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

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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

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

The Persistence of Memory: Remembering Slavery in Liverpool, 'Slaving Capital of the World' - by Jessica Moody - £19.95
The Persistence of Memory is a history of the public memory of transatlantic slavery in the largest slave-trading port city in Europe, from the end of the 18th century into the 21st century; from history to memory. Mapping this public memory over mor ... more

Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine - by Emily Bernard - £14.99
"Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. Race is the story of my life, ... more

The Prison Teacher: Stories from a Women's Prison - by Mim Skinner - £8.99
Step inside one of Britain's most notorious prisons...   During her time as a prison teacher Mim Skinner met every type of criminal. But her job was not to judge them, it was to teach.   In this compelling, inspirational memoir Mim takes you b ... more

Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic - by Rachel Clarke - £16.99
How does it feel to confront a pandemic from the inside, one patient at a time? To bridge the gulf between a perilously unwell patient in quarantine and their distraught family outside? To be uncertain whether the protective equipment you wear fits t ... more

Rag and Bone: A History of What We've Thrown Away - by Lisa Woollett - £10.99
Lisa Woollett has spent her life combing beaches and mudlarking, collecting curious fragments of the past: from Roman tiles and Tudor thimbles, to Victorian buttons and plastic soldiers.   In a series of walks from the Thames, out to the Kent ... 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

Communities of Resistance: Conscience and Dissent in Britain during the First World War - by Cyril Pearce - £30.00
Guided by the data in the pioneering Pearce Register of British Conscientious Objectors, Communities of Resistance is an exploration of the histories of more than forty war resister communities across Britain from rural villages and industrial towns ... more

Biracial Britain: A Different Way of Looking at Race - by Remi Adekoya - £18.99
Mixed-race is the fastest-growing minority group in Britain. By the end of the century roughly one in three of the population will be mixed-race, with this figure rising to 75 per cent by 2150. Mixed-race is, quite literally, the future.  Par ... more

The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz - by Heather Dune Macadam - £9.99
On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Be ... more

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

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

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