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The Last Leopard: A life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

by David Gilmour

In 1957, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last Prince of the Sicilian Lampedusa family, died impoverished and unknown, leaving behind the manuscript of a book he had recently finished. The following year the book, The Leopard,...


Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America

by Jennifer Storm

Jennifer Storm's Blackout Girl is a can't-tear-yourself-away look at teenage addiction and redemption. At age six, Jennifer Storm was stealing sips of her mother's cocktails. By age 13, she was binge drinking...


The Lois Wilson Story: When Love is not Enough, The Biography of the Cofounder of Al-Anon.

by William G Borchert

Lois Wilson, the wife of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill W., knew better than anyone that families, friends, and loved ones of alcoholics are also affected and need informed support and advice. The Lois...


Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

by Rachel Reiland

With astonishing honesty, this memoir Get Me Out of Here, reveals what mental illness looks and feels like from the inside, and how healing from borderline personality disorder is possible through intensive...


Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World

by Eknath Easwaran

Designed for the iPad, with more than 70 photographs, this is the moving story of a nonviolent hero, told by a highly respected author who grew up in Gandhi’s India.

Gandhi’s life continues to inspire and...


The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro

by Cesare Civetta

(Amadeus). Lauded by Verdi, Debussy, and other music legends, the celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini raised the standards of orchestral and operatic performance over an astonishing 69 years on the podium....


Beyond the Pampas: In Search of Patagonia

by Imogen Rhea Herrad

Beyond the Pampas is an exploration of the lives of the descendents of nineteenth century Welsh settlers in Argentina. Herrad discovers a fascinating melding of Welsh and Spanish language cultures through which...


Elvis Memories: The real Elvis Presley - by those who knew him

by Michael Freedland

The man, the music, the mythology – everyone knows Elvis, right? From the swinging hips and tempestuous love life to the peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But how do the iconic snapshots and the snippets...


The Real Iron Lady: Working with Margaret Thatcher

by Gillian Shephard

There are many myths about Margaret Thatcher’s extraordinary personality and political career. But what was it really like to work with her? In The Real Iron Lady: Working with Margaret Thatcher, Gillian Shephard...


The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham

by Michael Jago

Investigator, interrogator, intellectual hero: the perfect inspiration for the perfect spy. This first full-length biography traces the life of the remarkable and engaging John Bingham, the man behind John le...


Little Cyclone: The Girl who Started the Comet Line

by Airey Neave

Andrée de Jongh was a young artist in Brussels when German troops marched into Belgium in May 1941. Her father dubbed her the ‘Little Cyclone’, because she was so determined to make things happen. Inspired...


The Odd Couple: The Curious Friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin

by Richard Bradford

Kingsley Amis was a mimic, jester, father, husband, atheist, pseudo-socialist and clubland Tory boozer with a limitless taste for adultery; Philip Larkin a glum misanthrope who lived in self-imposed solitude....


Finding My Voice: My Autobiography

by Elkie Brooks

Blessed with one of the richest and most distinctive voices in the music business, Elkie Brooks has been entertaining people around the world since the age of fifteen – and even longer, if you count the weddings...


Standing for Something: Life in the Awkward Squad

by Mark Seddon

Mark Seddon is best known in Britain as a leading member of the Awkward Squad, a thorn in the flesh of New Labour as editor of Tribune, house magazine of the Left, for over a decade. In that role and as a member...


Skeem Life: Growing Up in the Seventies

by Gary Robertson

When young Gary Robertson moved from the old tenements to an almost brand new housing scheme in the early 1970s, it was the start of a very big adventure. In the skeems, you could roam from morning to night...


O is Fir Ingin

by Mae Stewart

Mae Stewart picks up where she left off in the hugely successful Dae Yeh Mind Thon Time? and continues her delightful memoirs of growing up in Dundee. In ‘O’ is Fir Ingin, Mae recalls life in the 1940s, 50s...


All Valiant Dust: An Irishman Abroad

by Peter Ross

For many of its participants, the Second World War was the most intense period of their lives - with horizons widened by grief, strangeness and excitement. Peter Ross, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin,...


Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland: A Life of the Hymn -writer 1818-1895

by W.J. McCormack & Valerie Wallace

Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73) was a highly original author of fantastic fiction - novels and short stories - and a key in Irish conservative poitics during the first half o the Victorian age. This outstanding biography,...


Humanity Dick Martin: King of Connemara' 1754-1834

by Shevawn Lynam

This finely detailed and amply illustrated biography recreates the life and times of one of Ireland's earliest environmentalists, founder of the world movement for the protection of animals. A loveable Galwayman,...


Who's Who in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War: 1619-1923

by Padraic O'Farrell

With over 3000 entries in seven separate listings, this book is a major source of reference which puts a human face on these two defining conflicts. Drawing on family papers, extensive interviews and official...