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Four Brothers in Arms is a fascinating account of a single family and their service in the British Armed Forces, drawing on an unusual collection of letters and photographs. The book provides glimpses of four brothers’ experiences on the North West Frontier of India in the 1930s, throughout the Second World War, during the partition of India in 1947 and the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s as well as a rare insight into their mother’s precarious isolation during the war in Jersey under German occupation.
It isn’t called “running” a bed and breakfast for nothing. What do you do when you move to a foreign country and haven’t yet mastered the language and customs? Take it easy or find an old house in need of rebuilding and open a bed and breakfast? Never one to run from a challenge, that’s exactly what forty-something Emma Strandberg did in an idyllic seaside town on the west coast of Sweden – in the middle of a winter where temperatures dipped the mercury to minus twenty-two!
The Royal Hospital (RH) was built near the site of the Palace of Placentia and erected by King William III (1650–1702) as a memorial for his consort, Queen Mary II (1662–94) who died of smallpox. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) and functioned until 1870 as a hospital for retired mariners of the Royal Navy.
This is the charming biography of the author’s father, Fred Kellow, who was born into a farming family in Burcombe, South Wiltshire in 1924. His early life was dominated by poverty which was common in those days and it was at this time that Fred developed a great love for the countryside, in particular a keen interest in shooting. He started his working life in the late 1930’s, firstly as a builder for a very short spell, then as a farmworker and part-time rabbit catcher. In the 1950’s he took a small change in direction and became a gamekeeper.
NOW IN SECOND EDITION They were Music Hall aristocracy. George Formby senior was the first Northern comedian to gain a national reputation. The great Marie Lloyd maintained there were only two performers she would turn out to see – and he was one of them. His story of rags to respectability hid a secret he took with him to the grave.
After decades of work healing myself and changing my life beyond recognition, I found attempting to explain was a short step into a deepening mud-puddle of confusion and uncertainty in others.
Improvements I brought about in myself – and others – being far beyond my expectations, let alone theirs. I discovered healing and the universe have much in common. What I took as ultimate limits of knowledge and perception became outmoded; changed, and were superseded.
This is the story of an ordinary young man, unworldly, untried and patriotic, who enlisted at 18 in 1942 and became an infantryman specialising as a machine gunner with the Middlesex Regiment and later with the Cheshire Regiment. His early years were spent in Lambeth and Mitcham, Surrey. As a 17 year old he joined the Home Guard and soon experienced the loss of a friend for the first time to a German landmine.
Memorable Moments of a Met Copper – 1967–1997 is the fascinating and absorbing memoir of a Met Copper spanning a thirty year period. Presented as a series of stark, harrowing and often disturbed short anecdotes and stories, the author shares some of the horror, fear, humour and sadness that he experienced during his career, such as the death of colleagues on duty, or being rained with projectiles in a riot. This is a truly memorable book and will appeal to a wide audience.
Memories of a Retired Fell-Walker is a delightful book full of charm, comradeship and nostalgia. Those who walk and love Lakeland fells will enjoy the author’s personal reflections and recollections of many happy hours spent walking in the Lake District on his own, or with friends. This book will also appeal to those who will be enticed to follow the author’s footsteps marvelling at the wonderful scenery. Also, those who can no longer visit the highest mountains can relive past adventures detailed in this book, which are sure to bring back many happy memories.
One of the things that will happen to all of us, if we are lucky, is that we will grow old. In Old Fogies, Unite!, author, Sam Almond, takes a humorous and witty look at what happens if you are lucky enough to reach the age of 90 and beyond.