Set amidst Russia’s revolutionary upheaval in the early years of the century, Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece tells of Zhivago, doctor and poet, as he endeavours to come to terms with the momentous changes overtaking society. Soon the forces of revolution bring civil war, brutality and chaos. There is famine in Moscow, and Zhivago takes his wife Tonia and their child on an epic train journey to Siberia, to find shelter in a remote country house; yet even here they are unable to escape the turmoil. And haunting Zhivago always is his passion for the beautiful Lara.
Both as a study of a country struggling to remake itself and as a moving love-story, Doctor Zhivago is one of the most remarkable novels of the twentieth century. Buy it today for £1.18.
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Once ‘the Paris of the East’, Bucharest in 1989 is a world of danger, repression and corruption, but also of intensity and ravaged beauty. As Ceaus¸escu’s demolition squads race to destroy the old city and replace it with a sinister Stalinist Legoland, its inhabitants live out communism’s dying days not knowing how or where things will end.
In The Last Hundred Days a young English student arrives in Bucharest to take up a job he never applied for and whose duties are never made clear. He finds dissidents, party apparatchiks, black-marketeers, diplomats, spies and ordinary Romanians, all watching each other as Europe’s most paranoid regime plays out its bloody endgame. Buy this historical novel today for only 99p.
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This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies.
This new expanded edition has double the original number of contributions from many celebrities including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Adie, Kevin Spacey, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Mabey , Simon Jenkins, John Sergeant, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joan Bakewell, Antony Beevor, Libby Purves, Jonathan Dimbleby, and many more: and a new preface by HRH Prince Charles.
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From WWII to Iraq the SAS has been at the forefront of armed conflict, though most people wouldn’t realise it was even there. Universally acknowledged as the best special forces in the world, every member of the Regiment is a hero in his own right.
However, even amongst these remarkable soldiers there are those who stand out. SAS Heroes contains former SAS soldier Pete Scholey’s memories of 20 such warriors who are true heroes, although many were never recognised as such during their lives or even in death. It is a collection of stories about special forces soldiers who fought for their country with no desire to be famous, fêted or rewarded, some of whom died in action. A few received medals, and all earned the respect and admiration of their fellow soldiers.
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When Elisabeth Sladen first appeared as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the 1973 Doctor Who story The Time Warrior, little did she know the character would become one of the most enduring and fondly remembered of the series’ long history. By the time she quit the TARDIS in 1976, making front-page news, Elisabeth had become one of the most familiar faces of a TV golden age.
This warm and witty autobiography, completed only months before Elisabeth died in April 2011, tells her remarkable story, from humble beginnings in post-war Liverpool, through an acclaimed theatrical career working alongside stage luminaries. A unique insider’s view of the world’s longest-running science fiction series, and of British television yesterday and today, Elisabeth’s memoir is funny, ridiculous, insightful and entertaining and a fitting tribute to a woman who will be sadly missed by millions. Buy the memoir today for only 99p.
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Blonde, bubbly and ballsy, Gemma Collins has had fans of The Only Way Is Essex glued to their TVs since her arrival in series two. Her larger-than-life personality makes people cry with laughter as she haphazardly navigates through one romantic crisis after another.
Gemma tries hard when it comes to finding ‘Mr Right’ – baking love pies and sexy texting – yet it never seems to work out. But does she care? Of course she doesn’t. She always has the upper hand, leaving men quaking in their boots and women looking on in admiration. But finding her confidence has been a long and heartbreaking journey for Gemma.
Inside, she opens up about the life events she endured before finding fame and feeling comfortable in her own skin. From breaking up with the love of her life and miscarrying a baby, to a drastic weight gain and depression; life for a real Essex girl is far from just an endless cycle of spray tans and vajazzles.
Basically… is the touching yet riotously funny story of how a young girl with a big heart finally found what she’d been looking for. Herself. Buy it today for £1.99.
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‘Kiss boys two times after I have gone’
‘Please teach the boys to say what they mean’
‘Mummy loved orange Club biscuits, jam and jelly and lemon curd’
On her deathbed, Kate Greene’s only concern was for her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe. She knew she’d be leaving them behind very soon.
Over her last few days, Kate created Mum’s List. The couple talked and cried together as she wrote her thoughts and wishes down, trying to help the man she loved create the best life for their boys after she was gone.
It wasn’t the first time Singe and Kate had faced the spectre of death. Four years earlier, doctors discovered a large lump in baby Reef ‘s abdomen. Kate, pregnant with Finn, was so distressed that she gave birth dangerously early. Both boys pulled through, but afterwards Kate received the diagnosis that every woman dreads . . .
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August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to be in uproar. Flora, Hilda and Will, who grew up together in St Boniface orphanage sit in the sunshine in Hyde Park on a rare day off, discussing the impending war and the changes it will bring to their lives. Will means to go off to fight, Hilda hopes to better her current lot in life as a maid at the charitable institute, Hailing House, but Flora is content with her job as assistant to the Isle of Dogs’ kindly Doctor Tapper. Taking a vow, they pledge to always be there for each other, come what may.
It soon becomes clear that the war will not be over by Christmas, as so many thought, and the first zeppelin raids bring casualties flooding into the surgery where Flora works. Tragedy strikes in the trenches, too, and Will returns home with physical and mental wounds too deep for Flora to be able to nurse back to health.
In the meantime, Hilda has taken herself away from London to work as a maid at the sumptuous house of Adelphi. But it is not long before she finds herself out of her depth. And the consequences of her choices will lead to a shocking discovery that will change the course of the three orphans lives forever.
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Until 1971, female victims of domestic violence were expected to ‘kiss and make up’ with their husbands, hide their black eyes and bruises, and bear the shame that somehow their partners’ brutality was their fault.
Chiswick Women’s Aid was Europe’s first ever refuge for what were then called ‘battered women’, and Jenny Smith was one of the first females who bravely made their way to this much-needed safe house. Desperate, and in fear for her life and the welfare of her two small children, Jenny had fled her dangerously schizophrenic partner, carrying only a few possessions. In the Chiswick shelter, founded by famous women’s rights campaigner Erin Pizzey, Jenny found other women in the same position, all with harrowing, extraordinary stories to tell.
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A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became ‘enemy aliens’ in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops’ heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield.
Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed – incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship.
Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the War, and its stories, sometimes funny, often moving, give us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events. Buy this book today for only 51p.
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