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Hans Christian Anderson

Alison Prince

Prince presents new evidence which casts an unexpected light on this writer of children's fairy tales. Using diaries and letters, she claims that he was a suppressed homosexual; that his highly publicised affairs with prominent women were used to build his public persona and to protect his...
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Pepys: A Biography

Richard Ollard

Samuel Pepys is unique: the scope and candour of his Diary makes it one of the greatest books ever written and one of the most important historical documents in English. He lived through the Civil War, the Protectorate, the Restoration, the Dutch Wars, the Plague, the Fire of London and th...
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World Encompassed: Drake`s Great Voyage

Derek Wilson

In 1577, five tiny ships with 164 men set sail from Plymouth. At that time, Francis Drake had no idea that he was embarking on the greatest personal maritime adventure ever, nor that he would circumnavigate the globe. No mariner had attempted the feat for fifty years; no captain had ever s...
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Son & Lover: The Young DH Lawrence

Phillip Callow

Few writers have been so conspicuously torn as D.H. Lawrence in his search for emancipation from his mother and in the forging of his sexual identity. In this biography, Philip Callow examines the influences that shaped Lawrence: his mother, whose hold over him was enormous; his first love...
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