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Books of the Month

The Bright Hour A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
The Bright Hour A Memoir of Living and Dying
Nina Riggs
August 2017 Book of the Month The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying is Nina’s intimate, unflinching account of ‘living with death in the room’. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/08/2017

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The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost by Abdul Rahman Azzam

The Other Exile The Story of Fernao Lopes, St Helena and a Paradise Lost
Abdul Rahman Azzam
A tale of a real-life Robinson Crusoe and his total retreat from human society. Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman,...

Dad, You Suck by Tim Dowling

Dad, You Suck
Tim Dowling
Tim Dowling’s candid and highly humorous weekly Guardian column charts his life with his wife and three sons… unless they are cross with his exposés when they become ‘Sean his...

Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens

Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
Nell Stevens
Hilariously funny, painfully honest, and beautifully observed, Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction...

One Man and a Mule Across England with a Pack Mule by Hugh Thomson

One Man and a Mule Across England with a Pack Mule
Hugh Thomson
In the Middle Ages, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a good 160 lbs of weight, they made ideal walking companions. Now,...

Dying A Memoir by Cory Taylor

Dying A Memoir
Cory Taylor
Written in the final months of her life, Cory Taylor's Dying is a deeply moving meditation on death, and a joyful and wise tribute to life.

Believe Me A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

Believe Me A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
Eddie Izzard
Brimming with the surreal humour and disarming candor of his shows (with occasional digressions), Believe Me tells the story of a little boy who lost his mother yet who has...

The Girl Who Escaped Isis Farida's Story by Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann

The Girl Who Escaped Isis Farida's Story
Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann
This is a story of incredible courage in the face of unthinkable atrocity. As the battle against ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, The Girl Who Escaped Isis provides...

The Bestseller Code by Matthew Jockers, Jodie Archer

The Bestseller Code
Matthew Jockers, Jodie Archer
In The Bestseller Code, Archer and Jockers boldly claim that not only can mega-hits be explained and identified - but they've built the algorithm to prove it. Using cutting-edge text...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Helena Kelly
In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was...

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...

The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag

The Durrells of Corfu
Michael Haag
Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant...

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Christopher de Hamel
Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2017. Christopher de Hamel is a man happy in his work – his enthusiasm and love for his subject lights up this account of...

Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces by John Sutherland

Reader Reviewed Blue A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
John Sutherland
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A candid, objective, cooly passionate, and often unsettling account of policing from a police officer....

Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst

Sound Stories of Hearing Lost and Found
Bella Bathurst
Much needed light is shed on the isolating world of the deaf through the author’s own personal journey recounting how she gradually lost her hearing leaving her with rage then...

M Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming

M Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster
Henry Hemming
Known simply as M, Maxwell Knight is seen today as one of MI5's greatest spymasters. He was the first in MI5 to grasp the potential of training female agents. This...

All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class by Tim Shipman

All Out War The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain's Political Class
Tim Shipman
All Out War is a book about leaders and their closest aides, the decisions they make and how and why they make them, as well as how they feel when...

Believe by Nicola Adams

Believe
Nicola Adams
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold:...

Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion by Rick Broadbent

Barry Sheene The Official Photographic Celebration of the Legendary Motorcycle Champion
Rick Broadbent
Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his second world championship win, this is the Barry Sheene story as told like never before by the people who knew him best....

The Battle by Paul O'Connell

The Battle
Paul O'Connell
As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O'Connell has emerged as perhaps...

Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert

Quiet Genius Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager
Ian Herbert
Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler...

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed by Mike Ripley

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
Mike Ripley
Maxim Jakubowski June 2017 Book of the Month. Following on from Martin Edwards' splendid, award-winning Golden Age of Murder, about Christie...

Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey by Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey
Dion Leonard
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A book to put a great big beaming (and somewhat tearful) smile on your face....

Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship by Ulrich Raulff

Farewell to the Horse The Final Century of Our Relationship
Ulrich Raulff
Farewell to the Horse is an engaging, brilliantly written and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the...

Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men by Manal Al-Sharif

Daring to Drive The Young Saudi Woman Who Stood Up to a Kingdom of Men
Manal Al-Sharif
A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel. Daring to Drive...

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood by Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood
Paula Byrne
A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after...

The Jane Austen Treasury by Janet Todd

The Jane Austen Treasury
Janet Todd
The Jane Austen Treasury is a delightful collection of facts and insights into the life and times of the great novelist and the attitudes and customs that shaped both her...

Jane Austen at Home A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home A Biography
Lucy Worsley
Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with...

Passchendaele Requiem for Doomed Youth by Paul Ham

Passchendaele Requiem for Doomed Youth
Paul Ham
Through an examination of the culpability of governments and military commanders in a catastrophe that destroyed the best part of a generation, the author argues that Battle of Passchendaele, far...

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal by Michael Smith

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal
Michael Smith
Could you betray your country? Not only turn your back on your friends, family, everything you have ever known but actively seek to destroy it? The Anatomy of a Traitor...

Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s by Anne Sebba

Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
Anne Sebba
Anne Sebba has sought out and interviewed scores of women, and brings us their unforgettable testimonies. Her fascinating cast includes both native Parisiennes and temporary residents: American women and Nazi...

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer

The House of the Dead Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
Daniel Beer
Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2017. One and a half times the size of Western Europe Siberia has acted as an open prison for centuries. Through physical work the...

Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son by Alex Hanscombe

Letting Go A True Story of Murder, Loss and Survival by Rachel Nickell's Son
Alex Hanscombe
June 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. A truly touching, considered, and frank life story. In 1992 Rachel Nickell was sexually assaulted...

SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre

SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History
Ben Macintyre
75 years after it was set up, the SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story. It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben...

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