Docks to Downing Street: My Story
By John Prescott
From failing the 11-plus to becoming Britain's longest-serving deputy prime minister, John Prescott's story is one we may never see again. He began his journey into politics as a 'Hollywood waiter' on Cunard liners, where he stood up for the rights of his fellow seamen and went on to become a shop steward and union firebrand. Throughout his career, he has been the key link between old and new, between working and middle classes, and ultimately between Blair and Brown. This is the compelling life story of a man who has made mistakes, but has never stopped fighting for what he believes in.
Down in the Drink
By Ralph Barker
Among those who fought in the ferocious battles for the skies during the Second World War, some - shot down, or forced to ditch - had to confront an exceptionally pitiless enemy: the sea. DOWN IN THE DRINK tells the astonishing stories of nine aircrews who suffered this horrifying plight, from the captured Beaufort crew being flown to prison in Italy, who wrested control of the plane and set a new course for freedom while dangerously low on fuel, to the Mosquito fighter-bomber pilot adrift off Burma on the sinking wreckage of his plane, concussed, his bones broken, with only a flask of whisky to keep himself going. These are tales of bravery and resilience, loyalty and friendship. They give stirring proof that there is no limit to human courage.