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Blood Kindred

by W J McCormack

In June 1934, W. B. Yeats gratefully received the award of a Goethe-Plakette from Oberburgermeister Krebs, four months after his early play The Countess Cathleen had been produced in Frankfurt by SS Untersturmfuhrer...


Room for Doubt

by Wendy Lesser

Room for Doubt is Wendy Lesser’s account of three separate but interlocking occasions for doubt: her stay in Berlin, a city she had never expected to visit; her unwritten book on the philosopher David Hume;...


A Genius for Failure

by Paul O'Keeffe

* Haydon's first attempt at suicide ended when the low calibre bullet fired from his pistol fractured his skull but failed to penetrate his brain.

* His second attempt also failed: a deep slash across his throat...


Elizabeth

by Claire Gervat

Elizabeth Chudleigh was one of the eighteenth century's most colourful characters. Born into impoverished gentility, her beauty, wit and vitality soon earned her a place at the centre of court life. When she...


From Hoofbeats to Dogsteps: A Life of Listening to and Learning from Animals

by Rachel Page Elliott

Born to a loving and educated New England family, Rachel Page Elliott, known to all as Pagey, was encouraged to develop her interests and talents wherever they would lead her. And lead her they did, to a life-long...


Baltimore's Mansion: A Memoir

RBC Taylor Prize 2000

by Wayne Johnston

In this loving memoir Wayne Johnston returns to Newfoundland-the people, the place, the politics-and illuminates his family's story with all the power and drama he brought to his magnificent novel, The Colony...


Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II

by Ram Oren & Barbara Harshav

Trapped in the horrors of World War II, a woman and a child embark on a journey of survival in this page-turning true story that recalls the power and the poignancy of Schindler’s List.

Michael Stolowitzky,...


Diaries Volume Two

by Alastair Campbell

Power & the People covers the first two years of the New Labour government, beginning with their landslide victory at the polls in 1997.

This second voume of Campbell's unexpurgated diaries details the initial...


Unbowed: A Memoir

by Wangari Maathai

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital...


A Boy's Own Dale

by Terry Wilson

Growing up in rural Yorkshire in the 1940s and 50s, Terry Wilson spent his school days hunting down Just William books, cutting up apples to help with fractions and staring out the window dreaming up new schemes....


Elvis is Titanic

by Ian Klaus

In the spring of 2005, twenty-five-year-old Rhodes Scholar Ian Klaus took a semester-long appointment at Salahaddin University in Arbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Officially he was there...


The Great Man

by Edward Pearce

The year 1721 has many splendours: great houses built by William Kent, fine pictures and the fruits of commerce. But there are also thirteen public hanging days a year, drunkenness is endemic, organised crime...


Behind the Black Door

by Sarah Brown

In this personal memoir about life at 10 Downing Street, Sarah Brown shares the secrets of living behind the most famous front door in the world.

Sarah gave up a successful career in business to serve the country....


My Heart's in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland

by Liz Curtis Higgs

“Let’s go, shall we? Just the two of us?”

“I consider Galloway the country’s best kept secret: a place where time holds its breath, where ancient ruins dot the countryside in moss-covered splendor,...


Born Fighter

by Reg Kray

Reg Kray is one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Together with his brother Ron, he rose through the ranks of London's East End gangland to run an evil empire of vice and villainy. But, after half a lifetime...


The Iron Duke

by Lawrence James

'Lord Wellington don't know how to lose a battle.' The view of an anonymous soldier at Waterloo became the judgement of the world on the man who was hailed as the first general of his age. At Waterloo he defeated...


Duncan Grant

by Frances Spalding

The life of the painter and designer Duncan Grant spanned great changes in society and art, from Edwardian Britain to the 1970s, from Alma-Tadema to Gilbert and George. This authoritive biography combines an...


We Fought at Arnhem

by Mike Rossiter

Operation Market Garden: a plan to capture the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem and outflank the German front.

In all twelve thousand airborne troops were to land, either by parachute or glider, at three drop...


Relations

by Jane Miller

In this remarkable book, Jane Miller writes about the experience of being a daughter and a sister, about the intensities of family life and the illuminations that come from the last days of parents. Relations...


I'll Tell Me Ma

by Brian Keenan

Local rather than international, the dramas and privations described in this memoir are not the stuff of headlines. This is the story of an ordinary boy growing up in Belfast after the war; an ordinary boy who...