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Alastair Sim: The Star of Scrooge and the Belles of St Trinians

by Mark Simpson

Alastair sim was an energetic character both on and off the screen. His idiosyncratic style of acting in films such as 'The Belles of St Trinian's' endeared him to a cinema-going audience desperate to escape...

All the Queen's Men: The World of Elizabeth I

by Peter Brimacombe

Elizabeth I was the last English monarch truly to rule the nation; she inherited a weak and divided kingdom yet relentlessly fashioned it into a major world power, and decisively defeated the mightiest invasion...

With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist

by Isobel E E Williams

Edward Wilson (1872-1912) accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on both his celebrated Antarctic voyages: the Discovery Expedition of 1901-1914 and the Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913. Wilson served as Junior Surgeon...

George V's Children

by John Van der Van der Kiste

The six children of King George V and Queen Mary all lived to maturity except the youngest, Prince John. The eldest, who was Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, reigned as King Edward VII for less than a...

The House Where the Hardest Things Happened: A Memoir About Belonging

by Kate Young Caley

Fusing an intimate memoir with an outspoken critique of organized religion's failure to welcome all into its community, The House Where the Hardest Things Happened is the moving story of one woman's search for...

Shakespeare the Player: A Life in the Theatre

by John Southworth

Man of the Millennium' he may be but William Shakespeare is a shadowy historical figures. His writings have been analysed exhaustively but much of his life remains a mystery. This controversial biography aims...


by Michael Scott

The musical child of Russia's golden age, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was the last great romantic. Scorned by the musical establishment until very recently, his music received hostile reviews from critics and other...

What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

by Rielle Hunter

The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “a fall from grace,” “a modern-day tragedy”—it’s a story that has been reported,...

Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, a Daughter and an Adolescence Survived

by Adair Lara

What does a mother do when her teenaged daughter is spinning out of control and nothing is bringing her back? Here is a searingly honest memoir of motherhood and a testament to the power of love and family.


You Can't Win

by Jack Black & William S S Burroughs

You Can’t Win, the beloved memoir of real lowdown Americana by criminal hobo Jack Black was first published in 1926, then reprinted in 1988 by Adam Parfrey’s Amok Press, featuring an introduction by William...

Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator

by Joseph Scott Scott Morgan

A hard dose of Southern reality about life with the dead as told by real death investigator.

The Other Jerome K Jerome

by Martin Green

Jerome K Jerome is without doubt best known today for his comic masterpiece 'Three Men in a Boat'. More than a century after its first publication it is still making people laugh. But Jerome was very much more...

Marco Polo: The Incredible Journey

by Robin Brown

The incredible story of Marco Polo's journey to the ends of the earth has for the last seven hundred years been beset by doubts as to its authenticity. Did this intrepid Venetian really trek across Asia minor...

Joan of Arc: Maid, Myth and Mystery

by Timothy Wilson-Smith

Joan of Arc, born in Domremy in France in 1412, began to hear voices when she was thirteen and, believing they were directives from God, followed them - the the French court, to battle to wrest France from the...

James Brindley: The First Canal Builder

by Nick Corble

It can be said of few men that without them the course of their nation's history would have been very different, yet through the force of his ideas and sheer bloody-mindedness, James Brindley, the first great...

Opening Doors and Windows: A Memoir in Four Acts

by James Roose-Evans

James Roose-Evans' list of accomplishments is formidable. Fifty years ago, he founded the Hampstead Theatre. He has written seventeen books, including the best-selling 'Inner Journey: Outer Journey' and 'Experimental...

The First Four Minutes

by Sir Roger Roger Bannister

On 6 May 1954 Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, establishing himself as one of the most famous sportsmen in history. Bannister has written a substantial new introduction...

Archibald Sturrock: Pioneer Locomotive Engineer

by Tony Vernon

Born in 1816, by 1840 Sturrock was involved with Brunel and Gooch in establishing the Great Western Railway's works at Paddington and new town at Swindon. On Brunel's recommendation, Sturrock was appointed locomotive...

The Prince's Mistress, Perdita: A Life of Mary Robinson

by Hester Davenport

Mary Robinson, nicknamed 'Perdita' by the Prince of Wales after her role on the London stage, was a woman in whom showmanship and reckless behaviour contrasted with romantic sensibility and radical thinking....

Queen Victoria's Gene: Haemophilia and the Royal Family

by D M M Potts & W T W T W Potts

Queen Victoria's son, Prince Leopold, died from haemophilia, but no member of the royal family before his generation had suffered from the condition. Medically, there are only two possibilities: either one of...