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The Ashes: It’s All About the Urn: England vs. Australia: ultimate cricket …



Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport’s most engrossing rivalries. He knows as much as anybody about the heat of England v Australia battles, having played in three series wins and also the whitewash defeat of 2013-14 when its intensity ended his international career. From Grace to Sir Don, the most graceful of them all. From the foulest play to the fairest – contrast the 1932-33 Bodyline series affair to the image of Andrew Flintoff hunched over a…

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II



When thinking of the Queen, our first image is one of dignity and authority. She is the very definition of majesty: the British monarch, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and the head of the Commonwealth. But as anyone who knows her will tell you, in person she has a wicked sense of humour. Occasionally unintentional (when meeting guitar legend Eric Clapton she enquired ‘Have you been playing a long time?’), sometimes cannily astute (‘I have to be seen to be believed’) and at…

Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks who Plotted Hi…



In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and thoroughly ungentlemanly. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now,…