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Kelly de Vries: 1066 The Battle of Hastings

Published by Karwansaray November 30th 2017

The 2017 special issue of Medieval Warfare takes a look at one of the most famous battles in the history of the British Isles. Our detailed analysis of the Battle of Hastings by expert writers and medievalists not only looks at the engagement itself, but examines the leaders, their armies, the immediate aftermath, and the broader effect on history and popular imagination. Articles in the 2017 Special include:

- Kelly DeVries, Two invasions, three battles, one throne - The contenders in 1066
- John Gillingham, The path for William, Duke of Normandy - The conqueror's apprenticeship
- Ad van Kempen, The path for Harold Godwinson - How do you become a king?
- Richard Abels, The men who fought with King Harold - The Anglo-Saxon military
- Megan Arnott, The path for Haraldr Hardrádi Sigurdarson - Hardrulers of the Vikings
- Danielle Turner, The Vikings' last stand in England - The Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge
- Ilana Krug, The logistics of the Norman Conquest - Crossing the Channel
- Kelly DeVries, A meeting of missles and sword-strokes - The Battle of Hastings
- Michael Livingston, The legend that just won't die - The arrow in King Harold's eye
- George Theotokis, Hastings versus Dyrrhachium - The myth of the "invincible" Norman cavalry charge
- Danièle Cybulskie, Great was the multitude of the slain - William I's subjugation of England
- Nick Arnold, Great was the multitude of the slain - The Battle of Northam
- Luke Foddy, The 950th anniversary of the battle - A return to Hastings
- Peter Konieczny, Harold lives! William kills his wife! The alternative histories of The Battle of Hastings.

This is a magnificently illustrated account of the battle between William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson for the crown of England, a series of articles by renowned historians on various aspects of the battle and the events that led up to it, accompanied by fantastic coloured paintings that depict key moments from the battle. If only this type of publication had existed back in the 1950s when I was being taught history!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Higginbotham: Margaret Pole - The Countess In The Tower

Published by Amberley 15th December 2017

Of the many executions ordered by Henry VIII, surely the most horrifying was that of sixty-seven-year-old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, hacked to pieces on the scaffold by a blundering headsman.

From the start, Margaret’s life had been marred by tragedy and violence: her father, George, Duke of Clarence, had been executed at the order of his own brother, Edward IV, and her naive young brother, Edward, Earl of Warwick, had spent most of his life in the Tower before being executed on the orders of Henry VII.

Yet Margaret, friend to Katherine of Aragon and the beloved governess of her daughter Mary, had seemed destined for a happier fate until religious upheaval and rebellion caused Margaret and her family to fall from grace. From Margaret’s birth as the daughter of a royal duke to her beatification centuries after her death, Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower tells the story of one of the fortress’s most unlikely prisoners.

 

The Pole family was prominent in Philippa Gregory's The White Queen series which featured the Counsins' War - I was totally unaware that she had met her end in this particularly horrific fashion, ordered by Henry VIII! Susan's book reads more like a historical novel than a history textbook and I guess that is the way things are going - the novelist's approach being used to help people to visualise the events described in a book rather than the traditional, dry historical texts we used to be subjected to at school. Susan's book is almost like a screenplay for a film or a TV series, and that is what it deserves, because she has brought the character of Margaret Pole to life in an extraordinary and fascinating way!

Dorothy Bentley Smith: No Ordinary Surgeon

Published by Amberley 15h December 2017

No Ordinary Surgeon centres around one of our most photographed works of art – the Boudicca group on the Thames Embankment opposite the Houses of Parliament – and is told through the life and times of surgeon William Binley Dickinson (1789–1870), who entered into partnership in Macclesfield, an affluent east Cheshire silk spinning and weaving town.

He discovered a gifted boy, Thomas Thornycroft, misguidedly apprenticed to another surgeon, but who, through Dickinson’s efforts, became one of Britain’s greatest sculptors and a favourite of Prince Albert. Thomas’s equestrian figure of Queen Victoria was given premier position at the famous 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition, the preparations for which provide an interesting interlude.

The story involves many important people from all strata of society, from the Georgian era to that of Queen Victoria. It encompasses the foundation of many societies and institutions, such as the British Medical Association, the Numismatic Society, the enlargement of British Museum collections, the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Surgeons, and brings to life disasters and triumphs through newspaper reports of bodysnatching, epidemics of cholera, murders, eccentric personalities and the rise of Manchester medical facilities in a bid to rival those of London.

Last, but by no means least, is the effect of parliamentary reform on the almost 600-year-old borough of Macclesfield, which, from having no previous members, had to deal with the fun, chaos and serious business of elections when sending two members to the House of Commons.

 

This is another brilliant biopic from Amberley, not, as you would suppose, primarily about surgeon Dickinson, but rather about the influence he had on the time in which he lived, and the people he discovered and helped make their own marks on history. Amberley's conquest of the subject of history continues apace with this fascinating tome.

Terry Breverton: The Tudor Kitchen

Published by Amberley 15th Decemberr 2017

Did you ever wonder what the Tudors ate and drank? What was Elizabeth I's first meal after the defeat of the Spanish Armada? Which pies did Henry VIII gorge on to go from a 32 to a 54-inch waist? The Tudor Kitchen provides a new history of the Tudor kitchen, and over 500 sumptuous – and more everyday – recipes enjoyed by rich and poor, all taken from authentic contemporary sources.

The kitchens of the Tudor palaces were equipped to feed a small army of courtiers, visiting dignitaries and various hangers-on of the aristocracy. Tudor court food purchases in just one year were no fewer than 8,200 sheep, 2,330 deer and 53 wild boar, plus countless birds such as swan (and cygnet), peacock, heron, capon, teal, gull and shoveler. Tudor feasting was legendary; Henry VIII even managed to impress the French at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 with a twelve-foot marble and gold leaf fountain dispensing claret and white wine into silver cups, free for all!

 

The folks at BBC TV should be taking note of this fantastic book - it has all the ingredients for a new TV series (with the same name as the book, of course) and could be presented by Alex Langlands. Author Terry Breverton has done a magnificent job of digging up all of this brilliant information, and the result is a slice of culinary history that will delight and fascinate all comers.

Jan Bondeson: Victorian Murders

Published by Amberley 15th December 2017

This book features fifty-six Victorian cases of murder covered in the sensational weekly penny journal the Illustrated Police News between 1867 and 1900. Some of them are famous, like the Bravo Mystery of 1876, the Llangibby Massacre of 1878 and the Mrs Pearcey case of 1890; others are little-known, like the Acton Atrocity of 1880, the Ramsgate Mystery of 1893 and the Grafton Street Murder of 1894. Take your ticket for the house of horrors.

 

I don't think it is the fact that we don't have such fascinating and headine-grabbing murders in the present day - I believe it is the way the Victorians published the facts and the details of the murders during that Queen's reign that make them so notorious and fascinating, particularly with the aid of the Illustrated Police News, of course, and the grisly illustrations that introduced the villains and their victims to a voracious public! Jan Bondeson's book is compelling compulsive reading, a real winner!

 

 

 

Iain Ferris: The Mirror of Venus - Women in Roman Art

Published by Amberley 15th December 2017

Though images of women were ubiquitous in the Roman world, these were seldom intended to be taken simply at face value. The importance of marriage, motherhood and political stability was often conveyed to the Roman people through carefully constructed representations of the women of the ruling house. Mythological representations were used to present moral and political lessons to the women of Rome. Roman society was, on most levels, male dominated and women’s roles were sometimes subordinate to political and cultural needs and imperatives.

Images of mortal women – empresses and other female members of the imperial family, elite women from around the empire and working women from Rome, Ostia, Pompeii and elsewhere – are analysed alongside images of goddesses and personifications and of complex mythological figures such as Amazons. This is the first general book to present a coherent, broad analysis of the numerous images of women in Roman art and to interpret their meaning and significance, all set against the broader geographical, chronological, political, religious and cultural context of the world of the Roman republic and empire and of Late Antiquity.

 

The only fault I can find with this most excellent book is the dustjacket illustration, whichcomes from a period much nearer our own than ancient Rome. Other than that, Iain Ferris uncovers some fascinating social history regarding the way women featured in Roman society, and their relationship to the artistic representations of the time. Superb.

 

Philip Walker: Behind The Lawrence Legend

Published by Oxford University Press 8th February 2018

T. E. Lawrence became world-famous as 'Lawrence of Arabia', after helping Sherif Hussein of Mecca gain independence from Turkey during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18. His achievements, however, would have been impossible without the unsung efforts of a forgotten band of fellow officers and spies. This groundbreaking account by Philip Walker interweaves the compelling stories of Colonel Cyril Wilson and a colourful supporting cast with the narrative of Lawrence and the desert campaign. These men's lost tales provide a remarkable and fresh perspective on Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. 

While Lawrence and others blew up trains in the desert, Wilson and his men carried out their shadowy intelligence and diplomatic work. His deputies rooted out anti-British jihadists who were trying to sabotage the revolt. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Lionel Gray, a cipher officer, provided a gateway into unknown aspects of the revolt through his previously unpublished photographs and eyewitness writings. Wilson's crucial influence underpinned all these missions and steadied the revolt on a number of occasions when it could have collapsed. Without Wilson and his circle there would have been no 'Lawrence of Arabia'. 

Yet Wilson's band mostly fell through the cracks of history into obscurity. "Behind the Lawrence Legend" reveals their vital impact and puts Lawrence's efforts into context, thus helping to set the record straight for one of the most beguiling and iconic characters of the twentieth century.

 

I have an ancestor by marriage who served alongside Lawrence in Egypt at the time when the Royal Air Force was coming into being. This fascinating slice of Larentian history features some photographs, of course, but not of ground crew, which was the occupation of my wife's grandfather. Lawrence remains one of the most important characters of the first world war, and this brilliant book goes some way to filling in the gaps for this period of his life and career.

Chronicle Books: The Little Book of Prayers

Published by Chronicle Books 13th February 2018

Full of wisdom, hope, and opportunities for contemplation, this elegant little book features more than 75 classic Christian prayers paired with beautiful illustrations taken from vintage missals and prayer books. Gorgeous representations of holy figures are accompanied by beloved litanies— including the Lord's Prayer, Gloria, Prayer of Saint Francis, and the Apostle's Creed—to recite in moments of celebration or times of need. Presented in an attractive package with gilded edges, a padded cover, and a lovely ribbon marker, this is a keepsake to be treasured by the newly confirmed or baptized and a timeless collection to turn to in all of life's important moments.

 

This wonderful book contains a fantastic collection of prayers along with corresponding paintings by old masters. A book to be treasured by anyone who professes to the Christian faith. Inspiring and inspirational.

 

Leopold Scholtz: Ratels On The Lomba

Published by Helion 15th December 2017

Charlie Squadron – the iron fist of the South African Defense Force’s 61 Mechanised Battalion Group – led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle on the Lomba River in Southern Angola. 

Not only were they up against a vastly superior force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with a terrain so dense that both their movement and sight were severely impaired. Despite this, the squadron nearly wiped out the Angolan forces’ 47 Brigade. In Battle on the Lomba, the reader is taken to the heart of the action in a dramatic recreation based on interviews, diary entries and Facebook contributions by members of Charlie Squadron. It is an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death.

 

I have failed utterly to keep up with changes in the African content and with the various horrific conflicts that have taken place during the last fifty years or so. I know where Angola is, of course, but I previously had no knowledge of the battle described in this book by Leopold Scholtz. The story of Charlie Squadron is something someone might one day have drawn a picture story about for one of the many war comics that proliferated in the 1970s/1980s. A fantastic account of a climactic battle.

 

C P Vlieland: Who's Who In Charles Dickens

Published by Matador 28th January 2018

Who's Who in Charles Dickens brings the work of one of England s most famous authors together in such a way that the reader can find out about the characters in an instant. It presents characters who enrich the action in an alphabetical register, listing every work in which any character can be found, making searching easy for the reader. This format also helps the reader to enjoy a greater insight into the structure of Dickens plots and the often complex stories.

First published in 2015, this second edition provides a catalogue of the men, women and children who people the stories of Charles Dickens. Providing descriptions used by Dickens himself and without fussy 'literary' interpretation, the book is intended as a practical work of reference. As such readers are presented with clear and concise information with no exegesis or value judgements.

Who's Who in Charles Dickens, is the ideal companion for students who want to look up characters, descriptions and additional information quickly and easily. The book ends with a quiz of 50 questions and answers that will prove entertaining and useful to Dickens enthusiasts and quiz organisers.

Essentially a literary reference book, Who's Who in Charles Dickens fills a gap in student literary research and will prove useful to those studying the famous author. It is also an invaluable resource for Dickens enthusiasts.

 

James Phillip: Surrogacy - Our Family's Journey

Published by Matador 28th November 2017

Surrogacy: Our Family's Journey chronicles the ups and downs of surrogacy as experienced by James Phillip: from making the decision to use a surrogate, each step along the way, presenting both sides of the process and on to the creation of a family and the support needed through the first months after bringing his twin babies home.

This unique memoir follows James on his incredible, and sometimes exasperating, journey through the hurry up and wait path of the surrogacy process overseas in Bangkok, Thailand. He finds himself caught up in long-distance phone calls and messages, trying to make everything perfect for the surrogate s health and happiness, changing hospitals, having to start all over again in the process due to nonviable eggs and swimming in a sea of red tape. Yet, through all the happiness, sadness and stress, he still manages to meet and fall in love with Krzysztof, a wonderful addition to his support system and future family.

Feeling even stronger with the continued support of Krzysztof and other friends and family, James must keep in constant touch with everyone involved in the surrogate s health care and navigate through more obstacles, not only in the legal and diplomatic sectors, but also at the hospital where rules restrict some aspects of participation in the birth process for same-sex parents. Meanwhile, he and Krzysztof are trying to put a home together and ready everything for the new baby when news hits that the couple must double their efforts, as they will be welcoming twins into their home and their lives...

Sujit Bhattacharjee: My Journey From Asian British to British Asian

Published by Matador 28th January 2018

My Journey from an Asian British to British Asian covers Sujit Bhattacharjee s life, from his early years in India to one of the first generation of post-war Indian immigrants living in the UK over the last 50 years.

Over the course of his time in the UK, Sujit has witnessed a drastic change in its nature and composition. Upon arrival, Britain was a predominantly Anglo-Saxon Christian society, but has been transformed into the diverse, open-minded and multiculturally enriched nation we live in today.

Sujit has also noticed a shift in his own cultural identities since becoming resident in Britain. He began subscribing to the view that one s identities could be multiple and situational; both British and Asian.

Sujit s story was originally written for his own children and grandchildren, who were keen to know how and why he came to live in the UK, and how it helped him become the man he is today. However, it will also be of interest to second and third generation readers of Indian descent who are keen to learn more of their own heritage, as well as to the general British public as it dwells on the dilemma of a hybrid immigrant in this country.

Andrew Jenkinson: Swift Caravans

Published by Amberley 15th January 2018

Starting in 1965, when Swift found success with its early models, this book follows the development of Swift Caravans to the present day, where it has grown into a multi-brand leisure vehicle producer. The author describes the early models, which became popular with distinctive features such as the tri-front window. By the early 1970s, the Swift name had become established and the company started to move into the upper clubman market with the introduction of the Corniche range.

Continuing into the 1980s with a spirit of innovation, Swift improved its designs with wind-tunnel technology and produced lighter tourers alongside the manufacture of coachbuilt motorhomes. The company continued to expand with the acquisition of Cotswold Coachcraft and later Sprite Leisure, Bessacarr, Ace, Award and Autocruise, plus a tie up with US Airstream travel trailers. 

The author also covers the latest developments in what has now become the Swift Group, including further brand acquisitions and expansion abroad. Written by an acknowledged expert in caravans, motorhomes and holiday static caravans, this book is an essential guide to a great British manufacturing success story.

 

The vast majority of towing caravans, up until a few years ago, looked like the one on the front cover of Amberley's latest fascinating forays into British mechanised transportation of the twentieth century. Beautifully illustrated and written, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in such transport.

 

Jens Pank Bjerregaard and Lars Larson: Danish Volunteers of the Waffen-SS

Published by Helion 15th December 2017

Danish Volunteers of the Waffen-SS tells the story of Freikorps Danmark in pictures from 1941-1943. Freikorps Danmark was established as a Danish corps to fight communism and, from its beginning, was controlled from Denmark, being placed under the control of the SS-Division Totenkopf and 1. SS-Brigade during its service on the Eastern Front. It was a relatively small formation, which almost entirely consisted of Danish volunteers; during their time on the Eastern Front, they suffered heavy casualties. In 1943, the High Command of the Waffen-SS decided to disband Freikorps Danmark and the personnel had to transfer to a new German division, which was directly controlled by the Waffen-SS. The source material for this book has been gathered from the photo collections of former members of the unit and includes a large number of previously unpublished images.

 

Two months ago I reviewed a book detailing the horrific treatment of prisoners of war in Swiss camps, reflecting that I had always thought of the Swiss as being neutral (clearly some of them were not). This huge illustrated book tells the story of Danish volunteers to the Waffen SS, and explodes another thing I had believed, that the Danes were out allies during WWII. Fantastic candid photographs that put wartime Danes in an altogether different light.

 

Daniel Allen Butler: Field Marshal - The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel

Published by Casemate 31st December 2017

Erwin Rommel was a complex man: a born leader, brilliant soldier, a devoted husband and proud father; intelligent, instinctive, brave, compassionate, vain, egotistical, and arrogant. In France in 1940, then for two years in North Africa, then finally back in France again, in Normandy in 1944, he proved himself a master of armored warfare, running rings around a succession of Allied generals who never got his measure and could only resort to overwhelming numbers to bring about his defeat.

And yet for all his military genius, Rommel was also naive, a man who could admire Adolf Hitler at the same time that he despised the Nazis, dazzled by a Führer whose successes blinded him to the true nature of the Third Reich. Above all, he was the quintessential German patriot, who ultimately would refuse to abandon his moral compass, so that on one pivotal day in June 1944 he came to understand that he had mistakenly served an evil man and evil cause. He would still fight for Germany even as he abandoned his oath of allegiance to the Führer, when he came to realize that Hitler had morphed into nothing more than an agent of death and destruction. In the end Erwin Rommel was forced to die by his own hand, not because, as some would claim, he had dabbled in a tyrannicidal conspiracy, but because he had committed a far greater crime - he dared to tell Adolf Hitler the truth.

 

I have never known nearly enough about Rommel other than that he propved extremely difficult to overcome in the North African desert battles in which he was involved. Daniel's biography of Rommel is both educational and entertaining - I didn't know, for example, that he had had some kind of epiphany regarding the true nature of the Third Reich and its evil leader, Adolf Hitler. Fascinating stuff, a brilliant biography of a legend of the second world war.

 

Gordon Harper: Fights on the Little Horn

Published by Casemate 31st January 2018

This remarkable book synthesizes a lifetime of in-depth research into one of America’s most storied disasters, the defeat of Custer’s 7th Cavalry at Little Horn at the hands of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, as well as the complete annihilation of that part of the cavalry led by Custer himself. The author, Gordon Harper, spent countless hours on the battlefield itself as well as researching every iota of evidence of the fight from both sides, white and Indian. He was thus able to recreate every step of the battle as authoritatively as anyone could, dispelling myths and falsehoods along the way. One of his first observations is that the fight of June 25–26, 1876 took place along the Little Horn River―its junction with the Big Horn was several miles away so that the term for the battle, “Little Big Horn” has always been a misnomer. He precisely traces the mysterious activities of Benteen’s battalion on that fateful day, and why it could never come to Custer’s reinforcement. He describes Reno’s desperate fight in unprecedented depth, as well as how that unnerved officer benefited from the unexpected heroism of many of his men. Indian accounts, ever-present throughout this book, come to the fore especially during Custer’s part of the fight, because no white soldier survived it. However, analysis of the forensic evidence―tracking cartridges, bullets, etc., discovered on the battlefield―plus the locations of bodies assist in drawing an accurate scenario of how the final scene unfolded. It may indeed be clearer now than it was to the doomed 7th Cavalrymen at the time, who through the dust and smoke and Indians seeming to rise by hundreds from the ground, only gradually realized the extent of the disaster. Of additional interest is the narrative of the battlefield after the fight, when successive burial teams had to be dispatched for the gruesome task, because prior ones invariably did a poor job. Harper himself passed away in 2009, leaving behind nearly two million words of original research and writing. In this book his work has been condensed by historians Gordon RIchard and Monte Akers to present his key findings and the crux of his narrative on the exact course of the battle.

 

Author Gordon Harper takes one of my childhood heroes, General Custer, and examines in minute detail the events that have been known to millions as the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I actually have a Children's Press book by Jeff Jefferies entitled Seventh Cavalry, which has always been the basis of my knowledge of this legend, and one of my regular weekly comics, (The Sun or The Comet, I don't remember which) featured General Custer in fabulous comic strip stories every week. I don't believe anything that Gordon has written takes anything away from my admiration for a man who has become a legendary figure in American history - what he does is to present in fine detail the real facts, beginning with the fact that the apocalyptic fight took place at the Little horn River, several miles from the Big Horn River... it's a little like when I discovered that the Battle of Hastings actually took place at the village of Battle, and should have been known as the Battle of Battle... Gordon's book is a fine example of someone whose dedication to his subject has made him the absolte master of it. This is a remarkable, a brilliant book which for me confirms Custer's place in history but presents the fine details in an authoritative, masterly way. Superb.

 

Joe Knetsch, John Missall & Mary Lou Missall: History of the Third Seminole War

Published by Casemate 14th February 2018

Spanning a period of over forty years (1817-1858), the three Seminole Wars were America’s longest, costliest, and deadliest Indian wars, surpassing the more famous ones fought in the West. After an uneasy peace following the conclusion of the second Seminole War in 1842, a series of hostile events followed by a string of murders in 1849 and 1850 made confrontation inevitable. The war was also known as Billy Bowlegs' War because Billy Bowlegs (Holata Micco) was the main Seminole leader in this the last Indian war to be fought east of the Mississippi River. Pushed by increasing encroachment into their territory he led a raid near Fort Myers. A series of violent skirmishes ensued. The vastness of the Floridian wilderness and the difficulties of the terrain and climate caused problems for the army, but they had learnt lessons from the second war and amongst other new tactics employed greater use of boats, eventually securing victory through cutting off food supplies. 

Although there are several books covering the entire Seminole Wars period and excellent works on the First and Second Seminole Wars, the Third Seminole War has long been neglected. This book seeks to fill that void at a time when interest in the Seminole Wars is growing. History of the Third Seminole War is a detailed narrative of the war and its causes, containing numerous first-hand accounts from participants in the war, derived from virtually all the available primary sources, collected over many years. Written in a clear, easy-to-follow style, the work is intended for both a general and scholarly audience and will be of value to those interested in Florida history, American history in general, military history, Native American studies, and nineteenth century subjects. The book will also appeal to Civil War enthusiasts, as many of the officers who served in Florida became leaders in that later conflict.

 

There was a time when I was obsessed with stories about cowboys and Indians, and never gave any thought to the later-discovered facts that the settlers gradually displaced the native Americans from their lands in a wholescale, brutal way. The Indians were always the baddies, although there were scouts and god Indians who helped the American cavalry. Over the years the facts have become known, and films like Dances With Wolves and books like the one above have turned things on their head. The authors, like Gordon Harper above, have conducted painstaking resrarch into the Seminole Wars and the result is a fine, scholarly appraisal of the third Seminole War in a very readable style. Again, this is superb.

 

David Hack: The Back To Basics Diet (2018 Edition)

Published by Matador 28th January 2018

In this fully updated 2018 edition of The Back to Basics Diet, the popular guide to healthy and effective weight loss, author David Hack dismisses common advice to eat less and move more as well-meaning but misguided. Cutting through the hype and confusion of so many popular diets, David takes readers back to basics in terms of what we should be eating and reveals the astonishing truth about our modern diet.

The Back to Basics Diet offers a straightforward explanation as to why a plant-based diet and gentle daily exercise holds the key to successful weight loss. This remarkable and proven weight loss system is based on modern science and the intriguing story of human evolution.

After a fascinating journey back into our evolutionary past and a brief look at the workings of the human body, David reveals the secret of what and when to eat to ensure we lose weight and keep that weight off for life. The initial seven-week weight loss programme helps readers adapt to a new, healthy lifestyle and is followed by a method that helps them stay on track after the initial change. With a two-week food template, recipes, motivational tips and some good old-fashioned common sense, this empowering book is sure to become an indispensable guide to lifelong health and permanent weight loss.


 

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