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Absolutely: A Memoir

by Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley is one of Britain's undisputed national treasures, an English actress, voiceover artist and author, best known for her roles in the British television series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS portraying Edina...


A Spectacle of Dust: The Autobiography

by Pete Postlethwaite

After training as a teacher, Pete Postlethwaite started his acting career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre where his colleagues included Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Antony Sher and Julie Walters. After routine...


Norman Foster

by Deyan Sudjic

A biography of Lord Foster, one of the world's foremost architects, written with his full co-operation. Norman Foster is a phenomenon - as an architect, but also as an individual. He is responsible for a dozen...


Angry White Pyjamas

by Robert Twigger

Adrift in Tokyo, teaching giggling Japanese highschool girls how to pronounce Tennyson correctly, Robert Twigger came to a revelation about himself: he'd never been fit. In a bid to escape the cockroach infestation...


Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

by Michael Palin

Michael Palin's diaries begin when he was newly married and struggling to make a name for himself in the world of television comedy. But Monty Python was just around the corner . . . Enjoying an unlikely cult...


Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988

by Michael Palin

The second volume of Michael Palin's diaries covers the 1980s, a decade in which the ties that bound the Pythons loosened as they forged their separate careers. After a live performance at the Hollywood Bowl,...


Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl

by Virginia Lee Barnes & Janice Boddy

This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has...


Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier

by Mick Flynn

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock... The relentless Taliban ambush which followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and...


No Holding Back: The Autobiography

by Michael Holding

As one of the fastest bowlers the world has seen, Michael Holding went by the haunting nickname 'Whispering Death', claiming 249 Test wickets. It was a moniker earned because he advanced on the bowling crease...


The Believers: How America Fell For Bernard Madoff'S $50 Billion Investment Scam

by Adam LeBor

It was luxurious Palm Beach, by the manicured lawns and Olympic-sized swimming pool, that financier Bernard Madoff ravaged the world of philanthropy and high society he had strived so hard to join, vaporising...


Antony and Cleopatra

by Adrian Goldsworthy

The love affair between Antony and Cleopatra is one of the most famous stories from the ancient world and has been depicted in countless novels, plays and films. As one of the three men in control of the Roman...


On The Edge: My Story

by Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond is one of our most in-demand and best-loved television presenters. In September 2006, he suffered a serious brain injury following a high-speed car crash. ON THE EDGE is his compelling account...


Concerning E.M. Forster

by Frank Kermode

Aspects of the Novel' is part memoir, part analysis, in which our greatest literary critic contributes a series of wonderfully insightful pieces on the dozen 20th century novelists writing in English he most...


The Exmoor Files: How I Lost A Husband And Found Rural Bliss

by Liz Jones

This is a book about columnist Liz Jones' new life in a broken-down old farmhouse in the heart of Exmoor in Somerset with an expanding menagerie of rescued farm animals and horses, leaving behind not only her...


Alan Clark: The Biography

by Ion Trewin

Although Alan Clark died in 1999 his reputation lives on - a TV series (John Hurt as Alan) gave BBC4 its first million+ audience. His diaries (3 vols) sold more than half a million copies. A noted historian,...


Muriel Spark

by Martin Stannard

Born in 1918 into a working-class Edinburgh family, Muriel Spark ended as the epitome of literary chic, one of the great writers of the twentieth century. It is a Cinderella story, the first thirty-nine years...


Frances Partridge: The Biography

by Anne Chisholm

Frances Partridge was one of the great British diarists of the 20th century. She was born in 1900, the daughter of a progressive mother and architect father whose friends included Henry James and Arthur Conan...


That's Another Story: The Autobiography

by Julie Walters

Julie Walters has been described as the nation's most popular actress and comedienne. She has been delighting us on screen and on stage for over 25 years and we have taken her to our hearts. Now she tells us...


A Memoir

by Tim Pat Coogan

Born into a middle-class family in 1930s Dublin, Tim Pat Coogan grew up against a background of highly charged political activity in Ireland. He went on to play a vital role in bringing the IRA/Sinn Fein to...


Touche: A French Woman's Take On The English

by Agnes Catherine Poirier

A brilliant and vigorous observer of both French and British societies, which she knows intimately, 32-year-old Agnes Catherine Poirier has spent the last ten years explaining the peculiarities of France to...