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40 War Memoirs

sent into Russia. Despite being wounded and finding himself with his friend lying dead on top of him, he narrowly survived the terrible winter of 1943-44. As the tide turned and the Russians advanced remorselessly west, Blosfelds was wounded twice more and awarded the Iron Cross for bravery. With German resistance collapsing, he had to flee for his life, since capture by the Russians meant almost certain death. He surrendered to the Americans, but suffered neglect at their hands. Then, unable to return to a Latvia now occupied by the Russians, he became a Displaced Person and eventually settled in England. 207 pages with b/w archive photos, notes on the pronunciation of Latvian names and maps. £19.99 NOW £8.50

69106 DESPERATE GLORY: At War in Helmand

with Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade by Sam Kiley The author, an award-winning journalist, is the only writer to have obtained unprecedented, unrestricted access to the vicious combat on the front line in Afghanistan. He finds that the young men who are killing and dying are a life force. Theirs is a war full of humour, bloody-minded delight in hardship, compassion and

tender grief. High on morphine, a wounded colonel mistakes a helicopter for a train. Men are suffering from malnutrition and have loose teeth and bleeding gums. Every day they fight face-to-face in the blazing heat in a medieval landscape of fortressed compounds, then return to their bases and play like puppies in the sand. Almost none of them knows quite why Britain is at war in Helmand, but not one of them would have missed it, even though, with each month that passes, the death toll mounts. Often, they feel no fear. They do not have enough thinking time for that. A gripping and poetic eye- witness account of young men at war in our times. 264 pages with colour photos, maps and glossary of terms. £18.99 NOW £6

67309 RESISTANCE: Memoirs of Occupied France by Agnes Humbert

As France capitulated and the grip of the Gestapo tightened around all aspects of Parisian life, in the summer of 1940 Agnes Humbert, a respected art historian made a leap of blind faith and reckless courage and formed, with a handful of her distinguished colleagues, one of the very first organised groups of the French Resistance. The unlikely but highly effective Musée de l’Homme network they created was to earn a tragic place in wartime history. In late 1941 it was betrayed to the Gestapo - on 23 February 1942 the men were executed by firing squad, and the women were deported to Germany to work as slave labourers in the factories. Somehow Agnes survived the inhuman treatment and conditions at Krefeld and kept a secret journal. 370pp. £14.99 NOW £4


1945: A Selection of Facts and Figures issued by the Ministry of Information This unique document was originally published in May 1945 by the Ministry of Information. Covering everything from the volume of shipping across the Atlantic and the weight of bombs dropped on Berlin to the amount of vegetables produced on British allotments and the number of parcels handled daily by the Post Office during the Blitz, this astonishing inventory of unvarnished details presents a panoramic portrait of a country engaged in total war. It also reveals the horrifying fact that the total casualties sustained by the United Kingdom up to 1945 amounted to close on one million. 126 pages with an attractive royal blue linen cover with maps in two colours. £9.99 NOW £3.75

68583 RED SWEET WINE OF YOUTH: The Brave and Brief

Lives of the War Poets by Nicholas Murray Here is Rupert Brookes’ romantic longing juxtaposed with the East End pragmatism of Isaac Rosenberg, the charismatic Robert Graves and the headstrong Siegfried “Mad Jack” Sassoon. By means of letters, journals and literary archives the author shines a light on their

humanity and brings to life their indissoluble comradeship, complex sexual mores and extraordinary courage. In so doing we also see how, ever so gradually, the men’s mental landscape of their beloved country becomes less and less real compared to the reality of the shattering and dehumanising experience of the trenches. Poignant, vivid and unfailingly intelligent. Photos and original manuscripts, 343pp. £25 NOW £5.50


SECRETARY by Traudl Junge

Subtitled ‘A Firsthand Account of Life With Hitler’, in 1942 in Germany, Traudl Junge was a young woman with dreams of becoming a ballerina, but to support herself she became a secretary. Two years later the ‘opportunity of her life’ beckoned, when Adolf Hitler, then at his headquarters in

Eastern Prussia known as the ‘Wolf’s Lair’, chose her from ten candidates as his assistant. At the age of 22 she became his private secretary and served under him for two and a half years, right up to the bitter end. She observed the intimate workings of Hitler’s administration and travelled back and forth with him in Eastern Prussia and Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps and finally to the bunker in Berlin. The memoir tells of Junge’s outwardly normal, mundane observations in an oddly thrilling historical document. 260pp. $25.95 NOW £7.50

68813 EDWIN’S LETTERS: A Fragment of Life

1940-43 edited by David A. Thomas Killed at the age of just 21 with six other airmen, Edwin Thomas formed the crew of a Halifax bomber. His early ambition was to be a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, but he never attained it. His rank was Sergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. But in the end neither rank nor brevet mattered - death for Edwin and his friends was the common denominator. Edwin’s letters are full of life


Peace 1940s by Jeremy Harwood Spectacular wartime photos make this a very special volume, starting with a back view of a soldier and his girl walking down the street laughing and going on to the most famous image of them all, the dome of St Paul’s cathedral rising above bomb-damaged buildings in clouds of dust and smoke. A group of girls play skipping in the street, egged on by young men in tin hats sitting on a tank. 1940 came in with snowstorms and a man is shown pulling crates of milk bottles through the snow at the end of a rope. Ration books and war posters are pictured, and the text explains what we so often now forget, that Lord Halifax was the popular favourite to lead the wartime coalition government. Moving scenes from Dunkirk are followed by the comedy of Saucepans for Spitfires when the nation was persuaded to sacrifice its kitchen hardware for the war effort, while No direction home shows stacks of road signs which had been removed so as to confuse the enemy in the event of an invasion. The blitz produced some iconic pictures such as the bombed Coventry Cathedral, sleepers in the Underground, and a postman on his round in a bombed-out street in the City. D-Day and V.E. day are celebrated, there is a royal wedding, Prince Charles is born, and the decade ends with freezing and flooding as the welfare state is introduced. 150pp, archive photos on every page. See also 69306 Looking Back at Britain: The Road to Recovery 1950s in Modern History. £17.99 NOW £6.50

and humour, relating quite simply the trivia of a young man’s thoughts and feelings during wartime service. Cigarettes are more important than culture - sweets, rations, clothing coupons, pay-day and postal order allowances loom large as do cinema and popular music, dances and programmes on the wireless. A wonderful snapshot of wartime Britain. 144pp, illus. £14.99 NOW £5

66596 TEN DAYS TO D-DAY: Citizens and

Soldiers on the Eve of the Invasion by David Stafford

The countdown to the Normandy landings in June 1944 is viewed from a multitude of viewpoints, from the perspectives of Churchill and Eisenhower, and the ordinary people whose courage and dedication heralded the beginning of the end of World War II. Here are the English WREN working on coded signals, the French Resistance member and his clandestine network, the Norwegian freedom fighter imprisoned in a Gestapo cell, the Jew hiding in a Paris garret, the Canadian rifleman waiting to land in the first assault wave and many more. 377 pages with b/w archive photos. $26.95 NOW £2.25


But the words she spoke of Mrs Harris, lambs could not forgive . . . nor worms forget.

- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

69121 POLITICALLY INCORRECT: Words of Mass Deception Exposed by Michell O’Regan If you have been “surplused” by your company you may not be able to afford a cornet of environmentally- friendly “Rain Forest Crunch” ice cream, but do not despair, for after some “rightsizing” the managers may decide to “upstaff” and you could be able to “boomerang” back into a job. This handy guide to the language of the modern world is both highly informative (would you know how to reply to the question “QPSA?”) and also satirical, with sections on “Job ads decoded”, “Management speak and what it really means”, and a “History of Math lessons 1950-Present”. Particularly fascinating is a feature on politically correct ways of describing both men and women and what they really mean, for instance “ego-abundant” (self-centred) and “He is not having a midlife crisis, he is assessing his chronological options.” Modern paraphrases of proverbs and well-known sayings include, “Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific”, while on a more serious level, an analysis of techniques of persuasion exposes the ways politicians and ad-men manipulate their audiences. 302pp, softback. £6.99 NOW £3.50



Now in its second edition, this encouraging book gives you all the advice you need to write and sell your children’s book. There is a specialised introduction on writing picture books, beginner readers, chapter books, middle and young adult novels and non-fiction. A noted US author and editor gives

you exclusive insight into the ever-changing world of education and children’s book publishing, and tells you what it means for you. She braces would-be authors for a genuine task, the daunting work of revision and preparation, and the profound rewards that working in children’s literature can bring. With an easy-to-read style, exercises and tips from the top, finding your rhythm, sample covering letters, sample of manuscript forms, chapters, elements for a proposal, how to research publishers, matters of style and much more. 170pp in softback. £9.99 NOW £3.50


A tiny palm sized two-way dictionary to help you find all the words and phrases you need. A clear colour layout with blue headers helps you find all you need quickly and easily. An unusual find we are thrilled to offer at a bargain price. 434pp in paperback. £5.99 NOW £2

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by Stephen Curtis and Martin Manser This crossword book is the ideal friend at your elbow to help in solving crosswords. Clear guidance on how to recognize and work out anagrams and on how to decipher cryptic clues. Thousands of synonym entries arranged in order of the number of letters in every word, e.g. fault n (3) bug; (4) flaw, lack, sport; (5) blame, error, taint; (6) defect; (7) absence, blemish, failing, frailty, mistake; (8) weakness; (10) deficiency, inadequacy; (11) shortcoming; (14) responsiblity; over 30,000 synonyms. Helpful introduction on the art of solving crosswords. ONLY £4

56213 DICTIONARY OF HOMONYMS by David Rothwell

Many of us don’t know what a homonym is, yet we use them every day. The ‘Wordsworth Dictionary of Homonyms’, the first of its type published in Britain, will bring enlightenment. Do you get confused between ‘to’, ‘too’ and ‘two’? Do you need to know the five definitions of ‘fluke’? If so, then this is the book for you. A boon for crossword addicts, a treasure trove for punsters and an endless source of fascination for anyone interested in the English language. Paperback. 544pp. ONLY £4

65288 BIZARRE BOOKS: A Compendium of

Classic Oddities by Russell Ash and Brian Lake A collection of bizarre book titles. From double entendres and astonishingly specialised subject matter to weird books on horticulture, science and medical matters, the authors have left no catalogue page unturned in their quest for uncovering daft gems. Try these few out for size - The Culture of the Abdomen, The Cure of Obesity and Constipation (1924), a classic that went to 11 editions and which cured Arnold Bennet of dyspepsia and gave H.G. Wells “a new lease of life”. Or The Sophisticated Shopper’s Guide to Plastic Surgery (1990), You Can’t Catch Diabetes from a Friend (1979). They get sillier and sillier. Illus paperback, 224pp. £6.99 NOW £1.25

66758 WORDS AND PICTURES: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British

Tradition by Jenny Uglow As children learning to read, we look first at the illustrations. The book looks at how artists have responded to two great, contrasting works: Paradise Lost and Pilgrim’s Progress. Then it discusses Hogarth and

Fielding, two innovators who shared common aims. After that come Wordsworth and Bewick, a poet and an engraver, working separately but both imbued with the spirit of their age. Finally, the author turns to a different relationship, writers and artists who collaborate from the start, such as Dickens and Phiz, Lewis Carroll and Tenniel. 161 pages b/w and colour plates. £12.99 NOW £3.50


DICTIONARY: Eighth Edition by Anne Bradford

For all crossword addicts here is the compulsory and constant companion described by experts as ‘indispensible’. It is indeed a unique and invaluable reference work for both cryptic and quick crosswords and for all serious setters as well as solvers. It is also a treasure store for anyone who loves words. Elegant hardback volume with scarlet bookmark, 882pp. £18.99 NOW £9.50


edited by Duncan Black et al

Specially tailored to meet your everyday needs at home, school or the office, this is a handy sized chunky paperback dictionary which boasts a comprehensive coverage of the language we use every day. Included are usage notes and spelling tips throughout the text, and a substantial supplement covering punctuation, offering helpful advice on how to punctuate effectively while avoiding frequently made mistakes. Main entry words are printed in bold with variant spellings, pronunciations, parts of speech, cross references, irregular parts, meanings, phrases and idioms, related words and compounds. A very clear layout to make finding words very easy and with thumb index (not indented). 668pp. £5.99 NOW £2


THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE edited by Ian Brookes

A thesaurus allows you to look up a common word and find other words with the same meaning or nearly the same meanings. In a marvellous heavyweight tome measuring 7½” x 10½” here are 250,000 alternatives and opposites, over 100 essays on using English, key synonyms given first and highlighted plus usage notes. It is based on the Collins four billion word corpus which is updated every month and shows exactly how our English language is really used today. Over 100 essays on how writers such as Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde use English and how their word choice defines their writing style. Exceptionally clear layout with headers in blue, a handsome hardback of 780pp with blue satin bookmark. £20 NOW £8

67410 CHAMBERS WEASEL WORDS: 200 Words You Shouldn’t Trust by R. G. Virtue

Stewart Chaplin wrote in 1900 in a literary periodical that weasel words are ‘words that suck all of the life out of the words next to them, just as a weasel sucks an egg and leaves the shell.’ Untrustworthy and shifty looking, today there are hollow business terms like granularity and cloud computing,

military terms like friendly fire and surgical strike and property improving descriptions like bijou. From acquiesce in modern usage becoming acquiesce to, allegedly, back filth, characterful, dipstick, eschew and guestimate to pre-prepare, sub rosa, uptick and zero-sum game, here is the deliberately confusing to the downright vague. 200 most untrustworthy examples from the English language to enjoy. 200pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3

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By Historian Max Arthur 69190 ABOVE ALL,

COURAGE by Max Arthur Subtitled ‘Personal Stories from the Falklands War’, here are firsthand accounts from action in the Malvinas in 1982. Major Michael J. Norman of the Royal Marines looks at the invasion of the Falklands, 2nd April. Four serving officers from the Royal Navy look at the bomb attack on HMS Ardent, 21st May. Sea, air

and ground support, the sinking of Sir Galahad 8th June, the Battle for Darwin and Goose Green 28th-29th May, the attack on Wireless Ridge 13th-14th June, attack on Mount Longdon 11th-12th June, attack on Mount Harriet 11th-12th June, assault on Two Sisters, 11th-12th June, assault on Tumbledown Mountain 13th- 14th June and finally Rear-Admiral John F. Woodward of the Royal Navy looks at Command at Sea. Here are firsthand accounts in what is the most authentic and truthful book on the campaign in print. ‘By nature most servicemen seldom discuss anything as personal as their actions in war, and tend to be particularly reticent with an outsider. However, once I had assured them that I had no particular axe to grind they described their experiences with frankness and modesty, humour and sadness. For many it was the first time they had spoken so comprehensively, in such depth and at such lengths…the 29 men and one woman I have selected each gave me their story without knowing what the others had said.’ - Max Arthur, Hampstead, London February 1985. Our friend the historian Max Arthur went on, of course, to draw out more reminiscences for his Forgotten Voices series. 463pp in re-issued paperback with 16 pages of photos. £8.99 NOW £4.50


THEM by Max Arthur In 2005 for his book The Last Post, the final words from our soldiers of the Great War, Max Arthur interviewed the last 21 veterans of the Great War. Each was over 100 years old and all had vivid stories to tell of their experiences. Today none are alive. This time Max shifts his focus away from an exclusively military approach and

examines instead the immediate aftermath of the bloodiest conflict of modern times. How did the shell- shocked, the blind and the amputees manage to find a place in a society that war had changed beyond all recognition? And what of those who had stayed at home - the conscientious objectors, the army of young widows, the spinsters without hope of a husband, the mothers who had sacrificed their sons? In this collection of testimonies from all these people, their stories are not what you might expect. From the grimmest of circumstances people did find the strength to rebuild their homes, their families and their working lives, with the tenacity and determination that only survivors of such a traumatic experience could have had. Here are their stories told in their own words. The book depicts the dying months of the Great War when victory was close, the joys and disappointments of triumph, the shock of homecoming and painful readjustments. For each short entry there is a description of who is speaking and his or her role, like Dorothy Wright, nurse with Red Cross Voluntary Aid Attachment at St. Dunston’s Home for the Blind, or Captain Bertram Stewart from the Tank Corps. 16 pages of photos, including upsetting ones of amputees. 276pp. £20 NOW £7.50

67631 LAST OF THE FEW by Max Arthur All copies have been SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR of this special book about the Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots who won it. Hitler knew that he must gain control of the skies if his invasion fleet was to be successful and so began the Battle of Britain - 13 terrifying weeks which saw 2,500 young RAF pilots pitted against the larger and more experienced

German forces of the Luftwaffe, high above the English Channel. By October the multiple daily sorties and dogfights were over. ‘The Few’ had succeeded and Hitler’s invasion would not now take place. More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the campaign. 290pp in softback, photos and maps. £13.99 NOW £6

67796 COLLINS ENGLISH DICTIONARY It is rare for quality hardback dictionaries to become available on the bargain market and we are thrilled at Bibliophile to offer you this magnificent tome. First published in 1979, Collins English Dictionary immediately became the leading single-volume dictionary of the English language, respected for its coverage of contemporary English and with practical help. Here are 130,000 entries, over 200,000 definitions, entries for people and places, over 35,000 etymologies, usage notes, extensive coverage of world English, scientific and technical vocabulary. Dependable and reliable, it has an exceptionally clear layout with colour headwords in blue and thumb index (not indented), sturdily bound in 1,900 pages, 8¼” x 11". A book to be treasured in every household. £35 NOW £15

67641 1811 DICTIONARY OF THE VULGAR TONGUE A Dictionary of British Slang,

University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence by Francis Grose

Captain Francis Grose compiled his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue back in 1811, and we are highly chuffed to offer you in a splendid 2008 softback edition, reproduced unabridged in all its politically incorrect glory. Enrich your vocabulary with the vulgar witticisms of 200 years ago, wince at jests considered well beyond the pale today, and note with interest how little has actually changed! Who knows a Rantallion? Or a Rantipole? Is Hempen Fever a real illness? What exactly is a Green Gown? Have you ever been a Cat’s Paw? Something approaching 5,000 entries. 222pp. £14.99 NOW £4

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