Category: History

‘Scottish Witches’ by Lily Seafield

*** This is a collection of factual, and no-so-factual, tales of Scottish witches, ghosts, superstitions and folklore, and ranges from the seventeenth century through to the twentieth. For the most part, the stories are about witches and the various confessions, trials and punishments dished out to them by a society that believed ordinary folk could…

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‘Doctor Zhivago’ by Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak’s epic novel of love and war throws physician and poet Yuri Zhivago into the lives of two women. Epic is certainly the word, here, and knowing I’d never attempt this in book form, the audio version seemed like a good option. Although it’s basically a decent story, if somewhat improbable (all…

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‘Ghostland’ by Edward Parnell

Ghostland (Audiobook) Tormented by the nightmare of a family tragedy, Edward Parnell retreats into the ghost stories that entertained him as a boy. Embarking on a search for the authors, places and images from those stories, he travels across Britain, exploring the tales of a host of writers, including MR James, Algernon Blackwood, Lucy Boston…

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‘Desert’ by Jack Dolan

Desert A secret German mission during World War Two. A terrible weapon, lost beneath the desert sands. When British archaeologist Jordan narrowly misses being shot while investigating a secret diary, ex-Military Intelligence Officer Roan Mercer and his team set out to track down the assassin. But the team soon learn there’s more to this job…

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‘Go! Go! Go!’ by Rusty Firmin and Will Pearson

Go! Go! Go! The Definitive Inside Story of the Iranian Embassy Siege by Rusty Firmin and Will Pearson (Audiobook) This comprehensive book recounts one of Britain’s most unforgettable news stories of the 1980s. Told by journalist Will Pearson and former SAS member Rusty Firman, ‘Go! Go! Go! The Definitive Inside Story of the Iranian Embassy…

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‘There Was a Country’ by Chinua Achebe

There Was a Country From the author of ‘Things Fall Apart’, ‘There Was a Country’ is Chinua Achebe’s long-awaited account of the significant experiences of his life, most notably during the Nigerian Civil War (or Biafran War). Charting one of the last century’s greatest humanitarian disasters, successful novelist Achebe recalls his observations as a spectator…

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