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A 2013 World Book Night selection. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Biography of the Year Award 2011. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 March 2011. This charmingly written autobiography - about a young girl with a Nigerian father adopted by a wonderfully humane white Scottish couple - could have been a dark, complicated to read. But it isn't. There is clarity, warmth and a twinkle in the eye. A sense of someone who is comfortable in her own skin as she comes to terms with the meaning of love and her own sexuality. Thoughtful, tender, gentle and humane, Red Dust Road ... View Full Review
Beryl Markham grew up in Kenya and then became a pilot - she was the first person to cross the Atlantic solo from east to west. Her life as a child fooling around with lions in Africa is just as astonishing as her adult life as a pioneering aviator. Elizabeth Wein, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
Anne Frank's diary is eternally relevant, eternally profound, and an eternal testament both to the cruelty of human beings and our inherent goodness. I believe everyone should read this book. Julie Cohen, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
A uniquely personal account of the wonder of flight written by a commercial airline pilot who is also a self-confessed aeroplane romantic. The book is crammed with fascinating facts about aviation but also suffused with the poetry of a life lived largely in the air. Carolyn Kirby, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
He has become a national treasure and this is an insight into his life as a public figure, author, actor and director. If you like the man then you'll love this book. Paul Cheney, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog   Stephen Fry is back with the second instalment of his memoirs, picking up at his university years. It’s witty as ever and full of details about his more recent and turbulent life. Spanning 1979-1987, this title charts Stephen's arrival at Cambridge up to his thirtieth birthday.  Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry ... View Full Review
Steve Jobs redefined the computing industry and then redefined the phone. To understand what drove him Isaacson interviewed him many times to create this book. At times searingly honest, this is a comprehensive profile of a man who became a tech idol. Paul Cheney, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. View Full Review
Being an Arsenal supporter, this has special significance, but the beauty of this book about the all-consuming nature of supporting a football team is that it speaks to anyone who's experienced the agonies and ecstasies of following the beautiful game, no matter what team or division you follow. This oft-quoted excerpt sums up the spirit of both the book and its subject: I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it. Joanne Owen, from our Best Autobiographies ... View Full Review
Reading a new Frances Hardinge novel is always an adventure into a new, carefully constructed world - where things are never quite as one might imagine as you begin.  Here two friends, raised together in poverty and scavenging are leader and led, counterpoint to each other, one believing in friendship above all, the other of a very much darker outlook.  They live on one of a series of islands that form the Myriad, each island with its own long dead gods, each with its own strange traditions and stories.  The sea surrounding the islands hides many things ... View Full Review
35 years after the release of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes us back to Gilead. Following three characters we are introduced to perspectives outside of those of the Handmaids.  This is a terrific book that rounds out Gilead and tells of its downfall as opposed to being a direct sequel. A perfect book for anyone who wants to learn more about this restrictive, dystopian regime and for anyone who wants the questions they had at the end of The Handmaid's Tale answered. View Full Review
35 years after the release of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes us back to Gilead. Following three characters we are introduced to perspectives outside of those of the Handmaids.  This is a terrific book that rounds out Gilead and tells of its downfall as opposed to being a direct sequel. A perfect book for anyone who wants to learn more about this restrictive, dystopian regime and for anyone who wants the questions they had at the end of The Handmaid's Tale answered. View Full Review
Silver Medal Winner in the Young Adult Fiction category and Silver Medal Winner for Best Book Series at the International Moonbeam Children's Awards 2013 . June 2013 Book of the Month  Spread your wings and hang on tightly as mighty Stormcracker takes you on a roller-coaster ride across the Old Wall and into the frozen north where you can slide down the ice flumes to the subterranean world of the Ice Bear Clan, land on an iceberg, or explore the mysteries of the long abandoned sea citadel. If you like magic there is lethal maelstrom magic conjured up from ... View Full Review
Silver medal Winner at the International Moonbeam Children's Awards 2013 for Best Book Series.    Battles and adventures aplenty in this second book in the Dragonsdome Chronicles series which began with The Dragon Whisperer and is followed by Dragon Lords Rising. View Full Review