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War of the Windsors – Nigel Cawthorne

Telling the story of their lives from children to modern day, this fascinating and revelatory new book will look at the fraught relationship (and fiery rivalry) between King Charles and Prince Andrew. Raised for vastly different futures, one burdened with the responsibility of becoming the future king and the other destined to live in his …

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George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle – Philip Norman

From the premiere Beatles biographer—author of the New York Times bestseller John The Life and the million-copy selling Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation —a rare and revealing portrait of George Harrison, the most misunderstood and mysterious Beatle, based on decades-long research and unparalleled access to inside sources.Despite being hailed as one of the best …

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Wolf-Men and Water Hounds – Manchán Magan

Uncover the secrets of our island in this engrossing look at magical landmarks across the country. Traveling province by province through Ireland, Manchán outlines the stories most closely associated with each site, focussing on a specific beast or creature from legend and highlighting a magical word or phrase in Irish alongside. Discover the dobharchú or …

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John Hume: The Persuader – Stephen Walker

Peacemaker, politician, Nobel John Hume was a titan of Irish political history and a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, bringing peace to Northern Ireland after decades of conflict.But who was the real John Hume? What motivated the former history teacher to reach beyond political lines? What sustained him during the bloody years of …

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King: The life of Martin Luther King – Jonathan Eig

The first full biography in decades, King mixes revelatory and exhaustive new research with brisk and accessible storytelling to forge the definitive life for our times. Vividly written and exhaustively researched, Jonathan Eig’s A Life is the first major biography in decades of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.―and the first to include …

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Saoirse – Hegarty’s Boatyard

Over the course of four years from 2017, ( after after completing the restoration of the historic Ilen ) boatbuilder Liam Hegarty set to work on the keel of a full replica of the Saoirse , an mammoth task that was documented by photographer Kevin O’Farrell in this book

The original Saoirse was the first Irish flagged vessel to circumnavigate the world , was built in Baltimore, Cork in 1921-23.

Signed, BRAND NEW, 2023.

Shackleton – Roland Huntford

Ernest Shackleton was the quintessential Edwardian hero. A contemporary – and adversary – of Scott, he sailed on the ‘Discovery’ expedition of 1900, and went on to mount three expeditions of his own. Like Scott, he was a social adventurer; snow and ice held no particular attraction, but the pursuit of wealth, fame and power did.

Yet Shackleton, and Anglo-Irishman who left school at 16, needed status to raise money for his own expeditions. At various times he was involved in journalism, politics, manufacturing and City fortune-hunting – none of them very effectively. A frustrated poet, he was never to be successful with money, but he did succeed in marrying it.

At his height he was feted as a national hero, knighted by Edward VII, and granted GBP20,000 by the government for achievements which were, and remain, the very stuff of legend. But the world to which he returned in 1917 after the sensational ‘Endurance’ expedition did not seem to welcome surviving heroes. Poverty-stricken by the end of the war, he had to pay off his debts through writing and endless lecturing.

He finally obtained funds for another expedition, but dies of a heart attack, aged only 47, at it reached South Georgia.

The Earth Transformed – Peter Frankopan

In The Earth Transformed, Peter Frankopan, one of the world s leading historians, shows that the natural environment is a crucial, if not the defining, factor in global history and not just of humankind. Volcanic eruptions, solar activities, atmospheric, oceanic and other shifts, as well as anthropogenic behaviour, are fundamental parts of the past and the present.

In this magnificent and groundbreaking book, we learn about the origins of our species: about the development of religion and language and their relationships with the environment; about how the desire to centralise agricultural surplus formed the origins of the bureaucratic state; about how growing demands for harvests resulted in the increased shipment of enslaved peoples; about how efforts to understand and manipulate the weather have a long and deep history. All provide lessons of profound importance as we face a precarious future of rapid global warming. Taking us from the Big Bang to the present day and beyond, The Earth Transformed forces us to reckon with humankind s continuing efforts to make sense of the natural world.