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MUST READS BARBAROSSA by Jonathan Dimbleby (Penguin £9.99, 656pp) BARBAROSSA by Jonathan Dimbleby (Penguin £9.99, 656pp) On the evening of June 21, 1941, in Brest-Litovsk, the lights suddenly went out. The power had been cut by German saboteurs.  From his observation post, General Heinz Guderian, the leader of Panzer Group 2, could see that the city’s defenders had no idea […]

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Why all the books you love are starting to look the same

Written by Alice Kemp-Habib From colourful, abstract graphics to women looking glum, the covers of 2022’s biggest books seem to slot tidily into a variety of ever-changing trends. Stylist dives into what’s driving them.  Unwrapping a copy of Abi Daré’s The Girl With The Louding Voice April last year, I felt a palpable sense of déjà vu. There was something about the […]

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Freedom fighters who saved democracy

Freedom fighters who saved democracy: Three epic battles fought 2,500 years ago by a tiny Greek army were even more important in forging our liberty and justice than the Battle of Hastings Stephen Kershaw evokes the scary spectacle of the Persian army on the march UK-based author tells the tale of the Greek army during the 5th century BC Christopher […]

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The Yanks locked up and shot in HMP Dartmoor

The Yanks locked up and shot in HMP Dartmoor: New book tells the story of the last American men killed in the US and English conflict The conflict was over, but 6,500 American prisoners of war were in Dartmoor Diaries of American inmate Frank Palmer told how prisoners wanted to escape Dartmoor has been downgraded to Category C prison for […]

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Upside down at 400 mph: It's all in a day's work for the Red Arrows

Upside down at 400 mph: It’s all in a day’s work for the Red Arrows, who’ve mastered the art of remaining conscious when battling G-force… by clenching their buttocks in anti-gravity trousers David Montenegro describes how the Red Arrows perform in his new book As the current Commanding Officer he engages with the general public Mark Mason says that the […]

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Read an exclusive extract from People Person by Candice Carty-Williams

Written by Candice Carty-Williams This week’s book of the week is Candice Carty-Williams’s drama-filled second novel People Person. Read an exclusive extract below.  If we were to guess the books that hold a special spot on your bookshelf, we’d bet Candice Carty-Williams’s 2019 bestseller Queenie has a place. Catapulting the writer to fame, Queenie was the humour-filled, heartwarming tale of […]

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The world's SEXIEST poet: John Donne

The world’s SEXIEST poet: John Donne eloped with a girl of 16 and had 12 children — but still wrote some of the finest love poems in the English language writes ROGER LEWIS Katherine Rundell argues that John Donne wrote the ‘most lavishly sexed poetry’ UK-based author uncovers his affair and marriage to 16-year-old Anne More By 1591, he was at […]

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