December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammerstedt’s crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder – an infamous illegal fishing ship – for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats.

The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. But even as seasoned journalists, they cannot anticipate what the chase … More

Born OTD 1828, Leo Tolstoy. This powerful novel begins with a courtroom drama (the finest in Russian literature), all the more stunning for being based on a real-life event. Dmitri Nekhlyudov, called to jury service, is astonished to see in the dock, charged with murder, a young woman whom he once seduced, propelling her into prostitution

She is found guilty on a technicality, and he determines to overturn the verdict. This pitches him into a hellish … More

In this fast-paced, streetwise take on eighties London, boundaries blur between the cocaine trade and newly deregulated financial markets. High and low life don’t look so different, as everyone tries to make a killing. Barker’s portrait of a cynical, money-hungry culture skewers a moment in history that for good or ill (and mostly for ill) made Britain what it is today.

Carol is a small-time cocaine dealer in 1987 London. On her own with a young daughter, she is a good … More