By Marty Feldman
Completed before he died, thirty years ago, this is the newly discovered autobiography of one of the most influential comedians of recent times, Marty Feldman. Marty Feldman was one of the most essential creative forces in British comedy embodied also by his close friends and creative partners from Beyond the Fringe (especially Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) and Monty Python (especially John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle).Marty played the fool, often very happily and with tremendous talent and volcanic, anarchic energy, for his entire life. Marty finished, and set aside eYE Marty soon before travelling to Mexico to shoot his final film. He did not know that he would die there, although he certainly felt he might die soon, and was haunted by the notion. The book is exactly as Feldman wrote it, with even the photos inserted where Feldman had noted they should go. Hilarious, deeply charming, aphoristic, ironic, charged throughout with lust for life and filled with scenes of great vanished eras and and portraits of other performers and friends, eYE Marty is the amazing discovery of the story of a man who was at the heart of the British comedy revolution.
End of the Rainbow
By Oliver Holt
It started in Baden-Baden and ended up in tears. England's 2010 World Cup odyssey had its roots in the off-the-field circus in a German spa town during the 2006 tournament. Reacting to public and media disdain for the antics of superstar players and their shopaholic partners, the Football Association began looking for a disciplinarian 'winner' to banish the aura of under-achievement left by the laissez-faire regimes of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren.The search led to Fabio Capello. With a no-nonsense style, hailed as a throwback to a time before cash and the cult of celebrity transformed the national game, the Italian guided England through a near-perfect World Cup qualifying campaign. The FA, it seemed, had found their man of destiny, who could exploit the talent and curb the excesses of the "rich young boys", as Capello termed them, that wore the Three Lions.Then, with the finals looming, cracks appeared in this brave new world. Capello stripped John Terry of the captaincy for his alleged affair with a teammate's ex-partner. Replacement captain Rio Ferdinand withdrew, injured. And as England started falteringly in South Africa, strained relations between "Don Fabio" and certain players compounded the sense of a squad ill at ease in their isolated, Wag-free retreat. Award-winning sportswriter Oliver Holt was an outsider on the inside throughout England 's quest for global supremacy, witnessing at close proximity the roller-coaster of recrimination and redemption. End of the Rainbow, brimming with authoritative analysis, is the definitive story of the drama and intrigue behind Capello's war.
By Justin Scroggie
DID YOU KNOW? There are 3 Freemason secret handshakesPutting a question mark in a movie title is considered bad luckThe Sudanese city of Khartoum is laid out in the shape of the Union JackEvery Victoria Cross is made from bronze Chinese cannonThe light on top of the Rock of Gibraltar flashes out the letters G-BThe wearer of a teardrop tattoo will claim to have killed someone in prisonBarbers once offered bloodletting services using leeches - advertised by the now common red and white poleThe MI5 codename for the Prime Minister's cat is 'Pegasus'In the English football league only clubs that have won the FA Cup can have triangular corner flagsYOU DIDN'T!?BUY THIS BOOK
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