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Hilda Kemp with Cathryn Kemp (Orion, £6.99) The most compelling stories from the past concern not the famous or the fictional, but ordinary people. This is the case with Cathryn Kemp’s new book, which recounts the early life of her grandmother Hilda, who grew up in 1920s Bermondsey. Although Hilda died in 2003, Kemp has weaved her many stories into a gripping narrative, charting her years of torment at the hands of her abusive father. (Amberley, £15.99) This slim volume showcases some of the most fascinating photographs taken during the third full year of the Second World War – the 12 months that were regarded as the ‘turning point’ of the global conflict. Focusing on military endeavours rather than the Home Front, Christopher and McCutcheon pack in plenty of contextual detail – this book is perfect for those who don’t know their B-17s from their T-34s!