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.
The loves and lust of lonely Mrs Amis: Elizabeth Jane Howard's affairs with married men ended in tears, as did her marriage to cruel Kingsley
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.
The woman who made sex fun: Helen Gurley Brown liberated the single girl with an advice guide that sold 2 million copies in just 3 weeks
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.