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The Lady Di look book  by Eloise Moran

The Lady Di look book

Eloise Moran

Book

"Through a rich and beautiful series of images, British fashion journalist Eloise Moran decodes Princess Diana's outfits in this smart visual psychobiography of an icon. From the pink gingham pants and pastel-yellow overalls of a sacrificial lamb, to...

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Climbers  by Peter Cossins

Climbers

Peter Cossins

Book

"When, during the Pyrenean stages of the 1998 Tour de France, a journalist asked Marco Pantani why he rode so fast in the mountains, the elfin Italian, unmistakeable in the bandanna and hooped ear-rings that played up to his "Pirate" nickname, replied:...

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Money men  by Dan McCrum

Money men

Dan McCrum

Book

"When investigative journalist Dan McCrum first came across Wirecard, the hot new tech company that looked poised to challenge Silicon Valley, it all looked a little too good to be true- offices were sprouting up all over the world, they were reporting...

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Annie's boy  by Gary Todd

Annie's boy

Gary Todd

Book

"Annie's Boy is a coming-of-age story as seen through the eyes of a boy and his mum living in Scotland in the 1970s and 80s where fear, violence and struggle was an everyday part of life. It is a story of hope and quiet courage and perseverance that will...

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Ni s kućom ni bez kuće  by Ivana Hebrang Grgić

Ni s kućom ni bez kuće

Ivana Hebrang Grgić

Book

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Between me and myself by Sandra A. Willson

Between me and myself

Sandra A. Willson

eBook

On 29 April 1959, Sandra Willson, a twenty-year-old trainee psychiatric nurse from Paddington, devastated by the break-up of her relationship with her female lover, left her home and hailed a taxi. Asking the driver to take her to a remote location on...

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God is dead by Andy McGrath

God is dead

Andy McGrath

eBook

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The precipice of mental health by Achea Redd

The precipice of mental health

Achea Redd

eBook

The mental health crisis is worse than ever: In an age of increasing isolation, insecurity, and loss, people are suffering, and not everyone is able to afford or access the help that they need. Mental health activist Achea Redd wants to change that, ...

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Legends of drag by Harry James Hanson

Legends of drag

Harry James Hanson

eBook

Drag has officially transcended the underground and exploded into the mainstream. Queens have more visibility than ever, and it's been hard won through decades of perseverance, imagination, and intergenerational support within local drag communities....

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Back to the Prairie by Melissa Gilbert

Back to the Prairie

Melissa Gilbert

eAudiobook

The New York Times bestselling author and star of Little House on the Prairie returns with a new hilarious and heartfelt memoir chronicling her journey from Hollywood to a ramshackle house in the Catskills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for her ...

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I'll show myself out by Jessi Klein

I'll show myself out

Jessi Klein

eAudiobook

The eagerly anticipated second essay collection from Jessi Klein, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling debut You'll Grow Out of It."Sometimes I think about how much bad news there is to tell my kid, the endlessly long, looping CVS receipt...

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Johan Cruyff by Auke Kok

Johan Cruyff

Auke Kok

eAudiobook

Johan Cruyff was one of the greatest footballers of all time, a worldwide phenomenon and arguably the most famous Dutchman of the 20th century. As a player on the pitch and later as a coach off the pitch, his brand of total football added a whole new...

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How do I un-remember this? by Danny Pellegrino

How do I un-remember this?

Danny Pellegrino

eAudiobook

Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by ... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the '90s, coming of age when the internet opened up a whole new world for a curious kid itching...

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Foreverland by Heather Havrilesky

Foreverland

Heather Havrilesky

eAudiobook

"Full of razor-sharp, big-hearted wisdom ... Couples should read this book aloud to each other instead of writing vows. People who never want to get married should read this book anyway."--Leslie JamisonAn illuminating, poignant, and savagely funny e...

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Nowhere girl by Cheryl Diamond

Nowhere girl

Cheryl Diamond

eAudiobook

By the age of nine, I will have lived in more than a dozen countries, on five continents, under six assumed identities. I'll know how a document is forged, how to withstand an interrogation, and most important, how to disappear . . .Wild, heart-wrenching,...

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The ring & the crown by Alison Weir

The ring & the crown

Alison Weir

eAudiobook

The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings. Each writer focuses on different areas of interest, from Medieval to the present day,...

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All that she carried by Tiya Miles

All that she carried

Tiya Miles

eAudiobook

A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives."A history told with brilliance and tenderness and fearlessnes...

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50 shades of the USA by Anna McNuff

50 shades of the USA

Anna McNuff

eAudiobook

Disillusioned with corporate London life and with no previous experience as a long-distance cyclist, Anna decides to clamber atop a beautiful pink bicycle (named Boudica) and set out on an 11,000-mile journey on her own, through each and every state of...

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Admissions by Kendra James

Admissions

Kendra James

eAudiobook

Kendra James began her professional life selling a lie. As an admissions officer specializing in diversity recruitment for select prep schools, her job was persuading students and families to embark on the same perilous journey, attending cutthroat and...

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The Devil's half acre  by Kristen (Journalist) Green

The Devil's half acre

Kristen (Journalist) Green

Book

"While Confederate statues are brought down across the country, America is reckoning with its tumultuous past and the legacy of the darker chapters of our history. In The Devil's Half Acre, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Green draws on years...

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Embrace fearlessly the burning world  by Barry Holstun Lopez

Embrace fearlessly the burning world

Barry Holstun Lopez

Book

"This collection represents part of the enduring legacy of Barry Lopez, hailed as a 'national treasure' (Outside) and "one of our finest writers" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) when he died in December 2020. An ardent steward of the land, fearless t...

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A brief history of Khubilai Khan  by Jonathan Clements

A brief history of Khubilai Khan

Jonathan Clements

Book

"His grandfather was the bloodthirsty Mongol leader Genghis Khan, his mother a Christian princess. Groomed from childhood for a position of authority, Khubilai snatched the position of Great Khan, becoming the overlord of a Mongol federation that str...

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Criminology on Trump  by Gregg Barak

Criminology on Trump

Gregg Barak

Book

"Criminology on Trump is a criminological investigation of the world's most successful outlaw, Donald J. Trump. Over the course of five decades, Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault, tax evasion, money laundering, non-payment of employees,...

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Nothing like a Dane  by Keri Bloomfield

Nothing like a Dane

Keri Bloomfield

Book

"Humorous and heartfelt, Nothing Like a Dane is a memoir of a New Zealander living her best life in Denmark. The Danish concept of hygge is a wonderful thing. Even if most fail miserably when they try to pronounce or explain its true essence. Unless you're...

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Exit stage left  by Nick Duerden

Exit stage left

Nick Duerden

Book

"A quirky, thought-provoking look at the curious afterlife of pop stars. Nick Duerden has spent many years interviewing the most famous musicians on the planet. Without exception, they are at their most interesting when they've peaked, and when they are...

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Finding me  by Viola Davis

Finding me

Viola Davis

Book

"This is Viola Davis' story, in her own words, and spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day. Hers is a story of overcoming, a true hero's journey"--Publisher's description.

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Outside, the sky is blue  by Christina Patterson

Outside, the sky is blue

Christina Patterson

Book

"OUTSIDE, THE SKY IS BLUE is a beautifully drawn, heartbreaking yet also joyful memoir of growing up, of happiness and love, of living with physical and mental ill health, and of being the only one left of a family that had once had so much colour and...

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Where the light fell  by Philip Yancey

Where the light fell

Philip Yancey

Book

"'Not until college days do I discover the shocking secret of my father's death.' With a journalist's background Philip Yancey is widely admired for taking on the more difficult and confusing aspects of faith. Now in Where the Light Fell he shares, for...

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Terroir  by Natasha Sajé

Terroir

Natasha Sajé

Book

"The word "terroir" refers to the climate and soil in which something is grown. Natasha Sajâe applies this idea to people and the environments that nurture and challenge them. In exploring her identity as the child of European refugees alongside her life...

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Gemignani  by Margaret Hall

Gemignani

Margaret Hall

Book

"Gemignani tells the life story of Paul Gemignani, who is widely considered to be the most successful Broadway music director living today. A frequent collaborator with Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Michael Bennett, and the Roundabout Theater Company,...

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20 days changed everything  by Becki Koon

20 days changed everything

Becki Koon

Book

"This beautifully poignant love story is a wonderful reminder that love does not end with this life experience. Our experiences together continue beyond what we realize here in this limited space and time." Sherry Quanstrom gives an in-depth account of...

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The red zone  by Chloe Caldwell

The red zone

Chloe Caldwell

Book

"Chloe Caldwell's period has often felt inconvenient or uncomfortable or even painful, but it's only once she's in her thirties, as she's falling in love with Tony, a musician and single dad, that its effects on her mood start to dominate her life. Spurred...

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The witness  by Nicola Tallant

The witness

Nicola Tallant

Book

"Joey O'Callaghan was just 18 years old when he became a ghost - the youngest ever person to be signed up to the Witness Protection Programme. Groomed into a drug gang from the age of 10, a cold-blooded assassination sickened him to his core, and he broke...

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The reason for the darkness of the night  by John Tresch

The reason for the darkness of the night

John Tresch

Book

"Tresch reveals Poe's obsession with science and lifelong ambition to advance and question human knowledge. Even as he composed dazzling works of fiction, he remained an avid and often combative commentator on new discoveries, publishing and hustling...

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Daughters of the north  by Jennifer Morag Henderson

Daughters of the north

Jennifer Morag Henderson

Book

"Mary, Queen of Scots' marriage to the Earl of Bothwell is notorious. Less known is Bothwell's first wife, Jean Gordon, who extricated herself from their marriage and survived the intrigue of the Queen's court. Daughters of the North reframes this tu...

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Out of the depths  by Y. M. (Yiśraʼel Meʼir) Laʼu

Out of the depths

Y. M. (Yiśraʼel Meʼir) Laʼu

Book

"Israel Meir Lau, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald, was just eight years old when the camp was liberated in 1945. Descended from a 1000-year unbroken chain of rabbis, he grew up to become Chief Rabbi of Israel and like many of the great rabbis,...

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Birth notes  by Jessica Cornwell

Birth notes

Jessica Cornwell

Book

"Following the birth of her first children, twin boys, Jessica Cornwell collapsed in a fever. Rushed back to hospital, she was initially dismissed, before a life-threatening infection was diagnosed. Alone, recovering, watching her body bruise and break,...

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The new guv'nor  by Norman Buckland

The new guv'nor

Norman Buckland

Book

"Picture a man, he’s tall, not excessively so, yet as wide as he is high. This man is a spitting and growling street brawler; a tank full of ready to blow muscle-fuelled aggression. Imagine, if you will, the comic book style British Bulldog.Yes, you’ve...

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Mystical experiences  by David Wattam

Mystical experiences

David Wattam

Book

"An inspiring true story of awakening to inner spiritual potential In this inspiring book, the author describes his gradual awakening to his inner spiritual potential. Using diaries that he kept for over twenty-five years he charts his experiences as...

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Raphael and the Antique  by Claudia La Malfa

Raphael and the Antique

Claudia La Malfa

Book

"The Renaissance artist Raphael is known for his extraordinary frescoes, his sublime Madonnas, devotional altarpieces, architectural designs, and his inventive prints and tapestries. It was his use of ancient Roman models - classical sculptures, reliefs...

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Giorgione's ambiguity  by Tom Nichols

Giorgione's ambiguity

Tom Nichols

Book

"The Venetian painter known as Giorgione or 'big George' died at a young age in the dreadful plague of 1510, possibly having painted no more than thirty works. But many of these are among the most mysterious and alluring in the history of art. Paintings...

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Rubens's spirit  by Alexander Marr

Rubens's spirit

Alexander Marr

Book

"Peter Paul Rubens was the most inventive and prolific northern European artist of his age. This book discusses his life and work in relation to three interrelated themes: spirit, ingenuity and genius. It argues that Rubens and his reception were pivotal...

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Harry of England  by T. A. (Teresa A.) Cole

Harry of England

T. A. (Teresa A.) Cole

Book

"Eight kings of England have borne the name Henry, but only two of them were born as heirs to the throne: Two seized the crown by force of arms, one by craft and opportunistic speed, and one by skilful diplomacy and an early flowering of that great B...

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One place de l'Eglise  by Trevor Dolby

One place de l'Eglise

Trevor Dolby

Book

"A joyous and life-affirming story of one family's move from London to a rural French village. There it stands, a thousand-year-old ruin ignored by the Languedoc villagers of Causses-et-Veyran who pass by it on their way to the church next door. But ...

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One party after another  by Michael Crick

One party after another

Michael Crick

Book

"Nigel Farage is arguably one of the most influential British politicians of the 21st century. His campaign to take the UK out of the EU began as a minority and extreme point of view, but in June 2016 it became the official policy of the nation after...

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Hear me out  by Sarah Harding

Hear me out

Sarah Harding

Book

"Sarah Harding is best known as the wild member of Girls Aloud, whose reputation for partying, drinking and dating made her a tabloid favourite. But where does the celebrity Sarah Harding end and the real Sarah begin? Faced with a devastating cancer ...

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Sins of my father  by Lily Dunn

Sins of my father

Lily Dunn

Book

"When Lily Dunn was just six years old, her father left the family home to follow his guru to India, trading domestic life for clothes dyed in oranges and reds and the promise of enlightenment with the cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Since then he has...

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Wired for love  by Stephanie Cacioppo

Wired for love

Stephanie Cacioppo

Book

"From the world's foremost neuroscientist of romantic love comes a personal story of connection and heartbreak that brings new understanding to an old truth: better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. At thirty-seven, Dr. Stephanie...

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So far, for now  by Fiona Kidman

So far, for now

Fiona Kidman

Book

"It is a little over a decade since Fiona Kidman wrote her last volume of memoir. But her story did not end on its last page; instead her life since has been busier than ever, filled with significant changes, new writing and fascinating journeys. From...

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Die walking  by Obadiah M

Die walking

Obadiah M

Book

"In 1994, Obadiah was the thirteen-year-old son of a Hutu pastor who dreamt of becoming a pilot when he heard something was wrong in Kigali, Rwanda. He didn't understand the politics, but an uncle appeared, a family meeting was held, then they were f...

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Making history  by Richard Cohen

Making history

Richard Cohen

Book

"Making history is an epic exploration of who writes about the past and how the biases of certain storytellers - whether Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare or Simon Schama -continue to influence our ideas about history (and about who we are) today. There...

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Windswept and interesting by Billy Connolly

Windswept and interesting

Billy Connolly

Large Print

In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life. Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of four, and a survivor of appalling...

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Queen Elizabeth II   by Stewart Ross

Queen Elizabeth II

Stewart Ross

Book

"The longest-reigning monarch in European history! If the news about Harry, William, Kate, Meghan, and the rest of the British royals has you wondering about how this latest generation of princes, princesses, dukes, and duchesses got their start, you're...

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The family Roe  by Joshua Prager

The family Roe

Joshua Prager

Book

"Reports on the Supreme Court's most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the unknown lives at its heart. Despite her famous pseudonym, "Jane Roe," no one knows the truth about Norma McCorvey (1947-2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture...

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Unmasked  by Paul Holes

Unmasked

Paul Holes

Book

"From the detective who found The Golden State Killer, a memoir of investigating America's toughest cold cases and the rewards--and toll--of a life solving crime. I order another bourbon, neat. This is the drink that will flip the switch. I don't even...

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The life and adventures of Nat Love, better known in the cattle country as "Deadwood Dick"  by Nat Love

The life and adventures of Nat Love, better known in the cattle country as "Deadwood Dick"

Nat Love

Book

"Thousands of black cowpunchers drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail after the Civil War, but only Nat Love wrote about his experiences. Born to slaves in Davidson County, Tennessee, the newly freed Love struck out for Kansas after the war. He was fifteen...

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The quiz masters  by Brydon Coverdale

The quiz masters

Brydon Coverdale

Book

"Who wants to be a millionaire? Brydon Coverdale did, and dedicated himself to outsmarting quiz masters on every Australian TV and radio trivia format he could - until he became so successful, he was hired by The Chase to stop others from winning. The...

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Holding tight, letting go  by Sarah Hughes

Holding tight, letting go

Sarah Hughes

Book

"How does it feel to know you are going to die? And, more importantly, what does that teach you about how to live? 'Too often we minimise the reality of terminal cancer, concentrating instead on survival records and talking only in positive pink ribbon...

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Don't forget me  by Philomène Grandin

Don't forget me

Philomène Grandin

Book

"Izzy Young was a distinctive figure in the folk music and beatnik world. He set up the Folklore Center in New York’s Greenwich Village, where Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris and Allen Ginsburg performed, and he produced Bob Dylan’s first show in New York...

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Homesickness  by Janine Mikosza

Homesickness

Janine Mikosza

Book

"She tells me she's returning to every childhood home she lived in, and all the memories she can't leave behind. The past, she says, it kind of owns me. I want permission to write her life while she lives it. I want to know why she is returning to the...

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Everest 1922  by Mick Conefrey

Everest 1922

Mick Conefrey

Book

"Though it remains by far the world's most famous mountain, in recent years Everest's reputation has changed radically, with long queues of climbers on the Lhotse Face, lurid tales of frozen corpses and piles of high altitude trash. It wasn't always like...

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Rembrandt  by Christopher White

Rembrandt

Christopher White

Book

"Rembrandt is among the few Old Master artists to retain universal appeal among art lovers today, his striking self-portraits lauded the world over - yet he remains an elusive, enigmatic figure. Here, the distinguished art historian Christopher White...

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Miró  by Roland Penrose

Miró

Roland Penrose

Book

"A new edition of this classic survey on the life and work of Spanish surrealist, Joan Miro, by his close friend, historian and fellow artist Roland Penrose. Among the great 20th-century masters, the surrealist painter Joan Miro stands out for the at...

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Ten thousand apologies  by Adelle Stripe

Ten thousand apologies

Adelle Stripe

Book

"From the mountains of Algeria to the squats of South London via sectarian Northern Ireland, Ten Thousand Apologies is the sordid and thrilling story of the country's most notorious cult band, Fat White Family. Loved and loathed in equal measure since...

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Áedán of the Gaels  by Keith Coleman

Áedán of the Gaels

Keith Coleman

Book

"An associate of the famous St. Columba, he was the first recorded king to be ordained in the British Isles and was the most powerful ruler in his generation. His astonishing military reach took him from Orkney, Pictland, Ireland, Northumbria and the...

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A 1930s childhood  by Colin Gordon Maggs

A 1930s childhood

Colin Gordon Maggs

Book

"Do you remember collecting birds' eggs and cigarette cards? Or the first appearances of wrapped sweets like Mars and Milky Way? The 1930s was a time of great progress, as engines took over from horses, and electric light from gas and oil. In the bac...

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Devil in a coma  by Mark Lanegan

Devil in a coma

Mark Lanegan

Book

"One morning in March 2021 with the second wave of infections ripping through Ireland where he was newly resident, Mark Lanegan woke up breathless, fatigued beyond belief, his body burdened with a gigantic dose of COVID-19. Admitted to Kerry Hospital...

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The measure of a man  by Sidney Poitier

The measure of a man

Sidney Poitier

Book

"In this beautifully written, candid memoir, legendary actor Sidney Poitier reveals the spiritual depth, passion and intellectual fervour that has driven his remarkable life. Poitier credits his childhood of poverty on idyllic Cat Island in the Bahamas...

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The life inside  by Andy West

The life inside

Andy West

Book

"Andy West teaches philosophy in prisons. He has conversations with people inside about their lives, discusses their ideas and feelings and listens as the men and women he works with explore new ways to think about their situation. Could we ever be good...

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The last act of love  by Cathy Rentzenbrink

The last act of love

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Book

"In the summer of 1990 - two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school - Cathy Rentzenbrink's brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, suffering serious head injuries. He was left in...

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Queen of our times by Robert Hardman

Queen of our times

Robert Hardman

Large Print

"Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II has reigned through more seismic social change than any monarch since 1066. Yet she is not merely hanging on. She is a 21st century global phenomenon commanding unrivalled respect and affection. And now she is p...

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Nellie  by Robert Wainwright

Nellie

Robert Wainwright

Book

"When most Australians think of Nellie Melba they picture a squarish middle-aged woman dressed in furs and large hats, an imperious Dame whose voice ruled the world for three decades. But there was much more to her life than adulation and riches. To ...

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For such a time as this  by Kayleigh McEnany

For such a time as this

Kayleigh McEnany

Book

"Kayleigh McEnany describes her path to the White House podium, bringing the reader behind the scenes in the world’s most powerful building and illuminating how faith got her through. If you would have told me that in the year 2020 I would stand at the...

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James Patterson by James Patterson by James Patterson

James Patterson by James Patterson

James Patterson

Large Print

"How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world? On the morning he was born, he nearly died. His dad grew up in the Pogey--the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse. He worked at a mental hospital in Massac...

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Competing with idiots  by Nick Davis

Competing with idiots

Nick Davis

Book

"Herman Mankiewicz went to Hollywood in 1926, was almost immediately successful, and became one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. His brother Joe, eleven years younger, focused, organized, a disciplined writer, produced, wrote and directed...

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The daring life and dangerous times of Eve Adams  by Jonathan Katz

The daring life and dangerous times of Eve Adams

Jonathan Katz

Book

"Historian Jonathan Ned Katz uncovers the forgotten story of radical lesbian feminist Eve Adams, and her long-lost book Lesbian Love. Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Eve Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912, took a new na...

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Widows of the ice  by Anne (Historian) Fletcher

Widows of the ice

Anne (Historian) Fletcher

Book

"A moving and original account of the effect of Scott's tragic expedition on the men's wives and families, who fame and history have overlooked. This story begins with perhaps one of the most iconic moments in British history: the death of Scott of t...

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Swimming home  by Judy Cotton

Swimming home

Judy Cotton

Book

"'I was sitting at my father's desk, waiting to call Intensive Care. It is September, the wattle is flowering, and it smells like napalm.' In this stunning memoir, full of black humour and razor-sharp observations, visual artist Judy Cotton captures ...

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Don't make a fuss  by Wendy Davis

Don't make a fuss

Wendy Davis

Book

"Wendy Davis was attacked by the Claremont Serial Killer and survived. This is her story. In 2020, after the longest and most expensive trial in Western Australian history, Bradley Robert Edwards was convicted of two of the Claremont Serial Killings,...

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Rachel:  by Jeff McGill

Rachel:

Jeff McGill

Book

"Rachel Kennedy was a colonial folk hero. Born in the wild and remote Warrumbungle mountains of western New South Wales in 1845, she was described by Duke Tritton of The Bulletin as Australia's greatest pioneer woman of them all. Rachel caught brumbies,...

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Homelands  by Chitra Ramasamy

Homelands

Chitra Ramasamy

Book

" A book about history, friendship, family and what it means to belong, from the award-winning journalist and author of Expecting.This book is about two unlikely friends. One born in 1970s Britain to Indian immigrant parents, the other arrived from N...

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Nomad girl  by Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee

Nomad girl

Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee

Book

"There are so many stories to tell of my life, and sometimes I think they are not of importance, but they are, because often it is the little details that are the most important. I still remember every detail. [Like] Oodnadatta Country -- I can still...

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How do I un-remember this?  by Danny Pellegrino

How do I un-remember this?

Danny Pellegrino

Book

"Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the '90s, coming of age when the internet opened up a whole new world for a curious kid itching...

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Called to testify  by Judith Kalman

Called to testify

Judith Kalman

Book

"How does a secular, non-practising Jew who has lived most of her life outside the Jewish community suddenly find herself in the front rows of a Nazi war crimes tribunal? In 2015, the award-winning writer Judith Kalman was invited to Lüneburg to testify...

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Raphael  by Paul Joannides

Raphael

Paul Joannides

Book

"An authoritative introduction to one of the most influential painters in the history of art, written by the pre-eminent authority on the subject and informed by the latest research.0 More versatile and less idiosyncratic than Michelangelo, more prolific...

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Speaking in tongues  by Tom Tilley

Speaking in tongues

Tom Tilley

Book

"When you no longer believe in eternity, every moment counts. A memoir of breaking free and reinvention. From the outside, Tom Tilley's childhood seemed ordinary. The first son of a pastor, he grew up in a beautiful country town where life revolved a...

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Boy in a china shop  by Keith Brymer Jones

Boy in a china shop

Keith Brymer Jones

Book

"Ballet dancer. Front man in an almost famous band. Judge on The Great Pottery Throwdown. How did all that happen? By accident mostly. But I always say we make our own luck. What if an art teacher hadn't given me a lump of clay? What if the band had ...

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Prime  by Skye Arundhati Thomas

Prime

Skye Arundhati Thomas

Book

"The most exciting rising stars in contemporary art - who's who and what's next - featuring 107 artists born since 1980, as chosen by a new generation of art experts and leaders"--Publisher's description.

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Never panic early  by Fred Haise

Never panic early

Fred Haise

Book

"The extraordinary autobiography of astronaut Fred Haise, one of only 24 men to fly to the moon. In the gripping Never Panic Early, Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, offers a detailed firsthand account of when disaster struck three days into...

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Far side of the Moon  by Liisa Jorgensen

Far side of the Moon

Liisa Jorgensen

Book

"Far Side of the Moon is the untold, fully authorized story of the lives of Frank and Susan Borman. One was a famous astronaut--an instrumental part of the Apollo space program--but the other was just as much a warrior. This real-life love story is far...

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Good pop, bad pop  by Jarvis Cocker

Good pop, bad pop

Jarvis Cocker

Book

"We all have a random collection of the things that made us, photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs, stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis Cocker starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue...

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The woman beyond the attic  by Andrew Neiderman

The woman beyond the attic

Andrew Neiderman

Book

"This celebration of the woman who took us to the heights of a secluded attic and the depths of our own dark psyches reveals an intimate portrait of the famously private V.C. Andrews. Best known for her internationally, multi-million-copy bestselling...

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The red of my blood  by Clover Stroud

The red of my blood

Clover Stroud

Book

""Can death bring something good to my life?" A few weeks before Christmas, Clover's sister died of breast cancer, aged forty-six. Just days before, she had been given years to live. Her sudden death split Clover's life apart. The Red of My Blood cha...

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Inside the machine  by David Twohig

Inside the machine

David Twohig

Book

"Inside the Machine tells the story of the modern car industry from the inside. What is it really like to work for the car-makers - the industrial giants that influence the daily lives of millions? How are mass-production cars really designed, engineered,...

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Playing with fire  by Elizabeth Wilson

Playing with fire

Elizabeth Wilson

Book

"Maria Yudina was no ordinary musician. An incredibly popular pianist, she lived on the fringes of Soviet society and had close friendships with such towering figures as Boris Pasternak, Pavel Florensky, and Mikhail Bakhtin. Legend has it that she was...

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Colin Powell by Gregg Lewis

Colin Powell

Gregg Lewis

eBook

Describes how a young boy from the Bronx grew up to become the first African-American ever appointed as Secretary of State.

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Madeleine Albright by Katlin Sarantou

Madeleine Albright

Katlin Sarantou

eBook

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The queen by Andrew Morton

The queen

Andrew Morton

eBook

For years she prayed for her mother to give birth to a son. She longed to be spared her destiny as Britain's future Queen. Her dream was to live in the country surrounded by children, dogs and horses. But Elizabeth did her duty, the young princess pl...

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Somewhere we are human

Somewhere we are human

eBook

"Introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen-- A unique collection of 44 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers-including award-winning writers, artists, and activists-that illuminate what it is...

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Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud by Mehreen Faruqi

Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud

Mehreen Faruqi

eBook

A no-holds-barred memoir and outspoken manifesto from Senator, role model, and modern Australian hero Mehreen Faruqi.

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Speaking in tongues by Tom Tilley

Speaking in tongues

Tom Tilley

eBook

From the outside, Tom Tilley's childhood seemed ordinary. The first son of a pastor, he grew up in a beautiful country town where life revolved around football, his loving family and their Pentecostal faith. But behind church doors, a strictly enforced...

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Our wild farming life by Lynn Cassells

Our wild farming life

Lynn Cassells

eBook

"As seen on the BBC's This Farming Life The inspirational story of Lynbreck Croft-a regenerative Scottish farm rooted in local food, community, and the dreams of two women. Lynn and Sandra left their friends, family, and jobs in England to travel north...

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A time code by Ruth Ozeki

A time code

Ruth Ozeki

eBook

"A revelatory short memoir from the bestselling author of A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki about how her face has shaped and been shaped by her life. What did your face look like before your parents were born? In THE FACE:...

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My invented country by Isabel Allende

My invented country

Isabel Allende

eBook

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A dolphin called Jock by Melody Horrill

A dolphin called Jock

Melody Horrill

eBook

When Melody Horrill began communications at the University of South Australia she was a troubled and lost young woman, hiding behind a carefully crafted exterior. She had experienced a lifetime of emotional and physical trauma mainly at the hands of ...

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My life in the sunshine by Nabil Ayers

My life in the sunshine

Nabil Ayers

eAudiobook

"Nabil traces the image of his father through song. With growing fascination and heartbreak, he draws out meaning from the shadow of absence, and ultimately redefines what it means to be a family."--Michelle Zauner, New York Times bestselling author of...

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I can take it from here by Lisa Forbes

I can take it from here

Lisa Forbes

eAudiobook

An emotional, page-turning account of unhealed trauma and personal transformation that will break your heart and change your mind, in the tradition of Somebody's Daughter, A Piece of Cake, and Jesmyn Ward's Men We ReapedRiveting, honest, and raw, I Can...

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Somewhere we are human

Somewhere we are human

eAudiobook

"[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder ... [and] experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives."--BooklistIntroduction by Pul...

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Jack of hearts: QX11594  by Jackie Huggins

Jack of hearts: QX11594

Jackie Huggins

Book

"Born an only child in North Queensland, Jack Huggins had an idyllic childhood in Ayr, where his family somehow escaped the harsh Queensland government treatment of First Nations' peoples. His father was in the army in World War I and Jack followed in...

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The diamond Queen  by Andrew Marr

The diamond Queen

Andrew Marr

Book

"With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, in The Diamond Queen Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch, chronicling the Queen's pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from...

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Pray for us  by Meg Hunter-Kilmer

Pray for us

Meg Hunter-Kilmer

Book

"In this book, you will see how universal the call to holiness really is and learn how God can transform anyone into saints. This book offers stories of 75 saints from every background, whose human struggles and limitations reveal the power of God's....

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Samurai William  by Giles Milton

Samurai William

Giles Milton

Book

"In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a marooned English mariner named William Adams. Foreigners had been denied access to Japan for centuries, yet Adams had...

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True friends  by Patti Miller

True friends

Patti Miller

Book

"A revealing and relatable memoir about the making and unmaking of friendships. 'It's hard to know exactly when the friendship with Gina ended. It could have been when the sudden text message from her arrived, or it could have been a slow slide out of...

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Strong to serve  by Joseph Mack

Strong to serve

Joseph Mack

Book

"Following training in Australia, Canada and the UK, Fred Riley flew Spitfires with the No 130 (Punjab) Squadron RAF from October 1943 until December 1944. Flying the Spitfire Mk. V, he escorted bombers, flew fighter sweeps, and undertook hazardous patrols...

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A likely lad  by Pete Doherty

A likely lad

Pete Doherty

Book

"Peter Doherty is the last of the great rock 'n' roll stories - maybe even the best ever rock 'n' roll story. Since his band The Libertines rose to international fame, he has proved endlessly fascinating, the subject of numerous books, documentaries,...

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An uncommon hangman  by Rachel Franks

An uncommon hangman

Rachel Franks

Book

"Executioners were once a critical component of the justice system in New South Wales. In an era when judges handed down death sentences as easily as they toasted the good health of the monarch, someone had to do the dirty work of the authorities. Ro...

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A caring life  by Keith Cox

A caring life

Keith Cox

Book

"As a nurse for nearly fifty years, Keith Cox provided expert care and comfort to countless people facing the unimaginable. With insight and sensitivity, A Caring Life takes us behind the scenes of his remarkable nursing career and the moving stories...

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Forever boy  by Kate Swenson

Forever boy

Kate Swenson

Book

"With her popular blog, Finding Cooper's Voice, Kate Swenson has provided hope and comfort for hundreds of thousands of parents of children with autism. Now, Kate shares her inspiring journey with honesty and compassion, offering solace and hope to others...

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If not for you  by Georgina Lucas

If not for you

Georgina Lucas

Book

"'If I were to look closely at the jagged edges of my fragmented heart, I'm sure I'd see that some spaces now shine with gold. And that is what he left for me.' On the 17th November 2019, Grey Atticus Fox was born, nine weeks early, to Georgie and Mike...

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Not even this  by Jack Underwood

Not even this

Jack Underwood

Book

"With the birth of his first child, poet Jack Underwood is confronted anew by the panic of living in a time of unparalleled global uncertainty. Even as he holds his baby daughter, the question of how to survive it all seems more fragile and fraught than...

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Max Verstappen  by James (Sportswriter) Gray

Max Verstappen

James (Sportswriter) Gray

Book

"Few drivers have ever shaken up Formula 1 in quite the same way as Max Verstappen. Already the youngest competitor in F1 history, having made his breakthrough in 2015 aged just 17, his debut race for Red Bull at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix saw him become...

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Still just a geek  by Wil Wheaton

Still just a geek

Wil Wheaton

Book

"Ideally, this is what everyone does. But most of us don't do it in front of millions of people. Wil was a very famous kid - right up until he wasn't. After that, he wasn't sure who he was at all. So, in 2001, he started a blog. It was less about being...

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Cassoulet confessions  by Sylvie Bigar

Cassoulet confessions

Sylvie Bigar

Book

"Set in the stunning southern French countryside, this honest and poignant memoir conveys hunger for authentic food and a universal hunger for home. In Cassoulet Confessions, Sylvie travels across the Atlantic from her home in New York to the origin ...

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Diplomatic  by Joe Hockey

Diplomatic

Joe Hockey

Book

"In September 2015, Joe Hockey's promising political career was brought to a dramatic end when Malcolm Turnbull successfully challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the Liberal leadership. After felling the Abbott/Hockey government, Turnbull informed...

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