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Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood

Alison Weir and Sarah Gristwood in Conversation Two of our finest historians come together to discuss Love and the Tudors, historical fact versus historical fiction. In her latest book, Katherine Parr, the sixth and last of Henry VIII’s wives, Alison Weir shows a woman torn between love and duty. In […]

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Ian Dunt

Ian Dunt – How To Be A Liberal Photography and post production by Hollin Jones, www.grandcentralaudio.com   Told in his inimitable and rip-roaring prose How To Be A Liberal tells the story of liberalism, in a soaring narrative that stretches from the battle fields of the English Civil War through the […]

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Robert McCracken Peck

Robert McCracken Peck – The Natural History of Edward Lear A beautifully illustrated exploration of Edward Lear’s little-known career as a natural-history artist, with a foreword by David Attenborough.   Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known today for his witty limericks and endearing nonsense verse.  But the celebrated author of […]

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Simon Heffer – Henry ‘Chips’ Channon

Simon Heffer – Henry ‘Chips’ Channon Born in Chicago in 1897, Henry ‘Chips’ Channon settled in England after the Great War, married into the immensely rich Guinness family, and served as Conservative MP for Southend-on-Sea from 1935 until his death in 1958.   His diaries are elegant, gossipy and bitchy […]

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Alan Johnson – The Late Train to Gipsy Hill

Alan Johnson – The Late Train to Gipsy Hill A fast paced, elegant and warm-hearted debut thriller from award-winning writer and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.   Gary Nelson has a pretty uneventful life, even if he does live in London. That life gets turned on its head when, on […]

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Sally Coulthard – The Barn

Sally Coulthard – The Barn   The astonishing, socio-historic uncovering of a vanished agricultural way of life by best-selling nature writer Sally Coulthard.   Dominating the farmyard of the house where Sally Coulthard and her husband live in the gentle Howardian Hills of North Yorkshire is a large, stone-built barn. […]

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Neil Ansell – The Circling Sky

Neil Ansell – The Circling Sky The Circling Sky is part childhood memoir, blended with exquisite nature observation, and the story of one man’s journey over a year to one of the UK’s key natural habitats, the New Forest of Hampshire.   In the form of several journeys, beginning in […]

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