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    RGIG

    Ryan Giggs: the Man for All Seasons (Hardback)

    Steve Bartram

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    A multi Premier League-, Champions League-, League Cup-, FA Cup- and Community Shield-winning player, Ryan Giggs is the most decorated footballer in British football history and this new book details it all - from his debut against Everton as a teenager in 1991, to becoming Manchester United manager and then assistant to Louis van Gaal.

    Fully illustrated throughout, the book chronicles Giggs' astonishing career at the top of European football and provides an unparalleled insight into what set him - part of United's famous Class of '92 - apart from the rest: how he broke through into the Manchester United first team, the impact he had on the team throughout his astonishing 19-year playing career and how the legendary number 11 became the Red Devils' record holder for most appearances.

    With insight provided by the people who know this record-breaking midfielder better than anyone, including coaches, opponents, team-mates, club staff and friends, Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons is a comprehensive and compelling overview of this Manchester United star's illustrious career at the top.
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    WIKS

    What I Know for Sure (Hardback)

    Oprah Winfrey

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    Oprah Winfrey - one of America's most powerful celebrities and a globally respected media star, as well as an Oscar-winning actress - offers plenty of words of wisdom on everyday topics that effect us all in What I Know For Sure.

    Taking articles from the famous column in O, the Oprah Magazine, the book finds Oprah tackling subjects ranging from making the most of life to finding love and dealing with difficult situations. Full of insight and revelation, the book opens with Oprah recalling her time on stage with Tina Turner in a chapter titled Joy - and you're sure to be smiling as you read her wise words of advice.

    Other themes throughout the book include Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Awe, Clarity and Power - and all are tackled with Oprah's powerful honesty. The articles are candid, moving and sure to motivate. Pure inspiration from one of the world's favourite figures.
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    HYLS

    Harry's Last Stand (Hardback)

    Harry Leslie Smith

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    A breath of fresh air to the world of current affairs, Harry Leslie Smith introduces a new perspective on modern life through the eyes of a man who has seen it all in Harry's Last Stand.

    Claiming not to be a historian - but being living history himself - Harry brings a unique perspective on the issues that affect our everyday lives including NHS cutbacks, benefits policy, political corruption, food, poverty, education and much, much more...

    Following on from where his sensational Guardian article 'This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time' left off, the book delves into Harry's experience of seeing a great civilisation rising from the rubble, the fears of how easily this greatness can be eroded and what he thinks we can do as a nation to change that!
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    GMMA

    Guy Martin: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Guy Martin

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    Guy Martin, the UK's top motorcycle racer, star of the Isle of Man TT, mechanic and TV presenter, spends his life surrounded by danger and in My Autobiography, he reveals the secrets that have made him such a speed freak.

    Living on the edge, constantly riding at death-defying speeds, the revealing book takes readers behind the scenes of modern road racing and into the pits with Guy's mechanics, bosses, machines and fellow racers. He also gives a glimpse into his personal life - and how watching his father build superbikes inspired his lifelong passion...

    Guy also talks about his motivations, strengths and weaknesses in candid detail. A fine read for anyone who is intrigued by motorsport, Guy is a world-renowned figure whose passion, determination and hard work have taken him to the top of his sporting field. This book reveals how.
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    BILLY

    When Fraser Met Billy (Hardback)

    Louise Booth

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    Rescued from an abandoned house, Billy the cat transformed young autistic Fraser's life when the two first met at a cat protection shelter, and now the pair are inseparable. This is Billy's mother Louise Booth's account of the bond between one boy and his pet. Watching her son evolve from being an anxious and emotional little one prone to tantrums through to a less stressed and altogether more stable child with a brighter future. A book that will appeal to fans of A Street Cat Named Bob, When Fraser Met Billy is a poignant, touching and heart-warming read.
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    INWE

    Insufficiently Welsh (Hardback)

    Griff Rhys Jones

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    One of our most popular personalities, Griff Rhys Jones, discovers his heritage - and a number of unusual facts and figures about the country - in the endlessly entertaining Insufficiently Welsh.

    Venturing through Snowdonia, Anglesey, the Gower, mid Wales, Brecon, Pembrokeshire, north Wales and Monmouthshire, the book finds Griff searching for his Celtic roots in his quest to discover if, despite all his relatives being Welsh, he is, in fact, insufficiently Welsh.

    Full of the weird and wonderful, Griff offers his unique perspective and observations on the language, landscape, legends and much more that have come to define Wales as a country.
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    ASAF

    A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)

    Ben Macintyre

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    Along with his 'friends' Nicholas Elliott and James Jesus Angleton, Kim Philby was one of the rising stars in the intelligence world during the early years of the Cold War. The three spies drank in the same bars, wore the same suits and spoke with the same accents, but Philby had one secret he never revealed to MI6 agent Elliott and CIA agent Angleton - he was covertly working for Moscow. An agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends looks at how Philby managed to hide his true identity for so long. It's a gripping tale of duplicity, loyalty, trust and treachery, made all the more startling as it is true. Macintyre draws on detailed research and newly released MI5 files, along with family papers, to deliver the definitive biography of what may well be the great secret of the Cold War. The book also comes with an afterword from John Le Carre.
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    SECS

    My Secret Sister (Hardback)

    Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee-Sm

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    Helen Edwards suffered a traumatic childhood, suffering years of abuse at the hands of her neglectful mother and violent father. Adopted at six weeks old, Jenny Lee Smith was smothered in love and support as a child, becoming a golfing champion, but she always knew something was missing...

    In her fifties, Jenny decided to search her birth family and found her sister Helen. The siblings together searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - in turn uncovering a legacy of secrets that changed everything Helen knew about her family.

    My Secret Sister is an inspirational and moving true story about braving your past and not letting difficult times and bitterness define you as a person.
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    LKSC

    Lorraine Kelly's Scotland (Hardback)

    Lorraine Kelly

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    Sunday Times no.1 bestseller and national treasure Lorraine Kelly celebrates the gloriously diverse landscape and deep cultural heritage of Scotland in her personal journey through this truly unique country.

    Illustrated beautifully, containing stunning photography and told with all the charm and wit for which she has become a household name, join Lorraine in this collection of fascinating memories and stories from her adopted home of Dundee all the way to the wild and remote Scottish highlands.

    Whisky tasting, Viking fire festivals and hunting the infamous Loch Ness monster are just some of the tales that pull at the heartstrings of one of Britain's favourite television personalities. Ideal for fans of Lorraine Kelly's warm and humorous writing, or anyone looking to learn more about the REAL Scotland, the book is sure to entertain!
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    OWLW

    The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar (Hardback)

    Martin Windrow

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    Fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and When Fraser Met Billy will enjoy this moving and personal memoir about the deep bond that exists between man and animal. When author and historian Martin Windrow first met Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling owlet through to her development into a fully grown owl, first in secret in a south London tower block and then in a Sussex village, The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is an intriguing and eccentric story that will appeal to anyone who loves pets. The book also gives an insight into the ornithology of owls and is told in a beautifully quirky and charming style, all complemented by personal photographs of Mumble herself.
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    PMON

    Mid-term Report (Hardback)

    Phil Redmond

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    Mid-term Report is a candid, insightful and humorous memoir from Phil Redmond, the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. In the autobiography, he describes how his modest upbringing in Merseyside lead him to create three of Britain's most popular ever television dramas. All three shows were groundbreaking and managed to entertain audiences of millions, as well as introducing unforgettable characters such as Tucker Jenkins, Jimmy Corkhill and Tony Hutchinson. An inspirational read, Redmond reveals all about his influences, his life growing up and how his innovative and pioneering approach to television drama has won him numerous awards and accolades, as well as a few complaints!
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    REED

    Lou Reed - The Life (Hardback)

    Mick Wall

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    When Lou Reed died in October 2013, the legendary rock musician received acclaim and plaudits from all corners of the music industry. After following his role in The Velvet Underground with a solo career that brought the world the likes of Perfect Day, Walk on the Wild Side and Satellite of Love, not to mention the iconic albums Transformer and Berlin, his influence shines through to this day. Living a colourful and varied life, Reed poured his emotions and experiences into his lyrics and this book, written by lifelong fan Mick Wall, examines the often misunderstood genius of the man behind the music. From the ECT treatment that scarred him at 17 to his three marriages, his experimental private life and his cultural influences, this is a book that shows how Lou Reed's darkly honest approach changed the ideals of rock music forever.
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    DELA
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    It is undeniable that Nelson Mandela is one of the most influential people the world has even known. A household name across the globe, his fight for black equality in South Africa made him an unforgettable and highly respected figure, but his road to the international statesmen he became was without doubt a turbulent one. Although spending 27 years in prison and branded a terrorist by some, he was not born an outlaw. Born into a well-respected family in his local community, he was destined to become an advisor to his tribal chief, like his father before him, but Mandela ended far from the mud-brick hut he grew up in... Rising to become a firebrand lawyer, political campaigner, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the President of South Africa, he was an inspiration to say the very least. This comprehensive yet accessible story of the life of Nelson Mandela, illustrated with nostalgic photographs, is completely up to date and a fitting tribute to the extraordinary freedom fighter.
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    LAMA

    The Wisdom of Compassion (Hardback)

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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    Get a rare insight into the life of the Dalai Lama with this inspirational book. Through captivating anecdotes, The Wisdom of Compassion reveals how the Dalai Lama has learned lessons from his meetings with remarkable people from all walks of life and used these to become a better and more rounded individual. Approaching the world with humour, dignity and optimism, the book covers how the Dalai Lama not only empathised with those who are suffering, but also demonstrated the benefits of practising forgiveness and compassion. Drawing on some of unique friendships formed over seven decades of practice, this captivating book, written by the Dalai Lama with Victor Chan, shows how when you open your heart and mind to others, you can not only overcome adversity, but also find happiness and fulfilment.
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    AFMA

    Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Alex Ferguson

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    Eagerly awaited by all of those with an interest in football, Sir Alex Ferguson reveals the secrets of his phenomenal success in his autobiography. Having finally retired after an unprecedented and glorious 27 years in charge of Manchester United, Fergie went out on a high as he picked up his final Premier League title. This book finds Sir Alex looking back over all the big successes, the major-name players he took to Old Trafford and how he made such a lasting impression on the 'Beautiful Game'.

    Covering his relationship with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney, and his fall-outs with Roy Keane and David Beckham, this is a no-holds barred account of an illustrious career, the like of which may never be seen again. An insight into Ferguson's strive for constant success and improvement, the book will appeal to any football fan, not just those of the Red Devils!
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    UAMS

    Under a Mackerel Sky (Hardback)

    Rick Stein

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    Rick Stein may now be one of the country's favourite chefs but he had an especially tough upbringing, with his bi-polar father committing suicide when Rick was just 18. Heading to Australia, Rick found himself working in an abattoir and on the railways as he struggled to realise his true calling. Following his graduation from Oxford, Rick set up a mobile disco and then a nightclub which were shut down by the police after one fight too many. A clerical error meant the venue still had a license to sell food and this is when Rick seized the opportunity and began to mark himself out as restaurateur and entrepreneur of true ability. Under a Mackerel Sky is the inspirational story of how he became such a cooking success after these most unglamorous of beginnings.
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    BITB

    The Boys in the Boat (Hardback)

    Daniel James Brown

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    A charismatic young man abandoned by his family at an early age, Joe Rantz dared to dream of escaping the challenges of the Great Depression and the painful memories of his early family life, finding solace in rowing. Heading on an extraordinary journey, Joe found himself lining up in a gold medal rowing race at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, in front of Adolf Hitler himself. Written by Daniel James Brown and full of lyricism and unexpected beauty, The Boys in the Boat is an inspirational true story.
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    TEET

    Teenage Tommy (Hardback)

    Richard Van Emden

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    At just 16 years old, Benjamin Clouting embarked with the British Expeditionary force for France in August 1914. Following this, he served on the Western front during every major engagement of the First World War except Loos, being wounded twice and having his horse shot from under him during a cavalry charge. Always wanting to be a soldier, he signed up for the force in 1913, meaning his training had barely completed by the time war broke out. Even though the Regiment tried to stop him going to France as he was under age, Ben flatly refused and went to serve under some of Britain's greatest war officers, including Major Tom Bridges and Captain Hornby. These memoirs, edited by Richard Van Emden, offer a detailed account of life during the war, covering everything from the desperate fighting to hold back the German onslaught at 2nd Ypres to the camaraderie and bonds built between those situated in the trenches.
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    EPSY

    Stolen (Hardback)

    Louise Monaghan

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    Stolen: Escape from Syria describes how, as one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history raged throughout the country, Louise Monaghan walked across a heavily guarded border to save her six-year-old child from the father who had so callously kidnapped her. She encountered captivity, beatings and cruelty beyond belief along the way, but miraculously both Louise and her little girl escaped. Their journey back, led by illegal people-smugglers, took them through bomb attacks and sniper fire and is actually a miracle in itself. This emotional read is a breathtaking true story about survival.

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    GDOS

    Gardens of Stone (Hardback)

    Stephen Grady

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    Written by Stephen Grady OBE, a man recruited by the French Resistance when he was just 16, Gardens of Stone is an extraordinary wartime memoir. Covering Stephen's extraordinary life, the book combines an adventure story with a poignant coming-of-age tale. Arrested aged 14 for the crime of sabotage and threatened with deportation or the firing squad, Stephen is eventually released two years later. Under the threat of imminent betrayal, he learns the arts of clandestine warfare and - in a shocking moment that his haunted him throughout his life - how to kill. Stephen made such an impact with his work for the French Resistance that he was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the American Medal of Freedom and this book offers an insight into his staggering life story.
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    QVIC

    Between the Lines: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Victoria Pendleton

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    An honest and emotional autobiography from the Golden Girl of British Cycling, Victoria Pendleton reveals all in Between the Lines.

    Co-written by Donald McRae, the book provides a fascinating insight into the life of an elite athlete and just what happens when they fall out of love with a sport that has become all-consuming.

    A hugely successful cyclist with Gold medal wins in the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympics, Victoria was on top of the world, but then it all started to go wrong and the cracks and strains of the extreme pressure she put herself under started to show...

    In candid detail, Victoria explains why she almost turned her back on cycling before rediscovering her Championship-winning form.
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    MOHF

    Murder on the Home Front (Hardback)

    Molly Lefebure

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    One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the horrors of secretarial work don't exactly appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to find out just what goes on behind a mortuary door. Capable and curious, she quickly becomes indispensable to Dr Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth. Accompanying him from sombre morgues to London's most gruesome crime scenes, Miss Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the dark and disturbing secrets that all murder victims keep. With a sharp sense of humour and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.
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    RHOR

    On the Road (Hardback)

    Richard Hammond

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    Richard Hammond, Top Gear host and all-round petrolhead, reveals all about eight of the most significant road journeys he has ever undertaken in On the Road. Telling the story of his early life through driving episodes, the Hamster remembers seaside trips in the back seat of his dad's car, the first time he rode his red bicycle and his first journey on a motor cycle. He also recalls his job as a furniture delivery man, driving in and around Ripon. Emotionally written but with a strong dose of his balanced and self-deprecating humour, Richard evokes strong memories as he remembers back to - and shares with us - how much these journeys have impacted on his life.
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    ALWH

    A Long Walk Home (Hardback)

    Judith Tebbutt

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    While on an adventurous holiday in Kenya, Judith Tebbutt's life changed forever when she was dragged into the depths of despair in lawless Somalia. After her husband David was murdered, Judith was captured by pirates and forced to endure enforced isolation and near starvation at their hands for 192 days. A Long Walk Home describes this horrific experience and how she managed to survive. Held hostage in a squalid room with a large ransom over her head, Judith learned that the responsibility of securing her release now rested with her son Ollie. With a tremendous amount of faith in her son, Judith resolved she would survive, doing everything she could to make her captors see her as a real human being. A powerful and unflinching account of this awful time, this book is a testament to resilience and the importance of family.