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  • M

  • Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster
  • By: Henry Hemming
  • Narrated by: Henry Hemming
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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Maxwell Knight was a paradox. A jazz obsessive and nature enthusiast (he is the author of the definitive work on how to look after a gorilla), he is seen today as one of MI5's greatest spymasters, a man who did more than any other to break up British fascism during the Second World War - in spite of having once belonged to the British Fascisti himself. He was known to his agents and colleagues simply as M and was rumoured to be part of the inspiration for the character M in the James Bond series.

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  • By Lois on 04-12-2017

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Reviewed: 04-12-2017

A very interesting insight to the work of counter espionage during the Second World War; significantly the inclusion of women who were detailed to do some extremely sensitive spying. We owe a lot to such people whose work is seldom publicly reported for obvious reasons. The development of long term health problems in some of the operatives post discharge was quite significant.

  • Queen Isabella

  • Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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Popular historian Alison Weir has crafted best-selling biographies of such prominent icons as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. A master at uncovering fascinating and little-known details, Weir brings these historical figures to life with a brilliant blend of entertainment and scholarship. No English queen has drawn more ire than the vilified Queen Isabella. Weir, at long last, delivers the definitive biography of one of the most controversial members of English royalty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical biography

  • By mary on 16-10-2018

For History Buffs

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Reviewed: 30-06-2017

This book was thoroughly researched and beautifully read. It is very detailed but never boring. I enjoyed it immensely