Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer (pictured right) built new homes in the South of France for the rich and titled which attracted the likes of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson (pictured left) - before the outbreak of the Second World War. The stories of the parties on the Riviera before the war and the experiences of Dierks and Sawyer are highlighted in a new book titled Riviera Dreaming (pictured inset).
How Sherlock's creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unravelled a REAL murder and saved a man who had wrongly spent 16 years in jail for murdering an 82-year-old
Oscar Slater had spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit when he passed a note to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured left) through the dentures of another inmate - he was eventually freed thanks to the efforts of the Sherlock Holmes creator (pictured right). 82-year-old spinster Marion Gilchrist was living in a large flat in a prosperous neighbourhood of Glasgow and was bludgeoned to death. Though Slater was originally jailed, the actual culprit was never found.
A sparkling WIT but a terrible husband: Dr Johnson may not have tired of London, but he did tire of his wife - and took a mistress said to have chained and beaten him
Author Henry Hitchings uncovers the life of 18th century man-of-letters Samuel Johnson (pictured left) in a new book (pictured inset). Samuel whose sayings became famous and much quoted made a name for himself by seeking bookish accomplishments. Henry reveals Samuel (pictured right) was busy establishing himself as a literary agent when his wife Tetty, died in 1752. Samuel didn't attend her funeral or visit her grave for more than a year.
How to be as tough as Britain's toughest man: Join the Paras then Special Forces ++ Dive naked on to broken glass ++ Be machine gunned by the Taliban ...and Never lose control
Ant Middleton (pictured) began battling demons of his own from age five, following the sudden death of his father. He documents how he was led to join the Parachute Regiment and military before finding TV fame in a new book (pictured inset). Ant recalls retrieving the body of a soldier who had been blown up in Afghanistan and being shot at himself by Taliban. He is now currently chief instructor on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.