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Travelling to Infinity (Paperback)TVIN
Travelling to Infinity (Paperback)
Now adapted into a hit film starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Jane Hawking's Travelling to Infinity: The True Story behind The Theory of Everything is a fascinating, inspirational and heartbreaking memoir about her marriage to Stephen Hawking.
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Hawking's first wife recalls how they met at university and just as Stephen's academic status began to soar, his body started to collapse under the assault of motor neurone disease... She reveals the strength of will needed to provide round-the-clock care for her husband and their growing family.
Written with refreshing and unflinching honesty and candour, the memoir also tells the story of the marriage's breakdown. Open, moving and often funny, this book looks at the pervasive effects of fame and wealth as well as the power of optimism, love and change.
H is for Hawk (Hardback)AKODG
H is for Hawk (Hardback)
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.
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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.
So, Anyway... (Hardback)JCLS
So, Anyway... (Hardback)
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...
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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.
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...
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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.
Memorably brought to the big screen by director Angelina Jolie, Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini (played in the film by Jack O'Connell) - an Olympic athlete who served as an airman during the Second World War and went through a number of torturous experiences...
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After a troubled youth, Zamperini found solace in his running and took part in the Berlin Olympics, almost running a four-minute mile. During the war, the bomber Zamperini was flying in crashed into the Pacific Ocean - surviving this, Zamperini had to fend off everything from hunger and thirst to sharks and enemy aircraft attacks. But when saviour eventually came, Zamperini would be faced with his toughest experience yet...
The extraordinary true story of a remarkable individual and a celebration of triumph against the most brutal of tribulations, this is a poignant read. You'll be inspired as you learn how Zamperini never gave up on hope and used his powers of endurance and resilience to survive every challenge that came his way...
David Beckham (Hardback)DBEC
David Beckham (Hardback)
Following a glorious career that took in spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as captaining England for 58 of his record-breaking (for an outfield player) 115 caps, this is David Beckham's story in his own words.
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Beautifully illustrated with 150 of his favourite images throughout, the book covers everything from his emergence as one of 'Fergie's Fledglings' that won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1996 to the dark days of his World Cup red card in 1998 and then how he changed the public perception of him by captaining the national team's qualification to many major tournaments.
Becks also discusses his role in the Treble-winning United team of 1999 and his achievements in Spain, how he helped change the Americans' love of soccer and his stints in Italy and France.
Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons (Hardback)RGIG
Ryan Giggs: The Man for All Seasons (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy (Hardback)KBUI
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy (Hardback)
One of the most talented, influential and highly respected - not to mention enigmatic, elusive and private - pop stars on the planet, Kate Bush is a compelling, brilliant artist.
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After 35 years away from the stage, Kate made her return to the live arena with a run of shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 and this in-depth biography aims to respectfully discover more about the very private woman behind the world-famous songs like Wuthering Heights and seminal albums The Dreaming, Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside.
Drawing on both a wealth of research and over 70 new interviews with those who have worked with and known Kate throughout her special career, Graeme Thomson's Under the Ivy not only examines her music and its global impact but also Kate's former rejection of live performances, her key relationships and her recent output which has delighted millions of music fans.
One Direction: Who We Are: Our Autobiography (Hardback)ODAB 13 years +
One Direction: Who We Are: Our Autobiography (Hardback)
One Direction13 years +
This is it! For the first time ever, global superstar heartthrobs One Direction have released their 100% official, no-holds-barred autobiography, One Direction: Who We Are.
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From their humble beginnings at a nervous X-Factor audition in 2010 to selling out arenas, releasing their bestselling third album Midnight Memories and making their own movie, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis bare all in this beautifully produced 1D autobiography.
What is it like being in One Direction? What did the band think of each other when they first met? How is life on the road? All of the questions fans are dying to ask are answered with modest honesty and are accompanied by never-before-seen photographs of One Direction, sketches, notes and more, taking fans behind the scenes of their incredible journey to superstardom.
A must-have book for every fan, this One Direction autobiography is the story of their lives and reveals just what makes them beautiful!
Fergie Rises (Hardback)FERG
Fergie Rises (Hardback)
Heralded as one of, if not the, greatest managers in European football history, when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 Premier League Season he laid to rest 35 years at the very top of the English game where he became the most-successful British manager ever. But before the glitz and glamour of his high-flying role at Old Trafford, the former Manchester United manager plied his trade in the SPL, the Scottish premier League.
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Having recently been relieved of his duties as boss of St. Mirren, Ferguson, a hot-headed young manager with a troublesome reputation, had a lot to prove going into his new role as manager of Aberdeen Football Club. And this is where the story of Fergie Rises begins...
Revolutionising the club, his management style and fighting the Old Firm stranglehold that the two teams had on Scottish football, Fergie Rises lays bare the full story of the little-known football manager who would go on to become a Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and World Club Championship winning manager.
Taking views from the players inside the legendary Aberdeen dressing room, including Willie Miller, Jim Leighton and Gordon Strachan, Michael Grant examines the rivalries, setbacks, triumphs and personal tragedies that shaped a British sporting genius.
Ranulph, Sir, Fiennes
Due to popular demand, this book is now out of stock and will not be available to buy again in the foreseeable future.
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Hailed as 'the world's greatest living explorer' by the Guinness Book of Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes draws on his expert knowledge and own life experiences to examine the extremes and dangers of cold in our environment. Tracing his adventuring apprenticeship 40 years ago on the Greenland Ice Cap to his masterminding over the past five years of the crossing of the Antarctic in winter; where temperatures plummeted to -92oC, Fiennes follows the cold through history, including the deaths of the mighty armies of Hitler and Napoleon, and through the past 150 years where the natural challenge of cold has hindered adventurers and explorers around the globe. Scientifically rigorous, historically questioning and intensely personal, Fiennes also focuses on modern-day situations regarding the mass melting of ice caps from the Arctic to the Antarctic. A unique examination of cold in all its glory and peril which provides an intriguing and eye-opening read.
What I Know for Sure (Hardback)WIKS
What I Know for Sure (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Harry's Last Stand (Hardback)HYLS
Harry's Last Stand (Hardback)
Harry Leslie Smith
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.
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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!
Late Fragments (Hardback)AMBJK
Late Fragments (Hardback)
What are the things we live for? What matters most in life when your time is short? This brave, frank and heartbreaking book shows what it means to die before your time, and how to fill your life with wonder, hope and joy even in the face of tragedy. Ambitious and talented, Kate Gross worked at Number 10 Downing Street for two British Prime Ministers whilst only in her twenties. At thirty, she was CEO of a charity working with fragile democracies in Africa. She had married 'the best looking man I've ever kissed' - and given birth to twin boys in 2008. The future was bright. But aged 34, Kate was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. After a two-year battle with the disease, Kate died peacefully at home on Christmas morning, just ten minutes before her sons awoke to open their stockings. She began to write as a gift to herself, a reminder that she could create even as her body began to self-destruct. Written for those she loves,her book is not a conventional cancer memoir; nor is it filled with medical jargon or misery. Instead, it is Kate's powerful attempt to make sense of the woman who emerged in the strange, lucid final chunk of her life. Her book aspires to give hope and purpose to the lives of her readers even as her own life drew to its close. Kate should have been granted decades to say all that she says in these pages. Denied the chance to bore her children and grandchildren with stories when she became fat and old, she offers us all instead her thoughts on how to live; on the wonder to be found in the everyday; the importance of friendship and love; what it means to die before your time and how to fill your life with hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.
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Travelling to Work (Hardback)AKYWV
Travelling to Work (Hardback)
After Monty Python finished, Michael Palin's career took an unexpected turn as he went into travel - a decision that would shape his working life for the next 25 years. The third volume of Michael's diaries, Travelling to Work reveals how he came to this decision and how he felt as he explored the world.
Showing how he remained busy on a host of other projects during this time, the diaries begin in September 1988 as Michael travelled down the Adriatic in his modern-day take on Around the World in 80 Days. Following the success of this documentary, he starred in not only A Fish Called Wanda but also American Friends - a film based on his great-grandfather's diaries.
He also starred in drama GBH, wrote the West End play The Weekend and wrote his first novel Hemingway's Chair during this time, before going back to travel with the popular series Pole to Pole and Full Circle.
These diaries show Michael Palin as a workaholic man who grasps every opportunity that comes his way - and how his family will always be there for him, despite any doubts he has. Covering 10 roller-coaster years of his life, the diaries give a deeply personal insight into Michael's sense of adventure, enthusiasm and curiosity.
Going off Alarming (Hardback)AIAXR
Going off Alarming (Hardback)
Broadcaster Danny Baker has already revealed the secrets of his childhood and teenage years in his first memoir Going to Sea in a Sieve. In Going Off Alarming, he talks about how his life changed when he turned 25 and embarked on an unlikely career in TV...
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Revealing how he bounced 'all about British TV with such success that I wind up in radio', Danny's anecdotes and self-depreciating humour will appeal to his many fans as he opens up about the beginning of his media career. Describing the backstage stories from his dozens of TV shows - many of which Danny admits were lousy - he also gives his father Spud's reactions to everything he did.
From game shows to talk shows and Daz adverts to TFI Friday, the book is full of 1980s and 90s nostalgia and provides a tongue-in-cheek look at an extraordinary career from a popular celebrity!
A Gift from Bob (Hardback)ALJXI
A Gift from Bob (Hardback)
Readers have fallen in love with the tale of James and Bob, a street cat James found abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation and now James Bowen is back with the follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob with a touching festive story of the inseparable pair titled A Gift from Bob.
Looking back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living together on the streets of London, the book details how Bob helped James through one of his toughest times by providing him with strength, friendship and inspiration - while also teaching him an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
An extraordinary real-life tale of the transcendence of friendship and love, A Gift from Bob is the ideal Christmas gift for anyone who has fallen for the pair's earlier books or for those who simply adore animals.
Alan Turing: The Enigma (Paperback)ALRRP
Alan Turing: The Enigma (Paperback)
As portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film adaptation The Imitation Game, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a book that tells the true story of how Turing's contributions and genius significantly shortened the length of the Second World War.
Written with great insight by Andrew Hodges, the book celebrates the achievements of a mysterious and highly intellectual individual. Alan Turing was a true pioneer, whose work can still be seen in the computers we use today and this book shows how Turing and his team managed to crack the German Enigma code while stationed at Bletchley Park.
An extraordinary story, the book also looks at the appalling way Turing was treated by the British establishment following his achievements. A fascinating read about an - until recently - unsung British hero.
Now an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Dallas Buyers' Club's Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild is the extraordinary true story of Cheryl Strayed - a 26-year-old who decided to escape her crumbling life by walking the 1100 miles of the west coast of America.
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After losing everything, Cheryl decided to do something impulsive to help aid her worries and grief - and this long-distance walk took her from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon and eventually into Washington. Despite having no experience of hiking, she was determined to do it alone - following a line on a map!
Wild gives readers an insight into the mental and physical agonies this journey of self-discovery gave Cheryl, while also showing how it helped heal her worries and find redemption. Simply, quite an incredible human story!
Insufficiently Welsh (Hardback)INWE
Insufficiently Welsh (Hardback)
Griff Rhys Jones
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.
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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.
A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)ASAF
A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)
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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A harrowing true story that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher is a devastating and intriguing read that will appeal to those who have read We Need to Talk About Kevin and watched Argo and Captain Phillips.
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Billionaire John du Pont recruits Olympic gold medalist Mark Schulz to help him train the USA's next generation of world-class wrestlers... When du Pont also recruits Mark's older brother Dave to assist with the training, the aristocrat begins to become ever more paranoid, manipulative and controlling. Nothing is quite what it seems - and the Schultz brothers are trapped.
In this book, Mark Schultz looks back at the events that lead to a tragic and harrowing climax on the Foxcatcher estate in January 1996. It's a powerful memoir that looks at the destructive and unstable nature of humanity.
My Secret Sister (Hardback)SECS
My Secret Sister (Hardback)
Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee-Sm
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...
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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.
Rio: My Decade as a Red (Hardback)MDAR
Rio: My Decade as a Red (Hardback)
A celebration of Rio Ferdinand's decade at the heart of Manchester United's defence, My Decade as a Red is a visual guide to all his seminal moments both on and off the pitch during this time. Having performed consistently for Man Utd and England during this time, the book features photographs of his biggest successes as well as some from Rio's personal collection. A great gift for any Red Devils fan, the book also features Rio's personal anecdotes alongside a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.
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