Too many to list these days but here is a dozen to choose from.
This is the incredible account of Felipe Albero Gomez, who fought for both sides in the Spanish Civil War. When it ended, he was placed on a troop train, given a new blue uniform and told he would be fighting for General Franco's friend, Mr Adolf Hitler. Upon arrival at the German border he was told to alight and the next stage of his journey would be on foot. He would be walking 1500 kilometres to the Russia front, just in time for winter. At ninety seven years of age Felipe has decided to tell his personal story of survival.
The Blue Door
'1942: It was towards the middle of the year when my friends started disappearing...' On the island of Java, the stirrings of the Second World War in Europe and the angry-looking man called Hitler seem a million miles away from Norwegian-born Lise and her siblings. Then one day, her friends and neighbours start to disappear, and she begins to realise that they are not safe after all. Through ten-year-old eyes, Lise tells of her family’s two-year imprisonment in POW camps and the brutal treatment received at the hands of their Japanese captors. For respite from the rat-infested floor of their shelter they adopt a blue door, which sits on concrete posts in the ground. They live on it during the day as young Lise plots ways to protect her family from disease, starvation and the desperate behaviour of fellow prisoners. This is a little girl’s heartbreaking tale of survival. 'A devastating portrayal of a child's loss of innocence to humiliating cruelty'
John Holmes was a schoolboy when World War II broke out in 1939, but even then he knew his destiny lay in the skies. 'Boys from these parts don't join the RAF', he was told on more than one occasion. But they were wrong. After many months undergoing selection and training he eventually made it into the air crew of 196 Squadron. It was there he embarked on a love affair with the Stirling Bomber, and it was there that he met up with his crew - his brothers in arms. With in-depth research, Steve Holmes' inspirational, harrowing and at times humorous book charts the wartime exploits of his father, John 'Sherlock' Holmes, and his flight crew. Through many hours of research and contact with living relatives of 'Sherlock's Squadron' Steve has pulled together a unique and personal insight into the most brutal and devastating armed conflict in history. Verified and independently confirmed by the MOD, War Office Bomber Command and preserved navigator's records and pilots' log books of the time, this is a comprehensive and compelling account of World War II from the eyes of a group of young RAF men from distant corners of the globe.
Do the Birds still Sing in Hell?
An incredible tale of one man's defiance, of adversity and the lengths he was prepared to go for brief, passion filled moments in a German WWII POW camp with the 19 year old German Jewish daughter of the Camp Commandant. This is the story Horace Greasley, of a young man's outlawed obsession for the girl he loved, of man's most natural craving and of his determination to defeat her Fatherland. This story is about good over evil, how love can blossom in the most impossible of situations. It is a story about desire and hope but above all it is a story of heroism
NOTE. The cameras roll on this movie in 2019. PRODUCED BY BERNIE GOLDMANN, HOLLYWOOD.
This Heart within me Burns
Best known for her role in cult comedy TV hit, Benidorm and for playing Maggie Conlon in Ken Loach's remarkable film Ladybird Ladybird, Crissy Rock is a hugely popular actress and comedienne. But Crissy's path to success was far from easy and her life has been plagued by trauma and turmoil. Never has there been a more honest and disturbing biography ever written; never has there been so much to tell. Crissy Rock's poor but idyllic young life was plunged into darkness at the age of eight, when her grandfather began to abuse her both physically and sexually. Pregnant and married to a violent bully at sixteen it seemed that trouble and turmoil would always stalk her. Having finally escaped her violent marriage, Crissy began to turn her life around. Having firmly established herself on the comedy circuit she was then cast in Ladybird Ladybird for which she won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. This is one of the most astonishing books you will ever read.
Jack of Hearts
Bob Heggie is a banker at the end of a dead end career. He hates his job, his boss, his life. His wife has left him. He hardly knows his kids and his closest friend is a down and out newspaper seller and they're not really close. In the early mornings he wanders the moors of Northern England with a pair of dogs he doesn't like, listening to Bob Dylan sing about a great bank robbery on his iPod. The Jack of Hearts in that song is the kind of man Bob imagines himself to be, but he knows he'll always be just plain old boring Bob Heggie Then one morning he is nearly killed in an armed robbery and he starts to think. If he were to steal the bank's money, he'd come up with a better way. But would he survive to spend his ill gotten gains?
A Million would be nice
Good looks, top job in the city, Ferrari, second and third homes in Paris and Cannes, not to mention a spacious penthouse overlooking the Thames. Yes, it seemed Donavan Smith had it all. And the girls. ready and willing. And if, every now and again, they weren't so willing, Donavan had his own way of persuading them. Jenny McArthur was different though. She knew something terrible had occurred during a ten-hour period of her life that was a total blank. But, as it all gradually came back to her, she relived the horrors encountered at the hands of Donavan Smith. And she wanted to get even. Donavan would have to deal with her. Vicky Mackenzie harboured a secret, a secret that she hadn't disclosed to anyone. So why was she spilling the beans to a total stranger from London, a stranger who she'd only met that night? She told him all about her past life, the cold-blooded murder of her husband, the phoney bank raid and how the money was still out there somewhere. Donavan listened and wondered how he could get his hands on the money; wondered if it was possible to plan a premature retirement. It would get nasty, that was for sure. But why not? Donavan Smith had done nasty before, just ask Jenny McArthur. Donavan Smith and Vicky Mackenzie: two soul mates, two secrets; it was a match made in hell.
The Sun will still Shine Tomorrow
Ashley Clark had given the whole of his working life to the Metropolitan Police. The 7/7 tube station bombings eventually broke his resolve and his love affair with London. He could have prevented the bombings, saved all those lives. He transfers back to Northumbria Police and his native Newcastle. During a routine disciplinary hearing, Ashley realises the job has changed and for once his temper gets the better of him. He is out of the job, back on Civvy Street. Within a few days, an old friend's mother begs him for help. Her son has disappeared off the face of the earth and the investigation points to Holy Island, a small hamlet off the north-east coast of England. Ashley goes undercover, like his hero Sherlock Holmes; why not? It was a role he played to the full in London and nobody does it better. He comes across a Freemason-type organisation, the Island Keepers, fiercely protective of the island and its historical and religious past. He encounters Claire Macbeth, a stunningly attractive hotel receptionist with a sinister secret, and he discovers an unusually high number of deaths originating from the island in recent years. He feels certain the Island Keepers know more than they are saying. He contacts his old allies in the police; they seem reluctant to get involved. Something is wrong - very wrong. And now Jacob Moor, Worshipful Master of the Island Keepers, has discovered Ashley Clark's undercover secret. The ex-policeman nosing around Holy Island is about to pay the ultimate price.
Revenge is Sweeter than Flowing Honey
The trussed up body of a priest is discovered in a fashionable apartment block in Manhattan. It looks like a sex act gone wrong and of course the Catholic Church is only too keen to cover up the details. What they don't know is that it's the work of a female serial killer who is convinced that the voices urging her on are from a different era. The killer targets the clergymen, acting out the exact methods of torture used on the accused women from centuries gone by. She wants to terrorise the Catholic Church the way it terrorised Europe for over three hundred years. Cardinal Barberini is the right hand man to the Pope and he knows only too well that the Papa's life is in danger. But he does not need a retired policeman and a third rate journalist to tell him that, nor does he need them to interfere. He has a very capable death squad on the trail of the killer and they are getting closer. Now he may need to deploy a second team to deal with the odd couple who know far too much about the church past and present...
Who the Hell is Alice?
Her face is simply unmistakable as the council house brothel madam, Lillian, in channel 4's long-running cult drama Shameless. By her own admission not exactly the Brigitte Bardot of the North West, Alice is fiercely and unapologetically proud of her working-class roots and the many obstacles she has overcome in life and in her acting career. In her long-awaited autobiography, Alice reveals all about her early life and the almost barbaric treatment she suffered during her school years at the hands of bigoted bullies - pupil and teachers alike. One day, having been beaten for being a Catholic in the morning and a Protestant in the afternoon, she eventually fought back. It was a turning point in Alice's life. She became a rebel and beat one of the bullies so badly that they never bothered her again. Who the Hell is Alice? is raw and personal - warts and all. Alice's natural humour shines like a beacon but she also shares her personal tragedies, including the shocking circumstances surrounding the death of her brother Tommy and her husband Terry. Alice is now happy again with partner Jeff, and the pair love and respect one another deeply. The only slight twist in their magical bond is that Jeff is gay and their relationship is purely platonic.
In Violet Sleep
The year is 600 BCE. Egypt and Babylon are engaged in a bitter struggle for supremacy. The Egyptian pharaoh has commissioned an expedition, led by his allies the Phoenicians, to circumnavigate Africa so that he can combine the forces of his Mediterranean and Red Sea fleets. But nobody at that time knows the true size of the continent. It is to be a journey into the unknown. The expedition includes Greek, Carian and Etruscan mercenaries and the scribe Pa Nofre, who is to write a report. The mission, however, is in peril... could it be that the Babylonians have placed their spies within the fleet? Even Pa Nofre has a secret vice which must remain hidden - that he is addicted to the powerful hallucinogen, the Blue Lotus, which is in danger of affecting his sanity... In Violet Sleep gives a hallucinatory vision of the 'pre-scientific' world's outlook, at a time when all things were considered to have been caused by the gods, but it is set as a tense thriller. It is at once a selective guide to ancient mythologies and anthropology but it is also a disquieting, and contemporary examination of the nature of addiction.
The Devil couldn't Break me
Laura was just eighteen years of age when she fled her family home on the Serbian Kosovo border at the height of the former Yugoslavian conflict. Her father felt she would be safer in Kosovo, free from the rape camps, massacres and ethnic cleansing that took place on their doorstep, the streets of the capital patrolled by US peacekeeping forces. Reluctantly she made the long journey through the mountains and eventually arrived in Pristina. Neither Laura or her father were aware she had entered a city one US delegate described, "as one vast crime scene." She had no idea what terrors lay ahead, as she crossed the path of 'The Chief', a self professed freedom fighter in the Kosovan Liberation Army. On the face of it The Chief' claimed to be fighting a noble cause. Behind closed doors he was the mastermind of a huge operation dealing in organ harvesting, people trafficking and prostitution and his evil gang raped tortured and killed at will. Laura had stumbled through the gates of hell. Follow her quite unbelievable true story of kidnap, murder, brutality and abuse set against the backdrop of one of Europe's most recent and bloody conflicts and how she encountered some of the most evil men on the planet. This is Laura's story of courage and hope and how some of the most evil men on the planet did not break her spirit.
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