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    WHOM

    Walking Home (Hardback)

    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!
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    Proud (Hardback)

    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.
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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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    KBUI

    Kate Bush: Under the Ivy (Hardback)

    Graeme Thomson

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    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.

    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.
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    War Real Lives Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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    Sure to appeal to fans of Call the Midwife and Our Girl, this is a wonderfully nostalgic trio of real-life reads that shines a light on what life was like for the women left at home during the wartime era and beyond.

    The touching GI Brides takes a look at four girls who left their homeland to follow their new husbands across the Atlantic shortly after the end of the War. Not only did these girls - Gwendolyn, Rae, Margaret and Sylvia - have to cope with a new culture, they also had to get to know their husbands outside of the army... But after the Blitz, they were sure they could cope with anything and this book reveals how much fun they had!

    The Sweethearts is about those women who worked at the Rowntree's factory in York from the 1930s right the way through to the 1980s and how they kept the treats coming, no matter what was thrown at them... The Sugar Girls follows the women who worked at Tate & Lyle's factory in the East End during the Second World War - they're the ones who kept Britain sweet during the time of rations.

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    There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You (Hardback)

    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.
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    WNTT

    We Need to Talk About ... Kevin Bridges (Hardback)

    Kevin Bridges

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    Please keep checking back as you will be able to order We Need to Talk About Kevin from 1 November onwards.

    Rising to meteoric fame in next to no time, Kevin Bridges is now one of the nation's best-loved comics. But life wasn't always record-breaking shows at sell-out arenas for Kevin. In his new book, We Need to Talk About... Kevin Bridges, fans of the Glaswegian-born comic can discover the hilarious story of his life so far.

    Born in Clydebank, Kevin began life as a nervy, shy schoolboy. But as he approached his teens he found his true calling: being the class clown. Aged just 17, Kevin took to the stage for the first time and brought the house down. This guy was going somewhere; exactly where that somewhere was, who would have known? With plenty of hilarious stories to tell of his rise to fame, readers can discover the story of Britain's comic rising star - told with his trademark social commentary and sharp wit.

    With a BAFTA-nominated TV show and sold-out UK tour to his name already, at the tender age of just 27, Kevin Bridges is destined for stand-up super-stardom. Fans of Kevin Bridges will delight finding this memoir in their stocking this Christmas!
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    ODAB 13 years +
    13 years +
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    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.

    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!
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    FERG

    Fergie Rises (Hardback)

    Michael Grant

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    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.

    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.
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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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    AKYWV

    Travelling to Work (Hardback)

    Michael Palin

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    TRAVELLING TO WORK is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period. TRAVELLING TO WORK opens in September 1988 with Michael travelling down the Adriatic on the first leg of a modern-day AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. He was not the BBC's first choice for the series, but after its success and that of the accompanying book the public naturally wanted more. Palin, though, had other plans. Following the tumultuous success of A FISH CALLED WANDA, he is in demand as an actor. His next film, AMERICAN FRIENDS, is based on his great-grandfather's diaries. Next he takes on his most demanding role as the head teacher in Alan Bleasdale's award-winning drama series GBH. There is also his West End play, THE WEEKEND, and a first novel, HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR, and a lead role in FIERCE CREATURES, the much-delayed follow-up to WANDA. Michael describes himself as 'drawn to risk like a moth to a flame. Someone grounded and safe who can be tempted into almost anything.' He duly finds time for two more travel series, POLE TO POLE in 1991, FULL CIRCLE in 1996, and two more bestselling books to accompany them. These latest diaries show a man grasping every opportunity that came his way, and they deal candidly with the doubts and setbacks that accompany this prodigious work-rate. As ever, his family life, with three children growing up fast, is there to anchor him. TRAVELLING TO WORK is a roller-coaster ride driven by the Palin hallmarks of curiosity and sense of adventure. These ten years in different directions offer riches on every page to his ever-growing army of fans.
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    AIAXR

    Going off Alarming (Hardback)

    Danny Baker

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    The first volume of broadcaster Danny Baker's memoirs concludes with his initial move from radio into television and the first SIX O'CLOCK SHOW in 1982 when he is 24 years old. It thus follows the pattern set by multi-volume autobiographies of an eventful early life entirely comprising the first book in the series. Aiming high, Danny then began a BBC Saturday night show called DANNY BAKER AFTER ALL, following the format of David Letterman's LATE NIGHT, but the show had no real success and did not attract the audience needed to keep the show on the air. At this point he appeared in two television commercials: Daz washing powder and Mars bar chocolate, which were seen by the public as over-exposure or trying too hard. Later, there were appearances on comedy shows like HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, SHOOTING STARS, ROOM 101, COMIC RELIEF DOES THE APPRENTICE and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. His stellar career on the radio began on BBC GLR in 1989 presenting the WEEKEND BREAKFAST. From then on, Baker jumped from station to station: BBC Radio 5 where he presented sports shows including the ground-breaking 6-0-6, which still influences the media's approach to the criticism of players, managers and referees. This second volume of one of the most entertaining memoirs of 2012 takes Danny into his TV career, one full of humour and television-induced anxiety - going off alarming.
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    A Gift from Bob (Hardback)

    James Bowen

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    From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A STREET CAT NAMED BOB and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB, touched millions around the world. In this new story from their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times - providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.