1933 poet Ezra Pound met with Benito Mussolini. A brief, one-time talk, that brought out the worst in Pound's personality and lead to personal disaster as he was indicted for treason by the United States government in 1943. Read poems by Ezra Pound
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 placed a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
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 than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
Other Featured Books this Month
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 died when she was a baby. Placed in an orphanage... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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
After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe Michael Jones
On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Donitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
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.
'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much,... Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford the Biography Laura Thompson
Nancy Mitford was, in the words of her sister Lady Diana Mosley, 'very, very complex'. Her highly autobiographical early work, the biographies and novels of her more mature French period, her journalism, and the vast body of letters to her... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
Sophia Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary Anita Anand
In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and... Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
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
A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime Mary Morris
'I always seem to be saying good-bye to men whom I might have loved had there been enough time...' 1939: 18-year-old trainee nurse Mary Mulry arrives in London from Ireland, hoping for adventure. Little did she know what the next... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Wrong Knickers - A Decade of Chaos Bryony Gordon
Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she'd have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
White Beech The Rainforest Years Dr. Germaine Greer
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
Those Wild Wyndhams Three Sisters at the Heart of Power Claudia Renton
A rich historical biography of 'those wild Wyndhams' - three cultured aristocratic sisters born into great privilege in late Victorian Britain. Mary, Madeline and Pamela - the three beautiful Wyndham sisters - were born into immense wealth. Cultured bohemian daughters... Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
Lives in Writing David Lodge
This is a collection of essays on writers and writing by the Booker-shortlisted novelist and critic. Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession,... Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
Shades of Jamie Dornan Jo Berry
Jamie Dornan is becoming a megastar. His announcement as lead role Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY caused a media frenzy and he has been hitting the headlines ever since. After Charlie Hunnam drastically... Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land Patrick Bishop
From the bestselling author of 'Fighter Boys', the true story of two ruthless adversaries and a wartime killing that shook the modern world. On a cold, bright morning in February 1942, fugitive Avraham Stern was cornered in a flat in... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
Quite A Good Time to be Born A Memoir: 1935-1975 David Lodge
'I drew my first breath on the 28th of January 1935, which was quite a good time for a future writer to be born in England...' The only child in a lower-middle-class London family, who got his artistic genes from... Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
Guantanamo Diary Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Larry Siems
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered to be released by a federal judge,... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/01/2015
My History A Memoir of Growing Up Antonia Fraser
Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of History. The fascination began as a child - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me,... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
Mr and Mrs Disraeli A Strange Romance Daisy Hay
Deep in the archives of the Bodleian Library lies a tattered scrap of paper with newlyweds' scribbles on it. It is a table, listing the qualities of a couple. One column reads 'Often says what he does not think', 'He... Format: Hardback - Released: 08/01/2015
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 of all ages wishing to know more about how he... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
Bought and Sold Megan Stephens
A heart-stopping story of lies, brutality and fear. British girl Megan Stephens tells the true story of how an idyllic Mediterranean holiday turned into an unimaginable nightmare when she was tricked into becoming a victim of human trafficking and held... Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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 hilarious. I don’t know anyone else who has quite the... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
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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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...