This light-hearted, easy-to-read tale set in the USA, is told through emails, texts, diary entries, and extracts from stories. When her relationship falters Crystal finds herself living back with her loving but interfering Mom. Crystal decides her mum needs a boyfriend and signs her up for a lifelike experimental robot, what on earth could go wrong?! I started reading with a slight hesitation but soon settled down as I got used to the texts and emails laid out on the page in front of me. The characters are inventively introduced by Crystal Hemmingway through different forms of electronic communication. The ... View Full Review
According to authors Julia Keys and Jacqui Coles, infidelity has a script, in that the same reasons, excuses and reactions occur over and over, no matter who you are - a viewpoint that certainly seems borne out by the testimonies included in this book. From learning to spot age-old telltale signs that a bloke is playing away from home (among them “stained underpants” and “throwing out his faithful old boxers for new underwear”), to dealing with the shock, and how to emerge a stronger, happier person, this covers the experience from start to finish, setting out ... View Full Review
I wish this book had been produced when I first started teaching, I would have loved all the different ideas and the clear and interesting way the pages are laid out. As an experienced teacher, however, I found that many of the ideas, story starters and writing suggestions a little predictable. Nonetheless, the ideas/brainstorming pages were brilliantly written with some super ideas to inspire, such as the A-Z of character traits, the use of a dice to choose settings for a story and the work on genres and choosing better words.
It is a very accessible book and I ... View Full Review
In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in denial. View Full Review
Sassy, saucy, and a little bit sweary! This is Volume One in the Cherry PI mystery series. Meet Cherry Hinton, a former journalist who was humiliated on live TV, she now runs a cake shop full of Essex collection creations such as Hornchurches of Plenty. Her former investigative skills come to the fore when she is asked to look into the murder of a contestant on a reality show, everyone saw who murdered him, or did they! Set in Essex with the focus on reality TV shows, you’ll find plenty to give your armchair detective mind a workout. ... View Full Review
The Wainwrights Pocket Log and Tick List is a handsome little book, small enough to pop in your pocket and take up into the Lakeland fells. Conveniently grouped in accordance with the famous Wainwright Pictorial Guides, the pocket log has a dedicated page for each of the 214 Wainwright Fells to record details of your walks and keep a tally of your achievements. With a velvet-like cover and gilded pages it has a quality feel and would be a welcome addition to any walker's Christmas stocking. View Full Review
This is not precisely autobiography so a bit of a cheat but Casals is a man you must meet. These are memoirs, remembered moments told to Albert. E. Kahn, a lifelong friend of Casals. Casals was possibly the greatest cellist of the twentieth century. He lived in France after his self-imposed exile at the end of the Spanish Civil War. His life was remarkable. He knew everyone, claimed kings and queens and many prominent artists as friends. Not only will this book introduce you to a great artist but also to a man with immense integrity.
Carol Drinkwater, from our ... View Full Review
The Aberdeenshire castle that the author grew up in is a significant character in this slender memoir, coming to life as a real place. But it's the author and her siblings running wild in its corridors and outside on the surrounding hills that make this book so memorable. An amazing tale of the vanished life of 1920s Scottish aristocracy.
Elizabeth Wein, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
Interminably long hours being pulled from pillar to post, shifts peppered with horror stories and tears of joy this is the memoir of a sharp-witted storyteller which made me laugh, cry and everything in between. A brilliant book that must be read to really understand the daily battles of our doctors in the NHS.
Deborah Maclaren, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
I was dying to read this book and it did not disappoint. It is an incredible story, beautifully told with humour and warmth and I could almost hear Michelle reading it to me as I flew through the pages. One of the most iconic women of our era, it was fascinating to read her story, and understand her journey from the South Side of Chicago to her time spent in The White House as First Lady.
I didn’t know much about her background previously and hers is a powerful story of humble beginnings and outstanding achievements leading to ... View Full Review
A memoir of 1940s France. Some of you might already know that Duras is one of my heroines. Her novel, The Lover, is one of my all-time favourites. This memoir is complied from a series of four notebooks. Duras recounts episodes from her adolescent years in Indochina and onwards through the war years in France and the Résistance. This work is remarkable, searing in its honesty. Its views of war, grief and loss are unforgettable.
Carol Drinkwater, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
Undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series, this is the highly anticipated sequel to Throne of Glass. Every teenage girl who had Throne of Glass was blown away by it so an eager audience awaits this sequel which promises more gripping action heart wrenching romance plus an augmented reality cover look. Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all ...And trying to may just destroy her. She will also leave you bleeding long ... View Full Review