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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 25 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Free Loaves on Fridays: The Care System As Told By People Who Actually Get It by Rebekah Pierre (Editor)
    Free Loaves on Fridays: The Care System As Told By People Who Actually Get It - by Rebekah Pierre (Editor)

    £12.99   paperback   (2024) - ISBN 13: 9781800183001 | ISBN 10: 1800183003

    A powerful anthology of stories, reflections and letters by care-experienced people, including contributions from Lemn Sissay, Sally Bayley, Kirsty Capes and many more.  This book is all about the care system, and it's written by people who h ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Scallywags: Memories of a Rascal
    The Scallywags: Memories of a Rascal's 1950's Childhood - by Peter Stockley

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781786060167 | ISBN 10: 1786060167

    Do you ever think about how the roads you walked as a child change the doors that open in your future?   In 1951, seven-year-old Peter Stockley's life was set down a dark path after losing his mother. Her legacy to him was an optimism and spirit t ... more

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  • Cover image of book To School Through the Fields by Alice Taylor
    To School Through the Fields - by Alice Taylor

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781847178237 | ISBN 10: 1847178235

    "A delightful evocation of Irishness and of the author's deep-rooted love of the very fields of home"(Publishers Weekly) Alice Taylor’s classic account of growing up in the Irish countryside, the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood by Abbie Ross
    Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood - by Abbie Ross

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780552779753 | ISBN 10: 055277975x

    In 1972 Abbie Ross’s cosmopolitan parents move the family from London to rural North Wales, exchanging a town house in Islington for a remote farmhouse on a hill.  Abbie’s Liverpudlian grandparents – dedicated followers of Liberace, sleek in ... more

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  • Cover image of book Land
    Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir - by Tim Winton

    £8.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781447203094 | ISBN 10: 1447203097

    Tim Winton’s homage to the ocean and his childhood is a magnificent celebration of life at its limits.  On childhood holidays to the western coast, Tim Winton’s days followed a joyous rhythm. In the mornings, the sun and surf kept him outside ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood by Allan Ahlberg
    The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood - by Allan Ahlberg

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780241965665 | ISBN 10: 0241965667

    'My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner's hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people's eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Let Me Tell You a Story: One Girl
    Let Me Tell You a Story: One Girl's Escape from the Nazis - by Renata Calverley

    £10.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781408834527 | ISBN 10: 1408834529

    Przemysl, Poland, 1939. Two-year-old Renata is woken by her Mamusia in the middle of the night and bundled into the basement. The peacock quilt she is wrapped in reminds her of a story about a giant who guards a mysterious place called the Underworld ... more

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  • Cover image of book Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast by Clare Peake
    Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast - by Clare Peake

    £8.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780333854 | ISBN 10: 1780333854

    A moving memoir from Mervyn Peake's daughter.   Clare Peake, daughter of the celebrated writer and artist Mervyn Peake, tells the story of her parents' romance and her own happy and bohemian childhood.  Mervyn Peake was born in Ch ... more

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  • Cover image of book I Was a Boy in Belsen by Tomi Reichental
    I Was a Boy in Belsen - by Tomi Reichental

    £13.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781847172273 | ISBN 10: 184717227x

    “In the last couple of years I realised that, as one of the last witnesses, I must speak out.”   Tomi Reichental, who lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust, gives his account of being imprisoned as a child at Belsen concentr ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Reading Promise: 3,218 Nights of Reading with My Father by Alice Ozma
    The Reading Promise: 3,218 Nights of Reading with My Father - by Alice Ozma

    £16.99   hardback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781444715248 | ISBN 10: 1444715240

    When Alice was nine years old, she and her father - a beloved school librarian - made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. Upon reaching their goal, they celebrated over pancakes, but it was clear that neither wanted to let go ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
    Dreams in a Time of War - by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099548522 | ISBN 10: 0099548526

    In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngugi wa Thiong’o paints a mesmerising portrait of a young boy’s experiences in an African nation in flux.   Beginning in the late 1930s, this moving and entertaining memoir describes Ngugi’s day-to-day life as the fift ... more

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  • Cover image of book I
    I'll Tell Me Ma: A Childhood Memoir - by Brian Keenan

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780099428152 | ISBN 10: 0099428156

    A touching, moving memoir of boyhood memoir by the author of the huge bestseller An Evil Cradling.  Local rather than international, the dramas and privations described in this memoir are not the stuff of headlines. This is the story of a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rabbit Stew & a Penny or Two: A Gypsy Family
    Rabbit Stew & a Penny or Two: A Gypsy Family's Hard Times and Happy Times on the Road in the 1950s - by Maggie Smith-Bendell

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780349123615 | ISBN 10: 0349123616

    Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community’s long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland
    Bite of the Mango - by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781408805190 | ISBN 10: 1408805197

    An astonishing story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative.  As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumours of rebel attacks were no m ... more

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  • Cover image of book War Child: A Boy Soldier
    War Child: A Boy Soldier's Story - by Emmanuel Jal

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780349121253 | ISBN 10: 0349121257

    The extraordinary and inspirational story of a boy soldier in the Sudan People's Liberation Army.  Emmanuel Jal was seven years old when Sudan's bloody civil war separated him from everything he knew. Believing he was being sent to school, Emmanue ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Ticking is the Bomb by Nick Flynn
    The Ticking is the Bomb - by Nick Flynn

    £8.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780571243709 | ISBN 10: 0571243703

    One day I hope to be able to tell my daughter a story about a dark time, the dark days before she was born, and how her coming was a ray of light. 'We got lost for a while', this story will begin, 'but then we found our way.'  Set just before ... more

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  • Cover image of book Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh
    Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine - by Raja Shehadeh

    £8.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781846682506 | ISBN 10: 1846682509

    An extraordinary and moving memoir by the award-winning author of Palestinian Walks - updated with a new foreword.  Raja Shehadeh was born into a successful Palestinian family with a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. When the sta ... more

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  • Cover image of book Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country by Gillian Slovo
    Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country - by Gillian Slovo

    £10.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781844085996 | ISBN 10: 1844085996

    A passionate witness to the colossal upheaval that has transformed her native South Africa, Gillian Slovo has written a memoir that is far more than a story of her own life. For she is the daughter of Joe Slovo and Ruth First, South Africa's pioneeri ... more

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  • Cover image of book In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi
    In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story - by Ghada Karmi

    £10.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781844673681 | ISBN 10: 1844673685

    Ghada Karmi’s acclaimed memoir relates her childhood in Palestine, the flight to Britain after the catastrophe of 1948, and coming of age in the coffee-bars of Golders Green, the middle-class Jewish quarter in North London. A gentle humor describes t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Stealing Water by Tim Ecott
    Stealing Water - by Tim Ecott

    £8.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780340936641 | ISBN 10: 0340936649

    A very different memoir about growing up in South Africa. "Ecott's outstanding talent as an author is for pathos...Dickens is the comparison."(Matthew Parris, The Times) "Both haunting and funny, Ecott writes with compassion and honesty to give ... more

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  • Cover image of book Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
    Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s - by Jennifer Worth

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780753823835 | ISBN 10: 0753823837

    Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl
    My Mad Fat Diary - by Rae Earl

    £10.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780340950944 | ISBN 10: 0340950943

    My Mad Fat Diary is now a major new comedy for E4! It's 1989 and Rae is a fat, boy-mad 17-year-old girl, living in Stamford, Lincolnshire with her mum and their deaf white cat in a council house with a mint off-green bath suite and a larder Rae can' ... more

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  • Cover image of book Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey
    Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - by Madhur Jaffrey

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780091908935 | ISBN 10: 0091908930

    'I was born in a sprawling house by the Yamuna River in Delhi. When I was a few minutes old, Grandmother welcomed me into the world by writing "Om", which means "I am" in Sanskrit, on my tongue with a little finger dipped in honey. When the family pr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Barefoot in Mullyneeny: A Boy
    Barefoot in Mullyneeny: A Boy's Journey Towards Belonging - by Bryan Gallagher

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780007220885 | ISBN 10: 000722088x

    Barefoot in Mullyneeny is Bryan Gallagher's evocative tale of a childhood remembered through the people and landscape of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. Whether relating tales of murderous bicycle chases through the darkened streets of Cav ... more

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  • Cover image of book Angela
    Angela's Ashes - by Frank McCourt

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780007205233 | ISBN 10: 0007205236

    Angela's Ashes was a true publishing phenomenon. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Royal Society of Literature Award (amongst others), this lyrical and poignant memoir topped bestseller charts the world ... more

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