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If I Get to Five

by Fred Epstein & Josh Horwitz

A world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon shares the lessons of courage, compassion, and resilience that he's learned from his exceptional young patients

If I Get to Five is a one-of-a-kind book by a one-of-a-kind...


Holding On Upside Down

by Linda Leavell

Winner of the Plutarch Award for the Best Biography of 2013

A mesmerizing and essential biography of the modernist poet Marianne Moore

The Marianne Moore that survives in the popular imagination is dignified,...


Cardinal Bernardin's Stations of the Cross

by Eugene Kennedy

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the archbishop of Chicago, had long been considered the leader of American Catholicism and was so widely respected throughout the world that he was thought to be the only American...


Breakfast with Lucian

by Geordie Greig

An insider’s account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century’s most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freud’s paintings are instantly recognizable:...


Tolstoy: Tales of Courage and Conflict

by Count Leo Tolstoy

36 stories by one of the world's masters of literature, Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)


Oscar Peterson: The Will to Swing

by Gene Lees

Based on extensive interviews, Oscar Peterson is a well-informed and provocative exploration of Peterson's music.


Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity

Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy

by Joe Nick Patoski & David K Langford

 The landowners in this book have improved their land and done so by being profitable, generous to their human community, committed to family, and desirous of leaving land better than when it came into their...


Nicholas Wiseman

by Brian Fothergill

Nicholas Wiseman was not yet 26 years of age when he became rector of the English College in Rome. Pope Leo XII then made him curator of Arabic manuscripts in the Vatican, and professor of Oriental languages...


Pebbles From My Skull

by Stuart Hood

'This enthralling autobiographical fragment by Stuart Hood, a World War II British intelligence officer, tells of his escape from a prisoner-of-war camp in Parma and his life on the run with Italian partisans...


A Long Walk Home: One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival

by Judith Tebbutt

This is the story of how, over a period of one hundred and ninety-two days, I was torn away from the life I knew and loved, and dragged down to the depths of despair; of how I endured enforced isolation and...


Winter Sea: War, Journeys, Writers

by Alan Ross

'This is Alan Ross's fourth volume of autobiography (following on from Blindfold Games, Coastwise Lights, and After Pusan)... Winter Sea, like his previous volumes, is an intriguing mix of memoir, poetry, and...


Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age

by Fiona Maddocks

Best known today as a fine composer, the twelfth-century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also a religious leader and visionary, a poet, naturalist and writer of medical treatises. Despite her cloistered...


With Friends Possessed: A Life of Edward FitzGerald

by Robert Bernard Martin

'[Edward] FitzGerald (1809-1883) won a small piece of immortality with his translation-adaptation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam... but in every other way he seems to have successfully avoided fulfilment. A...


William Beckford: Composing for Mozart

by Timothy Mowl

William Beckford had two lives: one real and sensational, the other an elegant forgery he invented in retirement after the young Disraeli mischievously sent him a homoerotic epic based loosely on Beckford's...


Thackeray: Prodigal Genius

by John Carey

A new approach to Thackeray. Although this study embraces all his work, it switches attention from his late novels, and bases the case for his imaginative vitality on the multifarious material - reviews, travel...


Fire of Life

by Henry W. Nevinson

Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856-1941) was a scholar and socialist who found his métier on the cusp of the twentieth century, as a war correspondent who would go on to chronicle the major wars and civil conflicts...


My Brother Benjamin

by Beth Britten

'People are always asking, 'Aren't you proud of your famous brother?' I was, of course, but often wished he was not so famous so that one could see more of this brother who was such a joy to be with. Janet Baker...


John Barry: A Sixties Theme: From James Bond to Midnight Cowboy

by Eddi Fiegel

Arguably the most important popular British composer of the 20th century, John Barry (1933-2011) enjoyed a career that spanned over fifty years, in which time he won five Academy Awards for pictures including...


Ranji: Prince of Cricketers

by Alan Ross

Indian prince, Sussex and England cricketer, K.S. Ranjitsinhji was unique in many ways. W.G. Grace predicted that there would not be another batsman like 'Ranji' for a hundred years; arguably we are still waiting....