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New book about wartime heroism in France, Andree's War, is available now

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 - 17:09

Andrees WarAndrée's War, an engaging tale of heroism in Paris in the Second Wolrd War is now available. Andrée Griotteray White was only nineteen when the Germans invaded Paris but throughout the war she defied the Nazis, aided the Resistance and recorded her exploits in her diary. Now her story is brought to life by her daughter, a story told in English for the first time.

Andrée was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Legion d'Honneur and the Medaille de la Resistance for her actions, but was always modest about her actions in the war. After the Germans invaded, her younger brother Alain set up a Resistance cell and Andrée helped without hesitation. Whilst working at the Police Headquarters, she printed and distributed an underground news sheet and stole blank ID cards to help mena and women trying to escape France. Based on Andrée's diaries from the time and conversations over the years, Francelle Bradford White recounts her mother's incredible story: the narrow escapes and moments of terror alongside a typical teenager's concerns about food, fashion and boys.

For more information about Andrée's War, or to purchase a copy with free UK P&P, visit the dedicated website: http://www.andreeswar.com/.

People in London exhibition coming to the Royal Geographical Society

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 - 17:45

People in London bookRichard Slater's forthcoming book People in London: One Photographer. Five Years. The Life of a City is a stunning photographical portrait of the people of a city, captured over five year and showing ordinary Londoners from all walks of life. The book looks at the length and breadth of London's denizens, from the city's various tribes – whether identified by class, wealth, or taste; the extraordinary number of faith groups; the population’s diversity of race and ethnicity; the creative and political life of London’s streets; the numerous festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year; and, finally, the many surprises that lie hidden within the metropolis.

Accompanying the book is a major exhibition of the photographs at the Royal Geographical Society. Running from the 8th of September to the 17th of October, the exhibition has been mentioned in the Evening Standard and Time Out. The exhibition is free, so go along for a taster before getting your copy of People in London.

Big Book of Classical Music already a bestseller

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 - 16:37

The Big Book of Classical Music looks at over 1000 years of classical music in 366 'days', with interesting facts, original illustrations, landmark events and much more, arranged by calendar year. It will be the perfect coffee table companion to any fan of classical music, and Classic FM readers have already shown their interest. On the basis of pre-orders, The Big Book of Classical Music is currently the number 1 bestselling classical music book on Amazon.

From the birth of Chopin on 22nd February, to the premiere of the Eroica Symphony on April 7th and the death of Mozart on December 5th, every day reveals a fascinating new musical milestone – the perfect excuse to sit back, relax, and listen to your favourite classical music. Each beautifully-illustrated entry pulls together facts, figures and noteworthy events – including biographies of the essential composers, suggesting listening for each day of the year, musical quotations and a host of other material.

The perfect Christmas gift for classical music aficionados and a highly accessible introduction for anyone new to the genre, this beautiful book is an indispensible guide to take you through a year in classical music. Pre-order your copy today!

Tim Marshall's Tour of Yorkshire

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 - 16:32

Tim Marshall, author of "Dirty Northern Bastards" And Other Tales From The Terraces, will be in Yorkshire over the next two days, visiting various bookshops to sign copies of the book. Looking at the story of British football through the songs and chants that give it meaning, Tim's book has already received positive reviews in The Daily Telegraph who said that it was “nicely researched, well considered and neatly paced" and The Times who said that "Marshall has done an excellent job of assembling and analysing some of the best [football chants]".

Tomorrow he will be in Waterstones Sheffield from 12.30pm until 2pm. On Friday he will be in Waterstones Bradford from 11am until 12pm before going to Waterstones Leeds from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. So whether you're a Bradford City or a Bradford Park Avenue fan, a Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday supporter, or if you are, like Tim, a lifelong follower of Leeds United, come along over the next two days for a chance to meet Tim and get your signed copy of this witty and insightful book.

Of course, you'll also be able to see him on Saturday, when he'll be at Elland Road cheering for the Whites against Middlesborough and chanting along with the rest of the fans.

Dirty Northern B*st*rds - with added content from FanChants.com

Posted on 24 Jul 2014 - 13:51

Tim Marshall's "Dirty Northern Bastards" and Other Tales From the Terraces, published on the first of August, tells the story of Britain's football fans through the songs and chants that they serenade the terraces with. Some are rude, some are offensive, but most are witty and banterous and they're inseparable from the game itself. To really bring the chants out of the book, Elliott and Thompson partnered with FanChants.com to put the chants themselves in the ebook, and to allow readers of the physical book to listen on their phones or computers using a QR code sticker on the front of the book.

Now such classic chants as 'Cider, cider, cider' (A Plymouth Argyle staple) and 'My Garden Shed Is Bigger Than This' (a favourite of many clubs sung to the tune of 'Oh When the Saints' when visiting an unimpressive stadium) leap off the page in the voices of the fans themselves, as well as the songs and anthems of the clubs, timeless classics which have stood the test of time. No other sport has a culture quite like football, and no other book puts that culture in readers' hands quite like Dirty Northern Bastards. Order your copy today.

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