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Taken Care of: An Autobiography

by Edith Sitwell

Dame Edith Sitwell died while this autobiography was in the course of printing. One of the last acts of her life was to approve the 'specimen page' from the printer. She did not live to correct her proofs and...


Fanfare for Elizabeth

by Edith Sitwell

Sitwell's Fanfare for Elizabeth is a striking account of love, betrayal, and religion as it unfolds in the court of King Henry VIII. Sitwell navigates elegantly through the capricious nature both of Henry's...


The Queens and the Hive

by Edith Sitwell

No hive can tolerate two Queens. In the fatal clash between the Protestant Queen of England and the Catholic Queen of Scots, many were determined that 'The death of Mary is the life of Elizabeth'.

In this moving...


Journey from the North, Volume 1: Autobiography of Storm Jameson

by Storm Jameson

In 1960, Storm Jameson decided to write her memoirs. The result was Journey from the North, one of the great literary autobiographies of the century. Volume One, first published in 1969, tells of her childhood...


Manuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov: A Life in Letters and Diaries

by J.A.E. Curtis

The Russian playwright and novelist Mikhail Bulgakov (1891 - 1940) is now widely acknowledged as one of the giants of twentieth-century Soviet literature, ranking with such luminaries as Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn....


Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal

by Al Alvarez

Here's the paradox: your body becomes steadily more troublesome just at that point when the world, which you are soon to leave, becomes sweeter, more poignant, more beautiful, more desirable...

The ponds of Hampstead...


American Evita

by Christopher Andersen

"I don't quit. I keep going."

–Hillary Rodham Clinton

She is, quite simply, the most famous, most complex, most loved/hated/admired/reviled woman -- perhaps person -- in America. And, whether she fulfills her...


The Magistrate's Tale: A Frontline Report from a New Jp

by Trevor Grove & Lord Justice Auld

When Trevor Grove was called up for Jury service he became so intrigued with the justice system that he wrote a successful book about it - The Juryman's Tale. Now he's joined the magistracy and gives a fascinating,...


Where Did It All Go Right?

by Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez, poet, critic, novelist, sportsman, and poker player, has for seventy years been hard to categorize. He is the author of the best-selling study of suicide, THE SAVAGE GOD, and as poetry editor of...


The Guggenheims

by Debi Unger & Irwin Unger

A portrait of a great American dynasty and its legacy in business, technology, the arts, and philanthropy

Meyer Guggenheim, a Swiss immigrant, founded a great American business dynasty. At their peak in the early...


Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America: Hank Aaron and the Pursuit of a Dream

by Tom Stanton

Baseball has witnessed more than 125,000 home runs. Many have altered the outcome of games, and some have decided pennants and become legend. But no dinger has had greater impact than Hank Aaron's 715th home...


Countess Dracula: The Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess

by Tony Thorne

This is the story of Elisabeth Bathory, a 17th-century Transylvanian countess. She was tried as a vampire and became an inspiration for depraved murderers up to the present day.;Based on research conducted at...


Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

by Rain Pryor

The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor

Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Her mother was a Jewish go-go dancer who wanted a tribe of rainbow...


Under the Duvet

by Marian Keyes

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a...


Oh the Hell of It All

by Pat Montandon

Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey's searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take...


For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by Ben Macintyre

The official book on Ian Fleming and James Bond by the bestselling author of Agent Zigzag


An Iraqi In Paris

by Samuel Shimon, Christina Phillips & Piers Amodia

A young Iraqi writer sets out to become a Hollywood film-maker, only to end up as a refugee on the streets of Paris.


In the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles

by Nigel Barley

Sir Stamford Raffles was a British colonial trader who, in 1819, founded the island city-state of Singapore. Today, Singapore is a world alpha city ranked alongside London, New York, and Tokyo. In this intriguing...


A Card from Angela Carter

by Susannah Clapp

A unique and dazzling portrait of Angela Carter by her friend and literary executor


Maradona: The Hand of God

by Jimmy Burns

An updated biography of arguably the world's most famous footballer of all time, Diego Maradona, published to coincide with the 2010 World Cup.