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Jessica Mitford

Jessica Mitford was the fifth of the six Mitford daughters and always the rebel among her sisters - Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity and Debo. At the age of nineteen she eloped to the Spanish Civil War with her cousin, Esmond Romilly, and the two of them moved to the USA in 1939. Esmond Romilly died in action in 1941 and Jessica later married Bob Treuhaft, a lawyer, with whom she lived in California. A one-time member of the American Communist Party, Jessica was a frequent target for the House Committee of Un-American Activities and was a passionate supporter of civil rights.

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Straight On Till Morning

Mary S. Lovell
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Mary S. Lovell

Beryl Markham, like Karen Blixen, could only have come out of Africa. Pioneering aviatrix, flamboyant beauty, brilliant race-horse trainer, unscrupulous seducer - her life story is for every reader who was enthralled by Blixen's exotic world, that of Kenya between the wars. This fully authorised biography, drawn from the author's personal association with Beryl and her family, paints a vivid portrait of a tempestuous and controversial character. It tells of her friendship with Karen Blixen (though she commandeered Blixen's husband Bror and lover Denys Finch Hatton), of her spectacular courage when she became the first person to fly from England to America, and of the mysteries surrounding her highly praised, bestselling book WEST WITH THE NIGHT.

Mary S. Lovell

Mary Lovell lists her chief interests as horses, sailing, aviation and book collecting. She enjoys overseas travel and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of four previous biographies including the international bestseller STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING: The Biography of Beryl Markham.

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Amelia Earhart

Mary S. Lovell
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Mary S. Lovell

When she disappeared in 1937 over a shark-infested sea, Amelia Earhart had lived up to her wish - internationally famous, a daring and pioneering aviator, and ambassador extraordinary for the United States. Married to a man with a genius for publicity, her life was crowded, demanding and adventurous. Mary S. Lovell's superb biography examines a legend to reveal the pressures and influences that drove Amelia, and shows how her life, career and manner of death foreshadowed the tragedies and excesses of a media-dominated age.

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A Rage To Live

Mary S. Lovell
Authors:
Mary S. Lovell

Richard Burton was a brilliant, charismatic man - a unique blend of erudite scholar and daring adventurer. Fluent in twenty-nine languages, he found it easy to pass himself off as a native, thereby gaining unique insight into societies otherwise closed to Western scrutiny. He followed service as an intelligence officer in India by a daring penetration of the sacred Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina disguised as a pilgrim. He was the first European to enter the forbidden African city of Harar, and discovered Lake Tanganyika in his search for the source of the Nile. His fascination with, and research into, the intimate customs of ethnic races (which would eventually culminate in his brilliant Kama Sutra) earned him a racy reputation in that age of sexual repression. Little surprise, then, that Isabel Arundell's aristocratic mother objected to her daughter's marriage to this most notorious of figures. Isabel, however, was a spirited, independent-minded woman and was also deeply, passionately in love with Richard. Against all expectations but their own, the Burtons enjoyed a remarkably successful marriage.

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Bess Of Hardwick

Mary S. Lovell
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Mary S. Lovell
Virago

West With The Night

Beryl Markham
Authors:
Beryl Markham
Little, Brown

The Churchills

Mary S. Lovell
Authors:
Mary S. Lovell

There never was a Churchill from John of Marlborough down who had either morals or principles', so said Gladstone. From the First Duke of Marlborough - soldier of genius, restless empire-builder and cuckolder of Charles II - onwards, the Churchills have been politicians, gamblers and profligates, heroes and womanisers. The Churchills is a richly layered portrait of an extraordinary set of men and women - grandly ambitious, regularly impecunious, impulsive, arrogant and brave. And towering above the Churchill clan is the figure of Winston - his failures and his triumphs shown in a new and revealing context - ultimately our 'greatest Briton'.

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Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

Maya Angelou
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Maya Angelou
Virago

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain
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Paula McLain
Constable

1938: Hitler's Gamble

Giles MacDonogh
Authors:
Giles MacDonogh
Robinson

Mammoth Books presents Missing Persons and Mysterious Deaths

Jon E. Lewis
Authors:
Jon E. Lewis

Alexander Litvinenko Mr Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian living in London, was poisoned by Polonium-210, traced by alpha detectors to a British Airways flight from Moscow to Heathrow. A Champions League match between Arsenal and CKSA Moscow had brought thousands of Russian fans to London. Was one of them responsible for Litvinenko's death? American MIA in Vietnam Is it possible that prisoners of war still remain left behind in Vietnam? Chemtrails Polluted contrails that rain death and disease. Who would commit such a ruthless act? Christopher Marlowe Marlowe was a rake and a radical, a homosexual and an atheist, but what really happened to this notorious free-thinking Elizabethan in 1593? Diana, Princess of Wales Mohamed Al-Fayed, Harrod's owner and the man who might have become Diana's father-in-law, points the finger at Prince Phillip, the Queen's husband, an accusation which sparked a multi-million pound investigation. Dr David Kelly The UK scientist and weapons expert found dead just days after being identified as the source who cast doubt on the claim that Saddam Hussein could have fired a weapon of mass destruction at 45 minutes notice. Was it suicide, or murder? Elvis Presley Elvis is supposedly alive and well, and has been spotted countless times since his death in 1977. But Elvis fans inadvertently add to the hysteria by dressing like him - has anyone actually seen the real Elvis Presley? Gemstone File This 1,000 page document claims that a great deal of suppressed information has played a role in shaping world events since the 1950's. Do the mafia and other corrupt politicians have anything to do with the Kennedy assassinations and other major historical events? Hilda Murrell Did campaigner Hilda Murrell suffer a state-sponsored death because she knew too much? Or was this really just an unfortunate end to a botched burglary? HIV and Aids Was Human Immunodeficiency Virus deliberately engineered as part of a racist plot to reduce the world's population? John F. Kennedy Who was with Lee Harvey Oswald when he supposedly killed the US President? Jimmy Hoffa The ex-president of the US Teamsters Union ate a meal at Machus Red Fox restaurant in Detroit, paid for his meal and walked straight out straight into an American mythology. What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? John Lennon It seems clear that John Lennon's assassinator, Mark David Chapman, was simply a deranged fan, or is there some truth to the theory that he was actually a Manchurian Candidate, brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command? Karen Silkwood Labour union activist Karen Silkwood was allegedly murdered to prevent her blowing the whistle on the Kerr-McGee nuclear company. Malcolm X Hayer, Butler and Johnson were convicted of first-degree murder, but with all the evidence gathered, is it possible that the FBI set up Malcolm X for assassination by black radicals? Marilyn Monroe Her death may well have been assumed to have been a suicide if not for her long string of high-profile boyfriends. But if one of them killed her, which one was it? Martin Bormann Hitler's right hand man and head of the Nazi party Chancellery death has continued to cause controversy despite his supposed death in 1945. Bormann is said to have lived on after the war and stayed hidden from view, yet forensic identification documents state otherwise, so why do the conspiracy theories on Bormann persist? Martin Luther King To this day millions believe James Earl Ray did not have the capability to execute Martin Luther King alone, but is it true that Ray was merely a patsy? Montauk Point Supposedly a centre for research into exotic psychological welfare techniques, the Montauk project actually calls into question our whole experience of reality, truth and the universe. Norman Kirk The radical leader of the New Zealand Labour Party had begun a series of attacks on trilateralists, two years later he was found dead, quickly replaced by Wallace Rowling. Are those who think his sudden death from a heart attack just a bit too convenient right to suspect foul play? PROMIS Was conspiracy researcher Danny Casolaro silenced to stop his investigation into the theft of PROMIS software? Robert F Kennedy Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan, the man arrested for the assassination of Robert Kennedy, cannot have committed the crime alone. His gun held a mere eight bullets, yet Kennedy was shot eleven times. Robert Maxwell The corpse of British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was found floating close to his yacht off the Canary Islands on the 5th of November 1991. Many people believe Maxwell's death is dubious, why then, was his family so happy to accept his accidental death? Rudolf Hess In 1941 Hitler's Deputy Fuhrer flew a stolen Me110 German fighter plane to Britain on what Hitler affirmed was a mad private 'peace mission', did Hitler approve of Hess's star-crossed plan? Or perhaps he was lured to Britain? Tupac Shakur Did Notorious BIG, fellow rap superstar contract the hit on rival Tupac Shakur, or is he alive and well living in Witness Protection? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart was supposedly killed by his rival composer Antonio Salieri, but not necessarily by cold-blooded physical murder. Some believed Salieri ordered Mozart to work himself to death by anonymously commissioning a requiem mass against an impossible deadline. But why then would his wife allow Salieri to teach their son music?

Virago

On the Wilder Shores of Love

Lesley Blanch, Georgia de Chamberet
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Lesley Blanch, Georgia de Chamberet
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Shadows Of Glory

William Woodruff
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William Woodruff

Woodruff's novel is about the fortunes of an Oxford University rowing eight, leading up to and during the Second World War. 1938: the Arnold College crew are a varied bunch, united only by the love of their sport and a sense that theirs is a generation which may have to fight for king and country. There's Charley Bradbury, a Scottish Communist and pacifist; David Evans, a chorister and super-boffin; Roger Blundell a witty dandy;Tony Markham, heir to a substantial estate and brother to four Mitford-type sisters; Pat Riley, charming somewhat mysterious Irishman; Alex Haverfield, handsome and a natural leader; Max Elsfield a dangerous self-destructive drinker and Bill Clark a naval cadet. As the war progresses they are gradually whittled away. Some, like Max Elsfield and David Evans, have been unhappy in love and have brought about their own destruction through reckless assaults on the enemy. Others like Charley Bradbury have had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - torpedoed on a passenger vessel from Russia. Ultimately this - like the Nab End stories - is a book about common humanity: the importance of virtues such as faith, loyalty and self-sacrifice.

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The Fuhrer

Konrad Heiden
Authors:
Konrad Heiden

Journalist Konrad Heiden was one of the first to recognize the young Adolf Hitler's political ingenuity and his potential. In this eyewitness account of his rise to power, the author shows how the unsophisticated, but dangerously charismatic, Hitler turned a volatile situation in Europe to his own advantage. A contemporary interpretation of why and how, by 1934, Germany was in the thrall of Hitler's perverse and self-serving ideology.

Elizabeth Longford

Elizabeth Longford was the author of several highly-acclaimed works of biography. She died in 2002.

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Wellington

Elizabeth Longford
Authors:
Elizabeth Longford

The archetype of the stern, silent Englishman dedicated to his duty, the Duke of Wellington had all the subtlety and variety of genius. WELLINGTON uncovers the sensitive child of Irish aristocrats pushed into the army, making his name in India before returning to lead the Allied Armies to victory against Napoleon in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo. Swapping battlegrounds for political minefields, Wellington emerges as a conservative Tory Prime Minister of a country demanding every variety of reform. Many strands gradually come together in his character, to make at last the ideal he had always held out for himself; 'the retained servant of king and people'. WELLINGTON triumphantly succeeds in revealing an unforgettable, appealing and very human character. Magisterial, vivid, exhaustively researched, sympathetic yet balanced, rich in personal details but scholarly too. Elizabeth Longford's classic biography was greeted with a storm of acclaim.

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Victoria

Elizabeth Longford
Authors:
Elizabeth Longford

The Harvard Lampoon

The Harvard Lampoon has been a premier humour magazine since 1876 when United States President Ulysses S. Grant was advised not to read the magazine, as he would be too much "in stitches" to run the government.

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Nightlight

The Harvard Lampoon
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The Harvard Lampoon

When you like, live forever, what's there to live for? 'About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe. Second, there was a vampire part of him - which I assumed was wildly out of his control - that wanted me dead. And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.' And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in this hilarious send-up of Twilight. Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events - Edwart leaves his hash browns untouched at lunch! - he saves her from a flying snowball and Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive? Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behaviour, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the hysterical tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.