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Alfred Hitchcock

Author:

Peter Ackroyd

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444828467

Published:

01-06-2016

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When The Hills Ask For Your Blood

Author:

David Belton

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753153987

Published:

01-09-2014

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When The Hills Ask For Your Blood

Author:

David Belton

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753153994

Published:

01-08-2015

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Charles Dickens And The Great Theatre Of The World

Author:

Simon Callow

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753190883

Published:

01-12-2012

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Charles Dickens And The Great Theatre Of The World

Author:

Simon Callow

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753190890

Published:

01-12-2013

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Knowing Mandela

Author:

John Carlin

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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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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444821376

Published:

01-05-2014

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Maggie Smith

Author:

Michael Coveney

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750543149

Published:

01-11-2016

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Paul Hollywood The Biography

Author:

A. S. Dagnell

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750545211

Published:

01-01-2018

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Frederick Douglass In Ireland

Author:

Laurence Fenton

Synopsis:

In the summer of 1845, a man named Frederick Douglass disembarked ship in Dublin. It marked the start of a two-year lecture tour of Britain and Ireland by the celebrated author, orator - and escaped slave. Advised to leave America for his own safety after the publication of his eloquent and incendiary abolitionist memoir, Douglass proceeded to spend four months in Ireland describing and denouncing the horrors of slavery: packing full halls with his oratorical skill; sharing a stage with 'The Liberator' Daniel O'Connell; and taking the pledge from 'The Apostle of Temperance' Fr. Theobald Mathew.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444825435

Published:

01-09-2015

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Single To Brighton

Author:

Lilian Forshaw

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Lilian Forshaw vividly recreates the bustle of life in turn-of-the century Brighton - with its busy streets and colourful kitchens - from tales her Grandmother, Clara, told her. Nineteen-year-old Clara buys a single train ticket to Brighton and sets off to start a new life in the fashionable seaside town. Determined to keep the child she is carrying, regardless of the condemnation of others, Clara courageously builds a life for herself as a pioneer single mother.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750538701

Published:

01-02-2014

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Must You Go?

Author:

Antonia Fraser

Synopsis:

This wonderful memoir is not Antonia Fraser's complete life, nor is it that of the universally renowed dramatist. In essence, it is a love story and as with many love stories, the beginning and the end, the first light and the twilight, are dealt with more fully than the high noon in between. The result is an insightful testimony to modern literature's most celebrated marriage, between the greatest playwright of our age, and a famous prize-winning biographer. Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later on Christmas Eve, 2008.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753152522

Published:

01-08-2011

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All's Fair In Love And Law

Author:

Alan Hammond

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Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn is a traditional solicitors' firm in the small Midlands town of Hockam (pronounced "Hokum", as the local residents are at pains to point out). This heart-warming collection of stories revolves around the lives, people of Hockam and of the lawyers to whom they look for help. We meet the lonely dentist and his noisy neighbours, the TV celebrity chef and his complex family, the policeman and his beloved budgies. These and many others bring their problems to Dufty Dufty Popple & Dunn, to the well-meaning members of the firm including Bernard, the hapless trainee, and Hugo Dufty, the nominal senior partner.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753153109

Published:

01-07-2012

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