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In The Family Way

Author:

Jane Robinson

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Only a generation or two ago, illegitimacy was one of the most shameful things that could happen in a family. Today, babies' parents are as likely to be unmarried as married. This revolution in public opinion makes it easy to forget what it was like to give birth, or be born, out of wedlock in the years between the First World War and the dawn of the permissive age. IN THE FAMILY WAY tells secrets kept for entire lifetimes; in it we hear long-silent voices from the workhouse, the Magdalene Laundry, and the distant mother-and-baby home. Anonymous childhoods are recalled, spent in the care of Dr Barnardo or a child migration scheme halfway across the world. There are sorrowful stories - but also stories of hope, of triumph and the everyday strength of the human spirit.

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Hard Cover

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General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827088

Published:

01-02-2016

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Wish You Were Here

Author:

Lynn Russell/Neil Hanson

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'Wish You Were Here' tells the stories of seven girls who worked as redcoats in Butlin's Golden Age from the 1950s to the 1970s. From pranks and feuds to falling in love and forging lifelong friendships, Knobbly Knees winners and beauty queens alike can now discover the touching and gloriously funny highs, lows, secrets and scandals of those at the very heart of the world's most famous holiday camp. Forget 'Hi-de-Hi!', this is what it was really like. Times have changed, but the friendships and bonds formed between those redcoats, and those who also worked or holidayed at Butlin's in those sunlit days, will endure forever.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750540544

Published:

01-03-2015

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The End Of Your Life Book Club

Author:

Will Schwalbe

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In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later, she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a 'book club' that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading, Will and Mary Anne carry on wide-ranging, deeply personal conversations, discussing questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss and a joyful celebration of life: Will's love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818826

Published:

01-03-2014

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Paths Not Taken

Author:

John Scott

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Returning home to York from his National Service, John Scott embarks upon a career as reporter for THE YORKSHIRE POST. Painting a vivid picture of the sleepy cathedral city and its post-war rejuvenation, his memoir recounts the rich variety of a pressman's life: from covering local council meetings to shadowing a British Army patrol in Belfast, addressing a village WI to riding in a royal bridal procession. But John's more exciting escapades have whetted his appetite for Fleet Street journalism, leading to a personal battle between ambition and contentment...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822946

Published:

01-02-2015

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University At Last!

Author:

John Scott

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In his sixties John took early retirement, gave up journalism and decided it was time to fulfil a life-long ambition to get himself an education. He had already taken A-levels at night school, for fun, and found to his surprise that he had enough qualifications to become a full-time undergraduate at his home university - York. John describes the reactions of his wife, and the interactions of his fellow scholars, when instead of becoming an old age pensioner he became a student.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444812480

Published:

01-09-2012

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The Ravenmaster

Author:

Christopher Skaife

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For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Legend has it that if they should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom. One man is personally responsible for ensuring that such a disaster never comes to pass: the Ravenmaster. The current holder of the position is Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife. They are not the easiest of charges: much given to mischief, their escapades have often led him into unlikely, and sometimes even undignified, situations. Now, in the first intimate behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens of the Tower, the Ravenmaster himself shares the folklore, history and superstitions surrounding both these remarkable birds and their home.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417559

Published:

01-08-2019

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Murder At Wrotham Hill

Author:

Diana Souhami

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Dagmar, a gentle, eccentric spinster, was the embodiment of Austerity Britain's prudence and thrift. Her murderer Harold Hagger, with his litany of petty crimes, abandoned wives, sloughed-off identities and army desertions, was its opposite. With their characters so indelibly marked, their tragic meeting seemed in some way destined. Featuring England's first celebrity policeman, Fabian of the Yard, the celebrated forensic scientist, Keith Simpson, and history's most famous and dedicated hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, this is a gripping and deeply moving account of true crime by one of our most acclaimed writers.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780753153338

Published:

01-06-2014

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Dear Fahrenheit 451

Author:

Annie Spence

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Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the "must-read" book that you wish you hadn't? Librarian Annie Spence has done just that, writing fan-girl love letters to books like MATILDA and THE GOLDFINCH, and irreverent break-up notes to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and THE HOBBIT. Annie's letters will make you laugh, remind you why you love your favourite books, and give you lots of new entries for your reading list. She's also on hand to help you with your bookish dilemmas: recommendations for lazy readers, excuses to tell your friends when you'd rather stay home reading, and how to turn your lover into a reader.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417795

Published:

01-10-2019

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Poirot And Me

Author:

David Suchet/Geoffrey Wansell

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In the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he bids adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life. In POIROT AND ME, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed. Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential reading for Poirot fans all over the world.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780753153932

Published:

01-07-2015

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Torvill And Dean - Our Life On Ice

Author:

Jayne Torvill/Christopher Dean

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When Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean kneeled down together on the ice in Sarajevo in February 1984 for the start of their famous Bolero routine, more than 24 million people in Britain tuned in to watch them to see if they could win Olympic gold. Four minutes and 28 seconds later, the crowd went wild, and the judges scored them with 12 perfect 6.0s. It was an unforgettable and brilliant performance that made national heroes of them. But what was the real story behind their extraordinary feat? Now, in their definitive memoir, Torvill and Dean relive the drama and hard work that came from reaching the Olympic summit.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750541541

Published:

01-10-2015

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Made For Goodness

Author:

Desmond Tutu/Mpho Tutu

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As Archbishop of Cape Town during the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Desmond Tutu saw many shocking and violent incidents. Later, as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a leading peace negotiator in troubled parts of the world, he heard appalling stories of man's inhumanity to man. Yet his firm conviction remains that we are 'made by goodness for goodness'. Tutu explains that, though we sometimes act out of depravity and despair, we know in our heart of hearts that we are not as we were meant to be, and were created to be so much more...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444813937

Published:

01-01-2013

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Picked Up, Patched Up And Sent Home

Author:

Carl Walker

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Like so many people, Carl Walker has used the NHS for a number of reasons throughout his life - some serious, others less so. From being caught red-handed testing a stethoscope on himself, and (unsuccessfully) attempting to remove a friend's ingrown toenail with a pair of pliers, to the health visitor who offers guidance that soothes Carl's newborn and restores sanity to his household, the specialists who help him manage his epilepsy, and the GP who assures him the worrying lump is not cancer, here are stories that speak to the experiences of normal folk, and remind us just what an amazing thing a public national health service really is.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827637

Published:

01-03-2016

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