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Conversations with Ken Kesey

by Scott F. Parker

Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is the author of several works of well-known fiction and other hard-to-classify material. His debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was a critical and commercial sensation that...


Goodbye Twentieth Century

by Dannie Abse

Drawing upon his Welsh and Jewish heritage, Dannie Abse presents a rich autobiography that chronicles his life as both a doctor and an author. Humorous and poignant, this new edition not only includes the...


Querencia

by Stephen Bodio & Malcolm Brooks

Born in Boston, Stephen Bodio wandered into Magdalena, New Mexico, in the 1970s while on his way to Montana and never left. He was accompanied by Betsy Huntington, who was twenty years his senior; the couple...


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

by Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists...


The Novels of Raymond Chandler: A Short Guide

by Tom Williams

This digital exclusive is an extract from 'A Mysterious Something in the Light', the biography of Raymond Chandler by Tom Williams. In it Tom writes about Chandler's most popular work, The Big Sleep - the novel...


Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of  a Beat Writer

by Peter Orlovsky & Bill Morgan

"The Peter Orlovsky you will meet in this book has only a slight resemblance to the wacky kid immortalized in Kerouac's sunny pages as 'the greatest man in San Francisco' or the silent companion in Ginsberg's...


Baudelaire in Chains: A Portrait of the Artist as a Drug Addict

by Frank Hilton

An acclaimed and most unusual biography of Baudelaire, showing him ensnared by his passions for poetry, prostitutes, and drugs.

A crucial link between romanticism and modernism, Charles Baudelaire is a pivotal...


A Brief Guide To Agatha Christie

by Nigel Cawthorne

Agatha Christie's 80 novels and short-story collections have sold over 2 billion copies in more than 45 languages, more than any other author. When Christie finally killed off her Belgian detective, Hercule...


My Poets

by Maureen N. McLane

A thrillingly original exploration of a life lived under poetry’s uniquely seductive spell

“Oh! there are spirits of the air,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane...


Life Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion

by Sally Cline & Carole Angier

Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir.

PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls...


Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

by Graham Holderness

Who was Shakespeare and how did he live? Combining fact, tradition and imagination, Shakespeare's many lives are told in 9 possible ways. We know relatively little about Shakespeare's life, and yet it continues...


The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Widely considered the first modern autobiography, the Confessions influenced memoirs, fiction, poetry, and philosophy. Rousseau's opposition to inequality and emphasis on individual worth constituted a major...


Unstuck In Provence: The courage to start over

by Carolyn Tate

Unstuck in Provence -The Courage to Start Over - a memoir At the age of 46, after years of single-motherhood and the unbearable feeling that life is going nowhere, Carolyn decides to get radically unstuck. After...


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

by Kevin Birmingham

"A great story-how modernism brought down the regime of censorship-told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every...


Passage to Ararat

by Michael J. Arlen

In Passage to Ararat, which received the National Book Award in 1976, Michael J. Arlen goes beyond the portrait of his father, the famous Anglo-Armenian novelist of the 1920s, that he created in Exiles to try...


Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study Of The Years 1900-1925

by Vera Brittain

In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable...


Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood

by A. J. Albany

A. J. Albany's recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl's unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie...


The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas

by Hilly Janes

Dylan Thomas was one of the most extraordinary poetic talents of the twentieth century. Poems such as ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ regularly top polls of the nation’s favourites and his much-loved...


Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe

by Andrew Meldrum

Where We Have Hope is the gripping memoir of a young American journalist. In 1980, Andrew Meldrum arrived in a Zimbabwe flush with new independence, and he fell in love with the country and its optimism. But...


A House Unlocked

by Penelope Lively

In A House Unlocked, Whitbread Award- and Booker Prize-winning Penelope Lively takes us on a journey of her familial country house in England that her grandparents bought in 1923. As her narrative shifts from...