How in just three years Spanish flu wiped out millions

Spanish flu was 'the greatest tidal wave of death since the Black Death' - killing as many as 100 million people worldwide in a short but devastating three year long epidemic directly after World War One. In this book, Laura Spinney shows how Spanish flu cast a long, dark shadow over the 20th century.

Just two days after her husband died, 90-year-old Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with uterine cancer, so she decided to spent her last days 'hitting the road' with her son and his wife.

Steve Casner has written a book recommending ways to proof your lives against everyday dangers, such as banning bunk beds and trampolines for children because they're too risky.

This book tells the final chapter of Operation Relentless, a huge international collaboration to catch one of the world's most wanted men, also known as the Merchant of Death.

Fiona Lewis never forget Lord Lichfield kicked out bed

The saying, 'if you can remember the Sixties, you weren't there' is disproved in this highly readable romp of a memoir by the ex-model and actress Fiona Lewis. She was there, flaunting her gorgeous looks on the King's Road in 1964, and she does remember it - all too well. She has total recall of the heady excitement of those days and of the darker side of the Swinging Sixties - the way girls like her, in their late teens, longing to make a bit of money and a name for themselves, were taken advantage of.

The brainchild of American novelist George Dawes Green, it sprang up in the late Nineties, when people began meeting in nightclubs and bars throughout New York.

This book takes surgeon Henry Marsh into his own ageing, with a degree of disillusion and anxiety about the state of hospital organisation, and his decision to retire.

A plaque outside the house where, on Wednesday, June 21, 1815, a wealthy socialite, Mrs Edmund Boehm, was giving 'a soiree' attended by the 52-year-old Prince Regent, later King George IV.

Have you ever seen the Railways section in your local bookshop? It'll be vast. Every year, unimaginable numbers of books are published on trains: old trains, new trains, but mainly old trains.

Sir Nicholas Hytner recalls how Harold Pinter launched a foul mouth attack at him because he declined to revive a Pinter play at the National.

It began at the Trafalgar bicentenary celebrations in 2005, where variety artiste Iestyn Edwards was booked to sing at a dinner for the Queen on HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

Allan Jenkins was given up by his mother aged just eight weeks. At the age of five, he was fostered by Lilian and Dudley Drabble who chucked him out at 15.

When Ted Blackbrow left his East End grammar school at the age of 15, his headmaster told his parents he might get a job as a dustman. He went on to become an outstanding Fleet Street photographer.

Get cold, wet, hungry and ...  Live forever! 

Who are those people who want to prolong life by dieting, not drinking, taking exercise and other hardships? I have never understood them. The years we gain, as we creak towards our 100th birthday, are hardly the years we want. If only life could be frozen in time at, say, 25, before baldness, cataracts, ex-wives, mortgages and false teeth appear on the horizon to spoil the fun - then you'd be talking.Instead we find these stringy and bad-tempered characters in late-middle-age who go in for long solitary bike rides, competitive squash and, if you are Scott Carney, invigorating runs up Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a bathing cap.

Wine,' said my father, peering at the carafe on the dinner-table of our small Normandy hotel. 'It's all very well once in a while, but you wouldn't want to drink it every day, would you?'

Euston Station on a forlorn winter's night. Min Kym and her cellist boyfriend, en route to Manchester, find a table at a cafe, buy tea and sit waiting on the cold forecourt.

Vanessa Potter awoke one day to discover that she had lost 70 per cent of her vision after developing a neurological condition called NMO which meant she had to relearn to use her senses.

Have you ever dreamed of writing a bestseller? There's still time to enter the Daily Mail First Novel Competition. The prize is a £20,000 publishing deal with Penguin Random House.

Artist Augustus John’s wife let his mistress move in

Sometimes when you see a photograph in a book you want to punch it. I experienced that urge halfway through this fascinating collection of the letters of Ida John, when I came to the photograph of her husband, the artist Augustus John, sitting propped up in bed in their rented house in Essex in 1905, playing the concertina with a cigarette hanging out of his bearded mouth. Apparently he used to laze around like that all morning, before reading a novel all afternoon and spending the evening peacefully drawing.