To commemorate the extraordinary career of Gordon Brown, who today announced his intention to stand down as an MP at the next General Election, we are offering the eBook edition of Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’s seminal work Brown at 10 at the special price of £1.99. The paperback is also available for just £6.99.
Brown at 10 is the definitive account of Brown’s turbulent three years as Prime Minister and was labelled ‘the must-read account of Brown's highly tempestuous premiership’ by the BBC’s Nick Robinson.
"A must-read" Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian
"Superbly well-informed." Peter Oborne, The Telegraph
Paperback RRP: £14.99 Our Price: £6.99
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Today marks the release of the movie thriller, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In it, Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing: mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist who, along with the other wartime denizens of Bletchley Park’s 'Station X', helped crack the German Enigma code that helped the Allies win the war. It is often said that the work of the analysts, scientists and mathematicians of Bletchley Park shortened the war by up to two years. To help you find out more about the extraordinary achievements that occurred at Bletchley, as well as the marvellous people who achieved them, Biteback has prepared an offer on three of our bestselling titles on Station X.
The Secrets of Station X
By Michael Smith
The astonishing story of how the British codebreakers of Bletchley Park cracked the Nazi Enigma cyphers, cutting an estimated two years off the Second World War. The Secrets of Station X tells the full story of the efforts taken to secure victory for the Allies.
The Bletchley Park Codebreakers
Edited by Ralph Erskine & Michael Smith
This extraordinary book, originally published as Action This Day, includes descriptions by some of Britain’s foremost historians on the work of Bletchley Park, from the breaking of Enigma and other wartime codes to the invention of modern computing, as well as its influence on Cold War codebreaking. Most notably The Bletchley Park Codebreakers offers a humanistic insight into the individuals, whose brilliance arguably won the war.
Dilly: The Man Who Broke Enigma's
By Mavis Batey
Many have heard of the tragic story of codebreaker Alan Turing, but few know of his eccentric colleague Alfred Dillwyn Knox, known simply as ‘Dilly’. Chief codebreaker for the Admiralty during World War One, before being recruited for the top secret mission housed within Bletchley Park during World War Two, Dilly’s codebreaking skills played a vital part in the deception operation that ensured the success of the D-Day landings.
It's officially that time of year again!
Christmas adverts have arrived, the shops are filling up with festive treats and we've all fallen in love with #montythepenguin. This year, we thought we'd offer you something extra special to help you get your Christmas shopping underway. FREE POSTAGE! That's right. From now until January 5th 2015, we're offering free UK delivery on all orders from our site.
So whether you'll be buying Thank You For This Moment for yourself, The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader for your uncle, Breaking the Code and Alex Salmond : My Part in His Downfall for your partner, and the Provocations Series as stocking fillers, you can make the most of our money-saving free delivery offer now!
It's another busy month here at Biteback. We've got France's fastest-selling book, the Provocations series edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and Alan Cochrane's indy ref diaries... It's like Christmas has come early!
Thank You for This Moment: A Story of Love, Power and Betrayal
By Valérie Trierweiler, translated by Clèmence Sebag
The French exposé has arrived. Valérie Trierweiler’s recounts her tempestuous relationship with President François Hollande in Thank You For This Moment. Upon release in France it created a political storm, revealing explicit details about the President’s personal life which led to a massive downturn is his approval ratings. France’s fastest-selling book ever, this enthralling tale of love and betrayal is now available in English for the first time.
Alex Salmond: My Part In His Downfall – The Cochrane Diaries
By Alan Cochrane
Alan Cochrane documents his role in the hard-fought battle to keep Britain united in these eye-opening diaries. Recording the three year run up to the referendum, Cochrane spares no one in this shocking and insightful new book.
Refusing the Veil (Provocations Series)
By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
In the first of the groundbreaking Provocations series, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, argues the importance of refusing the veil as a legitimate choice for women and writes compellingly about reclaiming female human rights and liberties.
The Madness of Modern Parenting (Provocations Series)
By Zoe Williams
In The Madness of Modern Parenting, Zoe Williams calls into question all contemporary parenting discussions and public policy, and confronts the maddening issue of whether the modern day quest for the ultimate upbringing can ever really succeed.
Authenticity is a Con (Provocations Series)
By Peter York
Politicians nowadays are often told they must be authentic. They’re told to be the everyday man or woman, they should – like Harold Wilson once claimed – prefer their salmon tinned rather than smoked, ‘with vinegar’. Peter York claims it is a farce, but that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Omnirambles: The Collected Writings of Damian McBride
By Damian McBride
The author of the Sunday Times Bestseller Power Trip returns with this collection from his widely acclaimed blog. True to form, Damian McBride is candid and pulls no punches in his views on British politics and its figures, inciting controversy and laughter, as well as important discussion.
Ready for Hillary? Portrait of a President in Waiting
By Robin Renwick
Can Hillary Clinton make history and become the first female President of the United States? What can we expect if she does successfully assume the highest office in the world? What is she really like? Robin Renwick, British ambassador during the Clintons’ time in the White House, seeks to answer these questions and more in this invaluable insight into one of the most divisive figures in recent US political history.
Stand by your Manhood: A Game-changer for Modern Men
By Peter Lloyd
Peter Lloyd unashamedly confronts everything it means to be a modern man in this comically frank and enlightening handbook. Covering a variety of topics from sex to suffragents, divorce to lads' mags, Lloyd informs and reassures men everywhere that they are not alone.
All these books will be available as part of our two week price promise, so don't miss out!
October 30, 2014 13:00
Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier
By James Wharton
This month Biteback Publishing is delighted to publish the updated paperback of the acclaimed autobiography Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier by James Wharton. In this frank, honest and moving account James guides us through the life of a young man enlisting in the Army, and the difficult duties that entails, whilst also trying to come to terms with his sexuality and encouraging others to accept him for who he is. This moving story depicts a teenagers’ journey of self-realisation to a man’s campaign for equality, as James evolves from cavalryman into poster boy.
In Chapter 9, ‘Mum… I’m Gay!’ James Wharton recounts his experience of coming out:
"As long as you’ve been alive, James, you’ve never kept a secret from me. You’ve never hidden something away like this!" Seeing her so upset with me was hard to deal with. I hated, as do all sons, seeing my mum cry. Why couldn’t I just tell her the name of the girl I was dating? That’s all she wanted to know, but because I wasn’t offering that very basic bit of information, she’d concluded that the truth was something much worse.
She was going all out; her mind had clearly been running away with her. I had to tell her she was wrong. In the commotion of it all, it happened. I told her the truth.
“I’m gay, Mum. I’m gay”.
The tears stopped and she paused. The entire house was silent. Slowly her head began to sink downwards. Then she started crying again.
“His name’s Thomas…I really like him.”
“And how old is he?” I found it incredible that this was the very next question she asked. I couldn’t understand what relevance Thom’s age was to the news I just told her…She carried on crying and I considered giving her a hug, but I couldn’t. In my heart of hearts, I honestly thought my mum would have accepted the news and followed it up with ‘I knew all along’. But she hadn’t. I zipped up my jacket and left to meet Thom. I left her crying in the living room, next to a pile of ironing and all alone. It was a horrible experience.’
I’m not sure what exactly motivated Mum’s change of heart in the short space of a week. She turned her emotion and behaviour around completely within seven days. She gave me the tightest, longest hug that afternoon before waving me goodbye and, more surprisingly yet, demanded I introduce her to Thom at the earliest opportunity.
Read the full chapter here.
Reviews for Out in the Army:
“A wonderful, stirring and thrilling read. I laughed, wept and winced.” – Stephen Fry
“A highly readable and distinctly 21st-century boy’s own tale.” – Ben Summerskill OBE
“A deeply moving and personal insight into life in the army. A story of bravery, love and victory. James we salute you.” – Alice Arnold
Out in the Army is now available (eBook and Paperback) on our 2 week price promise, so don't miss out.