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

On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd - by Axel Lindén - £8.99
Why do we keep sheep? Alex Lindén ruminates as he watches his sheep ruminating. Naive and inexperienced, he has ditched his doctoral studies in order to move to a fully working farm in the country with his family, where he is tasked with the respons ... more

Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope - by Albert Woodfox - £12.99
Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement — in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana — all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woo ... more

Turning the Boat for Home: A Life Writing About Nature - by Richard Mabey - £18.99
For five decades Richard Mabey has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'edgelands' in the 1970s, to his reflections on the musical ... more

Odd Men Out: Male Homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation, 1954 – 1970 - by John-Pierre Joyce - £10.99
Odd Men Out is a social, cultural and political history of gay men living in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s. It follows a chronological narrative and covers a number of thematic issues in detail, starting with the establishment of the government ... more

The Long '68: Radical Protest and Its Enemies - by Richard Vinen - £10.99
1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary - around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily ... more

Know My Name - by Chanel Miller - £16.99
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted ... more

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation - by Colin Grant - £18.99
When Colin Grant was growing up in Luton in the 1960s, he learned not to ask his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain. ‘We’re here because we’re here,’ his father would say. ‘You have some place else to go?’  But now ... more

Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen - by Amrou Al-Kadhi - £16.99
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s journey from a god-fearing Muslim boy to a proud, queer drag queen.   My name is Amrou Al-Kadhi – by day. By night, I am Glamrou, an empowered, confident and acerbic drag queen who wears ... more

Who Am I, Again? - by Lenny Henry - £20.00
***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week***   How do you beat the bullies and the bigots? Here's how.   The heart-breaking, inspirational (and very funny) story of the man who overcame so much, and won a very special place in a nation's heart. ... more

It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies): Inspirational people open up about their mental health - by Scarlett Curtis (Curator) - £14.99
Last year, Scarlett Curtis and 52 inspirational women wrote an extraordinary anthology on what feminism means to them. The book went on to be a cultural phenomenon and turned the world Pink.  This year, it's Blue.   We are living in th ... more

The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment - by Amelia Gentleman - £18.99
***LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2019***  How do you pack for a one-way journey back to a country you left when you were eleven and have not visited for fifty years?  Amelia Gentleman's expose of the Windrush scandal sh ... more

There She Goes: Liverpool, A City on Its Own: The Long Decade 1979-1993 - by Simon Hughes - £20.00
Liverpool was once one of the greatest cities in the British empire but it no longer feels like it is in England, if it ever did. It had retreated as a significant port after the Second World War and by 1979, it was already on the brink. What it need ... more

Year of the Monkey - by Patti Smith - £12.99
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.   Following a run of New Year's concerts at ... more

Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines - by Henrietta Heald - £20.00
'Women have won their political independence. Now is the time for them to achieve their economic freedom too.'   This was the great rallying cry of the pioneers who, in 1919, created the Women's Engineering Society. Spearheaded by Katharine an ... more

North Korea Journal - by Michael Palin - £14.99
A glimpse of life inside the world’s most secretive country, as told by Britain’s best-loved travel writer.  In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive De ... more

My Name Is Why: A Memoir - by Lemn Sissay - £16.99
How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.  At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth c ... more

Charles and Ada: The Computer's Most Passionate Partnership - by James Essinger - £16.99
The partnership of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace was one that would change science forever.  They were an unlikely pair – one the professor son of a banker, the other the only child of an acclaimed poet and a social-reforming mathematician ... more

I Love the Bones of You: My Father And The Making Of Me - by Christopher Eccleston - £20.00
Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way – his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, ... more

Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation - by Raja Shehadeh - £14.99
In Going Home, Orwell Prize winning author Raja Shehadeh travels Ramallah and records the changing face of the city. Walking along the streets he grew up in, he tells the stories of the people, the relationships, the houses, and the businesses that w ... more

Mercury and Me: An Intimate Memoir By the Man Freddie Loved - by Jim Hutton, with Tim Wapshott - £9.99
The moving, remarkable story of the relationship between Freddie Mercury and his longtime partner Jim Hutton, as explored in the major, Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody.   The relationship between Freddie Mercury ... more

Protest: Britain on the March - by Mirrorpix - £12.99
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."(Margaret Mead) Britain was built on protest. From Magna Carta to the suffragettes, the Peasants’ Revolt to ... more

Different Class: Fashion, Football & Funk - The Story of Laurie Cunningham - by Dermot Kavanagh - £9.99
A biography of England's first professional black footballer, who represented Leyton Orient, West Bromwich Albion and became the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid.  Shortlisted for Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Award ... more

The Messenger - by Shiv Malik - £12.99
Every reporter knows the first rule of journalism: never betray your source. But what if your source turns out to be unworthy of your silence? What if it's your source who betrays you?  The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship betw ... more

The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, 1600-1900 - by T. M. Devine - £9.99
Eighteenth-century Scotland is famed for generating many of the enlightened ideas which helped to shape the modern world. But there was in the same period another side to the history of the nation. Many of Scotland's people were subjected to coercive ... more

Jurgen Klopp: The Biography - by Elmar Neveling - £16.99
"It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club."(Jurgen Klopp) Jürgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-h ... more

Skint Estate: A Memoir of Poverty, Motherhood and Survival - by Cash Carraway - £14.99
“Everyone has their price. It’s just not always monetary. Mine is though. 20 quid.”  Single mum. ‘Stain on society’. Caught in a poverty trap. It’s a luxury to afford morals and if you’re Cash Carraway, you do what you can to survi ... more

Mind is the Ride - by Jet McDonald - £16.99
When Jet McDonald cycled four thousand miles to India and back, he didn't want to write a straightforward travel book. He wanted to go on an imaginative journey. Mind is the Ride takes the reader on a physical and intellectual adventure from West to ... more

Greetings from Bury Park - by Sarfraz Manzoor - £8.99
A charming and poignant memoir of growing up during the eighties as both a Pakistani Muslim and Bruce Springsteen fan.  Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when his family emigrated from Pakistan to join his father in Bury Park, Luton. His teenage ... more

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia - by Tracey Thorn - £14.99
“I'm not the only person to have grown up stifled and bored in suburbia, it's almost the law.”   A Sunday Times top ten bestseller. An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Bedsit ... more

21st-Century Yokel - by Tom Cox - £9.99
A nature book, but not quite like any you’ll have read before.  21st-Century Yokel is the book that, as someone entrenched in a love of the countryside, I’ve been waiting a decade to write - maybe longer. It’s not quite a nature book, not q ... more

Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer - by Sue Nelson - £8.99
THE BIOGRAPHY OF WALLY FUNK, AS SEEN IN THE ACCLAIMED MAJOR NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY MERCURY 13.  In 1961, Wally Funk was the youngest of thirteen American female pilots in the Woman in Space programme. Her mission was to become one of the first women a ... more

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography - by Eric Idle - £8.99
From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour.  We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flyin ... more

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland - by Ben Aitken - £12.99
WARNING: CONTAINS AN UNLIKELY IMMIGRANT, AN UNSUNG COUNTRY, A BUMPY ROMANCE, SEVERAL SHATTERED PRECONCEPTIONS, TRACES OF INSIGHT, A DOZEN NUNS AND A REFERENDUM.  Not many Brits move to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop. Fewer still come ... more

Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre - by Polyp, Poole and Schlunke - £11.99
The explosive tale of Peterloo, told ‘verbatim’ style through the voices of those who were there. More than 15 people died and 600 were severely wounded by sabre-wielding troops at a peaceful pro-democracy rally. This is a visual account of the 1 ... more

The Life and Times of a Very British Man - by Kamal Ahmed - £9.99
Kamal Ahmed's childhood was very 'British' in every way – except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road. ... more

Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China - by Guy Delisle - £12.99
Guy Delisle's work for a French animation studio requires him to oversee production at various Asian studios on the grim frontiers of free trade. His employer puts him up for months at a time in 'cold and soulless' hotel rooms where he suffers the us ... more

How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures - by Mark Kermode - £8.99
The hilarious, self-deprecating, blissfully nostalgic memoir of adored film critic Mark Kermode's riotous attempts to become a popstar.   Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that ... more

The Apology - by Eve Ensler - £16.99
"One of the most shatteringly brilliant books I have read. As soon as I finished it, I read it again, and again, and again"( Decca Aitkenhead, Sunday Times) Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. S ... more

Black British History: New Perspectives - by Hakim Adi (Editor) - £18.99
An unparalleled study of the black British experience, unearthing its crucial yet largely forgotten role in shaping British history.   For over 1500 years before the Empire Windrush docked on British shores, people of African descent have play ... more

I Will Never See the World Again - by Ahmet Altan - £9.99
The destiny I put down in my novel has become mine. I am now under arrest like the hero I created years ago. I await the decision that will determine my future, just as he awaited his. I am unaware of my destiny, which has perhaps already been decide ... more

Sunny Side Up: A Story of Kindness and Joy - by Susan Calman - £9.99
In 2017 Susan Calman danced her way into our hearts on Strictly Come Dancing. Her enthusiasm and absolute joy at being part of the show and learning to dance, brought sunshine into 11M homes every Saturday night.   Buoyed by the mental upgrade Susa ... more

Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country - by Billy Connolly - £8.99
All roads lead home.   ‘After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: “This must mean a lot to you, with y ... more

Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children - by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - £9.99
A leading new exploration of the Windrush generation, featuring David Lammy and Lenny Henry.  Britain was known as the Mother Country: a home away from home; a place that you would be welcomed with open arms; a land where you were free to build a ... more

I'm Only In It for the Parking: Life and Laughter From the Priority Seats - by Lee Ridley - £14.99
What’s the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you’re a bit thick because you can’t speak? Or is it that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues?  In f ... more

Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956 - by Evan Smith and Matthew Worley (Editors) - £14.99
Waiting for the Revolution is a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. The book is designed to complement the previous volume, Against the grain: The far left in Britain from 1956, ... more

A Normal Family: Everyday Adventures With Our Autistic Son - by Henry Normal - £9.99
Johnny is nineteen. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last nineteen years this is what his father, TV pro ... more

Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers - by Kit de Waal (Editor) - £9.99
Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.  Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the dep ... more

Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre - by Jacqueline Riding - £8.99
"A superb account of one of the defining moments in modern British history"(Tristram Hunt) On a hot late summer's day, a crowd of 60,000 gathered in St Peter's Field. They came from all over Lancashire – ordinary working-class men, women and chi ... more

Pride: Photographs After Stonewall - by Fred W. McDarrah - £20.00
Foreword by Peter Tatchell and Hilton Als, and introduction by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston.  The ultimate visual chronicle of life in New York's gay community following the Stonewall Riots, by the late Fred W. McDarrah, published in time ... more

Freedom: The Overthrow of the Slave Empires - by James Walvin - £20.00
In this timely and very readable new work, Walvin focuses not on abolitionism or the brutality and suffering of slavery, but on resistance, the resistance of the enslaved themselves – from sabotage and absconding to full-blown uprisings – and its ... more

No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir - by Ani DiFranco - £20.00
A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco.  In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of ... more

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