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Keep Smiling Through

Author:

Vera Lynn/Virginia Lewis-Jones

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'I WAS JUST TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN I WENT TO BURMA. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOR EVER. UP UNTIL THAT TIME, I HAD NOT REALLY TRAVELLED ANYWHERE AT ALL, APART FROM ONE TOURING VISIT TO HOLLAND WITH A BAND I WAS SINGING WITH BEFORE THE WAR, AND I HAD CERTAINLY NEVER BEEN IN AN AEROPLANE. BUT I WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO DO MY BIT.' Written with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, this is the story of the time Vera Lynn spent with troops in wartime Burma. Based in part on a diary she kept, alongside unpublished personal letters and photographs from surviving veterans and their families, it explores why this was such a life-defining event for her, and how her presence helped the people who heard her sing.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444838961

Published:

01-11-2018

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Behind Enemy Lines

Author:

Tommy Macpherson/Richard Bath

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With three Military Crosses, three Croix de Guerre, a Legion d'honneur and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the Second World War, Sir Tommy Macpherson is the most decorated soldier in the history of the British Army. Yet for 65 years, the Highlander's story has remained untold. Few know how, aged 21, he persuaded 23,000 SS soldiers of the feared SS Das Reich tank column to surrender, or how Tommy almost single-handedly stopped Tito's Yugoslavia annexing the whole of north-east Italy. Still a schoolboy when war broke out, Tommy quickly matured into a legendary commando. Twice captured, he escaped both times, marching through hundreds of miles of German-held territory to get home.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780753152843

Published:

01-04-2012

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An Average Pilot?

Author:

Christopher Masterman

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An affectionate history of Cedric Masterman, OBE, DFC Cedric Masterman was a brave and charismatic RAF pilot, who saw action in an unusually wide variety of combat zones and flew a great range of different aircraft types before, during and after World War Two. Later in life, in poignant contrast to his inspirational flying career, he became lost in the downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease. Drawing on his father's own wartime records, Cedric's son Christopher tells the story of his father's flying career, in parallel with the description of Cedric's later suffering, finding in the older man's dependency a warmth and closeness that had not been there before.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781842628317

Published:

01-05-2011

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A Home In The Country

Author:

Sheelagh Mawe

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During the Second World War, some 3 million people, most of them children, were evacuated from British towns and cities due to the danger of German air attacks; many were sent to the countryside, but some were sent to Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the utter ingenuity of childhood, this heartbreaking tale explores the darker side of the British evacuation during the Second World War and is a testament to youthful resourcefulness and the will to survive.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750538640

Published:

01-03-2014

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Confessions Of A Good Girl

Author:

Andrea McLean

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Andrea McLean's warm and sparkling personality has endeared her to millions of LOOSE WOMEN viewers. But in CONFESSIONS OF A GOOD GIRL, she describes her years of bullying at school and the panic attacks she suffered as an adult. She relates how, at GMTV, she got her first big break as a weathergirl, the hilarious disasters she experienced as a showbiz reporter and how television can be a treacherous place for a nice girl. She opens up about the destruction of her first marriage, the guilt that drove her to the edge of a breakdown and her struggles as a single parent. Looking for happiness in her second marriage, it took almost dying to give her the impetus she needed to change her life.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444815924

Published:

01-07-2013

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Goodbye East End

Author:

David Merron

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As Hitler's bombs threatened London during the Second World War, eight-year-old David Merron was evacuated from his family and the close-knit Jewish community in the East End to the safety of the English countryside. Placed in the care of strangers, this new life was sometimes unpredictable and lonely. But, with time, the great outdoors became an exciting adventure playground in which he flourished. Set against a dramatic wartime backdrop, this is the story of a conflict between a boy's unexpected love of the countryside and his guilt about not missing home as much as he might, and of the childhood experiences that changed his life forever.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444829266

Published:

01-08-2016

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Until Tuesday

Author:

Luis Carlos Montalvan/Bret Witter

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Until Tuesday, Luis Carlos Montalvan could barely walk half a mile. Until Tuesday, simply riding the subway was a terrifying ordeal. Luis sometimes struggled just to get out of bed. Because Tuesday isn't just any dog; he's a service dog, specially trained to care for his owner. And with his golden coat and sensitive eyes, he's also the kind of dog that you can't help but love. When Captain Montalvan retired from seventeen years of service in the US Army, suffering from physical disabilities, agoraphobia and post-traumatic stress disorder, it was Tuesday who brought him back from the brink. This is the story of how a soldier fought back from the devastation of being injured in action, and how an incredible dog became his protector and his companion.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781785413667

Published:

01-06-2017

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Until Tuesday

Author:

Luis Carlos Montalvan/Bret Witter

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Until Tuesday, Luis Carlos Montalvan could barely walk half a mile. Until Tuesday, simply riding the subway was a terrifying ordeal. Luis sometimes struggled just to get out of bed. Because Tuesday isn't just any dog; he's a service dog, specially trained to care for his owner. And with his golden coat and sensitive eyes, he's also the kind of dog that you can't help but love. When Captain Montalvan retired from seventeen years of service in the US Army, suffering from physical disabilities, agoraphobia and post-traumatic stress disorder, it was Tuesday who brought him back from the brink. This is the story of how a soldier fought back from the devastation of being injured in action, and how an incredible dog became his protector and his companion.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781785413728

Published:

01-06-2018

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Can I Give Him My Eyes?

Author:

Richard Moore/Don Mullan

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Richard Moore was ten years old when he was shot by a British soldier. 'Can I give him my eyes?' was the question Richard's father asked doctors when they broke the news that they could not save his sight. Richard Moore shares his remarkable story, describing the moment of grace that accompanied the realisation that he would never again see, and relating wonderful childhood escapades. Years later Richard met and befriended the man who shot him, and founded the charity Children in Crossfire. The Dalai Lama describes him as 'not only my friend, but also my hero.'

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750534208

Published:

01-08-2011

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A Very Private Diary

Author:

Mary Morris/Carol Acton

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1939: Mary Mulry was eighteen years old when she arrived in London from Ireland to begin training as a nurse. She had hoped for an adventure and a new start; she could not have predicted what the next seven years would bring. In this extraordinary diary Mary recorded in intimate detail her experiences as a nurse on the Home Front and later working on the frontline in Europe. In Normandy, she tended to Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war. In war-torn Belgium, she witnessed harrowing casualties from the Battle of Arnhem. Yet, romance, glamour and adventure were never far away for Mary.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750541220

Published:

01-11-2015

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Our Zoo

Author:

June Mottershead

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When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about Granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin or polar bear - for June they were simply family.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750541558

Published:

01-12-2015

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Open The Cage, Murphy

Author:

Paul O'Grady

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This is a roller coaster ride through a decade of Paul O'Grady's life. His brilliant comic creation Lily Savage embraces success as to the manner born and world domination beckons Stuffed to the gunwales with hilarious stories, extreme situations and outrageous one-liners, the stories come thick and fast. Paul is involved in a plane crash, gets caught up in the LA riots and has a close encounter with Madonna. He takes us with him to a gay-themed weekend in Butlin's, on a rowdy tour with PRISONER CELL BLOCK H - THE MUSICAL and into the Australian rainforest.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750544467

Published:

01-08-2017

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