More InfoWalloon Ways: Three years as a weekend Belgian by Valerie Poore
In 2003, Val Poore bought her dream: a barge with a garden in Brussels. With her partner, Koos, she embarked on a life of weekend residency in Belgium. For three years, they explored the lovely Walloon countryside as well as the Belgian river and canal network while they made their floating home habitable.
This collection of recollections, anecdotes and observations focuses mostly on Wallonia: its waterways, towns and rural areas, not to mention their encounters with the charming French-speaking Walloons. However, it also includes the areas around Brussels and a few not-to-be-forgotten...
More InfoCourage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior (Hoover Essays) by James B. Stockdale
When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings have been many and varied, but all converge on the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity.
More InfoAfrican Ways by Valerie Poore
This is the story of a young woman’s first encounters with rural South Africa. Coming from the all-mod-cons society of Britain at the beginning of the 1980’s, the author is literally transplanted to a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in what is now Kwazulu Natal.
Once there, she finds her feet in the ways of Africa with the help of a charming, elderly Dutch couple, an appealing but wily African farm hand, his practical and motherly daughter and a wise and fascinating neighbour who has a fund of local knowledge.
These are tales of a different kind of life, which include living...
More InfoWounds of the Father: A True Story of Child Abuse, Betrayal, and Redemption by Elizabeth Garrison
In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and The Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrison’s fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal a dark, hidden world of child abuse, domestic violence, and chilling family secrets all performed in the name of God under the tyrannical rule of her father. Like countless teenage girls, Elizabeth turns to drugs and alcohol to escape. With...
More InfoNelson and the Nile by Brian Lavery
The Battle of the Nile, fought on 1 August 1798, was a great victory, dealing a fatal blow to Napoleon Bonaparte’s ambitions in the Middle East and cementing Nelson's place as a national hero.
But the battle itself was only the decisive event in a campaign of many months, upon the outcome of which depended the domination of the Mediterranean and the whole strategic situation in Europe.
In this book bestselling historian Brian Lavery places the Battle of the Nile in its full strategic context, showing the interplay of military and political factors that sent Nelson’s squadron into the...
Some saw him as ‘the greatest man who has ever lived’ while others have accused him of creating the Prussian ultra-nationalism which culminated in Hitler.
But this paternalistic ruler who once said he wanted nothing more than to be remembered as ‘Le Roi des gueux’, the king of the beggars, was also a polymath whose artistic and intellectual abilities amazed eighteenth-century Europe.
David Fraser's acclaimed biography provides the best and most rounded portrait of this extraordinary man.
Tony Spilotro was the Mob’s man in Las Vegas. A feared enforcer, the bosses knew Tony would do whatever it took to protect their interests. The “Little Guy” built a criminal empire that was the envy of mobsters across the country, and his childhood pal, Frank Cullotta helped him do it. But Tony’s quest for power and lack of self-control with women cost the Mob its control of Vegas; and Tony paid for it with his life.
”I was a little nervous before my first meeting with former mobster Frank Cullotta. It turned out we...
More InfoMarlborough by Correlli Barnett
The story of Britain's greatest general...as told by Britain's greatest military historian.
John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was a man whose strategic genius and commanding personality transformed European history.
In this remarkable book by the outstanding English military historian of his generation the individual behind the heroic victor of the Battle of Blenheim is bought vividly to life.
In masterly detail, Correlli Barnett examines the forces that shaped the one European of the era able to challenge the glory of France's Sun King, and by so doing to deflect the course of...
More InfoThe Young Country Doctor Book 3: Bilbury Revels by Vernon Coleman
Bilbury Revels is the third in The Young Country Doctor series of books (though it can be read as an individual title) and continues the account of the doctor and his young wife, Patsy, who are settled happily at Bilbury Grange. Disaster strikes during a long, relentless storm which batters the village and blankets the whole area in a thick covering of snow. The doctor nearly loses his life and the village schoolteacher loses her cottage roof. The excitement really starts when the villagers join together to raise money to repair the devastated cottage. Vernon Coleman describes an old...