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Books of the Month

In Your Prime Older, Wiser, Happier
India Knight
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. In Your Prime acts as a witty and opinionated wake-up call for women who are rapidly approaching the dreaded 40 or have long sailed on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2015
     
Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
May 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, bestselling historian David Starkey explores its influence on Britain today. Taking us from the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
Maxim Jakubowski May 2015 Highly Recommended. For a change, my highly recommended choice of the month is not a work of fiction, but a splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Hopeful - An Autobiography
Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili was born in the UK to Iranian parents and he has therefore a unique view of the 2 countries and their cultures. Besides being a performer and comedian he’s also an actor and you’ll spot him in many...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
Winston Churchill at the Telegraph
Dr. A. Warren Dockter
With a foreword from Boris Johnson, an anthology of Churchill's writing for the Daily Telegraph together with some of the newspaper's coverage of Churchill's life. It was a surprisingly long relationship starting in 1897 with a report from the further...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/05/2015
     
Dunkirk Fight to the Last Man
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore examines the facts behind the famous 1940 retreat and the myths that now surround it to reveal the truth about Dunkirk. While over 300,000 men were rescued more than 40,000 were left behind. It was their bravery, as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Winner of the Costa Book of the year 2014. Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Owning and training a hawk...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Waterloo The Aftermath
Paul O'Keeffe
With the 200th anniversary of the ending of the Battle of Waterloo on 19 June 2015 there are a great many books being published detailing the battle but what about what happened afterwards? The great battle is over - there...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon
For the first time, Romantic Outlaws brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy. This is inventive, illuminating, involving biography at its best.
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming’s discovery of his grandfather’s death was recorded on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are, after the programme aired, his father, out of contact for a decade got in touch with Alan saying he had more...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
Does this new autobiography denote a changed man? Geoffrey Boycott has had to cope with some life-changing events in recent years, the stress and resultant media furore over his court case for assault and then surgery and strenuous radiotherapy for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit
Helena Attlee
The delight of being surprised by a book and this is one such delight - an unassuming story – a somewhat odd one perhaps – the history of citrus fruit in Italy. In Helena Atlee’s hands it’s transformed into a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
How to Ruin a Queen Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal That Shook the French Throne
Jonathan Beckman
This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French police disguised as colliers, reams of lesbian pornography and a duel fought with poisoned pigs. It is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History
Nick Townsend
The story of Barney Curley, the man who made betting pay...for him. Not a Bookmakers favourite he has consistently won more than he lost in over 40 years of following the turf. Above all, the book reveals for the first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Our Life on Ice The Autobiography
Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean
As Torvill and Dean come to their 40th anniversary together they open up for the first time about their lives as skaters, TV stars and the story behind that immaculate win at the 1984 Winter Olympics. They also look to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
My Life in Football
Trevor Brooking
Trevor Brooking’s early talent led to a number of clubs anxious to sign him, as West Ham was the only to allow him to continue his school studies, that’s where he went and it led to an extraordinary 17 years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
Last Man off A True Story of Disaster, Survival and One Man's Ultimate Test
Matt Lewis
The cover portrays what looks like a tiny boat alone in an immense sea. The boat was not that tiny, it had a crew of 39, but the seas were truly immense as were the distances travelled. This was the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
Guy Martin: My Autobiography
Guy Martin
Find out what motivates Guy Martin to confront the dangers of road racing, you’ll experience the heart-stopping moments when things go wrong and can contrast this adrenaline rush to the joys of winning. If you want to feel the speed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
     
Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the USA. Before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, he took one last trip around the UK, and in this book, he turns an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/1996
     

Last Month's Featured Books

I Left My Tent in San Francisco
Emma Kennedy
Startlingly honest and ridiculously funny, I Left My Tent in San Francisco is the miraculous story of how the hapless pair made it back alive to tell the disastrous tale....
 
 
Girl for Sale The Shocking True Story from the Girl Trafficked and Abused by Oxford's Evil Sex Ring

Lara McDonnell was one of the young girls involved in the Oxford Child Abuse Scandal that ran from 2004-2012. With 7 men now in jail for long prison terms the...
 
 
The World's War
David Olusoga
That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t...
 
 
The Porcelain Thief
Huan Hsu
China, 1938 and Huan Hsu’s grandfather had to save the the family heirlooms, they were facing the Japanese invasion and had to flee, hoping their possessions would stay hidden in...
 
 
Postcards from the Middle East How Our Family Fell in Love with the Arab World
Chris Naylor
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Chris Naylor is a Director of A Rocha...
 
 
Walking Home My Family and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to...
 
 
The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Stripped of sentimentality, this is Marion Coutts’ account of her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumour through to his subsequent death. A...
 
 
It's Not Raining, Daddy, it's Happy
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton
The headlines read “Father saves son from speeding car that kills wife”, behind those headlines were Ben grieving for his much-loved wife Desreen and suddenly having to care alone for...
 
 
Littlejohn's Lost World
Richard Littlejohn
Born in the early 1950’s, Richard Littlejohn, experienced childhood without computers and wall-to-wall TV and had the freedom to roam in town or country. Now, when parents would be prosecuted...
 
 
Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
A collection of prose from much-loved poet, Wendy Cope. Containing both published and unpublished work, there is writing here on a wide variety of subjects and in every shade, from...
 
 
Globe Life in Shakespeare's London
Catharine Arnold
A fascinating portrait of life in Shakespeare's London, seen from the theatrical perspective, by popular historian, Catharine Arnold. Arnold creates a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the...
 
 
How to Be a Husband
Tim Dowling
Not wishing to lead by example, Tim Dowling, does however have over 20 years of husbandly experience to offer those who would like to ask; Tim, how can I be...
 
 
Gallipoli
Alan Moorehead, Sir Max Hastings
April 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The Centenary of Gallipoli, the First World War campaign that was doomed to failure, bringing...
 
 
Noodle Maker of Kalimpong The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet
Gyalo Thondup, Anne F. Thurston
Looks at the Dalai Lama and his immediate family and in particular his brother, also his special envoy, Gyalo Thondup, as well as an insider's view of the vicious and...
 
 
Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames
Caitlin Davies
Downstream is a history and celebration of swimmers' relationship with the River Thames. Weaving from the source in Gloucestershire 215 miles across to the North Sea, the book tells the...
 
 
Runner A Short Story About a Long Run
Lizzy Hawker
Runner is the story of Lizzy Hawker's journey and will get inside the head of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human...
 
 
Hidden City Adventures and Explorations in Dublin
Karl Whitney
Dublin is a city much visited and deeply mythologized. Hidden City shows us a Dublin - or a collection of Dublins - that we've never seen before, a city hiding...
 
 
Lewis Carroll: A Biography
Morton N. Cohen
Morton N Cohen has studied Lewis Carroll for over 20 years and his definitive biography has now been republished to mark the 150th “birthday” of Alice in Wonderland. Written in...
 
 
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant...
 
 
The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Using new and previously unpublished material Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Alice in Wonderland and the life of its author, Lewis Carroll, looking too at the influence Alice in Wonderland has had...
 
 
The Spy with 29 Names The Story of the Second World War's Most Audacious Double Agent
Jason Webster
From Jason Webster, who knows and loves Spain, the intriguing story of Juan Pujol, a spy and a fighter who double-crossed, worked all sides yet influenced some of the major...
 
 
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Daniel Hahn
This accessible A to Z is the first place to look for information about the authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature,...
 
 
All I Know Now Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully
Carrie Hope Fletcher
The essential guide to navigating 'the Teen Age' by YouTube star Carrie Hope Fletcher
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Late Fragments Everything I Want to Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
Kate Gross
Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer as a young woman, Kate Gross was destined never to see her children grow and mature, leave behind a much loved husband and lose all...
 
 
60 Postcards The Inspirational Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Celebrate Her Mother, One Postcard at a Time
Rachael Chadwick
Rachael Chadwick’s Mother was approaching 60 when she died, a devastating blow and the end to their close and loving relationship. As a way of celebrating her mother and to...
 
 
Never Judge a Book by its Cover The Autobiography
Lisa Riley
At the heart of Lisa Riley’s book is the message, be who you want to be and stay true to yourself. She intends her book to be an inspirational look...
 
 
The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Amanda Owen
Well known from her appearances on ITV’s The Dales, Amanda Owen is one of those lucky people living their dreams. Amanda Owen lives in a remote corner of Yorkshire; she’s...
 
 
Tales from the Queen of the Desert
Gertrude Bell
Take a gentle yet fascinating stroll back into another era, into the memories of Gertrude Bell, a woman so far ahead of her time she would still be considered remarkable...
 
 
John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Calling it a book of scholarly imagination, Ruth Scurr attempts to recreate John Aubrey’s life from his own writings. He was one of the first journalistic voices we have in...
 
 
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change
Caroline Lucas
From Green MP, Caroline Lucas, a clear and concise “outsider’s” view of Westminster politics. Telling of her own experiences battling with the parliamentary system, she also questions the failures in...
 
 
Once Upon a Time in the West...Country
Tony Hawks
Not one for the rural life, Tony, partner Fran and their child on the way move to the deep countryside. Is this Tony’s challenge to himself, to take up rural...
 
 
A Different Kind of Weather
William Waldegrave
The life and times of William Waldegrave, he looks back on a full political career at the heart of the Conservative Party considering why he had such a passion for...
 
 
The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books
John Carey
A child of the Blitz, an evacuee sent to a rural village, John Carey looks back on life as an Oxford Literature Professor and long-time Sunday Times book reviewer sharing...
 
 
Landmarks
Robert Macfarlane
Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the words we use to describe it, an outpouring of...
 
 
The Tears of the Rajas Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905
Ferdinand Mount
Using the letters and diaries of his grandmother’s family, the Lows, who, for over 100 years were part of the British Raj, their moving story forms the basis of Ferdinand...
 
 
Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
Alan Allport
How did ordinary men cope with being called up, propelled from civilian to soldier in a few short months they were then sent off to fight. Alan Allport captures their...
 
 
The Midwife's Sister
Christine Lee
The woman whose stories were the foundation for the books and later the TV series Call the Midwife had a troubled start in life. Here Jennifer Worth’s sister reveals their...
 
 
Censoring Queen Victoria How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon
Yvonne M. Ward
Queen Victoria’s correspondence filled rooms, in all, 460 volumes of letters. It was a mammoth task to edit this down to 3 volumes and two men were chosen for the...
 
 
Dreams of the Good Life The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford
Richard Mabey
As a long-time lover of Lark Rise to Candleford, this was a must-read for me and indeed will be for Flora Thompson’s many fans. It was all the more poignant...
 
 
My Life in Agony Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt
Irma Kurtz
Irma Kurtz’s own private life and her public self as Agony Aunt come together in a narrative that informs of her own life and the many, many other lives she...
 
 
The Princess Matilda Comes Home
Shane Spall
From their winter berth at Cardiff, Tim and Shane Spall set out on a new journey to follow the Welsh Coast before striking out for the Isle of Man and...
 
 
Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It’s published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th birthday...
 
 
Being Binky
Binky Felstead
Another Made in Chelsea participant reveals their inner life – and for Binky Felstead there’s plenty to tell – not just her sudden rise to TV fame and also looking...
 
 
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