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The Puppy Diaries
Jill Abramson
 

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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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Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself
Alan Alda
 

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General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781847824561
Published: 01-12-2008

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Acclaimed actor and internationally bestselling author Alan Alda has written an account of some impossible questions he's asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?) Alda listens in on things he's heard himself saying at critical points in his life - from the turbulence of the 1960s, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, and to the ache of September 11. He notes that 'doorways are where the truth is told', and wonders which particular things help lead to a 'life of meaning'. In a book that is as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his uniquely witty meditations on questions great and small.

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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
 

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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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The Caged Virgin
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 

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General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781847824752
Published: 01-12-2008

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Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was outraged by her religion's hostility towards women. Escaping an arranged marriage, she fled to the Netherlands and began a career in politics as a Dutch parliamentarian. Hirsi Ali and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh wrote a film about women and Islam called SUBMISSION - as a result of which, in November 2004, Van Gogh was murdered... Threatened by the same group that killed Van Gogh, Hirsi Ali now has round-the-clock protection. In THE CAGED VIRGIN, Hirsi Ali issues a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression.

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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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The Trouble With Alex
Melanie Allen
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444801149
Published: 01-05-2010

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Melanie Allen had a dream - to adopt a special needs child and provide a loving family for her - but her dream turned into a nightmare. To all appearances five-year-old Alex was obedient and charming but, over the course of five years, Melanie was left desperate by her behaviour. Alex festered from being abused as an infant and turned that venom onto her carers. No one knew she was suffering from a severe attachment disorder, a common problem in neglected children. The manifestation of her symptoms was deceptive - Melanie's relatives didn't believe her when she told them about the trouble with Alex. In desperation, Melanie sought help from Social Services. Unfortunately, nobody in authority accepted the seriousness of Alex's condition until it was almost too late...

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Letter To My Daughter
Maya Angelou
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 18.76
Isbn: 9780753152454
Published: 01-08-2010

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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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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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