Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length
On a remote video feed, police inspector Karl Vollen watches in horror as a masked intruder assaults the Vollen’s child minder, then runs off with their baby girl. The intruder’s soon in touch, with a bizarre list of demands that plunge the Vollen couple into a spiraling nightmare. What does the kidnapper really want? A psychological thriller from the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, Blood Ran Cold.
At the height of the Cold War, the grocer Herr Dieter Koorp is living comfortably, even complacently, in the West German town of Lübeck. Then he receives a call from his estranged sister in East Germany, informing him of their father’s untimely death. His father’s last wish? To be buried in Lübeck. To carry out his father’s request, Dieter will have to drive the corpse back across the border, with risks he discovers only when he arrives in the East. A haunting story from the world’s most famous spy writer, John le Carré. Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? was originally published in The Saturday Evening Post, January 28, 1967.
The Wilhelm Gustloff was Adolph Hitler’s Titanic – when it was sunk by a Soviet submarine in 1945, almost ten thousand lives were lost, most of them civilians fleeing the advance of the Red Army. Yet few people know about this debacle, or about the remarkable history of the ship: its early life as a luxury Nazi Party liner; the arrival in London in 1938 during the Austrian plebiscite; its use in the War as a floating hospital; and the Gustloff’s final desperate voyage. A fascinating account, highly recommended.
When Craig Fry’s father died, just weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer, his son found his grief almost overwhelming. What helped him most was his love for cycling, and he began riding through familiar places that kept his memories of his father alive. A subtle but highly evocative account of one man’s grief, and his emergence from it. Highly recommended.
At the age of 90, Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s most experienced leader. Yet the most famous woman in the world is surprisingly little known. What is she really like? How does she combine the roles of monarch, wife, mother, grandmother (and great-grandmother) so effortlessly? Has she insured the future of the British monarchy, and what will her legacy be? Brian Hoey, a legendary royal watcher and author of 28 books on the Windsor family, provides the answers in a fascinating account of a long and extraordinary life.
Almost eight hundred years ago, The Battle of Sluys signalled the beginning of the Hundred Years War between England and France. Against all odds, the English won, but if it had gone the other way, Britain might today be only a province of its cross-Channel neighbor. Gordon Corrigan relates what happened and why in this gripping account of an almost forgotten but world-changing battle.
A veteran adviser on climate change now argues that it is simply too big a problem for governments to fix. Instead, we need mass movements – like those that long ago ended the Atlantic slave trade. For that to happen society requires a new set of stories or myths, which will inspire us to face the facts, and forge a better future. Eden 2.0 is a profoundly optimistic Kindle Single, one that will transform your thinking about climate change and mankind’s ability to solve its problems.
Essays & Ideas
Why did Tony Blair take Britain to war in Iraq? Even fifteen years later, the question remains a matter of bitter controversy. The award-winning political commentator Steve Richards examines the evidence, and Blair’s long history as a politician intent on forging a ‘Third Way’, and provides unexpected answers to the mystery of why Britain’s most successful politician in years became ensnared in a political nightmare – and personal tragedy. A remarkable investigation, highly recommended.
What is Christmas like for the Queen? What kind of presents does she get, and who receives her Christmas cards? Does she wear a silly hat at lunch or pull crackers with her guests–and does she watch herself address the nation on television after lunch? The veteran royal correspondent Brian Hoey supplies the answers in a fascinating account of Christmas with the Royals.
The World Stage
A searing personal history of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Manju Soni explains the evolution of a series of sporadic protests in the Soweto townships into a national youth movement with over a million members – and gives a chilling account of the apartheid government’s increasingly brutal response. A powerful story of the events and personalities who brought change at last to South Africa.
Quantum physics has a conundrum at its heart that Richard Feynman called its ‘central mystery’. In a fascinating and accessible account, the noted science writer John Gribbin reveals the bizarre nature of the quantum world – and explains how in particle physics the future can actually affect the present. An intriguing description of a mysterious and invisible (but also crucial) area of modern science, from the author of the best-selling In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat.
Arts & Entertainment
Paris made Ernest Hemingway famous, and in his memoir, A Moveable Feast, Hemingway did his best to return the favour. In this enchanting Kindle Single, the writer and longtime Paris resident John Baxter describes the city as it was when Hemingway lived there in the 1920s, then explains how the same locations look and feel today. An entrancing essay for both Hemingway readers and lovers of the world’s most beautiful city.
Britain’s best-known Anglican priest is the Reverend Richard Coles, host of a national radio show and former half of the famous pop duo, The Communards. Kevin Jackson, an old friend of Coles but a non-believer, joined the priest and a group of practicing Christians on a remarkable modern-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. A fascinating mix of portrait and reporting from the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, Mayflower.