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Vidal

by Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon's extraordinary life has taken him from an impoverished East End childhood to global fame. The father of modern hairdressing, his slick sharp cutting took the fashion world by storm and reinvented...


A Common Pornography: A Memoir

by Kevin Sampsell

Kevin Sampsell always thought he was part of a normal family growing up in the Pacific Northwest. He never wondered why his older siblings had different last names or why one of them was black. But when his...


Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets

by Nanny Pat

Nanny Pat has always been the heart of her family, and her children and grandchildren regularly pitch up at her house for a cup of tea, a slice of her famous sausage plait and some wise advice.

Now, with her...


Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship

by Dwayne Raymond

In the spring of 2003, Norman Mailer, who was then eighty years old, invited an improbable companion into his life: Dwayne Raymond, a young writer who was waiting tables at a restaurant in Provincetown, at the...


Hood Rat

by Gavin Knight

BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2012

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION DAGGER AWARD

‘THE MOST IMPORTANT CRIME STORY OF THE DECADE’

Scottish Mail

Manchester....


Publisher

by Tom Maschler

Tom Maschler launched the careers of Thomas Pynchon, Joseph Heller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan and Bruce Chatwin -- among others. His name now almost synonymous with the Cape...


Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House

by Stacy Parker Aab

A memoir of being young and female in the clinton White House

Stacy Parker Aab was born in Detroit in 1974, the only daughter of a white Kansas farm girl and a young black Detroiter fresh from two tours of Vietnam....


Josephine

by Andrea Stuart

‘It’s a story worthy of a blockbuster novel, and it’s all true. Oodles of sex, passion, adultery, media hype, decadence, plots, murder, mayhem, anguish and betrayal fill these pages . . . an enjoyable,...


The Invention of Clouds

by Richard Hamblyn

An extraordinary yet little-known scientific advance occurred in the opening years of the nineteenth century when a young amateur meteorologist, Luke Howard, gave the clouds the names by which they are known...


44 Years With The Same Bird

by Brian Reade

There have been football books which have told their tale through the partisan heart of a besotted fan, and those that have dissected their subject through the scientific mind of an objective writer. But rarely...


Born Free

by Joy Adamson

Fifty years ago Joy Adamson first introduced to the world the story of her life alongside Elsa the lioness, whom she had rescued as an orphaned cub, and raised at her home in Kenya. But as Elsa had been born...


What the F*** Did I Do Last Night?

by Rowland Rivron

At 17, Rowland Rivron had already fulfilled his ambitions as a professional drummer gigging in London’s West End. All that changed in the 1980s when he fell in with the new and anarchic ‘alternative comedians’....


Survivors

by The Nolans

Four sisters, four very different characters. But they have always been there for each other, through the hard times as well as the good. Now they describe growing up performing from as young as two, what it...


It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure

by Larry Smith & Rachel Fershleiser

Thousands of people around the world responded to SMITH Magazine's call for six-word memoirs. Following up on the smashing success of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning, here are more...


Deliver Me From Evil

by Alloma Gilbert & David Baldacci

Evan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything . . . and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead...


Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

by Alanna Nash

Nearly thirty-three years after his death, Elvis Presley's extraordinary physical appeal, timeless music, and sexual charisma continue to captivate, titillate, and excite. Though hundreds of books have been...


The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America

by Don Lattin

This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in the early sixties at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project, transforming their lives and American...


The Girl in the Painted Caravan

by Eva Petulengro

Born into a Romany gypsy family in 1939, Eva Petulengro’s childhood seemed to her to be idyllic in every way. She would travel the country with her family in their painted caravan and spend evenings by the...


Pulling Myself Together

by Denise Welch

One of our most popular actresses, Denise Welch got her television break in the BBC's Spender opposite Jimmy Nail and followed it by achieving success in ITVs worldwide hit drama Soldier Soldier. She really...


Killing My Own Snakes

by Ann Leslie

She has been shot at by Bosnian snipers, been pursued by Robert Mugabe’s notorious secret police, filed from the North Korean border, propositioned by both Salvador Dali and David Niven and been driven maniacally...