• Auschwitz: a Doctor's Eyewitness Account
    Auschwitz: a Doctor's Eyewitness Account
    ISBN: 9780141392219
    Title: Auschwitz: a Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    In April 1944, Miklos Nyiszli was taken to Auschwitz as a Hungarian Jew. When he arrived at the camp, he discovered huge crematoria and the 'nauseating odour of burning flesh and scorched hair', but identified himself as an experienced forensic doctor in the belief this could help others. He would soon be working on experiments and autopsies under Joseph Mengele himself, until Auschwitz was finally liberated in 1945.Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account is a shocking, controversial and heart-breaking look at one of humanity's darkest moments, through one man's honest report of his time there, assisting the very men who were responsible for the deaths of thousands.With an Introduction by Richard EvansAnd an Afterword by Bruno BettelheimTranslated by Tibère Kremer and Richard Seaver'The best brief account of the Auschwitz experience available.' The New York Review of Books

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Autobiography
    ISBN: 9780141186863
    Title: Autobiography

    Gandhi succeeded in uniting India in a national movement and did as much in the first half of the twentieth century as any other single individual to change the course of history. In this classic autobiography, he recounts the story of his life from boyhood and child-marriage, through the first stirrings of non-violent protest in South Africa to the early phase of his part in India's fight for independence. Gandhi's aim in this book was not to write a conventional autobiography but to relate his numerous experiments in his search for Absolute Truth - the sovereign principle behind his struggle against racism, violence and colonialism. Powerful and inspirational, it reveals the heart and mind of one of the world's great spiritual leaders.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    ISBN: 9781841593661
    Title: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklin's account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. There are actual breaks in the narrative between the first three parts, but Part Three's narrative continues into Part Four without an authorial break (only an editorial one). Part One of the Autobiography is addressed to Franklin's son William, at that time (1771) Royal Governor of New Jersey. While in England at the estate of the Bishop of St Asaph in Twyford, Franklin, now 65 years old, begins by saying that it may be agreeable to his son to know some of the incidents of his father's life; so with a week's uninterrupted leisure, he is beginning to write them down for William. He starts with some anecdotes of his grandfather, uncles, father and mother. He deals with his childhood, his fondness for reading, and his service as an apprentice to his brother James Franklin, a Boston printer and the publisher of the New England Courant. After improving his writing skills through study of the Spectator by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele, he writes an anonymous paper and slips it under the door of the printing house by night. Not knowing its author, James and his friends praise the paper and it is published in the Courant, which encourages Ben to produce more essays (the "Silence Dogood" essays) which are also published. When Ben reveals his authorship, James is angered, thinking the recognition of his papers will make Ben too vain. James and Ben have frequent disputes and Ben seeks for a way to escape from working under James. Eventually James gets in trouble with the colonial assembly, which jails him for a short time and then forbids him to continue publishing his paper. James and his friends come up with the stratagem that the Courant should hereafter be published under the name of Benjamin Franklin, although James will still actually be in control. James signs a discharge of Ben's apprenticeship papers but writes up new private indenture papers for Ben to sign which will secure Ben's service for the remainder of the agreed time. But when a fresh disagreement arises between the brothers, Ben chooses to leave James, correctly judging that James will not dare to produce the secret indenture papers. ("It was not fair in me to take this Advantage," Franklin comments, "and this I therefore reckon one of the first Errata of my life.") James does, however, make it impossible for Ben to get work anywhere else in Boston. Sneaking onto a ship without his father's or brother's knowledge, Ben heads for New York, but the printer William Bradford is unable to employ him; however, he tells Ben that his son Andrew, a Philadelphia printer, may be able to use him since one of his son's principal employees had just died. By the time Ben reaches Philadelphia, Andrew Bradford has already replaced his employee, but refers Ben to Samuel Keimer, another printer in the city, who is able to give him work. The Governor, Sir William Keith, takes notice of Franklin and offers to set him up in business for himself. On Keith's recommendation, Franklin goes to London for printing supplies, but when he arrives, he finds that Keith has not written the promised letter of recommendation for him, and that "no one who knew him had the smallest Dependence on him."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Autobiography of Fidel Castro
    Autobiography of Fidel Castro
    ISBN: 9780393068993
    Title: Autobiography of Fidel Castro

    An audacious ""biography"" of the ex-president of Cuba told in Castro's own outrageous, bombastic voice. Prize-winning author and journalist Norberto Fuentes was once a revolutionary: a writer with privileged access to Fidel Castro's inner circle during some the most challenging years of the revolution. But in the late 1990s, as the regime began sending its oldest comrades to the firing squad, he became A Man Who Knew Too Much. Escaping a death sentence and now living in exile, Fuentes has written a brilliant, satirical, and utterly captivating ""autobiography"" of the Cuban leader-in Fidel's own arrogant and seductive language-discussing everything from Castro's early sexual experiences in Birán to his true feelings about Che Guevara and his philosophy on murder, legacy, and state secrets. Critics have long admired Fuentes's writing; one U.S. article called him ""Norman Mailer's Cuban pen pal."" Akin to Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, or Edmund Morris's Dutch, this wickedly entertaining, true-to-life masterpiece is as imaginative and outsized as Castro himself.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Autobiography of James T. Kirk: the Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain
    Autobiography of James T. Kirk: the Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain
    ISBN: 9781785650291
    Title: Autobiography of James T. Kirk: the Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain
    Author: GOODMAN DAVID A.

    The Autobiography of James T. Kirk chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain's life (2233-2371), in hisown words. From his birth on the U.S.S. Kelvin, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the StarfleetAcademy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of theEnterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen.Kirk's singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and hiscommitment to the life--in all forms--throughout this Galaxy and beyond. Excerpts from his personalcorrespondence, captain's logs, and more give Kirk's personal narrative further depth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Ayesha's Gift: a Daughter's Search for the Truth About Her Father
    Ayesha's Gift: a Daughter's Search for the Truth About Her Father
    ISBN: 9781471149764
    Title: Ayesha's Gift: a Daughter's Search for the Truth About Her Father

    From the author of the bestselling Philomena, made into the award-winning film starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, comes the story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father.& The Pakistani authorities talk of suicide, but why would Ayesha's happy, gentle father kill himself?& &
    & & Ayesha's quest to find the truth takes her right away from her safe London existence.& She meets with threats, intimidation and smiling perjurers who resent her intrusion into their world. She is warned that her life is in danger; powerful, ruthless men have reasons to want her silenced.& & But there are things she needs to know, that compel her to press on with her search for the truth.
    & & Was her father an innocent victim?& Can she continue to revere the image of him she grew up with, that of a good, loving parent?& Or will she be forced to accept that her father was not the person she thought he was?&
    & & Ayesha decides that the only way forward is to fly to Pakistan and confront his killers.& & & When she goes, Martin Sixsmith goes with her.& & The denouement of their journey together is extraordinarily moving, with unforeseen repercussions for them both.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Back Story: a Memoir
    Back Story: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780007351749
    Title: Back Story: a Memoir

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life. As well as giving a specific account of every single time he's scored some smack, this disgusting memoir also details: * the singular, pitbull-infested charm of the FRP ('Flat Roofed Pub') * the curious French habit of injecting everyone in the arse rather than the arm * why, by the time he got to Cambridge, he really, really needed a drink * the pain of being denied a childhood birthday party at McDonalds * the satisfaction of writing jokes about suicide * how doing quite a lot of walking around London helps with his sciatica * trying to pretend he isn't a total **** at Robert Webb's wedding * that he has fallen in love at LOT, but rarely done anything about it * why it would be worse to bump into Michael Palin than Hitler on holiday * that he's not David Mitchell the novelist. Despite what David Miliband might think Gold title * David will fully promote to his army of Twitter followers, now exceeding 890k in number * Peep Show has attracted 1.8 million viewers and has 1 million DVD sales. Over 10 million viewers have watched his Soap Box YouTube channel. * Will also appeal to his Observer readership, where he has been a columnist since 2009 * The audience is huge: David's TV appearances include Have I Got News For You, QI, Would I Lie to You? And 10'clock Live. He is also and regular on Radio 4, appearing on Desert Island Discs, Just a Minute and presently on The Unbelievable Truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Backpack, a Bear & Eight Crates of Vodka: a Memoir
    Backpack, a Bear & Eight Crates of Vodka: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780345806338
    Title: Backpack, a Bear & Eight Crates of Vodka: a Memoir
    Author: GOLINKIN LEV

    In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family's long trek and locate the strangers who fought for his freedom. Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. It's also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible to say thank you. This is a thrilling tale of escape and survival, a deeply personal look at the life of a Jewish child caught in the last gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative investigation into the power of hatred and the search for belonging.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bad Behaviour
    Bad Behaviour
    ISBN: 9781743319574
    Title: Bad Behaviour

    It is night. They move with such stealth they could be almost floating along the road. I can't see faces, just the outline of their movement. But when the moon drifts out from behind a cloud, bathing the road in an urgent sort of light, I see how they're all gazing up towards me. 'They're coming back,' I murmur. I turn to Kendall, and she puts her sewing aside, eyes on me. They never waiver.'..It was supposed to be a place where teenagers would learn resilience, confidence and independence, where long hikes and runs in the bush would make their bodies strong and foster a connection with the natural world. Living in bare wooden huts, cut off from the outside world, the students would experience a very different kind of schooling, one intended to have a strong influence over the kind of adults they would eventually become. Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Starford spent a year at this school in the bush. In her boarding house fifteen girls were left largely unsupervised, a combination of the worst behaved students and some of the most socially vulnerable. As everyone tried to fit in and cope with their feelings of isolation and homesickness, Rebecca found herself joining ranks with the powerful girls, and participating in various forms of bullying and aggression. Increasingly horrified at her own behaviour, Rebecca soon found herself excluded from this group and subjected to bullying herself. 'Bad Behaviour' tells the story of that year, a time of friendship and joy, but also of shame and fear. It explores how those crucial experiences affected Rebecca as an adult and shaped her future relationships, and asks courageous questions about the nature of female friendship. Moving, wise and painfully honest, this extraordinary memoir shows how bad behaviour from childhood, in all its forms, can be so often and so easily repeated throughout our adult lives.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Bad Blood: a Memoir
    Bad Blood: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780008329679
    Title: Bad Blood: a Memoir
    Author: SAGE LORNA

    One of the most critically acclaimed memoirs ever written. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. Lorna sage's outstanding childhood and adolescence brings to life her eccentric family and bizarre upbringing in rural Wales. The period is evoked through a wickedly funny and deeply intelligent account: from the 1940s, dominated for Lorna by her dissolute but charismatic vicar grandfather, through the 1950s, where the invention of fish fingers revolutionised the lives of housewives like Lorna's mother, to the brink of the 1960s, where Lorna's pregnancy at 16 outraged those around her, an event her grandmother blamed on 'the fiendish invention of sex'. Bad Blood vividly and wittily explores a vanished time and place, and illuminate the lives of three generations of women.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bad Kid
    Bad Kid
    ISBN: 9780062371287
    Title: Bad Kid
    Author: CRABB DAVID

    Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas.

    In the summer of 1989, three Goth kids crossed a street in San Antonio. They had no idea that a deeply confused fourteen-year-old boy was watching. Their dyed hair, fishnets, and eyeliner were his first evidence of another world--a place he desperately wanted to go. He just had no idea how to get there.

    Somehow David Crabb had convinced himself that every guy preferred French-braiding his girlfriend's hair to making out, and that the funny feelings he got watching Silver Spoons and Growing Pains had nothing to do with Ricky Schroeder or Kirk Cameron. But discovering George Michael's Faith confirmed for David what every bully already knew: he was gay. Surviving high school, with its gym classes, locker rooms, and naked, glistening senior guys, would require impossible feats of denial.

    What saved him was finding a group of outlandish friends who reveled in being outsiders. David found himself enmeshed with misfits: wearing black, cutting class, staying out all night, drinking, tripping, chain-smoking, idolizing The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, and Joy Division--and learning lessons about life and love along the way.

    Richly detailed with 80s pop-culture, and including black and white photos throughout, BAD KID is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is poignant. Crabb's journey through adolescence captures the essence of every person's struggle to understand his or her true self.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu & Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu & Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    ISBN: 9781476777412
    Title: Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu & Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

    To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven.

    In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers.

    In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

    Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali's--and the world's--literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city's manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants' march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00

  • Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre
    Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre
    ISBN: 9781910702895
    Title: Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre

    ** BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week **

    You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you're in show business. These are some of the balancing acts that the National Theatre, and this book, is about.

    This is the inside story of twelve years at the helm of Britain's greatest theatre. It is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes such as The History Boys, War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors; of opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before, and changing the public's perception of what theatre is for. It is about probing Shakespeare from every angle and reinventing the classics. About fostering new talent and directing some of the most celebrated actors of our times. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren.

    Intimate, candid and insightful, Balancing Acts is a passionate exploration of the art and alchemy of making theatre.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Barack Obama the Making of the Man
    Barack Obama the Making of the Man
    ISBN: 9781848872806
    Title: Barack Obama the Making of the Man

    Millions have read Barak Obama's Dreams from my Father and think they know his story. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss has produced a startling biography which reveals the true narrative of Obama's early years. In BARACK OBAMA, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Texas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar opposites in every way, which produced these two extraordinary individuals, who met briefly in Hawaii, never cohabited, and married only to legitimize the child born of that union. At the heart of Obama's psyche and his political beliefs - and therefore his presidency - is his life-long struggle to understand the extreme duality of his identity. Maraniss explores his extraordinary journey from a mixed race boy raised by white grandparents in laid-back Hawaii to an African American with a burning political vision and vocation. BARACK OBAMA contains a wealth of new material. Maraniss reveals here previously unpublished love letters written by Obama as a young man in a search of an identity: black or white, writer or a man who could lead. He also includes the journal entries of Obama's first significant (white) girlfriend, which chart their intense relationship and the moment when young Barack realised that he must leave everything behind him and set out for Chicago in order to 'become' an African American. The story wrought here is one of fierce ambition, survival, and love.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Barack Obama the Making of the Man
    Barack Obama the Making of the Man
    ISBN: 9781848872813
    Title: Barack Obama the Making of the Man

    Pulitzer prize-winning biographer david maraniss reveals the statling story of US president Barack Obama's early years. At the heart of Obama's psyche, and therefore his presidency, is his life-long struggle to form an identity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Barefoot Surgeon: The Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight & Hope to the World's Poor
    Barefoot Surgeon: The Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight & Hope to the World's Poor
    ISBN: 9781760292706
    Title: Barefoot Surgeon: The Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight & Hope to the World's Poor
    Author: GRIPPER ALI

    Inspiring and uplifting, this is the extraordinary the story of Dr Sanduk Ruit who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest and most isolated people.

    'A true insight into my remarkable friend Dr Sanduk Ruit.' - Gabi Hollows 'He reminds me of Don Bradman. They both have a God-given talent and skill....' - Ray Martin 'If I've done one thing in life I'm proud of, it's launching Ruit into the world'. - Fred Hollows 'One of the greatest people I've ever met.' - Joel Edgerton 'I've known Dr Sanduk Ruit for over thirty years. He is one of our greatest living eye surgeons and humanitarians...Watching him give the gift of sight is like watching someone give a second life.' - Richard Gere Inspiring and uplifting, this is the extraordinary story of Dr Sanduk Ruit who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the world's poorest and most isolated people. It is the story of a boy from the lowest tiers of a rigid caste system who grew up in a tiny, remote Himalayan village with no school to become one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world and a medical giant of Asia. Compelling and compassionate, it is also the story of a young doctor who became Fred Hollows' medical soul mate and who chose to defy the world's medical establishment and the lure of riches to make the world a better place.

    Ali Gripper has written features for newspapers and magazines for more than two decades including Good Weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the South China Morning Post and Country Style Magazine. She worked closely with Dr Ruit for three years to write his life story.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Beatle Who Vanished
    Beatle Who Vanished
    ISBN: 9780985667702
    Title: Beatle Who Vanished

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    ISBN: 9781471182303
    Title: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
    Author: SHEFF DAVID

    #1 New York Times bestseller
    With a new afterword

    Now a Major Motion Picture
    Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan

    & "A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts." -- Anne Lamott

    "'When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.' That's ultimately whatBeautiful Boy is about: truth and healing." -- Mary Pipher, author ofReviving Ophelia
    What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff's journey through his son Nic's addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls--is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
    "Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir." --Washington Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Beautiful Thing Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer
    Beautiful Thing Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer
    ISBN: 9781863955218
    Title: Beautiful Thing Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Beauty Disrupted a Memoir
    Beauty Disrupted a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780062024459
    Title: Beauty Disrupted a Memoir

    Throughout her career, supermodel and actress CarrÉ Otis has been celebrated for her striking physical beauty-but in this brazenly honest memoir she revisits the ugliest parts of her past to reveal the events that ultimately brought her to strive for, and champion, the kind of beauty that can only be found within. In Beauty Disrupted CarrÉ details the triumphs and challenges of her career in modeling, her rise to fame on the covers of Elle, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Marie Claire, her battle against eating disorders and drug addiction, and her infamous marriage to Mickey Rourke. Beauty Disrupted is her inspiring and personal memoir, a story of difficult lessons learned and inner beauty rediscovered, by a woman famous the world over-not only for her face but, now, for her fighter's spirit.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Becoming a Londoner a Diary
    Becoming a Londoner a Diary
    ISBN: 9781408840115
    Title: Becoming a Londoner a Diary
    Author: PLANTE DAVID

    David Plante has kept a diary of his life among the artistic elite for over half a century. Spanning his first 15 years in London, from the mid-sixties to the early eighties, this first volume of memoirs draws on diary entries, notes, sketches and drawings to reveal a beautiful, intimate portrait of a relationship and a luminous evocation of a world of writers, poets, artists and thinkers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Becoming LARGE PRINT
    Becoming LARGE PRINT
    ISBN: 9780525633754
    Title: Becoming LARGE PRINT

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $67.00
  • Becoming Madam Chancellor: Angela Merkel & the Berlin Republic
    Becoming Madam Chancellor: Angela Merkel & the Berlin Republic
    ISBN: 9781108405638
    Title: Becoming Madam Chancellor: Angela Merkel & the Berlin Republic

    Since 2005, Angela Merkel has transformed not only the way Germans see themselves but also the way that politicians worldwide, male and female, perceive women in power. The East German daughter of a Protestant pastor, this physicist-turned-politician has deployed her life experiences to cultivate a unique set of leadership skills. Her pragmatic, data-driven, and future-oriented approach to politics - grounded in a commitment to democratic pluralism, human rights, and personal responsibility - has produced extraordinary paradigm shifts in many national policies in the wake of major crises. As the first English-language scholarly book to provide an in-depth account of her career and influence, Becoming Madam Chancellor examines Merkel's achievements across six key policy domains, contextualizes these within broader German history before and after reunification, and uncovers the personal and political factors that have contributed to Chancellor Merkel's hard-earned status as the world's most powerful woman.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Becoming Steve Jobs: the Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
    Becoming Steve Jobs: the Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
    ISBN: 9781444762013
    Title: Becoming Steve Jobs: the Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Becoming the Iceman
    Becoming the Iceman
    ISBN: 9781937600464
    Title: Becoming the Iceman

    Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in Wim, but an ability that can be adopted by everyone. For many generations, we have been taught to fear the cold: "Don't forget your jacket You don't want hypothermia, do you?""Put your gloves on before you get frostbite "Of course, these are consequences of extreme cold exposure, but with the proper understanding, anyone can learn to use the cold as a natural teacher.You may have seen Wim Hof on television running barefoot through the snow or swimming in ice-cold waters. While performing those incredible feats, Wim remained completely warm and comfortable the entire time Wim is the epitome of what can happen if someone uses the cold to train the body. Like any new tool, you must understand how it works before you can use it efficiently. This pertains to the cold as well. You may be wondering, "How can you prove that anyone can learn this ability?Well, as of Fall 2009, Justin Rosales had no experience with the cold whatsoever. He was a college student attending Penn State University. After Justin's friend, Jarrett, showed him one of Wim's videos on You-Tube, he became exceedingly interested in understanding this ability. He wanted to see if it was possible for anyone to learn. In Spring 2010, after speaking to Wim for several months via email, Wim invited Justin to attend his workshop in Poland. After many weeks of working as a dishwasher, Justin was able to pay for the trip and learn the technique of the Iceman.With more training and countless experiences with the cold, Justin began to slowly adapt. The length of time he could remain exposed increased dramatically. He quickly realized that the technique to withstand the cold was, indeed, an ability that could be learned by everyone. This book tells the tale of Wim and Justin's journey to Becoming the Iceman

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Beefcake:100% Rare, All-natural, All-american
    Beefcake:100% Rare, All-natural, All-american
    ISBN: 9780789329240
    Title: Beefcake:100% Rare, All-natural, All-american
    Author: MASON PETRA

    A fun and humorous treasure trove of extremely rare, all-American beefcake pinups. From the author of Bunny Yeager's Darkroom and Bettie Page comes Beefcake, a Herculean collection of male nudes culled from vintage magazines of men for men. A lighthearted celebration of the male physique at its best, this entertaining volume features sporty and wholesome specimens championing the ideal male figure. Beefcake includes photos selected from private collections of rare male pinups from the 1940s to pre-disco, but it also showcases images and layouts from physique magazines with titles like Muscle, Adonis, International Nudist Sun, Tomorrow's Man, and Buck and Champ. Many of the photos featured are previously unseen--and highly collectible--works from the hugely influential photographer Bruce of Los Angeles, Kovert of Hollywood, Western Photography Guild, Don Whitman, and Kris Studio, as well as from the edgy and previously unpublished D. R. Parker and the covert Karoll of Havana.Arranged thematically with chapters such as Peak of Perfection, Swords & Sandals, Dare Devils, Locker Room, Demi Gods, Lonely Sailor, Rugged & Rough, and Gladiator, and celebrating the midcentury graphic design of the magazine covers and interiors, Beefcake is a fun and witty tribute to male physique photography.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • Beekeeper of Sinjar
    Beekeeper of Sinjar
    ISBN: 9781788161268
    Title: Beekeeper of Sinjar

    The true story of a beekeeper who risks his life to rescue enslaved women from Daesh

    Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won't convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women.

    The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women--who've lost their families and loved ones, who've been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons--and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety.

    In the face of inhuman suffering, this powerful work of nonfiction offers a counterpoint to Daesh's genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk their own lives to save those of others.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Before Rupert
    Before Rupert
    ISBN: 9780702253782
    Title: Before Rupert
    Author: ROBERTS TOM D C

    Following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch said his greatest regret was that he had let his father down. Popular history views Sir Keith Murdoch (1885–1952) as a fearless war correspondent, author of a brave, censor-evading letter that led to the evacuation of the Anzac force from Gallipoli; and a principled journalist and dedicated family man who left a single provincial newspaper to Rupert on his death. This benign reputation is unsurprising: the two previously published biographies of Keith were Murdoch family commissions.

    But is there another side to the story of Keith's success and the origins of News Corporation?

    Before Rupert is an unflinching prequel to the saga of the Murdoch family's rise to power. Historian Tom Roberts draws on an unparalleled range of interviews, correspondence and archival sources to trace the genesis of the family's involvement with the newspaper industry and their influence. Before Rupert explores how Keith Murdoch ruthlessly navigated a network of connections and exploited the hidden intersection of press and power to gain ultimate control over Australia's media and political landscapes.

    With controversial revelations – of secret engagements, World War I propaganda operations, and the sensationalising of a schoolgirl's murder leading to the execution of an innocent man – this book shows how by Rupert's birth a pattern for the ruthless exercise of power through an expanding media chain had been set, a course that is still followed to this day.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Beijing Bastard: into the Wilds of a Changing China
    Beijing Bastard: into the Wilds of a Changing China
    ISBN: 9781592408207
    Title: Beijing Bastard: into the Wilds of a Changing China
    Author: WANG VAL

    A humorous and moving coming-of-age story that brings a unique, not-quite-outsider's perspective to China's shift from ancient empire to modern superpower Raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs, Val Wang dutifully got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe--until she shaved her head and became a leftist, the stuff of many teenage rebellions. But Val's true mutiny was when she moved to China, the land her parents had fled before the Communist takeover in 1949. Val arrives in Beijing in 1998 expecting to find freedom but instead lives in the old city with her traditional relatives, who wake her at dawn with the sound of a state-run television program playing next to her cot, make a running joke of how much she eats, and monitor her every move. But outside, she soon discovers a city rebelling against its roots just as she is, struggling too to find a new, modern identity. Rickshaws make way for taxicabs, skyscrapers replace "hutong" courtyard houses," " and Beijing prepares to make its debut on the world stage with the 2008 Olympics. And in the gritty outskirts of the city where she moves, a thriving avant-garde subculture is making art out of the chaos. Val plunges into the city's dizzying culture and nightlife and begins shooting a documentary, about a Peking Opera family who is witnessing the death of their traditional art. Brilliantly observed and winningly told, "Beijing Bastard" is a compelling story of a young woman finding her place in the world and of China, as its ancient past gives way to a dazzling but uncertain future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Being Berlusconi: the Rise & Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga
    Being Berlusconi: the Rise & Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga
    ISBN: 9781863957526
    Title: Being Berlusconi: the Rise & Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga
    Author: DAY MICHAEL

    People the world over are appalled and fascinated in equal measure by the stratospheric political career of the tycoon and three-time Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    In Being Berlusconi, Michael Day examines the life and crimes of the shameless media mogul. He tells the story of a bright and ambitious man from a lower-middle-class family who shook off his humble origins and rose to become rich and powerful beyond most people's dreams, a multi-billionaire whose Mediaset company remains one of Europe's largest television and cinema conglomerates. Along the way, amid the election victories and business triumphs, he became bogged down by his hubris, egotism and sexual obsessions – and his flagrant disregard for the law.

    With the 78-year-old's legal woes ongoing, Being Berlusconi: The Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga is well-timed to mark the final chapters of a notorious – and astonishing – life and career.How and why did Italy and Italians put up with him for so long?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Being Nixon a Man Divided
    Being Nixon a Man Divided
    ISBN: 9780812985412
    Title: Being Nixon a Man Divided
    Author: THOMAS EVAN

    New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas brings new life to one of American history's most infamous, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians: Richard Nixon. What drove a painfully shy outcast in elite Washington society to pursue power and public office? How did a president so attuned to the American political id lack the self-awareness to recognize the gaping character flaws that would drive him from office? Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts, Thomas reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics tainted his reputation long before the Watergate scandal. Dispensing with myths to achieve an intimate, nuanced look at the actual man, Evan Thomas delivers a brilliant character study that is the best single-volume biography of Nixon to date. Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Being Nixon: the Fears & Hopes of an American President
    Being Nixon: the Fears & Hopes of an American President
    ISBN: 9780812995367
    Title: Being Nixon: the Fears & Hopes of an American President
    Author: THOMAS EVAN

    "What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Evan Thomas tackles this fascinating question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. The result is both insightful history and an astonishingly compelling psychological portrait of an anxious introvert who struggled to be a transformative statesman."--Walter Isaacson, author of& Steve Jobs

    Evan Thomas delivers the best single-volume biography of Richard Nixon to date, a radical, unique portrait of a complicated figure who was both determinedly optimistic and tragically flawed. The New York Times bestselling author of Ike's Bluff and Sea of Thunder, Thomas brings new life to one of American history's most infamous, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians, dispensing with myths to achieve an intimate and evenhanded look at the actual man.
    What drove a painfully shy outcast in elite Washington society--a man so self-conscious he refused to make eye contact during meetings--to pursue power and public office? How did a president so attuned to the American political id that he won reelection in a historic landslide lack the self-awareness to recognize the gaping character flaws that would drive him from office and forever taint his legacy?
    In Being Nixon, Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex, confounding figure who became America's thirty-seventh president. The son of devout Quakers, Richard Nixon (not unlike his rival John F. Kennedy) grew up in the shadow of an older, favored brother and thrived on conflict and opposition. Through high school and college, in the navy and in politics, he was constantly leading crusades and fighting off enemies real and imagined. As maudlin as he was Machiavellian, Nixon possessed the plainspoken eloquence to reduce American television audiences to tears with his career-saving "Checkers" speech; meanwhile, his darker half hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes, earning him the notorious nickname "Tricky Dick."
    Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts, Thomas reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics tainted his reputation long before the Watergate scandal. One of the principal architects of the modern Republican Party and its "silent majority" of disaffected whites and conservative ex-Dixiecrats, Nixon was also deemed a liberal in some quarters for his efforts to desegregate Southern schools, create the Environmental Protection Agency, and end the draft.
    A deeply insightful character study as well as a brilliant political biography, Being Nixon offers a surprising look at a man capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness--a balanced portrait of a president too often reduced to caricature.
    Advance praise for Being Nixon
    "The great Evan Thomas has brought us a measured, concise, and important American biography. Now that the shouting and tumult have faded and Richard Nixon moves from our contemporary politics toward history, Thomas offers wise insights, based on many new sources, achieving what might have seemed impossible: He has rendered a new Nixon."--Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989
    "Richard Nixon is one of the most complex and fascinating characters in American history. In this poignant, revealing, and compellingly readable book, Evan Thomas makes him human."--Jay Winik, author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Ben Cousins: My Life Story
    Ben Cousins: My Life Story
    ISBN: 9781405040006
    Title: Ben Cousins: My Life Story

    Ben Cousins has one of the most extraordinary stories in modern Australian sport. He's perhaps the most gifted player of his generation - a former captain of the West Coast eagles, a Brownlow medallist, a premiership winner, voted the AFL's Most Valuable Player - but he's best known for what he's done off the footy field rather than on it. Ben is a self-confessed drug addict, whose drug binges would last for days and involve incredible amounts of cocaine, crack and ice. But what's really remarkable about Ben's story is that the two sides of his life - the captaincy, the premierships, the Brownlow, the accolades, and the frenzy and squalor of the drug scene were actually done at the same time, side by side.Ben's book is an account of this double life, and what it's cost him, his family and his friends. It's also an account of his battles to beat his addiction, and his battle to keep playing football - which was his lifeline - against the entrenched opposition of a large number of people in the game. And as if the story is not extraordinary enough, what distinguishes it above all else is the approach Ben's taken to writing it. It is a work of searing emotional and factual honesty. Ben hides nothing, and the result is one of the most remarkable sporting memoirs ever published in Australia.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter
    Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter
    ISBN: 9781574417302
    Title: Ben Thompson: Portrait of a Gunfighter

    Ben Thompson was a remarkable man, and few Texans can claim to have crowded more excitement, danger, drama, and tragedy into their lives than he did. He was an Indian fighter, Texas Ranger, Confederate cavalryman, mercenary for a foreign emperor, hired gun for a railroad, an elected lawman, professional gambler, and the victor of numerous gunfights.

    As a leading member of the Wild West’s sporting element, Ben Thompson spent most of his life moving in the unsavory underbelly of the West: saloons, dance-houses, billiard halls, bordellos, and gambling dens. During these travels many of the Wild West’s most famous icons—Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin, John Ringo, and Buffalo Bill Cody—became acquainted with Ben Thompson. Some of these men called him a friend; others considered him a deadly enemy.
    In life and in death no one ever doubted Ben Thompson’s courage; one Texas newspaperman asserted he was “perfectly fearless, a perfect lion in nature when aroused.” This willingness to trust his life to his expertise with a pistol placed Thompson prominently among the western frontier’s most flamboyant breed of men: gunfighters.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $69.00
  • Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography
    Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography
    ISBN: 9781784183325
    Title: Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography
    Author: LEWIS JUSTIN

    An intimate portrait of a heartthrob and rising star, best known for his portrayal as Sherlock HolmesBenedict Cumberbatch has played detective and monster, barrister and scientist, politician and painter, comic and spy. Still only in his thirties, and with a string of starring and supporting roles, he has portrayed contemporary icons, historical figures, and fictional favorites, from Stephen Hawking, to William Pitt the Younger, to Frankenstein. But inevitably, he is still best known for his idiosyncratic and boldly 21st century incarnation of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC TV series, Sherlock. The Sherlock star's story is a genuinely compelling addition to a sometimes anodyne genre. This book will trace everything from his travels in Tibet to the trauma of being kidnapped at gun-point in South Africa. His eventful personal life, stellar acting career, and the witty, self-effacing interviews he is renowned for are sure to make him a perfect subject for an in-depth biography.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Ben-Gurion: A Political Life
    Ben-Gurion: A Political Life
    ISBN: 9780805242829
    Title: Ben-Gurion: A Political Life

    Part of the Jewish Encounter series

    Israel's current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel's founding father and first prime minister.

    Shimon Peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. Although the state that Ben-Gurion would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the "Old Man," as he was called even then, was already a mythic figure. Peres, who came of age in the cabinets of Ben-Gurion, is uniquely placed to evoke this figure of stirring contradictions--a prophetic visionary and a canny pragmatist who early grasped the necessity of compromise for national survival. Ben-Gurion supported the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, though it meant surrendering a two-thousand-year-old dream of Jewish settlement in the entire land of Israel. He granted the Orthodox their first exemptions from military service despite his own deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany in the aftermath of the Holocaust, knowing that Israel would need as many strong alliances as possible within the European community.

    A prot g of Ben-Gurion and himself a legendary figure on the international political stage, Shimon Peres brings to his account of Ben-Gurion's life and towering achievements the profound insight of a statesman who shares Ben-Gurion's dream of a modern, democratic Jewish nation-state that lives in peace and security alongside its Arab neighbors. In Ben-Gurion, Peres sees a neglected model of leadership that Israel and the world desperately need in the twenty-first century.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Benn Diaries
    Benn Diaries
    ISBN: 9781786330765
    Title: Benn Diaries
    Author: BENN TONY

    "Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times. This single-volume edition is the selected highlights of the complete diaries from Tony's schooldays in the 1940s until he ceased keeping a record of his day-to-day thoughts in 2009. The narrative starts with Tony as a schoolboy and takes the reader through his experience as a trainee pilot during the war, his tentative first days as a backbencher in Atlee's post-war government, through his battle to remain in the Commons after the death of his father. From cabinet posts and leadership battles, through election highs ands lows to becoming a retired widower. Tony Benn was a consistently radical voice campaigning for the causes he was passionate about. This volume is the definitive legacy of the best political diarist of our times."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Bernini: His Life & His Rome
    Bernini: His Life & His Rome
    ISBN: 9780226538525
    Title: Bernini: His Life & His Rome

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
  • Best in the World : at What I Have No Idea
    Best in the World : at What I Have No Idea
    ISBN: 9781409142294
    Title: Best in the World : at What I Have No Idea

    The two-time bestselling author, wrestler and metal rocker returns with another insightful and hilarious memoir of his latest wild adventures in the absurd worlds of pro-wrestling and showbiz. Picking up where his previous bestseller UNDISPUTED left off, Chris Jericho treats his fans to an all-new, completely uncensored chronicle of his life within the ring and onstage. Written with his trademark self-effacing humour, this memoir is laced with Jericho's engaging storytelling, detailing the preposterous situations he's all too prone to get himself involved in, including his dealings with WWE head honcho Vince McMahon; world tours with his band, Fozzy; and encounters with pop culture icons such as Ozzy Osbourne, Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke and Metallica's James Hetfield. He also tells the inside stories about some of the most memorable angles in wrestling history: his feuds with Rey Mysterio and CM Punk, as well as his classic battle with Shawn Michaels. These behind-the-scenes reports, along with the stories of how he ended up in an unsecured war zone in Iraq, and was thrown out of Brazil for kicking a flag, make this his most entertaining book yet. Brash and compulsively readable, THE BEST IN THE WORLD is as bracing as a body slam.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Best of Benn
    Best of Benn
    ISBN: 9780091958923
    Title: Best of Benn

    The definitive collection of diaries, memoirs, speeches, letters and other writings by Tony Benn.

    THE BEST OF BENN follows the career of Tony Benn, one of the 20th century's most charismatic politicians, through the speeches, articles and interviews made and given over seven decades in the House of Commons, the Morning Star, the Guardian and to conferences and workers.

    From the 'baby of the House', to a widower in his eighties touring the country, this volume showcases Tony Benn's brand of electrifiying speeches, thoughtful journalism and passionate advocacy of often unconventional causes, as well as his fascination with technological change and philosophical dilemmas.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
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