Beyond That Last Blue Mountain

Silk weaving in Afghanistan, bartering in Peshawar and snipers in Bosnia, Harriet Sandys reveals her remarkable travels. In hardback

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Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969

2019 marks the golden anniversary of the mass musical gatherings that saw the hippie generation at their 1969 zenith. Two events stand out, staged with days of each other that magical August: in the United States, there was Woodstock, and in the UK the Isle of Wight Festival of Music. Woodstock drew 400,000 fans and a quality bill that was a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary talent – all bar Bob Dylan – whom the organisers hoped to lure on the doorstep of his home.

Instead, Dylan opted to headline at the Isle of Wight, in front of close to 200,000 adoring fans.

In ‘Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969’ Bill Bradshaw, in association with Ray Foulk, celebrates the events of that summer 50 years on…and remembers how the Isle of Wight, off England’s southern coast, staged the huge coup of pulling off what was then the nation’s biggest festival.

It features almost 200 pages packed with first-hand accounts of the “Dylan” festival from organisers, performers and the fans who flocked to the event, bringing alive that gilded summer and exploring how it influenced both Dylan and the rock festival movement for generations to come.

It includes many photographs published for the first time, and a revealing foreword from Julie Felix.

‘There were people as far as the eye could see, it was surrealistic to just look out and not be able to see where the crowd ended. Dylan was waiting to go on outside his caravan and we talked for a long time. I consider that one of the little islands of memory I will always cherish.’Julie Felix, 1969 IoW Festival co-star.

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Captain Shakespear: Desert exploration, Arabian intrigue and the rise of Ibn Sa‘ud

Captain William Shakespear was one of the first British officers to explore the Nejdi desert of the Arabian Peninsula. He provided London with valuable intelligence and cultivated a personal relationship with the Emir of Riyadh Ibn Sa’ud, laying the foundations for diplomatic relations with the emir, and later the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Available September 2019.

£25.00
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Diana: I’m Going to be Me

Diana: I’m Going to be Me, tells the remarkable story of Princess Diana’s life through her own words.

It is now 20 years since this iconic royal figure died at the tragically young age of 36 in a Paris car crash. Her powerful legacy lives on through her sons, Princes William and Harry, and a new generation is becoming aware her extraordinary life for the first time.

In paperback.

£8.95 £1.99

Diana: I’m Going to be Me: Audiobook

Diana: I’m Going to be Me, tells the remarkable story of Princess Diana’s life through her own words.

It is now 20 years since this iconic royal figure died at the tragically young age of 36 in a Paris car crash. Her powerful legacy lives on through her sons, Princes William and Harry, and a new generation is becoming aware her extraordinary life for the first time.

This audiobook is narrated by Roger Harrison.

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Emirates Diaries: From Sheikhs to Shakespeare

Peter Clark was a romantic. He did not want to be sent to Abu Dhabi in 1988 to run the British Council in the United Arab Emirates, a country which he felt was brash, consumerist and lacking in history. He preferred established countries, steeped in history with ruins and antique architecture. Cover illustration byChess Heward.

In ebook and paperback.

£2.59£3.99

Living to Some Purpose

Living to Some Purpose is the autobiography of Dr Adnan Pachachi, one of the most distinguished politicians of the last century. Here he describes his career from its beginning in Iraq as Ambassador to the United Nations, to his time as a member of the Iraqi Parliament from 2006-2010.

In hardback

£25.00

Memoirs of an Omani Gentleman from Zanzibar

A personal narrative by a native Zanzibari official who fled the revolution after being imprisoned and came to Oman via Libya. At 94 years of age Saud Al Busaidi has proved himself to be a master storyteller in true Omani fashion. This book is as informative and fascinating as it is heart-warming and inspiring.

Visit Al Roya’s website (Arabic)

In hardback

£20.00

Our Dementia Diary

This is a love story from start to finish, Irene and Rachael’s.

Based on the diaries of Rachael Dixey who looked after her civil partner Irene after she developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the book opens with the lines:

Irene, Alzheimer’s and me – Alzheimer’s came between us. It does that, drives you and the love of your life apart, going your separate ways because you cannot follow. That’s the story really, that’s it. The end.

But it is also the beginning of the story, which shows how life can still be lived despite losing a life partner to dementia, and how to cope emotionally and practically with a disease that robs you of your loved one a thousand times before they die.

“Beautifully written without sentimentality and with lots of humour too”
Brian Daniels

In hardback and eBook (kindle)

£4.79£10.95

Pilgrimage to Mecca

As the first British woman convert to Islam on record as making the pilgrimage to Mecca and visiting Medina, Lady Evelyn Cobbold (1867- 1963) cuts a unique figure in the annals of the Muslim Hajj.

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