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Explore the archives of the Imperial War Museum

Posted on: 08/11/2019 20th Century, WW2

Take time out this November to rediscover four wartime classics from the archives of Imperial War Museums (IWM). Listen to the works of forgotten writers of the Second World War, read by a selection of great narrators including Jonathan Keeble and Matt Addis, and get a new insight into life on the front and at home. From the D-Day landings to jungle warfare, and a murder mystery set against the backdrop of the Blitz, these novels provide modern listeners with a fresh perspective on what it was l…

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Operation Colossus. The forgotten raiders. The true story.

Posted on: 31/10/2019

To celebrate publication of his new book SAS Shadow Raiders, bestselling author Damien Lewis tells the untold story of Operation Colossus, the first ever Allied airborne raid – the forgotten heroes of WWII. In my new book, SAS Shadow Raiders, I reveal the lost history of the SAS’s earliest beginnings – how they were formed a year before accepted history tells it, and how they carried out the Allies first, most audacious and daring airborne raid – codenamed Operation Colossus. In the immediate af…

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Six thrilling reads for this Halloween

Posted on: 28/10/2019 with tags: halloween, history, witches

This year for Halloween, we have made a list of six thrilling reads: from wildly fascinating stories of witches around the world to bloody revolutions under the reign of Richard II to odd, unexplained mysteries.   The Virago Book of Witches by Shahrukh Husain The witch: resilient, edgy, awe-inspiring and potent. She never disappears for long . . . A collection of more than fifty stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from Ch…

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The Personal Touch – Gill Thompson

Posted on: 17/10/2019 with tags: Gill Thompson, The Oceans Between Us, 20th Century, WW2

I’ve always preferred the kind of history that comes from people’s mouths rather than the pages of books, so when I first stumbled across the story of the child migrants from Britain to Australia, I was determined to track down people who’d been personally involved. I’d been horrified to discover that children, some as young as four, had been lured to a land ten thousand miles away, ostensibly to lead a better life but in reality to satisfy governmental agendas. Many were lied to, told they were…

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