In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land’s End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain. It was a challenge so extreme that most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying.
A field guide to the literature of nature, including a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.
In 1938, with the Japanese army approaching from Nanking, Huan Hsu’s great-great grandfather, Liu, and his five granddaughters were forced to flee their hometown on the banks of the Yangtze River. But before they left, a hole was dug deep, in which was stowed the family heirlooms. Huan Hsu’s fascinating record of his family history combines with accounts of great change in China, and perhaps reveals the secret hiding place of his grandfather’s porcelain.
Part autobiography, part self-help book. Vegetarian food writer hones her warm and engaging style to share her fascinating introduction to Buddhism which she discovered late in her life.
In 2012, Jon Ronson’s online identity was stolen. Jon publicly confronted the imposters, a trio of academics who had created a Jon Ronson Twitter bot obsessed by unlikely food combinations and weird sex. At first, Jon was delighted to find strangers all over the world uniting to support him in his outrage – but then things got out of hand.
Set against a backdrop of the madcap parties of the 1920s, the sophistication of the 1930s and the drama and austerity of the Second World War, Thomasson brings to life the fascinating friendship with Edith Olivier, alone for the first time at the age of fifty-one and Rex Whistler, a nineteen-year-old art student.
Cambridge has some of the most violent history ever recorded. From invading hordes of Vikings, Saxons and Normans to the secret Allied plans of the Second World War, it will thrill, disgust and delight!
Covering one of the most turbulent periods in modern British politics, this memoir charts the six years during which John Warwicker was seconded from his high-ranking position at Scotland Yard to take command of the Special Branch protection team at Downing Street.
New memoir from #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Lived (and So Will I).
Remarkable journey from a challenging childhood, dealing with the onset of Tourette’s in fifth grade.