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Many of our best loved children's books were inspired by deep traumas

According to British poet Clare Pollard's excellent book, Fierce Bad Rabbits, most authors behind our best-loved picture books were working through some form of trauma. Dr Seuss (pictured right) - born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Massachusetts in 1904 - lost an 18-month-old sister to pneumonia when he was three and never forgot the sight of her tiny casket. His Cat In The Hat books (inset) were full of equally tiny words. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Eric Carle (pictured left, and his book inset) knew all about hunger, with a childhood blighted by World War II.

Robert Poole describes the events on August 16, 1819, which lead to a massacre of innocent lives in St. Peter's Field, an open space in central Manchester.

Dave Goulson brilliantly communicates his delight at the biological miracles right under our noses - in our own back gardens - in The Garden Jungle: Gardening to Save The Planet.

Forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes delves into the mind in a memoir. She discusses the public interest in psychopaths as it's revealed celebrities tend to score highly on the psychopath checklist.

Heartbreak of the $100m blockbuster

The Gutenberg Bible (right), says Margaret Leslie Davis, is 'a masterpiece of world culture... the most beautiful work of printing the world has ever known'. The Bibles were made in 1456 by Johann Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, for distribution to churches, convents and monasteries. On March 11, 1947 one of 49 copies of the Gutenberg was auctioned off for £22,000 to Sir Philip Beaumont Frere, a private collector. He sold it almost immediately, for a £3,000 profit, to Estelle Doheny (left). But Estelle, who enjoyed collecting prayer books and early sacred texts, had advanced glaucoma - and was never able to read it.

Caroline Crampton explores the history of the Thames Estuary in a new tome. The author recounts how the Government ignored the river's stench until a heatwave caused 'The Great Stink' of 1858.

Barry Turner examines the 'Phoney War' predicted
by a distinguished military thinker in the 1930s. Children and mothers were evacuated, as Britain waited in expectation of Germany dropping bombs.

A fascinating memoir recounts the improbable drama throughout the life of Chicago-born Clancy Sigal. The journalist who was once homeless had success as a film critic and BBC correspondent.

Simon Barnes explores the biodiversity of the eight acres of marshland beside his house in Norfolk in a fascinating nature book. The author advises nature lovers to invest in a hammock.

President Bashar al-Assad decided the Syrian town of Daraya harboured dangerous revolutionaries, so he attacked it with all the weaponry he had.

Pitch perfect! Neville Cardus rose to become the most revered cricket writer in the world 

Two beautifully written books (inset) reflect on how sports writing has changed and the impact of Neville Cardus (pictured left), from Manchester, who became one of the best-paid journalists in history. Born illegitimate, into poverty in 1888, Neville never knew his father and his mother worked as a prostitute. He went on to single-handedly change the nature of writing about sports and developed a close friendship with cricketer Donald Bradman (pictured right with his team mates).

Laura Cumming whose mother was abducted at three-years-old while playing along the Lincolnshire coastline, explores the kidnapping in a fascinating new memoir.

Daily Mail readers can beat the rush of purchasing tickets to this year's Henley Literary Festival with an exclusive priority offer. The festival has170 different events for all ages.

A new book explores the work of Victorian artist Lord Leighton, who is the only British artist to appear in the world's top ten best-selling reproductions. His 'Flaming June' painting is valued at £14 million.

Sally Urwin used to work in financial marketing but after she met husband Steve on a dating site she moved to High House Farm in Northumbria. Her book reveals the fun and struggle of running a farm.

While researching this book about the year Coleridge and Wordsworth spent in Somerset (June 1797 to autumn of 1798), Adam Nicolson fell down a ravine and 'lay for some time unconscious'.

Beauty who broke Brando

On 11 October 1957, Hollywood actor Marlon Brando (right), who'd always had a taste for Oriental and Asian girls, married Anna Kashfi (left), 'a 23-year-old actress from Darjeeling.' Except, as the press disclosed the next morning, he'd done no such thing. Anna Kashfi was really Joan Mary O'Callaghan from Cardiff, a former cashier in a butcher's shop, where she'd been 'surrounded by sausages'.

As Professor Steve Jones remarks in this richly readable guide to all things solar, the sun 'has brought life to our planet and light to our lives, it regulates the days and the seasons.'

Tony Little, a former headmaster of Eton, and psychiatrist Herb Etkin have written a handbook for anybody interested in what makes teens tick.

Heather Buttivant who won the BBC Wildlife Blog of the Year Award in 2017, explores rock pools across the British coastline in a fascinating new nature book.

Research is based on letters of Emily Eden, the sister of India's Governor- General. More than 16 per cent of East India stock was owned by female shareholders.

In Oxfordshire in the Twenties, it was said that there was 'no lustier scent than a beanfield in bloom'. In Suffolk it was believed that 'beans inflame lust', according to Roy Vickery's book.

Oxford history don Hugh Trevor-Roper who made the mistake of briefly authenticating the fake
'Hitler diaries' in 1983, is remembered in a fascinating biography by Adam Sisman.

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