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

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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

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

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

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