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Jo Malone: My Story by Jo Malone
Jo Malone: My Story
Jo Malone
Has appeal as a rags to riches story but also will act as an inspiration for anyone dreaming of starting their own business. Showing that you don't need qualifications and good school results to get ahead Jo Malone has a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/03/2019
Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum's Diary of Hope by Victoria Derbyshire
Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum's Diary of Hope
Victoria Derbyshire
I think all of us at some time in our lives when we reach a certain age worry a little about cancer. I think the thought, “how will I react” crosses our minds occasionally. That this brave lady chooses to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/05/2018
Four Mums in a Boat: Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way by Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies
Four Mums in a Boat: Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way
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: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2018
A Long Way from Home by Cathy Glass
A Long Way from Home
Cathy Glass
A slightly different offering than usual from Cathy Glass, yet still as emotional and powerful as you’d expect. The story begins in another country, Elaine and Ian have travelled there from the UK and are waiting to adopt their daughter....
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford
The Good Doctor of Warsaw
Elisabeth Gifford
An emotionally tough read that tells a story which must not be forgotten. Based on the lives of two of the central characters, Sophia and Misha, it centres on an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

Beyond Supersonic Bloodhound and the Race for the Land Speed Record by Richard Noble, Andy Green

Beyond Supersonic Bloodhound and the Race for the Land Speed Record
Richard Noble, Andy Green
In July 2015, the Bloodhound team will unveil the car with which they'll launch their assault on the World Land Speed Record. Powered by a jet engine from a Eurofighter...

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury
Michael Wolff
SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERNEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERWith extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our...

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott

In the Days of Rain
Rebecca Stott
Category Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award In the vein of Bad Blood and Why be Happy when...

Fire on All Sides THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER by James Rhodes

Fire on All Sides THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
James Rhodes
Life is messy and imperfect for us all, and when your mind is on fire and you feel like you're trapped in a terrifying blaze with no way out, sometimes...

Life Lessons from Remarkable Women Tales of Triumph, Failure and Learning to Love Yourself by Stylist Magazine

Life Lessons from Remarkable Women Tales of Triumph, Failure and Learning to Love Yourself
Stylist Magazine
If you could share one lesson from your life with every woman, what would it be? Stylist magazine has asked that question of remarkable women from the worlds of entertainment,...

The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Daniel Ellsberg
Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, the first insider expose of the awful dangers of America's...

Hearts And Minds The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote by Jane Robinson, Jane Robinson

Hearts And Minds The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote
Jane Robinson, Jane Robinson
Set against the colourful background of the entire campaign for women to win the vote, Hearts and Minds tells the remarkable and inspiring story of the suffragists' march on London....

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
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award Heart surgery is by its very nature a high-risk business and as Professor Stephen Westaby says ‘the grim reaper sits...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Once Upon A Time in the East A Story of Growing up by Xiaolu Guo

Once Upon A Time in the East A Story of Growing up
Xiaolu Guo
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award Xiaolu Guo meets her parents for the first time when she is...

Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives
Stephen Westaby
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award February 2017 Non-Fiction Book...

What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice by Jeremy Vine

What I Learnt What My Listeners Say - and Why We Should Take Notice
Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show attracts millions of listeners, he is well known for his television appearances on programmes such as Eggheads and even for his moves around the...

The Gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi

The Gift of Anger
Arun Gandhi
From Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson a memoir that also shares some of the beliefs and teachings of his grandfather. Arun Gandhi believes that what his grandfather had to say about co-existence...

Dear Alfonso by Mary Contini

Dear Alfonso
Mary Contini
This is the story of the author’s father-in-law, Carlo Contini, and her father, Alfonso, but predominantly it is Carlo’s story. Born into a large Italian family living just outside Naples,...

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

A Life of My Own
Claire Tomalin
A captivatingly intimate and moving memoir by one of Britain’s finest biographers. While Tomalin remarks in her Introductory Note that “writing about myself has not been easy”, the resulting book...

Wounds A Memoir of War and Love by Fergal Keane

Wounds A Memoir of War and Love
Fergal Keane
A story that involves Fergal Keane’s country, family and momentous historical events following the 1916 Irish uprising. It was a fight against the English overlords and the often violent and...

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking : The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Deborah Cadbury
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month There’s a picture in this book of Queen Victoria’s family at a garden party in 1875, a great crowd of Royalty spawned from...

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria by Victoria Derbyshire

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria
Victoria Derbyshire
I think all of us at some time in our lives when we reach a certain age worry a little about cancer. I think the thought, “how will I react”...

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit by Boris Starling

Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit
Boris Starling
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month Published a few days before the start of the 3rd Invictus Games in Toronto where around 550 competitors – all “wounded warriors” will...

How to be Champion by Sarah Millican

How to be Champion
Sarah Millican
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month So good, I wanted to give both the book, and Sarah Millican a thank you hug. I will admit to almost mugging my...

Really Good Dog Photography by Hoxton Mini Press

Really Good Dog Photography
Hoxton Mini Press
A title that doesn’t lie, these are really good dog photos. Containing the work of some of the best animal photographers there are naturally many different approaches to photographing dogs,...

Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins

Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations
Simon Jenkins
I could just write something like gorgeous or sumptuous and leave it at that but perhaps I should elaborate on this paen of praise showcasing the best Railway architecture in...

Getting Carter by Nick Triplow

Getting Carter
Nick Triplow
The story of Ted Lewis carries historical and cultural resonances for our own troubled times. A thoroughly researched, thoroughly fascinating account of the tumultuous life of Ted Lewis, the troubled...

Escape to Ikaria by Nick Perry

Escape to Ikaria
Nick Perry
A chance read magazine article found in a Dentist’s waiting room sets Nick Perry, his wife and 3 children off on a quest to find a home in Greece. They’d...

The Clyde: Mapping the River by John Moore

The Clyde: Mapping the River
John Moore
I have a book, in similar format and subject on my own area showing excerpts from all the relevant mapping from the earliest to current times, the fascination being one...

Bohemian London by Nick Rennison

Bohemian London
Nick Rennison
From rebel writers and outrageous occultists, to mayhem-making musicians, the exuberant individuals described herein are a heady hotchpotch of hell-raising, trailblazing outsiders, united by their links to London. As the...

Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor

Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark
Alan Taylor
It’s the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth in 2018 and therefore time for a reappraisal of a novelist whose influence and importance are often overlooked. Alan Taylor got to...

George by Sean Smith

George
Sean Smith
December 2017 Book of the Month Sean Smith has written an engrossing book that takes you behind the public persona of George Michael and introduces you to Georgios Panayiotou, the...

A Bold and Dangerous Family The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead

A Bold and Dangerous Family The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini
Caroline Moorehead
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Biography Award Caroline Moorehead has spent time with surviving members of the Rosselli family,...

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig

Ali: A Life
Jonathan Eig
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 The first truly definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, the most iconic and significant sporting figure of the twentieth century....

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 by Jenny Landreth

Swell A Waterbiography SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
Jenny Landreth
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 A funny and bold account of how women fought their way into the water, and of what they did...

Centaur by Declan Murphy, Ami Rao

Centaur
Declan Murphy, Ami Rao
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, Declan Murphy survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the...

Quiet Genius by Ian Herbert

Quiet Genius
Ian Herbert
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 The full story of the man who brought unprecedented - and since unmatched - success to Liverpool FC Bob...

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