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HOPEFUL - an autobiography

by Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili's fascinating story begins with an unconventional childhood spent at his family's London guesthouse for visiting Iranians. At school he is kept busy with the beginnings of a passionate love affair...


Rio

by Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and skilful defenders in the world. His transfer from West Ham to Leeds was a British record at the time, a feat he achieved again with his subsequent...


Isis in America: The Classic Eyewitness Account of Madame Blavatsky's Journey to America and theOccult Revolution She Ignited

by Henry S Olcott

Theosophical Society cofounder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott's memoirs cover his years with Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and the birth of the American occult-part of the new Tarcher Supernatural Library.

There...


Country Moods and Tenses

by Edith Olivier

. . . let the townsman say what he will, country life has more variety . . .' A contemporary of Cecil Beaton, Siegfried Sassoon and Rex Whistler, Edith Olivier is best known for her first book, the novella,...


Wiltshire

by Edith Olivier

This "landscape of the uplands" has been described as "an ocean of rolling grass"; and, with its distinct and yet unaccented separateness, it looks like the green eye of England.' Originally compiled by the...


Night Thoughts of a Country Landlady

by Edith Olivier

"When the War drove her to fill the house with strange guests, it also drove her to fill her diary with strange thoughts... This broadened hospitality, and these unaccustomed contacts, completely changed for...


Without Knowing Mr Walkley

by Edith Olivier

"Nowadays, one meets fewer 'Characters' than of old, and life seems to be far more uniform. Everyone knew some oddities in their childhood, curious people who looked and behaved quite unlike others, but such...


Lesley Blanch: Inner Landscapes, Wilder Shores

by Anne Boston

Blanch, writer, artist and adventuress, followed her own compass in everything she did. She called herself a romantic traveller; her appetite for the exotic colours all her books. The first, The Wilder Shores...


Maralinga: The Chilling Expose of Our Secret Nuclear Shame and Betrayal of Our Troops and Country

by Frank Walker

Who really paid the price for the British nuclear tests in the Australian outback?

In the 1950s and 60s, the British government, working with the Australian government, conducted nuclear tests at Monte Bello...


The Scientist as Rebel

by Freeman J. Dyson

From Galileo to today’s amateur astronomers, scientists have been rebels, writes Freeman J. Dyson. Like artists and poets, they are free spirits who resist the restrictions their cultures impose on them. In...


Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

by Steve Almond

“Powerful...an important read." —Publishers Weekly

New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football

In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty...


Benson: The Autobiography

by George Benson & Alan Goldsher

The much-awaited story of celebrated singer, songwriter, composer, and guitarist George Benson, with a foreword by Bill Cosby.


Hell:  My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers

by Tom Maxwell

The Swing Movement -- all jazz hands and high-waisted pants -- advanced and receded in good order. I wrote this book to tell the other side of the story. I want you to know about the oddball collection of iconoclasts...


Snakes and Ladders

by Dirk Bogarde

In Snakes and Ladders, the second instalment of Dirk Bogarde�s carefully observed autobiography, we are taken from the challenges of his army training camp, through the horrors of war, to his glittering �...


A Postillion Struck by Lightning

by Dirk Bogarde

Following Bogarde from childhood through adolescence, to the beginnings of his budding career, A Postillion Struck By Lightning is a heartfelt memoir, offering insight into what created the drive and charisma...


Worn Stories

by Emily Spivack

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers....


The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach

by Stephen McGarva & Steve McGarva

The powerful, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, story of Steve McGarva’s heroic crusade to save the satos, or stray dogs of Puerto Rico, and an impassioned appeal to help all animals in need.

Looking for inspiration...


Positive

by Paige Rawl & Ali Benjamin

An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that...


Without Knowing Mr Walkley

by Edith Olivier

"Nowadays, one meets fewer 'Characters' than of old, and life seems to be far more uniform. Everyone knew some oddities in their childhood, curious people who looked and behaved quite unlike others, but such...


Wiltshire

by Edith Olivier

This "landscape of the uplands" has been described as "an ocean of rolling grass"; and, with its distinct and yet unaccented separateness, it looks like the green eye of England.' Originally compiled by the...