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An Honourable Man

It is 1884. In Khartoum, General Gordon stands on the roof of his fortress as the city is besieged. He ...

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Mr Churchill's Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer

In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was ...

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Jack Holmes and His Friend

Many straight men and gay men are best friends, but if the phenomenon is an urban commonplace it has never ...

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Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters

For aspiring cricketer Ed Smith, luck was for other people. Like his childhood hero, Geoff Boycott, the tough, flinty Yorkshireman, ...

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Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another 10 ...

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Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World, 1945-65

The collapse of Western colonial empires after the Second World War led to any number of vicious struggles for power ...

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