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Books of the Month


Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer
Michael Smith
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A new perspective on one of history’s great heroes, with access to Shackleton’s original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith is able to present a fresh...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

More Fool Me
Stephen Fry
October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A third volume of autobiography from Stephen Fry, at its heart is a frank admission of his cocaine fuelled life in the 80’s and 90’s. Wrapping...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
November 2014 Book of the Month. Ian Crofton was born in Edinburgh and after a long career working away once again lives in Scotland, his new book contemplating the potential rupture of two...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Young Winstone
Ray Winstone, Chris Heath
Ray Winstone's amazing talent for bringing out the humanity buried inside his often brutal screen characters - violent offender in Scum, wife-beater in Nil by Mouth, retired blagger in Sexy Beast - has made him one of the most charismatic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

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: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
     

Going off Alarming The Autobiography
Danny Baker
With the first volume of his autobiography praised for its exuberance and humour it was also greatly appreciated for his frankness in covering some of his lesser successes and his willingness to include personal reminiscence alongside those of work and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Bobby Moore The Man in Full
Matt Dickinson
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. Immaculate footballer -- Imperial defender -- Immortal hero of 1966... National treasure -- Master of Wembley -- Lord of the game -- Captain extraordinary -- Gentleman for all time...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry
Bill Jones
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and would always remain - an absolute mystery to a world that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Last Post Music, Remembrance and the Great War
Alwyn W. Turner
From that first traumatic remembrance service at 11am on 11th November 1919, the last post continues to be played to end the two minute silence, most famously at The Cenotaph. Alwyn Turner considers the history of the bugle, the music...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
     

Confessions of a Ghostwriter
Andrew Crofts
Slip into a secret world, one of suggestive snippets of information and intrigue; time hop through the career of a ghostwriter who has led a life possibly more varied and interesting than some of those he writes memoirs for. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography
Paul Merton
The ups and the downs of Paul Merton’s life so far, twenty five years in the public eye, he has a tremendous story to tell and his wit and humour shine through. I haven’t been allowed to see the book...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Waterloo Four Days That Changed Europe's Destiny
Tim Clayton
The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over twenty years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
     

A Slip of the Keyboard Collected Non-fiction
Terry Pratchett
This title comes with a foreword by Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series - but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Leningrad Siege and Symphony
Brian Moynahan
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on 9 August, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Elizabeth Renaissance Prince
Lisa Hilton
'I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.' Lisa Hilton's majestic biography of Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen', provides vibrant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/11/2014
     

So, Anyway...
John Cleese
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Making of Home
Judith Flanders
One of my very favourite books of the year so far, a wonderful all encompassing history of European and American home life as experienced over the past 500 years. Judith Flanders overturns our notions of what home has meant in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

England, Arise The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381
Juliet Barker
The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages. The same highly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Civil War A History of England
Peter Ackroyd
In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ends with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Beyond the Horizon
Richard Parks, Michael Aylwin
Richard Parks has what must be one of contemporary sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. Soon after he turned thirty, the professional career in rugby that had been his life for over a decade was cut short by injury, leaving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Soundtrack to My Life
Dermot O'Leary
With a wonderful gift for storytelling, Dermot describes his journey from a childhood in Colchester with his Irish family, to some of the biggest jobs in TV and radio in the UK. It's a story which is accompanied, in every...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Abducting a General The Kreipe Operation and Soe in Crete
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Dressed as German military police, they stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove through twenty-two German checkpoints, then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Prince Harry Brother, Soldier, Son
Penny Junor
He is the redhead that Diana called 'the spare', whose childhood was one of chaos and loss; the little boy walking behind his mother's cortege who broke our hearts. This is the story of how he survived the loss and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Son of a Gun
Justin St. Germain
In Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001, Debbie St. Germain is found dead in her trailer, apparently murdered by her fifth husband. For her twenty-year-old son, Justin, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Long after...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar
Martin Windrow
'Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life
John Dolan
This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Joan of Arc
Helen Castor
Acclaimed historian Helen Castor brings us afresh a gripping life of Joan of Arc. Instead of the icon, she gives us a living, breathing young woman; a roaring girl fighting the English, and taking sides in a bloody civil war...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The House is Full of Yogis
Will Hodgkinson
A witty memoir about the trials of adolescence, the tribulations of family life and the embarrassment that ensues from having larger-than-life parents Neville and Liz Hodgkinson bought into the Thatcherite dream of home ownership, aspiration and advancement. The first children...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Chris Hadfield
Now retired, Chris Hadfield has fulfilled his life dream of becoming an astronaut. Before hanging up his space-suit he commanded the International Space station and famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity...in Space and became a massive Youtube hit. In his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     

Waterloo The Aftermath
Paul O'Keeffe
This was the scene after midnight, 19 June 1815: On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French Grande Armee was struggling in abject disorder to the Belgian...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Republic of Imagination
Azar Nafisi
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Queen's Houses
Alan Titchmarsh
The Queen's life is dedicated to her public - every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind life of public...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Nowhere to Go The Heartbreaking True Story of a Boy Desperate to be Loved
Casey Watson
Bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson shares the shocking true story of Tyler, an abused eleven-year-old who, after stabbing his step-mother, had nowhere else to go. Knowing a little of Tyler's past - his biological mother, a heroin addict,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Parfums A Catalogue of Remembered Smells
Philippe Claudel
From the sizzling sharpness of freshly cut garlic to the cool tang of a father's aftershave; the heady intoxication of a fumbled first kiss to the anodyne void of disinfectant and death, this is a decadently original olfactory memoir. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Fathomless Riches
Richard Coles
The Reverend Richard Coles is a parish priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards' 'Don't Leave...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
     

Force Benedict
Eric Carter, Anthony Loveless
Second World War fighter pilot Eric Carter is one of only four surviving members of a secret mission, code-named 'Force Benedict'. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill in 1941 Force Benedict was dispatched to defend Murmansk, the USSR's only port not under...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Memoir
Lynda Bellingham
In 2013, actress, television personality and Sunday Times bestselling author, Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Until now, Lynda hasn't spoken publicly about her illness - she has felt strongly that everyone's experience of cancer is so different, and she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man
Anthony Sattin
T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Life and Loves of a He Devil
Graham Norton
Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly twenty years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Taking Command
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 modern armed forces. His outspokenness and candour extends to his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Girl for Sale The Shocking True Story from the Girl Trafficked and Abused by Oxford's Evil Sex Ring

At the vulnerable age of 13, Lara McDonnell was picked out by a gang of men who befriended her, showered her with attention and gained her trust. Manipulated and groomed, her life quickly spiralled out of control as the men...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Frood The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jem Roberts
As a wise ape once observed, space is big - vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly so. However, if you look too closely at space, it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Bookshop Book
Jen Campbell
We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Hand to Mouth The Truth About Being Poor in a Wealthy World
Linda Tirado
Linda Tirado knows from experience what it is to be poor, to struggle to make ends meet. She has worked all hours as a food service worker in a chain restaurant to support her young family. She knows what it's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
The Countess of Carnarvon
Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or 'Porchey', as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Run or Die
Kilian Jornet
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. Run or Die by Kilian Jornet - The inspirational memoir of the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation. (The New York Times). Kilian Jornet has conquered some of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

Trash An Innocent Girl. A Shocking Story of Squalor and Neglect.
Tracy Miller, Britney Fuller
'To start: it was just me and my mom. I am an only child, and she is a single parent. My mother is a trash hoarder. Ever since I can remember the house was always messy and stunk. At around...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove me to suicide. Now it’s time to tell the world the truth – I’m...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Our Life on Ice The Autobiography
Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean
When Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean collapsed to the ice at the climax of their routine to Bolero in the 1984 Winter Olympics, the judges could find no fault, awarding them 12 maximum scores of 6.0, while 24 million viewers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

A Man Walks on to a Pitch... Stories from a Life in Football
Harry Redknapp
A look back on a lifetime's experience in football, above all a look at what is right and wrong with the game – an informal history of Football. Harry Redknapp highlights the best teams he’s known, the best players and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

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: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
     

Autobiography
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Peter Pietersen is a 34 year-old professional cricketer, and the highest England run scorer in all international forms of the game combined.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Driving Ambition - My Autobiography
Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss, one of the most successful and respected England cricket captains of the modern era, announced his retirement from professional cricket at the end of 2012. In DRIVING AMBITION he gives a candid account of the highs and lows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

The Second Half
Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle
In an eighteen-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest (under Brian Clough), Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Hard Case The Autobiography of Jimmy Case
Jimmy Case
Jimmy Case is best remembered for a spectacular FA Cup final goal and a deserved reputation as one of football's genuine hard men. But that does scant justice to a career that covered more than 700 appearances for 7 league...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

My Life in Football
Trevor Brooking
When Trevor Brooking was still at school, the Essex-born teenager was one of the most eagerly pursued prospects in London, but he chose to go to West Ham United - the only club that was prepared to allow him to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

A Very Courageous Decision The Inside Story of Yes Minister
Graham McCann
Graham McCann investigates why the BBC TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister were so successful. He looks at how the show’s writers, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn were inspired by real events, how the Civil Service and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2014
     


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Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
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She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and, on the day of the shooting, nearly overslept and missed an exam. A girl who saw women suddenly...
 
 
 


The Greatest Escape How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis - A Good Place to Hide
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September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This true story should be heard, should be shouted from the rooftops, as not only is...
 
 
 


Console Wars Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation
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In 1990 Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But...
 
 
 


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Andree's War How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis
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The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story Behind Their Music
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These original documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world in museums and universities. Never before has anyone managed to...
 
 
 


The Best of Both Worlds The autobiography of the world's greatest living medium
Gordon Smith
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The Child Bride
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The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
After a period of his life when a court case and then throat cancer threatened first his career and then his life, Geoffrey Boycott re-emerged as an apparently changed man...
 
 
 


Dunkirk From Disaster to Deliverance - Testimonies of the Last Survivors
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The events of Dunkirk – the evacuation of the troops by the “little ships” has become part of the British myth. Here using commentary from the survivors together with archive...
 
 
 


A History of Silence A Family Memoir
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The Last Escaper
Peter Tunstall
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Luis Suarez - My Autobiography: El Pistolero
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Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
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Shooting Straight Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney
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Tales from the Dance Floor
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A relationship was a mathematical formula: the correct variables of age, beauty, morality and finances were entered and the output was a successful, peaceful marriage. It couldn't be, therefore, that...
 
 
 


Three Little Words The Heartbreaking True Story of an Abandoned Little Girl
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'I am trapped centre stage in the spotlight. Do I have a choice? I stare straight ahead, shrug my shoulders and mumble, I guess so. In three words, it is...
 
 
 


Trains to the Trenches The Men, Locomotives and Tracks That Took the Armies to War 1914-18
Andrew Roden, Annie Winsland
Without the railways for the Great Powers, the most terrible conflict the world has ever known would have taken a very different form - if it had happened at all....
 
 
 


Travelling to Work Diaries 1988-1998
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The Underground Girls of Kabul The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys
Jenny Nordberg
An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her...
 
 
 


Hopeful - An Autobiography
Omid Djalili
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Omid Djalili was born in the UK to Iranian parents and he has therefore a unique...
 
 
 


Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC...
 
 
 


Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Tom Doyle
Tom Doyle harks back to the 1970’s a time when Paul McCartney’s life was in total contrast to the man he is today. For Paul McCartney, the 1970’s were a...
 
 
 


A Short History of the First World War
Gary Sheffield
All you need to know about WW1 from one of the world's foremost experts. Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what...
 
 
 


The Bucket Memories of an Inattentive Childhood
Allan Ahlberg
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The Telegraph Book of Champions An Anthology of the Greats Throughout the Sporting Year
Martin Smith
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Taken from the Daily Telegraph archives, an anthology of sports writing that highlights the Greats. One...
 
 
 


Victoria A Life
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Year Zero A History of 1945
Ian Buruma
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Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
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A Long Way Home
Saroo Brierly
Aged five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his older brother and ended up alone on the streets of Calcutta. After weeks surviving alone, he was taken into an orphanage and...
 
 
 


No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer
David Hempleman-Adams
If there's an adventure to be had, it's likely that David Hempleman-Adams has been there first. Ranking alongside Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Bonnington in the pantheon of British explorers, he...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Year and a World of Change Apart
Diccon Bewes
A travel diary from 1863 inspires author Diccon Bewes to retrace Thomas Cook's historic train trip that revolutionised tourism forever.
 
 
 


Wild Voices Journeys Through Time in the Scottish Highlands
Mike Cawthorne
A record of travels in one of the wildest and most remote corners of the UK – the Cairngorms. Following in the footsteps of Scottish writers such as Neil Gunn...
 
 
 


Adventures with the Wife in Space Living with Doctor Who
Neil Perryman
Firstly, unreserved sympathy for Mrs Perryman (Sue) who makes all too few interruptions in this account of an experiment in viewing all the Doctor Who episodes – would it turn...
 
 
 


On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys - My Early Years
Richard Hammond
ON THE ROAD: GROWING UP IN EIGHT JOURNEYS - MY EARLY YEARS is a new form of autobiography, in which TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond tells the story of his...
 
 
 


Philip Larkin Life, Art and Love
James Booth
Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three'...
 
 
 


This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone...
 
 
 


Harry's Games Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp
John Crace
Who is Harry Redknapp? Football genius or football chancer? Master tactician or practical joker? How is it that even when he was facing court proceedings for tax evasion so many...
 
 
 


The Final Season
Nigel McCrery
In 1914, as today, professional footballers were heroes and role models. They were the sporting superstars of their time; symbols of youth, health and vigour. And naturally enough, when war...
 
 
 


Ammonites and Leaping Fish A Life in Time
Penelope Lively
In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and...
 
 
 


All's Fair in Love and Law Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation
Alan Hammond
Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn is a traditional solicitors firm in the small Midlands town of Hockam (pronounced Hokum, as the local residents are at pains to point out). This...
 
 
 


The Moth This Is a True Story
Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman
With an introduction by Neil Gaiman Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories....
 
 
 


H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens,...
 
 
 


Elizabeth of York
Alison Weir
Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess...
 
 
 


Dante in Love
A. N. Wilson
In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to comprehend...
 
 
 


Fergie Rises How Britain's Greatest Football Manager Was Made at Aberdeen
Michael Grant
When Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2013 season, he was the most successful football manager Britain had ever seen, having won twice as many trophies as...
 
 
 


Bobby Womack Midnight Mover
Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton
Bobby Womack is a true legend, a phenomenally gifted musician with 40 albums and 30 million record sales to his name. He wrote the classic tracks 'It's All Over Now'...
 
 
 


A Life to Remember The Life Story of Morella Kayman, Co-founder of the Alzheimer's Society
Morella Kayman
Morella Kayman's was destined to be an opera singer until she developed cancer in her twenties. Her husband was then diagnosed with pre-senile dementia and as so little was known...
 
 
 


Martin the Magnificent The Future of Irish Football
Simon Moss
In November 2013, Martin O'Neill was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland's national football team, with Roy Keane as his assistant manager. For Ireland, and for football itself, the...
 
 
 


The Three Degrees
Paul Rees
When Cyrille Regis became one of the first black players to be selected for the full England team, he was sent a package in the mail. Inside it was a...
 
 
 


Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica
Matthew Parker
A completely fascinating, authoritative and intriguing book - especially for anyone interested in Ian Fleming and the James Bond phenomenon . (William Boyd). Goldeneye: the story of Ian Fleming in...
 
 
 


Boy About Town
Tony Fletcher
'I was no longer fitting in at school. I was unsure of my friends, and they were increasingly unsure of me. I wanted to be a rock star. But while...
 
 
 


The Eighties One Day, One Decade
Dylan Jones
One Day: Saturday 13 July 1985, nearly two billion people woke up with one purpose. Nearly a third of humanity knew where they were going to be that day. Watching,...
 
 
 


The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo
Paul Preston
The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulent 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for...
 
 
 


Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10
Luca Caioli
The proud custodian of Brazil's illustrious number 10, in the summer of 2014 Neymar has the chance that eluded the likes of Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho before him - to...
 
 
 


Lou Reed The Life
Mick Wall
Rock 'n' roll was Lou Reed's life. From recording one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time with THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO (1967), to heavy drug abuse...
 
 
 


Pushing the Limits The Two-Time World MotoGP Champion's Own Explosive Story
Casey Stoner
Showing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shares his incredible journey from being a Queensland toddler with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike...
 
 
 


Stirling Moss The Authorised Biography
Robert Edwards
Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss raced professionally over 500 times until his near fatal crash in 1962. At the end of his racing career, he was the most famous Briton -...
 
 
 


Augustus From Revolutionary to Emperor
Adrian Goldsworthy
In the year 44 BC, when Julius Caesar was killed, Augustus was a mere teenager who had been adopted into Caesar's household. His reaction to Caesar's death was to step...
 
 
 


Castlereagh The Biography of a Statesman
John Bew
Damned in coruscating verse by Shelley and Byron, his coffin hissed at during his funeral, Lord Castlereagh has one of the blackest reputations in British history. But as John Bew...
 
 
 


King My Autobiography
Ledley King, Mat Snow
Rarely in the modern English game has a player been as loved by his supporters, admired by his teammates and respected by his peers as Ledley King. And even more...
 
 
 


The Birth of Korean Cool How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
Euny Hong
How did a really unhip country suddenly become cool? How could a nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men and rock 'n' roll come to mass produce pop...
 
 
 


Sister Mother Husband Dog (Etc)
Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of unforgettable, moving and provocative essays. The emotional lynchpin is the author's stirring, eloquent response to the death...
 
 
 


Alicia
Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Alicia Jurman is five-years-old when her story begins. It is 1935 and she is living in the East Polish town of Buczacz. Although brought up in an atmosphere of anti-Semitism,...
 
 
 


Chasing Lost Time The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator
Jean Findlay
C. K. Scott Moncrieff's celebrated translation of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator,...
 
 
 


Unforgivable Blackness The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Geoffrey Ward
This is the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the year award. He was the first black heavyweight champion in history (1908-1915) and the most celebrated - and...
 
 
 


Bye Mam, I Love You A Daughter's Last Words. A Mother's Search for Justice. The Shocking True Story of the Murder of Rebecca Aylward.
Sonia Oatley, Lynne Barrett-Lee
On Saturday, 23 October 2010, Sonia Oatley waved off her 15-year-old daughter, Becca, to meet Joshua Davies, a former boyfriend. Becca's hope was that the two of them would get...
 
 
 


The Undertaker's Daughter
Kate Mayfield
'On the last day of 1959 my father, the Beau Brummel of morticians, piled us into his green and white Desoto in which we looked like a moving pack of...
 
 
 


The Biscuit Girls
Hunter Davies
Ivy, Dulcie, Barbara, Ann, Dorothy and Jean all had different reasons for applying to work at Carr's biscuits, but once they had put on their overalls and walked through the...
 
 
 


Divided Joy
Bernard Sumner
An Autobiography of the Musician Bernard Sumner
 
 
 


The Slope of Kongwa Hill A Boy's Tale of Africa
Anthony R. Edwards
This book sheds insight into the daily life of a gentle young boy, coming of age in a wild, coed boarding school, in Tanganyika, in those days. For those who...
 
 
 


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