Mary Wesley shot to fame as a bestselling novelist in 1983 at the late age of 71, some were shocked that a septuagenarian could dare to write colourful sex scenes and have her characters use the F-word. She and married Royal Marine, Eric Siepmann, struck an affair during the war where they wrote erotically charged love letters to each other, these became inspiration for her novels.
How to protect your family, SAS style: Grease your drainpipes, avoid Hawaiian shirts and don't forget the hairspray, a former sergeant says
Former British sergeant Chris Ryan (pictured left and right, during a trek) shares his tips on how to protect yourself in his new book (inset), covering everything from equipping your home to staying safe on holiday. One of his chapters include how to stay safe whilst abroad, in which he says that holidaymakers should always be on high alert for possible terrorist attacks.
Was Sigmund Freud really just a sex-mad old fraud? The founder of psychoanalysis was a money-obsessed cocaine addict who groped women patients and had a genius for self-promotion
In his new book Freud: The Making of an Illusion (inset), American Emeritus Professor Frederick Crews builds a portrait of Freud (pictured right, and left with his wife Martha) as the most vile, medically useless, sex-obsessed creep. Freud went through a phase of doing 'pressure treatment' on women's foreheads and bodies in his darkened consulting room, telling them to remove any tight clothing and then searching their bodies.
Agatha's secret weapon: Devastated by her husband's infidelity, Christie took revenge by inventing Miss Marple, an unlikely but steely sleuth who relished bringing murderers and adulterers to book
In a new book considering the influences behind Agatha Christie's (pictured left) popular character Miss Marple (pictured inset played by Joan Hickson), author Peter Keating reveals how British society and Christie's personal life impacted each story. He argues stories about 'casual love affairs' and unhappy marriages came from the rejection Christie suffered when her first husband Archie began an affair with a younger woman. Keating's biography honors her as a great writer but questions if her work is 'deliberately antiquated'. Whilst her character Miss Marple preserved a solitary status, Agatha Christie went on to enjoy a second marriage with Sir Max Mallowan (pictured together right).