Stars who flocked to the South of France drank cocktails laced with drugs

Mary S. Lovell's book (right) is a portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes. Pictured in left image, Ann Woodward (center) in 1948 at Chateau L'Horizon, property of Prince Aly Khan (bottom left) who would wed Rita Hayworth (bottom right) the next year. Top left is Bonnie Edwards Manville Babst Wilson Beigel, the wife of movie executive Charles Beigel.

Ian Cobain, author of this well-researched and carefully written book, takes deadly aim at the official version of modern British history. It deserves to change the way we see our recent past.

The words of the hermit mystic Julian of Norwich echo down the centuries, curious words of comfort from an age of war, hardship, plague, religious persecution and horrible executions.

Leaf through the pages of this evocative book, written and compiled by leading propaganda historian David Welch, and be transported back to wartime Blighty and its jolly stoicism.

Sir David Tang is the glorious exception to the curse of social anxiety that tends to bedevil even the most confident. His Chinese name, Tang Wing-Cheung, means 'forever brilliant'.

From Knobbly Knees contests to exotic cocktails and whale blubber pies, holiday camps

Billy Butlin, a Canadian born in 1899 in South Africa, first had the idea for his holiday camps between the wars. He noticed that in Britain it always rained, and yet families were locked out of their dismal boarding houses during the day and had absolutely nothing to do. 'Everyone has a right to leisure', he insisted, not only the idle rich, who anyway could always escape the downpours by travelling abroad.

Whatever happens in next Tuesday's election, the United States is in for a first. If Hillary Clinton wins she'll become the first female president, while Donald Trump would be the country's oldest at 70.

Delight in the pages of this wonderful book of portraits as Hummus models various outfits, including a glam punk get-up and a 'Frida Katlo'. Who said fashion was going to the dogs?

Normally, when people are described as 'forgotten figures', there's a faint air of regret about it. In the case of MP John Beckett, though, his obscurity seems thoroughly deserved.

At first glance, this is an utterly bonkers book. Peter Stothard, recalls Latin sessions with four friends in an East End pub, talking about Seneca. The four of them were all connected with Margaret Thatcher.

Incredibly, one British study showed that almost a fifth of parents had misspelled their child's name on the birth register. Keira Knightley, for example, should have been Kiera.

To celebrate the end of World War II, Diana's aunt Joyce had paid for the two young women to travel to Florence for two weeks.

Craig Murray was sacked as British Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2004. He had revealed that Britain was receiving information gained from victims of the barbaric tortures inflicted by the Uzbek state

My Life In Fashion includes an extremely rare interview in which Bardot tells us how she put her stamp on style, and the glamorous photographs that accompany it are as show-stopping as ever.

Guinness heir Tara Browne’s death inspired one of the Beatles’ greatest ever hits 

Tara Browne must be one of the few people who is more famous for dying than he ever was in life. In December 1966, a Lotus Elan driven at speed by Browne crashed into another car in South Kensington. Two hours later, he died of his injuries, aged just 21. John Lennon read about his death and wrote A Day In The Life, the climax of what's generally reckoned to be The Beatles' masterpiece, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In New York in the early summer of 1893, the bodies of dead cats began turning up all over Brooklyn. The area already had a reputation for being overrun with 'noisy tramp cats'.

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

'Taking photos of attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places' was how Slim Aarons described his work and this extraordinary book, Women, reflects that perfectly.

If you love poetry, you should read this. But if you think poetry is too hard, too boring, too old-school, then you must read it. It might just change the way you see the world.

Who better to write a book on happiness than a professional illusionist like Derren Brown? We all know - don't we? - that the quest for happiness, as an end in itself, is a chimera.

According to this book by German author Norman Ohler, the whole of the Third Reich was awash with narcotics. The apt title of Blitzed sums up how drugged up he believes the nation was.

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.