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This Month's Featured Books

Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord by Bessora
Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he’s desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his home in the Cote D’Ivoire to Europe as an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2016
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove
Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that intensely encompasses and overpowers those that fall for it's high energy 'stomping' - dancing. Young Soul Rebels is part personal autobiography of the acclaimed music...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Take Six Girls The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
Take Six Girls The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
Laura Thompson
At one point in the narrative, Laura Thompson compares the Mitford sisters to the Kardashians, an analogy that emphasises the newsworthiness of the Mitford sisters as they made their mark on the world. But apart from debutant froth there was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Spectacles by Sue Perkins
Spectacles
Sue Perkins
Entering the crowded market of the celeb autobiography, Sue Perkins has managed to bring a fresh approach to the genre with a witty and funny view of her life so far - making this autobiography a winner. How much is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
Rebel Without A Clue A Memoir by Janet Green
Rebel Without A Clue A Memoir
Janet Green
A rather poignant, provocative and heart-warming memoir by a lady who could have hit rock bottom and stayed there, yet she fought her way back with attitude. The introduction announces the contents with gusto. From secretary to stripper, topless model...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2016
The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3 by E. James Chapman
The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3
E. James Chapman
There is a saying that goes 'When life gives you lemons make lemonade' but in E. James Chapman's hilarious book, The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3, this keep positive in all situations attitude is stretched to beyond breaking point...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/03/2016
Labyrinths Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis by Catrine Clay
Labyrinths Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl and the Early Years of Psychoanalysis
Catrine Clay
Labyrinths tells the story of the Jungs' unconventional marriage, their friendship and, following publication of Jung's The Psychology of the Unconscious, subsequent rift with Freud. It traces Jung's development of word association, notions of the archetype, the collective unconscious, the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home by Malachy Tallack
Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home
Malachy Tallack
Follow the latitude line from Malachy Tallack's home on Shetland and you voyage to Greenland, Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia before coming home, a wiser and more grounded person. We learn more of his troubled background as he travels West, troubles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
Being a Beast by Charles Foster
Being a Beast
Charles Foster
We can never truly know what it is like to be another species and experience their lives as they search for food, or kill and be killed – but Charles Foster has gone further than most in trying to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Marking the twentieth anniversary of Notes from a Small Island, the author makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. He gives us an acute and perceptive...

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little

Dear World, How Are You?
Toby Little
Gorgeous, fascinating and heartwarming, this is a book to put a smile on your face. In 2013, aged five and a half, Toby decided to write a letter to someone...

Evelyn Waugh A Life Revisited by Philip Eade

Evelyn Waugh A Life Revisited
Philip Eade
The 10th of April 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh - hailed by Graham Greene as 'the greatest novelist of my generation', yet reckoned by...

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook

The First Day on the Somme
Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme is a compelling and intensely moving account of the blackest day in the history of the British army. Drawing on official sources...

First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster by Andrew Macdonald

First Day of the Somme The Complete Account of Britain's Worst-Ever Military Disaster
Andrew Macdonald
A groundbreaking history of the first, horrific day of one of the most notorious, bloody offensives of all time, from its inept planning to its disastrous execution. Published for the hundredth...

Paralian Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk

Paralian Not Just Transgender
Liam Klenk
This is a fascinating and inspiring memoir from a man who has faced life head on and lived it to the full. Liam Klenk was adopted, had an unconventional childhood...

The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell

The Penguin Lessons
Tom Michell
Absolutely adorable, this is an autobiography full of eccentricity, charm and a penguin called Juan Salvador. As a young man in the 1970’s Tom Michell travelled to Argentina to teach...

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony Gordon explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can. Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching,...

Red A Natural History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey

Red A Natural History of the Redhead
Jacky Colliss Harvey
A New York Times bestseller, Red is the first book to explore the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world. With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious...

1966 My World Cup Story by Sir Bobby Charlton

1966 My World Cup Story
Sir Bobby Charlton
In 1966 England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. In this book, he looks back on the most...

Blindsided by Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton

Blindsided
Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton
Former Australian rugby union legend and World Cup winner, now acclaimed television sports pundit, on his glittering career in the game - and how close he came to losing his...

City Squares Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World by Catie Marron

City Squares Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World
Catie Marron
In this important collection, eighteen renowned writers, including David Remnick, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Skloot, Rory Stewart, and Adam Gopnik evoke the spirit and history of some of the world's most...

Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam

Reader Reviewed Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator
Homer Hickam
A beautifully quirky, yet at the same time completely logical love story (well it is logical once you've realised that you too, have fallen in love with an alligator). ‘Carrying...

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan

Stalin's Daughter The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Rosemary Sullivan
A painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators – her father, Josef Stalin....

The Day the Music Died A Life Lived Behind the Lens by Tony Garnett

The Day the Music Died A Life Lived Behind the Lens
Tony Garnett
From his childhood in working-class, war-torn Birmingham to his passionate battle to bring controversial topics into the public eye through film and TV, The Day the Music Died is the...

The Missing of the Somme by Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis

The Missing of the Somme
Geoff Dyer, Wade Davis
The Missing of the Somme has become a classic meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and...

Commitment My Autobiography by Didier Drogba

Commitment My Autobiography
Didier Drogba
For the first time, Didier Drogba tells his story in his own words. Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field...

Cycling the Earth A Life-Changing Race Around the World by Sean Conway

Cycling the Earth A Life-Changing Race Around the World
Sean Conway
Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired - but it...

In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

In Order to Live A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park
Europe is currently dealing with an unprecedented flow of human beings escaping conflict, hunger and political injustice. In Asia there is another flow of refugees undertaking an even deadlier journey...

Augustine Conversions and Confessions by Robin Lane Fox

Augustine Conversions and Confessions
Robin Lane Fox
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. Augustine is the person from the ancient world about whom we know most. He is the author of an intimate...

KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann

KL A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Nikolaus Wachsmann
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. The first definitive history of the Nazi concentration camp system, KL will remain an essential read for years to come....

Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

Finding the Rainbow
Rachel McGrath
Winner of The People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction 2016. The first book for Rachel McGrath, she writes about her battle with her body, her mind and the health service, whilst...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Being a Beast by Charles Foster

Being a Beast
Charles Foster
We can never truly know what it is like to be another species and experience their lives as they search for food, or kill and be killed – but...

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires by Julie Summers

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires
Julie Summers
This is the book that inspired the major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing...

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India by Walter Reid

Keeping the Jewel in the Crown The British Betrayal of India
Walter Reid
This is a fascinating yet controversial account of Britain's role in India in the lead up to Independence in 1947 and in particular the last three years. It is a...

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars by Adrian Tinniswood

The Long Weekend Life in the English Country House Between the Wars
Adrian Tinniswood
Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, on unpublished letters and diaries, on the eye-witness testimonies of belted earls and unhappy heiresses and bullying butlers, The Long Weekend gives a voice to...

Becoming Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am by Laura Jane Williams

Becoming Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am
Laura Jane Williams
Survive and thrive memoir from blogger and social media influencer Laura Jane Williams.

Conversations with McCartney by Paul Du Noyer

Conversations with McCartney
Paul Du Noyer
Conversations with McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts...

Porcelain by Moby

Porcelain
Moby
Porcelain is about making it, losing it, loving it, and hating it. It's about finding your people, and your place, thinking you've lost them both, and then, finally, somehow, creating...

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

The House by the Lake
Thomas Harding
Revealing the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building: a nobleman farmer, a Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi...

Big Sam: My Autobiography by Sam Allardyce

Big Sam: My Autobiography
Sam Allardyce
Over the last 42 years, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different to that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and...

Bringing Home the Ashes Winning with England by Joe Root

Bringing Home the Ashes Winning with England
Joe Root
A celebration of the start of a remarkable career and an incredible Ashes series. This is Joe Root's personal account of his speedy climb to stardom, from schoolboy cricket to...

The Blitzed City The Destruction of Coventry, 1940 by Karen Farrington

The Blitzed City The Destruction of Coventry, 1940
Karen Farrington
Karen Farrington starts her books before 1940 showing the development of flying and how soon the military saw its potential for war. Then there were the bombs themselves, at first...

Speed Kings by Andy Bull

Speed Kings
Andy Bull
Winner of the Cross Sports Biography of the Year Award 2016. Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. In the 1930s, as the world hurtled...

Caspar Lee by Caspar Lee, Emily Riordan Lee

Caspar Lee
Caspar Lee, Emily Riordan Lee
This is a book about me. Unfortunately, I didn't write it - my mum did. WTF! Let me tell you now that 98% of it is total lies.

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