John Davies and Alexander J.Kent reveal how The Soviets were able to ensure the Russians knew more about Britain (pictured right) than the average British citizen. In their new book the authors uncover how the Russians used a combination of satellite imagery, cameras and people on the ground to plot detailed maps of Britain throughout the Cold War. Up to 2 million maps were made of the West and kept under armed guard in a series of controlled vaults.
Jeff Koons's Balloon Dog (pictured left and right) sold for $58.4 million (£42 million), which is the same as the American budget to develop the Ebola vaccine. Don Thompson unveils the great lengths sellers will go to get art into the hands of the super-rich, and the reasons affluent individuals buy art only to lock them away in climate-controlled foreign duty free warehouses. There are 1.2 million artworks concealed in Geneva alone.
Mutinous Mary's miracle on the high seas: After Captain Bligh survived one of history's most perilous voyages, a Cornish woman transported Down Under was inspired to do the same
Diana Preston reveals the parallels between Captain Bligh and Mary Bryant on the HMS Bounty (pictured) in new book 'Paradise In Chains: The Bounty Mutiny And The Founding Of Australia' (pictured inset). Captain Bligh and eighteen men who were loyal to him were ordered of the boat and left to the mercies of the sea whilst on a voyage to Tahiti. The compelling tale has also previously been explored in various Hollywood movies.
A story as gripping as Frankenstein and almost as monstrous: Horror writer Mary Shelley eloped at 16 and endured disgrace, debt, her poet husband Percy's affairs and the deaths of three children
Author Mary Shelley (pictured left) wrote the famous Gothic novel Frankenstein (pictured right) exactly 200 years ago. Fiona Sampson uncovers the defining moments in Mary Shelley's life including the inspiration behind the story in a new biography. She also shares the tragedy, struggles and unimaginable sadness Mary experiences throughout her life.