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This Month's Featured Books

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 from North Korea via China and Mongolia to reach the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 from the time, and on the words of hundreds of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/03/2016
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 in every single country in the world. His Mum Sabine,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/03/2016
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 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2016
Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
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 Albert Home’ is a nine part tale, detailing an odyssey...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 and as he became an adult, his differences made him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2016
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 was a huge undertaking and he'd hardly been on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
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 ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 memoir of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett. He gives...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
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. Epic in scope, it’s a revolutionary biography of a woman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
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 recognized and significant city squares, accompanied by illustrations from equally...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 as it is compelling. More than just a book for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/06/2016
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors by Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
Voices of World War Two Memories of the Last Survivors
Sue Elliott, Steve Humphries
This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew up during the appalling economic depression of the 1930s, witnessed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
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 insight into all that is best and worst about Britain....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
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 Hilaire Belloc to have been possessed by the devil. Waugh's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/07/2016
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. Wachsmann explores the practice of institutionalised murder and inmate collaboration...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2016
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 masterpiece, the Confessions, which continues to delight its many admirers....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
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 life. It's the personal tale of a sportsman playing to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement....
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
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 showing an incredible amount of inner strength, elegance and poise.
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
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
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 at a boarding school. While in Uruguay Tom rescued a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
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 for this Chelsea hero.
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016

Last Month'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...

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul by Stuart Cosgrove

Young Soul Rebels A Personal History of Northern Soul
Stuart Cosgrove
June 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Northern Soul isn't just a music genre, it's a way of life and one that...

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.

The Month Before's Featured Books

Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting

Norwegian Wood Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Lars Mytting
Winner of Non-fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards 2016. This has been and continues to be a phenomenal Norwegian bestseller. Whether you are a seasoned...

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read...

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics by Geoff Spiteri

A Smidgen of Shakespeare Brush Up on the Bard with Quotations, Trivia and Frolics
Geoff Spiteri
I was once lucky enough to see the late – and great actor Michael Bryant play Iago,his command of the text such that the whole play came alight - a...

For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton

For the Glory The Life of Eric Liddell
Duncan Hamilton
For the Glory takes the reader from Liddell the fastest man on the planet, through Liddell the man with a higher purpose, to Liddell when he had to be stronger...

The Secret Life of Fighter Command by Sinclair McKay

The Secret Life of Fighter Command
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general...

A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters

Reader Reviewed A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Alexander Masters
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A detective story, investigating the life of the person whose diaries – 148 of them at least – turned...

Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret. by Casey Watson

Reader Reviewed Mummy's Little Soldier A Troubled Child. An Absent Mom. A Shocking Secret.
Casey Watson
A very readable, poignant recollection by Casey Watson, who writes under a pseudonym and is a specialist foster carer. This is Casey’s 12th book and she takes us back to...

As I Was Saying ... by Jeremy Clarkson

As I Was Saying ...
Jeremy Clarkson
Circumstances change. Nothing's forever. But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever. As if you ever doubted...

Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Byrne

Kick The True Story of JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
Paula Byrne
The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever - and forgotten - Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.

The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister by Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink is a heartbreaking yet uplifting testament to a family's survival and the price we pay for...

A Notable Woman The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt by Jean Lucey Pratt, Simon Garfield

A Notable Woman The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt
Jean Lucey Pratt, Simon Garfield
The extraordinary journals chronicling one ordinary woman's life: a fascinating slice of British social history edited and introduced by Simon Garfield. Never before has an account so fully, so honestly...

My Story by Steven Gerrard

My Story
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football....

Quicksand by Henning Mankell

Quicksand
Henning Mankell
In January 2014 the author was informed that he had cancer. This is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. It is...

Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter by Guy Martin

Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter
Guy Martin
As Guy Martin's grandfather Voldemars frequently reminded him,'When you dead, you dead.' So, before it's all over, Guy Martin is making the most of the time he's got. This book...

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby
World War Two - we are an island, don't produce enough food, enough raw materials, armaments or men to fight - Britain's unique vulnarability. It led to The Battle of...

The Celts by Dr. Alice Roberts

The Celts
Dr. Alice Roberts
Using up to the minute archaeological research together with the latest scientific insights, Alice Roberts provides a thoroughly readable introduction to the world of the Celts. There are intriguing new...

Not Enough Time by Henrietta Knight

Not Enough Time
Henrietta Knight
The story of a life well lived, a great love and a beautiful horse. Henrietta Knight's memoir of a life with horses also encompasses her enduring love for husband, Terry...

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand by Stephen Bates

Royalty Inc Britain's Best-Known Brand
Stephen Bates
Stephen Bates, a former Guardian Royal Correspondent, chronicles the ups and downs of the British Monarchy and their evolution into today's Royalty Inc. He writes about how we perceive Royalty,...

Beyond the High Blue Air A Memoir by Lu Spinney

Beyond the High Blue Air A Memoir
Lu Spinney
This searingly honest, beautifully crafted memoir is a testament to the fierce power of maternal love. Aged just 29, gifted, athletic and loved, Lu Spinney's son Miles was on the...

Paul McCartney The Biography by Philip Norman

Paul McCartney The Biography
Philip Norman
The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him. Superbly evoking half a century of popular music and culture, Paul...

The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry...

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
John Preston
In 1979, Jeremy Thorpe, the rising star of the Liberal Party, stood trial for conspiracy to murder. It was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial...

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