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    Guy Martin: My Autobiography (Hardback)

    Guy Martin

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    Guy Martin, the UK's top motorcycle racer, star of the Isle of Man TT, mechanic and TV presenter, spends his life surrounded by danger and in My Autobiography, he reveals the secrets that have made him such a speed freak.

    Living on the edge, constantly riding at death-defying speeds, the revealing book takes readers behind the scenes of modern road racing and into the pits with Guy's mechanics, bosses, machines and fellow racers. He also gives a glimpse into his personal life - and how watching his father build superbikes inspired his lifelong passion...

    Guy also talks about his motivations, strengths and weaknesses in candid detail. A fine read for anyone who is intrigued by motorsport, Guy is a world-renowned figure whose passion, determination and hard work have taken him to the top of his sporting field. This book reveals how.
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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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    DALA

    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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    Different Country, Same State (Hardback)

    Peter Hardy

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    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.

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    RHOR

    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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    CMOR

    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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    NPAT
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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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    HARS

    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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    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.

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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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    ADBCB
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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.
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    Le Freak (Paperback)

    Nile Rodgers

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    Legendary producer and co-founder of Chic, Nile Rodgers wrote 'We Are Family' for Sister Sledge and 'I'm Coming Out' for Diana Ross before producing Let's Dance for David Bowie and Like a Virgin for Madonna. But before he reinvented pop music, Nile Rodgers invented himself. Le Freak is the personal, moving story of a creative genius. It is also a stunning recreation of an age - told by the man who wrote its soundtrack.
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    AEEFW

    Mud, Sweat and Tears (Paperback)

    Bear Grylls

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    Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan. On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance. Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures...Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, "Mud, Sweat and Tears" is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.
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    AFECL

    Tulisa - Honest: My Story So Far (Hardback)

    Tulisa Contostavlos

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    Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most high-profile celebrities and recording artists working in the UK today. In Honest: My Story So Far (the Official Autobiography), the X Factor judge and N-Dubz singer looks back on her career to tell her own story in her own words. Despite three platinum albums, four MOBO awards and many other media appearances, this insightful autobiography shows how her life has not always been a glittering success. Tulisa grew up in a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications, she also had to care for her mother alone and has seen first hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people. An inspirational book that shows how Tulisa has battled against the odds to be the confident artist she is today.
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    COLL

    P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters (Hardback)

    P. G. Wodehouse

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    A quiet man, P.G. Wodehouse always shied away from the idea of a biography. Expressing himself through the written word, this collection of letters provides an illuminating biographical accompaniment to the man behind the likes of Jeeves and the Empress of Blandings. Following from his schooldays at Dulwich College to his life in New York working in musical comedy alongside Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, the letters also cover the strange episode in 1940 when he was interned by the Germans. A revealing insight that will delight fans of Wodehouse.

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    A Farmer's Life for Me (Hardback)

    Jimmy Doherty

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    Packed with the knowledge and experience of popular farmer, entrepreneur and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, A Farmer's Life for Me is a wonderfully enthusiastic guide to self-sufficient living. Covering everything from farming equipment through to preparing pork sausages and lamb burgers for either personal pleasure or to sell on to local businesses, this useful guide could be all the inspiration you need to start growing and raising your own food.

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