Were we guilty of torture too?

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.

Award-winning biographer Claire Tomalin shares her own personal experiences in a new book. Her son, Daniel, only lived for a month, and her daughter committed suicide.

Crime, the worse, the better. It fascinates us. The eternal appeal of novels devoted to this topic attests to that. But
they are make-believe. Dominic Lawson picks the best in criminal society

Speakers confirmed for the festival in Oxfordshire next month will also include Fearne Cotton and Danny Baker. Dermot O'Leary will be making an exclusive festival appearance.

Peter Fiennes found his passion for wild woods reignited in 2011 when the environment secretary suggested selling off its share of the UK's few remaining forests for £250 million.

How to survive a 1950's dinner party

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.

Dean Karnazes, 55, was a millionaire businessman in his twenties but he gave up his job to
become a long distance runner and take on the challenge of running 153 miles without stopping

Robert McCrum embarks on a quest to explore life and death after gaining afresh contemplation of mortality after turning 60. He uncovers war, loss, survival and literature to inspire hope.

Novelist Maggie O'Farrell shares her 17 near death experiences in new book ' I Am, I Am, I Am'. The memoir reminds readers to see every dodged bullet as the gift of new life.

Beezy Marsh reveals the challenges faced by the working class post-war in new memoir dedicated to Eva Fraser and her family. Women struggled to embrace the life expected of them.

On April 12, 1784, Mozart completed the score of his Piano Concerto No 17 in G. Six weeks later, he was astonished to hear a whistled fragment of his new piece coming from a pet shop

Marianne Taylor dissects and deepens the appeal of Hares in her new book, 'The Way Of The Hare'. She also gives a passionate plea for the reinvigorated protection of Hares.

Muriel Matters chained herself to the grille in the House of Commons to convince the PM women belonged inside. 'We must do something vulgar to attract your vulgar attention!' she said.

Harry Pearson tells the life of one of the world's greatest cricketers, Learie Constantine. In his book he shares how Learie endured racism throughout his life before becoming an activist.

Lizzy Barber, 30, won the 2017 Daily Mail First Crime Novel competition for her thriller entitled My Name Is Alice. She was awarded a £20,000 advance from Penguin Random House.

Train to Nowhere: Anita Leslie memoirs recount war horrors

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.

John Welshman reveals Titanic survivors' shocking stories in a 'moving account' of the ship's infamous doomed maiden sea voyage, including a man who wanted to use the ice to chill his whisky.

Marcus Berkmann has been a Matthew Engel fan since the 1980s and, like the writer's books on Englishness, this book also addresses the intricacies of language and took years to write.

Eddie Izzard's mother died when he was just six. Whenever he mentions her in his new memoir Believe Me, his memory suddenly sharpens and sadness sweeps in.

The sayings of Princess Diana are collated in new book, 'I'm Going To Be Me: The People's Princess Revealed In Her Own Words'. Each sentence in the book reveals her shaky hold on life.

Bill Oddie's wife Laura describes his north London garden as being 'ludicrous'. In the 'Spooky Corner', a white porcelain hand looks like it's reaching up from beneath the earth.

Novelist Terry Newman discusses the iconic style of 30 writers and their impact on global fashion. Diary extracts from legends such as Virginia Woolf feature, in addition to historic photos.

Marlene Dietrich's daughter reveals star hid an 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.

Judy Murray describes how Andy paid trip to McDonald's after 2016 Wimbledon victory. The famous mother reveals all in a new biography entitled Knowing The Score.

Will Storr interviews a young offender, suicide survivor and an anorexic girl whilst considering historic values of 'Self' to uncover how self-seeking even the most unexpected of us truly are.

Cuttlefish are proving useful for those wanting to create more effective camouflage gear. Leading fashionistas are also showing interest in fabrics that alter their designs as the model moves.

The festival, which takes place at venues across Henley-on-Thames from October 2-8, features more than 160 talks, workshops and performances for both adults and children.

Evelyn Shillington's diaries tell of how she heard guns echoing across the Channel from France during Dunkirk. She also explains how the war affected her marriage in the memoirs.

Mountain climber Tommy Caldwell has taken part in physical sport since infancy. He was able to turn it into a career by securing corporate sponsorship and remaining disciplined.