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Books of the Month

Modern Women 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane
Modern Women 52 Pioneers
Kira Cochrane
March 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. To quote from Jacky Fleming’s book, The Trouble with Women (listed in Like for Like Reading below) “Why did we only learn about 3 women in school –...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass
Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
March 2017 Book of the Month. A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training courses on fostering, and writes under a pseudonym. If you’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
Four Mums in a Boat by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Ordinary women doing the extraordinary. This book is testament to following your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind too if you work hard enough. Four middle aged friends who met at a local Saturday morning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime by Devika A. Rosamund
The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime
Devika A. Rosamund
In 1975, decades before ‘The Gap Year’ was commonplace, 22-year-old student Devika A. Rosamund fulfilled a life long dream to take time away from her studies in England to travel by herself to India. And not by hopping on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2017
Taken by Rosie Lewis
Taken
Rosie Lewis
Experienced foster carer, Rosie Lewis, takes on the heart-breaking case of Megan, a baby born with a drug addiction and a cleft palate.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Who I am by Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille
Who I am
Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille
The autobiography of acclaimed actor, model and chanteuse Charlotte Rampling. Highly personal, packed with photographs from her personal archive, Rampling recounts her childhood and youth as the daughter of an army officer (who won a gold medal for the 4...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
The Unmumsy Mum Diary by The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner
The Unmumsy Mum Diary
The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner
She's back! The Unmumsy Mum has put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard!) once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it. Her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World by Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World
Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
Illustrated with original photography, this title presents portraits of sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman
A Woman's Work
Harriet Harman
From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2017
The Messenger by Shiv Malik
The Messenger
Shiv Malik
Shiv Malik nearly lost his journalistic career after being duped by an informant, a reluctant jihadist. Now looking back after six years, Shiv Malik questions his own judgement, the public perceptions of terror and the lies that governments pedal to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a...

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
Stephen Westaby
February 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Heart surgery is by its very nature a high-risk business and as Professor Stephen Westaby says ‘the grim reaper...

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell

Fathers and Sons
Howard Cunnell
Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

Love Like Salt A Memoir by Helen Stevenson

Love Like Salt A Memoir
Helen Stevenson
A beautifully written memoir, in the vein of H is for Hawk and The Last Act of Love, about mothers and daughters, and living the best life you...

Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful by Daniel Levin

Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful
Daniel Levin
Based on the author's first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, Nothing but a Circus offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen...

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards

The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
A splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes reads as fast as a novel as it unveils the real world behind the pages of mystery fiction. Himself an esteemed...

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801 by Roger Hutchinson

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801
Roger Hutchinson
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is a witty, insightful and surprising history of modern Britain, narrated through the colourful stories of the men and women who forged the...

The Wild Other A Memoir by Clover Stroud

The Wild Other A Memoir
Clover Stroud
The Wild Other is a powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, love, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses. Grippingly honest, powerful...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health....

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read All at Sea an account that shows how, in minutes, Decca...

The Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

The Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women whose vital contributions to the burgeoning...

Stephen Hawking His Life and Work by Kitty Ferguson

Stephen Hawking His Life and Work
Kitty Ferguson
In 1963 Stephen Hawking was given a couple of years to live. In January 2017 he celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday. This biography of the brilliant theoretical physicist and inspirational international...

Passage Across the Mersey by Robert Bhatia

Passage Across the Mersey
Robert Bhatia
The remarkable true story of Helen Forrester, author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and how she turned her life from tragedy to triumph. Full of new revelations and fascinating...

Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew

Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Keggie Carew
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016. The author grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest...

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