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Fanny Burney

by Kate Chisholm

Fanny Burney (1752-1840) is best known as the author of EVELINA, one of the most engaging novels of the eighteenth century. But for much of her long life, she was also an incomparable diarist, witnessing both...


Notes From the Blockade

by Lidiya Ginzburg

The 900-day siege of Lenningrad (1941-440 was one of the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her...


Miss Angel

by Angelica Goodden

A word was coined to describe the condition of people stricken with a new kind of fever when the Swiss-born artist Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) came to London in 1766. 'The whole world', it was said, 'is Angelicamad.'...


Sal Mineo: A Biography

by Michael Gregg Michaud

Sal Mineo is probably most well-known for his unforgettable, Academy Award–nominated turn opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and his tragic murder at the age of thirty-seven. Finally, in this riveting...


The Smart

by Sarah Bakewell

'Sarah Bakewell has written a scholarly biography that reads like a detective novel with a historical setting ... full of sharp pen-portraits, lively asides and quirky details ... every bit as colourful and...


Diaries Volume Three

by Alastair Campbell

POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY is the third volume of Alastair Campbell's unique daily account of life at the centre of the Blair government. It begins amid conflict in Kosovo, and ends on September 11, 2001, a day...


Making A Killing

by James Ashcroft

In September 2003, James 'Ash' Ashcroft, a former British Infantry Captain, arrived in Iraq as a 'gun for hire'. It was the beginning of an 18-month journey into blood and chaos.

In this action-packed page-turner,...


Phiz

by Valerie Lester

'Phiz' - Hablot Knight Browne - was the great illustrator of Dickens' fiction. For over twenty-three years they worked together, and Phiz's drawings brought to life a galaxy of much-loved characters, from Mr...


I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, And Other Battles

by Lily Burana

After years of disagreeing about what true happiness, success, and love really are, Dave and Clarice Johnson finally face the breaking point of their marriage. When Clarice's leg is crushed in a car wreck, the...


Daffodil Girls

by Kitty Dimbleby

Ever wondered what it is like to support a loved one in the armed forces? Army wife and journalist Kitty Dimbleby reveals stories of life, love and loss from the women behind the front line.

For every brave...


Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews

by Oscar Wilde & Matthew Hofer

Oscar Wilde's grand U.S. tour, captured in dozens of newspaper interviews


Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women

by Thomas H. Pauly

Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author...


Devil's Game: The Civil War Intrigues of Charles A. Dunham

by Carman Cumming

Devil's Game traces the amazing career of Charles A. Dunham, Civil War spy, forger, journalist, and master of dirty tricks. Writing for a variety of New York papers under alternate names, Dunham routinely faked...


Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 6

by Peter Cozzens

The first four volumes of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, published in the late nineteenth century, became the best-selling and most frequently cited works ever published on the Civil War. Volume 6 (like...


Scenes from the High Desert: Julian Steward's Life and Theory

by Virginia Kerns

In this generous biography, Kerns focuses on the ideas and experiences that gave rise to Stewards theory of cultural ecology and most influenced American anthropology. This volume locates the concept of cultural...


Robert Johnson: Lost and Found

by Barry Lee Pearson & Bill McCulloch

In this volume, Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch examine the full range of writings about Johnson (including books, articles, and record notes) to sift fact from fiction. They compare conflicting accounts...


Shouting Down the Silence: A Biography of Stanley Elkin

by David C. Dougherty

Shouting Down the Silence presents the first complete biography of Stanley Elkin, a preeminent novelist who consistently won high marks from critics but whose complexities of style seemed destined to elude the...


Pressing On: The Roni Stoneman Story

by Roni Stoneman & Ellen Wright

This book recounts the fascinating life of Roni Stoneman, the youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family and a woman who, in spite of poverty and abusive husbands, eventually became "The First...


Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South

by Michelle R. Scott

As one of the first African American vocalists to be recorded, Bessie Smith is a prominent figure in American popular culture and African American history. Michelle R. Scott uses Smith's life as a lens to investigate...


Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story

by Diane Diekman

One of the best-known honky-tonkers since Hank Williams, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville's music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed...