Thursday, 24 July 2014

EBOOK - The Rise of UKIP

Written by a key insider and UKIP activist, this book takes a look at the rise of this ground breaking political party that threatens to overthrow the conventional face of British Politics.
This book covers both the history of UKIP from its birth amid the turbulent Parliamentary debates over the Maastricht Treaty in the 1990s and an analysis of the party’s current mass appeal.
In 1997, four years after forming the United Kingdom Independence Party, Alan Sked resigned as it’s Party leader claiming that they were “doomed to remain on the political fringes.” Having been formed to focus national opposition to the Maastricht Treaty, UKIP had failed to make any real impression in it’s first standing at a General Election
Two years later, at the European Elections of 1999, UKIP produced three MEPs. One of whom, a Mr Nigel Farage, would go on to lead a Party which has risen to unanticipated heights over the course of the last 12 months.
2012 became the year when UKIP grew to become the third most supported Political Party in Britain. In 2013 UKIP came close to capturing its first parliamentary seat in a by-election and topped the opinion polls for the first time. As the European elections of 2014 loom this book seeks to answer the questions about UKIP being asked by voters, pundits and politicians alike.

Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Before the Rise
Chapter 2 - The Reasons for the Rise
Chapter 3 - The Rise Begins
Chapter 4 - 2012 – A Year of Promise
Chapter 5 - The By-Election Surge
Chapter 6 - 2013 Trouble in the Tory shires
Chapter 7 - Polling Third, Coming First?
Conclusions
Acknowledgements


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – THE WAITING

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – THE WAITING

For Sam the next few days dragged slowly by and there was little Ben could do to help him, except to make sure he was up, dressed, had breakfast, got to school on time and paid attention in class.
Ben could always tell when Sam’s mind drifted away from a lesson in class to begin to worry about what might happen at the flat on Saturday. When that happened he would give Sam a nudge and whisper very quietly, “Pay attention Sam.”
It was very different for Alice and Jack. Jack had to go into Islington in North London on Monday to visit the dodgy car dealer at Water’s Autos to make sure he would be well out of the way before Jack told Sir John that his car had not been destroyed.
That did not take long. Jack soon found Water’s Autos and started to look at the second hand cars, and it was not very many moments before the dealer, John Waters, was at his side.
“Looking for anything special?” he asked.
“Well yes,” replied Jack. “How about a silver 2009 BMW with a bit of damage on the nearside? One that used to be owned by International Grain Transport and Trading...?”
Waters, the car dealer, looked around as if to make sure no one was in earshot before turning back to Jack.
“No, I ain’t – nothing like that...” but Jack cut him short.
“But Sir John thinks you have. That’s why I’m asking you. He thinks you didn’t burn it and get it crushed for scrap. He thinks you might try to blackmail him. And I think he will be coming to see you – or perhaps he might send one of his friends to see you ...”
By now Waters was white with anger and fear.
“What the Hell has any of that got to do with you – and anyway, who the Hell are you?”
Jack smiled. “Just call me Jack. I could be your friend and I’ve got some friendly advice for you. Don’t contact Sir John. That would be very dangerous for you. I know all about the car and about Sir John. And I know quite a lot about you, but I don’t want anything unpleasant to happen to you – or your girl friend. So I’ve brought you both a present.”
Jack pulled out an envelope from his pocket, opened it and gave the contents to Waters.
“Here are two tickets for the Eurostar to Paris and a booking for a nice room at The Metropole Hotel for a week. It’s all arranged and paid for. The train leaves at nine o’clock tonight. So just get packed and get out of town or something really nasty might happen to you. Don’t muck me about. Some of my friends will be watching you. Do a runner while you’ve still got a whole skin. It will be safe for you to come back in a week’s time. Until then, all the best. Cheerio.”
And before Waters could say a word, Jack was gone.

from "Ben's Story" by Norman Tebbit
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NEW EBOOK - The Battle of Pavia

A book dedicated to the Battle of Pavia that decided the fate of Italy for over two centuries.

The Battle of Pavia, fought on the morning of 24 February 1525, was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521–26.

The battle also marked the death of Richard de la Pole, nephew of King Richard III of England and the last Yorkist pretender to the English throne. This battle fought in Italy therefore marked the true end to the Wars of the Roses.

A Spanish-Imperial army under the nominal command of Charles de Lannoy (and working in conjunction with the garrison of Pavia, commanded by Antonio de Leyva) attacked the French army under the personal command of Francis I of France in the great hunting preserve of Mirabello outside the city walls. In the four-hour battle, the French army was split and defeated in detail. The French suffered massive casualties, including many of the chief nobles of France; Francis himself, captured by the Spanish troops, was imprisoned by Charles V and forced to sign the humiliating Treaty of Madrid, surrendering significant territory to his captor. The outcome of the battle cemented Spanish Habsburg ascendancy in Italy.

Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 The de la Poles – from France to Suffolk and back?
Chapter 2 The Renaissance
Chapter 3 The Italian Wars
Chapter 4 The Commanders
Chapter 5 The Warriors
Chapter 6 The Invasion
Chapter 7 The Battle
Chapter 8 After the Battle
Postscript: Who was Marguerite?


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

CHAPTER ONE – STOKE MANDEVILLE HOSPITAL

CHAPTER ONE – STOKE MANDEVILLE HOSPITAL

The boy lay awake in his hospital bed in the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville. It is never quite dark in hospital wards and he could see the humps in the beds where other patients were sleeping, and the clock on his bedside locker.  It was still only 3 am. Time always dragged in the hospital, especially at night.
Before long it would be different. After six months Sam knew he would soon be going home again – but nothing at home would be the same. He was not the same. He would never walk again. Nor would he ever see his father again. His father was dead. His life – everything – had all changed in those moments when the car swerved off the road, down the bank and hit the tree. And now nothing could ever change things back again. What had happened had happened. That was that. Sam could not remember much about the crash, until he found himself in the hospital bed with tubes in his mouth and nose and bottles of blood hanging on frames over his head. It had been a terrible nightmare of people shouting, blue lights flashing, stretchers, fire engines, the ambulance men lifting him out of the wrecked car. He remembered asking, “Where’s my father? What happened to him?” but no-one had told him then that his father was dead.
It had been bad enough when his mother and father had parted. He worked very late and sometimes he was away for days at a time. She said he was never at home. He said that was what it was like if you wanted to be a top crime reporter on TV. Then one day his mother took Sam and his sister and they left to live in George’s house a couple of miles away. Sam’s mother thought he was great, but Sam and his sister were not so sure. Being a teacher was bad enough, but he was well, just boring and their father had been well, not always there, but when he was, anything but boring. He was fun.
Now it would be far worse. Sam’s father would never again be there to take them out to fun things like films and concerts and football, or even museums.
On the night of the crash he had taken Sam into London to see a film – a real thriller about how gangs smuggled drugs and sold them – even in schools like his.
“Stop it” said Sam to himself before he could begin to cry. “I can’t change what has happened. But I can change what might happen next”. That is what Mr Shah, the chief surgeon at the Spinal Injuries Unit, had told him on his first day in hospital. Perhaps Shah was a bit like his father. He could not spend much time at home either. He was always at the hospital working. As if in answer to his thoughts, Sam heard Shah’s footsteps. He always wore proper shoes, not trainers and the heels clicked on the hard ward floor in the quiet of the night. Sam turned and lifted his head to watch him and Shah stopped beside his bed.
“What are you doing here in the middle of the night?”
“What are you doing laying awake in the middle of the night?” they asked each other.




from "Ben's Story" by Norman Tebbit
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

REPRINT - The Battle of Chesterfield 1266 (Bretwalda Battles)

REPRINT - The Battle of Chesterfield 1266 (Bretwalda Battles)

Sales of this book have been so high that we have had to reprint:

A book dedicated to the Battle of Chesterfield that ended the Baronial Wars of King Henry III against Simon de Montfort.
After Simon de Montfort’s death at the Battle of Evesham in 1265, his supporters rallied in Derbyshire. Sending messages to other reformers to rally to their cause the rebels were expecting help from the King of France, but it was Prince Edward (later King EdwardI) who got there first with a royal army. The resulting battle began in the fields south of the town, but moved into the streets of the town and ended in the churchyard where the last rebels surrendered.
This book follows the standard pattern set by others in the Bretwalda Battles series. The reasons for and course of the war in question are outlined, then detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies are given with particular reference to this battle. The course of the battleis then followed, with comment on what there is to see at the site today. Short biographies of the commanders are also given. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.

Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 The March to Chesterfield
Chapter 2 Leaders at Chesterfield
Chapter 3 Men, Weapons and Tactics
Chapter 4 The Battle of Chesterfield
Chapter 5 Aftermath

About the Author

Rupert Matthews has written over 180 books, mostly on history or military subjects for a wide variety of publishers. He has made a particular study of English battlefields, having walked across dozens of them, handled replica weapons and studied dozens of contemporary accounts.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

CHAPTER SEVEN – SAM GOES TO CANINE PARTNERS




It only took Jean a day to arrange the ‘phone call for Clive to talk to Sam.
“Sam,” he said. “I think I’ve found the right dog for you. He hasn’t finished his training yet – but I don’t think that will take long. I’ve known a lot of dogs, but he is the cleverest dog I’ve ever known. I would really like to keep him, but if he decides he would like to be your partner – then he’s yours.”
Sam hardly knew what to say.
“Mr Baker, that’s wonderful – but I’ll have to talk to my mother – and my stepfather – and there’s school and ... and ... and ...  But when can I come to see him?”
“Pretty well when you like,” Clive replied. “Look, why don’t you talk it over with your family and decide when you would like to come here? I’ll send you some forms and a map of where to find us and all that. Is that okay?”
Sam hardly had time to say, “Yes, and thank you,” before Clive Baker put the ‘phone down and looked round at Ben who had been sitting looking at him.
“Ben,” he said. “It’s time you started work for a new master”.
It was George who drove Sam to meet Clive Baker and Ben at Canine Partners. They talked very little. Although Sam had come to realise that George was something of a friend and a lot more understanding than his own mother, he was still the man who had ousted his own father, and so in Sam’s mind he was partly responsible for his death. For his part, George respected Sam’s feelings and tried not to intrude, but eventually as they approached Midhurst, he broke the silence.
“Sam – what do you expect the dog to do?”
There was a long pause. “I don’t think I know. Mr Shah said he would be my friend, whatever happened, and my helper – yes – I remember he said even my bodyguard. Sometimes, George, I could do with that. Some people think that because I can’t use my legs, I can’t use my brain and they try it on. Perhaps they wouldn’t if I had a dog.”
George nodded as he overtook a slower car, then turned again to the boy.
“I’ve talked to your mother and you know she wasn’t keen about you having a dog.”
Sam began to speak, but George cut him short. “No – it’s alright – she’s changed her mind – but it will be up to you to make sure he doesn’t cause any problems. If he’s yours, you will be responsible for him – whatever he does – but I’ll always help if I can.”
Not for the first time since he had come home from hospital Sam felt grateful to George. His “Thank you,” was sincere.

from "Ben's Story" by Norman Tebbit


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The Sassenach's Escape Manual: A (Mostly) Impartial Guide to Scottish Identity & Independence [Kindle Edition]

The Sassenach's Escape Manual: A (Mostly) Impartial Guide to Scottish Identity & Independence [Kindle Edition]

So, you’re trying to explain to a Sassenach the issues around Scottish Independence and Devolution. Or you’re an
Englishman stuck in a pub in Glasgow faced by irate locals.
Will Scotland remain a member of the EU? What currency will you spend in Scottish shops? What will happen to cross border trade between England and Scotland? What if the Shetlands want to rejoin Norway? And just how will the Loch Ness Monster survive (if she exists)?
This wee tome gives the answers in a lively and easy to understand fashion while drawing on Scottish history and tradition. A joint venture between a Sassenach, seeking to understand, a Highlander keen to explain and a Glaswegian who sees both sides, this book explains in wry terms the issues confronting Scotland today.

The politicians and pundits are obsessed on the debate about where Scotland fits into the national jigsaw called the United Kingdom - and on Scotland’s place in the world. But far too often the debate is couched in jargon or assumes the reader knows the background to issues that can be complex, involved and demand specialist knowledge.
And if Scotland does vote for independence the reverberations will be felt not only across Britain, but also across the EU and the world. It is time people woke up to the potential problems, opportunities and pitfalls. 

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