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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ALKFA

    So, Anyway... (Hardback)

    John Cleese

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    Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese's thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.
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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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    The Dalai Lama - My Spiritual Autobiography (Hardback)

    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.

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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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    On the Road (Hardback)

    Richard Hammond

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    Richard Hammond, Top Gear host and all-round petrolhead, reveals all about eight of the most significant road journeys he has ever undertaken in On the Road. Telling the story of his early life through driving episodes, the Hamster remembers seaside trips in the back seat of his dad's car, the first time he rode his red bicycle and his first journey on a motor cycle. He also recalls his job as a furniture delivery man, driving in and around Ripon. Emotionally written but with a strong dose of his balanced and self-deprecating humour, Richard evokes strong memories as he remembers back to - and shares with us - how much these journeys have impacted on his life.
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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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    Moranthology (Hardback)

    Caitlin Moran

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    Possibly the only drawback about the bestselling "How To Be A Woman" was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. "Moranthology" is proof that Caitlin can actually be 'quite chatty' about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks - and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned. These other subjects include: Caffeine; Ghostbusters; Being Poor; Twitter; Caravans; Obama; Wales; Marijuana Addiction; Paul McCartney; The Welfare State; Sherlock; David Cameron Looking Like Ham; Amy Winehouse; Elizabeth Taylor's Eyes; Michael Jackson's Funeral; 'The Big Society'; Big Hair; Nutter-letters; Failed Nicknames; Wolverhampton'; Squirrels' Testicles; Sexy Tax; Binge-drinking; Chivalry; Rihanna's Cardigan; Boris Johnson - Albino Shag-hound; Party Bags; Hot People; Transsexuals; The Gay Moon Landings; and My Own, Untimely Death.
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    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!

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    NTMY

    Nice to Meet You (Hardback)

    Jessie J

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    An international pop sensation with a big voice and even bigger personality, Jessie J gives fans an insight into her life in her autobiography Nice to Meet You: My Story. In this bold and intimate hardback, The Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag singer offers up exclusive backstage photographs, personal snaps and an up-close insight into her music, style and passion for being true to who you are. Highly personal, Jessie J reveals her own story in her own words, with all the strength, honesty and passion that she is now famed for. She talks openly about her health issues and a heart condition, and how she discovered her own identity while breaking into the mainstream. This is a real-life read that will both shock and enthrall. (Please note that the book includes some explicit language.)
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    Step inside the mind of one of Britain's best-loved comedians with this glorious and utterly hilarious comedy gift book from Peter Kay. The Book That's More Than Just a Book Book is sure to be a huge hit in homes across the country with its unique blend of glossy visual humour and Kay's witty and insightful comedic ramblings. Packed with suspect characters and awkward situations, this hugely funny hardback is crammed full of brand new material and is a must-have for the comedian's legions of fans!
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    AMYW

    Amy, My Daughter (Hardback)

    Mitch Winehouse

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    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.

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    Harry (Hardback)

    Alice Montgomery

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    An insightful read for any One Direction fan, this biography reveals all about Harry Styles. Fully up to date, it tells the story of the young singer's career from auditioning for The X Factor while working at a Saturday bakery through to his ascent as a member of the world's most famous boyband. With such a rapid rise to fame, the book asks how did Harry cope with it all and what happened when the band began to take off in the USA? A popular ladies' man, in this biography Alice Montgomery reveals the truth behind the rumours of Harry's love life and his relationships with Caroline Flack and American superstar Taylor Swift, as well as the shock affair with married DJ Lucy Horobin. Laying bare the truth behind the rumours, the book also asks what will come next for Harry and his 1D bandmates?

    Please note this book contains content that may be deemed inappropriate for younger readers.
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    The Children of Lovers (Hardback)

    Judy Golding

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    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.

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    This is the first of two titles by the Manic Street Preachers' bassist and lyricist, Nicky Wire. For more than twenty years and from Blackwood, Wales to Tokyo, Japan, Nicky Wire has kept a personal visual history of the band in their various stages from "Generation Terrorists" through "Holy Bible" and right up to last year's remarkable album, "Postcards from a Young Man". Edited down from over 1,000 of Wire's personal polaroid's and with accompanying text by the man himself, "Death of The Polaroid" promises to be a rich, visual biography of one of the most loved and iconoclastic British bands of the past two decades.
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    The Life of Lee (Paperback)

    Lee Evans

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    Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. "The Life of Lee" is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography charting his ups and downs on the way to the top. Lee takes us on a darkly humorous journey through his childhood spent running wild on a Bristol housing estate, his unconventional school days and through a grim teenage period of numerous dead-end jobs. The book also reveals how as a boy Lee got his first taste of showbiz, accompanying his entertainer father around the rowdy, unforgiving working-men's club and theatre circuit. Desperately struggling to be accepted, this quiet young loner always saw himself as an outsider. But he finally met the love of his life and accidentally discovered the one place where he felt at home: the stage.
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    Olivier (Hardback)

    Philip Ziegler

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    Hollywood superstar; Oscar-winning director; greatest stage actor of the twentieth century. The era abounded in great actors - Gielgud, Richardson, Guinness, Burton, O'Toole - but none could challenge Laurence Olivier's range and power. By the 1940s he had achieved international stardom. His affair with Vivien Leigh led to a marriage as glamorous and as tragic as any in Hollywood history. He was as accomplished a director as he was a leading man: his three Shakespearian adaptations are among the most memorable ever filmed. And yet, at the height of his fame, he accepted what was no more than an administrator's wage to become the founding Director of the National Theatre. In 2013 the theatre celebrates its fiftieth anniversary; without Olivier's leadership it would never have achieved the status that it enjoys today. Off-stage, Olivier was the most extravagant of characters: generous, yet almost insanely jealous of those few contemporaries whom he deemed to be his rivals; charming but with a ferocious temper. With access to more than fifty hours of candid, unpublished interviews, Philip Ziegler ensures that Olivier's true character - at its most undisguised - shines through as never before.