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The Stranger in the Mirror

by Jane Shilling

Middle age took Jane Shilling by surprise. She hadn't seen it coming, and she certainly wasn't ready for it. Living a flawed, bittersweet version of the idyll she dreamed of in her twenties, in a tumbledown...

The Professor

by Myles Palmer

Idealistic, passionate and scientific, Arsène Wenger led the modernisation of English football.

A star-maker who identifies and nurtures talent, he also opened the door for foreign coaches like Houllier, Eriksson,...

Victoria Wood

by Neil Brandwood

Victoria Wood's wit and humour have endeared her to millions of TV viewers for over three decades. Writer, producer and actress of television shows such as As Seen on TV and Dinnerladies, Victoria has often...

Reinvented Lives

by Charles Handy & Elizabeth Handy

Twenty-eight women, ranging from Anita Roddick and Prue Leith to less well-known names, write their own personal stories which are accompanied by Elizabeth Handy's black and white photographs and an introductory...

Wake Up, Mummy

by Anna Lowe

'I squeezed through the narrow gap and out into the hallway and I stood for a moment, unable to decide where to go. Should I make a dash for the kitchen, where my mother would be swigging from a bottle? Or should...

The Letters Of John Cheever

by John Cheever


John Cheever's letters offer a tantalising glimpse into the life of a writer. They include correspondence with his contemporaries, such as Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul...

One Last Goodbye

by Kay Gilderdale

Watching her child die is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. But for Kay Gilderdale, saying a final goodbye to her only daughter Lynn was exceptionally painful: she'd played a part in her death.

Lynn was...

The King's Cardinal

by Peter J Gwyn

Proud, greedy, corrupt and driven by overwhelming personal ambition. Such is the traditional image of Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor, Archbishop of York, Bishop of Winchester, Abbot of St. Albans, Bishop if...

Dog Days

by Aidan Higgins

'Tired of walking in the dream I have returned to the country where I was born half a century ago' - The Higgins family is now dispersed; the third son of four brothers is himself the father of three sons in...


by Lucy Irvine

'Writer seeks "wife" for a year on tropical island.'

The opportunity to escape from it all was irresistible. Lucy Irvine answered the advertisement - and found herself alone on a remote desert island with a 'husband'...

Born Fighter

by Reg Kray

Reg Kray is one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Together with his brother Ron, he rose through the ranks of London's East End gangland to run an evil empire of vice and villainy. But, after half a lifetime...


by Victoria Glendinning

Victoria Glendinning provides a woman's view of Anthony Trollope, placing emphasis on family, particularly on his relationship with his mother. But it is Anthony as a husband and lover that intrigues her most....

Duncan Grant

by Frances Spalding

The life of the painter and designer Duncan Grant spanned great changes in society and art, from Edwardian Britain to the 1970s, from Alma-Tadema to Gilbert and George. This authoritive biography combines an...

A Nurse in Time

by Evelyn Prentis

'It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can...

We Fought at Arnhem

by Mike Rossiter

Operation Market Garden: a plan to capture the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem and outflank the German front.

In all twelve thousand airborne troops were to land, either by parachute or glider, at three drop...

Kelly Holmes

by Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes made history when she brought home double gold in the 2004 Olympics, becoming a national hero. She won Sports Personality of the Year, was given a Damehood, fully backed London's successful 2012...


by Jane Miller

In this remarkable book, Jane Miller writes about the experience of being a daughter and a sister, about the intensities of family life and the illuminations that come from the last days of parents. Relations...


by Colin Wilson & Damon Wilson

What makes a good scandal? Money, politics and power, and a huge dose of media interest.

Scandal reigns in the world of politics, celebrity, business, religion, royalty and art, and this book covers it all -...

I'll Tell Me Ma

by Brian Keenan

Local rather than international, the dramas and privations described in this memoir are not the stuff of headlines. This is the story of an ordinary boy growing up in Belfast after the war; an ordinary boy who...


by D R Thorpe

Anthony Eden, who served as both Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister, was one of the central political figures of the twentieth century. He had good looks, charm, a Military Cross from the Great War, an Oxford...