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In Search Of Mary

Author:

Bee Rowlatt

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Toddler in tow, Bee Rowlatt embarks upon an extraordinary journey in search of the life and legacy of the first celebrity feminist: Mary Wollstonecraft. From the wild coasts of Norway to a naked re-birthing in California, via the blood-soaked streets of revolutionary Paris, Bee learns what drove her hero on, and what's been won and lost over the centuries in the battle for equality. On this biographical treasure hunt she finds herself consulting a witch, a porn star, a quiet Norwegian archivist and the tenants of a blighted council estate in Leeds - getting much more than she bargained for. In her quest to find a new balance between careers and babies, Bee also discovers the importance of celebrating the radiant power of love in all our lives.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781785412783

Published:

01-10-2017

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Tom Jones: An Extraordinary Life

Author:

Gwen Russell

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The owner of one of the most recognizable faces - not to mention voices - in the entertainment business, Sir Tom Jones is the definition of a national treasure. It has been over fifty years since Jones's breakthrough single 'It's Not Unusual' reached Number One in the UK, but success wasn't always assured for the Welsh entertainer. Having overcome childhood tuberculosis, Tom Jones married his teenage girlfriend at the age of sixteen. With a young family to support, it seemed far more likely that a career as a vacuum salesman was beckoning. Bestselling biographer Gwen Russell charts Jones's journey from young, unsigned local singer to one of Britain's best-loved entertainers.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750545228

Published:

01-02-2018

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The Disinherited

Author:

Robert Sackville-West

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In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. THE DISINHERITED reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henry's four illegitimate siblings, one of whom secured a judicious marriage, while the other three were consigned to lives of poverty and disappointment.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444826043

Published:

01-11-2015

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The Staircase Girls

Author:

Catherine Seymour

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For sixteen-year-old Joyce, who lived in one of the poorest streets in Cambridge, the college building she was about to enter represented privilege, wealth, a life she'd never live. As a "bedder", Joyce would be working up and down one of the stone staircases, making the beds of the male students, sweeping floors and dusting desks. She never expected to also find herself mothering, chastising, and sometimes even covering up for "my boys". Bedders like Nance, Maud, Rose, and Audrey endured the Second World War and had to contend with poverty, ill health, and bereavement. They loved, lost, and loved again. But their friendships gave them strength, and their work gave them happiness - and a lasting connection with their charges, some of whom would go on to run the country.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781785413544

Published:

01-05-2017

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The Staircase Girls

Author:

Catherine Seymour

Synopsis:

For sixteen-year-old Joyce, who lived in one of the poorest streets in Cambridge, the college building she was about to enter represented privilege, wealth, a life she'd never live. As a "bedder", Joyce would be working up and down one of the stone staircases, making the beds of the male students, sweeping floors and dusting desks. She never expected to also find herself mothering, chastising, and sometimes even covering up for "my boys". Bedders like Nance, Maud, Rose, and Audrey endured the Second World War and had to contend with poverty, ill health, and bereavement. They loved, lost, and loved again. But their friendships gave them strength, and their work gave them happiness - and a lasting connection with their charges, some of whom would go on to run the country.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781785413605

Published:

01-05-2018

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A Century Of Wisdom

Author:

Caroline Stoessinger

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Born in Prague to a loving family, Alice Herz-Sommer displayed a talent for music from a young age, and hoped to become a career pianist. But when Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia, everything changed... Imprisoned in Theresienstadt - the Nazis' 'model camp', where a facade of respectability concealed the inhumane conditions from the outside world - Alice became part of the prisoners' musical community, playing over 100 piano concerts there. Left motherless and widowed by the Holocaust, Alice was nonetheless victorious in her ability to carry on and live a life without bitterness, crediting music as the key to her survival.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444831955

Published:

01-03-2017

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The Cut Out Girl

Author:

Bart van Es

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Although he'd left the Netherlands for England, one story from Bart van Es's childhood never left him: a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in during the war by his relatives and hidden from the Nazis, then raised as one of their own. But after the war there was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. What was the girl's side of the story, and where had she gone? So began an investigation that would consume Bart van Es's life. He learned that Lientje was now in her eighties and living in Amsterdam, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship. THE CUT OUT GIRL combines a powerful recreation of Lientje's harrowing story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece it together, bringing old ghosts into the light.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9781444842883

Published:

01-11-2019

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An East End Farewell

Author:

Yvette Venables

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Stan Cribb begins work aged just fourteen when, much to the reluctance of his father, he joins the family business as an apprentice undertaker. The young Stan is soon burying victims of London's Blitz. His fascinating and at times hilarious memoir describes the East End way of death during the Second World War and the years after, when horses worked in partnership with their owners and funeral rites hadn't changed much since Victorian times. Stan takes us through ups and downs of the trade, with all its quirks and characters, and gives us a tour that is both memorable and moving.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750541879

Published:

01-02-2016

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Young Elizabeth

Author:

Kate Williams

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Kate Williams explores the sheltered upbringing of the young princess, with a gentle father and domineering mother, her complicated relationship with her sister, Princess Margaret, and her dependence on her nanny, Marion "Crawfie" Crawford. She details the profound and devastating impact of the abdication crisis, when, at the impressionable age of eleven, Elizabeth found her position changed overnight: no longer a minor princess she was now heiress to the throne. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old Queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780753153192

Published:

01-10-2013

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Telling Tales

Author:

Jane Yeadon

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Growing up on a farm in the north of Scotland could be both rewarding and challenging. Now, bestselling author Jane Yeadon recounts her childhood before her nursing adventures started, in her own unique and entertaining style. Telling Tales recounts how Jane learns about her place in the scheme of things, the hard way. Poignant and touching, this nostalgic account of life on the farm recalls a way of life which was so recent but now is all but forgotten.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Biography

ISBN:

9780750541824

Published:

01-01-2016

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