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New in stock – this week’s latest releases
Southern Railway, Maunsell Moguls and Tank Locomotive Classes Guildhall: City of London Submarines of World War Two

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Panzer Destroyer Survivors of Stalingrad Joys of War

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A Pageant of British Steam A History of Cigarette and Trade Cards The World of the Battleship

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This week’s brand new releases

New from Richard van Emden: 1918

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Brand new from Richard van Emden: 1918 – The Decisive Year in Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs.

1918 proved to be the Allies’ year of victory, but what a monumental effort it was! From the moment Germany launched its all-out Spring offensive to win the war, British and Empire troops fought a tenacious and often last-ditch rearguard action. The Germans gambled with their best, battle-hardened men in one desperate offensive after another, searching for a decisive breakthrough that never came.

In those dark days of March, April and May 1918, Allied troops were tested as never before, their morale placed under microscopic scrutiny, their will to win examined and re-examined. Once again, the soldiers tell their story, giving their own perceptive thoughts and profoundly moving insights while never forgetting the humour that helped them survive.

And when the tables were turned in August, there began a campaign that would throw the enemy across the old ruptured battlefields of 1916 and 1917 and beyond, into open untouched countryside in the full bloom of summer. It took a hundred days of relentless fighting to reach Mons, the Belgian town where it had all started four years before.

A century on, best-selling First World War historian Richard van Emden builds on the success of his previous books, The Somme and The Road to Passchendaele, with this next volume including an extraordinary collection of soldiers’ photographs taken on their illegally-held cameras. Utilising an unparalleled collection of memoirs, diaries and letters written by the men who fought, Richard tells the riveting story of 1918, when decisive victory was grasped from near catastrophe.

More titles by best-selling Great War historian and author Richard van Emden

The Road to Passchendaele The Somme All Quiet on the Home Front This Bloody Place

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A Muddy Trench – A Sniper’s Bullet

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Coming soon: A Muddy Trench: A Sniper’s Bullet – Hamish Mann, Black Watch, Officer-Poet, 1896–1917, by Jacquie Buttriss.

The recent discovery of a wooden chest, unopened for 100 years revealed a treasure trove of eloquent trench diaries, letters and poetry. The author was Hamish Mann, a young Black Watch subaltern killed in France in 1917 just five days after his 21st birthday.

Thanks to Mann’s outstanding literary gifts and prodigious output, this book re-lives his fateful journey from the declaration of war, his voluntary work at a military hospital, his training and commission and, finally, his service with 8th Black Watch on the Somme.

The daily hardship and trauma he experienced at the Front were shared with countless thousands of his comrades. But Hamish’s extraordinary gift was his ability to record the traumatic events and the range of his emotions, writing often in his dug-out ‘by the light of a guttering candle’.

A century on, thanks to the Family’s discovery and Jacquie Buttriss’s sensitive commentary, Hamish’s tragically short life can be celebrated and his literary legacy given the recognition it so richly deserves.

The Real Road Dahl

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A new biography by Nadia Cohen: The Real Roald Dahl.

Although his hilariously entertaining stories have touched the hearts of generations of children, there was much more to beloved author Roald Dahl than met the eye.

His fascinating life began in Norway in 1916, and he became a highly rebellious teenager who delighted in defying authority before joining the RAF as a fighter pilot. But after his plane crashed in the African desert he was left with agonising injuries and unable to fly.

He was dispatched to New York where, as a dashing young air attache, he enraptured societies greatest beauties and became friends with President Roosevelt. Roald soon found himself entangled with a highly complex network of British undercover operations. Eventually he grew tired of the secrecy of spying and retreated to the English countryside.

He married twice and had five children, but his life was also affected by serious illness, tragedy and loss.

He wrote a number of stories for adults, many of which were televised as the hugely popular Tales of the Unexpected, but it was as a children’s author that he found greatest fame and satisfaction, saying “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers…Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”

From 1945 until his death in 1990, he lived in Buckinghamshire, where he wrote his most celebrated children’s books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox.

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The Real Enid Blyton The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne The Extraordinary Life of E Nesbit

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Just released in paperback

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Order now for only £11.99: The Truth About Rudolf Hess by James Douglas-Hamilton.

The unauthorised solo flight to Britain by Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess in May 1941 still stands out as one of the most bizarre and intriguing episodes of World War II.

In a new expanded and updated paperback edition of his book The Truth about Rudolf Hess, James Douglas-Hamilton examines the background to this extraordinary affair and the myths which surround it. He traces the developments which persuaded Rudolf to undertake his deluded attempt to broker a peace deal and remove Britain from the War, so that Hitler would not have to fight on two fronts when his planned attack on Russia was launched.

The author also examines the unsought involvement of his father the Duke of Hamilton in the story when, although they had never met, Rudolf asked to speak to him after he parachuted into Scotland.

The part played in this affair by the previously little known Professor Albrecht Haushofer, an academic and Anglophile, who acted as Rudolf’s consultant, is highlighted and his doomed journey through the horrors of Nazi Germany leading him to a terrible fate is recounted.

Material contained in the most recently released Foreign Office papers is also analysed in this new edition and the author looks at how Germany has attempted to confront and deal with its wartime past.

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