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Memoirs

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The Muse

The Muse

Author: Nell Dunn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Nobody writes like Nell Dunn... always communally, with rare honesty, with love, and with calm and ground-breaking understanding... It's glorious. Ali Smith The Muse is all it could be; an act of sharing that goes beyond particular experience to take us to a happy realm of natural sisterhood. TLS Nell Dunn has perfect pitch for the words we use and for the loves and mysteries of the human heart. Carmen Callil Defiant, funny and exhilarating. The Muse is so high-spirited and full of a sense of adventure. Margaret Drabble This slim volume is entertaining... You long to know more about Nell's life Daily Mail The Muse is the story of a life-changing friendship. It starts with Nell's account of a chance meeting with Josie at the age of 22. Josie teaches her how to live for moment, how to have adventures and find the sweetness of life even in hardship. This was the Sixties, a time of literary and sexual experimentation, of the breakdown of old barriers and inhibitions Even as she was hooking up with dodgy men, Josie always carried herself like a star, and as the inspiration for the ground-breaking novel of working class women Poor Cow and the play Steaming - both of which were made into movies - she became one, feted by producers on Broadway. Life is the thing, was Josie's motto. But where would her philosophy of taking no care for tomorrow lead her? In prose of unique clarity and simplicity that always gets straight to the heart of matter, The Muse follows this friendship over the decades.

Making It

Making It

Author: Jay Blades Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

'We had our hardships, and there were times that we didn't have a lot of food and didn't have a lot of money. But that didn't stop me having the time of my life.' Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. In this book, Jay shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up sheltered and innocent on a council estate in Hackney, to his adolescence when he was introduced to violent racism at secondary school, to being brutalized by police as a teen, to finally becoming a beloved star of the hit primetime show The Repair Shop. Jay reflects on strength, weakness and what it means to be a man. He questions the boundaries society places on male vulnerability and how letting himself be nurtured helped him flourish into the person he is today. An expert at giving a second life to cherished items, he speaks about how his role as a restorer mirrors his own life - if something's broken, you can always find a way to put it back together.

Glorious Rock Bottom

Glorious Rock Bottom

Author: Bryony Gordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

DARK, HONEST, UPLIFTING. THIS IS A SOBRIETY MEMOIR LIKE NO OTHER. > 'This is a book that tears down walls.' Marian Keyes 'Bryony Gordon is a terrific, compassionate writer whose razor-sharp honesty slices through every sentence of this compelling memoir.' Liz Day 'Poetic, raw and very important.' Fearne Cotton Bryony Gordon is a respected journalist, a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning mental health campaigner. She is also an alcoholic. In Glorious Rock Bottom Bryony opens up about a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom - for her, a traumatic event and the abrupt realisation that she was putting herself in danger, time and again - saved her life. Known for her trademark honesty, Bryony re-lives the darkest and most terrifying moments of her addiction, never shying away from the fact that alcoholism robs you of your ability to focus on your family, your work, your health, your children, yourself. And then, a chink of light as the hard work begins - rehab; twelve-step meetings; endless, tedious, painful self-reflection - a rollercoaster ride through self-acceptance, friendship, love and hope, to a joy and pride in staying sober that her younger self could never have imagined. Shining a light on the deep connection between addiction and mental health issues, Glorious Rock Bottom is in turn, shocking, brutal, dark, funny, hopeful and uplifting. It is a sobriety memoir like no other.

Call the Vet

Call the Vet

Author: Bruce Fogle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Arriving in 1970s' London as a fresh-faced Canadian, Bruce Fogle assumed that because he knew the language, he would understand the English. As a graduate of the world's best veterinary school, he also thought his profession would come naturally to him. He quickly learned not to make assumptions... Bruce began his career at the prestigious Woodrow & Singleton surgery in the heart of the Knightsbridge. Frequented by Britain's most distinguished pet owners, from Duchesses and Sultans to Paul McCartney and Elizabeth Taylor, it also cared for the exotic inhabitants of the Harrods' 'Zoo Department.' Over the next few years, an arc of clients would cross Bruce's table, from cats and dogs to alligators, pumas and even a capuchin monkey. Each adventure taught Bruce far more than any textbook ever could, while skilful veterinary nurses provided the greatest lessons of all. Call the Vet is a wonderfully rich and warmly funny memoir. Set against the vibrant backdrop of 1970s' London, it explores the unique bond between pets and their owners; the common thread of compassion that unites all cultures and classes, and the discovery of love and joy in unexpected places.

Lost Without You

Lost Without You

Author: Vinnie Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

'This is not a love story I ever wanted to tell, because I hoped it would just go on and on, and never end. I thought that we'd grow old together. I never wanted it to be a tale. But here I am, a middle-aged man sitting at the kitchen table as the California light fades, thinking about the coming night and how to get through it. Trying to explain to someone - to anyone - what it was like to live through something extraordinary: an amazing three decades that happened to me. Three decades that are now over.' In July 2019 Vinnie Jones tragically lost his wife and soulmate Tanya after her six-year battle with cancer. Tanya and Vinnie had shared 27 amazing years and raised a beautiful family together. Her passing was a devastating shock to everyone - and Vinnie found himself struggling to cope. In this extraordinarily intimate memoir, Vinnie tackles his grief honestly and with heart, sharing warm and colourful stories from the 25 years he spent married to Tanya, and unfiltered accounts of the reality of grief. From the darkest hours to the happiest moments, and everything in between, it is tender and heart-breaking, deeply honest but also full of humour and hope. Written to honour Tanya's life, Lost Without You is a beautiful and brave story of love and loss. Nothing will take away the pain of Tanya's death, but if in sharing his experiences Vinnie can inspire others in the depths of the unspeakable to find the help they need, then he will have succeeded in the keeping her kind, caring and selfless spirit alive.

Where Did I Go Right?

Where Did I Go Right?

Author: Geoff Norcott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

*** 'Few people walk the line of thought provoking and laugh out loud funny like Geoff Norcott.' - Romesh Ranganathan 'Where Did I Go Right? is sharp, considered, insightful, and helped me make sense of the other side . And because Geoff Norcott is so funny, it unfortunately means I can't dismiss his views entirely. It's so important to have a friend you can disagree with but still admire and Geoff can be that friend to you!' - Katherine Ryan I've always thought the benefit of having batsh*t parents is it increases the chance of you growing up funny. It's certainly worked for Geoff Norcott. - David Baddiel 'Voting Conservative is like buying a James Blunt album: loads of people have done it, but weirdly you never meet them ...' Comedian Geoff Norcott should have been Labour through and through. He grew up on a council estate, both of his parents were disabled, and his Dad was a Union man. So, how was it that he grew up to vote Tory? In this courageously honest and provocative memoir, Geoff unpicks his working-class upbringing and his political journey from left to right. Raised by a fierce matriarch and a maverick father on a South London council estate where they filmed scenes for The Bill, Geoff spends his youth attempting to put out kitchen fires with aerosols and leaping in and out of industrial skips. But as he reaches adolescence, his political views begin to be influenced by major events including the early 90s recession, the credit crunch, and a chance encounter with Conservative PM John Major. As an adult, Geoff begins to have the gnawing feeling that the values and traditions he grew up with no longer match Labour's. And, as Brexit appears, he feels even more like a double agent operating behind enemy lines. Written with warmth, wit and often laugh-out-loud humour, Where Did I Go Right? is Geoff's attempt to understand why he ended up voting 'for the bad guys', and why blue-collared conservatism could be here to stay. Praise for Geoff Norcott: 'A mature, sharp take on modern politics' - The Sunday Times 'Gently abrasive, but that's what makes him so entertaining... with a sharp, self-knowing wit' -The Times 'Geoff Norcott genuinely has something original to say' - New European 'A refreshingly brilliant new comedic voice' - Spectator 'Norcott is an out-and-out rebel' - Express

Climbing the Walls

Climbing the Walls

Author: Kieran Cunningham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

A memoir full of heart about mountain climbing, mental health and how to adapt and cope in a time of crisis. After spending a decade restlessly globetrotting in search of a way of lifethat worked for him, six years ago journalist Kieran Cunningham alighted on Sondrio, a small town in Lombardy, Italy. A stone's throw from the Alps, there he found a lifestyle that worked for him - fresh mountain air, a strong network of local friends and lots and lots of climbing. Finally he was able to accept and manage his diagnosis of Bipolar I. And then Lombardy found itself the European epicentre of Covid-19. What does a climber do when his beloved mountains are off limits? When he's only permitted to leave the house for his weekly sanctioned grocery shop? When all the things that help him maintain his delicate equilibrium are taken away? As Kieran felt his mental health begin to crumble and realised he was perilously low in medication, he turned to the one thing that would help rid him of his excess energy and hopefully get him back on track: climbing. However, now he could only climb the walls of his house. Climbing the Walls is a memoir about mental health and the power of nature and exercise. From learning to appreciate the rhythms and characters of small-town Italian life, to sleepless, panicky nights as he feels his moods race, Kieran's lockdown veers from the mundane to the extreme. While he navigates the wall above his front door over and over in the shadow of the mountains, he can only dream of that first euphoric climb.

Climbing the Walls

Climbing the Walls

Author: Kieran Cunningham Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

A memoir full of heart about mountain climbing, mental health and how to adapt and cope in a time of crisis. After spending a decade restlessly globetrotting in search of a way of lifethat worked for him, six years ago journalist Kieran Cunningham alighted on Sondrio, a small town in Lombardy, Italy. A stone's throw from the Alps, there he found a lifestyle that worked for him - fresh mountain air, a strong network of local friends and lots and lots of climbing. Finally he was able to accept and manage his diagnosis of Bipolar I. And then Lombardy found itself the European epicentre of Covid-19. What does a climber do when his beloved mountains are off limits? When he's only permitted to leave the house for his weekly sanctioned grocery shop? When all the things that help him maintain his delicate equilibrium are taken away? As Kieran felt his mental health begin to crumble and realised he was perilously low in medication, he turned to the one thing that would help rid him of his excess energy and hopefully get him back on track: climbing. However, now he could only climb the walls of his house. Climbing the Walls is a memoir about mental health and the power of nature and exercise. From learning to appreciate the rhythms and characters of small-town Italian life, to sleepless, panicky nights as he feels his moods race, Kieran's lockdown veers from the mundane to the extreme. While he navigates the wall above his front door over and over in the shadow of the mountains, he can only dream of that first euphoric climb.

A Hare-Marked Moon

A Hare-Marked Moon

Author: David Lascelles Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

In the spring of 2004, David Lascelles invited a group of monks from Bhutan to build a stupa in the gardens of Harewood House in Yorkshire. It was a step into the unknown for the Bhutanese. They didn't speak any English, had never travelled outside their own culture, had never flown in an airplane or seen the ocean. Theirs was one kind of journey. But the project was also another kind of voyage for David: an attempt to reconcile a deep interest in Buddhism with the 250 years that his family has lived at Harewood, the country house and estate - originally built on money derived from the slave trade - that he has loved, rejected, tried to make sense of and been haunted by all his life. In Buddhist thought, stupas are believed to harmonise an environment by subduing the chaos at work there. Would this stupa have a similar effect, quelling the chaotic forces of Harewood's past and harmonising the contradictions of its present? A Hare-Marked Moon tells the story behind the extraordinary meeting of cultures that resulted in the Harewood Stupa, interspersed with accounts of David's travels in the Himalayas which delve into the rich and turbulent history of the region, and the beliefs that have shaped it.

A Season with Mom

A Season with Mom

Author: Katie Russell Newland Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

At age thirteen, Katie Russell attended her first Chicago Cubs game. While dining at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in the Windy City, her mom planted the seed of a big dream: to visit all the Major League Baseball (MLB) parks. Fast-forward years later, and Katie stands on the mound at Wrigley Field, baseball and glove in hand, name displayed on the scoreboard for all to see. But her journey to that moment was anything but pitch perfect. Join Katie as she travels more than 30,000 miles to all thirty MLB parks in a single season, a rare feat covered by the likes of ESPN. Along with black-and-white photographs, Katie shares letters written to her mom, who died of cancer before the two of them could go on the adventure of a lifetime together. During the journey, Katie reflects on her life, her relationship with her mom, and America's favorite pastime, weaving a story that will resonate with mothers and daughters, cancer survivors, baseball and sports fans, and anyone who has experienced loss . . . and maybe fallen in love along the way. A Season with Mom reminds readers that in life, as in baseball, sometimes you strike out, but sometimes you hit home runs. And even if the wait is longer than you'd hoped--like it was for the Chicago Cubs' long-sought World Series win--dreams can come true.

Slug

Slug

Author: Hollie McNish Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

'One of the best poets we have' MATT HAIG 'She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love' KAE TEMPEST 'Hollie always articulates exactly how I feel' CHARLY COX The new collection of poetry and prose from the Ted Hughes Award-winning author of Nobody Told Me From Finnish saunas and soppy otters to grief, grandparents and Kellogg's anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book which holds a mirror lovingly up to the world, past and present, through Hollie's driving, funny, hopeful poetry and prose. Slug is about the human condition: of birth and death and how we manage the possibilities in-between. 'The inimitable words of poet/goddess Hollie McNish once again hold up honest, damn funny and refreshing takes on the everydayness of our lives . . . Never have we needed her more' STYLIST