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Resistance (DVD): Michael Sheen, Stanislav Ianevski, Iwan Rheon, Andrea Riseborough, Kimberley Nixon, Sharon Morgan, Alexander... Resistance (DVD)
Michael Sheen, Stanislav Ianevski, Iwan Rheon, Andrea Riseborough, Kimberley Nixon, … 2
R49 Discovery Miles 490 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

Amit Gupta directs this adaptation of Owen Sheers' debut novel starring Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. It's 1944 and D-Day has failed. The United Kingdom is now under Nazi occupation. In the remote Welsh village of Olchon, farmer's wife Sarah Lewis (Riseborough) wakes up one morning to find her husband has mysteriously disappeared along with all the other men in the village. Then, as they wait for news, a German patrol arrives in their valley on an undisclosed mission. During the harsh winter that follows, the two groups are forced to pull together to survive the last days of the war. Cut off from the conflict around them, both the villagers and the Nazis find the lines between collaboration, duty, occupation and survival becoming less defined as time goes on...

The Napoleonic Wars (Hardcover): Richard Holmes The Napoleonic Wars (Hardcover)
Richard Holmes
R555 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R117 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Published to mark the 250th anniversary of Napoleon's birth. Holmes relives Napoleon's life and times in this extraordinary period by examining letters, military maps, reports, proclamations, ship's logs and coded messages, which were previously filed away or exhibited in archives in Europe. Napoleon was a charismatic and astute military leader who built an empire in a series of astounding campaigns from 1796 to 1812, in which he won many of the most famous battles of all time - the Pyramids, Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Wagram and Borodino. At the height of his powers he had transformed France's administrative, educational and legal systems, and most of the continent of Europe was under his control, from Portugal to Moscow. He was eventually brought down by the combined forces of many nations, but his influence on the times was so great that he has come to define a period in history.

The Napoleonic Wars (Paperback, With flaps): Richard Holmes The Napoleonic Wars (Paperback, With flaps)
Richard Holmes 1
R261 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R110 (42%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This outstandingly vivid and accessible book, written by one of Britain's leading historians, provides the essential overview of Napoleon's career. Beginning in revolutionary France with a brilliant young Lieutenant who still styled himself Napoleone di Buonaparte, Holmes examines every facet of his subject's military career: his astonishing victories at the Battle of the Pyramids, Marengo, Jena and Austerlitz, through to defeat and exile under the immense weight of the great powers who were determined to stop the man who would be emperor of Europe.

The Age of Wonder - How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (Paperback, Epub Edition): Richard... The Age of Wonder - How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Richard Holmes 1
R373 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R100 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, Richard Holmes's dazzling portrait of the age of great scientific discovery is a groundbreaking achievement. The book opens with Joseph Banks, botanist on Captain Cook's first Endeavour voyage, who stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769 fully expecting to have located Paradise. Back in Britain, the same Romantic revolution that had inspired Banks was spurring other great thinkers on to their own voyages of artistic and scientific discovery - astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical - that together made up the `age of wonder'. In this breathtaking group biography, Richard Holmes tells the stories of the period's celebrated innovators and their great scientific discoveries: from telescopic sight to the miner's lamp, and from the first balloon flight to African exploration.

Waking Ned (DVD): Ian Bannen, Susan Lynch, David Kelly, James Nesbitt, Robert Hickey, Maura O'Malley, Dermot Kerrigan,... Waking Ned (DVD)
Ian Bannen, Susan Lynch, David Kelly, James Nesbitt, Robert Hickey, … 1
R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Ned Devine dies of shock after he discovers he has won the lottery, his life-long friends Michael (David Kelly) and Jackie (Ian Bannen) find the winning ticket and decide that their old mate would have wanted them to collect the money. They deduce that one of them must pass himself off as Ned. But they must convince the rest of the town to go along with their scheme, and they will need all the help that they can get in order to dupe the authorities into parting with the cash.

D-Day Remembered - From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris (Hardcover): Richard Holmes, Imperial War Museum D-Day Remembered - From the Invasion to the Liberation of Paris (Hardcover)
Richard Holmes, Imperial War Museum
R665 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R147 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history, took place on 6 June 1944. The subsequent battle of Normandy involved over a million men, and helped seal the fate of The Third Reich. This is a graphic account of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, as well as the campaign which effectively destroyed the German forces in France, opening the way for the Allied advance. Including a wealth of superb photographs and maps, the book also contains 30 facsimile items of rare memorabilia, including diaries, letters and memos, bringing this 'Day of Days' dramatically to life.

This Long Pursuit - Reflections of a Romantic Biographer (Paperback): Richard Holmes This Long Pursuit - Reflections of a Romantic Biographer (Paperback)
Richard Holmes 1
R284 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`A masterly performance by the greatest literary biographer of his generation' Oldie In this kaleidoscope of stories spanning art, science and poetry, award-winning writer Richard Holmes travels across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to this pursuit is a powerful evocation of the lives of women both scientific and literary, some well-known and others almost lost: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Somerville, Germaine de Stael, Mary Wollstonecraft and Zelide. He investigates the love-stunned John Keats, the waterlogged Percy Bysshe Shelley, the chocolate-box painter Thomas Lawrence, the opium-soaked genius Coleridge, and the mad-visionary bard William Blake. The diversity of Holmes's material is testimony to his empathy, erudition and at times his mischievous streak. This is his most personal and seductive writing yet.

Marlborough - Britain'S Greatest General (Paperback): Richard Holmes Marlborough - Britain'S Greatest General (Paperback)
Richard Holmes 1
R429 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R117 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bestselling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and Britain's finest soldier, who rose from genteel poverty to lead his country to glory, cementing its position as a major player on the European stage and saviour of the Holy Roman Empire. John Churchill is, by any reasonable analysis, Britain's greatest-ever soldier. He mastered strategy, tactics and logistics. His big four battles, Blenheim (which saved the Holy Roman Empire), Ramilies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet were events at the very centre of the European stage. He captured Lille, France's second city, overran Bavaria and beat a succession of French marshals so badly that one, the squat and energetic Bofflers, was rewarded by Louis XIV for only losing moderately. A coalition manager long before the phrase was invented, he commanded a huge polyglot army with centrifugal political tendencies and bending it to his will by sheer force of personality. Yet John Churchill was also deeply controversial. He accepted a pension from one of Charles II's mistresses for services vigorously rendered. He owed his rise and his peerage to James II yet, determined to be on the winning side, he deserted him in his hour of need in 1688. He maintained regular correspondence with the Jacobites while serving William and Mary and with the French while fighting Louis XIV. He made money on a prodigious scale, but was notoriously tight-fisted, long regretting an annuity given to a secretary whose quick-wittedness saved him from capture. But in the age when commissions were bought and sold, and commanders often owed their position to the hue of their blood, he never lost his soldier's confidence.

IWM D-Day Experience (K) (Hardcover, Rev Ed): Richard Holmes IWM D-Day Experience (K) (Hardcover, Rev Ed)
Richard Holmes; Contributions by Imperial War Museum (Great Britain)
R584 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R199 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history, took place on 6 June 1944. The subsequent battle of Normandy involved over a million men, and helped seal the fate of The Third Reich. This is a graphic account of the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, as well as the campaign which effectively destroyed the German forces in France, opening the way for the Allied advance. Including a wealth of superb photographs and maps, the book also contains 10 facsimile items of rare memorabilia, including diaries, letters and memos. This title includes top-secret hand-drawn map showing the minute-by-minute position on the way in to the drop zone just west of Ste-Mere-Eglise for elements of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. This is an extract from the pocket diary of Sergeant G.E. Hughes, then a corporal, landed with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment at Arromanches.

Shelley - The Pursuit (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Holmes Shelley - The Pursuit (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Holmes
R496 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fantastic reissue of Richard Holmes' epic biography of this most enigmatic and intriguing of the Romantic poets. This is simply one of the greatest biographical achievements of recent years. Shelley, the most neglected of all the great Romantic poets, was born in Sussex in 1792 and died in Tuscany in 1822, a brief life packed with love affairs, alarums and excursions. Holmes's book offers a serious and critical reappraisal of Shelley as a man and a writer; all his prose and poetry is carefully re-examined, his sense of spiritual and geographical isolation brilliantly described and a detailed portrait of his macabre imaginative life slowly assembled. Shelley's intense friendships with some of the most remarkable figures of his age fill Holmes's pages with a vivid parorama of revolutionary idealism and recklessness. To this is added the private story of Shelley's tortuous romantic liaisons, complications which affected both the peculiar tenor of his daily life and the remotest conceptions of his poetry. This is a stunning, entrancing biography of a fascinating subject, and a timely reissue of an absolutely seminal work.

Gilchrist on Blake - The Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist (Paperback): Richard Holmes Gilchrist on Blake - The Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist (Paperback)
Richard Holmes; Originally written by Alexander Gilchrist
R345 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R92 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

LIVES THAT NEVER GROW OLD Part of a radical new series - edited by Richard Holmes - that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Gilchrist's `The Life of William Blake' is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive. This was the first biography of William Blake ever written, at a time when the great visionary poet and painter was generally forgotten, ridiculed or dismissed as insane. Wonderfully vivid and outspoken (one chapter is entitled `Mad or Not Mad'), it was based on revealing interviews with many of Blake's surviving friends. Blake conversed with spirits, saw angels in trees, and sunbathed naked with his wife `like Adam and Eve'. Gilchrist adds detailed descriptions of Blake's beliefs and working methods, an account of his trial for high treason and fascinating evocations of the places in London, Kent and Sussex where he lived. The book ultimately transformed and enhanced Blake's reputation.

Coleridge - Early Visions (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Holmes Coleridge - Early Visions (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Holmes
R367 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets. 'Coleridge: Early Visions' is the first part of Holmes's classic biography of Coleridge that forever transformed our view of the poet of 'Kubla Khan' and his place in the Romantic Movement. Dismissed by much recent scholarship as an opium addict, plagiarist, political apostate and mystic charlatan, Richard Holmes's Coleridge leaps out of the page as a brilliant, animated and endlessly provoking figure who invades the imagination. This is an act of biographical recreation which brings back to life Coleridge's poetry and encyclopaedic thought, his creative energy and physical presence. He is vivid and unexpected. Holmes draws the reader into the labyrinthine complications of his subject's personality and literary power, and faces us with profound questions about the nature of creativity, the relations between sexuality and friendship, and the shifting grounds of political and religious belief.

Beyond the Border (Swedish, DVD): André Sjöberg, Bjorn Sundquist, Antti Reini, Marie Robertson, Robert Follin, Jens Hultén,... Beyond the Border (Swedish, DVD)
André Sjöberg, Bjorn Sundquist, Antti Reini, Marie Robertson, Robert Follin, … 1
R40 Discovery Miles 400 Ships in 20 - 25 working days

WWII action drama about the rescue of two missing Swedish soldiers in Nazi-occupied Norway. In December 1942, prior to the invasion of their country by the German army, two Swedish soldiers manning a roadblock in the densely wooded border area leave their post to catch a glimpse of the potential enemy. Events, however, quickly take a turn for the worse, and the soldiers soon find themselves lost on the wrong side of the border. After Lieutenant Aron Stenström (André Sjöberg) discovers that one of the missing soldiers is his brother, he quickly gathers together an elite rescue team and sets out into the snowbound forests in a race against time to find the soldiers before the Germans do.

Redcoat - The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Holmes Redcoat - The British Soldier in the Age of Horse and Musket (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Holmes 2
R371 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R101 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Redcoat is the story of the British soldier from the Seven Year War through to the Mutiny and the Crimea. It is consistently entertaining, full of brilliantly chosen anecdotes, and rattles along at a good light infantry pace."
DAVID CRANE, 'Spectator' Books of the Year

"It would be hard to exaggerate the excellence of this book. It is vivid, comprehensive, well written, pacy, colourful, and above all, highly informative. The author has a command of his subject of Wellingtonian proportions, and his enthusiasm communicates itself to the reader on every page."
SIMON HEFFER, 'Literary Review'

"A wonderful book, full of anecdote and good sense. Anyone who has enjoyed a Sharpe story will love it."
BERNARD CORNWELL, 'Daily Mail'

"All the best-known soldier writers are discussed here, and their anecdotes are told with enthusiasm and aplomb…This is an army from another world, and 'Redcoat' is a splendidly entertaining, moving and informative description of its strengths and foibles."
HEW STRACHAN, 'Daily Telegraph'

"Beautifully written, 'Redcoat' is a vivid account of squalor and suffering almost beyond belief, for the men, their wives and camp followers, and their horses. One of the best chapters is a description of barrack-room life that will turn a few stomachs in this more fastidious age."
JOHN CANNON, 'Times Literary Supplement'

Dr Johnson and Mr Savage (Paperback, New ed): Richard Holmes Dr Johnson and Mr Savage (Paperback, New ed)
Richard Holmes
R236 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R32 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A classic reissue of Richard Holmes's brilliant book on Samuel Johnson's friendship with the poet Richard Savage, which won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography. Dr Johnson & Mr Savage is the story of a mysterious eighteenth-century friendship. Richard Savage was a poet, playwright and convicted murderer who roamed through the brothels and society salons of Augustan England creating a legend of poetic injustice. Strangest of all his achievements was the friendship he inspired in Samuel Johnson, then a young, unknown schoolmaster just arrived in London to seek his literary fortune. This puzzling intimacy helped to form Johnson's experience of the world and human passions, and led to his masterpiece The Life of Richard Savage, which revolutionized the art of biography and virtually invented the idea of the poet as a romantic, outcast figure. Richard Holmes gradually reconstructs this alliance, throwing suprising new light on the character of Dr Johnson. This extraordinary book also questions the very nature of life-writing and exposes the conflicts between friendship, truth and advocacy which the modern form has inherited.

Defence Management in Uncertain Times (Hardcover): Richard Holmes, Teri McConville Defence Management in Uncertain Times (Hardcover)
Richard Holmes, Teri McConville
R3,330 Discovery Miles 33 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Defence managers, like their counterparts in both the public and private sector need to learn to cope with change and the resulting uncertainty. This is no easy task for uncertain situations meaning that there are no sure answers or solutions. This volume represents the attempts of its contributors, military and academic, to assist in the process. To some extent uncertainty is nothing new, indeed it may be the only certainty in an era of rapid social change, increasing economic pressures. The end of the Cold War, a rise in global terrorism and rapid developments in informatics have accelerated the pace of change. Tried and trusted techniques that served well in the past are no longer appropriate in an era where defence services must be ready to challenge unknown adversaries, accept a range of responsibilities in operations other than war, and where even fundamental social values are being changed and challenged. This volume maintains a practical focus by offering contributions from serving officers as well as academics. Subjects covered range from the broad context of international affairs since 11 September 2001, to the finer detail of maintaining a proper work-life balance for se

Fighting for the Fatherland - The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (Paperback): David Stone Fighting for the Fatherland - The Story of the German Soldier from 1648 to the Present Day (Paperback)
David Stone; Foreword by Richard Holmes
R501 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Fighting for the Fatherland" traces and analyzes three and a half centuries of the evolution of the German fighting man and the armies in which he served. It sets his patriotism against his cultural background and against the ever-changing national imperatives of his time.The German soldier's cultural legacy encompasses the romanticized Teutonic legends of Germanic mythology. The more immediate and pragmatic imperatives of Brandenburg's and Prussia's national survival during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reinforced the Germans' emerging awareness of their wider national identity, precipitating the heady brew of spectacular military victories and imperialist aspirations that dominated the following century. But then came the humiliating Versailles Treaty and the pervasive lure of National Socialism, a perverse path that left Germany divided in 1945 after a world war that saw both the zenith and nadir of the German soldier's fortunes. Finally, yet another culture, with its very different priorities, today underwrites the post-Cold War Bundeswehr of a reunified Germany. David Stone explores the true nature of the German soldier-his motivation, his preparation for war, his conduct in battle-and those aspects of his training, organization, leadership, and lifestyle that reveal why this fighter for his fatherland has proven so formidable and has had such a pronounced impact upon European and world history during the past 350 years. With a foreword by Richard Holmes.

Footsteps (Paperback, New ed): Richard Holmes Footsteps (Paperback, New ed)
Richard Holmes 1
R300 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R73 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Richard Holmes's great work of biographical exploration, published alongside its sister volume `Sidetracks'. In 1985, Richard Holmes published a small book of essays called Footsteps and the writing of biography was changed forever. A daring mix of travel, biographical sleuthing and personal memoir, it broke all the conventions of the genre and remains ons of the most intoxicating, magical works of modern literary exploration ever published. Sleeping rough, he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson's famous journey through the Cevennes. Caught up in the Parisian riots of the 1960s, he dives back in time to the terrors of Wordsworth and of Mary Wollstonecraft marooned in Revolutionary Paris and then into the strange tortured worlds of Gerard de Nerval. Wandering through Italy, he stalks Shelley and his band of Romantic idealists to Casa Magni on the Gulf of Spezia.

Vital Stream (Paperback): Lucy Newlyn Vital Stream (Paperback)
Lucy Newlyn; Preface by Richard Holmes
R362 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R77 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A work of historical fiction, an experiment in life writing and a verse drama designed to be read aloud. Vital Stream takes the form of a long sonnet sequence, revisiting six extraordinary months in 1802 - a threshold year for William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Parted when they were very young, the siblings had eventually set up home together in the Lake District, where they were to remain for the rest of their lives. After two years in Grasmere, William became engaged to Mary Hutchinson. There followed an intense period of re-adjustment for all three, and for his former lover Annette Vallon, who had borne him a daughter he had never met. During 1802 the Wordsworth siblings wrote some of their most beautiful work; these were their last months of living alone, and their writing has an elegiac quality. Their journey to see Annette Vallon and meet William's daughter for the first time took them through London to Calais during the brief Peace of Amiens, involving a careful dissociation from his past. Other complications coloured their lives, to do with Coleridge and his failing marriage. Lucy Newlyn draws all this material into the vital stream of her sequence. with a preface by Richard Holmes PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WORDSWORTH TRUST

Dusty Warriors - Modern Soldiers at War (Paperback, New Ed): Richard Holmes Dusty Warriors - Modern Soldiers at War (Paperback, New Ed)
Richard Holmes 2
R285 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our foremost military historian offers us a compelling and at times terrifying account of what it means to be a contemporary soldier. In this remarkable book, Richard Holmes draws on the testimonies of the 700 soldiers of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment to capture in vivid detail the average soldier's day-to-day experience of war. Embroiled in a conflict often too dangerous for reporters to cover, these soldiers - most of them young, many without any previous experience of warfare - have kept ongoing records of the drudgery, anxiety and horror involved in fighting a violent and increasingly unpopular war against a ruthless and resourceful enemy. All have risked their lives, and many have died. Others have been recognised and awarded for their courage, resourcefulness and gallantry - Private Johnson Beharry recently became the first man to be awarded the Victoria Cross in twenty-three years. With these intimate and revealing glimpses of life in the modern army, Richard Holmes paints a sweeping portrait of a new generation of soldiers - grunts, gallants and heroes - and the sacrifices their decision to fight for their country entails.

Tommy - The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918 (Paperback, New ed): Richard Holmes Tommy - The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918 (Paperback, New ed)
Richard Holmes 2
R491 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first history of World War I to place centre-stage the British soldier who fought in the trenches, this superb and important book tells the story of an epic and terrible war through the letters, diaries and memories of those who fought it.

Of the six million men who served in the British army, nearly one million lost their lives and over two million were wounded. This is the story of these men epitomised by the character of Sgt Tommy Atkins and the women they left behind.

Using previously unseen letters, diaries, memoirs and poetry from the years 1914-1918, Richard Holmes paints a moving picture of the generation that fought and died in the mud of Flanders. He follows men whose mental health was forever destroyed by shell shock, women who lost husbands and brothers in the same afternoon and those who wrote at lunchtime and died before tea.

Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, this book tells the real story of trench warfare, the strength and fallibility of the human spirit, the individuals behind an epic event, and their legacy. It is an emotional and unforgettable masterpiece from one of our most important historians."

Churchill's Bunker - The Secret Headquarters at the Heart of Britain's Victory (Paperback, Main): Richard Holmes Churchill's Bunker - The Secret Headquarters at the Heart of Britain's Victory (Paperback, Main)
Richard Holmes 2
R281 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R60 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'This is the room from which I will direct the war,' Churchill declared, shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 1940. It was from these cramped confines that Churchill turned a seemingly inevitable defeat at the hands of the Nazis into a famous victory. Built in 1938 as a temporary refuge in case of air raid attack, this secret bunker became a second home to Churchill - and to large numbers of military personnel and civil servants whose work until now has been largely unsung. Drawing on a fascinating range of original material, including newly available first-hand accounts of the people who lived there, Holmes reveals how and why the bunker and its war machine developed; how the inhabitants' lives were transformed; and how their work led to victory. Elegant and illuminating, Churchill's Bunker is a unique exploration of one of the most important sites in British history.

The Complete War Walks (Paperback): Richard Holmes The Complete War Walks (Paperback)
Richard Holmes 2
R518 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R90 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This one-volume edition comprises both Richard Holmes' well-loved War Walks and War Walks 2. Dates such as 1066 and names such as Dunkirk often strike a chord of nostalgia, but the details of the historic events associated with them are forgotten. In The Complete War Walks Richard Holmes takes us on fascinating journey through time to visit twelve battlefields throughout Britain, Northern France and Belgium that mark crucial moments in Britain's bloody and turbulent history. From Hastings to Dunkirk, Agincourt to The Somme, Richard vividly recreates the atmosphere of these key battles in our history. With his expert knowledge of weapons and warfare and using specially commissioned maps, Richard Holmes provides a brilliantly clear picture of the events which led up to each battle, the conflicts themselves, and the people who fought them. Using practical 'views of the field', he travels the battlefields as they exist today, pointing out their places of interest, paying tribute to the men who fought there, and bringing history to life. This book focuses on a selection of battles, six fought in Britain - or, in one case, on a struggle that straddled the Channel. A further six are set in a few hundred square miles of northern France and southern Belgium, a space so confined that a single day's drive could take us across all our battlefields. Choosing the battles from a long list of potential candidates was far from easy, but a certain logic prevails. Battles that had far-reaching consequences, historically and politically, were brought to the forefront of the possible choices. In some cases, because of a battle's importance, it entered part of an enduring mythology that demands attention. There were other obvious considerations that favoured certain battles over others: battles that were particularly decisive, or ones that were well documented, or have battlefields that remain striking today. I shied away from some battles that had already been described so well in print or on film, that I felt there was nothing new to add. In the twentieth-century France: Hastings, Agincourt, Bosworth, Naseby, The Boyne, Waterloo, Mons and Le Cateau, the Somme, Arras, Dunkirk, the Blitz and Operation Goodwood.

Jadoo (DVD): Tom Mison, Amara Karan, Adeel Akhtar, Ray Panthaki, Madhur Jaffrey, Paul Bazely, Harish Patel, Kulvinder Ghir,... Jadoo (DVD)
Tom Mison, Amara Karan, Adeel Akhtar, Ray Panthaki, Madhur Jaffrey, … 1
R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A daughter tries to reunite her warring family in this food-centred comedy set in Leicester's 'Little India'. After falling out in spectacular fashion, brothers Raja (Harish Patel) and Jagi (Kulvinder Ghir), who both happen to be chefs, decide to divide up the family recipe book and open rival restaurants across the street from one another. With one brother concentrating on starters and the other on main courses, the rivalry continues unabated for the next 20 years. But when Raja's daughter Shalini (Amara Karan) decides to plan her wedding to fiancé Mark (Tom Mison), she sees it as an ideal opportunity for her father and uncle to finally bury the hatchet by having them both cook on her big day.

Resistance (Blu-ray disc): Michael Sheen, Stanislav Ianevski, Iwan Rheon, Andrea Riseborough, Kimberley Nixon, Sharon Morgan,... Resistance (Blu-ray disc)
Michael Sheen, Stanislav Ianevski, Iwan Rheon, Andrea Riseborough, Kimberley Nixon, … 1
R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Amit Gupta directs this adaptation of Owen Sheers' debut novel starring Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen. It's 1944 and D-Day has failed. The United Kingdom is now under Nazi occupation. In the remote Welsh village of Olchon, farmer's wife Sarah Lewis (Riseborough) wakes up one morning to find her husband has mysteriously disappeared along with all the other men in the village. Then, as they wait for news, a German patrol arrives in their valley on an undisclosed mission. During the harsh winter that follows, the two groups are forced to pull together to survive the last days of the war. Cut off from the conflict around them, both the villagers and the Nazis find the lines between collaboration, duty, occupation and survival becoming less defined as time goes on...

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