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Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

The Telegraph Book of Champions An Anthology of the Greats Throughout the Sporting Year
Martin Smith
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Taken from the Daily Telegraph archives, an anthology of sports writing that highlights the Greats. One hundred sports men and women feature in interviews, first-person accounts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Walking the Border A Journey Between Scotland and England
Ian Crofton
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Ian Crofton was born in Edinburgh and after a long career working away once again lives in Scotland, his new book contemplating the potential rupture of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2014
     

Walking Home My Family, and Other Rambles
Clare Balding
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Hopeful - An Autobiography
Omid Djalili
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Omid Djalili was born in the UK to Iranian parents and he has therefore a unique view of the 2 countries and their cultures. Besides being...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Greatest Escape How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis - A Good Place to Hide
Peter Grose
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. This true story should be heard, should be shouted from the rooftops, as not only is it completely gripping, fascinating and inspirational but there are also...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/07/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Year Zero A History of 1945
Ian Buruma
World War II might have officially ended in 1945 but the ongoing turmoil and retribution that Ian Buruma portrays is chilling. The violence of the aggressors, the violence too of the humiliated underdog, the rape and murder of German women...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Tom Doyle
Tom Doyle harks back to the 1970’s a time when Paul McCartney’s life was in total contrast to the man he is today. For Paul McCartney, the 1970’s were a time of uncertainty, the Beatles split to the death of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Dunkirk From Disaster to Deliverance - Testimonies of the Last Survivors
Sinclair McKay
The events of Dunkirk – the evacuation of the troops by the “little ships” has become part of the British myth. Here using commentary from the survivors together with archive material the story of Dunkirk is retold, bringing alive the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
     

Beating for Light
Geoff Akers
A convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg, a poet and painter most famous for his provocative poems from the trenches in World War One. The author portrays a socially inept and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2006
     

The Bucket Memories of an Inattentive Childhood
Allan Ahlberg
Illustrated and written in prose and poetry it’s an impressionistic look back to Allan Ahlberg’s own childhood, which, you quickly realised has been woven through the books he’s written for children. He wonders if it’s actually his memories he’s recalling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Under a Mackerel Sky
Rick Stein
Rick Stein didn’t follow the usual route to becoming a top Chef, but with a defunct nightclub on his hands he reopened it as a restaurant, his first foothold in Padstow. Good fortune followed when he was spotted in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

A Short History of the First World War
Gary Sheffield
All you need to know about WW1 from one of the world's foremost experts. Accessible and authoritative, this is the ultimate introduction for anyone wanting a clear understanding of what happened and why.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Travelling to Work Diaries 1988-1998
Michael Palin
TRAVELLING TO WORK is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

The Corridor of Certainty
Geoffrey Boycott
After a period of his life when a court case and then throat cancer threatened first his career and then his life, Geoffrey Boycott re-emerged as an apparently changed man - but how true had the caricatured image of him...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story Behind Their Music
The Beatles
These original documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world in museums and universities. Never before has anyone managed to track down and publish the original versions of the classic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer
David Hempleman-Adams
If there's an adventure to be had, it's likely that David Hempleman-Adams has been there first. Ranking alongside Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Bonnington in the pantheon of British explorers, he is the first person in history to achieve what is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

A Long Way Home
Saroo Brierly
Aged five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his older brother and ended up alone on the streets of Calcutta. After weeks surviving alone, he was taken into an orphanage and later adopted by an Australian couple. Although happy with his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
John Carlin
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will rivet the world's attention in a way no other case has since another famous sportsman, O. J. Simpson, was tried for the murder of his ex wife in 1994. John Carlin brings his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

More Fool Me
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me. It is a heady tale of the late Eighties and early Nineties, in which Stephen - ever more driven to create, perform...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Underground Girls of Kabul The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys
Jenny Nordberg
An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own. For some, disguising themselves as boys is the only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2014
     

Trains to the Trenches The Men, Locomotives and Tracks That Took the Armies to War 1914-18
Andrew Roden, Annie Winsland
Without the railways for the Great Powers, the most terrible conflict the world has ever known would have taken a very different form - if it had happened at all. In a remarkable historical railway journey through Britain and Europe,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

Three Little Words The Heartbreaking True Story of an Abandoned Little Girl
Ashley Rhodes-Courter
'I am trapped centre stage in the spotlight. Do I have a choice? I stare straight ahead, shrug my shoulders and mumble, I guess so. In three words, it is done...Some people can be trusted.' Ashley Rhodes was taken from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

The Temporary Bride A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
Jennifer Klinec
A relationship was a mathematical formula: the correct variables of age, beauty, morality and finances were entered and the output was a successful, peaceful marriage. It couldn't be, therefore, that their Iranian son could feel desire for someone six years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

Tales from the Dance Floor
Craig Revel Horwood
In this new paperback edition, bringing all the gossip (from on and off stage) bang up to date, Craig Revel Horwood reveals some sensational stories from his life and times in TV and theatre. The true star of Strictly Come...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Slideshow Memories of a Wartime Childhood
Marjorie-Ann Watts
Written from a child's point-of-view over a period of twenty years, Slideshow is an often funny, sometimes hair-raising account of the life and adventures of a family in pre-war and wartime London, with occasional forays to Cornwall. Marjorie Ann Watts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
     

Shooting Straight Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney
Piers Morgan
Despite many wanting him to fail, Piers Morgan took over from US TV legend Larry King at CNN in 2010 and went on to cover some of the most shocking news events in recent US history, such as the killing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Poet and the Private Eye
Rob Gittins
New York.1953.A private investigator takes on a tail job, his quarry a newly-arrived visitor from the UK. The private eye has never heard of him, but he will.The mark is a Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.And in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

Please, Mr Postman
Alan Johnson
Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and no running water, Alan Johnson did not have the easiest start in life. But by the age of 18, he was married, a father and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2014
     

One Direction: Autobiography
One Direction
For the first time EVER, global superstars One Direction are releasing their 100% official autobiography, offering a new, intimate insight into their lives as never before seen or heard! In their first in-depth autobiography, pop sensations Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

One Direction: Autobiography
One Direction
For the first time EVER, global superstars One Direction are releasing their 100% official autobiography, offering a new, intimate insight into their lives as never before seen or heard! In their first in-depth autobiography, pop sensations Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

My Grandfather's Gallery France's Greatest Art Dealer and His Escape from the Nazis
Anne Sinclair
On 20 September 1940, Paul Rosenberg disembarked in New York, just one of hundreds of tired Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Leaving behind his celebrated Paris gallery, Paul had managed to save his family; his paintings weren't all so fortunate....
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2014
     

Luis Suarez - My Autobiography: El Pistolero
Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez was seven years old when he started playing football on the streets of Montevideo. That guile and trickery of the street kid, the botija, attracted the attention of scouts from Dutch team Groningen, before the giants of Ajax...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Loving Amy A Mother's Story
Janis Winehouse
Arguably the most gifted artist of her generation, Amy Winehouse died tragically young, aged just 27. With a worldwide fanbase and millions of record sales to her name, she should have had the world at her feet. Instead, in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

A Last Man Standing Tales from Tinseltown
Sir Roger, KBE. Moore
In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of the show business scene. Of course, he's an actor and has starred in films that have made him famous the world over; but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     

The Last Escaper
Peter Tunstall
'When I began my operational career, I had precisely two hours and ten minutes' worth of experience as pilot in command of a bomber at night' The product of a lifetime's reflection, The Last Escaper is Peter Tunstall's unforgettable memoir...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

A History of Silence A Family Memoir
Lloyd Jones
A History of Silence is a touching memoir about a country and a landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake and the faultlines that this event opened up in Lloyd Jones' understanding of his own family....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Child Bride
Cathy Glass
Cathy Glass, international bestselling author, tells the shocking story of Zeena, a young Asian girl desperate to escape from her family. When 14 -year-old Zeena begs to be taken into care with a non-Asian family, she is clearly petrified. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Bobby Moore The Man in Full
Matt Dickinson
Immaculate footballer -- Imperial defender -- Immortal hero of 1966... National treasure -- Master of Wembley -- Lord of the game -- Captain extraordinary -- Gentleman for all time So reads the inscription beneath Bobby Moore's statue at Wembley stadium....
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

The Best of Both Worlds The autobiography of the world's greatest living medium
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith was born in the poverty stricken Gorbals in Glasgow. His mother, a fiery Irish immigrant, protected the family from the burglars, bullies and violent gangs that lived in the area. For a while Gordon felt safe in his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

Andree's War How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis
Francelle Bradford White
Andree Griotteray was only 19 when the Germans invaded France. She was just another young teenager, in search of fun and frivolity. Instead she found herself living in an occupied city, forced to work alongside the men who had invaded...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
     

My Life in Football
Trevor Brooking
When Trevor Brooking was still at school, the Essex-born teenager was one of the most eagerly pursued prospects in London, but he chose to go to West Ham United - the only club that was prepared to allow him to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     

Console Wars Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation
Blake J. Harris
In 1990 Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and, on the day of the shooting, nearly overslept and missed an exam. A girl who saw women suddenly banned from public, schools blown up, the Taliban seize control,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/08/2014
     


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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.
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Adventures with the Wife in Space Living with Doctor Who
Neil Perryman
Firstly, unreserved sympathy for Mrs Perryman (Sue) who makes all too few interruptions in this account of an experiment in viewing all the Doctor Who episodes – would it turn...
 
 
 


On the Road Growing Up in Eight Journeys - My Early Years
Richard Hammond
ON THE ROAD: GROWING UP IN EIGHT JOURNEYS - MY EARLY YEARS is a new form of autobiography, in which TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond tells the story of his...
 
 
 


Philip Larkin Life, Art and Love
James Booth
Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three'...
 
 
 


This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone...
 
 
 


Harry's Games Inside the Mind of Harry Redknapp
John Crace
Who is Harry Redknapp? Football genius or football chancer? Master tactician or practical joker? How is it that even when he was facing court proceedings for tax evasion so many...
 
 
 


The Final Season
Nigel McCrery
In 1914, as today, professional footballers were heroes and role models. They were the sporting superstars of their time; symbols of youth, health and vigour. And naturally enough, when war...
 
 
 


Ammonites and Leaping Fish A Life in Time
Penelope Lively
In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and...
 
 
 


All's Fair in Love and Law Small Town Tales of Life, Laughter and Litigation
Alan Hammond
Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn is a traditional solicitors firm in the small Midlands town of Hockam (pronounced Hokum, as the local residents are at pains to point out). This...
 
 
 


The Moth This Is a True Story
Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman
With an introduction by Neil Gaiman Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories....
 
 
 


H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens,...
 
 
 


Elizabeth of York
Alison Weir
Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess...
 
 
 


Dante in Love
A. N. Wilson
In Dante in Love, A. N. Wilson presents a glittering study of an artist and his world, arguing that without an understanding of medieval Florence, it is impossible to comprehend...
 
 
 


Fergie Rises How Britain's Greatest Football Manager Was Made at Aberdeen
Michael Grant
When Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2013 season, he was the most successful football manager Britain had ever seen, having won twice as many trophies as...
 
 
 


Bobby Womack Midnight Mover
Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton
Bobby Womack is a true legend, a phenomenally gifted musician with 40 albums and 30 million record sales to his name. He wrote the classic tracks 'It's All Over Now'...
 
 
 


A Life to Remember The Life Story of Morella Kayman, Co-founder of the Alzheimer's Society
Morella Kayman
Morella Kayman's was destined to be an opera singer until she developed cancer in her twenties. Her husband was then diagnosed with pre-senile dementia and as so little was known...
 
 
 


Martin the Magnificent The Future of Irish Football
Simon Moss
In November 2013, Martin O'Neill was appointed manager of the Republic of Ireland's national football team, with Roy Keane as his assistant manager. For Ireland, and for football itself, the...
 
 
 


The Three Degrees
Paul Rees
When Cyrille Regis became one of the first black players to be selected for the full England team, he was sent a package in the mail. Inside it was a...
 
 
 


Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica
Matthew Parker
A completely fascinating, authoritative and intriguing book - especially for anyone interested in Ian Fleming and the James Bond phenomenon . (William Boyd). Goldeneye: the story of Ian Fleming in...
 
 
 


Boy About Town
Tony Fletcher
'I was no longer fitting in at school. I was unsure of my friends, and they were increasingly unsure of me. I wanted to be a rock star. But while...
 
 
 


The Eighties One Day, One Decade
Dylan Jones
One Day: Saturday 13 July 1985, nearly two billion people woke up with one purpose. Nearly a third of humanity knew where they were going to be that day. Watching,...
 
 
 


The Last Stalinist The Life of Santiago Carrillo
Paul Preston
The life of the complex, ruthless adversary of General Franco, whose life spanned much of Spain's turbulent 20th century. From 1939 to 1975, the Spanish Communist Party, effectively lead for...
 
 
 


Neymar The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10
Luca Caioli
The proud custodian of Brazil's illustrious number 10, in the summer of 2014 Neymar has the chance that eluded the likes of Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho before him - to...
 
 
 


Lou Reed The Life
Mick Wall
Rock 'n' roll was Lou Reed's life. From recording one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time with THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO (1967), to heavy drug abuse...
 
 
 


Pushing the Limits The Two-Time World MotoGP Champion's Own Explosive Story
Casey Stoner
Showing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shares his incredible journey from being a Queensland toddler with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike...
 
 
 


Stirling Moss The Authorised Biography
Robert Edwards
Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss raced professionally over 500 times until his near fatal crash in 1962. At the end of his racing career, he was the most famous Briton -...
 
 
 


Augustus From Revolutionary to Emperor
Adrian Goldsworthy
In the year 44 BC, when Julius Caesar was killed, Augustus was a mere teenager who had been adopted into Caesar's household. His reaction to Caesar's death was to step...
 
 
 


Run or Die
Kilian Jornet
Run or Die by Kilian Jornet - The inspirational memoir of the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation. (The New York Times). Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the...
 
 
 


Castlereagh The Biography of a Statesman
John Bew
Damned in coruscating verse by Shelley and Byron, his coffin hissed at during his funeral, Lord Castlereagh has one of the blackest reputations in British history. But as John Bew...
 
 
 


King My Autobiography
Ledley King, Mat Snow
Rarely in the modern English game has a player been as loved by his supporters, admired by his teammates and respected by his peers as Ledley King. And even more...
 
 
 


The Birth of Korean Cool How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture
Euny Hong
How did a really unhip country suddenly become cool? How could a nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men and rock 'n' roll come to mass produce pop...
 
 
 


Sister Mother Husband Dog (Etc)
Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of unforgettable, moving and provocative essays. The emotional lynchpin is the author's stirring, eloquent response to the death...
 
 
 


Alicia
Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Alicia Jurman is five-years-old when her story begins. It is 1935 and she is living in the East Polish town of Buczacz. Although brought up in an atmosphere of anti-Semitism,...
 
 
 


Chasing Lost Time The Life of C.K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator
Jean Findlay
C. K. Scott Moncrieff's celebrated translation of Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator,...
 
 
 


Unforgivable Blackness The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Geoffrey Ward
This is the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the year award. He was the first black heavyweight champion in history (1908-1915) and the most celebrated - and...
 
 
 


Bye Mam, I Love You A Daughter's Last Words. A Mother's Search for Justice. The Shocking True Story of the Murder of Rebecca Aylward.
Sonia Oatley, Lynne Barrett-Lee
On Saturday, 23 October 2010, Sonia Oatley waved off her 15-year-old daughter, Becca, to meet Joshua Davies, a former boyfriend. Becca's hope was that the two of them would get...
 
 
 


The Undertaker's Daughter
Kate Mayfield
'On the last day of 1959 my father, the Beau Brummel of morticians, piled us into his green and white Desoto in which we looked like a moving pack of...
 
 
 


The Biscuit Girls
Hunter Davies
Ivy, Dulcie, Barbara, Ann, Dorothy and Jean all had different reasons for applying to work at Carr's biscuits, but once they had put on their overalls and walked through the...
 
 
 


Divided Joy
Bernard Sumner
An Autobiography of the Musician Bernard Sumner
 
 
 


The Slope of Kongwa Hill A Boy's Tale of Africa
Anthony R. Edwards
This book sheds insight into the daily life of a gentle young boy, coming of age in a wild, coed boarding school, in Tanganyika, in those days. For those who...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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,...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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....
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Simpson & I
Oggy Boytchev
Simpson & I: Between Two Worlds documents some of the most memorable stories ever to appear on the Ten O'Clock News. In a career spanning thirty years, Oggy Boytchev has...
 
 
 


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