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Full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating, the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.
Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, half a century on, Sir Bobby looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement. He tells us what it was like to be part of Sir Alf Ramsey's team, his...
By Adam Thorpe
The story of her last few days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals - whether aware or unaware of her presence or absence, all touched in life-changing ways. Sheena, middle-aged and single, running a kiddies' clothes shop, is sexually entangled with the peculiar Gavin,...
By Elif Batuman
'I loved it and could have read a thousand more pages of it.' - Emma ClineSelin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood.
With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. The author recounts the story of the pandemic, tracing it from Alaska...
One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something bigger; Like Rose, they're mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets. Unless it's leading them towards...
Mary-Anne Boermans believes passionately that traditional British food, refined over centuries, can be tastier, healthier, more exciting and easier to prepare than anything mass-produced. Goose, shrimp, parsnips et al will be potted, stewed and fricasseed into hearty, flavourful food that stands up to the best modern recipes.