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              The Locust Farm
                

              The Locust Farm (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dronfield, Jeremy

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              A refuge. A haven. A nightmare. Carole Perceval lives alone on a remote Yorkshire farm, trying to forget a painful past in the solitude of the moors. Her life is one of tranquil routine, until one rain-swept night, a dishevelled figure appears out of the darkness, hammering on he...r door. Lost and confused, the man has no memory, no idea who he is. His only certainty is that he is being pursued, that he has to escape at all costs. Exhausted, desperate, the farm is his final refuge. At first terrified, Carole finds something in this enigmatic stranger that answers a deep-seated need of her own. The man she calls Steven represents a chance to exorcise her demons, and to heal her own wounds by helping someone else to become whole again. For Steven, Carole's unconditional trust provides a haven from the lethal, implacable forces he believes are intent on destroying him. Both of them dream of escape. Of change. Of redemption. And both are about to step into a nightmare ... 'A tense page-turner... dodging between serial-killer thriller, psychological suspense and full-on action drama' Val McDermid 'A psychological suspense novel with a tour de force ending it would take thumb screws to make me divulge' Mark Timlin 'Dronfield unpeels the mysterious layers with great skill and has a real gift for atmosphere. The ending will take your breath away' The Mirror 'A sophisticated thriller in the tradition of Barbara Vine ... The novel bears similarities to Misery by Stephen King ... Reading the two works back to back, one can't help but draw parallels between them, and wonder just how good Dronfield will be in 10 years time if he's as good as King now' Big Issue 'A refreshingly dense psychological thriller' Daily Mail 'Baffling, terrifying and irresistible ... The Locust Farm will hold you in its sinister grip to the last page' Jill Paton Walsh 'A dark, highly suspenseful thriller from page one right through to the dramatic ending' The Bookseller (1998) 'Excellent descriptive passa
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              ISBN 9781909869578
              Released NZ 7 Nov 2013
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              The Sea is a Magic Carpet
                

              The Sea is a Magic Carpet (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Padfield, Peter

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              A highly entertaining record of adventure on the 'Magic Carpet' of the oceans. 'If Peter Padfield never again steps aboard anything less than 30,000 tons he has had his fun and, furthermore, passed it on for others to enjoy.' Yachting Monthly 'The author gives a vivid impression ...of the sea in all its moods and of the men who made up his various ships' companies.' Daily Telegraph The book opens with an account of a life-changing voyage Peter Padfield made in 1957 as a mariner in the replica 17th century bark, Mayflower II, to commemorate the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America. The narrative takes us from Brixham, Devon, where the ship was built, across the Atlantic to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she is now preserved, and brings alive the wonderfully diverse group of officers and men selected by her captain, Alan Villiers. It is illustrated with sketches made during the voyage, the originals of which can be found on the author's website. Returning to the P&O line, Padfield next describes a conventional steamship voyage; but the Mayflower had spoilt him for 20th century sailoring. Leaving P&O, he worked his passage on a violently uncomfortable harbour tug to New Zealand; and the final chapters see him in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific taking part in the search for a missing government steamer, panning for gold in the hills and sailing round the islands hunting salt water crocodiles by night.
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              ISBN 9781910198315
              Released NZ 27 Nov 2014
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              Herself Surprised
                

              Herself Surprised (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Cary, Joyce

              • RRP: $40.99
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              Acute, balanced, and at times brilliantly pure narrative, with a delicacy of insight that adorns everything he touches... A very live and true story. Times Literary Supplement

              ISBN 9781910670132
              Released NZ 27 Dec 2016
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              Happy Valley
                

              Happy Valley (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Best, Nicholas

              • RRP: $43.99
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              The definitive story of the British in Kenya, from the explorer Joseph Thomson, whose exploits inspired King Solomon's Mines, to the decadent Happy Valley set of the 1930s, the murder of Lord Erroll, and the Mau Mau revolt of the 1950s. Nicholas Best tells an immensely entertaini...ng tale - Max Hastings, Evening Standard Erudite, amusing and, even, gossipy - Nigel Dempster, Punch First class... quite hilariously funny!' - Melbourne Herald Anyone with experience of Kenya, past or present, resident or tourist, will enjoy reading Happy Valley - Country Life
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              ISBN 9781909869196
              Released NZ 11 Aug 2013
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              Alamein
                

              Alamein (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Latimer, Jon

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              'Jon Latimer's is the heavyweight account - detailed, exhaustive, complete, as might be expected from an historian with an eye for soldiering .' - The Times

              ISBN 9781910670668
              Released NZ 4 Mar 2016
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              Deception in War
                

              Deception in War (Paperback)

              By Latimer, Jon

              • RRP: $58.50
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              Deception has been an integral part of warfare since Troy accepted a wooden horse from the Acheans, but it has generally been looked on as the ruses de guerre of cunning individuals rather than as an integral part of the command skills necessary for success. Even today, though mi...litary commanders are expected to include deception in their operational planning, they are not taught its principles and methods. Military historians likewise often underestimate its importance. Yet the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War was a failure because Major-General George B. McClellan was fooled into thinking the way to Richmond was blocked, when it was not. The success of the Normandy invasion in 1944 was in large part due to the greatest ever act of military deception -- and a colossal achievement -- Operation Bodyguard. This book is the first to describe fully the place of deception in warfare and to explain the principles that make deception successful. Jon Latimer shows how simple some tricks have been, but also how technology has increased the range and subtlety of what is possible, using for instance bogus radio traffic, virtual images, even smell. He draws examples from land, sea and air, and these are invariably entertaining. There is something delicious about not only beating an opponent, but doing so through guile.
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              ISBN 9781910670675
              Released NZ 11 May 2016
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              The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician
                

              The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Boyd, Julia

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              When British-born Elizabeth Blackwell earned her medical degree in America in 1849 there was an international outcry. Few at the time would have disagreed with the actress Fanny Kemble's remark - What, trust a woman doctor - never! Yet by the time Dr Blackwell died in 1910 there ...were hundreds of women practising medicine on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks in no small part to her courage and determination. This is a remarkable story, and one by no means confined to medicine. It embraces slavery, the women's rights movement, the American Civil War and Elizabeth's personal tragedy (she lost an eye in Paris) - as well as a fascinating cast of characters from Abraham Lincoln to Florence Nightingale. Using a treasure trove of primary sources, the book reveals how Elizabeth Blackwell's pioneering efforts helped to fundamentally change the status of women in the West. 'Julia Boyd resists the temptation to turn Blackwell into one of those old-fashioned feminist icons of the 1970s... the result is thorough and, above all, thoughtful.' - The Guardian 'One can only hope that this excellent biography of an excellent doctor will help garner Blackwell the renown she has always deserved.' - New England Journal of Medicine 'Julia Boyd's superb biography reveals B as a complex, tenacious and often frustrating character whose extraordinary single-mindedness changed our world.' - Victorian Geek
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              ISBN 9781909609785
              Released NZ 23 Jul 2013
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              Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism
                

              Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism (Paperback)

              By Dorril, Stephen

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              `An important contribution to history.' Roy Hattersley, New Statesman

              ISBN 9781910670712
              Released NZ 6 Oct 2017
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              Trafalgar: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in History
                

              Trafalgar: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sea Battle in History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Best, Nicholas

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              A brilliant, page-turning account of the most famous sea battle in history, by the celebrated historian Nicholas Best.

              ISBN 9781786080691
              Released NZ 13 Dec 2018
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              The Bourbon Kings of France
                

              The Bourbon Kings of France (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Seward, Desmond

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              Licentious or bigoted, noble or ignoble, wrote Nancy Mitford, there has seldom been a dull Bourbon. The story of the Bourbon kings encompasses the two most glorious and turbulent centuries in French history, yet surprisingly, this is still the only narrative account of the dynast...y for the general reader. They emerge from a shadowy line of medieval princes in 1589 to rule France for over 200 years, dominating Europe, launching an endless series of wars, creators of the dazzling splendour of Versailles, survivors from the holocaust at the French Revolution. They begin with the dashing figure of Henri IV, with his courage, gaiety and sixty-four mistresses; they include figures such as the Sun King Louis XIV and Louis XVI who ended under the guillotine; they close with the little-known Henri V - expected to return and rule France in 1873 but whose refusal to abandon the Lily banner of the Bourbons for the Tricolore finally lost the throne. Desmond Seward sets them in historical perspective, each with his entourage of generals, cardinals and whores, wrestling Vith a haughty aristocracy and financial crisis. Spiced with scandalous contemporary gossip, here is a splendidly readable book. A blending of wide historical knowledge and vigorous independent judgement to make a lively, exciting but dependable account for the general reader. Sunday Times Enormously entertaining ... an excellent read ... a cross between a package tour of the Bourbon dynasty and a Guide Michelin to the favourites, mistresses and ministers of the French monarchy. Spectator Seward's biographies of French kings are always charming and informative. This collection of anecdotes about about the Bourbon kings of France, who reigned, with some interruptions, between 1589 and 1830, is no exception ... a unique attempt at portraying a race of kings who were responsible for both the heights and the depths of the French kingdom ... Seward relies on contemporary accounts and memoirs as well as much recent schola
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              ISBN 9781909609105
              Released NZ 19 Jun 2013
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