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Books of the Month

Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby
Fragile Lives A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
Stephen Westaby
February 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Heart surgery is by its very nature a high-risk business and as Professor Stephen Westaby says ‘the grim reaper sits on your shoulder’, but when it is successful it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass
Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training courses on fostering, and writes under a pseudonym. If you’ve not read any of her previous books, this can be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Murder
Martin Edwards
A splendidly pleasing work of literary detection that sometimes reads as fast as a novel as it unveils the real world behind the pages of mystery fiction. Himself an esteemed practitioner of the English school of crime, Edwards is also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime by Devika A. Rosamund
The Road East to India Diary of a Journey of a Lifetime
Devika A. Rosamund
In 1975, decades before ‘The Gap Year’ was commonplace, 22-year-old student Devika A. Rosamund fulfilled a life long dream to take time away from her studies in England to travel by herself to India. And not by hopping on a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2017
The Wild Other A Memoir by Clover Stroud
The Wild Other A Memoir
Clover Stroud
The Wild Other is a powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, love, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses. Grippingly honest, powerful and deeply emotional, this is the story of an extraordinary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801 by Roger Hutchinson
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-Maker The Story of Britain Through its Census, Since 1801
Roger Hutchinson
The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is a witty, insightful and surprising history of modern Britain, narrated through the colourful stories of the men and women who forged the country. All human life is here, from prime ministers to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2017
The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag
The Durrells of Corfu
Michael Haag
Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant civil engineer, had died. It recalls the real life characters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World by Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
The Female Lead Women Who Shape Our World
Edwina Dunn, Brigitte Lacombe
Illustrated with original photography, this title presents portraits of sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman
A Woman's Work
Harriet Harman
From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2017
Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful by Daniel Levin
Nothing but a Circus Misadventures Among the Powerful
Daniel Levin
Based on the author's first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, Nothing but a Circus offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen behind closed doors, observing the appalling lengths that people go...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
Love Like Salt A Memoir by Helen Stevenson
Love Like Salt A Memoir
Helen Stevenson
A beautifully written memoir, in the vein of H is for Hawk and The Last Act of Love, about mothers and daughters, and living the best life you can, even in the shadow of illness.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell
Fathers and Sons
Howard Cunnell
Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness. A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/12/2016

Last Month's Featured Books

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Phil Collins
Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for Genesis. In his memoir, he talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health....

All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

All at Sea
Decca Aitkenhead
If you need an illustration of how life can turn from happiness to despair in an instant then read All at Sea an account that shows how, in minutes, Decca...

The Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

The Glass Universe The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of remarkable women whose vital contributions to the burgeoning...

Stephen Hawking His Life and Work by Kitty Ferguson

Stephen Hawking His Life and Work
Kitty Ferguson
In 1963 Stephen Hawking was given a couple of years to live. In January 2017 he celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday. This biography of the brilliant theoretical physicist and inspirational international...

Passage Across the Mersey by Robert Bhatia

Passage Across the Mersey
Robert Bhatia
The remarkable true story of Helen Forrester, author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and how she turned her life from tragedy to triumph. Full of new revelations and fascinating...

Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew

Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Keggie Carew
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016. The author grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest...

The Month Before's Featured Books

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
Edmund de Waal
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' Adult category at the Independent...

Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters by Nigel Spivey

Classical Civilization A History in Ten Chapters
Nigel Spivey
A masterly account of how the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome came into being, by a prize-winning Cambridge classicist whose writing is as accessible as it is scholarly. A...

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

Mad Girl
Bryony Gordon
Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony Gordon explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can. Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching,...

A History of Britain in 100 Dogs by Emma White

A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Emma White
Dogs as hunters, fighters, companions and helpers – all feature in this compendium of 100 dogs famous and otherwise. There are dogs in fact - revealing some little-known stories of...

Augustine Conversions and Confessions by Robin Lane Fox

Augustine Conversions and Confessions
Robin Lane Fox
Joint Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2016. Augustine is the person from the ancient world about whom we know most. He is the author of an intimate...

Keeping on Keeping on by Alan Bennett

Keeping on Keeping on
Alan Bennett
This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett. This latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on...

Revolution A History of England Volume IV by Peter Ackroyd

Revolution A History of England Volume IV
Peter Ackroyd
The fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's enthralling History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a famous victory. In it, Ackroyd takes readers from...

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by...

Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie by Woody Woodmansey

Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie
Woody Woodmansey
Playing with Bowie took Woody Woodmansey on an eye-opening and transformative journey. In Spider From Mars he writes candidly about the characters who surrounded Bowie, recalling the album sessions as...

Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World by Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood

Great Expeditions 50 Journeys That Changed Our World
Mark Steward, Alan Greenwood
Hearing of this title my heart sunk a little, a book filled with (mostly) Victorian moustache twiddling tales of derring do – or so I thought - how wrong can...

The Runaway Girl A Beautiful Girl. Trafficked for Sex. Is There Nowhere to Hide? by Casey Watson

The Runaway Girl A Beautiful Girl. Trafficked for Sex. Is There Nowhere to Hide?
Casey Watson
A particularly timely and relevant tale from Casey Watson, who is a specialist foster carer and author. Casey agrees to foster 14 year old Adrianna from Poland, Adrianna has no...

The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack

The Un-Discovered Islands An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
Malachy Tallack
Winner of The Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017. An investigation into an intriguing subject – Islands that feature in myth, even been found on historical maps, they...

The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News by Patrick Kidd

The Times Diary at 50 The Antidote to the News
Patrick Kidd
Here are just some of the light-hearted news items that have made it into the Times Diary Column over the past 50 years. Patrick Kidd has picked the best of...

Fear Our Ultimate Challenge by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Fear Our Ultimate Challenge
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences and those of others to try and explain what fear is, and how we feel it. With an enthralling...

Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain's Greatest Polar Explorer by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Colder The Illustrated Story of Britain's Greatest Polar Explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The fully illustrated edition of Britain's greatest living polar explorer's memoirs, with personal photographs, maps and diaries of his adventures. Colder is the perfect coffee table guide to understanding how...

A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray

A History of Britain in 21 Women A Personal Selection
Jenni Murray
In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens,...

Only Fools and Horses The Peckham Archives by Rod Green

Only Fools and Horses The Peckham Archives
Rod Green
The Trotter family have been pillars of the Peckham community for decades, so when a bin man found this folder of documents at the bottom of the refuse chute in...

The Terry Pratchett Diary by Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium

The Terry Pratchett Diary
Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
The Terry Pratchett Diary? Yes please! With thoughts of warmth, admiration, love and laughter from his family, friends and colleagues scattered among the months, you glimpse a new side, a...

Alan Partridge Nomad by Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge Nomad
Alan Partridge
Alan Partridge can make a trip to buy a pint of milk into an epic dual with destiny so I’m surprised he’s managed to “trek” as far as he documents...

The Brontesaurus An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell) by John Sutherland, John Crace

The Brontesaurus An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
John Sutherland, John Crace
Distinguished literary critic John Sutherland takes an idiosyncratic look at the world of the Brontes, from the bumps on Charlotte's head to the nefarious origins of Mr Rochester's fortune, by...

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical
Helena Kelly
In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was...

The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach

The Art of Beatrix Potter Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations
Emily Zach
A beautifully presented celebration of the art of one of our most famous and well-loved children’s author, this collection shows us the wealth of material she produced and the true...

SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History by Ben Macintyre

SAS Rogue Heroes - The Authorized Wartime History
Ben Macintyre
From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS. An exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary...

Endurance The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek by Rick Broadbent

Endurance The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek
Rick Broadbent
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story...

Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Barbarian Days A Surfing Life
William Finnegan
Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016. Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, a social history,...

Forever Young The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football's Lost Genius by Oliver Kay

Forever Young The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football's Lost Genius
Oliver Kay
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The great untold story about Manchester United's golden generation. Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer. For one...

Chasing Shadows The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck by Tim Lane, Elliot Cartledge

Chasing Shadows The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck
Tim Lane, Elliot Cartledge
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows: The Life And Death Of Peter Roebuck will...

Mr Darley's Arabian High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses by Chris McGrath

Mr Darley's Arabian High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life: A History of Racing in 25 Horses
Chris McGrath
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The story of racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional horses. With a canvas that extends from...

Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad

Find a Way One Untamed and Courageous Life
Diana Nyad
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. In the 1970s, Diana Nyad was widely regarded as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and set...

Mister The Men Who Gave the World the Game by Rory Smith

Mister The Men Who Gave the World the Game
Rory Smith
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2016. The remarkable story of how British coaches took football to the world, and contine to influence the game...

Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy

Elizabeth The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016. This gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth I's life and times - often told in her own words ('You know I am no...

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