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A highly atmospheric guide to the locations used for his crime novels and as such also an intriguing glimpse into the author’s life and mind. I found it fascinating. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
A laugh out loud account of one woman's shocking discovery that she was carrying not one but three babies. With one small child in the house already, Jackie Clune isn't sure whether to laugh or cry. Jackie's musings on how she is going to cope with four children when even the doctors seem unsure of how to go about caring for her are both witty and moving. As expected from a book written by a stand-up comedian this is a hilarious tale of an almost superhuman biological feat!
Dan Wallace comic author of Yes Man and Join Me turns his mind and body to finding the centre of the universe – which it appears is a manhole cover in a small town in America called Wallace! Offbeat and funny.
Throughout this book Goldsworthy keeps an impressive focus on Caesar as a man - putting the great leader in the context of the late Roman Republic but not slipping into an exhaustive account of Roman politics or the events that followed his legendary murder. What makes this biography so compelling are the well-contrasted traits in Caesar's character: he was fair but brutal, vain but willing to admit mistakes, a high-minded politician but a serial adulterer. Best of all, Goldsworthy reminds us, Caesar is as intriguing and enigmatic today as any other figure in history.
A wonderfully personal account of the beautiful game by a long-time fan. Hunter Davies shares his memories of some of the best matches, including the 1966 World Cup Final, and also discusses the origins of the game with a fan’s enthusiasm.
A fascinating insight into fashion and a thought provoking read. Justine Picardie begins by exploring her family history through clothes and fashions that she, her sister and mother have worn over the years and their feelings about them but this then leads onto a much deeper analysis of our relationship with what we wear and how we feel about our clothes. She looks back at literary references to clothes from writers such as the Bronte sisters, Emily Dickinson and Rosamond Lehmann and then woven into this multi-stranded theme are fascinating encounters and interviews with Donatella Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, the supermodel Erin O’Connor to name a few. I loved Justine’s lists of tips of dos and don’ts in fashion.
Moving on from The Olive Farm, The Olive Season sees Carol and Michel taking on an entirely new challenge: pregnancy. As ever, nothing goes entirely to plan and Carol writes wonderfully of her struggles and triumphs on her cherished olive farm. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
The long-awaited autobiography of one of England's glorious World Cup winners, published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of England's triumph.
As you'd expect from a memoir, this a moving story of overcoming the odds. Unexpectedly, it will make you laugh too. Championed by John Peel, Judy Westwater is a remarkable woman and her story is an inspiration to all.
This is an incredibly personal and revealing insight into life behind the camera for first time director but also a moving portrait of his childhood abroad during the last vestiges of the British Empire in Swaziland. Written with considerable humour, those millions who read â€˜With Nailsâ€™ some ten years ago, will devour this in a sitting.
This gripping history from Robert Hutchinson delves into Sir Francis Walsinghamâ€™s dramatic 1580s spy campaign to protect Elizabethan England from the tentacles of Catholic Spain. Elizabeth's Spy Master is thoroughly researched and presents a convincing case for Walsingham as an unsung English hero â€“ albeit one not adverse to the torture and brutal execution of his countryâ€™s enemies.
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2006. Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges' comment: "Maggie Fergusson's extraordinary biography illuminates the life of a neglected genius and the place that inspired him. Even if you're unfamiliar with George Mackay Brown, it's a captivating read."
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