Why the first SAS soldiers were mad, bad - and VERY dangerous to know

Ben Macintyre's book is the first ever fully authorised history of the SAS, covering its secret activities in World War II. Macintyre had access to a confidential, 500-page 'war diary' compiled by the regiment's archivists. It was a gold mine of first-hand reports from those who took part in one clandestine operation after another, from the regiment's formation in 1941 until 1945. A master at setting the pulse racing, Macintyre relates stories of raw courage and daring by extraordinary men whose chief characteristic was that they defied every convention.

Simon Garfield, author of Timekeepers, is fascinated by the way our lives are dominated by time. We never seem to have enough.

From Marlene Dietrich's gowns in Hitchcock's Stage Fright, to the towering stilettos in Sex And The City, the film stills, sketches are a brilliant exploration of cinema's most glamorous garments.

Anne Cholawo was 27 when she bought a simple, stone house for £28,000 in the Isle of Soay, where she learned to sail andsplice rope

For 16 years, Rose was married to the artist Roger Hilton. He was 20 years older than her and, despite the fact she was a budding artist in her own right, she subsumed herself to his genius.

The loves and lust of lonely Mrs Amis: Elizabeth Jane Howard’s affairs with married men

Kingsley Amis, who was married to her from 1965 until 1983, ended up absolutely hating Elizabeth Jane Howard (pictured). Amis was particularly aggrieved by her 'automatic assumption of the role of the injured party in any clash of wills', by her 'bottomless pit of neediness', and the theatrical way she had of unpinning her hair and slowly tossing it about.

When the War ended in 1945 there were plenty of people who assumed that the codebreakers had had their day, but as Sinclair McKay reveals, quite the reverse proved to be the case.

Influenza kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide every year. The virus travels efficiently via large airborne droplets, when infected people sneeze, cough or talk.

Fashion photographer Gleb Derujinsky's magnificent volume features his trademark images of beautiful models, from Iris Bianchi to Carmen Dell'Orefice.

Mary Roach's Grunt is about the curious science of humans at war, and it's droll, often deeply strange and sometimes rather disturbing.

Tim Marshall's tour of the world's flags, their histories and meanings, is a sobering lesson in just how silly we human beings can get.

Look through the lens of Inge Morath, one of the finest photojournalists of a generation, and the last wife of Arthur Miller.

The woman who made sex fun: Helen Gurley Brown liberated the single girl with an advice

Helen Gurley Brown was a fascinating woman and good biography subject. This book covers her wide and varied life and examines her legacy. She liberated young women to feel good about themselves. Very much a product of her time (the Depression), the young Gurley Brown was determined to make the best of herself and to seize every opportunity that came her way.

Despite being a highly successful editor, TV producer and novelist with a handsome husband, two terrific sons and two homes - Janice Kaplan found she always had something to moan about.

Juan Fernandez has a central place in the British imagination. The small island may have helped shape the British attitude. Andrew Lambert explains its significance - and how it relates to Brexit.

From Carla Bruni to Dior, this well-researched book makes you feel as learned as Vivienne Westwood, as it details 150 years of fashion.

After comedian Tommy Cooper died journalist John McEntee charmed his way into his widow's home, where he sat with her for two or three hours, the account of which is revealed in his memoir.

Le Carre's autobiography is puzzling, as his real life is off limits. He discusses his relationship problems with his mother. Despite the lack of revelations about his spying days, it's a good read.

Unleash your inner twitcher while leafing through this incredible selection of rarely seen moments in the astonishing world of sea birds.

Brave boys the fat man branded liars: How Cyril Smith's victims were ignored when they

All this week, Labour MP Simon Danczuk is laying bare how the Establishment, the Liberal Party, the police and even MI5 covered up the industrial-scale child abuse of 29-stone Rochdale MP Cyril Smith. Today, how his victims were ignored and betrayed when they tried to expose their suffering.

Different life: Vicky Pryce is seen chatting with inmates and a prison officer at East Sutton Park Prison, which she describes at a 'real joy' after serving four days at Holloway

In the finale of her unique inside story, Vicky Pryce, the wife of disgraced ex-minister Chris Huhne, describes life at open prison East Sutton Park.

Mary Berry - photoshoot for one of her first cookery book with helpers Annabel and William.

In the second extract from her autobiography, published exclusively in the Mail today, Mary Berry describes the sudden death of the son she doted on, pictured left.

Eric and Ernie were together virtually all day every day because of work; so when they became successful, they had an unspoken agreement that they wouldn't socialise with one another

In his compelling new biography, Gary Morecambe talks about his father's relationship with Ernie Wise and how he continued to make them laugh even up until the end.


In an extract from his explosive memoirs, Power Trip, Damian McBride reveals how the former Chancellor survived by the skin of his teeth after credit crunch bungle.