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Kilvert's Diary

Kilvert's Diary

Author: Francis Kilvert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Francis Kilvert was a country clergyman who lived from 1840 to 1879, and these are his diaries: gossipy, sweet-natured, generous, curious, and full of an abiding wonder and delight in the natural world and the beauties of the changing seasons. The three volumes in this book are all that remain of his writings after unfortunate mishaps including censorship by his widow and the destruction of a number of inherited volumes. A worthy heir to Pepys and Dorothy Wordsworth, Kilvert is an irresistible companion. 'Kilvert has touched and delighted and (mildly shocked) readers of his diaries ever since they were first published. New readers are in for a treat' Alan Bennett The original selection by William Plomer. This edition contains a fascinating new introduction by Mark Bostridge as well as never before published images of Kilvert's world.

Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done An Autobiography

Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done An Autobiography

Author: Ray Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done An Autobiography

Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done An Autobiography

Author: Ray Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Tainted Love

Tainted Love

Author: Hope Daniels, Morag Livingstone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

'Daniels has cast herself as a powerful voice for the many successes produced by a system that is often associated with catastrophic failure ... she burns with passion for a system she says does extraordinary work ... Tainted Love digs deeper into Daniel's life story' Metro In her previous book, Hackney Child, Hope Daniels told her powerful story of survival as a child of alcoholic parents. In Tainted Love, she brings together the stories of some of the kids who lived with her in children's homes - kids who fought against the odds in their struggle to find love. We meet Robert, who tries to protect his mum from the brutal rages of his drunken father - but he's only eight and he is powerless to stop the violence. There's Debbie and her sister, who are placed at the mercy of a paedophile babysitter with their mum's approval, and Abby, who shaves her head, cuts her arms, and rages against the system. These and many other true stories tells of lives fractured, endured and, in most cases, saved and turned around by social workers who fight impossible workloads to bring security and safety to children who live in chaos. Hope Daniels now advises government bodies on the care and fostering of children. Praise for Hope Daniels' other books 'Raw and absorbing' Grazia 'Refreshingly honest ... It will touch your heart' UK Fostering

Between the Stops The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Between the Stops The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Author: Sandi Toksvig Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty years, presenter of QI and Great British Bake Off star - is an autobiography with a difference: as only Sandi Toksvig can tell it. 'Between the Stops is a sort of a memoir, my sort. It's about a bus trip really, because it's my view from the Number 12 bus (mostly top deck, the seat at the front on the right), a double-decker that plies its way from Dulwich, in South East London, where I was living, to where I sometimes work - at the BBC, in the heart of the capital. It's not a sensible way to write a memoir at all, probably, but it's the way things pop into your head as you travel, so it's my way'. From London facts including where to find the blue plaque for Una Marson, 'The first black woman programme maker at the BBC', to discovering the best Spanish coffee under Southwark's railway arches; from a brief history of lady gangsters at Elephant and Castle to memories of climbing Mount Sinai and, at the request of a fellow traveller, reading aloud the Ten Commandments; from the story behind Pissarro's painting of Dulwich Station to performing in Footlights with Emma Thompson; from painful memoires of being sent to Coventry while at a British boarding school to thinking about how Wombells Travelling Circus of 1864 haunts Peckham Rye;from anecdotes about meeting Prince Charles, Monica Lewinsky and Grayson Perry to Bake-Off antics; from stories of a real and lasting friendship with John McCarthy to the importance of family and the daunting navigation of the Zambezi River in her father's canoe, this Sandi Toksvig-style memoir is, as one would expect and hope, packed full of surprises. A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, Between the Stops is also an inspiration to us all to get off our phones, look up and to talk to each other because as Sandi says: 'some of the greatest trips lie on our own doorstep'.

Black Like Me

Black Like Me

Author: John Howard Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

In the autumn of 1959, a white Texan journalist named John Howard Griffin travelled across the Deep South of the United States disguised as a black man. Black Like Me is Griffin's own account of his journey. Originally commissioned by the African-American general-interest magazine Sepia under the title 'Journey into Shame', it was published in book-form in 1961, revealing to a white audience the day-to-day experience of racism in segregation-era America. Selling over five million copies, Black Like Me became one of the best-known accounts of race and racism in the 1960s, and helped turn the eyes of white society towards the everyday indignities and injustices of segregation. Today, sixty years after Griffin's extraordinary journey across the racial divide, Black Like Me's unrepeatable act of journalistic intrepidity stands as a fascinating document of its times. 'John Howard Griffin has come closer to understanding what it's like to be black in America than any white man that I know.' Louis Lomax, Saturday Review 'If it was a frightening experience for him as nothing but a make-believe Negro for sixty-six days, then you think about what real Negroes in America have gone through for 400 years.' Malcom X

Between the Stops The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Between the Stops The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus

Author: Sandi Toksvig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty years, presenter of QI and Great British Bake Off star - is an autobiography with a difference: as only Sandi Toksvig can tell it. 'Between the Stops is a sort of a memoir, my sort. It's about a bus trip really, because it's my view from the Number 12 bus (mostly top deck, the seat at the front on the right), a double-decker that plies its way from Dulwich, in South East London, where I was living, to where I sometimes work - at the BBC, in the heart of the capital. It's not a sensible way to write a memoir at all, probably, but it's the way things pop into your head as you travel, so it's my way'. From London facts including where to find the blue plaque for Una Marson, 'The first black woman programme maker at the BBC', to discovering the best Spanish coffee under Southwark's railway arches; from a brief history of lady gangsters at Elephant and Castle to memories of climbing Mount Sinai and, at the request of a fellow traveller, reading aloud the Ten Commandments; from the story behind Pissarro's painting of Dulwich Station to performing in Footlights with Emma Thompson; from painful memoires of being sent to Coventry while at a British boarding school to thinking about how Wombells Travelling Circus of 1864 haunts Peckham Rye;from anecdotes about meeting Prince Charles, Monica Lewinsky and Grayson Perry to Bake-Off antics; from stories of a real and lasting friendship with John McCarthy to the importance of family and the daunting navigation of the Zambezi River in her father's canoe, this Sandi Toksvig-style memoir is, as one would expect and hope, packed full of surprises. A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, Between the Stops is also an inspiration to us all to get off our phones, look up and to talk to each other because as Sandi says: 'some of the greatest trips lie on our own doorstep'.

Enemy Coast Ahead The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson

Enemy Coast Ahead The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson

Author: Guy Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Prior to World War Two, Wing Commander Guy Gibson joined the Royal Air Force. In 1944, he wrote down his experience of serving in the RAF. Aged just 25, Gibson had completed two full tours, each of 30 operations, with Bomber Command, and had led the now-famous Dam Busters raid against the dams of the Ruhr Valley in May 1943. He died aged 26 in 1944, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands. Gibson's story is an incredible one. He struggled daily to work the Handley Page Hampden, and then the Avro Manchester, flying both into enemy airspace with great difficulty. He goes into detail on this, describing the troubles facing him, and how he managed to overcome them. He also addresses the rapid professionalisation of the Bomber Command. At the start of the war, they seemed ill-equipped and unprepared to confront Germany, but they grew in confidence and stature, to represent one of the defining units of the Second World War. Gibson recounts this change.

Enough Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It

Enough Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It

Author: Shauna Ahern Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

For women everywhere, a collection of fierce and often funny personal essays on finding enough, from writer Shauna M. Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl fame. Like so many American women, Shauna M. Ahern spent decades feeling not good enough about her body, about money, and about her worth in this culture. For a decade, with the help of her husband, she ran a successful food blog, wrote award-winning cookbooks, and raised two children. In the midst of this, at age 48, she suffered a mini-stroke. Tests revealed she would recover fully, but when her doctor impressed upon her that emotional stress can cause physical damage, she dove deep inside herself to understand and let go of a lifetime of damaging patterns of thought. With candor and humor, Ahern traces the arc of her life in essays, starting with the feeling of not good enough which was sown in a traumatic childhood and dogged her well into adulthood. She writes about finding her rage, which led her to find her enduring motto: enough pretending. And she chronicles how these phases have opened the door to living more joyfully today with mostly enough: friends, family, and her community. Readers will be moved by Ahern's brave stories. They will also find themselves in these essays, since we all have to find our own definition of enough.

This Will Only Hurt a Little The New York Times Bestseller

This Will Only Hurt a Little The New York Times Bestseller

Author: Busy Philipps Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2019

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell' Tina Fey 'Funny, refreshingly candid memoir about Hollywood, motherhood and BFFhood' Cosmopolitan 'Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona' Miranda July A memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on Freaks and Geeks, Dawson's Creek, and Cougartown who has become 'the breakout star on Instagram stories . . . imagine I Love Lucy mixed with a modern lifestyle guru' (New Yorker). Busy Philipps's autobiographical book offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona and her painful and painfully funny teen years, to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend. Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all. 'I've been waiting my whole life to write this book. I'm just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??' 'Candid, painful and extremely wryly funny' Stylist 'Like most women, famous or not, bad things have happened to Busy Philipps - as well as weird stuff, jawdropping stuff and heartwarming stuff' Refinery29 'This Will Only Hurt a Little has stopped me in my tracks completely' Sophie Heawood, Observer

Initiated The Wayward Girls' Guide to Becoming a Witch

Initiated The Wayward Girls' Guide to Becoming a Witch

Author: Amanda Yates Garcia Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2019

An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Starting with her initiation into her mother's coven, through years in the underworld of poverty, sex work and endless misogyny, Amanda Yates-Garcia describes her journey to come back to her body, harness her power, and create the world she deserved through witchcraft. Full of incredible stories of being hailed by crows, seduced by magicians and haunted by ancestors broken under the wheels of patriarchy, INITIATED is also a call to action: it's time for powerful women to come out of the broom closet. Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself. It's time to be brave, stand up, describe the world you want and create it like a witch. This book will follow Amanda's quest for self-discovery and empowerment but the story is so much bigger. Squarely at the intersection of witchiness and feminism, the lessons in this book will resonate with any woman who feels enraged by a culture built to disempower and subjugate them. To better arm the reader, each chapter is accompanied by a deeper exploration of a witch's trials - healing ancestral wounds, setting psychic boundaries, building an altar to change your life - along with fables and tales of the goddesses and empowered witches throughout history.

Janis The Life and Music from the Queen of Rock

Janis The Life and Music from the Queen of Rock

Author: Holly George-Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

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.