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The Naked Spy by Yevgeny Ivanov. . .

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Yevgeny Ivanov seduced a beautiful teenage girl, and unleashed one of the most spectacular scandals of the twentieth century. Yevgeny was a top Soviet undercover agent. and the girl was Christine Keeler, mistress of Secretary of State for War John Profumo. Now, for the first time, Ivanov, has decided to reveal the full story of the mystery-shrouded debacle which brought down the Conservative Government of Harold Macmillan. His revelations spare no-one, least of all himself. Following the collapse of the USSR Ivanov has only one mission left in life. And that is to tell the world the truth behind one of the most bizarre and dramatic episodes in British political history. After all the cover ups here is the ugly truth at last. Ivanov tells how he set out to ensnare John Profumo. He tells of the blackmail plot against the Royal Family. He explains how he managed to seal defence Secrets from the study of Winston Churchill. His story reads like the most thrilling of spy novels.

Yet every word is true ...

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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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THE SMOKE by Tom Barling...

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A Violent struggle for supremacy in London's Gangland.

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No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs & David Roberts. . . .

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This gripping and triumphant memoir follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time. For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing’s holy grail: to stand atop the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen.

But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest.

As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, “Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”

It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues.

And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. In addition to the raw excitement of Viesturs’s odyssey, No Shortcuts to the Top is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie between climbers.

It is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.

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Flirting with Disaster: Why Accidents Are Rarely Accidental by Marc S. Gerstein, Michael Ellsberg & Daniel Ellsberg. .

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Chernobyl, Katrina, Challenger, BP, Columbia, Vioxx. These were not unavoidable catastrophes, but disasters that could have been prevented, or whose damages could have been mitigated, if only someone had spoken up.  Using case studies ranging from natural disasters and industrial accidents to Enron and the subprime lending crisis, Flirting with Disaster examines the psychological, cultural and institutional impediments to whistle-blowing. What Blink did for intuition and Freakonomics did for microeconomics, does for disasters, showing why they happen and how we can try to stop them before they do.

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Stay Fit for Life: More than 60 Exercises to Restore Your Strength and Future-Proof Your Body by Joshua Kozak. . .

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Future-proof your body and restore strength and mobility to everyday movements with 62 functional exercises, targeted workout routines, and three four-week fitness programs! They say 50 is the new 40, and you can make that a reality with streamlined functional training that is designed specifically for seniors and baby boomers!

Stay Fit for Life empowers you to move with more ease and efficiency when performing functional movements such as bending, twisting, pushing, pulling, and reaching, to make everyday activities such as running, gardening, or playing with grandchildren both easier and more enjoyable.

Unlike traditional resistance training that targets isolated muscle groups, the compound movement exercises in Stay Fit for Life engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, helping people of all fitness levels lead more active, dynamic lives. - Includes over 60 step-by-step exercises to increase strength, improve mobility, and enhance flexibility, all demonstrated with bright, clear photography - Every exercise includes modifications to make it easier or more difficult, including chair and low impact variations - Features three four-week fitness programs designed to match any fitness level - Twenty prescriptive workout routines designed to target specific needs such as lower back strength, posture improvement, aerobic fitness, balance and stability, and more..

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How to Use the Power of Self Hypnosis by Jusuf Hariman. .

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Journal of the Siam Society Volume 104 - 2016

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The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

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Wolf Hadda's life has been a fairytale.

From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams.

A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, abandoned by friends & family, Wolf retreats into silence.

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Double Crossing by Richard Platt. . .

 

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It's 1906 - David O'Connor, newly orphaned and alone in the world, has had to leave his home in Ireland to go and live with his uncle and aunt in America.

His journey to New York and his new life there are tougher than David could ever have imagined, especially when he is harbouring a dark secret which he must take with him to his grave.

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Thailand Fever by Chris Pirazzi - Vitida Vasant. . .

This book Asia books cost 470 baht - our price 180 baht plus 50% trade in for credit when finished with it - also trade in your unwanted books @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop / Book exchange / Cafe / Guesthouse.

You've met the perfect Thai woman.

You're dizzy with joy as her exotic world swirls around you. You've heard so many horror stories, but your heart tells you that she's for real.

You want to understand her mysterious ways, and you wish she could understand yours.

Now, there's help.

Thailand Fever is an astonishing, one-of-a-kind, bilingual expose of the cultural Secrets that are the key to a smooth Thai-Western relationship.

Whether you met in a bar, in a university, or at work, and whether you met last night or decades ago, Thailand Fever covers your issues:

* Trusting Each Other * Sex * It's My Money! * The Parents * The Dowry * Privacy * Independence * Saving Face * Living in "Paradise"

Thailand Fever is the must-have relationship guidebook which lets each of you finally express complex issues by just pointing across the page!

Everything in the book is in both Thai and English on facing pages. Thailand Fever teaches each of you about your loved one's values and culture.

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Crime Beat by Michael Connelly. . .

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Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. Here are reproduced narratives of these articles, from initial accusation along path of prosecution. Divided in three sections: Cops, Killers, and Cases.

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The Ulster Defence Regiment: An Instrument of Peace by Chris Ryder. . .

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This is a journalistic investigation into the Ulster Defence Regiment by a writer who specializes in the politics of Northern Ireland.

The UDR, the newest and now the largest regiment in the British Army, has been on active service, fighting terrorism in the province, for a period already twice as long as both World Wars combined.

The book offers an account of its history, an examination of its present position and an analysis of its future role. The author also wrote "The RUC: A Force Under Fire".

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Bad Men by John Connolly. . .

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Author John Connolly masterfully intertwines mystery, emotion, violence, and the supernatural in this raw and gripping thriller. He has been told the girl's last words, and he feels unaccountably afraid. The dead ones. They were dead, but they had lights. Why do the dead need light? Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known peace. Until now. A gang of four men are descending on Sanctuary, intent on committing a brutal and relentless massacre. All that stands in their way are rookie police officer Sharon Macie and the strange, troubled officer Joe Dupree. But Joe is no ordinary policeman. He knows the island has been steeped in blood once and that it will never again tolerate the shedding of innocent blood. The band of killers who are set to desecrate Sanctuary will unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them. On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose ..

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Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden

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Genghis unites Mongol tribes to cross the Gobi Desert and fight the Chin - gleaming cities, soaring walls, and canals. Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis cunningly crushes each enemy differently, overcoming moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower - until his army calls the Emperor in Yenking to kneel.

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Valor in the Ashes by William W. Johnstone.
 
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A decade has passed since the nuclear nightmare of the Great War that brought America to the brink of destruction. Determined to build a new society, Ben Raines and his rebel army begin an expedition to New York City, the armed citadel of the cannibalistic mutants known as the Night People.
For Raines and his rebels, it is a perilous search and destroy mission that will decide the fate of freedom's cause.

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Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson...

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Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years.

In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

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Up Country by Nelson DeMille. . .

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The last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was return to work for the Army's Criminal Investigative Division, an organization that thanked him for his many years of dedicated service by forcing him into early retirement.

But when his former boss calls in a career's worth of favors, Paul finds himself investigating a murder that took place back in Vietnam thirty years before.

Now, returning to a time and place that still haunts him, Paul is swept up in the battle of his life as he struggles to find justice.

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Backpacking North East India : A Curious Journey by Abhijeet Deshpande. .

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Strikes first blood in its league to present an inspirational account of journeys through North East India and its people, culture and lifestyles.

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The Gropes by Tom Sharpe

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It is one of the more surprising facts about Old England that one can still find families living in the same houses their ancestors built centuries before and on land that has belonged to them since before the Norman Conquest.

The Gropes of Grope Hall are one such family.... A brilliantly funny novel about what happens when the women take charge. The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing ... At the dawn of the new millenium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes. Young Esmond is powerless to escape, and his kidnap sets in motion a stream of farcical events that will have readers laughing out loud. Tom Sharpe's trademark humour abounds in this new novel, marking him out once again as an outstanding and unique British storyteller.

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The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride...

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Some things just won’t stay buried… Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards it’s his job to police his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers—and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…

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A Fine Boy for Killing by Jan Needle..

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Under sealed orders for a long, arduous voyage, Captain Daniel Swift dispenses shipboard law with an iron fist to forge an efficient crew from a ragged group of unwilling, inexperienced - volunteers.

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Fortune's Knave: The Making of William the Conqueror: A Novel by Mary Lide..

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Brings to life the legendary historical figure of William the Conqueror, beginning with his turbulent childhood as the illegitimate son and only heir of the Duke of Normandy.

By the author of Command of the King. When Robert of Normandy dies while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he not only leaves behind the peasant woman Herleve and their illegitimate son William, he leaves his duchy in turmoil.

There are many claimants to Robert's duchy, but the claimants and their allies do not count on Herleve's determination to see her son inherit, or on William's precocious leadership and battle skills.

Not much more than a child, William makes the most of his alliances-with King Henry of France, with Count Baldwin of Flanders, and most significantly of all with the count's beautiful, independent daughter Matilda.

The bargain they strike will have far-reaching consequences for not only Norman but lands beyond.

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The Battle of Kadesh by Christian Jacq,

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The powerful Hittites have declared war on Egypt, and Ramses must do the impossible: seize their impregnable fortress at Kadesh with his ragged army, even as his powerful bodyguard and right-hand man has been arrested, suspected of treason.

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The Beggar King by Oliver Pötzsch. .

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1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit.

When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse she locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman.

Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: there is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.

Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.

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MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett.

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New York City private detective Liu Chiang-shin, known as the Chinaman, investigates the murder of a high-priced New York call girl, who also caused the break-up of his marriage, and her john, in a posh Manhattan hotel.

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