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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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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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Letter To My Daughter
Maya Angelou
 

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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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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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Betjeman's England
John Betjeman/Stephen Games
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 18.79
Isbn: 9780750532976
Published: 01-07-2011

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John Betjeman was that rare combination: an aesthete and a popular celebrity, who became a national treasure. From the mid 1950s to the 1970s he questioned the mood of rapid modernisation, producing thoughtful and intimate television films that focused the nation's gaze on a vanishing world of beauty. This collection offers a complete gazetteer to Betjeman country: one that shows England's greatest topologist addressing the television public. Whether looking at a Victorian church, a seaside guesthouse or a deserted railway station in miles of empty meadowland, he captures the vital importance of the unregarded.

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When Fraser Met Billy
Louise Booth
 

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General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 16.78
Isbn: 9781444824681
Published: 01-07-2015

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Fraser was an autistic three-year-old boy, prone to anxiety and sudden meltdowns over seemingly the most trivial things. Day-to-day life in the Booth household was difficult. To Fraser's parents, Louise and Chris, the future looked bleak. But then Fraser met Billy, a grey and white rescue cat, and the two formed an instant connection. As Billy remained by his side, providing calm, reassurance and affection, Fraser made remarkable advances in his confidence, social interactions and contentment. Their profound bond brightens the whole family's lives - and has brought them many hilarious and touching moments along the way.

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Eat, Pray, Eat
Michael Booth
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444812978
Published: 01-11-2012

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Terminally disappointed, and regularly the worse for wine, Michael Booth needed to change his lifestyle. Instead, he travels with his wife and two young children to the Indian subcontinent to write the definitive book on Indian food. From Delhi to Amritsar and the Taj Mahal, they meet the locals, sampling their different cuisines along the way. In Rajasthan they dine like maharajas before heading for Mumbai and the slums of Dharavi. But Booth's plan is derailed when his metaphysical, middle-aged malaise spirals deeper. Fortunately, his wife enrols Michael in a yoga bootcamp, and he is helped by a meditation guru to find equanimity and equilibrium. But can he ever regain his balance, overcome his addictions and face up to life as a husband and father?

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A Street Cat Named Bob
James Bowen
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444815498
Published: 01-06-2013

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When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tomcat, whom he christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

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The World According To Bob
James Bowen
 

Hard Cover
General Non-Fiction
Price: £ 20.89
Isbn: 9781444824155
Published: 01-06-2015

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James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world. Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend's eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust - and the meaning of happiness. In the continuing tale of their life together, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship and even life-threatening danger. James knows that the tricks he's taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he's learnt from his street-wise cat.

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