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  • GURK

    Colour-Sergeant Kailash Kheban

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    Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas finds Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu providing a fascinating insight into what life is like as a serving Gurkha.

    In the summer of 2006, Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. They were expecting the operation to take 48 hours. It actually took 31 days and became one of the longest sieges during the Afghan campaign.

    In this memoir, Limbu recalls the month spent during this time - a period where he and his troop killed an estimated 100 Taliban fighters - and talks about his home life growing up in a village without roads or electricity. From his childhood to traditional Gurkha training and rituals - including learning how to use the lethal Kukri knife - this is an eye-opening and fascinating account of one man's life as a Gurkha.
  • MFME

    Stephen Fry

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    Stephen Fry has long been regarded as a national treasure. From his days as part of the Blackadder team to his hilarious series A Bit of Fry and Laurie and now in his long-standing role as QI's presenter, he has always been witty, intelligent and worth listening to...

    More Fool Me: A Memoir finds him looking back at his turbulent life and the excesses that almost destroyed it. In his early 30s, Stephen Fry had everything - and he was determined to enjoy the trappings of fame. Throwing himself into both his work and social life a bit too much, he'd write and record by day and attend parties, play poker and drink too much by night.

    It soon became clear to Stephen he was an addict. A high-functioning addict. And as the 80s became the 90s, Stephen was so distracted by the high life that he couldn't see the fall ahead... With deeply personal extracts from his diaries of the time, this autobiography reveals a man who was driven to create and entertain in a very dangerous way - and is told with Stephen Fry's trademark impeccable and eloquent insight.
  • 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.
  • IIJM

    Miranda Hart

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    Queen of comedy Miranda Hart has put together her ideas on how to deal with life's trials and tribulations in Is It Just Me?, a hilarious hardback that is sure to appeal to her legion of fans and anyone who loves her hit BBC sitcom.

    In the book, Britain's favourite comedienne Miranda looks back on her own wealth of awkward experiences to offer some much-needed caution and advice on a range of topics.

    From dealing with the hazards that accompany sitting elegantly on a bar stool, to using chopsticks and pretending to understand the banking crisis and pedicures, this book is great fun from beginning to end and packed with the humour you've come to expect from Miranda.
  • HCHC

    Hillary Rodham Clinton

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    After running for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton expected to return to represent New York in the United States Senate. But to her surprise, President Barack Obama asked her to serve in his Democratic administration as Secretary of State.

    Hard Choices is a memoir that finds Clinton looking back at the challenges she faced in her four years in this role. From forming a successful working relationship with Obama to winding down two wars and addressing a global financial crisis, the decisions Clinton helped make would affect the entire world.

    With a truly global perspective of the trends affecting the landscape of the 21st century, this book finds Clinton drawing on her conversations with numerous world leaders and experts to give her views on how the US can continue to compete and thrive in modern society. She also gives a personal and passionate plea for human rights, particularly those affecting girls, LGBT people and the youth of today.

    Endlessly fascinating, this book not only provides a glimpse into life in Washington, but also an insight into Clinton's mind and a masterclass in international relations.
  • YRKS

    Amanda Owen

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    From Huddersfield to the hillside, The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen reveals how she achieved her dream to become a shepherdess - a far cry from her humble beginnings in her industrial northern hometown.

    Seen by the millions of viewers of ITV's The Dales caring for her 900 sheep, seven children, four dogs, husband, pigs, cows, horses and a goat on her Ravenseat farm, life is busy for Amanda but she couldn't be happier.

    From dealing with the tragedy of foot and mouth disease to the challenges of raising children in the remote countryside, the book is a heart-warming and unforgettable memoir that will inspire readers to look at the countryside with a whole new appreciation.
  • WHOM

    Clare Balding

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    As a child, popular broadcaster Clare Balding never stopped. She'd gallop through the countryside and gallop through life... When she embarked on her soon-to-be successful career, one of her first jobs was to present a series of walks with interesting people.

    After walking over 1,500 miles in her lifetime, she's became quite the expert rambler - and now in Walking Home she shares some of her favourite moments from her favourite walks.

    A deeply personal story of paths and people, the book has Clare telling us all about the glories of natural Britain and Ireland - and the (mis)adventures she's enjoyed/endured with her family while walking them!
  • TIMV
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    Popular comedian and star of Not Going Out Tim Vine provides a hilarious book, packed with daft jokes, crazy pictures and utter nonsense, with The Bumper Book of Silliness.

    Similar in style to an annual, the hardback is packed with laugh-out-loud jokes and ridiculous images that will have you laughing out loud!
  • SIXL

    Janet Walton

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    A wonderfully heart-warming and uplifting read, Six Little Miracles is the true story of Janet Walton, the mother of the world's first and only all-female sextuplets.

    Janet and her husband, Graham, were told that they could never have children, so you can imagine their joy and surprise when they found out that Janet was pregnant. But the news didn't stop there. Janet wasn't pregnant with just one baby, she was pregnant with six!

    On 18 November 1983, Janet gave birth to Hannah, Luci, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennie, and her life changed forever... From learning to bottle-feed six new-born infants to an unfathomable school run, boy trouble, teenage tantrums and everything in-between, Janet has watched her little girls blossom into confident young women - and loved every minute of it!

    Now 30, Janet's daughters have grown up and flown the nest. For the very first time, in this book Janet tells the moving, humorous and honest story of what it was like to raise her six girls and how they changed her life for the better.
  • FOAB

    Max Mosley

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    Former driver, team owner and even an ex-president of the FIA, Max Mosley has seen it all when it comes to Formula One. And in this memoir, he reveals everything...

    Mosley has almost 50 years' experience in the sport. In partnership with Bernie Ecclestone, he has helped transform F1 into a multi-billiion-making global brand and this book sees him offer an insight into the most influential figures and biggest stars of the sport.

    He also takes a look back at his upbringing as the son of Oswald and Diana Mosley (who were interned during the war) and the struggles he had to overcome to deal with the taint of the family name. There is also a revealing account of how his road safety campaigns have saved thousands of lives and even a look at the famous court case against the Murdoch press regarding his personal life and his donation to the Labour party...

    Gossip, business tips and unbelievable stories from the world of Formula One and beyond - a must-read for any motor racing fan!
  • Maya Angelou Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349007380 - Maya Angelou
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    Maya Angelou

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    From the publication of her first book in 1969 to her death in 2014, Maya Angelou thrilled the world with her essays, poetry and memoirs. Rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a civil rights activist and one of the most powerful voices of a generation. In the must-have collection you will find the first two books of her magnificent life alongside a volume of her most playful and lyrical poetry.

    Beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou chronicles her early life as she transforms from a victim of racism with an inferiority complex into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. Gather Together in My Name depicts Maya's life as a single mother as she slides down the social ladder into poverty and crime. And Still I Rise is a collection of Maya Angelou's poetry with a central theme of hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement.

    A phenomenal talent, if you're yet to read any of the works of Maya Angelou, we urge you to read the books we have hand-picked for this collection. We promise you won't be disappointed!

  • 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.
  • 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. Bill 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.
  • 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 11 years +

    Jo Berry

    11 years +
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    Love Zoella? How about Alfie Deyes? Fans of the vloggers will absolutely adore this fun-packed 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, it reveals all you need to know about the popular YouTubers! Written by entertainment journalist Jo Berry, it shares their secrets as well as showing fans just how they can master the duo's wonderful style - from Zoella's hair to style essentials.

    There are also beauty tips and BFF advice 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.
  • AMAN

    Harry Redknapp

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    A real character with a passion for the game that knows no bounds, Harry Redknapp is one of football's most-loved managers and this autobiography, Always Managing, reveals his life story. Harry has always had a good sense of humour and this shines through the pages as he talks about his life and how he went from kicking a ball as a child on the streets of Poplar through to watching games at Highbury and Upton Park, and then on to managing the likes of Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers. Looking back on a 50-year association with the sport, Harry remembers his triumphs like winning the FA Cup with Pompey and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League with Spurs, as well as discussing the pains of his court case and missing out on the England job. A must-read for any football fan.
  • SHER

    Fisherman's Friends, Port Isaa

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    The warm, entertaining and quite remarkable autobiography of a group of ten enigmatic Cornish seadogs, Fisherman's Friends is written in collaboration with leading ghostwriter Robert Uhlig. Recalling the two decades during which the old salts gathered on the village quayside in Port Isaac, Cornwall every Friday summer night to entertain the locals with rousing sea shanties and traditional folk songs, this is a wonderfully affectionate and timely tale. Telling of the fame that was then suddenly bestowed upon these burly middle-aged men, this wonderful hardback brings alive the joy of traditional music.

  • UAMS

    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.
  • 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.
  • AFMA

    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!
  • GBES

    Ivan Ponting

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    After numerous collaborations with Manchester United legends including Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Bill Foulkes, Ivan Ponting turns his attention to George Best, a player blessed with a unique gift for the game. Plucked from the mean streets of Belfast by a scout, Best astonished everyone at Old Trafford by bursting into the Man Utd first team at the age of just 17. He was one of the Red Devils' key players as they won numerous trophies throughout the 60s. This hardback book is packed with rare photographs and personal insight from the men who knew him best, including his teammates Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, giving the reader an opportunity to discover first-hand just how an exceptional footballer he was.
  • BISH

    John Bishop

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    Now a regular on television and at comedy venues up and down the country, How Did All This Happen? is the popular John Bishop's autobiography. It reveals how, on the eve of his 40th birthday, he made the decision to pursue a full-time career in comedy - and how it paid off in style.

    After raising millions for Sport Relief and becoming a regular on primetime shows, John looks back on how he went from humble beginnings as a football-obsessed kid living on a council estate to standing on stage telling jokes in front of thousands, at an age when he should have known better.

    Discussing travelling on a budget, his marriage, kids and the split that led to him complaining to strangers on a stage one night - the night that changed his life - this is an entertaining memoir, full of funny anecdotes and heart-warming moments which will delight his loyal fans.
  • 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 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 life of Winston 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.