At just before 7pm on May 26th 1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill authorised ‘Operation Dynamo’ to commence. By the time the operation came to an end on the night of June 4th, a total of 338,226 Belgian, French and British soldiers had been rescued by a hastily assembled fleet of over 800 boats.
Getting the men back required the courage of the Royal Navy sailors who took the majority of the outer harbour wall while under constant serial bombardment. But, it was the role played by the fleet of small vessels, the ‘little ships’, crewed by civilians, plucking men off the beaches as they waited in water up to their necks that overnight became part of the national folklore.
This evocative ebook, written by acclaimed military film director Bruce Vigar, is being released to mark the 80th anniversary of the great escape. ” Even today as we face a national pandemic, the country’s leaders invoke the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ to pull people through in difficult times. ”
Kenny Everett’s hilarious autobiography, The Custard Stops at Hatfield is being re-released by G2 (in partnership with Lennard Associates) as a Retro Classic to tie-in with the 25th anniversary of his death at the age of 50 in April 1995. The £12.99 paperback takes you back on the journey of his life and career flavoured throughout with his wacky humour and personality.
Superstar deejays Chris Evans and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence – even the Goons’ creator Spike Milligan called him a genius. Kenny’s madcap style has become a blueprint for modern day radio shows with music, jingles, jokes and sound effects all part of the mix. He seamlessly moved into television in the 1970s where characters such as Cupid Stunt and Sid Snot became national treasures.
” Love Kenny Everett! How exciting! ” … Georgina Pursch, General Manager, PBShop
Two new quiz books – testing the knowledge of young fans of Harry Potter books and films, and the Minecraft computer game – created by the pupils of Fittleworth Primary School to help raise funds for their IT department, have arrived just in time for Christmas at the Fittleworth Community Store in School Lane, priced at £6.99 each.
The 24th edition of the Wooden Spoon Rugby World Yearbook 2020 tells the story of the tournament from Japan’s opening match against Russia to South Africa’s dominant performance against England in the final. The highlights are remembered in the words of some of the leading rugby journalists with pictures from the sport’s top photographers – Uruguay beating Fiji, Wales’s win over Australia, Japan delighting the home fans with wins over Ireland and Scotland and of course, England’s sensational semi-final win against the All Blacks. South Africa’s success, the performance of their team and the leadership of their captain Siya Kolisi are now written into the history books but RWC 2019 will also be remembered for the way in which the Japanese nation took rugby to its heart and gave both players and supporters the time of their life during six fantastic weeks of competition. Wooden Spoon Rugby World Yearbook 2020 is a colourful record of a memorable year of rugby that has been enjoyed by fans not only in Japan but in clubs, bars and sitting rooms around the world.
The new edition of England Players’ Records1872-2020 reference book looks like being up to date for a long time yet as football goes into shutdown to combat the corona virus. The contents includes international statistics for all the players who took part in England’s recent successful qualification for the European Championships which are now due to be held in June and July 2021. Archivist Graham Betts has compiled statistics on 1246 players including recent debutants Abraham, Mings, Mount and Tomori while saying goodbye to the likes of World Cup winner Martin Peters who died in December 2019. The £20 paperback is also available as an ebook and as a limited edition slipcased version, signed by George Cohen MBE with only 66 copies available at £66 each.