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Books of the Month

Gallipoli
Alan Moorehead, Sir Max Hastings
April 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The Centenary of Gallipoli, the First World War campaign that was doomed to failure, bringing about the tragic loss of so many men. First published...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Postcards from the Middle East How Our Family Fell in Love with the Arab World
Chris Naylor
April 2015 Debut of the Month. Chris Naylor is a Director of A Rocha International, that takes its name from the Portuguese for Rock...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2015
     
Walking Home My Family and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to know the countryside, induced family and friends to accompany her....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Spy with 29 Names The Story of the Second World War's Most Audacious Double Agent
Jason Webster
From Jason Webster, who knows and loves Spain, the intriguing story of Juan Pujol, a spy and a fighter who double-crossed, worked all sides yet influenced some of the major events of World War II. Without “Garbo”, as he was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
How to Be a Husband
Tim Dowling
Not wishing to lead by example, Tim Dowling, does however have over 20 years of husbandly experience to offer those who would like to ask; Tim, how can I be a good husband? Guardian readers and ardent followers of Tim...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
I Left My Tent in San Francisco
Emma Kennedy
Startlingly honest and ridiculously funny, I Left My Tent in San Francisco is the miraculous story of how the hapless pair made it back alive to tell the disastrous tale. Emma Kennedy has the wonderful gift of being able to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
     
The World's War
David Olusoga
That in the centenary year of the First World War there could still be revelations is quite astounding, shocking too that much of the accounts in David Olusoga’s book don’t appear in other histories of the war. He is writing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Daniel Hahn
This accessible A to Z is the first place to look for information about the authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature, as well as the stories and characters at their centre....
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Using new and previously unpublished material Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Alice in Wonderland and the life of its author, Lewis Carroll, looking too at the influence Alice in Wonderland has had on our cultural history. The author sees Wonderland as the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant species, Yuval Noah Harari also seeks to show how our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
Lewis Carroll: A Biography
Morton N. Cohen
Morton N Cohen has studied Lewis Carroll for over 20 years and his definitive biography has now been republished to mark the 150th “birthday” of Alice in Wonderland. Written in a chronological style we follow the complex life of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Land Where Lemons Grow The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit
Helena Attlee
The delight of being surprised by a book and this is one such delight -an unassuming story – a somewhat odd one perhaps – the history of citrus fruit in Italy. In Helena Atlee’s hands it’s transformed into a magical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Hidden City Adventures and Explorations in Dublin
Karl Whitney
Dublin is a city much visited and deeply mythologized. Hidden City shows us a Dublin - or a collection of Dublins - that we've never seen before, a city hiding in plain sight. Karl Whitney's Hidden City is a brilliant...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Runner A Short Story About a Long Run
Lizzy Hawker
Runner is the story of Lizzy Hawker's journey and will get inside the head of the physical, mental and emotional challenges that runners go through at the edge of human endurance, in much the same way as Aurum's classic running...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames
Caitlin Davies
Downstream is a history and celebration of swimmers' relationship with the River Thames. Weaving from the source in Gloucestershire 215 miles across to the North Sea, the book tells the story of all those who have been drawn to its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Noodle Maker of Kalimpong The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet
Gyalo Thondup, Anne F. Thurston
Looks at the Dalai Lama and his immediate family and in particular his brother, also his special envoy, Gyalo Thondup, as well as an insider's view of the vicious and sometimes deadly struggles within the Potala Palace - the seat...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
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 bard's own plays and contemporary sources, combining a novelist's eye...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Littlejohn's Lost World
Richard Littlejohn
Born in the early 1950’s, Richard Littlejohn, experienced childhood without computers and wall-to-wall TV and had the freedom to roam in town or country. Now, when parents would be prosecuted for allowing their children this degree of liberty he asks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Life, Love and the Archers Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose
Wendy Cope
A collection of prose from much-loved poet, Wendy Cope. Containing both published and unpublished work, there is writing here on a wide variety of subjects and in every shade, from dark to light. Like for Like...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
It's Not Raining, Daddy, it's Happy
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton
The headlines read “Father saves son from speeding car that kills wife”, behind those headlines were Ben grieving for his much-loved wife Desreen and suddenly having to care alone for his little boy Jackson. He poured out his anger and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Stripped of sentimentality, this is Marion Coutts’ account of her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumour through to his subsequent death. A heartbreaking account of the loss of a partner, her spare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
The Porcelain Thief
Huan Hsu
China, 1938 and Huan Hsu’s grandfather had to save the the family heirlooms, they were facing the Japanese invasion and had to flee, hoping their possessions would stay hidden in the ground where they had been buried. It became a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Girl for Sale The Shocking True Story from the Girl Trafficked and Abused by Oxford's Evil Sex Ring

Lara McDonnell was one of the young girls involved in the Oxford Child Abuse Scandal that ran from 2004-2012. With 7 men now in jail for long prison terms the case might be thought to have ended – but not...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Late Fragments Everything I Want to Tell You (About This Magnificent Life)
Kate Gross
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 husband and lose all...
 
 
60 Postcards The Inspirational Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Celebrate Her Mother, One Postcard at a Time
Rachael Chadwick
Rachael Chadwick’s Mother was approaching 60 when she died, a devastating blow and the end to their close and loving relationship. As a way of celebrating her mother and to...
 
 
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...
 
 
Never Judge a Book by its Cover The Autobiography
Lisa Riley
At the heart of Lisa Riley’s book is the message, be who you want to be and stay true to yourself. She intends her book to be an inspirational look...
 
 
The Yorkshire Shepherdess
Amanda Owen
Well known from her appearances on ITV’s The Dales, Amanda Owen is one of those lucky people living their dreams. Amanda Owen lives in a remote corner of Yorkshire; she’s...
 
 
Tales from the Queen of the Desert
Gertrude Bell
Take a gentle yet fascinating stroll back into another era, into the memories of Gertrude Bell, a woman so far ahead of her time she would still be considered remarkable...
 
 
John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Calling it a book of scholarly imagination, Ruth Scurr attempts to recreate John Aubrey’s life from his own writings. He was one of the first journalistic voices we have in...
 
 
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change
Caroline Lucas
From Green MP, Caroline Lucas, a clear and concise “outsider’s” view of Westminster politics. Telling of her own experiences battling with the parliamentary system, she also questions the failures in...
 
 
Once Upon a Time in the West...Country
Tony Hawks
Not one for the rural life, Tony, partner Fran and their child on the way move to the deep countryside. Is this Tony’s challenge to himself, to take up rural...
 
 
A Different Kind of Weather
William Waldegrave
The life and times of William Waldegrave, he looks back on a full political career at the heart of the Conservative Party considering why he had such a passion for...
 
 
The Unexpected Professor An Oxford Life in Books
John Carey
A child of the Blitz, an evacuee sent to a rural village, John Carey looks back on life as an Oxford Literature Professor and long-time Sunday Times book reviewer sharing...
 
 
Landmarks
Robert Macfarlane
Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the words we use to describe it, an outpouring of...
 
 
The Tears of the Rajas Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905
Ferdinand Mount
Using the letters and diaries of his grandmother’s family, the Lows, who, for over 100 years were part of the British Raj, their moving story forms the basis of Ferdinand...
 
 
Browned off and Bloody-Minded The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945
Alan Allport
How did ordinary men cope with being called up, propelled from civilian to soldier in a few short months they were then sent off to fight. Alan Allport captures their...
 
 
The Midwife's Sister
Christine Lee
The woman whose stories were the foundation for the books and later the TV series Call the Midwife had a troubled start in life. Here Jennifer Worth’s sister reveals their...
 
 
Censoring Queen Victoria How Two Gentlemen Edited a Queen and Created an Icon
Yvonne M. Ward
Queen Victoria’s correspondence filled rooms, in all, 460 volumes of letters. It was a mammoth task to edit this down to 3 volumes and two men were chosen for the...
 
 
Dreams of the Good Life The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford
Richard Mabey
As a long-time lover of Lark Rise to Candleford, this was a must-read for me and indeed will be for Flora Thompson’s many fans. It was all the more poignant...
 
 
My Life in Agony Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt
Irma Kurtz
Irma Kurtz’s own private life and her public self as Agony Aunt come together in a narrative that informs of her own life and the many, many other lives she...
 
 
The Princess Matilda Comes Home
Shane Spall
From their winter berth at Cardiff, Tim and Shane Spall set out on a new journey to follow the Welsh Coast before striking out for the Isle of Man and...
 
 
Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It’s published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th birthday...
 
 
Being Binky
Binky Felstead
Another Made in Chelsea participant reveals their inner life – and for Binky Felstead there’s plenty to tell – not just her sudden rise to TV fame and also looking...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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....
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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...
 
 
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