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Pitching in a Pinch: Baseball from the Inside

by Christy Mathewson, Chad Harbach & Red Smith

An inside baseball memoir from the game’s first superstar, with a foreword by Chad Harbach

Christy Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball...


Liberace Extravaganza!

by Connie Furr Soloman & Jan Jewett

Known for his spectacular performances, the magnificent Wladziu Valentino Liberace was a world-renowned star in the entertainment industry for more than four decades, and his dazzling, often outrageous costumes...


Life In A Postcard

by Rosemary Bailey

'I wake to the sun striking gold on a stone wall. If I lean out of the window I can see Mount Canigou newly iced with snow. It is wonderful to live in a building with windows all around, to see both sunrise...


Sad Men

by Dave Roberts

All Dave Roberts ever wanted to do (apart from collect football programmes) was to work in advertising. More specifically, to work for the world's best advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi. There was just...


Chewy

by Bruce Klein

"I really enjoyed Chewy – a book with a powerful and heart-warming message. In a world where old-fashioned notions like community, closeness and neighbourliness seem to have been lost, it is one of those unexpected...


After All These Years

by Mick Foster & Tony Allen

This is the combined life story of Mick Foster and Tony Allen, revealing how these most unlikely of stars toured the world and entered the record books. A charming narrative told with heaps of Celtic charm,...


W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919

by David Levering Lewis

This monumental biography--eight years in the research and writing--treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever...


Scars of Sweet Paradise

by Alice Echols

Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals,...


Rose Macaulay: A Biography

by Sarah LeFanu

In a writing career that covered the first fifty years of the twentieth century, Rose Macaulay produced twenty-three novels, six books of criticism, four books of travel and history and two collections of poetry,...


Natalie Wood

by Gavin Lambert

She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side...


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

by David Maraniss

Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss’s brilliant rendering of the life of one of baseball’s most iconic figures captures both myth and man in daunting sweep and meticulous detail.

On New Year’s Eve 1972,...


Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal

by Sarah LeFanu

'Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer's Journal' is a fascinating account of a biographical quest and of a personal journey. While working on her biography of the writer and traveller Rose Macaulay, Sarah LeFanu kept...


Ancestors: A Tale of Two Worlds

by Rob Collinge

From his home in Australia, Rob Collinge spent four years using genealogical tools to research the mysterious background of his long-deceased father, an English immigrant who had brought his family to Australia...


Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

by Caroline Paul

A Finalist for the 26th Lambda Literary Award

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator...


One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra

by Mary Sue Welsh

Gifted harpist Edna Phillips (1907-2003) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930, becoming not only that ensemble's first female member but also the first woman to hold a principal position in a major American...


The Colours of Sand

by Subitha Baghirathan

Subitha Baghirathan left Bristol with her family when her husband landed a promotion; a three-year overseas posting in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In The Colours of Sand she writes about her experiences...


Unsettled

by Graham Walker

Graham Walker began giving away excerpts from his life story written on A4 sheets of paper inserted in his Big Issues. The response from his customers was overwhelming and queues formed at Graham's pitch every...


John Updike's Early Years

by Jack De Bellis

John Updike’s Early Years reveals for the first time the young Updike’s developing personality and precocious creativity. Relying upon interviews with classmates and friends, and offering extensive connections...


Iona Gordon: A Highland Spirit in Peace and War

by James Roy Pickard

Based in Ballater on Royal Deeside between June 1914 and December 1915, the novel recounts the great love between an exceptional young woman and Gavin Fraser, a Gordon Highlander. They share an idyllic holiday...


Cor Blimey! Where 'ave you come from?

by Winfred Tovey

Winifred Tovey's autobiography is packed with stories and historic photos of India after Independence. In 1951 she travelled to India with her medical missionary husband, Frank, and two small daughters, to start...