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Alfred Hitchcock
Peter Ackroyd
 

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Biography
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444828467
Published: 01-06-2016

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Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, Alfred Hitchcock was isolated as a child. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did he become one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and James Stewart despaired of his detached directing style and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endured cuts and bruises from a real-life flock of birds on set. Yet underneath, Hitch was a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life...

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When The Hills Ask For Your Blood
David Belton
 

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Biography
Price: £ 18.76
Isbn: 9780753153987
Published: 01-09-2014

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Into the heart of a genocide that left a million people dead 6 April 1994: in the skies above Rwanda, the President's plane is shot down in flames. The mass slaughter that follows - friends against friends, neighbours against neighbours - is one of the bloodiest chapters in history. Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced at first-hand. Following the stories of two men, family man, Jean-Pierre, and missionary priest, Vjeko Curic, he revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not.

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When The Hills Ask For Your Blood
David Belton
 

Soft Cover
Biography
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753153994
Published: 01-08-2015

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Into the heart of a genocide that left a million people dead 6 April 1994: in the skies above Rwanda, the President's plane is shot down in flames. The mass slaughter that follows - friends against friends, neighbours against neighbours - is one of the bloodiest chapters in history. Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced at first-hand. Following the stories of two men, family man, Jean-Pierre, and missionary priest, Vjeko Curic, he revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not.

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Our George
Barbara Best & Lindy McDowell
 

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Biography
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750529105
Published: 01-10-2008

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It's a story everyone thinks they know - a young boy from the back streets of Belfast who grew up to be the greatest footballer the world has ever known...a legend who became known as much for his troubled personal life as his sporting genius. For the first time, the intensely private Best family reveal how George really felt about the people and the events that shaped his life. They are adamant that the book should confront not only George's own failings but those of some of the people who were closest to him, told by those who knew and loved him most.

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Elizabeth's Women
Tracy Borman
 

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Biography
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Isbn: 9781444804225
Published: 01-11-2010

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Elizabeth I has been portrayed as a 'man's woman', yet it's the women in her life who provide a fascinating insight into her character. Historian Tracy Borman explores Elizabeth's relationships with her mother, the governesses and stepmothers who cared for the young princess. New light is shed on her formative years. Elizabeth's turbulent relationships with her rivals are examined: from her sister, 'Bloody' Mary, to the sisters of Lady Jane Grey, and finally her deadliest rival, Mary Queen of Scots, whose son Elizabeth would have to recognise as heir to her throne. These are the servants, friends and 'flouting wenches' who brought out the best - and the worst - of Elizabeth's cultivated image as Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, in the glittering world of her court.

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Shakespeare
Bill Bryson
 

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Biography
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Isbn: 9781847826107
Published: 01-04-2009

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William Shakespeare left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. Bill Bryson sorts through this colourful muddle to reveal the man himself. He reveals the efforts of earlier scholars, like Delia Bacon, who developed a conviction that her namesake Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases - 'vanish into thin air', 'foregone conclusion', 'one fell swoop' - that even today have a home at the tips of our tongues. His Shakespeare is like no one else's - the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging scepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivalled in our time.

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Charles Dickens And The Great Theatre Of The World
Simon Callow
 

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Biography
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Isbn: 9780753190883
Published: 01-12-2012

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In this highly entertaining biography, actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a narrative that explores the importance of the theatre to Dickens' life. From his early years a child entertainer to his reluctant retirement from "these garish lights" just before his death. Not only was he a dazzling mimic who wrote, acted in and stage-managed plays, but as a writer he was a performer, his very imagination was theatrical, both in terms of plot devices and construction of character. He was the original "celebrity" author, attracting thousands of fans to his readings, in which he gave voice to his unforgettable cast of characters.

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Charles Dickens And The Great Theatre Of The World
Simon Callow
 

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Biography
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753190890
Published: 01-12-2013

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In this highly entertaining biography, actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a narrative that explores the importance of the theatre to Dickens' life. From his early years a child entertainer to his reluctant retirement from "these garish lights" just before his death. Not only was he a dazzling mimic who wrote, acted in and stage-managed plays, but as a writer he was a performer, his very imagination was theatrical, both in terms of plot devices and construction of character. He was the original "celebrity" author, attracting thousands of fans to his readings, in which he gave voice to his unforgettable cast of characters.

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Knowing Mandela
John Carlin
 

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Biography
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781444821376
Published: 01-05-2014

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As a foreign correspondent based in South Africa, John Carlin had unique access to Mandela during the post-apartheid years when Mandela faced his most daunting obstacles and achieved his greatest triumphs. Carlin witnessed history as Mandela was released from prison after twenty-seven years and ascended to the presidency of his country. Drawing on exclusive conversations with Mandela and interviews with people who were close to him, Carlin has crafted an account of a man who was neither saint nor superman. KNOWING MANDELA offers an intimate understanding of one of the most remarkable figures of our age.

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A Mother Like Alex
Bernard Clark
 

Hard Cover
Biography
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750531795
Published: 01-03-2010

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When she was just 13 and helping her mother on the local hospital wards, Alex Bell encountered Billy, a young man with Down's syndrome who changed the course of her life. Alex grew up vowing to dedicate herself to caring for Down's syndrome babies. At 28 and unmarried, Alex battled with social services to adopt her first Down's child, Matthew - who eventually fulfilled his dream of working for Manchester United. Since then, Alex has single-handedly taken on eight more children who, despite serious disabilities, are flourishing under her fierce and devoted love.

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Maggie Smith
Michael Coveney
 

Hard Cover
Biography
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750543149
Published: 01-11-2016

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No one does glamour, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith, one of Britain's best-loved actors. This new biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer. From her days as a West End star of comedy, Dame Maggie's path crossed with those of the greatest actors of the era, including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier and Ingmar Bergman. Her career is a 'Who's Who' of British theatre in the twentieth century. Despite recent roles in Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, she remains an enigmatic figure. Michael Coveney's absorbing biography therefore allows an insight into the real Maggie Smith.

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Paul Hollywood The Biography
A. S. Dagnell
 

Hard Cover
Biography
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750545211
Published: 01-01-2018

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Paul Hollywood is the man of the moment in British baking. His luxurious dough recipes have been single-handedly responsible for the mass ignition of ovens across the UK since the advent of The Great British Bake Off. Admired for his straight-talking style and amazing technical knowledge, Paul's judging partnership with Mary Berry has been described as one of television's best ever. Descended from a line of illustrious bakers, Hollywood originally trained as a sculptor, giving him the skilful hands his viewers delight in watching. From kneading dough as a 17-year-old apprentice to his father to working as head baker at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, his professional career is legendary.

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