Category: History/Biography
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Keeping My Sisters’ Secrets – The moving true story of three sisters born into poverty and their fight for survival – Just 99p 0 comments

Eva, Peggy and Kathleen were sisters born into a close-knit working class family, living in a tiny terraced house in a street so rough the police would only walk down it in pairs. As they grew up between the wars, they dreamed of escaping their violent father and the crime-ridden slums of Waterloo.
Peggy was a studious girl so appalled by conditions in the factories that she became a Communist. Beautiful Kathleen married an abusive man and later – during the Second World War – fell in love with a GI. Feisty Eva became a thief as a child so she could help their mother put food on the table – and never lost her rebellious streak, or her desire to protect her family by whatever means necessary.
As the years pass the sisters all lived close together, sharing each other’s lives, supporting each other through hard times. Keeping My Sisters’ Secrets by Beezy Marsh is a rich, moving story of three sisters fighting to survive through decades of social upheaval, their love for each other the one constant in a changing world. Buy this boo today for only 99p.
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Child of the Mersey – Life will never be the same again – Family saga – Just 99p 0 comments

For the ordinary people of Empire Street, life will never be the same again.
Kitty Fisher has plenty on her plate to keep her busy. Since her mother died when she was just a child, she’s cooked, cleaned and scraped to make ends meet for her drunken father and her headstrong brothers.
Rita Kennedy, living with her husband under the roof of his spiteful mother-in-law, is desperate for their own home. Perhaps that will help them get their marriage back on the rails again?
For the two women and others like them on Liverpool’s dockside and across the whole country, the threatening clouds of war will bring heartache and tragedy. It will take courage and the bonds of family and friends to help them see this through.
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Pure – Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award – Historical fiction – £1.99 0 comments

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.
A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love . . . A year unlike any other he has lived.
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Dani’s Story – Neglected beyond belief, rescued by love – Just 99p 0 comments

Dani was so severely neglected by her birth mother that she grew up knowing only squalor. She never went to school or the doctor, and rarely glimpsed sunlight. Desperately malnourished, she couldn’t talk and had never been toilet-trained. The social worker who took her into care had never heard of a case so horrific. The doctors believed Dani would never recover from such a terrible start in life.
Then she met the Lierows – a unique, blended family who were seeking to adopt a child. Despite being warned that she was way beyond hope of a normal life, they were instantly drawn to her and sensed a bright light behind her pale complexion. When they finally adopted her, they showered Dani with so much affection and encouragement that she came to life for the first time. Proving all the experts wrong, Dani would go on to open up and express herself in a way that no-one could have expected.
Dani’s remarkable and heartwarming story is a testament of the power of kindness to overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable challenges. Buy this book for only 99p today.
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Morgan’s Run – Historical saga rich in romance, adventure and unforgettable characters by Colleen McCullough – Just 99p 0 comments

It was one of the greatest human experiments ever undertaken: to populate an unknown land with the criminal, the unloved and the unwanted of English society. Amid conditions of brutality that paralleled those of slavery, ‘The First Fleet’ was sent to a place no European but the legendary Captain Cook had ever seen.
Left to live or die on the hostile Australian continent, these convicts – and their equally isolated guards – occupy the centre of Colleen McCullough’s compelling new epic. Richard Morgan – convicted felon and educated, intelligent, resourceful man – finds the will to survive, experience the joys of love, and finally make an indelible mark upon the new frontier.
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One Pair of Hands: From Upstairs to Downstairs, in this charming 1930s memoir – Just 99p 0 comments

Unimpressed by the world of debutante balls, Monica Dickens shocked her family by getting a job. With no experience whatsoever, she gained employment as a cook-general.
Monica’s cooking and cleaning skills left much to be desired, and her first few positions were short lived, but soon she started to hold her own. Monica discovered the pleasure of daily banter with the milkman and grocer’s boy and the joy of doing an honest day’s work, all the while keeping a wry eye on the childish pique of her employers.
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17 Carnations: The Windsors, The Nazis and The Cover-Up – Just 99p 0 comments

The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple’s links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold.
Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler’s early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman. While the German foreign minister sent Simpson seventeen carnations daily, each one representing a night they had spent together, she and the Duke of Windsor corresponded regularly with the German elite.
Known to be pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies were defeated. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on a dark chapter of history. Buy this book today for only 99p.
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