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  • Ian McKellen: The Biography

    Garry O'Connor

    Product Code: IANM
    Hardback
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    The life and times of one of Britain's favourite actors...

    In this biography, Garry O'Connor looks over the career of the one and only Sir Ian McKellen - a thespian actor who has received critical acclaim for his work on stage and in major films including X-Men and Lord of the Rings.

    This book looks back over Ian's early life and roles and shows how his charm and personality has led to honours including a knighthood and how he has established himself as one of the ardent campaigners for LGBT+ rights. Garry doesn't hold back from any controversial times in Ian's life either...

    This unflinching biography provides an intimate and affectionate portrait of one of Britain's finest ever actors.
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  • In My Life - Alan Johnson

    Alan Johnson

    Product Code: AJML
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    Former home secretary Alan Johnson celebrates his love of music in this marvellously entertaining memoir.

    He recalls first hearing Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly's True Love on the radio as a child in the 1950s and how this led to a lifelong passion. He fondly remembers humming Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives while working as a postman and celebrates his love of artists ranging from Lonnie Donegan and The Beatles to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

    A great read for music lovers and those who are interested in politics, this book lets you discover more about Alan Johnson the man while also transporting you back to a world of jukeboxes full of unashamedly romantic love songs and heartbreaking ballads.
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  • My Life in Football

    Kevin Keegan

    Product Code: KEVN
    Hardback
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    You will love it when you read Kevin Keegan's autobiography! Love it!

    Fifty years after making his professional debut, Kevin Keegan looks over a glittering football career that saw him win trophies galore while playing for Liverpool and Hamburg and be named as England captain. He also recalls the ups and downs of his managerial career - from being the man in charge of the Newcastle team known as 'The Entertainers' to his unhappy time in charge of the national team.

    For the first time, he also reveals the shattering truth about his return to St James Park during the Mike Ashley era. Honest, brave, bold and funny, this is a moving account of an incredible life in the constantly changing world of football.
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  • From My Heart

    Linda Nolan

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    Beloved singer and broadcaster Linda Nolan provides a brave and honest account of her life and battles with cancer in an inspiring memoir that will make you laugh, cry and want to dance.

    The autobiography finds Linda - one of the singers from The Nolans whose hit I'm in the Mood for Dancing is still a floor-filler today - talking about her roller-coaster life. She discusses what it was like growing up in a big Irish family and how she and her sisters coped with the worldwide fame that followed. She also reveals the secrets and feuds that threatened to tea them apart.
    Linda candidly talks about her first battle with breast cancer and how the death of her husband left her deeply depressed and contemplating suicide. After choosing to live life to the full again, she received the news the cancer had come back and was now incurable. However, Linda has decided to enjoy the time she has left and embrace all the little things in life.
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  • Call the Midlife!

    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.
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  • The Little Book of Chanel

    Emma Baxter-Wright

    Product Code: AWOFE
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    This monograph on Coco Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of one of history's most influential couturiers. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, the classics that have made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket and the little black dress, to the global empire of the brand under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld, this beautifully illustrated book offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. Detailed photographs and sketches of her designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it.
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  • Call the Midlife: TFI Friday, Top Gear and Other Middle-Aged Dilemmas

    Chris Evans

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    During his run into turning FIFTY, CHRIS EVANS is on a MISSION. To take stock of WHERE HE IS and WHERE HE'S AT in order to figure out how BEST to get the MOST out of what he BELIEVES are the BEST YEARS yet to come. His typically positive and upbeat journey involves ONE HUNDRED DAYS of contemplation, research, focus, frustration and DECISION MAKING while SECRETLY: *Training for The London MARATHON *Bringing back his cult Nineties TV show TFI FRIDAY *And the small matter of suddenly being asked to take over TOP GEAR. HEALTH, LOVE, MARRIAGE, SEX, DEATH and even RELIGION all come under his witty microscope as he poses the conundrum - MIDLIFE: CRISIS vs OPPORTUNITY ? There can only be one winner.
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  • The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret

    Karen Dolby

    Product Code: BPLBF
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    Celebrate the rapier-like wit of the royal rebel, the late, great Princess Margaret - or 'Ducky' as she was known behind closed doors. Even as a child, Princess Margaret - younger sister of Elizabeth - was noted for her theatrical and witty demeanour. Her nanny, 'Crawfie' described her as a 'born comic' and her sister, now Queen Elizabeth II, remarked that parties were always better with Margaret in attendance as she made everyone laugh. She made John Lennon blush and Pablo Picasso was infatuated with her - and she made no secret of her intolerance for the dim-witted, the disobedient or the boring - and her one-liners are legendary: On considering that Elizabeth would one day be Queen, Margaret's response was one of sincere commiseration, 'Poor you', she told her. Attending a high-society party in New York, the hostess asked politely how was the Queen? 'Which one?' Margaret replied coolly, 'My sister, my mother, or my husband?'
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  • The Little Book of Prada

    Laia Farran Graves

    Product Code: AWOFF
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    Celebrating this family brand and representing a summary of Miuccia Prada's key collections and pieces, including the launch of the Miu Miu line, the brand's emphasis on understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and originality of design. We follow a biographical chronology leaping from the pages of the origins of the brand as a leather-goods manufacturer, the life and career of Miuccia Prada, and the collections, collaborations and themes, such as art influences and the perfume and beauty lines. Beautiful photography of her finished designs, along with close-up details, portray the innovation of this influential fashion house andzz the woman behind it.
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  • Tall Tales and Wee Stories

    Billy Connolly

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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Connolly's raucous run through his life is as furious, funny and foul-mouthed as you'd expect' Sunday Times In December 2018, after fifty years of belly-laughs, energy and outrage, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from live stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career. When he first started out in the late sixties, Billy played the banjo in the folk clubs of Scotland. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he'd worked. In the process, he made all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own brilliant mimes to the power of speaking irreverently about politics or explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling. Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his generation. Billy's routines always felt spontaneous. He never wrote scripts, always creating his comedy freshly on stage in the presence of a live audience. A brilliant comic story might be subsequently discarded, adapted or embellished. A quick observation or short anecdote one night, could become a twenty-minute segment by the next night of a tour. Billy always brought a beautiful sense of the absurd to his shows as he riffed on his family, hecklers, swimming in the North Sea or naked bungee jumping. But his comedy can be laced with anger too. He hates pretentiousness and calls out hypocrisy wherever he sees it. His insights about the human condition have shocked many people, while his unique talent and startling appearance on stage gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased about sex, politics or religion. Billy got away with it because he has always had the popular touch. His comedy spans generations and different social tribes in a way that few others have ever managed. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the very best of Billy's storytelling for the first time and includes his most famous routines including, The Last Supper, Jojoba Shampoo, Incontinence Pants and Shouting at Wildebeest. With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, it is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian.
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  • Straight Outta Crawley

    Romesh Ranganathan

    Product Code: CAVWD
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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. Straight Outta Crawley is the hilarious and irreverent autobiography from comedian Romesh Ranganathan. At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's holiday camp talent competition, smashing the other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for twenty-two years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. Now, for the first time, he tells the full story of how he got here. From the delights of Sri Lankan hospitality to his struggles as a child, teacher and now parent, to his adolescent flirtation with a rap career and his attempts to make it in comedy, Straight Outta Crawley is Ranganathan's hilarious and irreverent autobiography.
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  • Where's Bowie?

    Kev Gahan

    Product Code: BZJSR
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    This book is a reverent and interactive homage to David Bowie, with dense illustrations of the many real and imagined universes of his own making. Hidden somewhere on each of these double page spreads, a Bowie is patiently waiting to be spotted by the well-trained eye of a fan. As the chameleonic Bowie took on so many iconic personas across his illustrious career, each moment is celebrated chronologically in this book. You will have to find young and dapper David Jones in 1960s Brixton; look for Ziggy Stardust in spaced out Outer Space, crawling with Martian spiders and nestled between the stars; then search for glam Bowie among the revellers at Studio 54; and ask yourself, "is that the Thin White Duke outside Hansa By the Wall in late-70s Berlin?" Each page of this book is so laden with Bowie references that you might even pick up a factoid or two in your search. With fun, detailed illustrations that explore Bowie's world - and that of his influences - Where's Bowie is the perfect guide to the cultural icon for both adults and children. Plus, who doesn't want to raise their kid as a Bowie super-geek? No one - that's who.
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  • William I (Penguin Monarchs)

    Marc Morris

    Product Code: BPZUO
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    Part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback On Christmas Day 1066, William, duke of Normandy was crowned in Westminster, the first Norman king of England. It was a disaster: soldiers outside, thinking shouts of acclamation were treachery, torched the surrounding buildings. To later chroniclers, it was an omen of the catastrophes to come. During the reign of William the Conqueror, England experienced greater and more seismic change than at any point before or since. Marc Morris's concise and gripping biography sifts through the sources of the time to give a fresh view of the man who changed England more than any other, as old ruling elites were swept away, enemies at home and abroad (including those in his closest family) were crushed, swathes of the country were devastated and the map of the nation itself was redrawn, giving greater power than ever to the king. When, towards the end of his reign, William undertook a great survey of his new lands, his subjects compared it to the last judgement of God, the Domesday Book. England had been transformed forever.
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  • Poirot and Me

    David Suchet

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    David Suchet shares his many memories of creating this iconic television series and reflects on what the detective has meant to him over the yearsIn the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he bid adieu to a role and a character that changed his life. Here he tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed. David Suchet is uniquely placed to offer the ultimate companion to one of the world's longest running television series. Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential reading for Poirot fans all over the world.
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  • Mud, Sweat and Tears

    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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  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Angela Royston

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    Mary Queen of Scots is perhaps the most romantic and tragic figure in British history. Was her tragic life a product of bad luck, bad advice, or ambition? Destined to marry the Dauphin of France and reign as his queen, his early death changed Mary's life. As claimant then in France, England and Scotland, there are many mysteries and unanswered questions in the tragedies that befell her. This fascinating book looks at Mary Queen of Scot's life and death. Angela Royston examines Mary's early life as the Infant Queen before her childhood in France, moving onto her time in Scotland and her scandalous marriage to Lord Darnley, and Mary's imprisonment and execution after being charged with treason. A must for any student of history or visitor to England, this revised edition of a Pitkin classic is filled with colour photographs and reproductions of historical artworks and artefacts to illuminate the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
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  • Queen Victoria: Her Great Empire

    Alan MacDonald

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    Everybody knows Victoria married a chap called Albert and wore black clothes - all the time. But did you know that Victoria: Went on her holidays in disguise? Was best pals with herrude Scottish servant? Everything you could ever want to know about Queen Victoria!
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  • How to Fail

    Elizabeth Day

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    Inspired by her hugely popular podcast, How To Fail is Elizabeth Day's brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of things going wrong. This is a book for anyone who has ever failed. Which means it's a book for everyone. If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have understood. I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right. Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis. Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. It's a book about learning from our mistakes and about not being afraid. Uplifting, inspiring and rich in stories from Elizabeth's own life, How to Fail reveals that failure is not what defines us; rather it is how we respond to it that shapes us as individuals. Because learning how to fail is actually learning how to succeed better. And everyone needs a bit of that.
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  • Cleopatra: One Cool Queen

    Margaret Simpson

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    Everybody knows that Cleopatra is the most famous of all of Egypt's queens and that she had a nasty accident with a snake. But did you also know that Cleopatra: Married both her brothers? Had her younger sister killed? Everything you would ever want to know about Cleopatra!
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  • A Better Me

    Gary Barlow

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    From one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, A Better Me is Gary Barlow's remarkable memoir that looks into his dark times when he hit rock bottom 15 years ago. This paperback edition adds a new chapter!

    Despite being one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, Gary Barlow has admitted in the past to being out of shape, out of work, and depressed. Faced with an underperforming solo career, tireless media taunts and other cruel twists of fate, Gary turned to food for comfort. His weight struggles continued for nine years until he eventually found the right balance.

    In this extraordinarily honest book, Gary tells the story of his journey back to professional success, as well as mental and physical health. Written with his warm personality, his honest account covers everything from his battles with demons, enduring personal tragedy, and staging one of the most thrilling comebacks in decades.
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  • Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)

    Tina Turner

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    Tina Turner celebrates her 60th year in the rock and roll industry with this astonishing autobiography.

    She recalls a childhood spent picking cotton in Tennessee, her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner and the global success she enjoyed during the 1980s and beyond. From her darkest moments to happy times, she tells all about her personal sacrifices, tumultuous marriage to Ike and the tragic suicide of her son.

    With strength, energy, heart and soul, Tina also fondly recalls David Bowie helping to make her a star and the day that Mick Jagger ripped off her skirt.
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  • Edward II (Penguin Monarchs)

    Christopher Given-Wilson

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    The reign of Edward II (1307-27) was a serious of total disasters, making him unsuccessful to an extent almost without equal. At some level Edward simply did not inspire trust or respect. He failed to be kingly, preferring ditching and cart-racing to jousting and falconry. He relied on favourites and seemed to alienate even the most natural supporters of the throne. His reign was convulsed by rebellion and attempts to reform the king's behaviour. In an attempt to throw off the spectre of his regal, soldierly father, Edward I, he invaded Scotland and suffered catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Bannockburn. After twenty ruinous years, betrayed and abandoned by most of his nobles and by his wife and her lover, Edward was imprisoned in Berkeley Castle where he was murdered. Christopher Given-Wilson's remarkable book gives a glimpse into the abyss: the terrors of kingship - where royal authority is based around strict succession by the eldest son, what happens when that eldest son is incapable of doing the job?
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  • Henry VIII (Penguin Monarchs)

    John Guy (University of St And

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    The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback Henry VIII's reign transformed the physical and spiritual landscape of England. Magnificent, tyrannical, a strong ruler, a 'pillager of the commonwealth', this most notorious of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: a devout traditionalist who oversaw a cataclysmic rupture with the church in Rome; a talented, charismatic, imposing figure who nevertheless could not bear to meet people's eyes when he talked to them. In this revealing new account, John Guy explores how Henry himself understood the world and his place in it - from his sheltered and increasingly isolated upbringing and the blazing glory of his accession; to his desperate quest for recognition, fame and an heir, and the terrifying paranoia of his last, agonising, 54-inch-waisted years - and in doing so casts new light on his choice of wives and ministers, his impact on the European stage, and his extraordinary legacy.
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  • George V (Penguin Monarchs)

    Mr David Cannadine

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    The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback For a man with such conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact. Almost despite himself he marked a decisive break with his flamboyant predecessor Edward VII, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on frequent public appearances, family values and duty. George V was an effective war-leader and inventor of 'the House of Windsor'. In an era of ever greater media coverage - frequently filmed and initiating the British Empire Christmas broadcast - George became for 25 years a universally recognised figure. He was also the only British monarch to take his role as Emperor of India seriously. While his great rivals (Tsar Nicolas and Kaiser Wilhelm) ended their reigns in catastrophe, he plodded on. David Cannadine's sparkling account of his reign could not be more enjoyable, a masterclass in how to write about Monarchy, that central - if peculiar - pillar of British life.
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The Book People's latest selection of celebrity biographies and autobiographies

  • Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux
  • Ian McKellen - The Biography
  • Help Me by Marianne Power
  • Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills
  • Memories We Made - Ed Sheeran
  • In My Life by Alan Johnson
  • Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly
  • Gone Fishing by Paul Mortimer and Bob Whitehouse
  • From My Heart by Linda Nolan
  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed

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