Bradford Pals: The Comprehensive History of the 16th, 18th and 20th (Service) Battalions of the Prince of Wales Own West Yorlshire Regiment 1914-1918
He traces religious beliefs and institutions from a time when the church, disenchanted with both democracy and fascism, began to search for political alternatives. During the Second World War, the churches faced agonising dilemmas, notably how to respond to the Holocaust. Combining the deeper workings of history with an urgent sense of the contemporary relevance of his material, Burleigh challenges his readers to consider why no-one foresaw the religious implications of massive Third World immigration, as well as what is driving current calls for a 'civic religion' with which to counter the terrorist threats which have so shocked the West.
'A slip of a wild boy: with quick silver eyes', as Virginia Woolf saw him in the 1930s, Christopher Isherwood journeyed and changed with his century, until, by the 1980s, he was celebrated as the finest prose writer in English and the Grand Old Man of Gay Liberation. In this final volume of his diaries, capstone of a million-word masterwork, he greets advancing age with poignant humour and an unquenchable appetite for the new; aches, illnesses, and diminishing powers are clues to a predicament still unfathomed. The mainstays of his mature contentment, his Hindu guru, Swami Prabhavananda and his long term companion, Don Bachardy, draw from him an unexpected high tide of joy and love. Around his private religious and domestic routines orbit gifted friends both anonymous and infamous. Bachardy's burgeoning career pulled Isherwood into the 1970s art scene in Los Angeles, New York and London, where we meet Rauschenberg, Ruscha, and Warhol (serving foetid meat for lunch) as well as Hockney (adored) and Kitaj. Collaborating with Bachardy on scripts for their prize-winning Frankenstein and their Broadway fiasco, "A Meeting by the River", extended ties in Hollywood and the theatre world. John Huston, Merchant and Ivory, John Travolta, John Voight, Elton John, David Bowie, Joan Didion, Armistead Maupin each take a turn through Isherwood's densely populated human comedy, sketched with both ruthlessness and benevolence against the background of the Vietnam War, the Energy Crisis, the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White Houses. In his first book of this period, Kathleen and Frank, Isherwood unearthed the family demons that haunted his fugitive youth. When contemporaries began to die, he responded in "Christopher and His Kind" and "My Guru and His Disciple" with startling fresh truths about shared experiences. These are the most concrete and the most mysterious of his diaries, candidly revealing the fear of death that crowded in past Isherwood's fame, and showing how his life-long immersion in the day-to-day lifted him, paradoxically, towards transcendence.
From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France CITADEL is a powerful action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front back at home a different battle is waged full of clandestine bravery treachery and secrets. And as a cell of Maquis resistance fighters codenamed CITADEL fight for everything they hold dear their struggle will reveal an older darker combat being fought in the shadows. Combining the rugged action of LABYRINTH with the haunting mystery of SEPULCHRE CITADEL is a story of daring and courage of lives risked for beliefs and of astonishing secrets buried in time.