Biographies & Autobiographies

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    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.
  • It's on the Meter - Hardback - 9781849539425 - Paul Archer
    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.
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    Guy Martin
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    Guy Martin's books always provide an exhilarating insight into the daredevil's full-throttle life. But what would happen if he couldn't take part in road races? This exciting book will show you that even when he's in pain, he's in no mood to rest up...

    Guy describes how it felt when he crashed out of the lead of an Ulster Grand Prix superbike race held on the world's fastest race track. This accident left him with a broken spine and hand and he was unable to take part in road racing for a while but he didn't take it easy. He took it upon himself to break records on the world's biggest Wall of Death, cycled 2,745 miles across the length of the Unites States (while sleeping rough) and travelled to Latvia to investigate his family's roots.

    He also talks about the wacky races he took part in while recovering including wild Harley choppers on dirt and turbo-charged Transit vans through the Nevada desert. Of course, he's also got his day job at the truck yard and butty van.
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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.
  • My Secret Sister - Hardback - 9780283072031 - Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smit
    Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smit
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    Helen Edwards suffered a traumatic childhood, suffering years of abuse at the hands of her neglectful mother and violent father. Adopted at six weeks old, Jenny Lee Smith was smothered in love and support as a child, becoming a golfing champion, but she always knew something was missing...

    In her fifties, Jenny decided to search her birth family and found her sister Helen. The siblings together searched for the truth about Jenny's birth - in turn uncovering a legacy of secrets that changed everything Helen knew about her family.

    My Secret Sister is an inspirational and moving true story about braving your past and not letting difficult times and bitterness define you as a person.
  • Colder - Hardback - 9781471153556 - Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
    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.
  • Don't Stop Me Now - Paperback - 9781472921536 - Vassos Alexander
    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.
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    Sarah Gristwood
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    As well as being the creator of classic characters including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin, Beatrix Potter lived an extraordinary life of her own.

    This biography from Sarah Gristwood unveils just how extraordinary Beatrix's life was. Describing her as a woman of contradictions (a sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman; a talented artist who became a scientific expert; a famous author who gave everything up to be a farmer...), this book follows the key turning points in Beatrix's life.

    From her brief first engagement to her happy second marriage and how she drew inspiration from her childhood pets and beloved locations in the Lake District, this book also explores Beatrix's last 30 years - when she abandoned books and worked as a farmer and conservationist, saving thousands of acres of the Lake District that still thrive today.
  • Amber's Donkey - Hardback - 9781785031687 - Julian and Tracy Austwick
    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.
  • No Cunning Plan - Hardback - 9780283072574 - Sir Tony Robinson
    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.
  • Alan the Christmas Donkey - Hardback - 9781509839025 - Tracy Garton
    Tracy Garton
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    This is the true story of Alan the Christmas Donkey - a little animal who made a big difference.

    Tracy Garton had over twenty years' experience running the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary but after a devastatingly difficult winter full of sky high bills, she wasn't sure if she had the finances - or physical strength - to carry on. But then she received a phone call in the first week of January. A donkey has been abandoned 130 miles away and left to die in a supermarket car park.

    When Tracy saw Alan for the first time, he was forlorn, balding and shivering. She whispered to him: 'Don't worry boy, I won't give up on you'. The duo had a very eventful year; grappling with attacks from vandals and perilous flash while trying to raise money. As the festive season rolled around, Alan managed to give her the greatest gift of all.

    This is a funny, warm and inspiring read for animal lovers.
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    Miranda Hart
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    This barking brilliant book is now out of stock.

    In her own inimitable style, Miranda Hart hilariously describes how her Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise puppy Peggy has changed - and improved - her life.

    She reveals how it wasn't necessarily a case of love at first sight when she met Peggy. Miranda was at a low ebb and she had to get her head around the amount of dog administration (dog-min). The first trip to the vet was one of humiliation and it still haunts her to this day.

    But once Miranda and Peggy got over these bumps, a beautiful bond started to form. They have shared some life-changing moments and learned a lot from each other - including lessons about life, love, trust and friendship.
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    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.
  • Kind of Blue - Hardback - 9781509837199 - Ken Clarke
    Ken Clarke
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    A witty, honest and forthright read that takes its title from his beloved Miles Davis, Ken Clarke looks back over his 46 years as the member of parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire in Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir.

    One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken has been at the heart of the government under three different prime ministers and is well known not only for his Europhile views but also his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.

    In this memoir, he charts his rise from a working-class scholarship to high political office and the upper echelons of his party and the government. However, Clarke is not a straightforward Tory; his position on the left of the party often led to Margaret Thatcher questioning his credentials and his passionate commitment to the European project has led many fellow Conservatives to regard him with suspicion - and cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions.

    With a ringside seat in British politics for four decades, this is a candid account of life both in and out of government full of observations that will enthral readers of all political persuasions.
  • Hillsborough Voices - Hardback - 9780091955618 - Kevin Sampson
    Kevin Sampson
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    On 15 April 1989, the world witnessed one of the worst football disasters occur at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. 96 people were crushed to death and another 766 injured in a tragedy that was later admitted to have been exacerbated by police failures.

    Written by Kevin Sampson - a man who was actually in the stands on that fateful day and who has close connections with the Justice campaign - this book contains exhaustive and exclusive interviews with people who have become familiar public figures and many who are telling their heart-rending stories for the first time.

    From the tragic events of the day itself to the shocking aftermath that has taken years to resolve, this book interweaves the views of the people who were there with the families and friends of those who died, along with the observations of the people who played key roles in the long search for the truth.
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    Jim Buttress
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    A signed edition of Jim Buttress' The People's Gardener.

    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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    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.
  • Absolute Pandemonium - Hardback - 9780283072314 - Brian Blessed
    Brian Blessed
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    Actor. Film star. Martial artist. Mountaineer. Trained undertaker. Unlikely diplomat. There's no one quite like Brian Blessed and in his new autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, the national treasure takes readers on a riotous journey from his childhood to finding fame.

    Told in his own words (you can even hear his bellowing voice as you read!), Brain leaves no detail to the imagination as he regales readers with tales such as falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering some unfortunate wire problems when he's hoisted to the heavens on the set of Flash Gordon and charming George Lucas to land the part of Boss Nass in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    There are far less 'Hollywood' stories along the way, too, where Brian takes secret revenge on his headmistress (and her very big bottom), woos his wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on the hit drama series My Family and Other Animals...

    A perfect book for his many, many fans and those with an interest in film and theatre, Brian Bessed's autobiography is hilarious, light-hearted and very, very loud.
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    Mike Massimino
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    Mike Massimino always wanted to be a spaceman. Even being rejected by NASA twice could not stop him achieving his dream. This is his inspirational story.

    Combining high science with thrilling adventure, Mike reveals how even when he was told his eyesight was too poor to be an astronaut, he wouldn't give up on his goal - he simply trained his eyes to be better and was accepted by NASA at the third time of asking.

    This was the beginning of an 18-year career (1996-2014) that found him servicing the Hubble telescope, walking in space and even being the first man to tweet from space. Mike talks movingly about the Columbia tragedy and how it felt to step into a space shuttle following this horrific experience.

    Vivid and awe-inspiring, he also provides a fascinating insight into the hard work, camaraderie and sheet guts it takes to step into space and live as an astronaut.
  • Lessons I've Learned - Davina McCall - Hardback - 9781409165699 - Davina McCall
    Davina McCall
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    Davina McCall shares her life experiences in her eagerly anticipated autobiography, Lessons I've Learned.

    One of the nation's favourite television personalities, the book is written with her trademark warmth and humour and covers all of her extraordinary life. From battles with drugs and alcohol to her undying love for her family and the crazy experiences in Davina's jetsetting career.

    She reveals what each experience has taught her and hopes her wisdom will inspire you to learn lessons in the same way. It's a memoir to inspire you to reach your own personal goals and to find happiness.
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    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.
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    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.
  • My Turn: The Autobiography - Hardback - 9781509813902 - Johan Cruyff
    Johan Cruyff
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    The footballing world was shocked and saddened by the death of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in March this year. Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, he inspired the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands to glory.

    In his autobiography, My Turn, Johan tells the story of a truly unbelievable sporting career. A player who was synonymous with total football, he helped change the way teams played football and inspired players to break the shackles of convention and play in any position on the pitch. He talks about starting out at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups, before moving on to Barcelona, where he quickly won La Liga.

    As well as club success, he also won many individual awards and inspired his country to a World Cup final appearance in 1974. While his playing career went from strength to strength, his off-the-field life was more turbulent - he encountered bankruptcy and was even the victim of a kidnapping attempt. He then followed this up with a trophy-laden managerial career. This is his story in his own words.
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    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.