Mary Wesley’s affair with a married man is laid bare

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.

John Virgo's 'Say Goodnight, JV: My Autobiography' is full of hilarious antidotes taken from his life. Once in the grip of a serious gambling problem, he over came his demons

Damien Lewis diaries one of the most daring undercover operations of World War 2 in new book. He shares the story of Captain Henry Buck who recruited a number of men to go behind enemy lines.

Frank Paul's latest book contends with the toughest pub quiz's of all time. He collates questions asked at The Mill pub in Cambridge whilst cryptically linking the answers in each round

BBC Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair shares funny stories in his new book A Good Face For Radio. He talks about the time that a pair of socks were discovered in one of the fridges at the BBC.

How to protect your family, SAS-style 

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.

Translated from Welsh as the 'corpse bird', author John Lewis-Stempel uncovers the cultural fascination and curiosity surrounding owls which stretches 30,000 years in a new book.

The love letters of Joan Leigh Fermor are shared in a new biography about her life. Her marriage to the travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor began 20 years after they first met in Cairo.

British expert Alexander Langlands believes new methods of manual labour could help sustain natural resources. He encourages readers to connect with their local environment in his new book.

A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth is a new book that takes readers on a journey of drunken antics around the world, looking at different cultures' attitudes towards alcohol.

For a generation of actors, Michael Whitehall was one of the best agents in the business. After his son Jack Whitehall made a name for himself they joined forces for a TV talk show.

Novelist Dame Penelope Lively writes of the joys and health benefits of gardening - especially among the elderly. She believes that gardening allows those of old age to focus on the future.

Miranda Kaufmann reveals that conventional wisdom from history books may have deceived our perception of what it was like to be black in 16th-century England in new book.

Astronaut Scott Kelly's autobiography takes readers through his year in space. From what space smells like, to confusing mouse droppings with chocolate it makes for a great read

Johnnie Astor and Alexandra Campbell share the passion for military Mary, Countess of Minto's son Esmond sought in new biography which shows he was privileged but unspoiled.

Was Freud really just a sex-mad old fraud?

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.

The Pastry War began in 1832 when a small bakery near Mexico City was damaged. The owner, a Frenchman, wrote to French King Louis Philippe calling for action.

Nature writer Patrick Barkham's new book looks at 11 different British islands. The essence of the book is the deep eccentricity of all the people he meets along the way.

Phillip Mann's new book The Dandy At Dusk looks at the rise and fall of dandyism. The pioneer dandy, or 'the father of modern costume', was Beau Brummell, an Old Etonian.

Kate Grenville sparks concerns over the unexpected health risks lurking in everyday fragrances. She discusses if some artificial fragrances can cause cancer in her new book.

Agatha’s secret weapon: revenge by inventing Miss Marple

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).

Rosamund Young reveals the unexpected personalities of farm animals such as cows in her new book. She observes their interactions and the difference a name makes.

Christoph Ribbat shares an insight into the restaurant industry and its workers in his new book, In The Restaurant: Society In Four Courses. Almost every mouthful seems to be a political statement.

The six finalists include three debut authors, including George Saunders, Fiona Mozley and Emily Fridlund. They are up against veterans such as Paul Auster and Ali Smith.

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.

A new academic history book has revealed the tale of how beer managed to shape the world. From being an early sponsor of televised sports to brewing different strengths to appeal to all ages.

Marcus Rediker rescues Benjamin Lay and his forgotten history from obscurity in a new book documenting his quest against slavery during the 1730s. Lay exposed the hypocrisy of the time .