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Charles: The Heart of a King (Hardback)
He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, Charles: The Heart of a King reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark. The book offers fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him and an assessment of his relationship with the woman he calls, with unintended accuracy, his 'dearest wife': Camilla. We see Charles as a father and a friend, a serious figure and a joker. Life at court turns out to be full of hidden dangers and unexpected comedy. Poignant, funny and often surprising, the first significant study of the Prince in over a decade reveals a man in sight of happiness yet still driven by anguish and a remarkable belief system, a charitable entrepreneur, activist, agitator and avatar of the Establishment who just as often tilts against it. Based on multiple interviews with his friends and courtiers, palace insiders and critics, and access to Charles himself during research lasting more than a year, this biography explores the Prince's philanthropy and his compulsive interventionism, his faith, his political leanings and the philosophy that means when he seeks harmony he sometimes creates controversy. Gripping, at times astonishing, often laugh-out-loud, this is a royal biography unlike any other.
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Harry's Last Stand (Hardback)
Harry Leslie Smith
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.
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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!
Hemingway's Boat (Hardback)
Paul Hendrickson provides an invaluable, unforgettable and original portrait of Ernest Hemingway and his beloved boat, Pilar, in Hemingway's Boat. Telling the story of the great American writer by focusing on the boat he wrote on, fished from and loved on, this gives a new insight into the life of a man who became a literary sensation. The biography covers from the pinnacle of Hemingway's fame in 1934 to his suicide in 1961, and this enchanting read showcases the close connection between events in his life and the words that ended up on the pages in his work.
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A Gift from Bob (Hardback)
Readers have fallen in love with the tale of James and Bob, a street cat James found abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation and now James Bowen is back with the follow-up to A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob with a touching festive story of the inseparable pair titled A Gift from Bob.
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Looking back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living together on the streets of London, the book details how Bob helped James through one of his toughest times by providing him with strength, friendship and inspiration - while also teaching him an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
An extraordinary real-life tale of the transcendence of friendship and love, A Gift from Bob is the ideal Christmas gift for anyone who has fallen for the pair's earlier books or for those who simply adore animals.
The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton (Hardback)
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Written by the acclaimed historian Diane Atkinson, The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton is the sensational true story of Caroline Norton - a beautiful and clever young woman who fought for the rights of women everywhere. Maneuvered into marriage at just 19, ten years later Caroline's husband George Norton was a dull, violent and controlling man and when Caroline stood up for herself and refused to be the wife he wanted, he accused her of adultery. Soon, Caroline was exonerated and cut off from her children by her vindictive husband. This is when she began to campaign to get women a separate legal identity for the first time. Caroline helped write the Infant Custody Act and also influenced the Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act and the Married Women's Property Act in the nineteenth century. This beautiful hardback is a fascinating read for anyone interested in history and politics.
The Kings Mistress (Hardback)
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Written by Claudia Gold, The King's Mistress: Scandal, Intrigue and the True Story of the Woman Who Stole George I's Heart tells the tale of Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, a woman who was the mistress and probable secret wife of King George I. Seemingly grasping, unattractive and dim-witted, she managed to tempt George away from his beautiful wide and bind him to her for almost 40 years, becoming one of the most powerful women in Europe. This thoroughly readable account brings her tale vividly to life in an extremely compelling way.
A Diary of The Lady (Hardback)
A Diary of The Lady: My First Year as Editor is a hilariously wonderful read from first time author - and editor - Rachel Johnson.
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The Lady, the UK's longest running women's magazine, was in need of an emergency facelift when novice editor Rachel Johnson entered the frame. Having never worked as an editor before, and having spent the last 15 years sat on the sofa, Rachel had a mission on her hands to rid The Lady of gloomy articles on watery eyes and ads for walk-in baths, which included a battle she was certainly not ready for: what to wear to work...
A laugh-out-loud memoir, both surprising and enlightening in equal measure, A Diary of The Lady: My First Year is a marvellously indiscreet book about being in over your head and coming out the other side successfully.
Mid-term Report (Hardback)
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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The New Elizabethans (Hardback)
To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Jim Naughtie looks back over the span of her reign to identify the people who have defined the era in The New Elizabethans: Sixty Portraits of Our Age. The official tie-in to the popular Radio 4 series, the book reveals a fascinating and eclectic collection of profiles that celebrate 60 New Elizabethans who represent all walks of life in British society. A superb comment on social and political life, it is the perfect present for anyone interested in royalty and contemporary history.
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Winter Journal (Hardback)
Fans of Paul Auster, the bestselling American author of Sunset Park and the New York Trilogy, will not be disappointed by this incredibly powerful portrayal of his early life, told in part through the relationship with his mother. Written in the second person with uncommon power and grace, the journal advances from one autobiographical fragment to the next, jumping backwards and forwards in time. A deeply personal book, Auster takes readers from his childhood through to the brink of old age, covering all the pleasure and pain he's lived through along the way. It especially focuses on the abandonment of his family by his father. 30 years after publishing his first book of prose, The Invention of Solitude, this second memoir looks straight into the heart of what it means to be alive.
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The Children of Lovers (Hardback)
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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.
Classical Composers (Paperback)
This title covers the lives and works of the great musical creators of the Medieval, Baroque and Classical eras, with 200 illustrations. This is a guide to over 30 of the most famous composers from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras, including Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. It includes biographies for each composer, with historical information about the musical eras, events and artistic movements of the time, and how the composers influenced or changed the development of their art form. Chronologically arranged, the expert text features at-a-glance fact boxes summarizing the composers' key works. This book provides an illustrated guide to the most influential composers from the beginnings of composition in the 12th century to the golden age of Western music in the mid-19th century. The entries for each composer are accompanied by full-colour photographs and fine art, showing their portraits, the places where they lived and worked, and scenes from their ballets or operas. The expert text explains how each composer fitted into society, other events and artistic movements that were occurring at the same time, and how their work was regarded by other composers and the public. Throughout the book there are at-a-glance guides to each composer's nationality, place of birth, principal works and musical style.
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Here and Now (Hardback)
Although Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, "God willing, strike sparks off each other". "Here and Now" is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love. Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.
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Hildegard of Bingen (Paperback)
Best known today as a fine composer, the twelfth-century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also a religious leader and visionary, a poet, naturalist and writer of medical treatises. Despite her cloistered life she had strong, often controversial views on sex, love and marriage too - a woman astonishing in her own age, whose book of apocalyptic visions, Scivias, would alone have been enough to ensure her lasting fame. In this classic and highly praised biography - first published by Headline in 2001 - distinguished writer and journalist, Fiona Maddocks, draws on Hildegard's prolific writings to paint a portrait of her extraordinary life against the turbulent medieval background of crusade and schism, scientific discovery and cultural revolution. The great intellectual gifts and forceful character that emerge make her as fascinating as any figure in the Middle Ages. More than 800 years after her death, Pope Benedict XVI has made Hildegard a Saint and a Doctor of the Church (one of only four women). Fiona Maddocks has provided a short new preface to cover these tributes to an extraordinary and exceptional woman.
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