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Biographies and Autobiographies

 

The Pilot and the Little Prince
Peter Sis, Peter Sis
Fully illustrated, this is a beautiful and intriguing biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the highly original author of the classic French story, The Little Prince. In his detailed and illuminating illustrations, Peter Sis brilliantly conveys the story of this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

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 and Rowena Farre, Mike Cawthorne recalls the landscape as his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2014
     

Lifting the Lid A Life at Kinloch Lodge, Skye
Baroness Claire Macdonald
One of Scotland’s top chefs looks back on the past 40 years, the struggle to gain their Michelin starred success, the problems of running a top restaurant in a remote corner of Skye and rebuilding a home and estate, that,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

One Hundred and Four Horses A Family Forced to Run. The Horses They Had to Save. An Epic Journey to Freedom.
Mandy Retzlaff
In Zimbabwe white farmers are forced off their land, having to flee leaving almost everything behind – including their animals. As the Retzlaff family move across the country they take on many of the horses that distraught farmers ask them...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The King's Grave The Search for Richard III
Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
From the woman who was convinced that Richard III lay under that Leicester car park. Together with historian Michael Jones she shares the inside story of the search and reclamation of Richard’s body together with the history and background to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

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: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

If I Don't Come Home Letters from D-Day
Alastair Bannerman
Published by ITV, Alastair Bannerman who features in the documentary, decided he would write an extended love letter to his wife, recording his thoughts and emotions before and during the invasion. The notebook in which this letter was written was...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 05/06/2014
     

Her Ladyship's Girl A Maid's Life in London
Anwyn Moyle
Anwyn Moyle was born at the end of the First World War in a small mining village in Wales. At the age of sixteen, she was sent to London to earn her living, where she found a live-in job as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Me After You
Lucie Brownlee
'He crashed on to the pillow next to me, heavy as a felled oak. I slapped His face and told Him to wake up. Our daughter, B, appeared in the doorway, woken up by the screaming - I must have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2014
     

Kangaroo Dundee
Chris Barns
Brolga (aka Chris Barns) is the 6ft 7in strong but sensitive Aussie star of the extraordinary BBC series Kangaroo Dundee. Brolga lives in a simple tin shed in the outback where he raises orphaned baby kangaroos. It is a sad...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

The Race to Truth Blowing the Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling's Doping Culture
Emma O'Reilly
When Emma O'Reilly joined the US Postal cycling team in 1996, she could have had no idea how she would become a central figure in the biggest doping scandal in sporting history. Yet when Lance Armstrong, starting his comeback from...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Harry's War
Harry Drinkwater
'I saw several fellows fall, one fellow coughing up blood and all the time, bullets were hacking about me. I ran for about 70 yards carrying with me all the Lewis gun things I had brought up and dropped breathless...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Canvas Flying, Seagulls Crying From Scottish Lochs to Celtic Shores
Justin Tyers
After Justin and Linda Tyers lost everything in a devastating house fire, they rebuilt their lives by building a classic wooden yacht from scratch - starting by felling the trees. This story was told in their first book, Phoenix from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Rowan's Rule
Rupert Shortt
Always a controversial figure, Rowan Williams's decisions upset both conservatives and progressives alike. Written with Rowan Williams's cooperation, Rupert Shortt gives a compelling portrait of a private and in some ways surprisingly vulnerable man.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

When Daddy Came Home How War Changed Family Life Forever
Barry Turner, Tony Rennell
Compelling and moving real-life accounts of the impact on family life of the return of the troops at the end of the Second World War. Summer 1945. Britain was in jubilant mood. At last, the war was over. Soon the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Confessions of a Bad Mother
Stephanie Calman
Funny, acutely observed, frighteningly honest and drawing on her own and hundreds of other mum's real experiences, Stephanie Calman serves up the perfect antidote to all those books that tell you that your children must be perfect, and to all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

My Secret Life in Hut Six One Woman's Experiences at Bletchley Park
Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones
The story of the World War 2 de-coders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. How did Mair Thomas, a musician brought up in the Welsh valleys, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2014
     

The Princess Matilda Comes Home
Shane Spall
Shane and Tim Spall are on the second leg of a very big adventure, taking their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda around the coast of Britain. From Matilda's winter berth in Cardiff, Shane and Tim follow the Welsh coast, before...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/07/2014
     

Dark Actors The Life and Death of David Kelly
Robert Lewis
One July afternoon in 2003, in a quiet part of Oxfordshire, a scientist went out for a walk and never came back. Dr David Kelly had been all over the news in the preceding days; as an investigator on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

My Berlin Kitchen A Love Story (with Recipes)
Luisa Weiss
Chocolate and Zucchini. 101 Cookbooks. The Julie/Julia Project. In the early days of food blogs, these were the pioneers whose warmth and recipes turned their creators' kitchens into beloved web destinations. Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2013
     

Consolations of the Forest Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
Sylvain Tesson
Sylvain Tesson, found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the shores of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

I Laughed, I Cried One Woman, One Hundred Days, the Mother of All Challenges
Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop is fed up, recession-scarred and pushing 40. She always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. But surely that's not advisable if you have three children, a mortgage and a husband who hates stand-up comedy? With no time to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Nothing but the Truth My Story
Vicky Pattison
Vicky Pattison always had big dreams, but four years ago she was working in a call centre in Newcastle and those dreams looked like they might never come true. Could a new reality series, Geordie Shore, be the big break...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

When Fraser Met Billy
Louise Booth
Louise Booth’s story of her autistic son and a rescue cat called Billy shows the powerful attachment there can be between children and animals. For Billy “his” child is Fraser, a withdrawn and troubled boy who, immediately bonds with the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Sour: My Story A Troubled Girl from a Broken Home. the Brixton Gang She Nearly Died for. the Baby She Fought to Live for.
Tracey Miller, Lucy Bannerman
They call me Sour. The opposite of sweet. Shanking, stabbing, steaming, robbing, I did it all, rolling with the Man Dem. I did it because I was bad. I did it because I had heart. And the reason I reckon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Sworn to Silence
Brendan Boland
'After a little while he called the other boy over. Did the same to him. I heard everything. Father Smyth was a priest, a good man. But I knew that some rule had been broken.' Brendan was an eleven-year-old altar...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Island Summers Memories of a Norwegian Childhood
Tilly Culme-Seymour
'My grandmother bought the island. The year was 1947 and she was thirty-three, a couple of years older than I am now. She was the visionary sort of person who can make something magical out of very little.' From the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

Horace and Me Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet
Harry Eyres
Horace lived at a pivotal moment. Rome was facing a profound crisis: though it ruled the world, the values which had made it great were disintegrating. As efficiency and pragmatism became watchwords, Horace championed the 'supremely useless' endeavour of poetry,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
     

As Green as Grass Growing Up Before, During & After the Second World War
Emma Smith
Uprooted from her beloved Great Western Beach, Emma Smith moves with her family from Newquay to the Devonshire village of Crapstone. But the dust has hardly settled when tragedy strikes, and Emma's father, a DSO-decorated hero of the Great War,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry
Bill Jones
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 had been dazzled by his gift. Surely, men's skating was supposed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

A Corner of Paradise A Love Story (with the Usual Reservations)
Brian Thompson
In 1973, Brian Thompson kissed the impossibly glamorous Elizabeth North for the first time, in a busy supermarket car park along the Leeds ring road. This is the story of the unexpectedly joyous consequences - ones to baffle many, not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Priscilla The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France
Nicholas Shakespeare
.This is the astonishing true story of a young woman's adventures, and misadventures, in the dangerous world of Nazi-occupied France. A most strange and compelling book driven by the writer's unsparing search for truth: now an optimistic hunt for a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

Last Man Off A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas
Matt Lewis
Last Man Off by Matt Lewis - a first-hand account of an ocean tragedy The waters of Antarctica, June 6th 1998. 23-year-old Matt Lewis has just started his dream job. An observer aboard a deep sea fishing boat, he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/07/2014
     

Confessions of a Sociopath A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
M. E. Thomas
M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     

The Poets' Daughters Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge
Katie Waldegrave
Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge, were life-long friends. They were also the daughters of best friends: William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the two poetic geniuses who shaped the Romantic Age. Living in the shadow of their fathers' extraordinary fame...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Watching War Films with My Dad
Al Murray
Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began. Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
     

The White Goddess: An Encounter
Simon Gough
This novel is quite simply sublime. The author narrates an ‘auto-bi-fantasy’, detailing his life as he grows up in the orbit of his ‘Grand’-uncle, Robert Graves in Majorca. If you’ve had the pleasure of reading the work of Graves, you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2014
     

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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
     

Jumbo The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
John Sutherland
You only have to read the newspapers to know that elephants are in serious danger; huge numbers being killed for their ivory but from reading John Sutherland’s Jumbo we learn that tragedy and the elephant have long been linked. Jumbo...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     


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I am the Secret WAG The True Story of My Life as an England Footballer's Wife

Money, cars, homes, holidays, parties and all the shoes you've ever dreamed of. The life of a footballer's wife or girlfriend must be as glamorous and exciting as her other...
 
 
 


The Climb The Autobiography
Chris Froome
The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris...
 
 
 


Guy Martin: My Autobiography My Life at Breakneck Speed
Guy Martin
Find out what motivates Guy Martin to confront the dangers of road racing, you’ll experience the heart-stopping moments when things go wrong and can contrast this adrenaline rush to the...
 
 
 


Always Managing My Autobiography
Harry Redknapp
This is the Sunday Times no.1 bestselling memoir from Harry Redknapp. 'From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank...
 
 
 


Belle The True Story Behind the Movie
Paula Byrne
The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the...
 
 
 


What the **** is Normal?
Francesca Martinez
'After a very happy childhood, I strode into high school as a wobbly, fashion-deprived teenager and was promptly transformed into an unhappy, insecure wreck who desperately wanted to be seen...
 
 
 


Anything to Declare?
Jon Frost
In more than twenty years, Jon Frost has worked with the mad, the bad, the brave, the stupid, the spectacular and the heroic. In Jon's time as a uniformed officer...
 
 
 


Curious True Stories and Loose Connections
Rebecca Front
Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine. Rebecca Front has always drawn on experiences from her life...
 
 
 


Dad's War
Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant and his father Basil were very close, they played sport together, watched sport together and shared the same sense of humour. Chris loved and admired his father but...
 
 
 


David Jason: My Life
David Jason
Winner of the Specsavers Biography of the Year 2013. This is the long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses. Born the son...
 
 
 


The Girl without a Voice The True Story of a Terrified Child Whose Silence Spoke Volumes
Casey Watson
Bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson tells the shocking and deeply moving true story of a young girl with severe behavioural problems. This is the first of several stories...
 
 
 


Harry's Last Stand How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it
Harry Leslie Smith
June 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. In November last year, Harry Leslie Smith wrote a piece for the Guardian called “This Year,...
 
 
 


Him & Me
Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
Him & Me is a hugely entertaining and irreverent account of a unique relationship between a father and son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the larger-than-life personalities of...
 
 
 


The House is Full of Yogis
Will Hodgkinson
Hilarious, reflective and heartbreaking, The House Is Full Of Yogis is the story of a childhood turned upside down. Once upon a time in the 1980s, the Hodgkinsons were just...
 
 
 


Immortal
Duncan Hamilton
This is the two time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award on George Best, considered the greatest footballer of our time. No other imposed himself...
 
 
 


Love, Lipstick and Lies
Katie Price
Katie Price, former glamour model Jordan, is back with the most sensational installment of her life story. The last three years of Katie Price's life have been as dramatic as...
 
 
 


My Outdoor Life
Ray Mears
Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many more. He is a private individual who...
 
 
 


Hard Choices A Memoir
Hillary Rodham Clinton
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON'S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS AS AMERICA'S 67TH SECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW...
 
 
 


A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime
Mary Morris
Mary Mulry was eighteen years old when she arrived in London from Ireland to begin training as a nurse. The year was 1939. She had hoped for an adventure and...
 
 
 


One Good Egg An Illustrated Memoir
Suzy Becker
What could have been an angst ridden story of fertility treatments and attempts to conceive is given a light and humorous touch through Suzy Becker’s optimistic and open view of...
 
 
 


One Man. One Island. One Epic Survival Story
Ed Stafford
'I stood on the beach truly alone for the first time. I would not see another person for sixty days. I was on an uninhabited tropical island and I had...
 
 
 


The Outsider: My Autobiography
Jimmy Connors
Winner of the Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014. It’s been a long wait for an autobiography from tennis superstar Jimmy Connors and here, from the...
 
 
 


The Pearly Prince of St Pancras
Alf Dole, Jeff Hudson
Pearly Kings and Queens are one of the quintessential icons of 'old London', originally invented to imitate and parody wealthy West End society but also to raise money for charities...
 
 
 


The Real Mrs. Brown The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll
Brian Beacom
Who'd have thought a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights could storm British TV screens and leave a nation helpless with laughter? Brendan O'Carroll performs...
 
 
 


Running with the Firm
James Bannon
'Of course I'm a f**king hooligan, you pr**k. I am a hooligan ...there I've said it...I'm a hooligan. And, do you know why? Because that's my f**king job.' In 1995,...
 
 
 


Sailing Close to the Wind Reminiscences
Dennis Skinner, Kevin Maguire
Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner...
 
 
 


Undisputed Truth My Autobiography
Mike Tyson
One of the most talked-about and bestselling books of last year, this is the no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting legend driven to the brink of self-destruction The bestseller that has...
 
 
 


War and Peace: Ricky Hatton, My Story
Ricky Hatton
On 24 November 2012, four-time World Champion boxer Ricky Hatton dropped to his knees, felled by a sickening punch to the body in his first comeback fight in almost three...
 
 
 


Wild Tales
Graham Nash
Wild Tales by Graham Nash - a classic rock memoir of the legendary Hollies front man and member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In this candid and riveting autobiography...
 
 
 


Wish You Were Here The Lives, Loves and Friendships of the Butlin's Girls
Lynn Russell, Neil Hanson
Touching true stories from the heyday of the Butlin's holiday camps. 'When I got to the camp I felt as if I'd suddenly walked into Utopia - it was so...
 
 
 


An Englishman Aboard Discovering France in a Rowing Boat
Charles Timoney
After reading An Englishman Aboard, I enjoyed it so much I went and immediately purchased his other two books, Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais...
 
 
 


That Close
Suggs
Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you...
 
 
 


Judy: A Dog in a Million The Heartwarming Story of WWII's Only Animal Prisoner of War
Damien Lewis
Judy, a beautiful liver and white English pointer, and the only animal POW of WWII, truly was a dog in a million. Whether she was dragging men to safety from...
 
 
 


Red or Dead
David Peace
In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Liverpool Football Club had never won the FA Cup. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles,...
 
 
 


Cycle of Lies The Fall of Lance Armstrong
Juliet Macur
A fly-on-the-wall account of the greatest drama in modern sporting history by the New York Times cycling correspondent. As Lance Armstrong's precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports...
 
 
 


My Salinger Year
Joanna Smith Rakoff
At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied...
 
 
 


D-Day
Stephen E. Ambrose
On the basis of 1,400 oral histories from the men who were there, bestselling author and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose reveals for the first time anywhere that...
 
 
 


Hello, Darlings! The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett
James Hogg, Robert Sellers
Spontaneous, hilarious, irrepressible and, of course, trailblazing - Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Robert Plant: a Life The Biography
Paul Rees
Robert Plant is one of the few genuine living rock legends. Frontman of Led Zeppelin, musical innovator and seller of millions of records, Plant has had a profound influence on...
 
 
 


Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
June 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains...
 
 
 


Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography
Usain Bolt
From humble beginnings to Olympic accolades and becoming known as the Fastest Man on Earth. How did it happen and how has it changed Usain Bolt? His athletic ability, his...
 
 
 


City Centre
Simon J. Halliday, Clive Woodward
Winner of the Rugby Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014. In his candid and lucidly written autobiography City Centre, Simon Halliday, a former England rugby...
 
 
 


Henry Cecil Trainer of Genius
Brough Scott
Winner of the Horse Racing Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014. The definitive biography of Britain's greatest racehorse trainer. Based on extensive research and interviews with...
 
 
 


The Nowhere Men
Michael Calvin
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014. Winner of the Football Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014....
 
 
 


Land of Second Chances The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team
Tim Lewis
Where there is hope there can be redemption. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Adrien was seven years old when he lost his family in the...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Being Binky
Binky Felstead
Welcome to the glamorous life of Alexandra 'Binky' Felstead, original cast member and star of the hit TV programme, Made in Chelsea. In this tell-all account she reveals what it's...
 
 
 


Walking Home
Simon Armitage
Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for...
 
 
 


Chewy The Street Dog who Brought a Neighbourhood Together
Bruce Klein
I really enjoyed Chewy - a book with a powerful and heart-warming message. In a world where old-fashioned notions like community, closeness and neighbourliness seem to have been lost, it...
 
 
 


Robert the Bruce King of Scots
James Robertson
Leading Scottish novelist, James Robertson has teamed up with illustrator, Jill Calder to retell the story of Robert the Bruce. It’s bold and colourful, a record of one of the...
 
 
 


Scotland: The Autobiography 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen
Rosemary Goring
This is an anthology of 2,000 years of Scottish history - new edition. It is a vivid, wide-ranging and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of eye-witness accounts by those...
 
 
 


Bonkers My Life in Laughs
Jennifer Saunders
Amazing that Jennifer Saunders has managed to cram her life into just one volume – there is material enough for a trilogy at least. And it’s not all Bolly and...
 
 
 


Call the Vet Farmers, Dramas and Disasters - My First Year as a Country Vet
Anna Birch
When fresh-faced, newly qualified vet Anna arrives in the seemingly sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this tiny rural community is about to change her life....
 
 
 


D-Day The Battle for Normandy
Antony Beevor
Criticised by some for its American bias it is none-the-less a good overview of the events surrounding the D-Day landings, read it as an introduction to the subject, a book...
 
 
 


Some Desperate Glory The First World War the Poets Knew
Max Egremont
A study of the poetry of the First World War, made, not in isolation but set against a history of the war itself, putting the poetry into context. We learn...
 
 
 


Riding the Storm
Duncan Bannatyne
Can money buy you happiness? A few years ago Duncan Bannatyne might have said so. He was happily married and his businesses were thriving. Life was good. He couldn't have...
 
 
 


King's Cross Kid A Childhood Between the Wars
Victor Gregg, Rick Stroud
Ninety-three-year-old Victor Gregg has had a rich and fascinating life. King's Cross Kid follows his London childhood from the age of five, when life was so hard that the Salvation...
 
 
 


Skank
Marni Mulholland
'How does it start? A look, a smile, a laugh, a hug, a play, a game. A cuddle, a fumble, a touch.' Marni thought she'd found a friend in her...
 
 
 


A Brief History of the First World War Eyewitness Accounts of the War to End All Wars, 1914-18
Jon E. Lewis
Jon E Lewis has culled eye-witness accounts from over 180 first-hand witnesses, they come from all nationalities, male and female, at sea, in the trenches or toiling in the fields....
 
 
 


The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Amanda Owen
May 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Well known from her appearances on ITV’s The Dales, Amanda Owen is one of those lucky...
 
 
 


At Speed
Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's green jersey, the first to wear the iconic rainbow jersey in almost 50 years and our only...
 
 
 


Becoming Johnny Vegas
Johnny Vegas
'My name is Michael Pennington, and I am not a comic character. I'm often mistaken for one though. You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas.' From BBC Dickens...
 
 
 


Before the Year Dot
June Brown
Most recognisable as EastEnders' Dot Cotton, June Brown is both an institution and a national treasure. Her full and captivating life makes her more than just a soap star, but...
 
 
 


Being Reem
Joey Essex
Renowned for his brilliant observations, distinctive style and immaculate hair, his unforgettable appearance on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! has confirmed that this Brentwood boy is a national...
 
 
 


The Boy in the Book
Nathan Penlington
As a boy, Nathan Penlington had loved Choose Your Own Adventures, the literary phenomenon of the 1980s which thrust the reader into the role of main character and compelled them...
 
 
 


Bradley Wiggins: My Time An Autobiography
Bradley Wiggins
On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history as the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won the...
 
 
 


Hanns and Rudolf The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
Thomas Harding
This is shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history . (John Le Carre). Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German...
 
 
 


Is the Vicar in, Pet? From the Pit to the Pulpit - My Childhood in a Geordie Vicarage
Barbara Fox
In the heart of Ashington - a bustling Geordie mining town - a handsome red-brick vicarage, surrounded by rambling gardens, stands proudly among the rows of terraced houses. It is...
 
 
 


The Last Gangster My Final Confession
Charlie Richardson
Charlie Richardson, one of Britain's most notorious gangland bosses, sheds light on his extraordinary life story completed just weeks before his death in September 2012. Notorious Charlie Richardson was the...
 
 
 


Littlejohn's Lost World
Richard Littlejohn
One of Britain's most successful, controversial columnists looks back on his childhood and how we got from there to here. Richard Littlejohn was born in Ilford, Essex in 1954. It...
 
 
 


Margaret Thatcher Not for Turning The Authorized Biography
Charles Moore
Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential figures of the postwar era. Volume One of Moore's authorized biography gives unparalleled...
 
 
 


Maverick One The True Story of a Para, Pathfinder, Renegade
David Blakeley
Pathfinder selection is a brutal physical and psychological trial lasting many weeks. It rivals that of the SAS and takes place over the same spine-crushing terrain, in the rain-and-snow-lashed wastes...
 
 
 


Missing
Shelley MacKenney
Missing is Shelley MacKenney's remarkable story of life as a 'missing person'. An inspirational tale of her journey through extreme personal crisis. You can run, but you can't hide from...
 
 
 


Noble Endeavours The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories
Miranda Seymour
On the eve of marking the centenary of the opening of the hostilities that devastated the world and changed its history, old wounds gape rawly open. No two countries in...
 
 
 


One Direction: Where We are (100% Official) Our Band, Our Story
One Direction
Calling all One Direction fans! This is the only official book from 1D, charting their journey over the last year and a half - from the places they've visited and...
 
 
 


Poirot and Me
David Suchet
From 1988 to 2013, David Suchet is famous for having played the TV detective Hercule Poirot or, as some would say, for having become Hercule Poirot. It is an almost...
 
 
 


The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish My Life in Churchill's Secret Army
Noreen Riols
'My mother thought I was working for the Ministry of Ag. and Fish.' So begins Noreen Riols' compelling memoir of her time as a member of Churchill's 'secret army', the...
 
 
 


Stillness and Speed My Story
Dennis Bergkamp
In Stillness and Speed, one of football's most enigmatic stars finally opens up about his life and career, revealing the things that motivate and inspire him. Viewed by many as...
 
 
 


Terry Venables Autobiography
Terry Venables
After a playing career that spanned more than 15 years, and took in golden spells in the sixties with Chelsea and Spurs, it was almost inevitable that Terry Venables would...
 
 
 


80 Not Out My Favourite Cricket Memories
Dickie Bird
Hardly a week goes by without Dickie Bird visiting a county or Test match arena where he can keep up to date with all that is happening in the cricket...
 
 
 


The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable A True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit
Carol Baxter
The year is 1845 and a murderer is caught by the first Electric telegraph, installed on the Great Western Railway. John Tawell, an upright citizen, a Quaker who had erred...
 
 
 


Zeppelin Nights London in the First World War
Jerry White
11pm, Tuesday 4 August 1914: with the declaration of war London becomes one of the greatest killing machines in human history. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers pass through the capital...
 
 
 


The Great War Diary Breathtaking Colour Photographs from a World Torn Apart
Gunnar Dedio, Florian Dedio
Brutal and cataclysmic, the First World War irrevocably changed the face of Europe. On the centenary of its onset, The Great War Diaries gives a startling and intimate view of...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Being Keith
Keith Lemon
Since being crowned the Northern Businessman of the Year 1993, Keith Lemon has been going from strength to strength and now is regularly seen sandwiched between two bang tidy lasses...
 
 
 


The Last British Dambuster One Man's Extraordinary Life and the Raids That Changed History
George Johnny Johnson
One of the last men able to look back on the Dambuster raids and say they were there, George “Johnny” Johnston recalls his decision to join the RAF then on...
 
 
 


It's Not Raining, Daddy, it's Happy
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton
Ben Brooks-Dutton's wife - the great love of his life - was knocked down and killed by a car as he walked beside her, pushing their two-year-old son in his...
 
 
 


Catastrophe Europe Goes to War 1914
Sir Max Hastings
The end papers of the book testify to the Catastrophe of the title, we start with an idyllic late Victorian boating scene and end with a scene of carnage at...
 
 
 


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