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Using the latest research Konstantin
Nossov reconstructs the history of these
men who battled for the entertainment
of the masses, covering the evolution
of gladiatorial combat, the types of
gladiator, their equipment, their way of
life, and their social status.
Although most gladiators were slaves,
who fought and died at the whims of the
crowd, many were able to elevate their
status through victories in the arena to
become as popular as today's superstar
Gladiators came from almost every walk
of Roman life, from slaves and prisoners
forced to ght to volunteers and even
nobles who relished
the opportunity to
test their martial skills.
(Osprey) COMP WORD:
'Gladiator'. WIN A
I Am Soldier
I am Soldier brings together the pro les
of 60 soldiers who have fought over the
past 2,500 years.
These vivid accounts graphically depict
the role of the soldier in battle often
using the soldiers' own words to reveal
what they felt during the chaos of war
and its aftermath.
There's the Roman Centurion, the
Spartan hoplite, the Greek Satrap,
the Byzantine Horseman, the Serban
Jannisary, the Christian Crusader, and the
In the modern period, there's the
Confederate soldier, the French Poilu
of the First World War, the American
Paratrooper of WWII, a US Marine of
the Korean War and a
soldier from the Persian
Gulf. (Osprey) COMP
In the Heat of the
Out of the last 3,500 years of our 'civilised'
world, only for 230 have we been at
In The Heat of Battle features those
who by rising to the occasion on the
battle eld or failing to do so turned the
course of history.
For some military leaders or politicians
their actions ensured they would forever
be thought of as heroes.
Others made such bad decisions that
they would be marked down as abject
Donough O'Brien spans the full
history of warfare, from Mark Anthony
to Rommel and Stalin to
Saddam Hussein. (Osprey)
COMP WORD: 'Battle'.
Three's a Crowd
Without Annie, friends Catherine, Lexie
and Rachel are lost.
Catherine is excelling in her high- ying
career but struggling in her relationships,
especially with her teenage daughter.
Lexie is juggling the demands of
her young family and the ego of her
husband, while taking the rst steps to
achieving her own dreams.
And nally Rachel, the one who can't
seem to settle down, is experiencing the
heady euphoria of a new relationship.
But when the truth comes out about
whom she has fallen in love with, fragile
friendships will be
put to the test all over
COMP WORD: 'Crowd'.
The Blackout Book
As the haunting air raid sirens of World
War II echoed around blacked out streets,
the people of British cities would gather
Families and strangers would nd
comfort and distraction in the form of
games, stories and jokes.
Evelyn August brings together over ve
hundred games, pensées, puzzles, jokes
and literary snippets which provided
some amusement during the long nights
of the blitz.
Entertaining to all, nostalgic for many,
what emerges in this book is the spirit
and humour of people during the
terrifying blackout nights
of World War II. (Osprey)
COMP WORD: 'Blackout'.
The War for Ireland
The battle for Irish Independence was
not one con ict, but a series of bloody
struggles that stretched over a decade.
In 1912, Britain passed a law that would
bring 'Home Rule' to Ireland.
However, with the outbreak of World
War I, this law was suspended eventually
leading to the Easter Rising and the
deadly battle in the streets of Dublin.
The heavy-handed nature of the British
response to the Rising turned much of
the Irish population against Britain.
With the aftermath of this war resulting
in the Partition of Ireland in 1921 with the
south as a dominion of the British crown,
the con ict changed to a true civil war.
(Osprey) COMP WORD:
'Ireland'.. WIN A
From the birth of crime writing with
Wilkie Collins and Dostoevsky, through
Conan Doyle to the golden age of crime,
with the rise of Agatha Christie, Ngaio
Marsh and Margery Allingham, P.D. James
brings a lifetime of reading and writing
crime ction to bear on this personal
history of the genre.
There are chapters on great American
James also discusses many of her
favourite detectives, from Sherlock
Holmes to Philip Marlowe in a celebration
of the best in crime writing through the
ages. (Allen and Unwin)
COMP WORD: 'Talking'.
You or Someone Like
When Anne, the bored housewife of a
Hollywood producer begins a bookclub,
the cynical denizens of Tinseltown fall
hard for literature. Inadvertently, and
somewhat to her own surprise, Anne
starts a book group for a small group of
her husband's colleagues in the movie
industry. The movie moguls fall hard
for literature, and like topsy, the book
group grows and grows, in size and
numbers and in uence, until something
unexpected and terrible happens, and
Anne nds her life and her marriage
A witty, clever and tender novel about
how books and literature
can shape our lives.
(Allen and Unwin) COMP
WORD: 'You' WIN A
Tonight I Say
In this haunting, cleverly constructed,
well plotted debut novel, private
investigators, Lincoln Perry and his
partner Joe Pritchard, are hired to nd
the wife and child of a man found dead
in an upscale Cleveland suburb - was it
suicide, or was it murder?
Perry and Pritchard soon determine
that the dead man - a PI like themselves -
was doing surveillance jobs for Jeremiah
Hubbard - 'Cleveland's answer to Donald
Trump', - that brought him into contact
with Russian mobsters.
(Allen and Unwin)
COMP WORD: 'Tonight'.
A post-apocalyptic tale, 'The Road' covers
a journey taken by a father and his young
son over a period of several months
across a landscape blasted years before
by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed
civilization and, seemingly, most life on
The Road, based on the 2007 Pulitzer
Prize winner novel by Cormac McCarthy
('No Country for Old Men'), is directed
by John Hillcoat (The Proposition), and
stars Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen,
Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. Released:
January 28th. COMP WORD: 'Road'.
In the Loop
The US President and UK Prime Minister
fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that
war is a good thing.
The US General Miller (James Gandol ni)
doesn't think so and neither does the
British Secretary of State for International
Development, Simon Foster (Tom
Hollander). But, after Simon accidentally
backs military action on TV, he suddenly
has a lot of friends in Washington, DC.
If Simon can get in with the right DC
people, if his entourage of one (Chris
Addison) can sleep with the right intern
(Anna Chlumsky), and if they can both
stop the Prime Minister's chief spin-
doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi)
rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt
the war. In cinemas from January 21st.
COMP WORD: 'Loop'. WIN A
HOW TO ENTER: To be in the draw
for any of the passes on these next
three giveaway pages, email your
details to win@strikepublications.
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the subject line or post your details
to PO Box 27 Amberley QLD 4306.
Entries close January 26, 2010.
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