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Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
May 2016 Book of the Month. Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters
A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned up in a skip in 2001. Who was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read All at Sea an account that shows how, in minutes,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2016

Other Featured Books this Month

Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret. by Casey Watson
Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret.
Casey Watson
A very readable, poignant recollection by Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym and is a specialist foster carer. This is Casey’s 12th book and she takes us back to a time before she was a foster carer, to when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand by Stephen Bates
Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
Stephen Bates, a former Guardian Royal Correspondent, chronicles the ups and downs of the British Monarchy and their evolution into today's Royalty Inc. He writes about how we perceive Royalty, the changes made to accommodate public access via media or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Not Enough Time by Henrietta Knight
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 Biddlecombe and Best Mate, the great horse they trained together....
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Celts by Dr. Alice Roberts
The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights, Alice Roberts provides a thoroughly readable introduction to the world of the Celts. There are intriguing new theories overtaking the established ideas we have of the Celts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby
The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials, armaments or men to fight - Britain's unique vulnarability. It led to The Battle of the Atlantic, fighting back against the German planes, U-boats and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India by Walter Reid
Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India
Walter Reid
This is a fascinating yet controversial account of Britain's role in India in the lead up to Independence in 1947 and in particular the last three years. It is a very different view to the history we have taken as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
The Secret Life of Fighter Command by Sinclair McKay
The Secret Life of Fighter Command
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general (female) reader it was a gripping read, especially as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri
A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a reminder of how, without such brilliance, Shakespeare can be frustrating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/03/2016
Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting
Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Lars Mytting
Winner of Non-fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. This has been and continues to be a phenomenal Norwegian bestseller. Whether you are a seasoned woodcutter, or your passion is yet to be kindled, Norwegian...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/11/2015
Paralian Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk
Paralian Not Just Transgender
Liam Klenk
This is a fascinating and inspiring memoir from a man who has faced life head on and lived it to the full. Liam Klenk was adopted, had an unconventional childhood and as he became an adult, his differences made him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2016
A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston
A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
John Preston
In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe, the rising star of the Liberal Party, stood trial for conspiracy to murder. It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge. This is the story of hypocrisy,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman
The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more. With new insights...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
Paul McCartney The Biography by Philip Norman
Paul McCartney The Biography
Philip Norman
The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him. Superbly evoking half a century of popular music and culture, Paul McCartney: The Biography is the definitive life of a long-misunderstood...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Beyond the High Blue Air A Memoir by Lu Spinney
Beyond the High Blue Air A Memoir
Lu Spinney
This searingly honest, beautifully crafted memoir is a testament to the fierce power of maternal love. Aged just 29, gifted, athletic and loved, Lu Spinney's son Miles was on the brink of a brilliant future. Then a snowboarding accident changed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter by Guy Martin
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 deals with his life and work.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Quicksand by Henning Mankell
Quicksand
Henning Mankell
In January 2014 the author was informed that he had cancer. This is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. It is about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/02/2016
My Story by Steven Gerrard
My Story
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football. Explosive and searingly honest, My Story is the last word...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
A Notable Woman The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt by Jean Lucey Pratt, Simon Garfield
A Notable Woman The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt
Jean Lucey Pratt, Simon Garfield
The extraordinary journals chronicling one ordinary woman's life: a fascinating slice of British social history edited and introduced by Simon Garfield. Never before has an account so fully, so honestly and so vividly captured a single woman's journey through the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister by Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family's survival and the price we pay for love. It's a story for anyone who has ever watched...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne
Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
Paula Byrne
The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever - and forgotten - Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/05/2016
As I Was Saying ... by Jeremy Clarkson
As I Was Saying ...
Jeremy Clarkson
Circumstances change. Nothing's forever. But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever. As if you ever doubted it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors by Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors
Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew up during the appalling economic depression of the 1930s, witnessed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton
For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell
Duncan Hamilton
For the Glory takes the reader from Liddell the fastest man on the planet, through Liddell the man with a higher purpose, to Liddell when he had to be stronger than all around him, detained in an internment camp under...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/05/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

A Strange Kind of Paradise India Through Foreign Eyes by Sam Miller

A Strange Kind of Paradise India Through Foreign Eyes
Sam Miller
Sam Miller, having lived in India for Many years is ideally placed to give readers this view of India through foreign eyes. He starts with the records of the earliest...

Come, Tell Me How You Live Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East by Agatha Christie

Come, Tell Me How You Live Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of...

Magna Carta The True Story Behind the Charter by David Starkey

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”,...

Charlotte Bronte A Life by Claire Harman

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...

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals
Gerald Durrell
My Family and Other Animals is Gerald Durrell's hilarious account of five years in his childhood spent living with his family on the island of Corfu. With snakes, scorpions, toads,...

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Marking the twentieth anniversary of Notes from a Small Island, the author makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. He gives us an acute and perceptive...

The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control by Cathy Glass

Reader Reviewed The Silent Cry There is Little Kim Can Do as Her Mother's Mental Health Spirals Out of Control
Cathy Glass
Another emotional and open-hearted story from Cathy Glass, who has been foster mother to over 150 children. ‘The Silent Cry’ travels back in time, to when Cathy’s own children were...

Shakespeare's Strangest Tales Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre by Iain Spragg

Shakespeare's Strangest Tales Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre
Iain Spragg
A fascinating playbill of stories from the weird and wonderful world of Shakespearean theatre through the centuries, including distinguished actors falling off stages, fluffed lines, performances in the dark, and...

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little

Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
April 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five...

I Love Shakespeare 400 Fantastic Facts by Warren King

I Love Shakespeare 400 Fantastic Facts
Warren King
This fun little book, containing 400 fantastic facts about the Bard and his work and more than 100 illustrations, will delight fans everywhere!

Shakespeare in Ten Acts by Gordon McMullan

Shakespeare in Ten Acts
Gordon McMullan
In this book ten leading experts take a fresh look at Shakespeare, reminding us that the playwright's iconic status has been constructed over the centuries in a process that continues...

Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle

Thatcher Stole My Trousers
Alexei Sayle
Elegantly written and painfully funny--here is the second volume of memoirs from the acclaimed stand-up comedian, novelist and actor, Alexei Sayle. Fascinating, funny, angry and entertaining, it is a story...

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell

First Lady The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Sonia Purnell
Reading Sonia Purnell's study of Clementine Churchill's life one is made aware of quite how far Clementine Churchill has dropped out of public awareness. Wrongly as we quickly learn as...

Spectacles by Sue Perkins

Spectacles
Sue Perkins
Entering the crowded market of the celeb autobiography, Sue Perkins has managed to bring a fresh approach to the genre with a witty and funny view of her life so...

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
Mary Beard
Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters – and it does as she makes...

Globe Life in Shakespeare's London by Catharine Arnold

Globe Life in Shakespeare's London
Catharine Arnold
A fascinating portrait of life in Shakespeare's London, seen from the theatrical perspective, by popular historian, Catharine Arnold. Arnold creates a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence by Angus Konstam

Bannockburn Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Angus Konstam
This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this...

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer by David Hempleman-Adams

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...

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by...

The Old Man and the Sea A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft by Anthony Smith

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...

History's People Personalities and the Past by Margaret MacMillan

History's People Personalities and the Past
Margaret MacMillan
This pithy book interrogates the past to ask very big questions about the role of individuals and their behaviour. It really matters: the personalities of the powerful can affect-for better...

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon

Romantic Outlaws The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and 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...

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster

My Life in Houses
Margaret Forster
Perhaps those “in charge” could spare the time to read My Life in Houses to remind them how housing is fundamental not just for protection from the elements but as...

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox by Alison Weir

The Lost Tudor Princess A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Alison Weir
Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas' captivating character out of the shadows for the first time. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should...

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own...

The Fish Ladder A Journey Upstream by Katharine Norbury

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...

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s by Virginia Nicholson

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes The Story of Women in the 1950s
Virginia Nicholson
This account of women’s lives in the 1950’s will resonant with every generation of women, those who lived through it and those whose mothers and grandmothers experienced this pre-feminist age....

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

Moranifesto
Caitlin Moran
Combining the best of the author's columns with lots of new writing, this book deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the...

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare by Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Michael Dobson
This Companion thoroughly covers Shakespeare's works, times, life, and legacy. Now revised and updated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the second edition reflects developments and discoveries made...

The Shepherd's Life A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks

The Shepherd's Life A Tale of the Lake District
James Rebanks
Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family...

The Scrapbook of My Life by Alfie Deyes

The Scrapbook of My Life
Alfie Deyes
Hey guys, I'm Alfie and welcome to The Scrapbook of My Life! The Scrapbook of My Life also includes a free app with exclusive digital content.

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