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The Cradle King

by Alan Stewart

As the son of Mary Queen of Scots, born into her 'bloody nest', James had the most precarious of childhoods. Even before his birth, his life was threatened: it was rumoured that his father, Henry, had tried...


One Day at a Time

by Susan Lewis

She was only nine when her world fell apart. The struggle to understand took a lifetime.

In 1960s Bristol, Susan's family was like any other with its joys and frustrations, and fierce loyalties. Then tragedy...


Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush

by Molly Ivins & Lou Dubose

When it comes to reporting on politics, nobody does it smarter or funnier than bestselling author Molly Ivins. In Shrub, Ivins focuses her Texas-size smarts on the biggest politician in her home state: George...


A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

by Thomas Buergenthal

At the age of ten Thomas Buergenthal arrived at Auschwitz after surviving the Ghetto of Kielce and two labour camps, and was soon separated from his parents. Using his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck,...


The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study in Biographical Truth

by Stefan Maechler

This is the definitive report on Fragments, Binjamin Wilkomirski's invented "memoir" of a childhood spent in concentration camps, which created international turmoil.

In 1995 Fragments, a memoir by a Swiss musician...


Marga Richter

by Sharon Mirchandani

This is the first full-length introduction to the life and works of significant American composer Marga Richter (born 1926), who has written more than one hundred works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, dance,...


Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

by Rebecca Goldstein

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating...


Captain Cook

by Vanessa Collingridge

A uniquely woven story encompassing three separate centuries and three different lives. Captain Cook, best known for his heroic voyages through the Pacific Ocean, is brought to life in vivid detail. We follow...


Jolly Green Giant

by David Bellamy

David Bellamy is a natural story teller whose memoir will be packed full of funny anecdotes and observations. It is the story of how a city boy, brought up in the middle of London, went for a trip into the countryside...


Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter

by Antonia Fraser

A moving testament to one of the literary world's most celebrated marriages: that of the greatest playwright of our age, Harold Pinter, and the beautiful and famous prize-winning biographer Antonia Fraser.

In...


A Further Slice Of Johnners

by Brian Johnston

When Brian Johnston was a schoolboy, his reports were full of phrases such as 'talks too much in school' and 'apt to be a buffoon'. Later millions of radio listeners would be delighted to discover that some...


William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls

by Katie Nicholl

William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This...


A Nurse in Action

by Evelyn Prentis

'We were quickly learning to live with war. We became very proficient at moving the patients who could walk quickly to the shelters when the sirens went. We were equally proficient at talking those who couldn't...


The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography

by Fred Kaplan

In this magisterial full-scale biography of America’s greatest storyteller and satirist, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Fred Kaplan refashions our image of Mark Twain and etches a vibrant...


Rezso Kasztner

by Ladislaus Lob

Two months after his eleventh birthday, on 9 July 1944, the gates of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp closed behind Ladislaus Löb. Five months later, with the Second World War still raging, he crossed the border...


Climb from the Cellar: How One Michigan Kid, Born in a Basement, Found His Way Up to the American Dream

by Wayne Lobdell

Wayne Lobdell views himself as a very lucky guy. He was born in a basement apartment, grew up in the humble environment of a little farm and survived a move to the hood when his father became ill. The inspiring...


The View from Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir

by Tony Hiss

The View from Alger's Window is Tony Hiss's remarkable memoir of the trial and imprisonment of one of the most famous victims of the Cold War witch-hunts: his father. Tony Hiss was seven years old when Whittaker...


The Only Girl in the Car

by Kathy Dobie

The Only Girl in the Car

Bookworm and dreamer, Kathy was a young girl with a tender heart, an adventurer’s spirit, and a child’s terrible confusion about her proper place in the world. As the oldest daughter...


Lady Trevelyan and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

by John Batchelor

An entertaining account of an extraordinary cultural and historical event: - the establishment by one highly intelligent woman of a salon of the arts in a beautiful country house in Northumberland. Wallington...


It Doesn't Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General Norman Schwarzkopf

by Norman Schwarzkopf

He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor,  country. Only rarely does history grant a single  individual the ability, personal charisma, moral  force, and intelligence to command the respect,  admiration,...