All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded : And the Few We Never Got Round To

Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, we’ve invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171. That’s not far off a massive, jaw-dropping 90 per cent. Not too many Britons know that we invaded Iran in the Second World War with the Soviets.

You can be fairly sure a lot more Iranians do. Or what about the time we arrived with elephants to invade Ethiopia? Every summer, hordes of British tourists now occupy Corfu and the other Ionian islands. Find out how we first invaded them armed with cannon instead of camera and set up the United States of the Ionian Islands.

Think the Philippines have always been outside our zone of influence? Think again. Read the surprising story of our eighteenth-century occupation of Manila and how we demanded a ransom of millions of dollars for the city. This book takes a look at some of the truly awe-inspiring ways our country has been a force, for good and for bad, right across the world.

A lot of people are vaguely aware that a quarter of the globe was once pink, but that’s not even half the story. We’re a stroppy, dynamic, irrepressible nation and this is how we changed the world, often when it didn’t ask to be changed!

The Archers’ Cook Book Collection

Jennifer Aldridge, long-time resident of Ambridge, shares some of her most famous seasonal recipes which have entertained the residents of Home Farm for many years. Picture the seasons in Ambridge with these tantalising recipes, and soak up the feel of the village through its alluring aromas and irresistible treats, From Bert’s Potager’s Pot to Bombe Surprise with Apricot Sauce and Almond Praline, there over 300 tantalising recipes to enjoy in this wonderful edition of the seasonal tours of the kitchens of Ambridge.

The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks

History is a rich, varied and fascinating subject, so it’s rare to find the whole lot in one book…until now. “The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks” pulls it all together, from the world’s earliest civilizations in 3500 BC to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, passing by the likes of Charlemagne, the Ottoman Empire and the Crimean War, to name a few. Here’s your chance to introduce yourself to the full spectrum of world history, and discover just how the modern world came to be.

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

In “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit”, a new tale written by Emma Thompson, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr McGregor’s garden all the way to Scotland. Here he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative, and much entertainment ensues. Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screen writer, is a long time admirer of Beatrix Potter’s tales.

She has a talent for creating engaging narratives with a dry humor similar to Potter’s own and is the perfect choice of author for this new Peter Rabbit tale, to be published 110 years after the original. Emma was inspired to set the tale in Scotland by her knowledge of Beatrix’s childhood holidays there.

moranthology

Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling “How To Be A Woman” was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. “Moranthology” is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned. These other subjects include: Caffeine; Ghostbusters; Being Poor; Twitter; Caravans; Obama; Wales; Marijuana Addiction; Paul McCartney; The Welfare State; Sherlock; David Cameron Looking Like Ham; Amy Winehouse; Elizabeth Taylor’s Eyes; Michael Jackson’s Funeral; ‘The Big Society'; Big Hair; Nutter-letters; Failed Nicknames; Wolverhampton'; Squirrels’ Testicles; Sexy Tax; Binge-drinking; Chivalry; Rihanna’s Cardigan; Boris Johnson – Albino Shag-hound; Party Bags; Hot People; Transsexuals; The Gay Moon Landings; and My Own, Untimely Death.

 

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