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Len DeightonLen Deighton is a military historian, cookery writer and novelist. Born in 1929, he did National Service in the RAF as a photographer attached to the Special Investigation Branch. Deighton is most famous for his first book, The Ipcress File, a spy novel that was made into a film starring Michael Caine. Later, the BBC adapted Bomber into a day-long radio drama told in real time.

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Kindle Single: History Very few figures in British military history are the subject of such violently opposing views as Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. Some see Haig as the man who won the war for the Allies, defeating the German Army through a war of attrition on the Western Front. Others view him as an incompetent butcher. Douglas Haig tells the story of the most controversial commander in the history of the British Army.
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Kindle Single: Society There are almost 400,000 charities in Great Britain which raise £80 billion per year. The organizations claim that 90% of this money goes on good causes, but evidence suggests that it may be less than half that amount. So where does the rest go? And is the proliferation of charities a good thing--or a waste of the public's money?
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