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The ANC Spy Bible

The ANC Spy Bible

Author: Moe Shaik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2020

Kiss Myself Goodbye

Kiss Myself Goodbye

Author: Ferdinand Mount Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars. Kiss Myself Goodbye is both an enchanting personal memoir like the author's bestselling Cold Cream, and a voyage into a vanished moral world. An unconventional tale of British social history told backwards, its cryptic and unforgettable protagonist Munca joins the ranks of memorable aunts in literature, from Dickens' Betsy Trotwood to Graham Greene's Aunt Augusta.

Re-run the Fun

Re-run the Fun

Author: Pat Sharp, Darren Richman, Luke Catterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

For those of a certain generation, Pat Sharp is an iconic figure synonymous with good fun, great hair and gunge. For others he's just that bloke with a mullet. Fame is a fickle beast and, since the final Fun House aired in 2000, Pat has become a reclusive figure, only emerging from his ivory tower to pop up on things like I'm a Celebrity, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Celebrity Coach Trip, Pointless Celebrities, Through the Keyhole, and Celebrity Come Dine with Me. Until now. Re-run the Fun will blend fact and fiction in a manner reminiscent of I, Partridge and Me Cheeta. It will guide the reader from a dingy Radio 1 studio to David Hasselhoff atop the Berlin Wall; from Fun House to breaking up a fight between Damon and Liam at a (fun) house party; from presenting Top of the Pops to the time he suggested Geri's dress be a Union Jack; to masterminding (and acting as support) at the now-legendary Bros revival gigs; and much, much more. Pat has the scars, and the photos, to prove it all. A definitive work that anatomises the cultural trends of the 80s and 90s, Re-Run the Fun harks back to a time when life was purer and simpler. And, finally, the Great British public can learn what life is like as Pat Sharp; the highs, the lows, the hair tips, the endless selfies.

Yes Lad, But Byways

Yes Lad, But Byways

Author: Tim Topps, Alan Broad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2020

When a promoter of nudism, in a newspaper interview, pulled out a pipe and tobacco, It was Tim who asked Where from? Reading that more babies are born in countries which protect storks, Tim has an ingenious theory. It is the small incidental, personal things and odd ideas which we are most likely to recall fondly in our dotage. This is a lifelong 92-year autobiography, full of light-hearted glances back, and the book's title is a gentle swipe at Housman and his blue remembered hills. Every highway has its network of intriguing byways. Tim's natural wit radiates from the pages of this insightful memoir. Considering the byways of life and delighting in their anomalies is something we all should do more often.

Unto the Hills

Unto the Hills

Author: John Twells Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

Was written by John Twells (1923-2006)1st King George Gurkha Rifles as virtually autobiographical although told in the third person (Sellers) A few incidents have been embellished and certain characters amalgamated . I have the fortune to be with Gurkhas. Wartime London - Young NCO's to be Indian Army cadets - Convoy from Clyde - Attack on Convoy - Troopship Rows - South Atlantic- Smuts in Durban - Crisis in Egypt - Red Sea engine room mutiny - Mysore - Congress riots - Indian Nationalism - Gurkha depot - GHQ - Waziristan - Khyber - Afghan border columns - Silver convoy - Pathan encounters - Ganges floods - Bihar monsoon famine. The Commonwealth campaign against the Japanese in Upper Burma as seem from within a Gurkha Battalion... . Very heavy Japan artillery barrages morning and night and furious night attacks by elements of their Tiger and Chrysanthemum Divisions for over a month. The ridge was the last defensive position on the direct road from Tamu into the dumps and depots of the Imphal plain which the Japanese desperately needed to capture. The Japs never got beyond that front. 3/1st Gurkhas went into Burma from the N.W.Frontier (Rifles) in December 1943 with 13 British Officers of whom only 2 were not killed or wounded. Sternwheeler - Hospital - Calcutta - Jungle Training Division - Murder - Hindu ceremonies - Wildlife in Viceroys preserves - Communal Riots - Kashmir - Yoga - Air trooping - The forbidden country - Walking to Kathmandu - The Court of Nepal - Peshawar - and parachutes - Peace keeping with flying columns - cricket - Partition. Lifelong friends were photographed and stories told Captain Subedar Major Ramsaran Pun Buhadur Indian Order of Merit - Jamader Rambir Thapor - Ghalam Hussein - Ditta Ram - Dick Welch 4th Gurkhas and so many fellow Gurkha officers John Twells M.B.E. became a successful Journalist, married with a family of four.

Onlyness

Onlyness

Author: John Killick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Killick illustrates this book with a series of vignettes taken from his own experience as an only child. It follows him as he grows up, featuring moments both pivotal and seemingly mundane. Onlyness explores the nature of what it means to grow up as an only child, and the ongoing effect that the only child's experiences have on his or her adult life.

Rake's Progress

Rake's Progress

Author: Rachel Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

A unique, revealing and entertaining insight into the political dramas of recent times. Rachel Johnson was born into what has been described by some as the UK's most famous political family, and by others as 'Poundshop Kennedys'. She was always keen to avoid the family business at all costs and plough her own furrow as a broadcaster, novelist and journalist. But, after the referendum to leave the EU in 2016, she felt the heavy hand of fate. When an insurgent centre party burst onto the scene in 2019, she felt compelled to stand for something rather than nothing - which happened to be just as her own older brother, Boris, was making his final assault on Downing Street. As some joked, she went into politics to spend more time with her family. Rake's Progress tells the extraordinary story of what happened next. From long silences on the radio when asked tricky policy questions to loud curses from David Cameron during tennis matches, Rachel reveals all about her brief political career. Taking on Ann Widdecombe and the Brexit Party, would she and her party make history - or become a forgotten footnote in the rolling omnishambles of British politics? Beyond her own story, Rake's Progress highlights the importance of standing up for your beliefs and the challenges of life in the public eye, and takes the reader behind the scenes, from the campaign trail to the 'Westminster bubble' and the carpeted corridors of power. Written with great honesty and self-deprecating humour, this is a book that reveals the very human side of politics.

As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

Author: Romesh Ranganathan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Confronted by the realities of adulthood, Romesh Ranganathan must face an uncomfortable truth: this is not quite how he imagined it. Watching his friends descend into middle age, his waistline thicken and his finances dwindle to fund his family's middle class aspirations, Romesh reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world. As he reluctantly concludes that he is indeed a grown man, Rom wrestles with the greater questions that threaten his being: Could I save my family in a crisis? Do I possess the skills to assemble flatpack furniture? Am I too old for streetwear? Is it alright to parent my kids through the medium of Fortnite? Is celibacy the secret to a passionate marriage? From one of the countries most beloved comedians and author of the Sunday Times bestseller STRAIGHT OUTTA CRAWLEY comes the hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.

Loved and Wanted

Loved and Wanted

Author: Christa Parravani Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

'Haunting, wild, and quiet at once. A shimmering look at motherhood, in all gothic pain and glory. I could not stop reading' Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women A harrowing account of one woman's reckoning with life, death and choice in Trump's America. For readers of Educated and Hillbilly Elegy. In 2017 Christa Parravani had recently moved her family from California to West Virginia and was surviving on a teacher's salary and raising two young children with her husband, screenwriter Anthony Swofford. Another pregnancy, a year after giving birth to her second child, came as a shock. Christa had a history of ectopic pregnancies, and worried that she wouldn't be able to find adequate medical care. She immediately requested a termination, but her doctor refused to help. The only doctor who would perform an abortion made it clear that this would be illicit, not condoned by her colleagues or their community. Christa Parravani has crafted, through her own harrowing experiences with healthcare in contemporary America, a brilliant and moving exploration of the choices women have. ____ Praise for Her: 'Haunting . . . more than a beautifully written memoir. [A] powerful and raw love letter.' Washington Post

As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets

Author: Romesh Ranganathan Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Confronted by the realities of adulthood, Romesh Ranganathan must face an uncomfortable truth: this is not quite how he imagined it. Watching his friends descend into middle age, his waistline thicken and his finances dwindle to fund his family's middle class aspirations, Romesh reflects on the demands of daily life and the challenges of adulting in the modern world. As he reluctantly concludes that he is indeed a grown man, Rom wrestles with the greater questions that threaten his being: Could I save my family in a crisis? Do I possess the skills to assemble flatpack furniture? Am I too old for streetwear? Is it alright to parent my kids through the medium of Fortnite? Is celibacy the secret to a passionate marriage? From one of the countries most beloved comedians and author of the Sunday Times bestseller STRAIGHT OUTTA CRAWLEY comes the hilarious and painfully accurate dissection of what it really means to grow up.

Janis

Janis

Author: Holly George-Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

It's been said Janis Joplin was second only to Bob Dylan as the 'creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation's mythology'. But how did a middle-class girl from Texas become a '60s countercultural icon? Janis' parents doted on her and promoted her early talent for art. But the arrival of a brother shattered the bond she had with her intellectual maverick of a father, an oil engineer. And her own maverick instincts alienated her from her socially conformist mother. That break with her parents, along with the rejection of her high school peers, who disapproved of her beatnik look and racially progressive views, and wrongly assumed she was sexually promiscuous, cemented her sense of herself as an outcast. She found her tribe with a group of offbeat young men a year ahead of her, who loved her intellectual curiosity, her passion for conversation, and her adventurous search for the blues. Although she never stopped craving the approval of her parents and hometown, she left Port Arthur at seventeen determined to prove she could be loved. She tried college twice, and dropped out both times. She ran off to California, but came back when her heavy drug use scared her into it. She almost signed up for a life as a domesticated, hang-the-curtains wife. But instead, during a second stint on the West Coast, she launched a career that would see her crowned the queen of rock and roll. What no one besides Holly George-Warren has captured in such intimate detail is the way Janis Joplin teetered between the powerful woman you hear in her songs and the little girl who just wanted to go home and feel emotionally safe there. The pain of that dichotomy fuelled her music - and ultimately killed her.

Son of a Silverback

Son of a Silverback

Author: Russell Kane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

'Brilliantly written. Very funny and heartbreaking.' Davina McCall From one of Britain's most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a Silverback dad. The Silverback is considered the undisputed king, a creature whose authority is never challenged and who does not yield to compromise. He walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. The Silverback is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane. SON OF A SILVERBACK is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.