William Shakespeare died 1616 aged 52. His surviving works consist of 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Interestingly the stone slab covering his grave is inscribed with a curse against moving his bones. Read about Shakespeare's Life
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Dear Lumpy Letters to a Disobedient Daughter Louise Mortimer
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
After the bestselling Dear Lupin, Charlie Mortimer’s sister Louise allows us once again to revel in Roger Mortimer’s prose, the stories of batty friends and... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
A Little Piece of England A tale of self-sufficiency John Jackson
First published in 1979, a welcome reissue of John Jackson’s description of life on a Kent small-holding. With his wife and three children (all more or less enthusiastic about the move), they buy a house high in the North Kent... Format: Hardback - Released: 01/04/2014
A History of London in 100 Places David Long
David Long has chosen 100 places that each represents a stage in London’s evolution. It’s a good mix of the famous and the obscure, with many surprises along the way. A good inspiration for London walks, the book comes with... Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
The Bookshop That Floated Away Sarah Henshaw
Undeterred by a rejection by a local bank to provide a loan for her admittedly unusual but brilliant idea to have a bookshop inside a barge, Sarah Henshaw went ahead anyway. This book / sort of diary loosely charts the... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
Will Christopher Rush
With great imagination, colour and skill, renowned writer and dramatist Christopher Rush takes the reader inside the mind of the world famous Bard of Avon through encounters with his lawyer as they prepare his will. This fictional autobiography was first... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
Walking Home Simon Armitage
Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain.
A uniquely charming, droll, moving,... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
Bonkers My Life in Laughs Jennifer Saunders
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013.
Amazing that Jennifer Saunders has managed to cram her life into just one volume – there is material enough for a trilogy at least. And it’s not all Bolly and... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
Highgrove A Garden Celebrated Charles, Prince of Wales, Bunny Guinness
The gardens at Highgrove evoke intense emotion. In January, the dramatic light and early snowdrops of the Stumpery are exquisite; the glistening emerald lawns and tree blossoms in Spring lift the spirits with a promise of what is to come;... Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
Woodsman Ben Law
Ben Law has lived as a woodsman in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years. His authentic, incredible sense of the land and the wildlife, and his respect for age-old traditions and how to sustain them offers a wonderful, inviting... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
Unforgivable Collette Elliott
Unforgivable is the shocking real-life story of suffering and survival from child abuse victim Collette Elliott. I brought you into this world and I can take you out with one click of my fingers. What if Baby P or Daniel... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Matt Dawson's Lions Tales Matt Dawson
Facts, anecdotes, history and humour, an up-close look at the world of the rugby Lions, with Matt Dawson looking back at 125 years of Lion history.
Like for Like Reading Lion Man: The Autobiography, Ian McGeechan Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
No Holding Back Amanda Holden
Actress, presenter, talent show judge. Daughter, wife, mother, survivor. There's so much more to Amanda Holden than fame. A natural-born performer, Amanda's journey to becoming one of the most recognisable faces on our screens today has been one full of... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos Bryony Gordon
For years, women have been told that their twenties are their golden years, filled with fun, parties, sex and glamour. Countless TV shows and movies tell us the same story: this is your perfect decade - don't waste it! You'll... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
The Valley A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family Richard Benson
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of the Hollingworth family. Spanning Richard Benson's great-grandmother Winnie's ninety-two years in the valley, and drawing on years of historical research, interviews and anecdotes, The Valley lets us... Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
A Sting in the Tale Dave Goulson
This is a Sunday Times bestseller. It is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Sous Chef 24 Hours in the Kitchen Michael J. Gibney
'Put a new pan down. Season the bass. Always from a height. The bass goes in. A monk looks done. Give it the cake tester. It's barely warm. Another minute. To the pass with it. A pan is too hot.... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
Running The Autobiography Ronnie O'Sullivan
This book explains how running has helped me to fight my demons - my addictive personality, depression, my dad's murder conviction, the painful break-up with the mother of my children - and allowed me to win five World Snooker Championships.... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
The Refuge My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women Jenny Lee Smith
Until 1971, female victims of domestic violence were expected to 'kiss and make up' with their husbands, hide their black eyes and bruises, and bear the shame that somehow their partners' brutality was their fault. Chiswick Women's Aid was Europe's... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Packing Up Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse Brigid Keenan
Her bestselling account of life as a 'trailing spouse', Diplomatic Baggage, won the hearts of thousands in countries all over the world. Now, in her further adventures, we find Brigid in Kazakhstan, where AW, her husband, contracts Lyme disease from... Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
Not for Turning The Complete Life of Margaret Thatcher Robin Harris
Margaret Thatcher is one of the most iconic politicians of the twentieth century. With the possible exception of Winston Churchill, no other Prime Minister has had such an impact on modern British history. Like it or not, her radical social... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
Levels of Life Julian Barnes
'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes' new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Thirty Years with a Rolling Stone Jo Wood
When young model and mother Jo met rock star Ronnie Wood, she had no idea what her brief flirtation with this brilliant, charismatic musician would become. This is a moving and candid memoir from the woman who married the most... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
An Endangered Species David Gower
As a cricketer, David Gower was famed for the elegance of his strokeplay as one of England's greatest batsmen and for his superb fielding. As a captain, he led his country to Ashes success, yet some queried his application because... Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
Call the Doctor Ronald White-Cooper
Ronald White-Cooper may have worked as a doctor in London's slums and tended to badly wounded men on the Western Front, but when he arrived in Dartmouth in 1920 to set up as a GP he found himself facing some... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Ben Kerry Needham
This is the Sunday Times bestseller. 'It's amazing how some people can light up a room just by stepping into it. Ben was twenty-one months old and full of smiles. He spread happiness simply by being there.' In 1991 Kerry... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist Richard Dawkins
Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life? And who... Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Absolute Beginner My Story Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit is one of our most-loved actresses, a child star who grew up in the public eye and has remained there ever since. Her life has been a roller-coaster mix of adventure, drama and heartache, and it is only... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
London Journal 1762-1763 James Boswell, Gordon Turnbull
April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on London Journal.
There are confessional memoirs, self-lacerating memoirs and then there’s Boswell’s journal. I read this account of a young man on the make in 18th London when I was a young... Format: Paperback - Released: 26/08/2010
Waterlog A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain Roger Deakin
April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on Waterlog.
Roger Deakin set out to swim his way through the British Isles: an icy, salty, weedy, murky journey in seas, lakes, rivers, canals, moats, even ditches. The result is a frog’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2000
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Film Freak Christopher Fowler
It's the late 1970s and 20-something. Christopher Fowler is a film freak, obsessively watching lousy films in run-down fleapit cinemas. He longs to be a famous screenwriter and put his...
Three Mothers (and a Camel) Phyllida Law
A single-volume edition of two hugely charming and funny memoirs of family life, by the inimitable Phyllida Law. Phyllida Law's treasured mother-in-law Annie was the lynchpin of the entire family,...
Recipe for Life The Autobiography Mary Berry
Mary Berry’s journey to become the Nation’s favourite baker has been a long one. Starting in near tragedy she turned to cooking after a childhood bout of polio, this early...
Daddy's Little Princess Cathy Glass
The latest title from the internationally bestselling author and foster carer Cathy Glass. Beth is a sweet-natured child who appears to have been well looked after. But it isn't long...
The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel
The true story of the wives behind the American Space Race, the challenges they faced in the '50s and '60s, and the 40 year friendship that bound them together.
Back in Control My Story Tina Malone
Fans of Channel 4's ground-breaking drama Shameless know and love Tina Malone for her portrayal of the loud-mouthed, larger-than-life Mimi Maguire. But what they may not know is that Tina's...
A History of Silence Lloyd Jones
A History of Silence is a touching memoir about a country and a landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake and the faultlines that this event...
Lorraine Kelly's Scotland Lorraine Kelly
From childhood family day trips to Loch Lomond, to her days as TVam's roving correspondent, Lorraine Kelly has covered the length and breadth of Scotland. But certain special places tug...
Mom and Me and Mom Maya Angelou
This is the stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one...
No Regrets Coleen Nolan
No Regrets is Coleen Nolan's gripping new memoir about love and heartbreak. As a member of the Nolan sisters, Coleen Nolan was born into the spotlight and has stayed there...
The Rev Diaries Rev. Adam Smallbones
The Rev Diaries is the hilarious tie-in novel to the award-winning hit BBC1 comedy, Rev. When vicar Adam Smallbone swapped his rural parish for St Saviours in Hackney, he thought...
Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole...
This Boy Alan Johnson
London's Notting Hill in the 1950s was an unimaginably different place to the white stucco splendour it's known for today. Alan Johnson's family lived in condemned housing, declared unfit for...
Confessions of a Chelsea Boy Spencer Matthews
Charming, funny, a good friend, a less than perfect boyfriend, Spencer Matthews is one of the most talked-about stars of Made in Chelsea. But what lies behind his sometimes controversial...
Maggie & Me Damian Barr
It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum...
Censoring Queen Victoria Yvonne Ward
In 1901, two literary gentlemen were appointed a novel task: to preserve the memory of Queen Victoria in her own words. By the time they were finished, 460 volumes of...
Sad Men Dave Roberts
All Dave Roberts ever wanted to do (apart from collect football programmes) was to work in advertising. More specifically, to work for the world's best advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi....
From Behind The Mask Pam Warren
She was not expected to survive. She became the lady in the mask. In October 1999, Pam Warren's life was turned on its head when she sustained horrific injuries in...
Peace and War: Britain in 1914 Nigel Jones
1914 dawned with Britain at peace, albeit troubled by faultlines within and threats without: Ireland trembled on the brink of civil war; suffragette agitation was assuming an ever more violent...
The Son Michel Rostain
Winner of the Prix Goncourt for Debut Fiction in 2011.
A story of grief as a father mourns his 21-year old son who died of a particularly virulent form of meningitis....
Courtney Love Autobiography Courtney Love
Alternatively criticized and vilified, embraced and idolized, Courtney Love has been polarizing opinion from the moment she stormed her way onto the music scene over twenty years ago. Yet everything...
Humble by Nature Kate Humble
In 2010, television presenter Kate Humble learned that a nearby farm in the Wye Valley where she had lived for four years was set to be sold off, broken up...
Letters to the Midwife Jennifer Worth
When the CALL THE MIDWIFE books became bestsellers, Jennifer Worth was inundated with correspondence. People felt moved to write to her because the books had touched them, and because they...
Love You, Mum
This is a beautifully packaged and illustrated gift book for girls to give to their best friends, their mums. 'I would rather go an entire week without my mobile phone...
See You in the Morning Barry Norman
Barry Norman is one of the nation's most popular and enduring broadcasters. Journalist, writer and presenter, he is best known for having fronted the BBC's flagship Film programme for more...
When Fraser Met Billy Louise Booth
Billy the cat was rescued from an abandoned house. Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter....
A Whole Lot of History Kimberley Walsh
In 2002 - along with Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts - Kimberley Walsh won a place in the Popstars The Rivals band Girls Aloud, and her...
World War Two A Short History Norman Stone
Norman Stone's gripping book tells the narrative of the Second World War in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with...
The Living Years Mike Rutherford
February 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.
If you’re a fan of the music group Genesis you’ll snap up this autobiography but it’s...
The Buy Side Turney Duff
Too much money, too much sex too many drugs… just another day on Wall Street for stellar trader Turney Duff. But in the end it will catch up with you...
July 1914 Countdown to War Sean McMeekin
The outbreak of the First World War was 'a drama never surpassed'. One hundred years later, the characters still seem larger than life: Archduke Franz Ferdinand, brooding heir to the...