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Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

by Linda Lawrence Hunt

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America....


Jacques Tati

by David Bellos

The full story of one of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form.

Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakable with his pipe, brolly and...


A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

by Michael Kazin

Politician, evangelist, and reformer William Jennings Bryan was the most popular public speaker of his time. In this acclaimed biography–the first major reconsideration of Bryan’s life in forty years–award-winning...


E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

by Clinton Heylin

The celebrated popular music scholar presents an intimate portrait of The Boss and his legendary band

 

Bruce Springsteen fans know that the band makes the man, which is why millions of people have jammed stadiums...


My Share of the Task: A Memoir

by General Stanley McChrystal

'General McChrystal is a legendary warrior with a fine eye for enduring lessons about leadership, courage, and consequence' -Tom Brokaw General Stanley McChrystal is widely admired for his hunger to know the...


The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2009

by Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. 

When young...


Little Boy Blues: A Memoir

by Malcolm Jones

For Malcolm Jones, his parents’ disintegrating marriage was at the center of life in North Carolina in the 1950s and 60s. His father, charming but careless, was often drunk and away from home; his mother,...


Sir Francis Drake

by John Sugden

More than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history. His career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided...


Blessed - The Autobiography

by George Best

George Best needs little introduction. A legend in his own lifetime, he is undoubtedly the greatest footballer the UK has ever produced. Blessed with an extraordinary gift he brought a beauty and grace to the...


The Baby Diaries

by Tess Daly

If there's one thing that puts us all on a level playing field it's becoming a mum for the first time, everything else - work, sleep, sanity - goes out of the window. When I was handed our first daughter, Phoebe,...


Past Lives of the Rich and Famous

by Sylvia Browne

In Past Lives of the Rich and Famous, Sylvia Browne, the renowned New York Times bestselling author and reigning queen of psychics provides a rare and riveting look at the (often very surprising) lives some...


Engelbert - What's In A Name?

by Engelbert Humperdinck

The man known simply as 'Enge' by his millions of fans worldwide has sold over 150 million records and is in the Guinness Book of Records for achieving 56 consecutive weeks in the chart with 'Release Me'.

From...


Hard Knocks & Soft Spots

by Paddy Doherty

'I fight hard and love strong. I'm a traveller.'

Paddy Doherty loves his life as an Irish traveller, but as a child he felt like an outsider. He was different to his siblings. On the rare occasions he went to...


Through the Eyes of a Dove: A Book for Bereaved Parents

by Suzanne Gene Courtney

Synopsis: The tragic, sudden death of their 25-year-old son left the Courtney and Sayre families devastated. --- Grief-stricken and searching for answers, his parents, siblings, other family members and friends...


The Plan: How Fletcher and Flower Transformed English Cricket

by Steve James

In 1999, England slumped to a new low in their tumultuous cricket history. Defeat at home by a mediocre New Zealand team saw them fall to the bottom of the world Test rankings, below even Zimbabwe. Yet only...


Audrey Hepburn

by Ian Woodward

In this first major study of the captivating life of Audrey Hepburn, Ian Woodward uncovers the truly sensational story of one of Hollywood's most enduring legends. Ranked number 50 in Empire Magazine's 'Top...


My Name Is Angel

by Rhea Coombs

This moving memoir tells the story of how a young woman descended into the world of prostitution and drug abuse, yet found the strength to rebuild her life.

Rhea Coombs's father is a convicted murderer and she...


Library Confidential

by Don Borchert

The public library - a haven of calm, source of information, home to the student, the geek and the aging librarian. Or so you might think.

Don Borchert's ten years as assistant librarian have taught him that...


Daddy's Girl

by Stella Black

'We both knew it was up to him to lead. He took his time ... I had never been so consciously vulnerable in my life. And now I had to enter a place where I trusted this man completely. Trusted him not to actually...


Julie Walters

by Bryony Sutherland & Lucy Ellis

From her BAFTA-winning television work, such as My Beautiful Son, to her big screen debut alongside Michael Caine in Educating Rita, her starring in Billy Elliot (both of which earned her Oscar nominations)...