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The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual: As Used by Dad’s Army



A facsimile of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Training Manual recently discovered in the attic of a house in the town. Found in a trunk amongst a pile of HOTSPUR comics, it belonged to Private Pike and features his handwritten marginal notes on the text plus his personal jottings on matters of rather less importance than the defence of the realm, such as films he has seen, girls he has dated and the progress of Aston Villa FC. The book bears the official crest and stamp of the Queen’s Own…

Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America



In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. Over the next fifteen months, as the two men became close friends and intimate collaborators, Grant raced against the spread of cancer to compose a triumphant account of his life and times—while Twain struggled to…

101 Haikus – By Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox (The King Blues) SIGNED!



As frontman and songwriter for the critically acclaimed The King Blues for the past 13 years, Itch has made a name for himself as one of Britain’s most treasured lyricists and political spoken word artists. Through endless international tours, 5 albums plus a solo album and featured poetry performances, Itch has gained a sizeable fan base around the world. His poems have been commissioned by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, he’s appeared regularly on the front covers of Kerrang!, Rock Sound and…