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Never shy of an opinion, Jeremy Clarkson has consistently attempted to set the world to rights, and caused plenty of laughs along the way. Volume four of his bestselling The World According to Clarkson series, entitled How Hard Can it Be? again pulls no punches as the Top Gear presenter and newspaper columnist gives comb-overs, rhubarb and chambermaids a grilling. Topical and outspoken, a must for all Clarkson fans.
Written by Nanny Pat, the star of ITV2's The Only Way is Essex, Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets: My East End Childhood vividly captures a lost way of life as she looks back over her colourful youth. Nanny Pat has always been at the heart of her family and her children and grandchildren still regularly pitch up at her house for a cup of tea, her famous sausage plait and some wise advice. Now, with her trademark warmth and humour, she evokes the East End of her childhood. With great character and wonderful anecdotes, this delightful memoir vividly captures a lost way of life and will appeal to any fans of TOWIE and the book even includes a recipe for Jellied Eels!
The tragic death of Amy Winehouse in July 2011 shocked her loyal fans. In Amy, My Daughter, her father Mitch Winehouse offers readers full access to the Rehab singer's mischievous early years, her rapid rise to stardom and her losing battle with addiction. Telling her incredible story in full, this book is both powerful and poignant and a fitting tribute to Mitch's much-loved and much-missed daughter. The book brings many layers of the iconic singer's life together - the personal, the private and the public - and contains never-before-seen photographs of Amy, taken from the family album. It describes how, despite a troubled and all-too-short life, Amy has left a musical legacy that will enthrall audiences for many years to come.
All royalties from this book will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The Children of Lovers is an interesting, intelligent memoir, written in an engaging and unsentimental style. In 1993, Golding died after an evening with the family, drunk and alone, at about 4am a bad time for a sufferer of night terrors... On the same night, in a nearby room, Judy had a prophetic dream that at last she could think and write whatever she liked. This book, so clear thinking and devoid of self-pity has emerged from that discovery. While William Golding may give The Children of Lovers its heft and weight, the author gives it wings, and her book takes flight in a light-spirited way that those brilliant, brilliant, demon-haunted novels never quite did.
The Chief Executive of Pall-Ex and star of BBC's Dragons' Den Hilary Devey tells the remarkable tale of her turbulent life in Bold as Brass: My Story. A powerful autobiography that shows how she became one of the UK's most remarkable entrepreneurs, the book describes how her father's bankruptcy sparked a fierce determination in her not to end up the same way. She describes how she built Pall-Ex and never gave up on her dream, even through the tough times. She also reveals all about her marriages and the destructive relationship she thought would break her. She tells how she faced up to her son's heroin addiction and fought back from a stroke to become the popular figure she is today. Candid, brave and laced with warmth and humour, this is a fantastic book for anyone who looks up to Hilary and believes that hard work does pay off.
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.
A frank exploration of a pop sensation’s musical journey across the world, told through the eyes of his travel partner and family friend Peter Hardy, Different Country, Same State: On the Road With James Blunt follows a marathon international tour. An intimate behind-the-scenes account that at first-hand details the experiences of Blunt, his band and Hardy as they make it to 213 shows across 58 countries over 15 months, this amusing inside story sees the singer bare all. Packed with great anecdotes and reflections as the star deals with lost guitars, adoring fans, ludicrous bar bills and very late nights, this is a must for all fans or those fascinated by travel writing and music.
Straight Up: My Autobiography finds Danny Dyer telling his full and riotous life story, from running with a tough crowd and getting into scrapes through to his current position as one of Britain's most recognisable film stars. With acting coming naturally to Danny, he was soon working with big stars and making a name for himself before landing a starring role in the hit film Human Traffic - a role that opened the doors into an A-list world. But with the highs came the lows and soon work dried up and he was shut out of an industry that didn't understand him, judging him by his reputation. Danny had no choice but to turn it around and sort himself out and this book sees him tell his real story. Funny, honest, full of swagger and jammed full of antics and hilarious anecdotes!