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  • KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world earlier this year and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder. The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • MRKW
    Mark Webber
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    Formula 1 fans will be captivated by this autobiography from one of the sport's most compelling figures of recent times, Mark Webber.

    Famed for his no-nonsense style and told with refreshing honesty, the book traces Mark's career from an early love of carting through to his F1 debut in 2002 and then onto his numerous race victories and beyond.

    Mark's relationship and rivalry with teammate Sebastian Vettel quickly became one of the great sporting rivalries and here Mark gives the inside story. The Australian even talks openly about the 2010 World Championship decider, where the two went head-to-head.

    A sports biography that deserves to be in pole position, this book contains a foreword from Sir Jackie Stewart and shows just how determined Mark Webber was to race to the top.
  • 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.
  • TUFN
    Phil Tufnell
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    From playing for England at Lord's to being named 'King of the Jungle' on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, Phil Tufnell has had an incredible career. In this memoir, he looks back with trademark 'Tuffers' humour at his life since retiring from cricket in 2003.

    From his weekly ribbing of Sue Barker on A Question of Sport to showing off his ballroom fleckle as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Phil reveals all about the places he's been and the people he has met during his broadcasting career. Told with absolute joy, this is a celebration of all the things he achieved through this very unexpected career change.

    From bizarre requests from TV executives to sheer pride at mastering skills he never thought possible, Phil Tufnell's Where Am I? is a hilarious and heart-warming treasure trove of stories from one of the nation's favourite personalities.
  • BODI
    Bill Oddie
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    Regarded as a national treasure, not only for his comedic past as one of the Goodies, but also his endless enthusiasm for our feathered friends, Bill Oddie: Unplucked is a book full of his personal odes to birds, birdwatching and other animals.

    The book compiles the best of Bill's recent published magazine columns, blog posts and musings about birds and nature, alongside the wildlife he has been lucky enough to see over the years. Covering an array of subjects, from encounters with Orcas in Argentina to disputes with his London neighbours over noisy parakeets, the book captures the spirit of Bill Oddie perfectly.

    Witty, entertaining and packed full of opinions about natural history, the book is illustrated throughout with comic line drawings. A must for fans of Bill, birds and so much more!
  • 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.
  • COLK
    Patrick Bishop
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    We Brits love a good escape story - but how much more thrilling is it when the story is true! The Cooler King tells the story of William Ash, an American pilot who, after his plane was shot down over France in early 1942, spent the war striving to escape the Nazis' POW camps.

    Accompanied by Roger Bushell, who would go on to lead the Great Escape, and a host of fascinating characters, the book climaxes in a breakout via a tunnel dug in the latrines of the Oflag XXIB prison camp in Poland - this is one of the great untold stories of World War II. By weaving together contemporary documents and interviews with Ash's comrades, the book vividly recreates the multiple escape attempts, while also examining the POW experience and analysing the passion that drove prisoners to risk death in repeated bids for freedom.

    Uplifting, inspirational and full of high drama, The Cooler King by Patrick Bishop is a must for armchair historians - especially fans of Unbroken and The Real Great Escape.
  • LSTC
    Caroline Paul
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    A perfect gift book for anyone who fell in love with A Street Cat Named Bob and other such heartwarming animal tales, Lost Cat is a warm and playful story of obsessive cat-tracking, psychics and satellites...

    Written by Caroline Paul, the book chronicles the time her beloved, timid cat Tibia returned to her. But he did not return the same cat: he came back as a marauding, swashbuckling adventurer - and Caroline was jealous. Desperate to find out where he went and what he got up to, Caroline embarked on a quest to discover just what he got up to.

    Complete with watercolour illustrations from Wendy MacNaughton, which only add to the book's endearing charm, Lost Cat is funny, light and and ideal for anyone who has ever done anything desperate in the name of love.
  • APRL
    Paul Jones
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    A heartbreaking memoir from Paul and Coral Jones, April tells the story of the shocking abduction and murder of their beloved five-year-old daughter, April.

    Throughout the ordeal, Paul Jones kept a diary of his thoughts and feelings and this book reveals them for the first time - portraying a searingly honest account of unimaginable emotional pain. Both parents speak of their love for their daughter, their feelings during the search and the draining ordeal of facing paedophile Mark Bridge in court during the trial in which he was convicted of her murder and abduction.

    The entire nation was shocked by April's disappearance from Machynllech, Wales in October 2012 in shocking circumstances that sparked the biggest police search in UK history. This harrowing book tells of the heartbreak her parents faced throughout this horrific period.
  • 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.
  • ROON
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    A footballing genius, Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League is the Manchester United striker's incredible story, told in his own words.

    In the book, he looks back over the last ten years he has spent playing at the highest level in English football - all the way from making his debut as a 16-year-old for Everton at Goodison Park, with a stunning goal that ended Arsenal's phenomenal unbeaten run, right through to his move to Old Trafford (where he scored a hat trick on his debut!) and the various emotional highs and lows that have followed since.

    Rooney gives a real insight into what it must feel like to be one of the most famous footballers on the planet as he lifts the lid on each of his Premier League seasons and the trophies, successes, accolades and disappointments each have brought. The book also features a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • 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.
  • KTAY
    Katie Taylor
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    When Katie Taylor was chosen to bear the Irish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, the pressure was on for her to deliver gold when she stepped into the boxing ring. It was the first time that the Olympics had included women's boxing as one of its events, and Taylor knew she had to deliver.

    In her new book, My Olympic Dream, Taylor reveals how she trained and prepared for the Olympics, explains what got her into boxing in the first place and details the day she fulfilled her Olympic dream ? winning gold in a close-fought contest.

    A special story from a truly remarkable woman and athlete, the book relives the glorious moment she took home gold and looks back on the triumph that changed her life forever.