Helen Fry's The London Cage (inset) documents the true events that took place in an exclusive, tree-lined private road in Kensington during and after World War II. Spies and suspected war criminals were taken to the basement of 8 Kensington Palace Gardens to be interrogated by officials. One of the men imprisoned there was Erich Zacharias (right) who was suspected of murdering 100 British airmen. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Scotland (left) caused Zacharias to admit his guilt.
How to survive a 1950's dinner party: Drink sherry with the soup, don't forget to use asparagus tongs and always leave at 10.30pm, sharp!
The immediate post-war decades are always characterised by historians and commentators as drab and depressing.Or was it? Looked at from another angle, the post-war period was bright and optimistic. Baby boomers such as writer Roger Lewis were showered with new toys - the Spirograph, Matchbox cars, Sindy dolls, Fuzzy-Felt and Scalextric.
From high society to the horror of the front line: Anita Leslie could have spent the war safely at her family castle. Instead she risked her life daily rescuing the wounded. But then she was Churchill's cousin
The memoir of Anita Leslie, 25, reads like a letter home of her time at war. Wanting to do her part, she shares her account of driving an ambulance filled with wounded people. In one account she drives a badly wounded french boy on an eight miles detour due to a broken bridge only for him to die along the route and is filled with intense emotions.
My mother the monster: Highly sexed yet aloof, Marlene Dietrich's flawless flamboyance was spellbinding. But, as her daughter reveals in this unflinching exposé, her glacial beauty hid a very ugly truth
Maria Riva, the only child of actress Marlene Dietrich recalls her mother in unflinching memoir, re-released 25 years after her mother's death. The required sacrifices of stardom are laid bare as well as how Marlene was treated like royalty everywhere she went. Maria says her mother didn't like for her to have friends, or even to get close to a pet dog. Attention had to be focused on Marlene and her alone.