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Tolstoy: The Making of a Novelist

by Edward Crankshaw

Tolstoy was not always an old man-not always a bearded patriarch fixing the world with the eye of an angry ancient mariner. He started War and Peace when he was thirty five, and Anna Karenina was finished before...


The Course of My Life: My Autobiography

by Edward Heath

The Course of My Life is not only the autobiography of one of the most distinguished figures of modern times, but a revealing panoply of twentieth-century political, international and social history. Born in...


Alanbrooke

by David Fraser

First published in 1982, this is the story of 'Alanbrooke,' of whom General MacArthur wrote, 'is undoubtedly the greatest soldier that England has produced since Wellington.' He fought with the artillery in...


Khrushchev

by Edward Crankshaw

This is the story of the rise and fall of one man against the background of his country's history - bloody, tumultuous, yet immensely significant - since the revolution in 1917.

Nikita Sergei Khrushchev was born...


The Purple Streak

by Rupert Croft-Cooke

In this latest volume in Mr. Croft-Cooke's autobiographical series, he writes about the uneasy world of the 1930 and of Spain before the Civil War.

On a personal level, he tells about his new venture into the...


A Twentieth-Century Life

by Frances Donaldson

First published in 1992, this is the story of Frances Donaldson and a wonderfully multi-faceted life. As the daughter of the playwright Frederick Lonsdale, she grew up in the frivolous world of 1920s cafe society,...


The House of Getty

by Russell Miller

The tormented saga of the Getty family reads like the script for Dynasty, interweaving boardroom battles, sex, money, drugs, power, crime, tragedy, and family intrigue.

At the center stands the figure of John...


Victoria of England

by Edith Sitwell

The Victorian era has been one of the most influential in shaping modern British society, and Victoria herself is a powerful symbol of the age.

This is a fascinating portrait of the queen, both before and during...


MR Balfour's Poodle

by Roy Jenkins

Jenkins' account of the constitutional struggle between the Liberal government of the early twentieth century and the House of Lords. The battle started with the introduction of the People's Budget of 1909 and...


Portraits and Miniatures

by Roy Jenkins

In Portraits and Miniatures, Roy Jenkins brings his penetrating intelligence and elegant prose to subjects ranging from literature and political history to wine and croquet. Long experience in both Houses of...


Fight Back and Win

by Gloria Allred

Voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America, and described by Time magazine as "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes," Allred has devoted her career...


Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour

by Frances Donaldson

In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh's personality and his attitude to the post-war world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration.

It is with Evelyn Waugh the man as she knew him that Frances...


Einstein: The Life and Times

by Ronald Clark

First published in 1972, Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect to reveal the human side of the legendary absent-minded professor....


A Year to Remember: A Reminiscence of 1931

by Alec Waugh

First published in 1975, this tells of one of the Bright Young Things in that brilliant and stimulating era between the wars, Alec Waugh remembers 1931 as being a year of firsts. It was the year he attended...


The Life of Ernst Chain: Penicillin and Beyond

by Ronald Clark

A Jew who left Germany when Hitler came to power, Sir Ernst Chain was a winner, with Sir Alexander Fleming and Lord Florey, of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1945. Later he was a significant...


My Brother Evelyn & Other Profiles

by Alec Waugh

First published in 1967, this tells of an Author, publisher, traveller, cricketer, lover of wine: Alec Waugh has been all these in the course of a life which has brought him a host of friends around the world....


Bertrand Russell and His World

by Ronald Clark

First published in 1981, this is about the life of Bertrand Russell, born when Queen Victoria had nearly three decades still to reign, was one of the most influential of the twentieth century, as well as one...


Balmoral: Queen Victoria's Highland Home

by Ronald Clark

First published in 1981, this is Ronald Clark's engagingly readable account of Queen Victoria's relationship with "Our dear Balmoral" and the life that went on there.

The biography of Balmoral begins with the...


Chekhov: A Biography

by V.S. Pritchett

V.S. Pritchett explores the connections between Chekhov's life and art, showing how Chekhov often based his fiction on experiences of his difficult early years where he was responsible for his impoverished family,...


Lenin: The Man Behind the Mask

by Ronald Clark

In this accomplished biography of Vladimir Lenin, Ronald Clark fills in the gap left by political, economic and social historians: Lenin's personality. Clark introduces readers to Lenin, the man: an enthusiastic...