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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 18 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius by Nick Hornby
    Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius - by Nick Hornby

    £9.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9780241996478 | ISBN 10: 0241996473

    'A joyful examination of two artists from different centuries and the unlikely parallels in their life and work' Guardian  'An ardent fan letter from Hornby that makes you want to reread Great Expectations whilst listening to Sign o'the Times ... more

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  • Cover image of book CLR James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries by John L Williams
    CLR James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries - by John L Williams

    £14.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781472130129 | ISBN 10: 147213012x

    Historian, revolutionary and cricket writer, CLR James was one of the truly radical voices of the twentieth century. Born in Trinidad in the final days of the Victorian era, he debated with Trotsky, played cricket with Constantine, was published by L ... more

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  • Cover image of book Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes: The Official Biography by Rob Wilkins
    Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes: The Official Biography - by Rob Wilkins

    £10.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781529176902 | ISBN 10: 1529176905

    WINNER OF THE 2023 LOCUS AWARD FOR NON-FICTION WINNER OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION   'Always readable, illuminating and honest. It made me miss the real Terry.' - Neil Gaiman   'Sometimes joyful ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Stasi Poetry Circle: The Creative Writing Class that Tried to Win the Cold War by Philip Oltermann
    The Stasi Poetry Circle: The Creative Writing Class that Tried to Win the Cold War - by Philip Oltermann

    £9.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9780571331208 | ISBN 10: 0571331203

    The extraordinary true story of the Stasi’s poetry club: Stasiland and The Lives of Others crossed with Dead Poets Society.   Berlin, 1982. Morale is at rock bottom in East Germany as the spectre of an all-out nuclear war looms. The Ministry ... more

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  • Cover image of book Letters from Tove by Tove Jansson, translated by Sarah Death
    Letters from Tove - by Tove Jansson, translated by Sarah Death

    £12.99   paperback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781908745842 | ISBN 10: 1908745843

    Out of the thousands of letters Tove Jansson wrote a cache remains that she addressed to her family, her dearest confidantes, and her lovers, male and female. Into these she spilled her innermost thoughts, defended her ideals and revealed her heart. ... more

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  • Cover image of book In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson
    In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein - by Fiona Sampson

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781781255292 | ISBN 10: 1781255296

    Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin
    Logical Family: A Memoir - by Armistead Maupin

    £11.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781784161040 | ISBN 10: 1784161047

    "A sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man."(Caitlin Moran) Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man “on the very spot ... more

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  • Cover image of book Passage Across the Mersey by Robert Bhatia
    Passage Across the Mersey - by Robert Bhatia

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780008168889 | ISBN 10: 0008168881

    The remarkable story of Helen Forrester, author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and how she turned tragedy to triumph.  When Helen Forrester’s father went bankrupt in the 1930’s, she and her six siblings fell from a comfortable middle-clas ... more

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  • Cover image of book Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth
    Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love - by James Booth

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781408851692 | ISBN 10: 1408851695

    Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. &nbs ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books That Inspired Them by Antonia Fraser (Editor)
    The Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books That Inspired Them - by Antonia Fraser (Editor)

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781408859629 | ISBN 10: 1408859629

    In this delightful collection forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 in hardback only, original contributors include Mar ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias by Jasmine Donahaye
    The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias - by Jasmine Donahaye

    £10.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781909983236 | ISBN 10: 1909983233

    he first full biography of Lily Tobias (1887-1984) a Jewish writer from Wales: a courageous, idealistic woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the 20th century.   Daughter of Polish immigrant parents, Lily Tobias grew ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill
    Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War - by Amanda Vaill

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781408833896 | ISBN 10: 1408833891

    Amid the rubble of a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, the Hotel Florida on Madrid's chic Gran Via has become a haven for foreign journalists and writers. It is here that six people meet and find their l ... 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 Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica by Philip Larkin, edited by Anthony Thwaite
    Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica - by Philip Larkin, edited by Anthony Thwaite

    £12.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780571239108 | ISBN 10: 0571239102

    Philip Larkin met Monica Jones at University College, Leicester, in Autumn 1946, when they were both twenty-four; he was the newly appointed assistant librarian and she was an English lecturer. In 1950 Larkin moved to Belfast, and thence to Hull, whi ... more

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  • Cover image of book OxTravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers by Various authors, introduced by Michael Palin
    OxTravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers - by Various authors, introduced by Michael Palin

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781846684968 | ISBN 10: 184668496x

    OxTravels is a collection of travel writing, which will act as a focus for the Oxfam Bookfest in 2011 donated by world class travel writers.   You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that com ... more

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  • Cover image of book Gertrude and Alice by Diana Souhami
    Gertrude and Alice - by Diana Souhami

    £12.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781848851481 | ISBN 10: 1848851480

    Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas met on Sunday 8 September 1907, in Paris. From that day on they were together, until Gertrude's death on Saturday 27 July 1946.   This title presents story of their remarkable life together, of the path ... more

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  • Cover image of book P.S. Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening by Studs Terkel
    P.S. Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening - by Studs Terkel

    £11.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781595584236 | ISBN 10: 1595584234

    Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books The Good War, Hard Times, Working, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and many others. Few people realize, however, that much of Studss best work ... more

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  • Cover image of book The People on the Street: A Writer
    The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel - by Linda Grant

    £11.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781844082544 | ISBN 10: 1844082547

    One block of a Tel Aviv street is the starting point for this highly acclaimed writer's exploration of the inner dynamics of Israelis - not the government and its policies, but the people themselves, in all their variety. Iraqi shopkeepers, teenage s ... more

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