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Books of the Month

Late Fragments Everything I Want to Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
Kate Gross
February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/01/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

A Brief History of Magna Carta The Origins of Liberty from Runnymede to Washington
Geoffrey Hindley
The fascinating story behind the English Constitution, and why its influence remains significant today throughout the world. As civil Liberties and the rule of law are increasingly brought into question throughout the world, leading medieval historian Geoffrey Hindley breathes vivid...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 the author, was the First Mate aboard the Whaleship Essex,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2015
     
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
     
My Dear Bessie A Love Story in Letters
Chris Barker, Bessie Moore, Simon Garfield
My first reaction on first reading My Dear Bessie was to turn to the end to make sure that Chris, away at the war, didn’t get killed and that Bessie didn’t get bombed in an air-raid. Thankfully they both survived...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Four Sisters:the Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Helen Rappaport
The four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia, overlooked in life and in death, the young women, the eldest only twenty-three were gunned down with their parents at Ekaterinburg in 1918. Helen Rappaport uncovers their lives as children at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
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 has been a life-long dream for Helen Macdonald, she accomplishes her dream as she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     
Little Failure A Memoir
Gary Shteyngart
A Russian boy and his family manage to get permission to leave Brezhnev’s Russia for a new life America. He is skinny, asthmatic and fearful of his parents rowing and fighting –finding it difficult to fit in. How he goes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/10/2014
     
Where Memories Go Why Dementia Changes Everything - Now with a New Chapter
Sally Magnusson
Sally Magnusson captures so poignantly the sorrow of a child watching a parent disappear into the fog of dementia. In telling her Mother’s story, looking back at the vibrant woman she once was, she also tells the story of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
The Old Man and the Sea A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft
Anthony Smith
“Fancy rafting across the Atlantic: Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP” - to quote from Anthony Smith’s Daily Telegraph advertisement – and 80-year-old Smith got his crew allowing him to set out on a voyage that was, in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Living it Arg
James Argent
James Argent, one of the longest serving members of the TV programme The Only Way is Essex, spills the beans on what goes on – on and off the set. Like for Like Reading Essex Boy: My Story, Kirk Norcross Secrets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream
Katharine Norbury
As Katharine Norbury tracks rivers and mountains, her own personal story plays out against this watery landscape. As an adopted child, serious illness leads her to search for her real mother and some of the most poignant parts of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
White Beech The Rainforest Years
Dr. Germaine Greer
Returning to Australia, Germaine Greer has long been concerned at the degradation of the land. Then, in 2001, a run-down dairy farm was up put for sale. This was her chance to restore a 60 hectare patch of Queensland, her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Went the Day Well Witnessing Waterloo
David Crane
David Crane’s history not only illuminates the Battle of Waterloo but also brings light to bear on Britain and the toll of the wars with Napoleon, the dead and the maimed, scarcely a family in the country was unaffected by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Something for the Weekend The Collected Columns of Sir Terry Wogan
Sir Terry, OBE Wogan, Telegraph Media Group
A collection of Terry Wogan’s best bits! Pomposity pricked, jokes, self-depreciatory stories, grumbles and observations, he has been writing his weekly column for 10 years, this anthology somehow managing to pick the best pieces and cram them into just 256...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Through it All I've Always Laughed Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
Count Arthur Strong
I’m thrilled to have been allowed to mention Show business legend, Count Arthur Strong and his new autobiography. What a great day for the reading public when they can at last purchase (preferably with cash) this revelatory life story, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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
     

Last Month's Featured Books

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe
Michael Jones
Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that...
 
 
If This is A Woman The Untold Story of Heroism and Survival Inside the Nazi's Women-Only Concentration Camp
Sarah Helm
Created by Heinrich Himmler, Ravensbruck was the only Concentration camp set up for women – and their children. It was up and running in 1939 and Sarah Helm details the...
 
 
A Book of Voyages
Patrick O'Brian
An early book by Patrick O’Brian, reissued to mark the anniversary of his birth. It’s a collection of travel writing from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, writing Patrick O’Brian loved...
 
 
Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter
Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley
From Victorian times down to the present day, a history of the women who have worked in the growing retail trade. Individual stories are laced into the narrative giving us...
 
 
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking
As the new biopic of Stephen Hawking is set to launch, his first wife, Jane recalls their life together, the diagnosis of his motor-neurone disease, the balance to be struck...
 
 
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 rather...
 
 
Bought and Sold
Megan Stephens
A holiday romance that went horribly wrong, at 14 Megan Stephens left her family and stayed behind quickly finding that her Mediterranean holiday dream quickly turned into a hell of...
 
 
A Brief History of the Hobbit
John Rateliff, J. R. R. Tolkien
This brand new, shorter edition of the critically acclaimed work includes J.R.R. Tolkien's complete draft manuscript of 'The Hobbit', together with notes about its history, and is perfect for readers...
 
 
The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories
Michael W Smith
January 2015 Book of the Month. More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they...
 
 
Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic
Kate Colquhoun
What a tangled web! An unhappy marriage, an overbearing hypochondriac of a husband whose extreme self medication – often with that Victorian cure-all Arsenic, only made his health worse, in...
 
 
Empty Mansions The Mysterious Story of Huguette Clark and the Loss of One of the World's Greatest Fortunes
Paul Clark Newell, Bill Dedman
A book that reads more like an epic novel than a true life account of one woman’s life, Huguette Clark inherited vast wealth from her father; the founder of Las...
 
 
Mr and Mrs Disraeli A Strange Romance
Daisy Hay
An intriguing look at a marriage between a Jewish novelist and an older woman embarking on her second marriage, a very successful marriage, they were a devoted couple. Together Mr...
 
 
My History A Memoir of Growing Up
Antonia Fraser
Suitably for an historian, Antonia Fraser explores her life against her development into a writer and historian, the influences that made her take this path and the strong thread of...
 
 
The Poet's Tale Chaucer and the Year That Made the Canterbury Tales
Paul Strohm
The year was 1386 and broke and out of favour with the Royal Court, Geoffrey Chaucer tried writing his way out of poverty. The result was The Canterbury Tales and...
 
 
Guantanamo Diary
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Larry Siems
Edited and introduced by Larry Siems, a leading Human Rights activist, Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diary is the first record to be published by an inmate of Guantanamo. It details his...
 
 
Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975
David Lodge
At last, an autobiography from one of our best novelists, David Lodge. He gives us an acute portrait of a growing boy and a changing Britain. Born in 1935, David...
 
 
The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land
Patrick Bishop
In 1942, Avraham Stern, leader of the Infamous Stern gang was shot and killed in Palestine. A complex man, he saw it as his duty to do anything possible to...
 
 
Shades of Jamie Dornan
Jo Berry
Jamie Dornan turned from modelling to acting stepping into the role of the infamous Christian Grey in the new film Fifty Shades of Grey. The publicity machine is already cranked...
 
 
Sophia Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
Anita Anand
Born in 1876 Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was bought up in England after the English deposed her father as heir to the Sikh kingdom in Northern India. She cast off...
 
 
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography
Laura Thompson
A biography that captures the wit and humour of Nancy Mitford and her sisters, it will make you return to Nancy’s writings to experience the worlds she created that were...
 
 
Lives in Writing
David Lodge
To say this is a book of essays on writers and writing makes Lives in Writing sound so dull, however delve into its pages and you’ll find essays highlighting what...
 
 
Those Wild Wyndhams Three Sisters at the Heart of Power
Claudia Renton
Three sisters, Mary, Madeline and Pamela Wyndham whose family background and later their own marriages put them at the heart of aristocratic and political England in the dying days of...
 
 
The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos
Bryony Gordon
Most of us pretend our teens and twenties are the best years of our lives but not many of us are as brave as Bryony Gordon and confess to the...
 
 
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...
 
 
Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life
Nina Stibbe
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Love, Nina... I need a book that gives me a warm safe glow come winter and this is that book. It is genuinely...
 
 
A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime
Mary Morris
You can read any number of memoirs by nurses following in the footsteps of Jennifer Worth but this one I really recommend, a compelling diary of a nursing career undertaken...
 
 
Hope in a Ballet Shoe
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...
 
 
American Sniper [Movie Tie-In Edition] The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice
A celebration of the remarkable life and legacy of fallen American hero Chris Kyle now a major film starring Bradley Cooper. Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Please, Mr 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 with...
 
 
The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter
Lucinda Hawksley
Princess Louise was bold, unconventional and artistic and not one to buckle under the wrath of her mother, Queen Victoria, perhaps this very boldness is the reason the archives are...
 
 
Foxcatcher A True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold
Mark Schultz, David Thomas
On 22nd January 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic Gold Medallist was shot dead by John E du Pont. Here Dave’s brother Mark, also an Olympic Gold medallist and one of those...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow My Life
Sophia Loren
Billed as the definitive autobiography, Sophia Loren shares with the reader mementoes from her life, each sparking a new chapter of memory. She looks back on her Naples childhood blighted...
 
 
One Direction: the Official Annual
One Direction
The world's biggest band, One Direction, are back to share their backstage secrets and stories from the past year with their fans in the latest instalment of their must have...
 
 
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