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Large print biographies new titles

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The sisters of Battle Road by Jim Maloney

The sisters of Battle Road

Jim Maloney

In 1939, Annie Jarman and her six young daughters were evacuated from their south London home and sent to the Sussex countryside to wait out the war. Refusing to be parted, they faced the unknown together, never imagining just how much their lives wo...

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Elisabeth's lists by Lulah Ellender

Elisabeth's lists

Lulah Ellender

"Many years after the death of her grandmother Elisabeth, Lulah Ellender inherited a curious object - a book of handwritten lists. They seemed rather ordinary - shopping lists, items to be packed for a foreign trip, a tally of the eggs laid by Elisa...

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Lonely courage by Rick Stroud

Lonely courage

Rick Stroud

"The Special Operations Executive (SOE), set up by Winston Churchill in 1941, saw its role in France as helping the Resistance by recruiting and training guerrilla fighters. 39 femaile agents were trained alongside the men, learning how to disappear into...

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Wallis in love by Andrew Morton

Wallis in love

Andrew Morton

"In his new book, Andrew Morton reveals new information and sources that totally transform our perception of Wallis Simpson. It was described as the most poignant royal love story of the century, a man and a woman equally united by a love that divided...

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Fly girls by Keith O'Brien

Fly girls

Keith O'Brien

"Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully...

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In pieces by Sally Field

In pieces

Sally Field

"One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl...

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George and Barbara Bush by Ellie LeBlond Sosa

George and Barbara Bush

Ellie LeBlond Sosa

"To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that's not hard." Ellie LeBlond Sosa had asked her grandmother how her lifelong love affair with President George H.W. Bush had withstood World War II, the West Texas oil fields, the painful loss of a child,...

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The fabulous Bouvier sisters by Sam Kashner

The fabulous Bouvier sisters

Sam Kashner

"Kashner and Schoenberger draw on candid interviews with Jackie Kennedy Onassis' sister, Lee, to share insights into the close relationship the two shared. One became the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. In discussing...

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Handcrafted by Clint Harp


Clint Harp

"The author shares his experiences of becoming a professional woodworker, from his early experiences with woodwork, to his leap of quitting his sales job to become a carpenter, and the chance encounter with Chip Gaines that changed his life."

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Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Eliza Hamilton

Tilar J. Mazzeo

"Tilar J. Mazzeo's comprehensive and riveting biography describes the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America's early days. Eliza was a strong pioneer woman,...

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Life in the garden by Penelope Lively

Life in the garden

Penelope Lively

"Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens: the large garden at home in Cairo where she spent most of her childhood, her grandmother's garden in a sloping Somerset field, then two success...

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The good neighbor by Maxwell (Maxwell Evarts Perkins) King

The good neighbor

Maxwell (Maxwell Evarts Perkins) Ki...

"Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood , he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindn...

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Irongran by Edwina Brocklesby


Edwina Brocklesby

At the age of fifty, Eddie Brocklesby decided to run her first half-marathon. Until that point, her exercise regime had consisted of little more than chauffeuring her children to their own sports clubs. The race was the first of what was to become a ...

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Give your heart to the hawks by Winfred Blevins

Give your heart to the hawks

Winfred Blevins

"For more than thirty years, mountain men explored the Great American West, opening the gates of the mountains for the wagon trains of pioneers that followed. Win Blevins' poetic tribute to their incredible adventures includes, among many, the stories...

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Every day is extra by John Kerry

Every day is extra

John Kerry

"John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life -- from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the U.S....

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Reporter by Seymour M. Hersh


Seymour M. Hersh

"Seymour Hersh's fearless reporting has earned him fame, front-page bylines in virtually every major newspaper in the free world, honors galore, and no small amount of controversy. Now he describes what drove him and how he worked as an independent o...

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Meghan by Andrew Morton


Andrew Morton

"When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, little did they know that the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018. Since then, our fasc...

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Once upon a farm by Rory Lee Feek

Once upon a farm

Rory Lee Feek

"Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey's passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he's making now to lead his family into the fut...

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In search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson

In search of Mary Shelley

Fiona Sampson

"Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe,...

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The seasons of my mother by Marcia Gay Harden

The seasons of my mother

Marcia Gay Harden

"In this lyrical and deeply moving memoir, one of America's most revered actresses weaves stories of her adventures and travels with her mother, while reflecting on the beautiful spirit that persists even in the face of her mother's struggle with Alz...

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The last girl by Nadia Murad

The last girl

Nadia Murad

"Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own b...

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Bono by Helen Brown


Helen Brown

"After a brush with cancer, Helen Brown, happily married for 22 years and with three grown children, takes stock of her comfortable suburban life and finds it wanting. Seizing the day, she heads to New York, the city that never sleeps, where she is talked...

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Jell-O girls by Allie Rowbottom

Jell-O girls

Allie Rowbottom

"In 1899, the author's uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generation that followed enjoyed privilege--but were also haunted by suicides,...

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The space barons by Christian Davenport

The space barons

Christian Davenport

"Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the founders of some of the biggest brands in the world - Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, and PayPal - are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space...

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The language of kindness by Christie Watson

The language of kindness

Christie Watson

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. From birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, 'The language of kindness' is an account of a profession defined by acts of care and compassion. We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has....

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The outlaw and the hitman by Caesar Campbell

The outlaw and the hitman

Caesar Campbell

"Caesar's back ... and this time Death rides with him. It's 2015. Legendary enforcer Caesar Campbell has been shot again. As the original Bandido wavers between life and death, he uses what may be his last gasps to reflect on four extraordinary decades...

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Mosquito down! by Frank Dell

Mosquito down!

Frank Dell

Frank Dell's experience as a Second World War pilot with the Royal Air Force's Light Night Striking Force takes an even more dramatic turn when his Mosquito is shot down over Germany in October 1944. Frank recounts his escape from the disintegrating ...

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If the cap fits by Steve Halliwell

If the cap fits

Steve Halliwell

Steve Halliwell is best known as the loveable patriarch Zak Dingle in the hit TV show Emmerdale, a part he has played since 1994. He is now one of the UK's most recognisable and treasured soap stars. Yet before his success, Halliwell spent many years...

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Pollyanne by Sarah Oliver


Sarah Oliver

John McLaren has dedicated his life to rescuing mistreated donkeys. When he finds Pollyanne at a livestock auction - unloved and horribly frail - he knows that if he doesn't take her home to the sanctuary, she stands little chance of surviving. Despite...

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Believe by Nicola Adams


Nicola Adams

At London 2012, Nicola Adams made history when she became the first woman ever to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again. Years of relentless training, fundraising and determination...

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The sheep stell by Janet White

The sheep stell

Janet White

As a child in wartime England, Janet White decided that she wanted to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful, to inhabit and work the landscape. She imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery...

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Robin by Dave Itzkoff


Dave Itzkoff

"From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapidfire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork...

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The best cook in the world by Rick Bragg

The best cook in the world

Rick Bragg

"Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some. Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil ...

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The line becomes a river by Francisco (Essayist) Cantú

The line becomes a river

Francisco (Essayist) Cantú

"Francisco Cantú's mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by that landscape, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. In remote regions, he and his partners track people in blistering sun...

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My girls by Todd Fisher

My girls

Todd Fisher

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, occurring less than 24 hours apart. Debbie's only remaining child, Todd Fisher, somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the...

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There are no grown-ups by Pamela Druckerman

There are no grown-ups

Pamela Druckerman

Pamela Druckerman investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

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The traitors by Josh Ireland

The traitors

Josh Ireland

September 1939. For years now Britain has been rudderless, divided and grievously unequal. Successive governments have floundered as they struggled to cope with economic misery at home and machinations abroad. When war breaks out the imperiled nation...

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Get me the urgent biscuits by Sweetpea Slight

Get me the urgent biscuits

Sweetpea Slight

At 18, after moving to London with dreams of becoming an actress, an impressionable girl who paints freckles on her face begins work experience in a West End theatre company. In between mail-outs and making cups of coffee she meets the formidable pro...

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Dunkirk by Joshua Levine


Joshua Levine

In 1940, at the French port of Dunkirk, more than 300,000 trapped Allied troops were dramatically rescued from destruction at the hands of Nazi Germany by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation. The true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civ...

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Heating & cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

Heating & cooling

Beth Ann Fennelly

The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections...

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Back of beyond by Jenny Old

Back of beyond

Jenny Old

"At twenty-two, Jenny fell in love with Rick Old and went to live and work with him on his property, McAllister, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There, she faced incredible hardship, living in a hut with not even basic necessities. Her only contact with ...

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A Yorkshire vet through the seasons by Julian Norton

A Yorkshire vet through the seasons

Julian Norton

Julian Norton has been a vet for over twenty years, and in that time he has treated animals of every kind - snakes and lizards, fish and fowl, sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, horses - you name it, Julian has seen it and, most likely, made it better. In ...

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Only fools and stories by David Jason

Only fools and stories

David Jason

One of the most legendary television actors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, David Jason's career has ranged from theatre work in the West End to providing voices for Mr. Toad in "The wind in the willows", "Danger mouse", and "The BFG"; and...

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Life after darkness by Michelle Knight

Life after darkness

Michelle Knight

"Michelle Knight-now known as Lily Rose Lee-captured the world's attention in May 2013, when she and two fellow kidnapping victims were found and freed after being held for more than a decade by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. But many people...

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Hundreds of interlaced fingers by Vanessa Grubbs

Hundreds of interlaced fingers

Vanessa Grubbs

"A physician, wife, and mother describes her marriage to a husband with end-stage kidney disease, her decision to donate one of her kidneys to him, and the journey that led to her becoming a kidney specialist"--

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Libertarians on the prairie by Christine Woodside

Libertarians on the prairie

Christine Woodside

"Drawing on original manuscripts and letters, Woodside shows how Rose reshaped her mother's story into a series of heroic tales that rebutted the policies of the New Deal. Their secret collaboration would lead in time to their estrangement. This fasc...

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Keeping my sisters' secrets by Beezy Marsh

Keeping my sisters' secrets

Beezy Marsh

Eva, Peggy and Kathleen were sisters born into a close-knit working class family. As they grew up between the wars, they dreamed of escaping their violent father and the crime-ridden slums of Waterloo. Peggy was so appalled by conditions in the factories...

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Train to nowhere by Anita Leslie

Train to nowhere

Anita Leslie

'Train to Nowhere' is a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of Anita Leslie, a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour, finding the absurd alongside the tragic.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin by Ann Thwaite

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Ann Thwaite

Goodbye Christopher Robin' is drawn from Ann Thwaite's acclaimed biography of A.A. Milne, one of the most successful English writers ever, and the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and of Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. But the fictional Chri...

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The panther in my kitchen by Brian Blessed

The panther in my kitchen

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the l...

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The restless wave by John McCain

The restless wave

John McCain

"A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present."--Provided by publisher.

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Beauty in the broken places by Allison Pataki

Beauty in the broken places

Allison Pataki

"Five months pregnant, on a flight to their 'babymoon,' Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange, and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave--a healthy thirty-...

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The future is history by Masha Gessen

The future is history

Masha Gessen

Journalist Masha Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each...

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The cookie cure by Susan. author. Stachler

The cookie cure

Susan. author. Stachler

At twenty-two, Susan Stachler was diagnosed with cancer. Her mother, Laura, was devastated: the same illness that took her sister's life was threatening her daughter's. Heartbroken but steadfast, Laura pledged to help Susan through the worst of her t...

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Furnishing eternity by David Giffels

Furnishing eternity

David Giffels

From the acclaimed author of The Hard Way on Purpose comes a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one's roots and seeking a father's wisdom through an unusual woodworking project -- constructing...

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Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Reading with Patrick

Michelle Kuo

As a young English teacher keen to make a difference in the world, Michelle Kuo took a job at a tough school in the Mississippi Delta, sharing books and poetry with a young African-American teenager named Patrick and his classmates. For the first time,...

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Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Andrew Lloyd Webber

One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted...

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Grant by Ron Chernow


Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing...

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The last castle by Denise Kiernan

The last castle

Denise Kiernan

Documents the story of the Gilded Age mansion Biltmore, tracing George Vanderbilt's construction of his European-style estate and the efforts of his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to become its protector in the face of changing fortunes and times.

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The Duchess by Penny Junor

The Duchess

Penny Junor

"In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall--the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana 'a bit crowded'--royal biographer Penny Junor tells the story of a woman reviled as a pariah...

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Where there's hope by Elizabeth Smart

Where there's hope

Elizabeth Smart

"In her fearless memoir, My Story, Elizabeth Smart related, for the first time, the horrific experiences she went through as a fourteen-year-old girl, when she was abducted from her home and held captive for nine months. Since then, she's travelled the...

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To the promised land by Michael K. Honey

To the promised land

Michael K. Honey

Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world's most eloquent voices for human rights and justice. To the Promised Land goes beyond the iconic view of Martin Luther King Jr. as an advocate of racial harmony to explore his profound co...

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The stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The stowaway

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York's Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties' most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe...

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Lady in red by Sheila Tate

Lady in red

Sheila Tate

"Lady in Red is the long-awaited collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of one of the most influential First Lady in modern history -- Nancy Reagan. Lovingly compiled by long-time close confidante and aide, Sheila Tate, the book provides...

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Paul Hollywood by A. S. Dagnell

Paul Hollywood

A. S. Dagnell

Paul Hollywood is the man of the moment in British baking. His luxurious dough recipes have been single-handedly responsible for the mass ignition of ovens across the UK since the advent of The Great British Bake Off. Admired for his straight-talking...

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Blue, a memoir by John (Police officer) author. Sutherland

Blue, a memoir

John (Police officer) author. Suthe...

'Blue' is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving ...

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Outskirts by John Grindrod


John Grindrod

Coined by National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill, the phrase 'Green Belt' originally formed part of an impassioned plea to protect the countryside. Green Belts became part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but would lead to conflicts at...

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The sea takes no prisoners by Peter Clutterbuck

The sea takes no prisoners

Peter Clutterbuck

This is a classic real-life story of derring do on the high seas, complete with extreme risk, last-minute ingenuity and many near-misses. Beginning in the 1960s, this book tells of the real life adventures of the author as a boy - a time of boarding ...

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I am, I am, I am by Maggie O'Farrell

I am, I am, I am

Maggie O'Farrell

'I Am, I Am, I Am' is Sunday Times bestseller and Costa Novel-Award winner Maggie O'Farrell's electric and shocking memoir of the near death experiences that have punctuated her life. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning...

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Tell me more by Kelly Corrigan

Tell me more

Kelly Corrigan

"With Kelly's signature candor and good will, each chapter draws from her sometimes ridiculous, sometimes profound struggles with parenting and marriage, career and friendship, illness, aging and mortality. Each chapter is animated by poignant, hilar...

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How not to be a boy by Robert Webb

How not to be a boy

Robert Webb

Don't cry; love sport; play rough; drink beer; don't talk about feelings. But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone? Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to dis...

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I found my tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

I found my tribe

Ruth Fitzmaurice

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her film-maker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other 'tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw ...

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Coming to my senses by Alice Waters

Coming to my senses

Alice Waters

When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape--Alice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naivete...

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Jane & Dorothy by Marian Veevers

Jane & Dorothy

Marian Veevers

Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were born just four years apart, in the 1770s, in a world torn between heady revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism, and both were influenced by the Romantic ideals of Dorothy's brother, William Wordsworth, and...

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Gold dust woman by Stephen Davis

Gold dust woman

Stephen Davis

"A classic rock biography about the defining face and voice of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, who at 68 is still one of the most glamorous creatures rock has known and a real rock 'n' roller"--

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King of spies by Blaine Harden

King of spies

Blaine Harden

"The untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history sheds new light on the U.S. role in the Korean War"--

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Franklin D. Roosevelt by Robert Dallek

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Robert Dallek

In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one focusing on his unparalleled ability as a uniter and consensus maker. Robert Dallek takes a fresh look at compelling questions...

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If only they could talk by James Herriot

If only they could talk

James Herriot

They didn't say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back. I lay face down on the cobbled floor in a pool of nameless muck, my arm deep inside the straining cow... 1937:.....

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It shouldn't happen to a vet by James Herriot

It shouldn't happen to a vet

James Herriot

When taking a cow's temperature the old-fashioned way, never let go of the thermometer... James Herriot has settled happily into life as a Darrowby vet, tending to livestock and pets alike - not to mention dealing with his mercurial boss Siegfried and...

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Let sleeping vets lie by James Herriot

Let sleeping vets lie

James Herriot

I have long held the notion that if a vet can't catch his patient there's nothing much to worry about... It's not all chasing livestock around fields, though - James Herriot is also kept busy judging the Family Pets contest at the Darrowby village sh...

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Vet in harness by James Herriot

Vet in harness

James Herriot

With his wife Helen by his side, and a partner's plate on Skeldale House's railings, James Herriot thinks the Yorkshire Dales have never seemed more beautiful. Despite farmers who think nothing of calling him out to freezing fields at three o'clock in...

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Dadland by Keggie Carew


Keggie Carew

Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she...

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Tara by Rosemary Forrester


Rosemary Forrester

Robert arrives in Colombia with a surprise for his wife, Rosemary: Tara, a Jack Russell puppy. Join this adventurous couple - and their amazing, seafaring canine crew of one - as they cruise around the world on their yacht, Deusa. Their exciting and ...

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In the enemy's house by Howard Blum

In the enemy's house

Howard Blum

In 1946, code breaker Meredith Gardner discovered that the KGB was running a network of spies inside the United States, whose goal was to infiltrate American intelligence and steal military and atomic secrets. Over the next decade, he and FBI supervisor...

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The kings of Big Spring by Bryan Mealer

The kings of Big Spring

Bryan Mealer

"In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead...

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Cuz by Danielle S. Allen


Danielle S. Allen

The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A.

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Swimming with elephants by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Swimming with elephants

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

"After two decades in the study and practice of medicine, Sarah Seidelmann took a three month sabbatical to find a way to feel good again, undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period, Sarah...

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A life in questions by Jeremy Paxman

A life in questions

Jeremy Paxman

The witty, incisive and frank memoirs of bestselling author of 'The Victorians', Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of 'Newsnight'.

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Admissions by Henry Marsh


Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS,...

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Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Jackie, Janet & Lee

J. Randy Taraborrelli

"'Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?' Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. 'Money and power,' she would say. If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their...

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Dare not linger by Nelson Mandela

Dare not linger

Nelson Mandela

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa, committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and...

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The best of us by Joyce Maynard

The best of us

Joyce Maynard

"In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine,...

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Not your average nurse by Maggie Groff

Not your average nurse

Maggie Groff

"'Over time, I nursed victims of war, the posh, the poor, the famous and the infamous ...Oh, the stories I tell!' To a young girl the life of a student nurse sounds exciting, but with long hours and short shrift it's never easy. So when Maggie Groff embarks...

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All-American murder by James Patterson

All-American murder

James Patterson

Aaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. Yet he led a secret life, one that ended in a maximum security prison. All-American Murder is the first book to investigate Aaron H...

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The Vanity Fair diaries by Tina Brown

The Vanity Fair diaries

Tina Brown

"Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood...

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The saboteur by Paul Kix

The saboteur

Paul Kix

"A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucald was raised in magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe's finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucald escaped to England and learned...

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Promise me, Dad by Joseph R. Biden

Promise me, Dad

Joseph R. Biden

""Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging...

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Hidden figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden figures

Margot Lee Shetterly

"Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "Human Computers," calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talente...

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Bobby Kennedy by Christopher Matthews

Bobby Kennedy

Christopher Matthews

"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also...

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Marita by Marita Lorenz


Marita Lorenz

"Few people can say they've seen some of the most significant moments of the twentieth century unravel before their eyes. Marita Lorenz is one of them. Born in Germany at the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a...

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