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The Puppy Diaries
Jill Abramson
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781444816747
Published: 01-09-2013

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'SCOUT WOKE EVERY MORNING AT SIX ON THE DOT. SHE IMMEDIATELY STARTED CRYING...BUT SHE ALWAYS CHEERED UP THE MINUTE SHE HAD COMPANY... THE SOULFUL BROWN EYES THAT GREETED ME HAD LONG LASHES THAT GAVE SCOUT A SULTRY, FLIRTATIOUS LOOK; SHE WAS A CANINE VERSION OF VERONICA LAKE...' What happens when a smart NEW YORK TIMES editor decides to fill her empty nest with a puppy? This is the marvellously entertaining (and instructive) chronicle of an adorable golden retriever puppy named Scout. Part memoir, part manual, THE PUPPY DIARIES recounts Jill Abramson's experiences of the first year of puppy parenting.

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London Under
Peter Ackroyd
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753189313
Published: 01-10-2012

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London Under is a wonderful, atmospheric, imaginative, oozing short study of everything that goes on under London, from original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern tube stations. The depth below is hot, warmer than the surface, and this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures that dwell in the darkness, real and fictional - rats and eels, monsters and ghosts. There is a Bronze Age trackway under the Isle of Dogs, Anglo-Saxon graves were found under St Paul's and the monastery of Whitefriars lies beneath Fleet Street. There is also a door in the plinth of the statue of Boadicea on Westminster Bridge which leads to a huge tunnel, packed with cables for gas, water, and telephone lines.

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Into Danger
Kate Adie
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750531320
Published: 01-08-2009

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A fearless exploration of the furthest reaches of human capability. Ever since her days as a reporter on the front line, Kate Adie has earned her reputation as one of the most intrepid women of her day. This has given Kate a curiosity about the people who do the kind of work where an error is probably lethal. What is really dangerous? Dealing with unexploded bombs? Trying to milk a king cobra for its venom? On her fascinating quest she has sought out prostitutes, stuntmen and landmine exploders. All of them can live knowing they may not make it through the next day - so why do they do it?

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The Checkout Girl
Tazeen Ahmad
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781444805932
Published: 01-03-2011

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Seemingly anonymous to her customers, the girl at the till finds them the source of endless entertainment: lovers' tiffs, farcical family feuds and intimate secrets. And then there's the frolicking between the aisles; the result is a delicious soap opera... Life as a checkout girl, at the start of the recession, revealed the nation's way of coping with job cuts, rising food prices and a billion-pound economic deficit. The answer was white bread, ice cream and lots of potatoes. Checkout girls are sworn at and flirted with - but there's always mouth-watering gossip about what happens on the shop floor...

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Confessions Of A Male Nurse
Michael Alexander
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444819083
Published: 01-04-2014

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Body parts that came off in his hands. Teenagers with phantom pregnancies. Doctors unable to tell the difference between their left and their right. Violent drunks. Singing relatives. Sexism. And more nudity than the sex industry... Michael Alexander never knew what he was getting himself into. But now, sixteen years since he first launched into his nursing career - as the only man in a gynaecology ward - he's pretty much dealt with everything...

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Once Upon A Secret
Mimi Alford
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781444815306
Published: 01-05-2013

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In 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley began her internship in the White House press office, working for the Kennedy administration. She was soon presented to the President himself - and their affair began. But young Mimi, in her naivety, was emotionally unprepared: both for the impact on her of the President's charisma and power - and the feelings of isolation that followed. Then, after the President's tragic death in Dallas, she grieved in private and tried to start her life anew, only to find that her past would cast a long shadow - and ultimately destroy her relationship with the man she married.

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Belonging
Sameem Ali & Humphrey Price
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750530668
Published: 01-08-2009

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Sameem Ali grew up in a children's home. When she was told that her family wanted her back, she couldn't wait. However, she returned to a dirty house where her mother beat her, and she began to self-harm. When she visited Pakistan for the first time, it was only after arriving that she realised she wasn't there on holiday - aged just thirteen, she was forced to marry a complete stranger. Two months later, pregnant, she was made to return to Glasgow. After finding true love, Sameem fled her home with her young son, but was unprepared for the consequences of violating her family's honour.

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Letter To My Daughter
Maya Angelou
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 14.76
Isbn: 9780753152461
Published: 01-06-2011

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Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: it's part guidebook, part memoir, part poetry - and pure delight. Here in short essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons about compassion and fortitude. Whether she is recalling lost friends such as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya Angelou writes from the heart to millions of women she considers her extended family.

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A Dream Of Jewelled Fishes
John Aston
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 9.19
Isbn: 9781842627495
Published: 01-06-2010

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John Aston's superb fishing autobiography ranges from the boyhood quest for perch in Yorkshire's West Riding, through salmon and carp fishing to his first love, wild trout on small streams in North Yorkshire. Witty and erudite, this is a modern fishing book, by a child of the sixties for whom fly-fishing is 'rock and roll fishing', and whose angling references are very likely to be Frank Zappa or Hemingway. It will charm anyone who appreciates fine writing about the countryside.

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Playing The Game
Robert Baden-Powell & Mario Sica (Ed.by)
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750528320
Published: 01-03-2008

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In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scout Movement with an experimental camp for twenty boys on Brownsea Island, Poole, in Dorset. His most famous book, Scouting for Boys, was published the following year, but Baden-Powell wrote much more, and this delightful compendium draws from a multiplicity of books, magazines, speeches and letters. From campfire tips to tales of derring-do, from big-game hunting to jamborees, from empire to world citizenship, this is a glorious celebration of all Baden-Powell stood for and of a world that is largely gone, but which still lives on in the movement he created.

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Oh, To Be A Farmer!
Richard Barnett
 

Soft Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 9.19
Isbn: 9781842626603
Published: 01-07-2009

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Starting from the point of having no water in the house, and with only a wheelbarrow by way of farm equipment, this hilarious account of starting up in farming, in a remote part of upland Wales, covers some three years of the early 1950s. The difficulties and indignities suffered are offset by the marvellous sense of adventure and real living that underpin the story, to say nothing of the humorous idiosyncrasies of the neighbours and the intangible satisfaction that comes from working close to Nature.

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The Sugar Girls
Duncan Barrett/Nuala Calvi
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444813692
Published: 01-01-2013

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In the years leading up to and after the Second World War thousands of women left school at fourteen to work in the bustling factories of London's East End. Through the Blitz and on through the years of rationing the 'Sugar Girls' kept Britain sweet. The work was back-breakingly hard, but Tate & Lyle was more than just a factory: it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of the East End. From young Ethel to love-worn Lilian, irrepressible Gladys to Miss Smith who tries to keep a workforce of flirtatious young men and women on the straight and narrow, this is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness.

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