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The ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

The ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife

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For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Legend has it that if they should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible...

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The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah by Benjamin Zephaniah

The life and rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

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A pioneer of performance poetry, Benjamin Zephaniah's talents as a lyricist and storyteller emerged at a young age, helping him to survive the racism he faced growing up in 1960s Birmingham. He now speaks candidly of his time living outside the law, and...

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Sea stories by William H. (William Harry) McRaven

Sea stories

William H. (William Harry) McRaven

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"Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama...

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Code name: Lise by Larry Loftis

Code name: Lise

Larry Loftis

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"The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father's footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally...

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Don't stop believin' by Olivia Newton-John

Don't stop believin'

Olivia Newton-John

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"My mantra is simple - Don't stop believin'! For more than five decades Olivia Newton-John has been one of our most successful and adored entertainers. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she is one of the world's best-selling recording artists of all time,...

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The pioneers by David G. McCullough

The pioneers

David G. McCullough

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As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of...

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A farmer's diary by Sally Urwin

A farmer's diary

Sally Urwin

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Sally Urwin and her husband Steve own High House Farm in Northumberland, which they share with Mavis the sheepdog, one very fat pony, and many, many sheep. Set in a beautiful, wild landscape and in use for generations, it's the perfect setting for Sally's...

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Only fools and stories by David Jason

Only fools and stories

David Jason

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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 from...

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The garden of the gods by Gerald Durrell

The garden of the gods

Gerald Durrell

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The enchanting island of Corfu was home to Gerald Durrell and his family for five years before the Second World War. For the passionate young zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect, watch and...

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Pig by Helen Browning

Pig

Helen Browning

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In a frosty field on the longest night of the year, eight piglets snuffle their first breath, and jostle close to their mother to feed. Over the six months that follow, Helen Browning and her partner Tim Finney follow their adventures to show how pigs...

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Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

Insomnia

Marina Benjamin

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Marina Benjamin's Insomnia is part memoir and part philosophical inquiry into a condition that is on the rise and that can grant us insights into the workings of our unconscious minds. An intense and lyrical personal narrative, it treats insomnia as ...

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Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly

Made in Scotland

Billy Connolly

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"All roads lead back home. Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that...

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The escape artists by Neal Bascomb

The escape artists

Neal Bascomb

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The story of three downed British airmen who mastermind an elaborate, rollicking escape from a WWI German POW camp.

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The league of wives by Heath Hardage Lee

The league of wives

Heath Hardage Lee

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The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington and Hanoi to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. On 12 February, 1973, one hundred and sixteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Force...

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Mrs. Morhard and the boys by Ruth Hanford Morhard

Mrs. Morhard and the boys

Ruth Hanford Morhard

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"As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster, a devoted single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation. Josephine Morhard's daughter-in-law recounts...

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The man in the willows  by Matthew Dennison

The man in the willows

Matthew Dennison

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"A moving biography of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic The Wind in the Willows, and of the vision of English pastoral life that inspired it"--

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My love story by Tina Turner

My love story

Tina Turner

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"Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, a musical icon celebrating her 60th year in the industry. In this dramatic autobiography, she tells the story of a truly remarkable life in the spotlight. From her early years picking cotton in Nutbush, Tennessee...

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Maid by Stephanie Land

Maid

Stephanie Land

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"Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society. While she...

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The matriarch by Susan Page

The matriarch

Susan Page

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"A vivid biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush, one of the most influential and under-appreciated women in American political history. Barbara Pierce Bush was one of the country's most popular and powerful figures, yet her full story has never been...

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The unwinding of the miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

The unwinding of the miracle

Julie Yip-Williams

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"Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie...

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Best foot forward by Adam Hills

Best foot forward

Adam Hills

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Adam Hills always wanted to be a comedian. He also wanted to wear thongs, but we'll get to that. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, laughter was what brought the Hills family together. But it wasn't until Adam's nineteenth birthday that he decided to pursue...

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Rosie by Rose Tremain

Rosie

Rose Tremain

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Growing up in post-war London, Rosie and her sister Jo spend their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside - a green paradise of feasts and freedom where they can roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years...

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The life and times of a very British man by Kamal Ahmed

The life and times of a very British man

Kamal Ahmed

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Kamal Ahmed's childhood was very "British" in every way - except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised in 1970s London at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down...

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Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Inheritance

Dani Shapiro

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"The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden...

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Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Queen Victoria

Lucy Worsley

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"Bestselling author and historian Lucy Worsley tracks a new course through Queen Victoria's life, examining how she transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain's greatest monarchs along the way. Taking twenty-f...

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Hero dogs by Wilma Melville

Hero dogs

Wilma Melville

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"The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America's foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina. To most, these dogs were unadoptable. Unsalvageable. Irredeemable. To retired gym...

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Call me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Call me American

Abdi Nor Iftin

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"The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card."--

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Deep creek by Pam Houston

Deep creek

Pam Houston

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"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us. On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds...

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Invisible  by Stephen L. Carter

Invisible

Stephen L. Carter

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She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s--and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most...

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Let me finish  by Chris Christie

Let me finish

Chris Christie

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"After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, Chris Christie stunned the political world by becoming the first major official to endorse Donald Trump. A friend of Trump's for fifteen years, the two-term New Jersey governor understood the future ...

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Step by step by Simon Reeve

Step by step

Simon Reeve

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TV adventurer Simon Reeve has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields, and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of...

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There will be no miracles here by Casey Gerald

There will be no miracles here

Casey Gerald

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"Casey Gerald comes to our fractured times as a uniquely visionary witness whose life has spanned seemingly unbridgeable divides. His story begins at the end of the world: Dallas, New Year's Eve 1999, when he gathers with the congregation of his gran...

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The race to save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

The race to save the Romanovs

Helen Rappaport

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"IOn 17th July 1918, the whole of the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children were all tragically gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the 100-year-anniversary...

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Gloucester Crescent by William Miller

Gloucester Crescent

William Miller

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"Written through the eyes of a growing child, this is the story of a very particular family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the 60s, 70s and 802. We follow William through the ups and downs of childhood,...

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Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Heavy

Kiese Laymon

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"With charged intellect and piercing candor, provocative essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon shares his experiences of growing up with racial prejudice and violence both within his own family and in the culture at large. Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer....

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Wild Bill by Tom Clavin

Wild Bill

Tom Clavin

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"James Butler Hickok was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. But in July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri - the first quick-draw duel on...

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The epic voyages of Maud Berridge by Sally Berridge

The epic voyages of Maud Berridge

Sally Berridge

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"Maud Berridge (1845-1907) was the wife of a Master Mariner, and she travelled with him on at least five occasions, sailing to Melbourne with emigrants and cargo. The first occasion was 1869 just after they were married, when Henry was Captain of the...

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Shiny pennies and grubby pinafores by Winifred Foley

Shiny pennies and grubby pinafores

Winifred Foley

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After her years in domestic service, Winifred Foley married and started a family. But, while scraping a living as a charwoman in a rundown north London tenement, she continued to long for her home in the Forest of Dean. Determined to give their children...

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Birds, beasts and relatives by Gerald Durrell

Birds, beasts and relatives

Gerald Durrell

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The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of ten, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host...

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A life in death by Richard Venables

A life in death

Richard Venables

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Detective Inspector Richard Venables QPM (Rtd.) has helped identify thousands of bodies all over the world, piecing together fragments from tsunamis, transport and other disasters to return the victims to their loved ones. A world-renowned expert in ...

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All you can ever know by Nicole Chung

All you can ever know

Nicole Chung

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"Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. She was told her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life,...

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Small fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Small fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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"A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley....

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Women of the blue & gray by Marianne Monson

Women of the blue & gray

Marianne Monson

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"Hidden amongst the photographs, uniforms, revolvers, and war medals of the Civil War are the remarkable stories of some of the most unlikely heroes--women. North, South, black, white, Native American, immigrant--the women in these micro-drama biographies...

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Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

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"During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh...

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The widower's notebook by Jonathan Santlofer

The widower's notebook

Jonathan Santlofer

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"On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers...

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Somebody I used to know by Wendy (Wendy P.) Mitchell

Somebody I used to know

Wendy (Wendy P.) Mitchell

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What do you lose when your memories begin to disappear? What do you value when this reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to...

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Life in the garden by Penelope Lively

Life in the garden

Penelope Lively

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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 successi...

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My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell

My family and other animals

Gerald Durrell

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1935: The Durrells pack their bags and flee the gloom of England like a flock of migrating swallows. Their destination is the Greek island of Corfu, where the eccentric family takes up residence in a series of villas. Budding naturalist Gerald, the youngest...

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The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife

The Ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife

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"A narrative by the Tower of London's official Ravenmaster about what it's like to live among the ravens at England's most famous national monument, woven together with insight from folklore, history, and contemporary behavioral science about this un...

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Slowhand by Phillip Norman

Slowhand

Phillip Norman

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"For half a century Eric Clapton has been acknowledged to be one of music's greatest virtuosos, the unrivalled master of an indispensable tool, the solid-body electric guitar. His career has spanned the history of rock, and often shaped it via the se...

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Some sunny day by Madge Lambert

Some sunny day

Madge Lambert

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"It was July 1944 when Madge stepped onto a troopship that was to carry her thousands of miles away from home. Only twenty years old and not long qualified as a nurse, she had signed up to serve in the Burma Campaign. She would be based on the Indian...

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Live long and ... by William Shatner

Live long and ...

William Shatner

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"'I have always felt,' William Shatner says early in his newest memoir, that 'like the great comedian George Burns, who lived to 100, I couldn't die as long as I was booked.' And Shatner is always booked. Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him...

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Being David Archer by Tim Bentinck

Being David Archer

Tim Bentinck

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Tim Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's 'The Archers' since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland - without an estate or riches - and the voice of 'Mind the Gap' on the Piccadilly Line. Timothy takes the reader behind the scenes...

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A history of Britain in 21 women by Jenni Murray

A history of Britain in 21 women

Jenni Murray

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"Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement. Jenni Murray, the long-time presenter of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio...

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When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

When breath becomes air

Paul Kalanithi

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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. This is the...

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Look what you made me do by Helen Walmsley-Johnson

Look what you made me do

Helen Walmsley-Johnson

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Helen Walmsley-Johnson's first husband controlled her life, from the people she saw to what was in her bank account. He alienated her from friends and family and even their three daughters. Eventually he threw her out, and she painfully began to rebuild...

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Implosion by Elizabeth W. Garber

Implosion

Elizabeth W. Garber

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"What could be cooler, thinks teen Elizabeth Garber in 1965, than to live in a glass house designed by her architect dad? When Elizabeth Garber, her visionary architect father, and the rest of their family move into Woodie Garber's modern masterpiece,...

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Blowing the bloody doors off by Michael Caine

Blowing the bloody doors off

Michael Caine

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"With over 100 movies to his credit over 5 decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career. One of our best-l...

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming

Michelle Obama

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"In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in ...

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The sisters of Battle Road by Jim Maloney

The sisters of Battle Road

Jim Maloney

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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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

Handcrafted

Clint Harp

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"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

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"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

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"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...

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"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

Irongran

Edwina Brocklesby

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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

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"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

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"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

Reporter

Seymour M. Hersh

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"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

Meghan

Andrew Morton

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

Bono

Helen Brown

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"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

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"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

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"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

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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

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"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

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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

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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

Pollyanne

Sarah Oliver

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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

Believe

Nicola Adams

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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

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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

Robin

Dave Itzkoff

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"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

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"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

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"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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The traitors by Josh Ireland

The traitors

Josh Ireland

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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

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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

Dunkirk

Joshua Levine

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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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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