Olivia Townsend's wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for - a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she's ever met. To Marissa, he's an enigma, but one to whom she's irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems - except for the blind passion that Marissa can't escape - or maybe even survive.If Sylvia Day, Samantha Young and Jamie McGuire captured your attention, EVERYTHING FOR US will have your imagination running wild.
Elixir (A Covenant Novella)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.Even if it means making war against the gods.The incredible must-read novella told from Aiden's perspective, picking up where the nail-biting ending of DEITY left off...
The English Marriage
By Maureen Waller
The story of the English marriage is unique and eccentric. Long after the rest of Europe and neighbouring Scotland had reformed their marriage laws, England clung to the chaotic and contradictory laws of the medieval Church, making it all too easy to enter into a marriage but virtually impossible to end an unhappy one.If England was a 'paradise for wives' it could only have been through the feistiness of the women. Married women were placed in the same legal category as lunatics. While Englishmen prided themselves on their devotion to liberty, their wives were no freer than slaves. It was a husband's jealously guarded right to beat his wife, as long as the stick was no bigger than his thumb. Only after 1882 could a married woman even retain her own property. But then marriage was all about property in a society which was both mercenary and violent, where a girl was virtually sold into marriage and a price was put on a wife's chastity. With a cast of hundreds, from loyal and devoted wives in troubled times to those who featured in notorious trials for adultery, from abusive husbands whose excesses were only gradually curbed by the law to the modern phenomenon of the toxic wife, acclaimed historian Maureen Waller draws on intimate letters, diaries, court documents and advice books to trace the evolution of the English marriage. It is social history at its most revealing, astonishing and entertaining.
England, Our England
By Alan Titchmarsh
An anthology and miscellany of everything an Englishman should know: - From Austen to Wordsworth - Jerusalem to the Scout's Honour - Kings and Queens of England to Land of Hope and Glory- Savile Row tailors to Jermyn St Shirt Makers - Tying a Windsor knot to making a pot of tea - Victoria sponge to fish pie - The rules of cricket to Gilbert and Sullivan operas
Empires of the Indus
By Alice Albinia
10th anniversary edition with new PrefaceOne of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries used as a tool of imperial expansion; today it is the cement of Pakistans fractious union. Five thousand years ago, a string of sophisticated cities grew and traded on its banks. In the ruins of these elaborate metropolises, Sanskrit-speaking nomads explored the river, extolling its virtues in Indias most ancient text, the Rig-Veda. During the past two thousand years a series of invaders - Alexander the Great, Afghan Sultans, the British Raj - made conquering the Indus valley their quixotic mission. For the people of the river, meanwhile, the Indus valley became a nodal point on the Silk Road, a centre of Sufi pilgrimage and the birthplace of Sikhism. Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, taking the reader on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and more than five millennia of history redolent with contemporary importance.
End of the Beginning
By Phil Craig, Tim Clayton
1942 - British troops are stranded in the desert, struggling to hold back Rommel's Afrika Corps. Hitler's armies have reached Moscow, and there are murmurs of discontent at home as new doubts emerge about Churchill's leadership. Elsewhere in Europe there is chilling evidence of the mounting persecution of the Jews, stretching from Poland to the Channel Islands. For many, it seems there is little hope. As in their acclaimed bestseller FINEST HOUR, the authors use the personal testimony of ordinary people to tell the story of the war at a moment of great crisis. In END OF THE BEGINNING we meet again some of the people first encountered in FINEST HOUR, and get to know many more. Troops fighting for Montgomery in the desert, RAF pilots bombing German towns, a young Jewish woman deported to Auschwitz from Guernsey, the reality of the Home Front - these stories and many more paint a vivid picture of human endeavour in time of war. And, sixty years on from the Battle of Alamein, END OF THE BEGINNING tells the controversial truth about one of the most famous battles in history - the importance of its lesser-known predecessor and the months of bitter in-fighting between the Allied generals. With precision and compassion, Phil Craig and Tim Clayton again debunk the myths and explore the realities of a crucial year in the history of Britain.
Engage the Enemy More Closely
By Corelli Barnett
Echoes Of War
By William Riviere
Through the lives of the Lammas family and their friends, Echoes of War captures the British experience of two world wars and the uneasy peace that lay between, and traces the beginning of the empire's end. With a wide cast of vividly drawn characters and ranging from Norfolk to Tuscany and Burma, this magisterial and profoundly moving novel testifies to the redemptive power of love and to mankind's enduring capacity for courage, compassion and survival.
Echo of Another Time
By Audrey Howard
Celie Marlow begins working in the Latimers' kitchen when she is only ten, learning her art from Mrs Harper. By the age of 18 she has become a talented cook. But when she falls in love with a Latimer, all their lives change with frightening swiftness.Driven from her home, Celie finds unexpected success in a new venture with her old boss - then loses everything once more. Thrown on to the streets of Liverpool, penniless and desperate, she will have to find her own way.'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life