Category: History

‘The Five’ by Hallie Rubenhold

The Five Famous for nothing more than being victims of Jack the Ripper, the reputations of five women have for years been tarnished by claims that they were simply prostitutes, sex workers who led selfish, pointless lives. But in truth, their stories have never been told. Now, Hallie Rubenhold uncovers the real lives of Polly,…

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‘While the Bombs Fell’ by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

While the Bombs Fell Growing up in rural Suffolk during World War Two, Elsie and her family live their lives amid the rumble of German bomber planes and the whine of air-raid sirens. But daily life must continue, and the children and their parents make the most of restricted amenities during wartime. Along with Elsie…

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‘Biggles and the Black Peril’ by Captain WE Johns

Biggles and the Black Peril After a clammy white mist makes visibility impossible, flying ace James Bigglesworth and his pal Algy are forced to land their Vandal amphibian somewhere in Norfolk. The apparently desolate landscape prompts the pair to do a spot of exploring with a view to finding somewhere to eat. However, on discovering…

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‘The Colditz Story’ by Major PR Reid

The Colditz Story During World War Two, Colditz Castle was the last stop for soldiers who had been caught escaping from other Prisoner of War camps. Its location, towering over a rocky crag above the River Mulde, was thought to make escape impossible, yet many men did breakout of the seemingly impenetrable fortress, including the…

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‘The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones’ by Michelle Morgan

The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals (Audiobook) Aside from Jack the Ripper, grisly murders don’t usually spring to mind when we think of the Victorian era, but hundreds of downright horrible crimes regularly hit the headlines at the time. While most of these have sunk without trace, Michelle Morgan has delved…

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‘Crimson Rose’ by MJ Trow

Crimson Rose (Audiobook) London, 1587. A new play entitled Tamburlaine opens at the Rose Theatre, but when a member of the audience is murdered, young actor Will Shakespeare is the prime suspect and is thrown into jail. Playwright and part-time spy, Kit Marlowe, knows his friend is innocent and sets out to investigate. But when…

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‘Scotland Yard’s First Cases’ by Joan Locke

Scotland Yard’s First Cases In 1842 Scotland Yard set up the first detective branch. With very little to help in their pursuit of villains, the group was faced with a difficult task. Fingerprinting and DNA didn’t exist and there was no efficient means of communicating between one officer and another – let alone between different…

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‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’ by Neal James

A Ticket to Tewkesbury On discovering a fifty-year-old love letter, Julie Martin uncovers a series of events leading back to Nazi Germany. Secret files from MI5 and the mysterious ‘Organisation’, brings to light documents that have remained hidden for half a century. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and the premise…

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