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Old Dogs New Tricks: More Tales from Two Kiwi Country Vets

by Peter Anderson & Peter Jerram

More cock and bull stories from New Zealand's favourite country VetsPeter Anderson (aka the Flying Vet) and Peter Jerram (aka the Sailing Vet) are back with more lough-out-loud and entertaining yarns about the...


Finding a Way

by Graeme Innes

I learned from my family that most things could be achieved - the challenge was finding a way. Blind from birth, Graeme Innes was blessed. Blessed because he had a family who refused to view his blindness as...


Mr Pizza and All That Jazz

by Peter Boizot, Luke Johnson & Matt Reville

Peter Boizot is a remarkable entrepreneur and philanthropist lucky enough to have led a truly extraordinary life. Known to many as 'Mr Peterborough', he's the jazz-loving party animal who introduced pizza to England's...


The Last Communard: Adrien Lejeune, the Unexpected Life of a Revolutionary

by Gavin Bowd

The story of an unexpected hero

The Last Communard offers a brilliant, striking portrait of revolutionary Europe through a remarkable personal story.

In 1871, Adrien Lejeune fought on the barricades of the Paris...


Famous Nathan

by Mr. Lloyd Handwerker & Gil Reavill

From a Nickel to an Empire

Before the gut-busting eating contests and franchise stores across the country, there was a single man, Nathan Handwerker. An Eastern European Jewish immigrant who left the small...


Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life

by Kim Addonizio

“Somewhere between Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth and Amy Schumer’s stand-up exists Kim Addonizio’s style of storytelling . . . at once biting and vulnerable, nostalgic without ever veering off...


Standing Alone

by Asra Nomani

As President Bush is preparing to invade Iraq, Wall Street Journal correspondent Asra Nomani embarks on a dangerous journey from Middle America to the Middle East to join more than two million fellow Muslims...


Then and Now

by Barbara Cook & Tom Santopietro

One of the greatest American singers and actresses of her generation looks back on a magical and turbulent life spanning a half century of theatrical history from the golden age of the Broadway musical to the...


Twenty Letters to a Friend

by Svetlana Alliluyeva

In this riveting, New York Times-bestselling memoir—first published by Harper in 1967—Svetlana Alliluyeva, subject of Rosemary Sullivan’s critically acclaimed biography, Stalin’s Daughter, describes...


Eve of a Hundred Midnights

by Bill Lascher

The unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II—a saga of love, adventure, and danger.

On New...


My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

by Joseph Madison Beck

The story of Foster Beck, the author’s late father, whose defense of a black man accused of rape in 1930s Alabama foreshadowed the trial at the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird.

As a child, Joseph Beck heard...


Shelf Life: Reviews, Replies and Reminiscences

by Karl Stead

Every morning for the last thirty years, C. K. Stead has written fiction and poetry. Shelf Life collects the best of his afternoon work: reviews and essays, interviews and diaries, lectures and opinion pieces....


The Joyce We Knew: Memoirs of Joyce

by Ulick O'Connor

These fascinating reminiscences by some of his friends and contemporaries give a deep insight into James Joyce and bring to light many less well-known characteristics.


In The Air: My Journey of Abuse: A Memoir

by Jodi Sullivan

“In the Air” confronts the truth of what an ordinary girl’s life can become when she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship. Jodi takes you back to the 1980s in Norfolk, Virginia when her life...


Mostly Mischief: Including the first ascent of a mountain to start below sea level

by H.W. Tilman & Roger D. Taylor

Mostly Mischief's ordinary title belies four more extraordinary voyages made by H.W. 'Bill' Tilman covering almost 25,000 miles in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.

The first sees the pilot cutter Mischief retracing...


Martin Luther

by Lyndal Roper

When Martin Luther nailed a sheet of paper to the church door of a small university town on 31 October 1517, he set off a process that changed the Western world for ever.

Luther's ideas spread like wildfire....


Echoes of an Autobiography

by Naguib Mahfouz

From the Foreword by Nadine Gordimer: "These pieces are meditations which echo that which was, has been, and is the writer Mahfouz. They are--in the words of the title of one of the prose pieces--'The Dialogue...


My Tiny Love Teacher: A 19 Years and 11 Months Continuous Class

by Monique Paul & D.J. Swykert

My Tiny Love Teacher is a novel based on true life events. It’s about the struggles and success of a single mother trying to achieve a loving and harmonious life for her only son away from an abusive and fanatic...


Orbit: Icons of Rock and Roll #4: Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Bono

by Michael Frizell & Vincenzo Sansone

Icons of Rock #4 Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Bono. Geniuses all, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse exemplify the epitome of talents taken from us too soon, while Bono's generation-spanning gift offers stability...