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Far From The East End

Author:

Iris Jones Simantel

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Born in 1938 under the threat of looming war, Iris spends her early years in Dagenham, playing in the rubble of bombed buildings by day and cowering in a dusty shelter at night. But the hardships of poverty and the dreaded Blitz cannot match the pain she feels at her parents' indifference. When she is evacuated, Iris finds the nurturing home she has always dreamed of with her adopted Welsh parents. But she wonders what will be waiting for her when she returns to London after the war. Will she ever be able to love her philandering father, depressive mother and an angry, bullying brother? Will her family even survive? Or will she have to look further afield for the affection she longs for?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444818451

Published:

01-02-2014

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A Youthful Absurdity

Author:

Frederick E. Smith

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Events have a way of shaping a man's life, and in chronicling them I have the hope, forlorn though it may be, that I might be better understood and even forgiven by those whose patience I must have tried so often. Because this book covers my earlier years and because my age fated me to serve throughout the second world war, this means some of these events took place in conflict. It is not the intention to dwell on the brutal aspects of war, but to cover the bizarre, and often downright absurd that plagued my life from birth.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781842628577

Published:

01-10-2011

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Stalin's Had It Now!

Author:

James Stevenson

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'SO YOU LOT WANT TO BE PILOTS? BLOODY HELL, STALIN'S HAD IT NOW!' Such were the withering words of the corporal as he eyed his raw National Service recruits. When young James Stevenson was called up in 1952, he knew exactly how he wished to serve his country - flying in the RAF. From his very first flight in a Tiger Moth ('Excuse me, sir, where are the brakes?') to mock dogfights with his fellow trainees (strictly forbidden), square-bashing and Brasso-ing in England to spinning aerobatics over the snowy prairies of Canada, this is the story of James's quest for his coveted wings.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444825824

Published:

01-10-2015

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A Passion For Living

Author:

Alexander Stobbs

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Our lives are precious. Never more so than for nineteen-year-old Alexander Stobbs. Living with cystic fibrosis, each day could be his last: eating, sleeping and even breathing can be a struggle. His determination to live life to the full is set against the exhausting everyday rigours of medication and treatment to keep him alive. An Eton scholar, who won a music scholarship to King's College Cambridge, his story spurs us to make every day count. Alex takes us on his journey, where, determined to live his dreams, he prepares to conduct Bach's three-hour-long St Matthew Passion...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444807011

Published:

01-04-2011

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Hero Of The Fleet

Author:

William Stone

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William Stone died on Saturday 10th January 2009 aged 108. He received a hero's funeral. Born in rural Devon, he joined the navy during the First World War, travelled the globe just before the British Empire's light began to fade and saw action in some of the most significant sea battles of the Second World War. Afterwards, he returned to Devon to run a barber's shop, an altogether more peaceable existence. Through his years of retirement, he tended his garden, unaware that celebrity was stalking him. As time passed, he became one of a dwindling number of men who served in the Great War. This is his astonishing story.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780753152485

Published:

01-07-2011

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Jack Duckworth And Me

Author:

Bill Tarmey with Alan Hart

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Bill Tarmey played lovable rogue Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street for 31 years before retiring during the show's 50th birthday at the end of 2010. His final days on the show provided moving episodes that made national headlines. Bill now tells the full story of his time on the Street, from hilarious behind the scenes moments with fellow actors to the more emotional times when beloved characters, including his own, died.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750536295

Published:

01-10-2012

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West End Girls

Author:

Barbara Tate

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Barbara Tate was twenty-one when she escaped from her loveless home to the forbidden streets of Soho. London after the Second World War would never be the same again. There the naive Barbara met the beautiful and capricious Mae. When she takes a job as Mae's maid, she imagines she'll be housekeeping. But down a shabby back street Barbara discovers the secret lives of Soho's working girls... In an astonishing world of fierce friendships, bitter rivalries, dangerous men and desperate measures, Barbara soon learns that taking the punter's money and making tea are just the essentials. She will need to be nursemaid, protector and confidante to impossible, adorable, self-destructive Mae.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781444807301

Published:

01-07-2011

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The Life Of A Scilly Sergeant

Author:

Colin Taylor

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"Oh, are you the guy who does the Facebook stuff? Whatever happens here, keep it up, mate." It was the middle of the afternoon and he was butt naked, with a grass skirt in his right hand, pants and T-shirt in his left, and plastic flowers in his hair. So for the first time in my career, I actually had to resort to using my helmet to preserve the modesty of the groom as I led him away from public view in Hugh Street, with his best man nearby taking some essential stag-do pre-wedding blackmail photographs... This book is my account of some of the more unique aspects of policing the Isles of Scilly. I really hope you enjoy it; and if we should meet, please don't end up in one of my stories.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781785413445

Published:

01-04-2017

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The Life Of A Scilly Sergeant

Author:

Colin Taylor

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"Oh, are you the guy who does the Facebook stuff? Whatever happens here, keep it up, mate." It was the middle of the afternoon and he was butt naked, with a grass skirt in his right hand, pants and T-shirt in his left, and plastic flowers in his hair. So for the first time in my career, I actually had to resort to using my helmet to preserve the modesty of the groom as I led him away from public view in Hugh Street, with his best man nearby taking some essential stag-do pre-wedding blackmail photographs... This book is my account of some of the more unique aspects of policing the Isles of Scilly. I really hope you enjoy it; and if we should meet, please don't end up in one of my stories.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781785413506

Published:

01-04-2018

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A Life In Death

Author:

Richard Venables/Kris Hollington

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Detective Inspector Richard Venables QPM (Rtd.) has helped identify thousands of bodies all over the world, piecing together fragments from tsunamis, transport and other disasters to return the victims to their loved ones. A world-renowned expert in Disaster Victim Identification who was a member of the UK Police's Major Disaster Advisory Team, Richard's destiny was shaped in part by his presence as a uniformed sergeant at the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. In A Life in Death, Richard tells the extraordinary story of how death came to be a key feature of his personal as well as professional life, and how he coped with the biggest challenge of all: the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the deadliest event of its kind ever experienced by human civilization, claiming 230,000 lives.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9781785417078

Published:

01-04-2019

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Over A Hot Stove

Author:

Flo Wadlow

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This delightful memoir provides a unique 'Upstairs, Downstairs' account of what life was really like in a bygone era. At the age of sixteen, Flo Wadlow left her family to begin what would become a distinguished life 'in service'. Starting as a kitchen maid in London, she soon rose through the ranks and worked at many of England's great houses. By her early twenties, Flo was in charge of the kitchen and cooked for prime ministers and royalty. Including some of Flo's cherished recipes, Over A Hot Stove is a must-read for fans of Downton Abbey.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750539425

Published:

01-08-2014

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Gypsy Boy On The Run

Author:

Mikey Walsh

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Mikey is a Romany Gypsy and grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK. He adored his family and the rich and vibrant Romany culture he'd inherited but eventually he was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to leave. But Mikey quickly discovers that life in the outside world isn't all he expected. After learning his father has put a contract out on him. Mikey realises that life will never be the same again. Brimming with unforgettable characters, this extraordinary coming-of-age story will remind you that sometimes it takes courage to be the person you were meant to be.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Autobiography

ISBN:

9780750535908

Published:

01-08-2012

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