Author Henry Hitchings uncovers the life of 18th century man-of-letters Samuel Johnson (pictured left) in a new book (pictured inset). Samuel whose sayings became famous and much quoted made a name for himself by seeking bookish accomplishments. Henry reveals Samuel (pictured right) was busy establishing himself as a literary agent when his wife Tetty, died in 1752. Samuel didn't attend her funeral or visit her grave for more than a year.
How to be as tough as Britain's toughest man: Join the Paras then Special Forces ++ Dive naked on to broken glass ++ Be machine gunned by the Taliban ...and Never lose control
Ant Middleton (pictured) began battling demons of his own from age five, following the sudden death of his father. He documents how he was led to join the Parachute Regiment and military before finding TV fame in a new book (pictured inset). Ant recalls retrieving the body of a soldier who had been blown up in Afghanistan and being shot at himself by Taliban. He is now currently chief instructor on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Royally betrayed! George V told his cousin, the Russian tsar, he was his devoted friend - but abandoned him and his family to be murdered by the Bolsheviks
The British and Russian royal families met several times before the Russian revolution (pictured right). The Imperial Tea Party by Frances Welch (inset) charts the aftermath of the revolution and Britain's actions. Prince Edward (later King Edward VIII), Czar Nicholas II of Russia, his son the Czarewitch Alexei, and The Prince of Wales, (later King George VI) posed for a photo together (left), eight years before the Bolsheviks killed the Tsar and his family.
Are champions born or made? Is it blood, sweat and tears, pushy parents, or simply in the genes? A fascinating new book reveals what it takes to be superhuman
Evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper interviews individuals with extreme mental and physical abilities to understand the importance of genetics in a new book (pictured inset). The Williams sisters (pictured left and Serena right) were given the devotion to become tennis champions from a young age by their father. Hooper argues even the dedication to practice and work hard could be explained genetically. He attempts to define what makes someone truly superhuman.