Non-Fiction

Biographies & Autobiographies

  • NGEL
    Monty Don
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    Monty Don, the popular Gardeners' World presenter, provides a passionate celebration of dogs and how much they mean to us in the heart-warming Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.

    After appearing on the show, Nigel became a star in his own right. He's charming, handsome and obedient, like so many dogs are. In this memoir, Monty fondly recalls the dogs he has grown up with and explores why we love this animal so much. He looks at why they have such an emotional and domestic impact on us all.

    A gentle read with plenty of heart-warming humour, this is a book about the deep love humans feel for these paw-some pals.
  • BOWI
    Paul Morley
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    Ziggy Stardust, Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Rebel Rebel, Heroes... the list of classic songs goes on and on. One of the most important artists of modern times, David Bowie is sorely missed by so many music lovers. This biography, written by esteemed critic Paul Morley, sheds light on his wide-ranging career and legacy.

    Written with passion, insight and flair (Morley was one of the curators of the David Bowie Is exhibition after all), the book looks at how Bowie worked, played, aged, structured his ideas and changed the music, fashion and cultural landscapes forever more. Morley takes in all the highlights of Bowie's career - from his incendiary live performances to his incredible albums and working with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to forming artistic relationships with John Lennon, Lour Reed and Iggy Pop.

    Morley also provides an in-depth look at Bowie's final album Blackstar - a record that was released only days before his death at the age of just 69. A celebration of a true chameleon of arts and culture, this book looks at Bowie's different styles and how even when he withdrew from the spotlight, he remained just as important to popular culture.
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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes is Britain's greatest living polar explorer and this book provides a visual guide to the trials and tribulations he has gone through while on his expeditions.

    Fully illustrated, the book (with some adventures that were previously published in the narrative memoir, Cold) has maps, diary notes and personal photography from Fiennes' expeditions including the Transglobal Expedition and his unsupported crossings of Antarctica.

    The detailed maps showcase his routes across the various arctic landscapes he has traversed and there are captions that provide analysis of exactly what he has achieved. The book is not only full of stunning scenery, but also shows how Fiennes has pushed the boundaries of the human body in cold conditions.
  • PTMH
    Clare Campbell
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    This poignant book will pull on the heartstrings of anyone who reads it, especially those who love cats.

    Written by Clare Campbell, the author of Dogs of Courage, it examines the plight of the nation's rescue cats. It's packed with stories about how brave cats who have strayed from their owners have been over the course of history. From when wild cats were considered vermin to some of the most incredible rescues that have taken place in recent years, these are extremely touching stories.

    Very loyal animals - no matter how badly they're treated - this book gives credit to those amazing people who care for stray cats and reveals just how much they're loved in return.
  • NOCP
    Sir Tony Robinson
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    From Blackadder to Time Team (via Maid Marion and Her Merry Men, of course), Tony Robinson has established himself as one of the nation's favourite actors, presenters and authors.

    In this very funny memoir, he fondly looks back at a career that has lasted over 50 years. From his starring role as a child in a stage production of Oliver! to the iconic Baldrick, he makes it clear there was never any cunning plan but he's enjoyed every moment of his very successful career. He presented Time Team for 20 years and has also watched countless gardens be ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology.

    Funny, self-depreciating and always entertaining, Tony also looks back at the times his life wasn't quite so plain sailing. He was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a smelly London dock by John Wayne! He's also risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History. This is a brilliant book for everyone who loves the work of Tony Robinson.
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    Damon Hill
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    In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of his glorious World Championship triumph, Damon Hill looks back on his life and Formula 1 career in the eye-opening autobiography, Watching the Wheels.

    The son of Formula 1 driver Graham Hill, Damon candidly reveals what it was like to grow up in such an esteemed family and the grief he suffered when he lost his father at the age of just 15. Despite this, Damon still vowed to race and faced up to his mortality many times on the track.

    When Ayrton Senna, a team-mate of his, was killed during a race in 1994, Damon's life changed forever. Here, he talks about his respect for Ayrton and how much he affected his life. He discusses the various trials, tribulations, successes and failures he encountered along the way to his big success.

    An honest and rewarding read for anyone who loves sport or motor racing, Damon also reveals all about his battles with the other drivers of his era including his great nemesis, Michael Schumacher.
  • AAST
    Gary Fildes
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    A former bricklayer who decided to follow his passion for the stars after working on sites for 25 years, Gary Fildes is the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder observatory.

    Part-memoir, part-seasonal guide to the night sky, An Astronomer's Tale finds Gary explaining why he loves the stars so much and the reasons why he decided to set up an observatory in the forests that are located in what is officially the darkest place in England. Sitting beneath a sky that is so clear that thousands of stars can be seen every night, you can even see Venus cast a shadow and the Northern Lights on many occasions from his observatory.

    Describing his love in an accessible style, he shares his enthusiasm and the chapters alternate between accounts of his life and a month-by-month guide to stargazing for a general reader. Gary states how if he can reconnect with the wonders of nature, you surely can, too!
  • LFLS
    Adam Henson
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    A popular presenter on the BBC's Countryfile show and a proud farmer who was born on a farm in Gloucestershire that he still runs today, Adam Henson talks about the unbreakable bond he shared with his father, Joe, in this poignant autobiography.

    In Like Farmer, Like Son, he explores a hidden family history that goes right back to his grandfather, the stage and film star Leslie Henson. He talks about how (and why) Joe decided to move away from the family passion and indulge in one of his own - farming - and how this inspired Adam as he grew up.

    Both men decided to combine their passion for showbusiness with their love of agriculture and Joe even overcame a serious stammer to become a regular broadcaster on Country Matters, He even opened the world's first Farm Park.

    A fine tribute to one of the most important figures in his life (who sadly died during the autumn of last year), Adam reveals the family traits, childhood experiences and farming wisdom which have made him the man he is today.
  • BLLD
    Steven Jamieson
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    A story of friendship and heroism, this real-life read finds Cornish lifeguard Steven Jamieson revealing all about the bond he shared with a Newfoundland dog called Bilbo.

    When the two first met, Steven was not expecting Bilbo to change his life forever. He was happy enough just living in his bijou home overlooking Land's End and the Atlantic ocean and doing his job. When he spotted Bilbo's webbed paws and thick, double layer of fur, he realised this dog might just be an excellent swimmer...

    Promoted to honorary lifeguard, Bilbo managed to save three lives and earned fans from all over the world. As the pair became closer, they had to find their way through some very dark days. It was their close relationship that got them through these huge life obstacles...

    Warm, heartfelt and moving, this is an inspiring read for anyone who loves animals.
  • TTCB
    Chris Boardman
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    An Olympic winner at Barcelona in 1992, Chris Boardman is one of Britain's favourite cyclists and his success inspired the likes of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish.

    Now a familiar figure in sports broadcasting, he tells his story in his own words in this funny and engrossing autobiography. Throughout his glittering career - in addition to winning Gold - Chris broke the world hour record three times, wore the famous Yellow Jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France and established himself as the sport's best ever prologue rider.

    Following his retirement, he set up the famous R&D 'Secret Squirrel' club. It was their technical know-how that helped Team GB succeed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

    From time spent taking part in amateur time trials in his beloved Wirral to how his journey (and subsequent fame) affected his family, Chris reveals all with trademark Scouse wit.
  • RIGB
    Lyn Rigby
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    The mother of soldier Lee Rigby, who was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013, tells a personal story of grief and love for the son she lost.

    Although she has questions for the government and military, this is a tribute to a young father whose future was so cruelly taken away.
  • SBWA
    Steve Backshall
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    Steve Backshall is a popular explorer and familiar figure from TV who is renowned for his intrepid attitude and love of animals and nature. In this eye-opening book, he gives tips on everything from snorkelling to tree climbing.

    A very hands-on guide bursting with practical advice on how to get involved with wildlife, it mainly focuses on Britain and northern Europe and is packed with practical advice. Among its activities are ones you can carry out on the coast, in the mountains and in wetlands and woodlands. He even reveals how mountain-biking and climbing are among the best ways of exploring our natural beauty.

    A great book for anyone who wants to get closer to nature, Steve also offers practical advice on bushcraft and survival.
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    Vassos Alexander
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    A member of Chris Evans' Breakfast Show team on BBC Radio 2, Vassos Alexander is one of the UK's best-known and most-loved sports broadcasters. In this light-hearted memoir of 26.2 chapters, he reveals the highs and lows of falling in love with running.

    From his first efforts of trying to reach the end of his street to completing marathons and triathlons in the same weekend, it's an incredible journey. Vassos talks about how part of the appeal of running is the childlike joy of reaching top speed when you could just walk.

    Funny, inspiring and honest, the book also features a running-themed song to accompany each of Vassos' achievements and the book provides a fascinating insight into how the likes of Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and the Brownlees first started out.
  • MALI
    Thomas Hauser
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    'Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'

    Muhammad Ali was not only one of the greatest sporting icons of all time but also one of the biggest influences on 20th century culture. The talented boxer sadly died on 3 June, 2016 but his legacy will live on for a long time to come.

    In this incredible biography, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Thomas Hauser provides a personal tribute to the man who called himself 'The Greatest'. Relying on personal insights, interviews with associates and contemporaries of Ali, along with his own personal memories from working as a boxing journalist, this biography aims to reveal what Ali was like - both in and out of the ring.

    Hauser states that he believes that over the years there has been a deliberate distortion of what Ali believed, said and stood for. In this book, he examines what Ali was actually like and the real reasons he is so universally revered.
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    Jo Pavey
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    An Olympian who won the 10,000m at the European Championships (her first ever Gold!) in 2014 at the age of 40, Jo Pavey has quite the story to tell...

    On 10 May, 2015, Jo achieved the seemingly impossible by winning the 10,000m just eight months after giving birth and in 'a running vest older than most of the girls I was competing against'. In this inspiring autobiography, the athlete dubbed 'Supermum' reveals how she has managed to combine parental responsibilities and an elite sporting career with such success.

    From pushing a buggy on training runs to leaving the kids to build sandcastles in the long jump pit while she hits the track, there are so many situations that will feel familiar to any career parents who try to balance work and life. A positive and uplifting read, this is the story of a mum that runs and a runner that mums.
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    Sian Williams
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    You will recognise Sian Williams from her years of working as a journalist for the BBC, ITN and Channel 5. She's also a trained trauma assessor and in Rise, she provides a poignant and inspirational account of how people survive and can even thrive after suffering terrible experiences.

    Looking at just what it is that makes some people get back up when the most difficult and challenging life events knock them down, Sian examines whether some people are more resilient than others and if so, what lessons we can learn from them. She explores the science of resilience and growth after trauma and recounts first-hand accounts from those who have merged from horrific experiences with new perspectives.

    Written with candid and refreshing honesty, Sian also documents her own experiences from when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This story is used to drive the narrative forward and help inspire others who have suffered through physical or mental ill health, loss of a loved one, abuse or post-traumatic stress.
  • LITV
    Alan Bennett
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    With a film adaptation starring Academy Award winner Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings proving a huge success, now is as good a time as any to reacquaint yourself with Alan Bennett's hilarious memoir The Lady in the Van.

    Instructed by the council that she must move on from the streets of Camden, an eccentric old lady, Miss Mary Shepherd, is invited to move her van into the garden of kind homeowner Alan Bennett - and there her and her van stay for the next 15 years.

    A fascinating story that was adapted into an award-winning stage show, The Lady in the Van is a funny, poignant and life-affirming book filled with beautiful illustrations from the talented David Gentleman, the new film's screenplay and stunning on-set photographs.
  • TPGD
    Jim Buttress
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    A top gardening judge who presides over the UK's favourite flower shows, Jim Buttress reveals his life story in this warm and funny memoir.

    Starting his career as a practical gardener, Jim reveals how he managed to achieve one of the most impressive careers in British horticulture. He fondly looks back on his boyhood obsession with Percy Thrower and the 10 years he spent as Superintendent of the Central Royal Parks - a job that could involve anything from having a chat with the Queen Mother to figuring out ways to water elephants in Hyde Park.

    He also reveals what it's like to exhibit - and win gold - at the Chelsea Flower Show and shares some of the stories he's seen as judge. From the joy of awarding medals to grateful winners to the shock of being threatened by an irate loser, this book is packed with colourful characters and a grand love for all things gardening.
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    Julian and Tracy Austwick
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    A touching true story about the bond that developed between a girl with cerebral palsy and a donkey who was left for dead with seemingly little hope of recovery. After being found, Shocks was taken into care at the Donkey Sanctuary.

    Meanwhile, Amber and her twin sister were born prematurely at 26 weeks and Amber had to be rushed into theatre for an emergency tracheostomy. Her parents were then given the devastating news that she had cerebral palsy and it was unlikely that she'd be able to walk or talk.

    When Amber met Shocks at the Donkey Sanctuary, their lives were changed for the better. This heart-warming and poignant book reveals how their company and friendship helped each other on their respective roads to recovery.
  • TREE
    Jack Cooke
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    Jack Cooke loves nothing more than climbing trees. Especially those trees that line the streets of London.

    In this witty and personal memoir, he talks about exploring England's capital city through the treetops. Part-guidebook and part-meditation on the joys of nature, this is a thoroughly entertaining read that finds Jack climbing all sorts of trees and scurrying up a Scots pine to get views that very few have seen.

    From London's parks, canals and rivers to the secret gardens he spots sometimes just 10 foot above street level, this is an oddball celebration of viewing things from a different angle. It might inspire you to go outside and climb a tree - but please be careful among the bark and branches!
  • IOTM
    Paul Archer
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    Taxi! This hardback book tells the astonishing story of three mates, the taxi they drunkenly purchased and a 43,000 mile-round trip of global misadventure.

    Like many, Paul, Johno and Leigh had plans to travel the world. Little did they know that when they bought themselves a London cab, they'd end up embarking on a journey that took them off the beaten track to some of the most fascinating, dangerous and deadly places on Earth.

    From altercations with the Iranian Secret Police to a terrifying experience with the Taliban, the trio had all kinds of experiences on their fantastic, thrilling and dangerous journey. They even managed to break two World Records along the way!

    With its crazy premise and some colourful language, this highly entertaining and quirky memoir will delight fans of Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace.
  • MLIP
    Wendy Hilling
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    Sure to appeal to animal lovers - especially those who love A Street Cat Named Bob - My Life in His Paws is a remarkable true story that celebrates the bond between humans and animals.

    Wendy Hilling has a rare skin condition which means her skin is very delicate and that she is in constant pain. Every moment of her life is difficult - her throat is very narrow and she can stop breathing at any time. When she met the golden retriever Ted last year, her life changed forever.

    The two shared an unshakeable bond and Ted became Wendy's full-time carer. He's now saved her life more times than she can remember and is always there for her, no matter what. This book finds Wendy talking about her unique relationship with the dog and sharing some of the incredible experiences they have enjoyed together. She reveals how he has helped give her freedom and confidence as she battles against the odds.
  • MDLF
    Chris Evans
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    Now he's approaching 50, Chris Evans is very much aware he's a prime candidate to be entering a 'midlife crisis'. In this book, he argues that this is completely the wrong term for this time in a man or woman's life and it's really the Golden Age.

    At 50, many people are still capable of physically doing everything they have always wanted to - and sometimes even better than before! Mentally, those approaching their 50s are also more in the know than before, but how do you make the most of this time? Here, Chris talks about taking a year out to plan to make the most of this period and enjoy a successful future.

    Wise and witty, Chris looks at the best ways to rest, the most worthwhile relaxation methods and the sleep and nutrition needed to ensure there's a happy 25 years (at least) ahead.
  • FRGU
    Alex Ferguson
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    The most decorated manager in the history of football, it's fair to say that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows a few things about leadership. In Leading, he reveals the secrets to his success - both on and off the field.

    A truly inspiring read, Sir Alex looks back over his 38 years in management and tells all about the key tools he used to cover everything from tactics to teamwork and hiring to firing. Covering some of the most pivotal leadership decisions he made during his long and successful tenure at Old Trafford, he aims to provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to make it at the top, whatever your career.

    Not only a great read for Man Utd supporters, but also for anyone interested in the psychology of management at the highest level, this is a collaboration with successful businessman Sir Michael Moritz that is full of hints, tips and advice for becoming a champion.