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Wars and Shadows: Memoirs of General Sir David Fraser

by David Fraser

This exceptional memoir by one of Britain's most distinguished living soldiers describes a life lived against the backdrop of the most significant military events of the last century. David Fraser was raised...


Child of the Twenties

by Frances Donaldson

No names are dropped for the sake of it. No mad and witty intimacies with the great are vaunted. Few wild parties are attended, despite the eccentric pressures of Frances Donaldson's father, the playwright Frederick...


The Royal Opera House in the Twentieth Century

by Frances Donaldson

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is home of two of the most famous opera and ballet companies in the world. In this official history, Frances Donaldson discusses Covent Garden's many legendary achievements...


Fight Back and Win

by Gloria Allred

Voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America, and described by Time magazine as "one of the nation's most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes," Allred has devoted her career...


A Year to Remember: A Reminiscence of 1931

by Alec Waugh

First published in 1975, this tells of one of the Bright Young Things in that brilliant and stimulating era between the wars, Alec Waugh remembers 1931 as being a year of firsts. It was the year he attended...


Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal

by Al Alvarez

Here's the paradox: your body becomes steadily more troublesome just at that point when the world, which you are soon to leave, becomes sweeter, more poignant, more beautiful, more desirable...

The ponds of Hampstead...


Jokes My Father Never Taught Me

by Rain Pryor

The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard Pryor

Rain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Her mother was a Jewish go-go dancer who wanted a tribe of rainbow...


Under the Duvet

by Marian Keyes

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a...


Oh the Hell of It All

by Pat Montandon

Thrust into the media spotlight with her son Sean Wilsey's searing portrayal of her in his New York Times bestseller Oh the Glory of It All, the former queen of San Francisco society shares her own candid take...


The Rain Tree

by Mirabel Osler

A beautifully written memoir from the bestselling author of A Gentle Plea for Chaos


Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters

by Ed Smith

To what extent do we control our own destiny? Can those who have risen to the top really say it was all down to them? Is lucky success somehow less deserving?


Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival

by Atka Reid & Hana Schofield

A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war


The Sun Hasn't Fallen from the Sky

by Alison Gangel

A vibrant and moving memoir of two sisters growing up in Glasgow


Just Frank: My Life as an Intrepid Inventor

by Franklin G. Reick

A lively autobiography by one of America's foremost inventors.


You Need Humour with a Tumour: Reflections on a Journey with Cancer

by Annmarie James-Thomas

A mothers story of strength and courage in the face of cervical cancer. This is a moving memoir of how Annmarie and her family deal with her diagnosis and live life to the full.


Battered Hope

by Carol Graham

Everyone makes choices, some good, some not so good. The difficulty lies in learning to live with them. Author Carol Graham learned the long-term effects of one bad choice that led her life into a downward spiral....


Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Faith

by Carlene Cross

At a time when the distance between church and state is narrowing and the teaching of intelligent design is being proposed for our classrooms, it is startling and provocative to hear the reasoned voice of a...


Truck: A Love Story

by Michael Perry

The author of Population: 485 returns, delivering a truckload of humor, heart, and . . . gardening tips? Think Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, complete with stock cars, sexy vegetables, and a laugh...


When Heaven & Earth Change Places

by Le Ly Hayslip

It is said that in war heaven and earth change places not once, but many times. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is the haunting memoir of a girl on the verge of womanhood in a world turned upside down....


What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

by Danielle Ofri

A look at the emotional side of medicine—the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care

 

Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as...