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The Fighting Temeraire

By Sam Willis
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Sam Willis
J.M.W. Turner's The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up (1838) was his masterpiece. Sam Willis tells the real-life story behind this remarkable painting. The 98-gun Temeraire warship broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson's flagship Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), saving Nelson at a crucial moment in the battle, and, in the words of John Ruskin, fought until her sides ran 'wet with the long runlets of English blood...those pale masts that stayed themselves up against the war-ruin, shaking out their ensigns through the thunder, till sail and ensign dropped.' It is a story that unites the art of war as practised by Nelson with the art of war as depicted by Turner and, as such, it ranges across an extensive period of Britain's cultural and military history in ways that other stories do not. The result is a detailed picture of British maritime power at two of its most significant peaks in the age of sail: the climaxes of both the Seven Years' War (1756-63) and the Napoleonic Wars (1798-1815). It covers every aspect of life in the sailing navy, with particular emphasis on amphibious warfare, disease, victualling, blockade, mutiny and, of course, fleet battle, for it was at Trafalgar that the Temeraire really won her fame. An evocative and magnificent narrative history by a master historian.
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The Fate of Katherine Carr

By Thomas H. Cook
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Thomas H. Cook
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Freedom TM

By Daniel Suarez
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Daniel Suarez
Human freedom has one last hope to survive the information revolution in the epic, apocalyptic sequel to the international bestseller Daemon.The Daemon - a lethal computer program created by a twisted genius - is firmly in control and moving towards its endgame. As the global economy begins to collapse, the world's most powerful organizations - monolithic corporations, complete with armies of their own - prepare to fight their unseen enemy.When civil conflict erupts in the United States, former detective Pete Sebeck finds himself forced to protect the new world order. Amid conflicting loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power and the possibility that anyone can be a daemon operative or a corporate spy, Sebeck knows that he embodies the last hope that freedom can survive the information revolution.
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Fighting Ships

By Sam Willis
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Sam Willis
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A Field Guide to the British

By Sarah Lyall
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Sarah Lyall
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Fidelity

By Thomas Perry
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Thomas Perry
When, despite all his training and twenty-five years experience as a private detective, Phil Kramer is shot dead on a quiet suburban south California street his wife and partners think it had to have been a professional hit. But why target Kramer? As far as they know he hadn't been working on any case that carried that kind of threat. As his wife leads the investigation into his death she realizes that Phil's life was riddled with secrets he kept from her and his colleagues. And buried amongst them is the secret that cost him his life and now threatens hers.
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The First Fingerprint

By Xavier-Marie Bonnot
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Xavier-Marie Bonnot
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  • Flesh and Bone

    By Jefferson Bass
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    Jefferson Bass
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    Forgotten Soldiers

    By Brian Moynahan
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    Brian Moynahan
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  • The Fabric of Sin

    By Phil Rickman
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    Phil Rickman
    NOW A MAJOR ITV DRAMAThe Master House, close to the Welsh border, is medieval and slowly falling into ruins. Now the house and its surrounding land have been sold to the Duchy of Cornwall. But the Duchy's plans to renovate the house and its outbuildings are frustrated when the specialist builder refuses to work there. 'This is a place,' he tells the Prince's land-steward, 'that doesn't want to be restored.'Directed by the Bishop of Hereford to investigate, deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins discovers ancient connections between the house and the nearby church, built by the Knights Templar whose shadow still envelopes isolated Garway Hill and its scattered communities. Why did all the local inns have astrological names? What deep history lies behind the vicious feud between two local families? And what happened here to intimidate even the great Edwardian ghost-story writer M R James? When Merrily learns that she - and even her daughter, Jane - are under surveillance by the security services, she's ready to quit. But a sudden death changes everything, and she returns to Garway to uncover fibres of fear and hatred stitched into history and now insidiously twisted in the corridors - and the cloisters - of power.
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    Firebreak

    By Richard Stark
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    Richard Stark
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    Frenemies

    By Megan Crane
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    Megan Crane
    Everyone knows that girl. The one who effortlessly attracts the eyes of every guy in the room, doesn't seem to need girlfriends and never gives any thought to her appearance - no need, it's always perfect. But what happens when that girl is your college roommate and she has her eye on the love of your life?Gus Curtis approaches the big three-o with a plan to usher herself painlessly into official adulthood. But then she walks in on her perfect boyfriend lip-locked with one of her oldest friends. When she loses most of her dignity in attempts to win him back, her two best friends finally lose patience with her and she finds herself seeking consolation in the arms of the one boy she really should stay away from. Gus realises she needs to do some growing up - and fast.Frenemies is impossible to put down, it's funny, honest and the love interest is a true Mr Darcy. This is feel-good fiction at its best.
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    Fighting Ships 1750-1850

    By Sam Willis
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    Sam Willis
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    Flashfire

    By Richard Stark
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    Richard Stark
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    The Female of the Species

    By Joyce Carol Oates
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    Joyce Carol Oates
    A dark collection from one of America's literary giants.A young wife is home alone when the phone rings in 'So Help Me God.' Is the strange voice flirting with her from the other end of the line her jealous husband laying a trap, or a stranger who knows entirely too much about her? In 'Madison at Guignol' an unhappy fashionista discovers a secret door inside her favourite clothing store and insists the staff let her enter. But even her fevered imagination cannot anticipate the horror they have been hiding from her. In these and other gripping and disturbing tales, women are confronted by the evil around them and surprised by the evil they find within themselves. With wicked insight, Joyce Carol Oates demonstrates why the females of the species - be they six-year-old girls, seemingly devoted wives, or aging mothers - are by nature more deadly than the males.
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