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Fascinating memoirs and illuminating trips into the past (browse related category History & Biography )

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Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography - by Billy Connolly - £25.00
In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life.  Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of 4, and a survivor of appa ... more

The History of Wales in Twelve Poems - by M. Wynn Thomas - £8.99
Down the centuries, poets have provided Wales with a window onto its own distinctive world.   This book gives a sense of the view seen through that special window in twelve illustrated poems, each bringing very different periods and aspects o ... more

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X - by Les Payne and Tamara Payne - £12.99
**WINNER OF PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY** **WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction)** Shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown Award Finalist, LA Times Book Prize  A landmark biography of one of the twentieth century's most compelli ... more

IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain - by Various authors, Edited and Introduced by Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay - £10.99
A celebratory 20th anniversary edition of this landmark collection from black writers across the literary spectrum.  This ground-breaking anthology was first published twenty years ago, into a different literary landscape. Showcasing the work ... more

And Away... - by Bob Mortimer - £20.00
The number one bestselling autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer.   Bob Mortimer's life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to can ... more

The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - by DK, with a Foreword by David Olusoga - £19.99
Which were the most powerful African empires? Who were the pioneers of jazz? What sparked the Black Lives Matter movement?   This book answers these questions and many more, exploring the rich history of the peoples of Africa and the African diasp ... more

The Shortest History of China - by Linda Jaivin - £12.99
China contains a multitude. Its unruly complexity is part of its grandeur.   Modern China is at once an economic powerhouse and authoritarian state, an increasingly assertive superpower and an icon of modernity. Chinese history is no less cont ... more

This Much is True - by Miriam Margolyes - £20.00
BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury's Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, Miriam Margolyes, OBE, is the nation's favourite (and naughtiest) treasure ... more

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - by Rachel Holmes - £16.99
Born into one of Britain's most famous activist families, Sylvia Pankhurst was a natural rebel. A free spirit and radical visionary, history placed her in the shadow of her famous mother, Emmeline, and elder sister, Christabel. Yet artist Sylvia P ... more

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture - by Sudhir Hazareesingh - £10.99
The definitive modern biography of the great slave leader, military genius and revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture.  The Haitian Revolution began in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in August 1791, and culmina ... more

The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly About Motherhood - by Katherine May (Editor) - £9.99
Motherhood is life-changing. Joyful. Disorientating. Overwhelming. Intense on every level. It’s the best, most awful job.  The Best, Most Awful Job brings together twenty bold and brilliant women to speak about motherhood in all its raw, heart- ... more

Klopp: My Liverpool Romance - by Anthony Quinn - £8.99
As featured in the Guardian's Biggest Books of Autumn 2020  In the first book by a British writer about this extraordinary football manager, lifelong Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love-letter to Jurgen Klopp.  In e ... more

The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine - by Cian T. McMahon - £26.99
A vivid, new portrait of Irish migration through the letters and diaries of those who fled their homeland during the Great Famine.  The standard story of the exodus during Ireland's Great Famine is one of tired cliches, half-truths, and dry s ... more

Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters - by David Mountain - £9.99
From the fall of Rome to the rise of the Wild West, David Mountain brings colour and perspective to historical mythmaking.   The stories we tell about our past matter. But those stories have been shaped by prejudice, hoaxes and misinterpret ... more

The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler - by Chris Bryant - £9.99
A STORY OF UNSUNG BRAVERY AT A DEFINING MOMENT IN BRITAIN'S HISTORY   We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told.  In the early 1930s, a group of y ... more

The Doctor Will See You Now: The Highs and Lows of My Life as an NHS GP - by Amir Khan - £8.99
The Sunday Times Bestseller updated with a new chapter on Amir's experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and being on the frontlines of the historic vaccination effort.   60 hours a week 240 patients 10 minutes to make a diagnosis We ... more

Football Without Borders: The Lives and Times of a Refugee Football Club - by Chris Allen - £9.99
Football Without Borders is the story of one man's search for the soul of football.  Having become disillusioned with the corporatisation of top-level football in the early 1990s, Chris Allen embarks on a love affair with non-league football.  ... more

Idi Amin: The Story of Africa's Icon of Evil - by Mark Leopold - £12.99
The first serious full-length biography of former Ugandan president Idi Amin, modern Africa's most famous dictator.  Idi Amin began his career in the British army in colonial Uganda, and worked his way up the ranks before seizing power in a B ... more

The Librarian: A Memoir - by Allie Morgan - £16.99
The library saved her. Now she wants to save the library.  I'm a librarian. Every day I encounter people. I serve the regulars, the crime enthusiastics, the bookworms, the homeless, the eccentrics, the jobless, the teenagers, the toddlers, th ... more

Coconut - by Florence Olajide - £8.99
'Why am I not white like everybody else?' Nan came and sat on the edge of my bed. 'What do you mean?' A tender finger brushed against my cheek. 'Well, everyone in this house is white. Why am I Black?'   A generation of Nigerian children were ... more

Eat, Gay, Love - by Calum McSwiggan - £9.99
In the spring of 2012, Calum finds himself single again after his relationship of six years comes to an end.  Heartbroken, unhappy and unsure of what to do next, he leaves the hometown he has been in all his life to embark on a journey that take ... more

Farewell Mr Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland - by Paul Heiney - £12.99
The writer and broadcaster Paul Heiney set sail from the east coast of England bound for Iceland, propelled by a desire to breathe the cool, clear air of the high latitudes, and to follow in the wake of generations of sailors who have made this often ... more

Rememberings - by Sinead O'Connor - £20.00
THE LANDMARK MEMOIR OF A GLOBAL MUSIC ICON.  Sinead O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tor ... more

Broken Greek: A Story of Chip Shops and Pop Songs - by Pete Paphides - £9.99
*AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 'BOOK OF THE WEEK'*  'Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?'  When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no mon ... more

Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy - by Anne Sebba - £20.00
Ethel Rosenberg's story has been called America's Dreyfus Affair: a catastrophic failure of humanity and justice that continues to haunt the national conscience, and is still being played out with different actors in the lead roles today.   O ... more

Just Ignore Him - by Alan Davies - £9.99
"A simply astonishing achievement. The quality, depth, emotional power and terrifying honesty of Alan Davies’s story-telling take the breath away."(Stephen Fry) "This hugely affecting book is brave, insightful and, at times, funny about things i ... more

Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood - by Helen McCarthy - £12.99
In Britain today, three-quarters of mothers are in employment and paid work is an unremarkable feature of women's lives after childbirth. Yet a century ago, working mothers were in the minority, excluded altogether from many occupations, whilst their ... more

There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness - by M. Leona Godin - £22.50
From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.  ... more

Assembling Cultures: Workplace Activism, Labour Militancy & Cultural Change in Britain's Car Factori - by Jack Saunders - £20.00
In British political discourse the idea that in the 1970s trade unions 'ran the country' has become a truism, a folk mythology invoked against the twin perils of socialism and strikes. But who exactly wielded power in Britain's workplaces and on what ... more

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes - by Jonathan Rose - £14.99
This is a landmark intellectual history of Britain's working classes from the preindustrial era to the twentieth century.  Drawing on workers' memoirs, social surveys, library registers, and more, Jonathan Rose uncovers which books people re ... more

The Welsh in Liverpool: A Remarkable History - by D.Ben Rees - £19.99
The Welsh in Liverpool: A Remarkable Story by D. Ben Rees is the culmination of decades worth of research into the unique history of the contribution made by the Welsh in Liverpool and Merseyside.  D. Ben Rees said:  “I’m glad to be able ... more

Who Am I, Again? - by Lenny Henry - £9.99
***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week***   Sir Lenny Henry is one of the country's best-loved comedians with a career spanning over forty years. Here he writes about his youth for the first time.  You might think you know Lenny Henry. Think a ... more

The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies - by Sathnam Sanghera - £9.99
"It's 1979, I'm three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I'm presenting myself for exec ... more

Under the Rainbow: Voices from Lockdown - by James Attlee - £11.99
As Britain entered lockdown in the spring of 2020, drawings, paintings and messages proliferated in windows and gardens across the country: signs of the eternal human desire to communicate, even as face-to-face contact became impossible.  When r ... more

The Journey is Home - by John Sam Jones - £15.00
In this clear and absorbing memoir John Sam Jones writes of a life lived on the edge. It's a story of journeys and realisation, of acceptance and joy.  From a boyhood on the coast of Wales to a traumatic period as an undergraduate in Aberystwyth ... more

Humankind: A Hopeful History - by Rutger Bregman - £9.99
It's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief h ... more

Fearless: A Story of Love, Loss and The Midnight Sun - by Catrina Davies - £9.99
Fearlessness has got nothing to do with being unafraid. It’s about doing things anyway, getting on with it, living, whether you’re afraid or not.   Fuzzy-haired, free-spirited, cello-playing Catrina is devastated when her lover, Jack, leav ... more

Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan - by Howard Sounes - £16.99
An updated edition of Howard Sounes' classic, definitive biography to mark the legendary Bob Dylan's 80th birthday.   Bob Dylan was the first figure in the history of popular music to challenge the domination of the three-minute pop song and ... more

Pirate Queen: The Life of Grace O'Malley - by Judith Cook - £9.99
In a life stranger than any fiction, Grace O'Malley, daughter of a clan chief in the far west of Ireland, went from marriage at fifteen to piracy on the high seas. She soon had a fleet of galleys under her commander, but her three decades of plunderi ... more

We're Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire - by Ian Sanjay Patel - £20.00
What are the origins of the hostile environment for immigrants in Britain?  Drawing on new archival material from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ian Sanjay Patel retells Britain's recent history in an often shocking account of state ra ... more

The Secret to Superhuman Strength - by Alison Bechdel - £16.99
*A GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*  From the bestselling, award-winning author of Fun Home.  All her life, Alison Bechdel has searched for an elusive secret. The secret to superhuman strength.   She has looked for ... more

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic - by Randy Shilts - £12.99
An international bestseller and winner of the Stonewall Book Award, which inspired an award-winning film.  Randy Shilts was the first openly gay journalist dealing with gay issues for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1981, the year when AIDS c ... more

Handstands In The Dark: A True Story of Growing Up and Survival - by Janey Godley - £9.99
Born in the tough East End of Glasgow and married into one of the city's most notorious criminal families, Janey Godley's young life was far from ordinary.  From the grim and far-from-swinging 60s, to the discos of the 70s, to the tidal wave of ... more

Black Firsts: 4,500 Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events - by Dr. Jessie Carney Smith - £26.99
Achievement, pride, and accomplishments. Change, progress, and pioneers.   Hard-won victories. Barrier-breaking triumphs. Society-changing feats. Inspirational people. Remarkable people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Fi ... more

To be a Gay Man - by Will Young - £9.99
In To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.   We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Ol ... more

Featherhood - by Charlie Gilmour - £8.99
This is a story about birds and fathers.   About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing hi ... more

Greenery: Journeying with the Spring from Southern Africa to the Arctic - by Tim Dee - £9.99
One December, in midsummer South Africa, Tim Dee was watching swallows. They were at home there, but the same birds would soon begin journeying north to Europe, where their arrival marks the beginning of spring.  Greenery recounts how Tim Dee ... more

On This Day She: Putting Women Back Into History, One Day At A Time - by Jo Bell, Tania Hershman and Ailsa Holland - £20.00
The tried and tested 'On This Day in History' format has elevated the stories of many people and their impact on the wider world. However, of those considered noteworthy by the Establishment, just a fraction are women. But this is not the whole story ... more

Where Grieving Begins: Building Bridges After the Brighton Bomb: A Memoir - by Patrick Magee - £16.99
An enduring peace is only possible through a genuine understanding of the past. To understand the Troubles is to set them in the context of the historical root causes of the conflict, in order to grapple with its pain and its horrors; to grieve and t ... more

Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging - by Tessa McWatt - £9.99
"This remarkable meditation on beautiful, human bodies formed by the violence of slavery and by colonial shame resists categorisation, even as it shows up the ways in which categories of race and identity are no more than empty methods of social cont ... more

Tribes: A Search for Belonging in a Divided Society - by David Lammy - £9.99
David was the first black Briton to study at Harvard Law School and practised as a barrister before entering politics. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Tottenham since 2000.   Today, David is one of Parliament's most prominent and su ... more

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