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

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A Hidden History: The Irish Language in Liverpool/An Ghaeilge i Learpholl - by Tony Birtill - £9.00
Local teacher, journalist and Irish language enthusiast, Tony Birtill, tells the fascinating history of the Irish language in Liverpool over the past 200 years and examines the Irish language vocabulary and speech patterns still in use in present day ... more

A People's History of Europe: From World War I to Today - by Raquel Varela - £18.99
This concise people's history of Europe tells the story of the last hundred years of a very old continent and the ordinary people that shaped the events that defined it from World War I to today.  From the Russian Revolution, through May '68 and ... more

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor - by Eddie Jaku - £14.99
Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.  Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken ... more

Will - by Will Self - £9.99
"'Darkly angelic prose... a joy to read, with the final part in particular recalling David Foster Wallace at his best"(Alex Preston, Observer) Will's mother's hokey homily, Waste not, want not... hisses in his ears as he oscillates furiously on th ... more

From Bobby To Babylon: Blacks and the British Police - by Darcus Howe - £8.00
From Bobby to Babylon, originally published in 1988, brings together a series of articles and interviews which provide the background and context to the urban rebellions which exploded across Britain in the wake of the Brixton riots of 1981, from the ... more

Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent - by Priyamvada Gopal - £14.99
Much has been written on the how colonial subjects took up British and European ideas and turned them against empire when making claims to freedom and self-determination. The possibility of reverse influence has been largely overlooked.  Insurge ... more

How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing Up Asexual - by Rebecca Burgess - £12.99
Selected as a 2020 LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novel for Young Readers by Publishers Weekly  "When I was in school, everyone got to a certain age where they became interested in talking about only one thing: boys, girls and sex. Me though? I was only in ... more

Sapiens: A Graphic History - The Birth of Humankind - by Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen and David Casanave - £18.99
The first volume of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari's global phenomenon and smash Sunday Times #1 bestseller, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations and a beautiful package - the perfect gift for the curious beings in your life.   ... more

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation - by Colin Grant - £9.99
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, se ... more

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century - by Alice Wong (Editor) - £12.99
One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent — but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with ... more

Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's First Arts Centre - by Bryan Biggs and John Belchem (Editors) - £19.95
Bluecoat is a unique and much-loved Liverpool institution, its oldest city centre building. This book tells the fascinating story of its transformation from charity school to contemporary arts centre, the UK’s first. Its early 18th century origins ... more

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War - by Giles Tremlett - £30.00
The first major history of the International Brigades: a tale of blood, ideals and tragedy in the fight against fascism.  The Spanish Civil War was the first armed battle in the fight against fascism, and a rallying cry for a generation. Ov ... more

The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment - by Amelia Gentleman - £10.99
***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 shocked th ... more

Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood - by Jasper Rees - £20.00
'I was born with a warped sense of humour and when I was carried home from being born it was Coronation Day and so I was called Victoria but you are not supposed to know who wrote this anyway it is about time I unleashed my pent-up emotions in a bitt ... more

The Wild Silence - by Raynor Winn - £14.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  The incredible follow-up to one of the most talked about books of the decade - the phenomenon, Waterstones Book of the Month and Costa Award shortlisted The Salt Path.   Nature holds the answers for Raynor ... more

Voices of the Windrush Generation - by David Matthews - £8.99
Foreword by West Indies Cricketer Sir Clive Lloyd.  Voices of the Windrush Generation is a powerful collection of stories from the men, women and children of the Windrush generation - West Indians who emigrated to Britain between 1948 and 197 ... more

I Wanna Be Yours - by John Cooper Clarke - £20.00
This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation. John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV ... more

Homesick: Why I Live In A Shed - by Catrina Davies - £8.99
The story of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home.  *LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE*   Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with fou ... more

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland - by Ben Aitken - £9.99
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 bac ... more

The Frayed Atlantic Edge: A Historian's Journey from Shetland to the Channel - by David Gange - £9.99
COLLECTIVE WINNER OF THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE  Over the course of a year, leading historian and nature writer David Gange kayaked the weather-ravaged coasts of Atlantic Britain and Ireland from north t ... more

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee - by Casey Cep - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 CWA ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION A BARACK OBAMA BOOK OF THE YEAR A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR A SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YE ... more

The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion - by Christie Watson - £16.99
A vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of Kindness.  Nurses have never been more important. We benefit from their expertise in our hospitals and be ... more

The Gran Tour: Travels With My Elders - by Ben Aitken - £14.99
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED A CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN.   One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap. When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfa ... more

I Love the Bones of You: My Life, My Family, My Father - by Christopher Eccleston - £9.99
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

100 Great Black Britons - by Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne - £20.00
A long-overdue book honouring the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE.   Patrick Vernon's landmark 1 ... more

This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History - by Esther Rutter - £9.99
Over the course of a year, Esther Rutter - who grew up on a sheep farm in Suffolk, and learned to spin, weave and knit as a child - travels the length of the British Isles, to tell the story of wool's long history here.  She unearths fascinating ... more

Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids: Our Personal, Practical and Imperfect Guide - by Nadia Sawalha and Mark Adderle - £14.99
A personal and practical guide to homeschooling by Loose Women's Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark Adderley.  TV presenter Nadia and her husband Mark took their two children out of mainstream school five years ago. Since then they have homescho ... more

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture - by Sudhir Hazareesingh - £25.00
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

Silver, Sword and Stone: The Story of Latin America in Three Extraordinary Lives - by Marie Arana - £9.99
The timeless stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation, violence, and religion.   Leonor Gonzales, a miner's widow, lives in a tiny commun ... more

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me - by Kate Clanchy - £9.99
Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020.   'The best book on teachers and children and writing that I've ever read. No-one has said better so much of what so badly needs saying' ~ Philip Pullman  Kate Clanchy wants to change th ... more

Breaking & Mending - by Joanna Cannon - £8.99
“A few years ago, I found myself in A&E. I had never felt so ill. I was mentally and physically broken. So fractured, I hadn’t eaten properly or slept well, or even changed my expression for months. I sat in a cubicle, behind paper-thin curtains ... more

The Ungrateful Refugee - by Dina Nayeri - £10.99
A timely, provocative and personal examination of the refugee experience.  What is it like to be a refugee? It is a question many of us do not give much thought, and yet there are more than 25 million refugees in the world. To be a refugee is to ... more

The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination - by Philip Marsden - £9.99
In an old wooden sloop, Philip Marsden plots a course north from his home in Cornwall. He is sailing for the Summer Isles, a small archipelago near the top of Scotland that holds for him a deep and personal significance. On the way, he must navigate ... more

Strike! (50th Anniversary Edition) - by Jeremy Brecher - £23.99
Jeremy Brecher's Strike! narrates the dramatic story revolts by working class people in America. This hidden history is told from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers who lived it, encompassing the repeated repression of workers' rebellions ... more

One Week in April: The Scottish Radical Rising of 1820 - by Maggie Craig - £20.00
In April 1820, a series of dramatic events exploded around Glasgow, central Scotland and Ayrshire. Demanding political reform and better living and working conditions, 60,000 weavers and other workers went on strike. Revolution was in the air.  ... more

Gears for Queers - by Abigail Melton and Lilith Cooper - £8.99
Keen to see some of Europe, queer couple Lilith and Abigail get on their old bikes and start pedalling. Along flat fens and up Swiss Alps, they will meet new friends and exorcise old demons as they push their bodies - and their relationship - to the ... more

A People's History of Tennis - by David Berry - £14.99
Pristine lawns, tennis whites, strawberries and cream, tennis is synonymous with the upper echelons of society, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll quickly discover a different history, one of untold struggles on and off the courts.   ... more

Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities - by Jos Twist, Ben Vincent, Meg-John Barker and Kat Gupta (Editors) - £14.99
What does it mean to be non-binary in the 21st Century? Our gender identity is impacted by our personal histories; the cultures, communities and countries we are born into; and the places we go and the people we meet. But the representation of c ... more

Diary of a Young Naturalist - by Dara McAnulty - £16.00
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his c ... more

Out of the Shadows: The Psychology of Gay Men's Lives - by Walt Odets - £10.99
Even in our modern progressive world, it's not easy to be a gay man. While young men often come out more readily, even those from the most liberal of backgrounds still struggle to accept themselves and experience stigma, shame and difficulties with i ... more

The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Writers Talk Honestly About Motherhood - by Katherine May (Editor) - £12.99
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, he ... more

Naturally Tan: A Memoir - by Tan France - £9.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will b ... more

Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - by Lara Maiklem - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2020   Mudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour  Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for nearly twenty years, in pursuit of ... more

How Do You Want Me? - by Ruby Wax - £9.99
The autumn 2002 publication of Ruby Wax's memoirs was greeted with shock - and delighted acclaim. In the tradition of the best memoirs, such as The Moon's a Balloon and Billy, Ruby Wax revealed, surprised and captured the public more than was ever pr ... more

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places - by Neil Oliver - £9.99
From much-loved historian Neil Oliver, comes this beautifully written, kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other.   The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world. From north to ... more

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots - by Deborah Feldman - £10.99
Now a Netflix original series!  Unorthodox is the bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Carolyn Jessop’s Escape, featuring a new epilogue by the author. ... more

XOXY: A Memoir - Intersex Woman, Mother, Activist - by Kimberly M Zieselman - £12.99
Meet Kimberly, a regular suburban housewife and mother, whose discovery later in life that she was born intersex fuelled her to become an international human rights defender and globally-recognised activist.   Charting her intersex discovery a ... more

Critical: Stories From the Front Line of Intensive Care Medicine - by Matt Morgan - £9.99
"Compassionate and moving… Morgan provides a rich array of stories and characters. Alongside the cases studies, he details the development of the medical practices and technology – from the iron lung to ultrasound – that have helped make such l ... more

Rebel Women: The renegades, viragos and heroines who changed the world... - by Rosalind Miles - £25.00
Rosalind Miles' The Women's History of the World was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and translated into almost forty languages.  Now it is time for a new women's history - for more famous, infamous and little-known rebels.  ... more

Fifty Miles Wide: Cycling Through Israel and Palestine - by Julian Sayarer - £9.99
Ten years after breaking a world record for cycling around the world, award-winning travel writer Julian Sayarer returns to two wheels on the roads of Israel and occupied Palestine.   His route weaves from the ancient hills of Galilee, along t ... more

The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain - by Babita Sharma - £9.99
'I come from a hidden world: I am the daughter of shopkeepers. I've seen you on a Sunday morning, nipping out to get a pint of milk or to grab a newspaper. I came to know a lot about you; whether your politics leaned to the right or left, whether you ... more

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power - by Deirdre Mask - £16.99
An exuberant work of popular history: why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or serve the powerful.  Starting with a simple question, 'what do street addresses do?', Deirdre Mask travels the world and back in time to ... more

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