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5/5 Relief after the rigours of Egypt turns to disillusion on reaching the Neapolitan coast.
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4/5 General Dumas accompanies Napoleon on his ill-fated expedition to Egypt.
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3/5 General Dumas proves himself on the battlefield and encounters Napoleon Bonaparte.
2/5 An opulent lifestyle is surrendered when the young gallant enlists in the French Army.
1/5 Tom Reiss's new book reveals that Alexandre Dumas' father inspired his son's novels.
5/5 Fascinating insight into the creative journey that culminated in A Time of Gifts.
4/5 Love blooms in Cairo, and, in 1948, Paddy retreats to a monastery to write his first book.
3/5 As a young solider in Crete, Paddy devises the plan that was to turn him into a war hero.
2/5 On his epic quest across Europe, the aspiring writer enters the Ottoman east.
1/5 Recently-expelled 18-year-old Patrick Leigh Fermor embarks on an epic walk across Europe.
5/5 The death of Lenin and rise of Stalin saw a fuelling of the savage quest for class enemies
4/5 Hundreds of thousands of former people were imprisoned and executed, many others fled.
3/5 In the Bolshevik coup, the rich, landowners and those in authority became 'former people'.
2/5 The dying days of the tsarist empire see the aristocracy partying their way into history.
1/5 Late 19th century. Russia races towards industrialisation, and the people want change.
5/5 George Bernard Shaw was a driver best avoided, while Michael is defeated by the satnav.
4/5 Michael Holroyd reveals the important role cars played amongst the Bloomsbury set.
3/5 Michael Holroyd's first car may have been easy to drive, but this was during the Troubles.
2/5 Michael finally learns to drive, thanks to a colourful array of instructors.
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1/5 Michael's family has always struggled to tame the motorcar, often with hilarious results.
5/5 Mao's support of the system of communal kitchens exacerbates China's famine disaster.
4/5 While the Chinese peasants starved, the county cadres focused on grain procurement quotas.
3/5 Xinyang was a lush grain-producing region and yet the Chinese famine hit hardest there.