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  • BRSL

    Jo Milne

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    With the moment an operation enabled her to hear for the first time in almost 40 years being named by Google as one of the most inspiring moments of 2014 and hitting millions of views on YouTube, Jo Milne's memoir Breaking the Silence tells a truly remarkable and uplifting story about how her world changed in incredible ways...

    Deaf from birth, Jo lived in a world of silence for 39 years. Battling deep depression and the difficulties her lack of hearing threw at her, Jo was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Usher Syndrome, an affliction that will one day rob her of her sight too, before she turned 30. Determined to live her life to the full, in 2014 Jo made the decision to undergo a cochlear implant surgery which would allow her to hear for the first time in her life. Every day since then has become a journey of discovery...

    From hearing the Beatles and Rolling Stones for the first time to finally being able to put a voice to the familiar sight of her own mother, Jo Milne's Breaking the Silence is a beautifully written, heart-warming real-life story about an unbelievably brave woman who always lives life with a smile on her face.
  • AMUR

    Andy Murray

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    On 7 July 2013, Andy Murray became the first British male in 77 years to lift the Wimbledon trophy. Watched by 17.3 million people, the nation cheered as Murray triumphed.

    Andy Murray: Seventy-seven takes you along on Andy's journey through his career that culminated in this incredible victory, focusing on the two dramatic years which also included a devastating loss at Wimbledon and a victorious Olympic gold.

    Sharing his thoughts on the most pivotal moments of his career and allowing you a glimpse into his strict training regime, you'll meet Andy's close-knit team and read all about his mental and physical battle to the top.

    A stunning celebration of an extraordinary tennis career, this beautiful and very personal book will make a great gift for sports fans and tennis enthusiasts.
  • TSIB

    Lynda Bellingham

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    The late actress Lynda Bellingham provides a poignant, moving and uplifting memoir about her battle with cancer in There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You.

    Diagnosed in 2013, this book shows how Lynda and her family came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Brutally honest, the book was written in what was to be Lynda's last few months and is full of the warmth and humour she was so loved for; it shows how she brought light to the darkest of times.

    As well as covering her illness, Lynda also looks back on her extraordinary life in the book. From appearances on Loose Women and Strictly Come Dancing to her role as Helen Herriott in All Creatures Great and Small, as well as her iconic role as the long-suffering OXO Mum, the book also takes a look at her tumultuous private life and search for her birth father - which revealed a family with a history in entertainment...

    Heartbreaking but also heart-warming, this highly emotional book is full of tales of love, loss and laughter and is a fitting, inspiring testament to the courage of a remarkable woman.
  • ALZO

    Jo Berry

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    Love Zoella? How about Alfie Deyes? Fans of the vloggers will absolutely adore this insightul guide to the hottest celebrity couple around - complete with facts, puzzles and lifestyle tips!

    Taking a unique look into Zoe Sugg and Alfie's life together, the book looks at how their relationship evolved from fledgling romance to cute coupledom and even what's in store for their future. Written by entertainment journalist Jo Berry, it also shares their secrets as well as telling YouTube fans just how they too can master the duo's wonderful style.

    There are also beauty tips and style essentials featured throughout The Alfie and Zoella A-Z: The Unofficial Ultimate Guide to the Vlogging Super-Couple, as well as an exclusive free poster. A must for any Sugglets.
  • LFMT

    Jacqueline Wadsworth

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    Uncover the true history of the Great War through the letters exchanged between the real men of the frontline and their families in this strikingly poignant book, Letters from the Trenches.

    Covering a range of social classes and military ranks, this comprehensive, eye-opening and often heartbreaking treasury of personal letters gives readers a first-hand insight to how people really felt during the First World War, uncovering their lost feelings, how conflict changed and affected them as people and how life continued without them...

    Skilfully bound together by journalist Jacqueline Wadsworth, Letters for the Trenches provides a fully comprehensive yet personal account of life during wartime.
  • RDNO

    Bill Browder

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    In November 2009, young lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars in taxes. Magnitsky's killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day...

    Red Notice is a searing expose of how the Russian authorities swept Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder under the carpet, slicing deep into the sordid truths of the Kremlin. Browder's graphic portrait of the Russian government as a criminal enterprise wielding all the power of a sovereign state illuminates his personal transformation from financier to human rights activist, campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend.

    With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice by Bill Browder is a shocking but true political true story of the roller-coaster that plays out in the highest echelons of Western power.
  • GDOS

    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.
  • CHUH

    Sir Winston S. Churchill

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    Edited by his official biographer Martin Gilbert, Churchill: The Power of Words contains 200 extracts from Winston Churchill's own personal books, articles and speeches that reflect his life story, career and philosophy. The hardback book features everything from intimate memories of Churchill's childhood through to his debates on social policy, war and political causes. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in politics, the book is an illuminating, fascinating and compelling portrait of both the public and the private Churchill, told in the legendary prime minister's very own words.
  • DALA

    Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-'dzin-rgy

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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama: My Spiritual Autobiography is a fascinating insight into the life of the extremely respected leader. The Dalai Lama sees himself first and foremost as a human being, secondly as a monk and thirdly as the political leader of Tibet. This extraordinary autobiography describes many hitherto unknown stories from his childhood and his gradual development as a leader of his people. The Dalai Lama also shares his daily spiritual practice and demonstrates how he endeavours to bring a sense of goodness and conscience to political life around the globe. He also explains how he transforms himself through spiritual means in order to have a positive effect on the world.

  • RICH

    David Baldwin

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    Was Richard Plantagenet (later known as both the Duke of Gloucester and more commonly as King Richard III) a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne; an unfortunate victim of Tudor propaganda or - as seems most likely - something in-between?

    In this startling biography, David Baldwin provides an in-depth study of Richard III and his dealings with his contemporaries. With 81 illustrations featured throughout, the book aims to answer the question of 'What was Richard III really like?' and included the findings of the archaeological dig that found his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.
  • TORP

    Arthur Aldridge

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    This is the true, touching and terrifying story of how two young men from completely different worlds embarked on the friendship of a lifetime during the most threatening and dangerous years of World War Two.

    Oxford-educated officer Arthur Aldridge, and Bermondsey-born Cockney gunner Bill Carroll are the two characters central to this emotion-packed story of ultimate comradeship. Filled with nostalgia and historic detail, this engaging and fascinating memoir recalls the men's near-death experiences against Hitler's maritime fleet and two enemy ships off the coast of Malta while rescuing a fellow pilot, as well as many other encounters the two were lucky to survive.

    Vivid storytelling of their unique recollections and the close friendship that existed between them make this ideal for fans of non-fiction writers like Geoffrey Wellum and Patrick Bishop.
  • AKODG

    Helen Macdonald

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    Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and both the Costa Book of the Year 2014 and Costa Biography Award, writer, poet, illustrator and historian Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk is a beautiful, heartfelt and clever memoir about the devastating experience of losing her father and, stricken by grief, becoming obsessed with the idea of training her own hawk.

    Purchasing Mabel for #800, Helen begins to stock her freezer with food for her new hawk, unplugs the telephone and begins a journey of self discovery, embarking on the unusual business of taming one of the world's most wild of animals.

    A written record of her spiritual journey, the taming of her goshawk provides a stunning contrast to her own untaming and is told with eloquence, intellectual intensity and vigour. A must-read for all fans of non-fiction.
  • BITB

    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.
  • KATD

    Piers Dudgeon

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    Containing some striking personal photographs, Piers Dudgeon's Kate's Daughter: The Real Catherine Cookson tells the rags to riches tale of the esteemed British author. The story is told by people who knew her as she grew up and what emerges is a fresh portrait with vividly drawn detail that casts a new light on an author whose real life was almost as sensational and dramatic as the fictional worlds she created. A fresh documentary portrait, the book does not shy away from the fears that cast Catherine into the nightmare of mental breakdown and also discusses how her husband Tom Cookson may have been responsible for leading her out of this and gave her the courage to be herself and write her way into the hearts and minds of book readers across the world.

  • PROU

    Gareth Thomas

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    A highly respected sporting icon, Gareth Thomas was captain of both the Wales and British Lions rugby teams. But despite all this talent and respect, there was one thing rugby couldn't give him - the freedom to be himself...

    While coming to terms with his sexuality - a secret that could devastate not only his career, but also his life and those of his wife, family, friends and teammates - Gareth threw himself into the sport he loved. It was the only place where he could find any refuge from the pain and guilt of the lie he was living off the pitch. But the successes couldn't hide the stress and strain of his torment - he believed revealing his secret could spell the end of everything...

    As the world's most prominent sportsman to come out as a gay man, this startling and inspiring autobiography finds Gareth opening up and describing what it feels like to be an outsider in your own skin - and how he came to terms with who he really was. It's a story that transcends sport.
  • Mike Rossiter Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409607625 - Mike Rossiter
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    Mike Rossiter

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    Mike Rossiter has gathered together first-person accounts of major turning points in World War Two and turned them into a compelling narrative for fans of military history in this fascinating three-book collection.

    There are the Lancaster Bombers, who flew together for 50 missions and lived to tell the tale and the fascinating story of the men who lived, flew and fought on the Ark Royal. Finally there are the three survivors from the infamous 'bridge too far' mission who tell a story of hubris and bad planning, but also of valiant sacrifice and inspirational courage.

  • WARA

    Ricky Hatton

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    Four-time World Champion Ricky Hatton experienced some incredible highs in his career and remains one of the nation's favourite boxers.

    Beating IBF Light Welterweight champion Kostya Tsyzu remains one of the greatest wins ever by a British boxer, but heavy defeats to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao sent Ricky spiralling into a world of drinks, drugs and depression.

    However, he has still remained the same charismatic, funny and eloquent man from Manchester- the same man that boxing fans have so much love for that when he dropped to his knees in his first comeback fight for almost three years in November 2012, 20,000 fans began to sing his name in an outpouring of passionate support.

    War and Peace: My Story is Ricky's deeply personal account of a lifetime of wars both in and out of the ring.
  • JCLS

    John Cleese

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    Known to many as Basil Fawlty and much loved for his key role in the Monty Python ensemble, John Cleese is one of Britain's favourite actors - and now he tells his life story in the revealing autobiography So, Anyway...

    A star of films including the Shrek series, Fierce Creatures and A Fish Called Wanda, this book finds John looking back on his life and revealing how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend - recalling his first ever public appearance at the age of 8, his tumultuous home life which involved moving every six months and his first ever encounter with writing partner Graham Chapman.

    As well as looking back on the success of his career-defining performances in Fawlty Towers and in Monty Python, John also gives his thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the joys of cricket and why everyone should know the dates of all the kings and queens of England.

    A hilariously funny and poignant life story from the national treasure that is the one and only John Cleese - a true giant of UK comedy.
  • Country Doctor Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781780330532 - Michael Sparrow
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    Michael Sparrow

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    Filled with true-to-life anecdotes that will have you laughing all the way through, the two books in the Country Doctor Set - recalling Michael Sparrow's 20 years as a GP - are poignant and honest accounts of the trials and tribulations endured by the local doctor.

    Told with great self-deprecating humour and a sharp wit, these at times harrowing and vivid memoirs reflect on some of the more remarkable injuries and illnesses suffered by Sparrow's patients - from a drowning drug runner on a Caribbean shoreline to an unidentified corpse by a Devon cowshed.
  • NELS

    John Sugden

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    John Sugden's Nelson: The Sword of Albion is a comprehensive and intimate biography that encompasses the high dramas of the Battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar. In the biography, Sugden brilliantly interweaves graphic accounts of these famous battles with lesser-known yet equally gripping campaigns to liberate Italian states from French domination. It also reveals how behind his military prowess was a man riven with paradoxes and schisms at the very heart of his personal life. The life of Nelson is fully exploited here in a richly detailed narrative that teems with a glittering array of sailors and civilians, heroes and villains, husbands, wives and lovers.
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    Catherine Mayer

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    He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, Charles: The Heart of a King reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark. The book offers fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him and an assessment of his relationship with the woman he calls, with unintended accuracy, his 'dearest wife': Camilla. We see Charles as a father and a friend, a serious figure and a joker. Life at court turns out to be full of hidden dangers and unexpected comedy. Poignant, funny and often surprising, the first significant study of the Prince in over a decade reveals a man in sight of happiness yet still driven by anguish and a remarkable belief system, a charitable entrepreneur, activist, agitator and avatar of the Establishment who just as often tilts against it. Based on multiple interviews with his friends and courtiers, palace insiders and critics, and access to Charles himself during research lasting more than a year, this biography explores the Prince's philanthropy and his compulsive interventionism, his faith, his political leanings and the philosophy that means when he seeks harmony he sometimes creates controversy. Gripping, at times astonishing, often laugh-out-loud, this is a royal biography unlike any other.
  • BITA

    David Malone

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    In June 1973, a tiny village in County Dublin was about to lose its innocence for ever. On that bright and sunny afternoon, a seven-year-old boy was left in the care of his teenage neighbour. No one knew, or would even have dreamed of, was that the teenager was a Satanist. The two went out to the fields to look for rabbits and the child was never seen alive again.

    For the first time, David Malone reveals the exact events of that summer day: how the child was lured to his death, how the teenager came to delve so deeply into the occult and the nightmarish scene awaiting police when they entered the attic... But there is another disturbing question - how is it that this murder, which was easily one of the most shocking and horrific in living memory, was barely reported on? Why have you never heard of the boy in the attic until now..?

    A must-read for fans of true crime, The Boy in the Attic is an addictive examination of the most disturbing crime you've never heard of!
  • Military History Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407244068 - Various
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II.

    As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view. Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while it also includes the highly acclaimed Das Boot.

  • YESS

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    Rich in period detail, Yes Sister, No Sister is Jennifer Craig's warming and revealing memoir, recalling life as a trainee nurse in 1950s Yorkshire. Affectionate and humorous, this is a life-affirming story of a long-lost era, ideal for fans of Call the Midwife.

    This hardback edition demonstrates the remarkable dedication and loyalty of the nurses who trained at the Leeds General Infirmary as well as the heart-warming camaraderie that existed between the young trainees despite the harsh conditions and strict discipline they were forced to reckon with.