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

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The Girl Explorers - by Jayne Zanglein - £12.99
The Untold Story of the Globetrotting Women Who Trekked, Flew, and Fought Their Way Around the World.  Never tell a woman where she doesn't belong.  In 1932, Roy Chapman Andrews, president of the men-only Explorers Club, boldly stated to hund ... more

My Rock 'n' Roll Friend - by Tracey Thorn - £9.99
In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison first met. Tracey's music career was just beginning, while Lindy, drummer for The Go-Betweens, was ten years her senior. They became confidantes, comrades and best friends, a ... more

Blood Legacy: Reckoning With a Family's Story of Slavery - by Alex Renton - £10.99
One man’s personal discovery of his family’s involvement in transatlantic slavery leads to his call for a wider reckoning among the descendants of slave owners.   LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE   ‘An incredible work of s ... more

Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism - by Barnabas Calder - £10.99
AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR  Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to e ... more

Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys - by Jeffrey Weeks - £15.00
Jeffrey Weeks has been called ‘the most significant British intellectual working on sexuality to emerge from the radical sexual movements of the 1970s’. Yet behind the titles and acclaim lies the story of a hugely fascinating, inspirational life ... more

After the Storm: Postnatal Depression and the Utter Weirdness of New Motherhood - by Emma Jane Unsworth - £8.99
The raw, relatable call-to-arms memoir, breaking the silence on postnatal depression - from the bestselling author of Animals and Adults  An Unmissable Memoir for Summer 2021, Stylist A Hot Summer Book, Refinery29   'I am so grateful for this ... more

A New Formation: How Black Footballers Shaped the Modern Game - by Calum Jacobs - £16.99
"A New Formation is quite simply one of the most important football books ever written. What we often like to imagine as the history of football has, for the most part, been written entirely through the white male gaze. In this collection of essays A ... more

Battles of Conscience: British Pacifists and the Second World War - by Tobias Kelly - £22.00
A ground-breaking new study brings us a very different picture of the Second World War, asking fundamental questions about ethical commitments.  Accounts of the Second World War usually involve tales of bravery in battle, or stoicism on the h ... more

A Walk from the Wild Edge - by Jake Tyler - £9.99
The remarkable true story of one man's escape from the depths of depression through his 3,000 mile walk across the country.  AS SEEN ON BBC BREAKFAST  After coming terrifyingly close to suicide, Jake Tyler was determined to take back ... more

The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance - by Judy Batalion - £10.99
One of the most important untold stories of World War II, The Light of Days is a soaring landmark history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who inspired Poland’s Jewish youth groups to resist the Nazis.  ... more

Waypoints: A Journey on Foot - by Robert Martineau - £9.99
A spellbinding travel book, exploring the psychology of walking, pilgrimage, solitude and escape.  'An extraordinary, dreamlike journey through West Africa' ~ Adharanand Finn   At the age of twenty-seven and afraid of falling into a life he do ... more

Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement - by Zoe Thomas - £15.00
This book constitutes the first comprehensive history of the network of women who worked at the heart of the English Arts and Crafts movement from the 1870s to the 1930s.  Challenging the long-standing assumption that the Arts and Crafts simply ... more

Mixed/Other: Explorations of Multiraciality in Modern Britain - by Natalie Morris - £9.99
How does it feel when your heritage isn't listed as an option on an identification form? What is it like to grow up as the only person in your family who looks like you? Where do you belong if you are simultaneously seen as being 'too much' of one ... more

The Go-Between: A Portrait of Growing Up Between Different Worlds - by Osman Yousefzada - £14.99
An enlightening memoir of living between worlds and learning how to find one’s own – from the artist and fashion designer.  A coming-of-age story set in Birmingham in the 1980s and 1990s, The Go-Between opens a window into a closed migrant co ... more

The Archaeology of Merseyside in 20 Digs - by Liz Stewart and Vanessa Oakden - £15.99
Published in association with the Museum of Liverpool, this book explores 20 significant archaeological digs on Merseyside and what they uncovered.   The archaeology of Merseyside is extremely rich and varied. Humans have been modifying th ... more

The Girl from Lamaha Street - by Sharon Maas - £8.99
"An incredibly moving, truly inspiring story of the power of determination. An absolutely stunning read."(Katharine Birbalsingh) "Fascinating and poignant… an astoundingly honest and intimate memoir."(Angela Petch) Perhaps it’s true that ... more

The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey - by Julia Laite - £9.99
1910, Wellington, New Zealand. Lydia Harvey is sixteen, working long hours for low pay, when a glamorous couple invite her to Buenos Aires. She accepts - and disappears.  London, England. Amid a global panic about sex trafficking, detectives ... more

Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said - by Timothy Brennan - £12.99
**WINNER OF A PALESTINE BOOK AWARD 2021**  Drawing on extensive archival sources and hundreds of interviews, Timothy Brennan's Places of Mind is the first comprehensive biography of Said, one of the most controversial and celebrated intellect ... more

Rememberings - by Sinead O'Connor - £9.99
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 tore up ... more

An Extra Pair of Hands - by Kate Mosse - £8.99
A rallying cry for carers and the acts of love that hold families together, from bestselling novelist Kate Mosse.  'Inspiring' GUARDIAN 'Heartbreaking' INDEPENDENT 'I loved it' ADAM KAY 'Beautiful' MATT HAIG 'Luminous' NICCI GERRARD 'Ess ... more

Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Life, Death and the NHS - by Michael Rosen, illustrated by by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A national treasure's journey to the brink and back.   'Will I wake up?' 'There's a 50:50 chance.'  Michael Rosen wasn't feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as th ... more

Beeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967-75 - by Richard Thompson - £9.99
Beeswing is the autobiography from world-renowned artist Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.   THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A BOOK OF THE YEAR: ROUGH TRADE, THE TIMES, ROLLING STONE, CLASH ... more

Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain - by Matthew Green - £20.00
The untold story of the hidden places across Britain that have slipped through the fingers of history.  Drowned. Buried by sand. Decimated by plague. Plunged off a cliff.  This is the forgotten history of Britain’s lost cities, ghos ... more

Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home - by Nikesh Shukla - £9.99
How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is racist, sexist and facing climate crisis? How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they deserve and that life has to offer?  ... more

No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy: Memoirs of a Working-Class Reader - by Mark Hodkinson - £16.99
This love letter to reading is a philosophical take on why we read and collect books, told through a working-class lens.  Mark Hodkinson grew up among the terrace houses of Rochdale in a house with just one book. His dad kept it on top of a w ... more

Dying to Know: Running Through a Pandemic - by Rob Donovan - £9.99
Dying to Know – Why the unthinkable has happened.   I am a runner with a special local circuit. One and three-quarter miles up to the top of the hill at Little Trevalgan, within the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall – and then back down again ... more

Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain - by Padraic X. Scanlan - £12.99
The British empire, in sentimental myth, was more free, more just and more fair than its rivals. But this claim that the British empire was ‘free’ and that, for all its flaws, it promised liberty to all its subjects was never true. The British em ... more

The Stasi Poetry Circle: The Creative Writing Class that Tried to Win the Cold War - by Philip Oltermann - £14.99
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

Defying Hitler: The White Rose Pamphlets - by Alexandra Lloyd - £15.00
Long Live Freedom! — Hans Scholl's last words before his execution.  Is it not so that in the present day, every honourable German is ashamed of their government? And who amongst us can foresee the extent of the infamy that will be on us ... more

Ancestors: A Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials - by Alice Roberts - £9.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  An extraordinary exploration of the ancestry of Britain through seven burial sites. By using new advances in genetics and taking us through important archaeological discoveries, Professor Alice Roberts helps us be ... more

Delicacy: A Memoir About Cake and Death - by Katy Wix - £9.99
"Painfully raw and incredibly funny"(Simon Amstell) From award-winning comedian and writer Katy Wix comes Delicacy - a different kind of memoir from an astonishing new voice.  Twenty-one snapshots of a life - some staccato, raw and shocking, ... more

Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging 60s - by Barbara Blake Hannah - £9.99
"A gorgeously exuberant account... writing that is natural and vivacious... a fascinating and hugely enjoyable read."(Bernardine Evaristo, from the Introduction) Travelling over from Jamaica as a teenager, Barbara's journey is remarkable. She find ... more

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body - by Rebekah Taussig - £11.99
A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.  ... more

Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt - by Richard Gott - £14.99
A magisterial history of the foundation of the British empire, and the forgotten story of resistance to its formation.  Contrary to nationalist legend and schoolboy history lessons, the British Empire was not a great civilizing power bringing ... more

Real Estate - by Deborah Levy - £8.99
From one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, comes the unmissable final instalment in Deborah Levy's critically acclaimed 'Living Autobiography'.  'I began to wonder what myself and all unwritten and unseen women would possess in t ... more

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk - by Randy Shilts - £9.99
‘If a bullet should enter my brain, let it destroy every closet door’   This is the definitive biography of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and cold-blooded assassination mirrored the dramatic emergence of the gay ... more

Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing - by Horatio Clare - £9.99
"Deeply moving, darkly funny and hugely powerful"(Robert Macfarlane) "A brave, lit-up account of going mad and getting better"(Jeanette Winterson) After a lifetime of ups and downs, Horatio Clare was committed to hospital under Section 2 of t ... more

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out - by Jeremy Atherton Lin - £9.99
From leather parties in the Castro to Gay Liberation Front touch-ins; from disco at Studio One to dark rooms in Vauxhall railway arches, the gay bar has long been a place of joy, solidarity and sexual expression. But around the world, gay bars are cl ... more

East Side Voices: Essays Celebrating East and Southeast Asian Identity in Britain - by Helena Lee (Editor) - £14.99
In this bold, first-of-its kind collection, East Side Voices invites us to explore a dazzling spectrum of experience from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora living in Britain today.   Showcasing original essays and poetry from well-known celeb ... more

On Bloody Sunday: A New History Of The Day And Its Aftermath - By The People Who Were There - by Julieann Campbell - £16.99
"A momentous chronicle, timely and vital, which highlights that the burden of change rests, as always, upon the shoulders of those who suffered and yet, have nurtured the desire that lessons be learned."(Michael Mansfield QC, who represented a number ... more

Drama Queen: One Autistic Woman and a Life of Unhelpful Labels - by Sara Gibbs - £10.99
'It has taken me several years of exploration, but I am at a place now where I see autism as neither an affliction nor a superpower. It's just the blueprint for who I am. There is no cure, but that's absolutely fine by me. To cure me of my autism ... more

Man at the Airport: How Social Media Saved My Life – One Syrian’s Story - by Hassan Al Kontar - £11.99
His only weapon was his cellphone.  When revolution and war broke out in his home country in 2011, Hassan Al Kontar was a young Syrian living and working in the UAE. A conscientious objector by faith and temperament, he refused to return to S ... more

Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life - by Alan Cumming - £18.99
A joyous and poignant book about the world of professional acting, the messiness of life and how every experience – good or bad – shapes who you are, from the New York Times bestselling author of Not My Father’s Son.   ‘No one ever ful ... more

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War - by Giles Tremlett - £14.99
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. Over 3 ... more

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - by David Graeber and David Wengrow - £30.00
For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike - either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming ... more

Black and British: A Forgotten History - by David Olusoga - £12.99
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga off ... more

William Blake vs the World - by John Higgs - £20.00
Poet, artist, visionary and author of the unofficial English national anthem ‘Jerusalem’, William Blake is an archetypal misunderstood genius. His life passed without recognition and he worked without reward, mocked, dismissed and misinterpreted. ... more

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

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