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This Month's Featured Books

The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. Using new and previously unpublished material Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Alice in Wonderland and the life of its author, Lewis Carroll, looking too at the influence Alice in Wonderland has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 on our cultural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
     
Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
Andrea Wulf
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2015. Before Longitude no one remembered John Harrison. The Invention of Nature does the same for Alexander von Humboldt. He predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
     
Eye Marty The Newly Discovered Autobiography of a Comic Genius
Marty Feldman
Marty Feldman died early and unexpectedly while filming in Mexico 30 years ago, he left behind him an autobiography which only now is seeing the light of day. Prepared for publication by his friend Mark Flanagan, this is a portrait...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
     
John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. 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 English history; he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
We British The Poetry of a People
Andrew Marr
‘We British’ is a remarkable book, full to the brim with some extraordinary poetry that will encourage you to open your heart and mind. Andrew Marr looks beyond the obvious, even when including some of our most famous poets and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/10/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


The Man with the Golden Typewriter Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters
Fergus Fleming
Before the world-famous films came the world-famous novels. This books tells the story of the man who wrote them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero. Fleming's output...
 
 

Telegraph History of the World
Gavin Fuller
A celebration of 160 years of reporting from the end of the Crimea War in 1856 to the Fifa scandals in May this year. A Daily Telegraph reporter always on...
 
 

Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps
Barbara Bond
A history of MI9's efforts in providing secret mapping during WWII. These maps, often printed on silk, were produced for pilots, the SOE and for smuggling to prisoners as an...
 
 

The Light Between Us Lessons from Heaven That Teach Us to Live Better in the Here and Now
Laura Lynne Jackson
‘The Light Between Us’ is moving and fascinating in equal measure. I’m interested in the power of the mind, however I’m sceptical about an afterlife, so will admit to starting...
 
 

A Broken World Letters, Diaries and Memories of the Great War
Sebastian Faulks
Many of the writings included in this anthology have never been published before, war memories culled from letters, diaries and memoirs reflecting the extremes as experienced by those who fought...
 
 

Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig
THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MEMOIR OF 2015 - NOW IN PAPERBACK
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Strange Death of JFK The Men Who Murdered the President
Chris Lightbown
Astounding and convincing inquiry into the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy in Texas in 1963, one of the key mysteries of the 20th century.
 
 

But Seriously
John McEnroe
10 years ago, John McEnroe published his bestselling autobiography, Serious. Now in But Seriously he describes his life as he adjusts to a future off the tennis court. It’s...
 
 

Beneath the Heart of the Sea The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex
Owen Chase
First published in 1821 and the inspiration for 'Moby Dick', this is an absolutely fascinating true story, detailing a subject that will make you wince, grimace and wonder. Owen Chase...
 
 

Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Lars Mytting
November 2015 Book of the Month. This has been and continues to be a phenomenal Norwegian bestseller. Whether you are...
 
 

Black Mass Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal
Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neil
A gripping and chilling true story of violence, double-cross and corruption, Black Mass takes us deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history. The film adaptation of...
 
 

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
November 2015 Book of the Month. Mary Beard has pulled off a...
 
 

Not Enough Time
Henrietta Knight
The story of a life well lived, a great love and a beautiful horse. Henrietta Knight's memoir of a life with horses also encompasses her enduring love for husband, Terry...
 
 

Take Six Girls The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
Laura Thompson
At one point in the narrative, Laura Thompson compares the Mitford sisters to the Kardashians, an analogy that emphasises the newsworthiness of the Mitford sisters as they made their mark...
 
 

A Star is Born The Moment an Actress Becomes an Icon
George Tiffin
The films that tipped actresses into stardom cover almost one hundred years from 1914's Hearts Adrift that turned Mary Pickford into a star to Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone...
 
 

Leading
Alex Ferguson
Alex Ferguson puts across some of the lessons he's learned during his long career in Football. Throughout the book he references football - the players, the money, the owners, the...
 
 

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter
David Starkey
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 origins of the “Great Charter”,...
 
 

The Nazi Hunters
Damien Lewis
Not to be dismissed as just another account of past SAS derring-do. There is plenty of adventure in Damien Lewis's historical account but for me, the second half of the...
 
 

Special Deluxe
Neil Young
Special Deluxe by Neil Young - the second instalment of the iconic musician's memoirs. Quirky and wonderfully candid, Neil Young's new book of reminiscences is as compelling as his first...
 
 

John Le Carre The Biography
Adam Sisman
Written with exclusive access to le Carre himself, to his private archive and to many of the people closest to him, this is a major biography of one of the...
 
 

White Road A Pilgrimage of Sorts
Edmund de Waal
In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked...
 
 

Charlotte Bronte A Life
Claire Harman
Through the many Bronte biographies and of Charlotte in paticular, it's often hard to separate their lives from their fictions, to clear away the Victorian clutter and melodrama and see...
 
 

Deirdre A Life on Coronation Street
Glenda Young
This is the story of Deirdre from Coronation Street, a story told with love, laughter and drama. I don’t watch the soaps, however as I’ve grown up, I’ve been more...
 
 

In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park
Europe is currently dealing with an unprecedented flow of human beings escaping conflict, hunger and political injustice. In Asia there is another flow of refugees undertaking an even deadlier journey...
 
 

Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945
Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum
Using an amazing collection of maps from the Imperial War Museum archives, showing how – pre-computer - maps were used as a means of momentarily pinning down the action, they...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator
Homer Hickam
One of our Books of the Year 2015. December 2015 Book of the Month. A beautifully quirky, yet at the same time...
 
 

Girl Alone Joss Came Home from School to Discover Her Father's Suicide. Angry and Hurting, She's Out of Control.
Cathy Glass
This is an achingly sad yet compelling tale, Cathy Glass, foster mother to over 150 children over 25 years, has written a number of books under a pseudonym. Not only...
 
 

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
November 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials,...
 
 

Kate Inside the Rainbow
John Carder Bush
A unique collection of rare and unseen photographs of Kate Bush, taken by her brother, the photographer and writer John Carder Bush. It includes outtakes from classic album shoots and...
 
 

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer
David Hempleman-Adams
Known as the only man who has achieved what is known as the Adventurer’s Grand Slam by reaching both the North and South Poles and having climbed the highest peaks...
 
 

Bringing Home the Ashes Winning with England
Joe Root
Bringing Home the Ashes is the inside story of one of the finest young talents in world cricket, told with the intelligence, personality and determination that characterise Root's performances at...
 
 

Ferguson's Gang The Remarkable Story of the National Trust Gangsters
Polly Bagnall, Sally Beck
December 2015 Book of the Month. You don't often read “gangsters” and National Trust in the same sentence, more surprising still to...
 
 

The Early Morning Light
Edward Forde Hickey
This is an absolutely charming story, with occasional bites of reality, about life in rural Ireland during the early 1940’s. Newborn Teddy is evacuated from bomb ravaged London to Tipperary...
 
 

The Men Who Were Honest to Jesus and What They Did
N. Micklem
In his authoritatively written exploration of the critical roles Jesus’ disciples played in spreading the word of God, Micklem argues that current views of the history of Christianity (from Gospel...
 
 

An Ever Rolling Stream From the Conventional to the Unconventional in Life (and Medicine)
Don Snuggs
An interesting little memoir by Don Snuggs who has had a varied career in medicine. As a child during the Second World War, the author spent some time in and...
 
 

Abel The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers
Vin Arthey
From the most unlikely of beginnings in Newcastle, to Moscow, the streets of New York and back again this is an extraordinary tale of Cold War espionage and the true...
 
 

Living on the Volcano The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager
Michael Calvin
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. Living on the Volcano charts the progress of more than 20 managers, in different circumstances and in different...
 
 

Speed Kings
Andy Bull
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage. It was...
 
 

Fifty-Six The Story of the Bradford Fire
Martin Fletcher
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. This book tells the gripping, extraordinary in-depth story of a boy's unthinkable loss following a spring afternoon at...
 
 

Fire in Babylon How the West Indies Cricket Team Brought a People to its Feet
Simon Lister
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. Cricket had never been played like this. The West Indies had always had brilliant cricketers; it hadn't always...
 
 

A Man's World The Double Life of Emile Griffith
Donald McRae
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In Donald McRae's first sports book in more than a decade, he weaves a compelling tale of triumph...
 
 

Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter
Guy Martin
As Guy Martin's grandfather Voldemars frequently reminded him,'When you dead, you dead.' So, before it's all over, Guy Martin is making the most of the time he's got. This book...
 
 

Binge
Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley, pop culture phenomenon and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, brings you his funniest untold stories in his first book.
 
 
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