Brainwashed and Anointed: The Story of an Ex-Mormon


Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan


Umberto Nobile And the Arctic Search for the Airship Italia


Pink Floyd: Song by Song


SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 2: K-Q


Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song


The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home


Evelina: A Victorian Heroine in Venice


Night Hawk: Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and BAR, the RAF’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace


A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1945: From Crossing the Desert to Crossing the Rhine


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Brainwashed and Anointed: The Story of an Ex-Mormon

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  • A fascinating insight into the effects religious brainwashing can have on people
  • An original story, including personal journal entries and private letters
  • A self-help book that will resonate with many others who have gone through similar experiences
  • An easy, conversational read with good humour and brutally honest stories


In Brainwashed and Anointed: The Story of an Ex-Mormon, Christopher Yeoman tells his heart-wrenching struggles within Mormonism with no holds barred honesty and irresistible wit. Raised as a Mormon boy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Yeoman went through a heavily indoctrinated youth system and at the age of 19, served as a missionary for the Church.

So confident of his religion and the existence of God, he thought nothing would ever break his faith, but after battling with shame and guilt for his so-called ‘sins’, an ordeal with panic attacks and loss, his belief system began to unravel.

This gripping and honest story offers a fascinating insight into the conflict between years of conditioned thinking vs a need to re-programme one’s mind after escaping the clutches of organised religion. Packed with humorous anecdotes and tear-jerking confessions, Brainwashed and Anointed makes for a fascinating read for anyone who is has been affected by religion or not.

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Christopher Yeoman was born in 1981. He is the author of Tiger Cub: The Story of John Freeborn DFC*, The Battle of Britain: Portraits of The Few, Rise Against Eagles, and Into the Swarm. He has written articles for Fighting High Volume 2, Bomber Command: Failed to Return, and has also has short comic book stories published in the US. He currently lives in Hampshire with his wife Kym and two dogs.

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Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan

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  • The most updated, journalistic and vivid account of Imran Khan’s political life
  • A compelling read into Imran’s political campaign set against a system known for its unbounded malfeasance
  • Provides a riveting scoop into Imran’s much discussed second marriage with former BBC reporter Reham Khan
  • Includes previously unpublished images of Imran Khan


Pakistan has been labelled as one of the most controversial countries in the world. A country tainted with military dictatorships, tormented by religious extremists and fleeced by years of corrupt democratic rule. It is a place where an endemic culture of nepotism blooms with impunity. The biggest casualty of this political and social homicide are the ordinary citizens who are left to struggle with appalling economic conditions and a system sorely in need of repair. In a climate as unsettling as that, one noise exploded onto the scene with an unyielding aggression. Imran Khan, former cricket celebrity, philanthropist and turned politician, seems to have changed the decorum of Pakistan’s botched-up political landscape.

An irreverent iconoclast, Khan established his Movement for Justice party back in 1996 and has doggedly moved up the ranks. Brazenly accusing his opponents with unprecedented levels of corruption, Imran’s party has gone from being a novice presence to one of the most defiant voices in the parliament’s opposition benches. Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan is an intriguing story of Imran Khan’s populist politics, his verve and unfettered commitment which may eventually swing him into power at the next general elections in 2018.

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B. J. Sadiq, a British Pakistani, was born in 1983 and read economics at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. He has also been a freelance contributor for The Friday Times, Pakistan’s widely circulated English publication. Soon after Cambridge, Sadiq apprenticed at the House of Lords before working as a financial journalist in London. He is a cricket enthusiast and a regular blogger with a voracious appetite for fiction, South Asian politics and Mughal history. He is married and divides his time between Islamabad and London.

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Umberto Nobile And the Arctic Search for the Airship Italia

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  • Loss of the airship Italia in 1928; the mystery illuminated by new research
  • Benito Mussolini, Fascism and the airship Italia
  • Airship designer/pilot Umberto Nobile and the airship age
  • Airships, aviation, nationalism and the totalitarian governments of Italy and the Soviet Union


By the time it was over, eight of the crew and nine rescuers were dead and scores more had been put in harm’s way.

The disappearance and search for the airship Italia was headline news, all over the world, for months after its last radio message on 25 May 1928. It had reported being to the north-east of its base at Kings Bay, on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, returning from a long flight to Greenland and the North Pole.

Ships, aircraft and men from many countries converged on Kings Bay to participate in the rescue effort. The Italian airship designer and pilot Umberto Nobile had flown to the North Pole and beyond in 1926. He resolved to return to the Arctic with a new airship in 1928. The expedition had geographical and scientific aims, but the political environment was also an important motivator. Benito Mussolini and his fascist party had come to power in 1922 and a successful expedition to the Arctic would be excellent propaganda.

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Garth Cameron is a lawyer specialising in aviation law and lives in the South Island of New Zealand. He was educated at the University of Otago where he completed degrees in history and law. He was a commercial pilot and flying instructor before being admitted to the bar and starting a law practice where he practiced criminal law for many years before turning to aviation law. He still flies and is also a glider pilot and instructor. This is his fourth book.

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234 x 156 mm - hardback - 240 pages - 32 black-and-white photographs

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Pink Floyd: Song by Song

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  • An examination of every Pink Floyd song from ‘Arnold Layne’ to ‘Louder Than Words’
  • The stories behind the songs, their context within the parent albums and the times they were written and recorded
  • Who played what in the studio and when the songs were played live
  • What the band and critics had/have to say about their musical development


From ‘Arnold Layne’ to ‘Louder than Words’, Pink Floyd wrote about anger, isolation, regret, dismay, and fear. These themes, not always obvious starting points in popular music, were married to a rare dynamism that would make Pink Floyd stand out from the crowd.

Pink Floyd’s most successful period critically and musically – the eight albums from 1970 to 1983 – combines the pithy lyrics of Roger Waters, the soulful voice and breath-taking guitar solos of David Gilmour and, until 1979, the jazz-influenced piano and keyboard abilities of the late Richard Wright. In varying permutations, these three wrote the band’s best work. However, when working together as equals, the three principals of Pink Floyd were significantly more than the sum of their individual strengths.

Pink Floyd: Song by Song takes a fresh look at the songs, which led to Pink Floyd becoming the third best-selling band of all time. Written in a wry and engaging style, this book will delight the aficionado and the newcomer alike, as it re-listens to the complete works of a unique band.

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Andrew Wild first heard Pink Floyd as an impressionable sixteen-year-old in 1983, and since then has studiously collected every available note of music from Pink Floyd and its constituent members. Pink Floyd: Song by Song is his fifth book; his previous works include official biographies of the bands Twelfth Night (Play On, 2009) and Galahad (One for the Record, 2012). He is currently one of the presenters on Progzilla, the UK’s only dedicated prog-rock radio station.

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SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler’s Praetorian Guard Volume 2: K-Q

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  • An astonishing piece of research and the author’s life’s work
  • Part three of a three-part series
  • Superbly illustrated with 510 unpublished mono photographs


In the turbulent times of the post-First World War era, new political parties emerged frequently in Germany, many with opposing extremist policies. The Communist movement grew out of the Socialist working classes using the Russian Bolshevik Party as a template. In direct opposition, the new National Socialist German Workers’ Party under the leadership of Adolf Hitler occupied the extreme right-wing position. Head-on conflict was inevitable and both parties organised violent demonstrations against the other.

Hitler recognised that he was physically vulnerable and ordered the formation of his own protection squad, made up of loyal men who would not shirk from a fight. From the rudimentary ranks of Hitler’s select few grew the infant SS, a modern praetorian guard, which developed over the years into a massive and efficient military style force with tentacles spreading into all elements of everyday life in Nazi Germany. To administer this organisation, Hitler appointed leaders upon whom he could rely. Many names remain obscure, but this book highlights who they all were and how they appeared.

Featured in this volume are:

Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Hans Friedrich Karl Franz Kammler
Jürgen Christof Albrecht Axel von Kamptz
Karl Otto Kurt Kaufmann
Georg Heinrich Keppler
Wilhelm Karl Keppler
Dietrich Klagges
Matthias Kleinheisterkamp
Kurt Friedrich Julius Knoblauch
Karl Heinrich Wilhelm Koppe
Paul Körner
Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger
Walter Krüger
Hans Heinrich Lammers
Hartmann Lauterbacher
Werner Karl Adolf Otto Lorenz
Benno Franz Theodor Martin
Karl Theodor Alexander Heinrich von Maur
Emil Mazuw
Wilhelm Murr
Constantin Freiherr von Neurath
Carl Albrecht Oberg
Günther Pancke
Karl Paul Pfeffer-Wildenbruch
Artur Martin Phleps
Oswald Ludwig Pohl
Hans Adolf Paul Prützmann
Ernst Rudolf Querner

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Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich, which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two-volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organisation and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.

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248 x 172 mm - hardback (dust jacket) - 400 pages - 630 black-and-white photographs
 

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Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song

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  • The first in-depth study of ELO’s music
  • One of Britain’s most enduring groups from the 1970s and is still highly regarded today
  • Essential reading for any lover of ’70s and ’80s rock music
  • One of the most talked about acts at Glastonbury 2016
     

ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) were formed by Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne of The Move as a fusion of rock and contemporary classical-style music, combining orchestral instruments, guitars, keyboards, and drums in the same line-up. Their aim was to continue from where The Beatles’ ‘I am the Walrus’ left off.

After the release of their eponymous debut album in 1971 and a few live dates at home and in Europe, it became increasingly apparent that both leaders’ objectives were incompatible. Wood left Lynne in charge of the group to refine their sound, and their ambitious progressive rock epics gradually gave way to a more accessible style. Keyboard player Richard Tandy and drummer Bev Bevan were the only other constant members in an ever-changing line-up.

By the end of the decade, the group were rarely out of the British and American charts. After disbanding in 1986, ELO Part II (minus Lynne) returned for two albums, but Lynne reclaimed the name with an album in 2001 followed by a long-awaited reappearance in 2014 as Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Electric Light Orchestra: Song by Song provides a brief biographical overview of the bands’ contributors in addition to a comprehensive examination of all the groups’ studio albums.

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John Van der Kiste has written over sixty books, including titles on Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Beatles and Lindisfarne; historical and royal biographies, covering the Stuart, Georgian, and Hanoverian eras; as well as works on local history, true crime, fiction, and plays. He has reviewed books and records for national, local, and independent publications and websites, is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and is currently writing a biography of Steve Winwood.

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The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home

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  • Previously unpublished descriptions of Templar properties in England and Wales, with details of their farms, tenants and employees
  • Pictures, plans and maps of many Templar houses
  • An insight into how the Templars lived in western Europe
  • Accessible and insightful reading for historians and the casual reader


The lives of the medieval Templars seem hidden and mysterious. Helen J. Nicholson reveals their everyday world set out in early 14th-century records. The records of the Templars’ estates show us how they operated, the men and women who worked for them on their lands and houses, their tenants and the people who owed them money.

We can see what animals they kept, from warhorses to plough animals, with cattle, pigs and flocks of sheep. The accounts record fields of grain or hay, meadow and woodland, mills and fishponds. Drawing on these records, along with archaeological evidence and the Templars’ own regulations, Nicholson sets out to reconstruct how the Templars lived from day-to-day.

The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knight Templars at Home is a fascinating insight into the everyday lives of these pious men, who were not powerful nobles or great churchmen, yet held great influence in medieval Europe.

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Prof. Helen J. Nicholson teaches at Cardiff University and is a leading researcher on the history of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller. She has written several books on the Templars, including Knight Templar (2004) and A Brief History of the Knights Templar (2010), and has published a new edition and translation of the records of the Templars’ trial in Britain and Ireland, The Proceedings Against the Templars in the British Isles (2011). She is currently studying the early 14th-century records of the Templars’ estates in England and Wales.

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Evelina: A Victorian Heroine in Venice

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  • The true story of a remarkable modern woman in Victorian Venice
  • A unique glimpse into late 19th century Venetian international society
  • A woman’s courage in the face of adversity


‘Widowed, childless, palaced, villaed, pictured, jewelled and modified by Venetian society.’
                                Henry James’ description of Evelina, cited in John Julius Norwich’s Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century (New York: Viking, 2003)

Evelina van Millingen Pisani was a modern woman in the age of Queen Victoria. She was born in Constantinople in 1831 to an eccentric French mother and an English father who was a doctor accused of having murdered Lord Byron.

Educated in Papal Rome until the age of eighteen, she was whisked back to Constantinople by her father, now working for the sultan. While visiting Venice, this striking beauty of twenty-two met and married the aristocratic Count Pisani. Evelina became an exotic star in the firmament of wealthy American and English socialites, artists and writers, for whom the artistic decadence of Venice was an antidote to the factories, materialism, and homophobic laws they saw at home. In her circle of friends were Isabella Stewart Gardner and an admiring Henry James.

When her husband died after twenty-seven years of marriage, the grieving countess unexpectedly found herself saddled with his mortgage debts. Inheriting the vast but rundown Pisani estate in the misty flatlands near Padua, Evelina took full charge. Becoming a hands-on farmer, she restored swampland, built an English garden and created a model farm for hundreds of tenant farmers. Through it all, she remained a pillar in the admiring Venetian set.

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Judith Harris is the author of Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007, 2014), and The Monster in the Closet (Franklin, Tenn.: American History Imprints, 2012). As a freelance American journalist based in Rome, she has been a regular contributor to ARTnews, Current Archaeology, Time, Wall Street Journal and the online magazine i-italy.org. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

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Night Hawk: Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and BAR, the RAF’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace

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  • Draws not just on official RAF records, but the personal log book and combat reports of the ace plus family records, letters and the recollections of many personal acquaintances
  • Provides a detailed account of a uniquely dangerous and little-known type of operation called night intrusion at which this ace was the supreme exponent
  • Handsomely illustrated with high-quality photographs from the author’s personal collection


Karel Kuttelwascher may have had a German surname, but he was a Czech who became the scourge of Luftwaffe bombers operating from France and the Low Countries in 1942. Flying with the RAF’s legendary No. 1 Squadron, his destruction of fifteen aircraft in only three months brought him the DFC twice in a mere forty-two days and made him the RAF’s top night intruder ace. After his daring escape from German-occupied Czechoslovakia, he flew in the ferocious Battle of France and was then in time to participate in the final weeks of the Battle of Britain as one of Churchill’s ‘Few’.

During the early circus operations, he clocked up his first three kills and then played a part in the famous Channel Dash. However, it was in the lauded but lonely night intruder role that his individualistic skills came to the fore. Flying a long-range Hawker Hurricane IIC armed with 20-mm cannon, the man the wartime media dubbed the ‘Czech Night Hawk’ unleashed a reign of terror that included the knocking out of three Heinkel bombers in just four minutes.

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Roger Darlington has had a lifelong interest in aviation as a result of his father being an RAF pilot towards the end of the Second World War. Most of his professional life has been involved in research and writing in the worlds of politics, trade unions and consumer advocacy. Therefore, when he married a daughter of the RAF’s greatest night intruder ace, he was uniquely placed to turn the treasure trove of personal records into an exciting biography. Contact with over 150 individuals and organisations in twelve countries has resulted in a rich account of a very special type of operation.

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A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1945: From Crossing the Desert to Crossing the Rhine

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  • Previously unpublished personal diaries reveal the day-to-day life of a British soldier during the Second World War, based on his personal diaries, which were written at the time
  • A candid insight to the life of a soldier away from home in wartime
  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished photographs of many of the characters involved
  • A war story encompassing the horror of battle and the emotions of a tangled love life, interspersed with elements of humour


A Royal Engineer at War 1940-1945: From Crossing the Desert to Crossing the Rhine is a British soldier’s account of his life, both private and militarily, while serving with the Corps of Royal Engineers between 1940 and 1946. Based on the diaries of Driver First Class Robert ‘Robb’ Jones, the reader follows him across the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, endures the bombing of Tripoli harbour and accompanies him on the invasion of Sicily and landings on the Normandy beaches.

The reader follows the advance up through Belgium and Holland, and is given a first-hand account of the battle that became known as the Rhine Crossing. The narrative is also interspersed throughout with military events, which occurred during the period. As with all such stories, the reader is given access to the subject’s innermost thoughts, revealing his fears, anxieties, frustrations and emotions; the latter involving the affections of two pretty young ladies. Also, the book is gloriously illustrated with photographs taken by him during his six years as a Royal Engineer.

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Martyn R. Ford-Jones is the acknowledged historian to No. XV Squadron, Royal Air Force, and to No. 622 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Because of his interest in the RAF, he has become an established author and researcher. Born and raised in London, Ford-Jones lives in Wiltshire with his wife Valerie, to whom he has been married for over fifty years. Ford-Jones’ main topics of interest, apart from the RAF and the Second World War, are reading, travelling, solving crosswords and Formula 1 motor racing.

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