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The Time by the Sea: Aldeburgh 1955-1958

by Dr Ronald Blythe

The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but found himself drawn into Benjamin Britten's circle...


Don Messer: The Man Behind the Music

by Johanna Bertin

Don Messer was more than a household name in Canada - he was part of family life, the background music in Canadian kitchens - first on radio, and then on television. Private and unassuming, Don was everyman,...


Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Me

by Jean Hartley

First published in 1989 Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press, and Me is the story of how this small publishing company became a chapter in literary history when, in 1955, the then novice publishers, of which Jean...


Journals, 1939-1977

by Keith Vaughan

There is nothing like Keith Vaughan's Journals. They represent one of the greatest pieces of confessional writing of the twentieth-century. Keith Vaughan was a painter and belonged to the Neo-Romantic group,...


And Still I Rise

by Doreen Lawrence

"In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a group of young white men on a street in south-east London. From the first police investigation onwards, the case was badly mishandled. In the end, long after...


Moral Desperado: A Life of Thomas Carlyle

by Simon Heffer

'A brilliant and scholarly biography of an extraordinary figure.' Lord Blake, Country Life 'A fresh, engaging, conscientious account of one of the great Victorians.' Michael Foot, London Review of Books 'A thorough...


'Tears Before Bedtime' and 'Weep No More'

by Barbara Skelton

The expression 'femme fatale' could have been coined for Barbara Skelton. She had many admirers - Peter Quennell, Feliks Topolski, Cyril Connolly, King Farouk, George Weidenfeld, Derek Jackson, the list is not...


Lord Berners: The Last Eccentric

by Mark Amory

Here lies Lord Berners/One of life's learners, Thanks be to the Lord/He was never bored. So reads the epitaph on the gravestone of Lord Berners. In its witty way, it hints at his range of accomplishment. He...


Sibelius Volume III: 1914-1957

by Erik Tawaststjerna

Erik Tawaststjerna embarked on his monumental and acclaimed study of Jean Sibelius's life and music in 1960 and it occupied him for over a quarter of a century. His study differs from other work on the composer...


Sibelius Volume I: 1865-1905

by Erik Tawaststjerna

Erik Tawaststjerna embarked on his authoritative study of Sibelius in 1960, and it occupied him for over a quarter of a century. His book differs from other work on the composer in one important respect: he...


The Marvellous Boy: The Life and Myth of Thomas Chatterton

by Linda Kelly

In 1770, at the end of his tether, the seventeen-year-old poet Thomas Chatterton, penniless and starving, despairing of success and tormented by a sense of failure, committed suicide in his garret room. Within...


Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life

by Linda Kelly

The first night of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal, on 8 May 1777, was one of the great dates in theatrical history. From then on, Sheridan was launched into eighteenth-century society, as...


Keith Douglas, 1920-1944: A Biography

by Desmond Graham

Keith Douglas was almost certainly the greatest poet of the Second World War. He was killed in Normandy three days after D-Day. He was only twenty-four. His short life was one of contradictions: the gifted artist...


Olivier Messiaen and the Music of Time

by Paul Griffiths

Olivier Messiaen was one of the outstanding creative artists of his time. The strength of his appeal, to listeners as well as to composers, is a measure of the individuality of his music, which draws on a vast...


Albert Einstein, The Human Side: Glimpses from His Archives

by Albert Einstein, Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann

Modesty, humor, compassion, and wisdom are the traits most evident in this illuminating selection of personal papers from the Albert Einstein Archives. The illustrious physicist wrote as thoughtfully to an Ohio...


William Blake and the Age of Revolution

by Jacob Bronowski

Bronowski was fascinated by William Blake for much of his life. His first book about him, A Man Without a Mask, was published in 1944. In 1958 his famous Penguin selection of Blake's poems and letters was published....


The Ordeal of Ivor Gurney

by Michael Hurd

Born in Gloucester in 1890 Ivor Gurney began writing songs and poems in his teens, taking his inspiration from the Severn Valley countryside he grew up in. Sent to the Western Front during the First World War...


It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman

by Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson & Patricia Mulcahy

An African American centenarian who saw W. E. B. Du Bois speak in 1924 and attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 shares wisdom from a life well lived during a crucial period in American history...


Point Man

by Mark Townsend

The point man leads the patrol into battle, looking for signs of danger. He is the first to face ambushes, hidden bombs and snipers. Few survive for long. Between 2007 and 2008, 20-year-old Kenny Meighan was...


The Chalupa Rules

by Mario Bosquez

The Host of Martha Stewart's "Living Today" on Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius 112/XM 157)brings you this insightful look at how a colorful Mexican game of chance inspired him to succeed in life. "The Chalupa...