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Simon Andrew Hicks Mayo is an English radio presenter and author who has worked for BBC Radio since 1982. Mayo was the presenter of Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 between January 2010 to May 2018 and is, with Mark Kermode, presenter of Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live.
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The Siege of Loyalty House
A Story of the English Civil War
Jessie Childs - 2022-05-19
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Immerse yourself in the gripping story of the three sieges on Basing House during the English Civil War. Follow the trials of the Winchesters and the garrison as they hold out against the Roundheads, forced to make tough moral and religious decisions. Discover what it was really like to be under siege, and how civilians and soldiers alike dealt with the constant threat of death. This is a tale of heroism, tragedy, and intense human experience that casts light on the devastating impact of the English Civil War.
Simon Mayo
@childs_jessie I’m thrilled to be reading it! It’s an incredible book.      source
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The Skripal Files
Putin, Poison and the New Spy War
Mark Urban - 2019-09-24
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A former Russian spy and his daughter are poisoned with a deadly nerve agent in a quiet English town. This event marks a new low in the clandestine conflict between Russia and the West. The Skripal Files is a gripping account of Sergei Skripal's story, from his work in Russian military intelligence to his imprisonment in Russia and ultimate release to British intelligence agency MI6. Written by Mark Urban, the BBC's diplomatic and defense editor, this book reveals the high stakes of a new spy game reminiscent of the Cold War.
Simon Mayo
The definitive book on this      source
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Black Spartacus
The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh - 2020-09-03
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Discover the epic story of Toussaint Louverture, a former slave who became the leader of the Haitian Revolution and the world's first independent black state. "Black Spartacus" by Sudhir Hazareesingh is the most complete biography of this charismatic figure to date, drawing on fascinating archival material and exploring Louverture's unique vision and leadership. Follow his triumphs against French, Spanish, and British troops, his Machiavellian dealings with French colonial administrators, and his bold promulgation of an autonomous Constitution. Louverture's life inspired generations of anti-slavery campaigners and republicans, making him the world's first black superhero.
Simon Mayo
This is a great book      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2015-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.
Simon Mayo
Love this book still      source
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Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve - 2004-09-01 (first published in 2001)
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In a world of Municipal Darwinism, where cities hunt and devour each other, London is hiding from bigger, hungrier cities. But as Lord Mayor Mangus Crome's plans unfold, chaos ensues. Tom, a third-class apprentice, saves London's Head Historian from a young assassin's attack and is thrust into a dangerous adventure that takes him to the Out-Country. Author Philip Reeve presents a dark and unforgettable story filled with betrayal and surprises.
Simon Mayo
Loved Mortal Engines (book) love @philipreeve1, love Peter Jackson. Hoping for a good morning!      source
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