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Books of the Month

The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
Sinclair McKay
July 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The men and women of Fighter Command worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout the length and breadth of Britain to thwart the Nazi attacks;...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Winner of the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Rugby Book of the Year Award at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home
Malachy Tallack
Follow the latitude line from Malachy Tallack's home on Shetland and you voyage to Greenland, Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia before coming home, a wiser and more grounded person. We learn more of his troubled background as he travels West, troubles...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Sikkim Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom
Andrew Duff
Andrew Duff's discovery of family connections with Sikkim leads him into uncovering the history of one of the small states caught up in the politics of Empire, eventually subsumed into the Indian nation. The idea of Shangri-La colours our view...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2015
     
No Limits My Autobiography
Ian Poulter
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Now one of England’s top professional golfers, Ian Poulter can be a controversial and forthright figure and not one to “toe the company line”. His book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1 for seven years and the only player to achieve the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff
Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late 1990s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Yellow Jersey Club
Edward Pickering
What does it take to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance? What are the differences as well as the key factors in common? What sets these men apart from the rest of the field? This book gives the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
You emerge from reading In These Times almost convinced that you, too were one of the people waiting on the outcome of the Battles, dealing with family away at war, living lives profiting or losing by the war, overcome by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man
Anthony Sattin
Said to be the first examination of T E Lawrence as a young man, in his new book, Anthony Sattin has used first-hand source material, museum records and foreign office documents to show Lawrence before WWI when he changed from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Revolution
Russell Brand
Russell Brand lays bare the discontent running below the surface of life, everything from the political inaction on corruption in the financial industry to the demonization of the poor and the rise of the off-shore rich. Are you angry? Want...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister
Cathy Rentzenbrink
A powerful, timely and incredibly moving memoir in the bestselling tradition of Blake Morrison, Joan Didion and Ruth Picardie. Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Loving Amy A Mother's Story
Janis Winehouse
A new and intimate appraisal of Amy Winehouse from her mother, Janis. Watching her precocious and often difficult daughter grow-up, Janis saw her develop into a musician with a world-wide following, beset with addiction problems Janis then lost her daughter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
From one political renegade to another as Boris Johnson distils the essence of the Churchill magic. He considers Churchill in wartime and in peacetime, his bravery, outspokenness, oratory and legendary capacity for drink and cigars. We quickly learn politics and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Debs of Bletchley Park
Michael Smith
More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they placed a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new book shows, they were many and varied from all walks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Virgin Way How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead
Sir Richard Branson
There’s no single magic formula on offer but Richard Branson can share a lifetime’s learning, setting down what he’s learned and what he’s observed in those who have inspired him. Whatever rung you’ve reached on the management ladder there’s plenty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


What Could Possibly Go Wrong...
Jeremy Clarkson
Armed with conviction, curiosity, enthusiasm and a stout pair of trousers, the author hurtles around the world in search of answers to life's puzzles.
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their...
 
 

There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham is a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the...
 
 

A Journey to Britannia A Journey from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, C. AD130
Bronwen Riley
Imagine, courtesy of Bronwen Riley’s fantasy travelogue, Journey to Britannia, just how you’d travel from Rome to Britannia at the height of the Roman Empire. Stepping off the boat at...
 
 

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 was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th...
 
 

Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Following Roy Jenkins from his not-quite working class roots through to his rise in politics and influence on post-war Britain. Jenkins can be seen either as an usher in of...
 
 

Watch Me
Anjelica Huston
A second volume of autobiography, following A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston picking up her story as she embarked on some turbulent times with Hollywood, love, acting and honours...
 
 

KP: The Autobiography
Kevin Pietersen
The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of...
 
 

On a Wing and a Prayer One Woman's Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest
Sarah Woods
When writer and intrepid traveller Sarah Woods set about discovering the jungles of Central and South America, her quest - to catch sight of one of the few last breeding...
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous...
 
 

Behind the Mask The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Matthew Dennison
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new...
 
 

The Invisible Woman Taking on the Vintage Years
Helen Walmsley-Johnson
June 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. From Helen Walmsley-Johnson, adapted from her Guardian columns (Vintage Years), a guide to finding your...
 
 

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry
Bill Jones
Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. The triumph...
 
 

Another Man's War The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army
Barnaby Phillips
Barnaby Phillips writes of Isaac Fadoyebo, just one of the 100,000 soldiers who signed on and were conscripted to fight in World War II. Isaac’s fate was to be sent...
 
 

Please, Mister Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Having written of his childhood in This Boy, Labour MP, Alan Johnson follows on...
 
 

Young Winstone
Ray Winstone
An exploration of Ray Winstone’s past, growing up in an East End recovering the bombing of WWII. Ray Winstone reveals not only his childhood but also how it helped mould...
 
 

Taking Command
General Sir David Richards
Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the...
 
 

Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
Taking us through the year that ended in all-out war, Nigel Jones plots the political mood of the country and the unsuspecting populace at work and at play as they...
 
 

The Race to Truth Blowing the Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling's Doping Culture
Emma O'Reilly
The inside story of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal from a woman who was part of the US Postal cycling team. She quickly saw the win at any price culture...
 
 

So, Anyway... The Autobiography
John Cleese
The long-awaited autobiography from John Cleese, co-founder of Monty Python and star of Fawlty Towers. How John Marwood Cleese left Weston-super-Mare and conquered the world of comedy with many digressions...
 
 

Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents...
 
 

Crusaders in Chains
Robin Esser
Crusaders in Chains is a fascinating, amusing and eminently readable romp through the 50+ years Robin Esser has spent working in Fleet Street and the UK press; starting as an...
 
 

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires
Julie Summers
This is the book that inspired the major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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...
 
 

The Bletchley Girls
Tessa Dunlop
January 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic...
 
 

The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories
Michael Smith
January 2015 Book of the Month. More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung,...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

Guy Martin: My Autobiography
Guy Martin
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Find out what motivates Guy Martin to confront the dangers of road racing, you’ll experience the...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History
Nick Townsend
Shortlisted for the Racing Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. The story of Barney Curley, the man who made betting pay...for him. Not a...
 
 

How to Ruin a Queen Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal That Shook the French Throne
Jonathan Beckman
Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award 2015. This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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,...
 
 

How Have I Cheated Death? A Short and Merry Life with Cystic Fibrosis
Tim Wotton
Winner of the Non-Fiction Peoples' Book Award 2015 A story of triumph over adverstity, this chronicle demonstrates what cannot be cured needs to be endured. It is also the record...
 
 
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