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The Sensational Alex Harvey

by John Neil Neil Munro

Glasgow-born Alex Harvey's career began in the 1950s when he won a competition to become Scotland's answer to Tommy Steele (he dubbed himself 'Last of the Teenage Idols'). He was a devoted family man but in...


J K Rowling and the Hary Potter Phenomenon

by Lindsey Fraser

Joanne Rowling was once a would-be published author like many others – committed and determined. Now J K Rowling is at the heart of a global media phenomenon, wealthier, and more influential and successful...


The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee

by Roger Hutchinson

In September 1939, groups of horsemen in battledress cantered down a broad, grassy plain on the western edge of Europe. The young men of the Western Isles were going to war again. They included a tall, shy 24-year-old...


Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

by Ron Chernow

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

"A biography that has many of the best attributes of a novel. . . . Wonderfully fluent and compelling." --The New York Times

"A triumph of the art of biography. Unflaggingly...


Hitler's Spy Princess

by Martha Schad

A portrait of Stephanie von Hohenlohe (1891-1972), notorious as a secret go-between and even a professional blackmailer. Despiter her Jewish roots, Stephanie always claimed to be of pure Aryan descent. Soon...


Princess Nest of Wales: Seductress of the English

by Kari Maund

The daughter of one king and the lover of another; matriarch of a powerful dynasty and the cause of conflict and war: Nest, princess of Dyfed, became a legend. Through the years of the Norman invasion and conquest...


Flying Among Heroes: The Story of Squadron Leader T C S Cooke DFC AFC DFM AE

by Norman Franks & Simon Muggleton

T C S Cooke joined the RAF as war began in 1939, aged 18, and trained to be a bomber pilot. Rising to the rank of squadron leader and decorated three times, Cooke bombed Berlin on 7 October 1940 in a Whitley...


Rough Seas: The Life of a Deep-Sea Trawlerman

by James Greene

A trawlerman's life was hard, often up against bad weather, rough seas and black frosts, although on calm days it was a pleasure to be at sea. In this eventful memoir, deep-sea trawlerman James Greene relates...


Captain Scott's Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans

by Isobel E E Williams

Edgar Evans was described by Robert Falcon Scott as 'a giant worker…an invaluable assistant'. Having joined the Royal Navy as a boy sailor at the age of 15, he rose rapidly to the rank of chief petty officer,...


Too Soon to Say Goodbye

by Art Buchwald

When doctors told Art Buchwald that his kidneys were kaput, the renowned humorist declined dialysis and checked into a Washington, D.C., hospice to live out his final days. Months later, “The Man Who Wouldn’t...


The Avenue: A Newcastle Backstreet Boyhood

by Samuel W W Herbert & David Cunningham

The Avenue stretched from Elswick Road to Scotswood Road, and almost every house in it was tenemented. There were four courtyards and a conglomeration of passages. Situated at one end of each of these courtyards...


Pamela's War: A Moving Account of a Young Girl's Life in the Midlands during the Second World War

by Cherryl Vines

It is the third of September 1939. It is just after half past eleven in the morning. I am fifteen years and sixteen days old. The radiogram at my home, the Woodman Hotel in Clent, has just been switched off,...


A Bucket of Sunshine: Life on a Cold War Canberra Squadron

by Mike Brooke

A Bucket of Sunshine - a term used for the use of a nuclear bomb - is a firsthand insight into life in the mid-1960s on a RAF Canberra nuclear-armed squadron in West Germany on the frontline in the Cold War....


Martin Luther: A Concise History of His Life and Works

by John Schofield

Martin Luther was so troubled by the sale of indulgences (pardons for sins granted by the Pope) that, in 1517, he nailed ninety-five theses to the doors of the church and the castle at Wittenberg. This act began...


Searching the Stars: The Story of Caroline Herschel

by Marilyn B B Ogilvie

Caroline Herschel is best known as the less significant sister of the astronomer William Herschel. Yet the romantic notion of her tirelessly working for her brother while he made his studies of the heavens,...


Ice Captain: The Life of J R Stenhouse

by Stephen Haddesley

As Shackleton watched his ship Endurance become trapped in the ice floes of the Weddell Sea, on the other side of Antarctica the expedition's second ship, Aurora, suffered an equally terrifying fate. Under the...


Gone Native: An NCO's Story

by Alan Cornett

On his first combat assignment, Cornett accompanied the Vietnamese Rangers on a search-and-destroy mission near Khe Sang. There he gained entree into a culture that he would ultimately respect greatly and admire...


Merlin: The Prophet and His History

by Geoffrey Ashe

Merlin, seer and wonder-worker at King Arthur's court, makes his debut in the highly inventive 'History of the Kings of Britain', written during the 1130s by an author known to posterity as Geoffrey of Monmouth....


John Ruskin

by Francis O'Gorman

John Ruskin was one of the greatest Victorian critics of art and society, but he was also preoccupied with politics, economics and education. This pocket-sized biography explores his influence on his own age...


Beethoven

by Anne Pimlott Pimlott Baker

Considered by many the world's greatest composer, Ludwig van Beethoven achieved his ambitions against the difficulties of a bullying and drunken father, growing deafness and mounting ill-health. This biography...