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Books of the Month


Reader Reviewed Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family
Julie Shaw
December 2014 Book of the Month. A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Wild A Journey from Lost to Found
Cheryl Strayed
With life feeling empty and without direction after her mother’s death and family breakup, Cheryl Strayed set off on an epic 1,100 mile journey down the West coast of America hoping to heal the hurt and find a new direction...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Testament of Youth An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925
Vera Brittain
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War. It has now been made into a film, which has been scripted by Juliette Towhidi and is being produced by BBC Films and Heyday Films,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed My Mam Shirley
Julie Shaw
An engaging and compassionate view into the world of the Hudson women, some of whom are just as infamous as their men. You can actually read the ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ in any order, however it feels right...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Reader Reviewed My Uncle Charlie
Julie Shaw
Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn't just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’, almost feels as though it should have been the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

A Book of Voyages
Patrick O'Brian
An anthology of 17th and 18th century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O'Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth. Patrick O'Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. '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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking
In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/12/2014
     

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life
Sophia Loren
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow is Sophia Loren's definitive autobiography, revealing her personal journey from the hardship of her childhood in Naples to her life as a screen legend, sharing stories of work, love, and family. Each chapter begins with a letter,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2014
     

Foxcatcher A True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold
Mark Schultz, David Thomas
Foxcatcher by Mark Shultz - the book behind the hottest film of 2014 starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. On 22nd January 1996 Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medallist and wrestling's golden boy, was shot in the back by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/11/2014
     

The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter
Lucinda Hawksley
The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Please, Mr Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and no running water, Alan Johnson did not have the easiest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
     

Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life
Nina Stibbe
Winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe is the laugh-out-loud story of the trials and tribulations of a very particular family. In 1982 Nina...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     


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The Month Before's Featured Books 


Wild A Journey from Lost to Found
Cheryl Strayed
With life feeling empty and without direction after her mother’s death and family breakup, Cheryl Strayed set off on an epic 1,100 mile journey down the West coast of America...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


The Revolution
Russell Brand
Unstoppable comedian Russell Brand wants you to join the revolution. Are you like him, fed-up with the status quo? Do you ask yourself why 1 per cent of the world...
 
 
 


The Test My Autobiography
Brian O'Driscoll
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year 2014. This is the long-awaited autobiography of the greatest rugby player of our time: Brian O'Driscoll. Since 1999, when he...
 
 
 


A Gift from Bob
James Bowen
From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling...
 
 
 


But Seriously
John McEnroe
Over a decade after his international number one bestseller SERIOUS, John McEnroe is back and ready to talk once again. Since his hit book, he's maintained a huge presence as...
 
 
 


The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what...
 
 
 


Staying Power A Year in My Life
Phil Taylor
Phil 'The Power' Taylor is the uncontested king of darts, his sixteen world championship titles between 1990 and 2013 far outclassing anything else the game has seen. He started out...
 
 
 


No Limits My Autobiography
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter is one of golf's most charismatic figures, with an appeal extending way beyond his sport. Here he tells his inspirational story, from his early rejection as an Arsenal...
 
 
 


Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand
One of the most inspiring and positive, yet also one of the most painfully difficult and uncomfortable reads of the year. Hillenbrand, the author of ‘Seabiscuit’ has written the...
 
 
 


Being Reem
Joey Essex
Trendsetter, male grooming icon and all-round good guy, this is the world according to the one and only Joey Essex. Spreading joy wherever he goes, Joey became an instant favourite...
 
 
 


We Should All be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name....
 
 
 


Darling Monster The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to Her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952
Diana Cooper
As read on BBC Radio 4. Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, society darling, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they...
 
 
 


The Edge of the World How the North Sea Made Us Who We are
Michael Pye
This is a story of saints and spies, of fishermen and pirates, traders and marauders - and of how their wild and daring journeys across the North Sea built the...
 
 
 


The English and Their History The First Thirteen Centuries
Robert Tombs
The English, Robert Tombs writes in his 'Prelude' to this landmark book, have acquired ancestors by legend, conquest and migration . Here, in a single volume for the first time...
 
 
 


In America Travels with John Steinbeck
Geert Mak
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to...
 
 
 


Letters to the Midwife Correspondence with Jennifer Worth, the Author of Call the Midwife
Jennifer Worth
Letters to the Midwife is a wonderful collection of correspondence received by Jennifer Worth, offering a fascinating glimpse into a long-lost world. Along with readers' responses and personal histories, it...
 
 
 


The Living Years
Mike Rutherford
Now Michael, you're the son of a naval officer, you must behave like a naval officer at all times... What Captain William Rutherford told his seven-year-old son Michael was to...
 
 
 


Margot at War Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916
Anne de Courcy
Margot Asquith was perhaps the most daring and unconventional Prime Minister's wife in British history. Known for her wit, style and habit of speaking her mind, she transformed 10 Downing...
 
 
 


Men We Reaped A Memoir
Jesmyn Ward
In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life-to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men....
 
 
 


Not My Father's Son A Family Memoir
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with...
 
 
 


Penelope Fitzgerald A Life
Hermione Lee
This is the winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography 2014. Brilliant and passionate ...a haunting tale of blighted hope, personal tragedy and rare, late fulfilment . (Observer)....
 
 
 


Report from the Interior
Paul Auster
From his baby's-eye view of the man in the moon to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe to the composition of his first poem at the age...
 
 
 


Behind the Scenes
Dame Judi Dench
'National treasure? I hate that. Too dusty, too in a cupboard, too behind glass, too staid ...What I love is being part of a company. On stage I am not...
 
 
 


Little Keith Lemon Memoirs of Me Childhood
Keith Lemon
Have you ever wondered how Keith Lemon went from life as a young nipper in Leeds to being the strawberry blonde star of CELEBRITY JUICE surrounded by bang tidy lasses?...
 
 
 


Watch Me
Anjelica Huston
Picking up where A Story Lately Told leaves off, when Anjelica Huston is 22 years old, Watch Me chronicles her glamorous and eventful Hollywood years. She tells the story of...
 
 
 


Chaser Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows 1000 Words
Dr. John W. Pilley, Hilary Hinzmann
The incredible story of Chaser the dog with owner, John Pilley claiming that she knows more than 1,000 words, not only recognising the names of hundreds of toys but also...
 
 
 


Don't Give Up, Don't Give In Lessons from the Life of an Extraordinary Man
Louis Zamperini
The film, Unbroken, based on Louis Zamperini’s life is about to be released, a timely publication for Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, Louis Zamperini’s life-lessons gained through his...
 
 
 


What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour On Retirement from Sport
Brian Moore
In What Goes on Tour Stays on Tour, acclaimed sports personality Brian Moore recalls the best and funniest stories from the world of rugby, calling on experiences from nearly a...
 
 
 


The War Behind the Wire The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914-18
John Lewis-Stempel
On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans 'For you the war is over'. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Actors Anonymous
James Franco
Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an audacious examination of celebrity, acting and...
 
 
 


The Art of Robert E. McGinnis
Robert E McGinnis
Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, James Bond films (seven of them), Barbarella (starring...
 
 
 


Walls Travels Along the Barricades
Marcello Di Cintio
The world's walls are supposed to be coming down. We speak of globalization, international markets and global villages; barriers to trade keep falling, and it is now possible to communicate...
 
 
 


The Elementary Sherlock Holmes
Matthew E Bunson
Sherlock Holmes will be featured at a Museum of London exhibition this autumn and 2015 will see the return of the BBC TV series – what better time to brush...
 
 
 


Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize. Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. But though he never reached 10 Downing Street,...
 
 
 


The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. In 2008, Marion Coutts' husband, the art critic Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and told that he had not more than...
 
 
 


Do No Harm Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Henry Marsh
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Fifty Sheds of Grey: Three in a Shed
C. T. Grey
'Which whip today?' she rasped, tightly clad in black leather. 'I don't know,' I replied. 'I can never decide between banana and butterscotch.' In the pulsating climax to the bestselling...
 
 
 


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