Category: History/Biography
Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11 by Alistair Darling – Only 99p 0 comments

In the late summer of 2007, shares of Northern Rock went into free-fall, causing a run on the bank – the first in over 150 years. Northern Rock proved to be only the first. Twelve months later, as the world was engulfed in the worst banking crisis for more than a century, one of its largest banks, RBS, came within hours of collapse.
Back from the Brink tells the gripping story of Alistair Darling’s one thousand days in Number 11 Downing Street. As Chancellor, he had to avert the collapse of RBS hours before the cash machines would have ceased to function; at the eleventh hour, he stopped Barclays from acquiring Lehman Brothers in order to protect UK taxpayers; he used anti-terror legislation to stop Icelandic banks from withdrawing funds from Britain. From crisis talks in Washington, to dramatic meetings with the titans of international banking, to dealing with the massive political and economic fallout in the UK, Darling places the reader in the rooms where the destinies of millions weighed heavily on the shoulders of a few. His book is also a candid account of life in the Downing Street pressure cooker and his relationship with Gordon Brown during the last years of New Labour.
Back from the Brink is a vivid and immediate depiction of the British government’s handling of an unprecedented global financial catastrophe. Alistair Darling’s knowledge and understanding provide a unique perspective on the events that rocked international capitalism. It is also a vital historical document. Buy it today for your Kindle for only 99p.
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Anna – First book in Kirov Saga by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles – Historical fiction/romance – £2.23 0 comments

As Paris recoils under the turbulent political events of 1803, young English governess Anne Peters finds herself penniless, homeless and alone.
But while France prepares for war she seizes the chance of escape, to a new life in the service of dashing Count Nikolai Kirov, and a new home in the glittering Russian city of St Petersburg.
Thrown into the flamboyant and demanding circle of her new employer and his family, Anne moves between the city’s splendour and the wild, untamed beauty of the Caucasus Mountains, and begins her transformation from Anne Peters into Anna Petrovna.
But as Napoleon gathers his army for the final attack on Imperial Russia, Anna must prepare for a battle of the heart – her forbidden love for a man and a country she may never call her own.
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Goodnight Vienna: A Novel of World War II – Historical fiction – £1.79 0 comments

It is March 1938. Hitler has marched into Vienna to a triumphant reception, but the 180,000 Jews living in the city fear the future. Katharine Simmons, an undercover SIS agent working at the British Passport Office, is distraught when her husband, also an undercover agent, is taken from their home and disappears without trace.
Left alone in Vienna, Katharine’s secret work prevents her from returning home, but the noose is tightening around the SIS operatives as a suspected double agent is betraying them. Can the love of a mystery man save Katharine from the Gestapo? Who is her secret betrayer? And what is the past that haunts her?
In this extraordinary debut novel, love, honour and power compete against a backdrop of the growing tensions of 1930s Vienna. Buy this historical novel for £1.79 today.
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Mum’s Way – A memoir – Ian and the children the courage to carry on without her – £1.49 0 comments

Raising eight children would be a big job for any couple; to raise them alone, without their mother, an almost Herculean feat. But this was exactly what Angie wanted Ian to be able to do. So in the last months of her life, Angie compiled a list of ‘rules’ to guide Ian in the future, and put him on an intensive training course, so he could learn all the skills he would need. She taught him how to make her special chicken curry, how to soothe away their hurts, pack their lunchboxes with all their favourites and do all the little things she’d done for them so unthinkingly. And Ian knew he wasn’t just doing this for the children. He was doing it so his beloved wife could be comforted by knowing that he had the tools to bring their children up her way.
Finally, inevitably, came the hardest task of all. Angie, the job done, had to find the courage to let them go, and Ian and the children the courage to carry on without her. You can purchase this touching memoir for £1.49 today.
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Free now: Inspirational non-fiction from faith-based publishers 0 comments

Free now: Inspirational non-fiction from faith-based publishers
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The Tudor Princess – Historical fiction – Only 99p 0 comments

From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. As daughter of Henry VII, her duty is to gain alliances for England. Barely out of girlhood, Margaret is married by proxy to James IV and travels to Edinburgh to become Queen of Scotland.
Despite her doubts, Margaret falls under the spell of her adopted home. But she has rivals. While Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one. And providing an heir cannot guarantee Margaret’s safety when Jamie leads an invading army against her own brother, Henry VIII.
In the wake of tragic loss she falls prey to the attentions of the ambitious Earl of Angus – a move that brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal, secret alliances, and the vagaries of her own heart, Margaret has one overriding ambition – to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost.
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Into Temptation – Historical fiction – Only 99p 0 comments

The Second World War is over, peace has been declared – but the ravages remain and the Lytton family must confront the future and themselves. Kit Lytton, blinded in his early twenties in service for the RAF, is coming to terms with the fact that his father is not Oliver Lytton, as he thought, but the famous children’s author Sebastian Brooke. His sense of betrayal is immense, but worse is the discovery that the woman he loves is his sister.
Barty Miller is now in the curious position of owning a majority share of Lyttons, the publishing house belonging to the family that brought her up. Now rich and powerful, though alone, Barty is far from the cowed slum child rescued by Celia Lytton years before. But how will she act now towards the family who always made her feel she did not belong? And what secrets in the Lytton past remain to be discovered…?
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The Trader’s Wife – Family saga/historical fiction – £2.80 0 comments

Singapore in the 1860s is exotic and yet terrifying for a penniless Englishwoman, alone and vulnerable after her mother’s death. Too pretty to obtain a governess’s job, Isabella Saunders accepts an offer from a Singapore merchant to teach him English and live with his family. Two years later Bram Deagan arrives in Singapore, determined to make his fortune as a trader. Mr Lee sees a way to expand his business connections and persuades Isabella to marry Bram. Bravely, she sets sail for a new land and life. But the past casts a long shadow and together they face unexpected dangers. Will they find a way to achieve their dreams of a successful trading business?
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Free now: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol 2: The New World by Winston Churchill – from Rosetta 0 comments

Free now: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol 2: The New World by Winston Churchill – from Rosettabooks
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In Volume 2 of Winston Churchill’s epic four-volume account of British history, he details the turbulent period of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—taking us from the dramatic clashes of the powerful Tudor and Stuart families through the growth of monarchic power, the Protestant Reformation, England’s Civil War, and the discovery of the Americas.
Churchill’s prose is eminently readable—making historical characters and events come to life with compelling insight and analysis. As a pre-eminent wartime leader himself, Churchill possessed a unique understanding of the pressures of leadership—and the minds of those who were faced with the burden of shaping history.
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The Moat Farm Mystery: The Life and Criminal Career of Samuel Herbert Dougal – £1.79 0 comments

Samuel Herbert Dougal was intelligent, talented, and the recipient of a military medal. Outwardly, he seemed to embody all that Victorian England valued most. But he was also a career criminal whose appetite for sex and money propelled him through scandal after scandal; through the courts, prisons and asylums; and from woman to vulnerable woman.
In 1903, the unexplained disappearance of Dougal’s latest inamorata, a wealthy spinster named Miss Holland, began to excite public speculation. A tireless hunt for the missing lady commenced, but, having been arrested on a sample charge of forgery, Dougal simply decided to wait it out. Meanwhile, on the outside, his real wife, Sarah, who had been the beneficiary of Dougal’s schemes over the course of a decade, had her own plans to escape official scrutiny. Would Miss Holland’s whereabouts be discovered? And who, if anyone, would be held to account for her disappearance?
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