• 'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    ISBN: 9781784706920
    Title: 'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms
    Author: ABE NAOKO

    'Sympathetic and engrossing... a portrait of great charm and sophistication' Guardian
    The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman


    Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change.


    After visiting Japan in 1902 and 1907 and discovering two magnificent cherry trees in the garden of his family home in Kent in 1919, Ingram fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation.


    On a 1926 trip to Japan to search for new specimens, Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity, driven by modernisation, neglect and a dangerous and creeping ideology. A cloned cherry, the Somei-yoshino, was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan's expansionist ambitions.


    The most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene, for Ingram, was that of Taihaku, a brilliant 'great white' cherry tree. A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home. Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure, but Ingram persisted.


    Over decades, Ingram became one of the world's leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally. Every spring we enjoy his legacy. 'Cherry' Ingram is a portrait of this little-known Englishman, a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer <BR>
    American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer
    ISBN: 9780375726262
    Title: American Prometheus the Triumph & Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer

    Author: BIRD KAI & SHERWIN MARTIN J

    J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this magisterial, acclaimed biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. This is biography and history at its finest, riveting and deeply informative.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    ISBN: 9781863515009
    Title: Angels of Mercy Far West & Far East
    Author: SILVER LYNETTE RAMSAY

    Angels of Mercy: Far West & Far East follows the gripping stories of two different Australiannursing sisters, who overcame the challenging adversities of two very different circumstances.In the 1930s, Marjorie Silver was employed by The Far West Childrens Health Scheme andbecame their first permanent flying sister, based in Bourke. She fought a single-handed waragainst heat, dust and isolation of the outback to bring vital medical assistance to the far west ofNew South Wales, before moving on to central Queensland where she established a clinic at MtMargaret station, in close co-operation with the flying doctor, based at Charleville. In 1964, shemoved to Brunette Downs, Northern Territory, where she continued to make use of her nursingskills at the Aboriginal Camp and in the stations hospital. This previously untold story alsoinvolves the topical Nancy Bird, who was employed as the sister's pilot for the first nine months.Whilst Sister Silver was fighting a battle against the harsh elements of the bush, anotherdedicated woman of about the same age had graduated as a nursing sister with a view tooverseas travel. Little did she know that she would shortly embark on a sea voyage to the exoticFar East, where she would engage in a battle for survival as an unwilling guest of the Emperor ofJapan. Sister Pat Gunther joined the AIF and served in the Far East on the battlefield of Malayaand Singapore. She was captured and taken prisoner at Bangka Island, Sumatra. The story of thenurses imprisoned in various camps in Sumatra is not unknown, but this book delves far deeperthan any other story to date and reveals the 'secret' that the nurses kept throughout their lifetimes. Author and military historian Lynette Ramsay Silver has an entire 'forensic' chapter devoted to the unravelling of this secret. This book has been compiled from their edited memoirs, supplemented by various conversations and interviews. Interspersed throughout the book and printed in italics, are Lynette Ramsay Silvers historical details providing additional narrative to compliment first-hand accounts. The book also lists, for the first time, the name of every nurse who served in WW2. It also includes the fate of other internees that Sister Pat had met in Malaya and during her three years of captivity and the fate of the nurses evacuated from Singapore. It also includes the 29 women that served as doctors in the Australian Army Medical Corps during World War 2, as well as the names of the women who served as nursing sisters in the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Airforce, Australian Army Nursing Service and the Army Hospital. Angels of Mercy: Far West & Far East is a tribute to the huge contributions made by our nurses in the Australian Outback, and to those who served during wartime.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    ISBN: 9780544002234
    Title: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Author: BECHDEL ALISON

    From the best-selling author ofFun Home,Timemagazine's No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

    Alison Bechdel'sFun Homewas a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel's own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother-to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Assata: An Autobiography
    Assata: An Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781556520747
    Title: Assata: An Autobiography
    Author: SHAKUR ASSATA; DAVIS ANGELA Y (FOREWORD BY); LENN

    On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

    This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Back Story: a Memoir
    Back Story: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780007351749
    Title: Back Story: a Memoir
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID

    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
    $20.00
  • Bagehot: The Life & Times of the Greatest Victorian
    Bagehot: The Life & Times of the Greatest Victorian
    ISBN: 9780393358285
    Title: Bagehot: The Life & Times of the Greatest Victorian
    Author: GRANT JAMES


    During the upheavals of 2007-09, the chairman of the Federal Reserve had the name of one Victorian icon on the tip of his tongue: Walter Bagehot. Banker, man of letters, and inventor of the Treasury bill, Bagehot prescribed the doctrines that--decades later--inspired the radical responses to the world's worst financial crises. Persuasive and precocious, he was also the esteemed editor of the Economist. He offered astute commentary on the financial issues of his day, held sway in political circles, made as many high-profile friends as enemies, and won the admiration of Matthew Arnold and Woodrow Wilson. Drawing on a wealth of historical documents, correspondence, and publications, James Grant paints a vivid portrait of the banker and his world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    ISBN: 9781460755235
    Title: Basis of Everything: Rutherford, Oliphant & the Coming of the Atomic Bomb
    Author: RAMSEY ANDREW

    The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the crucible of discovery at Cambridge University's celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, at a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed. Their brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion.

    It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership, born at the University of Adelaide's modest physics department and flourishing further in the confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the famed Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first nuclear weapons, unleashed to such devastating effect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a shared devotion to pure science, who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the war they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world witnessed and in engendering the thermonuclear threat that has held the planet hostage ever since. Yet their pioneering work lives on too in a vast array of innovations seeded by nuclear physics, from radiocarbon dating and TV screens to life-saving diagnostic-imaging devices

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    ISBN: 9781472132352
    Title: Before & After: The Incredible True Story of the Real-Life Mrs Wilson
    Author: WILSON ALISON


    Aged nineteen, Alison McKelvie was a self-confessed romantic, immersed in books and poetry, and dreaming of beauty, truth and love. In 1940, whilst working as a secretary at MI6, Alison met Alexander Wilson. Thirty years her senior, Alexander was worldly and charismatic. An intense affair quickly led to marriage and two children. But the Wilsons' lives then spiralled into the depths of poverty. Alexander was sacked, imprisoned twice, and then declared bankrupt. His lack of reliability was a hefty emotional burden for Alison to bear. Nevertheless, she loved her husband unreservedly and stuck by him through thick and thin.



    In 1963, Alexander died suddenly of a heart attack. Alison's world imploded when she discovered that their life together had been built upon layer after layer of deception. Who was Alexander Wilson? How well had Alison really known him? Slowly the lies were unravelled: Alexander had been a novelist, spy and, devastatingly, a bigamist. Alison was the third of four wives, her children two of seven.



    The inspiration for critically-acclaimed drama Mrs Wilson, Before & After is the powerful and poignant memoir of Alison Wilson. 'Before' peels back the complex layers of a marriage steeped in lies, and the shattering heartbreak which followed. 'After' tells of an intensely-felt redemption through religion. Before & After is, first and foremost, a love story, but it is also an account of one extraordinarily strong woman's deep, unwavering faith.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women
    Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women
    ISBN: 9780750993395
    Title: Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women
    Author: TRETHEWEY RACHEL

    Wallis Simpson is known as the woman who stole the king's heart and rocked the monarchy--but she was not Edward VIII's first or only love. This book is about the women he adored before Wallis dominated his life. There was Rosemary Leveson-Gower, the girl he wanted to marry and who would have been the perfect match for a future king; and the Prince's long-term mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, who exerted a pull almost equal to Wallis over her lover, but abided by the rules of the game and never expected to marry him. Then there was Thelma Furness, his twice-married American lover, who enjoyed a domestic life with him, but realized it could not last forever and demanded nothing more than to be his mistress--and fatefully introduced him to Wallis. Each of the three women in this book could have changed the course of history. By examining their lives and impact on the heir to the throne, we question whether Edward ever really wanted to be king.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Between the World & Me
    Between the World & Me
    ISBN: 9781925240702
    Title: Between the World & Me
    Author: COATES TA-NEHISI

    A bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States ("The New York Observer") "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it". In the one hundred fifty years since the end of the Civil War and the ratificiation of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: It is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up, and killed in our streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all regardless of race honestly reckon with our country's fraught racial history and free ourselves from its burden? "Between the World and Me" is Ta-Nehisi Coates s attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry, and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children's lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path toward a kind of liberation a journey from fear and confusion to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is. Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, "Between the World and Me" offers a powerful new framework for understanding America s history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    ISBN: 9780451493507
    Title: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Author: CHANG JUNG

    They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the centre of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.


    Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.


    Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right.


    Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women.


    All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. They remained close emotionally, even when they embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' worlds.


    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    ISBN: 9781784703967
    Title: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Author: CHANG JUNG

    They were the most famous women in China. As the country battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power, and each of them left an indelible mark on history.

    Red Sister, Ching-ling, married the 'Father of China', Sun Yat-sen, and rose to be Mao's vice-chair.
    Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right.
    Big Sister, Ei-ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser - and made herself one of China's richest women.

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, intrigue, bravery, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a sweeping journey from Canton to Hawaii to New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    ISBN: 9780008146245
    Title: Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Colombus & the Quest for a Universal Library
    Author: WILSON-LEE EDWARD

    The fascinating history of Christopher Columbus's illegitimate son Hernando, guardian of his father's flame, courtier, bibliophile and catalogue supreme, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe' Honor Clerk, Spectator, Books of the Year This is the scarcely believable - and wholly true - story of Christopher Columbus' bastard son Hernando, who sought to equal and surpass his father's achievements by creating a universal library. His father sailed across the ocean to explore the known boundaries of the world for the glory of God, Spain and himself. His son Hernando sought instead to harness the vast powers of the new printing presses to assemble the world's knowledge in one place, his library in Seville. Hernando was one of the first and greatest visionaries of the print age, someone who saw how the scale of available information would entirely change the landscape of thought and society. His was an immensely eventual life. As a youth, he spent years travelling in the New World, and spent one living with his father in a shipwreck off Jamaica. He created a dictionary and a geographical encyclopaedia of Spain, helped to create the first modern maps of the world, spent time in almost every major European capital, and associated with many of the great people of his day, from Ferdinand and Isabel to Erasmus, Thomas More, and Dürer. He wrote the first biography of his father, almost single-handedly creating the legend of Columbus that held sway for many hundreds of years, and was highly influential in crafting how Europe saw the world his father reached in 1492. He also amassed the largest collection of printed images and of printed music of the age, started what was perhaps Europe's first botanical garden, and created by far the greatest private library Europe had ever seen, dwarfing with its 15,000 books every other library of the day. Edward Wilson-Lee has written the first major modern biography of Hernando - and the first of any kind available in English. In a work of dazzling scholarship, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books tells an enthralling tale of the age of print and exploration, a story with striking lessons for our own modern experiences of information revolution and Globalisation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    ISBN: 9781789544534
    Title: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
    Author: MASSIE ROBERT K.


    The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history.


    Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution.


    Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies - vividly and triumphantly to life.


    History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great, and HBO/Sky Atlantic will be releasing a four-part series starring Helen Mirren as Catherine in the autumn of 2019.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Churchill
    Churchill
    ISBN: 9781910821077
    Title: Churchill
    Author: PIERCY JOSEPH

    In this absorbing collection of stories and trivia, readers will find answers to amazing aspects of Churchill's life, career and legacy. From his courageous leadership during WWII, through intriguing insights into his powerful speeches, sharp wit and tumultuous career, as well as his accomplishments in personal life. "The Amazing and Extraordinary Facts series" presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    ISBN: 9780715652763
    Title: Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
    Author: RICKS THOMAS E

    Today, as liberty and truth are increasingly challenged, the figures of Churchill and Orwell loom large. Exemplars of Britishness, they preserved individual freedom and democracy for the world through their far-sighted vision and inspired action, and cast a long shadow across our culture and politics. In Churchill & Orwell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks masterfully argues that these extraordinary men are as important today as they ever were. Churchill and Orwell stood in political opposition to each other, but were both committed to the preservation of freedom. However, in the late 1930s they occupied a lonely position: democracy was much discredited, and authoritarian rulers, fascist and communist, were everywhere in the ascent. Unlike others, they had the wisdom to see that the most salient issue was human liberty - and that any government that denies its people basic rights is a totalitarian menace to be resisted. Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men, and this book reveals how they rose from a precarious position to triumph over the enemies of freedom. Churchill may have played the larger role in Hitler's defeat, but Orwell's reckoning with the threat of authoritarian rule in 1984 and Animal Farm defined the stakes of the Cold War and continues to inspire to this day. Their lives are an eloquent testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it takes to stay true to it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Churchill: Walking with Destiny
    Churchill: Walking with Destiny
    ISBN: 9780141981253
    Title: Churchill: Walking with Destiny
    Author: ROBERTS ANDREW

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    One of The Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Books of 2018
    One of The Economist's Best Books of 2018
    One of The New York Times's Notable Books of 2018

    "Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill . . . A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain's savior." --Wall Street Journal

    In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman and leader can finally be fully seen and understood--by the bestselling, award-winning author of Napoleon and The Storm of War.

    When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable.

    Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts--in a first for a Churchill biographer--to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive.

    We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00

    $40.00
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    ISBN: 9780679758334
    Title: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Author: HORWITZ TONY

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.
            Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance.
            In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'
            Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    ISBN: 9780241978726
    Title: Cut Out Girl: A Story Of War & Family, Lost & Found
    Author: VAN ES BART

    The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague, where she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out after the war put an end of to their relationship. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart's life and Lien's. This is an astonishing portrait of a young girl's struggle to survive war, and her powerful, tumultuous and painful ties with her foster family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Days in the Caucasus
    Days in the Caucasus
    ISBN: 9781782274896
    Title: Days in the Caucasus
    Author: BANINE

    We all know families that are poor but 'respectable'. Mine, in contrast, was extremely rich but not 'respectable' at all...

    This is the extraordinary memoir of an 'odd, rich, exotic' childhood - of growing up in Azerbaijan in the turbulent early twentieth century, caught between East and West, tradition and modernity.

    Banine remembers her luxurious home, with endless feasts of sweets and fruit; her beloved, flaxen-haired German governess; her imperious, swearing, strict Muslim grandmother; her bickering, poker-playing, chain-smoking relatives. She recalls how the Bolsheviks came, and they lost everything. How, amid revolution and bloodshed, she fell passionately in love, only to be forced into marriage with a man she loathed- until the chance of escape arrived.

    By turns gossipy and romantic, wry and moving, Days in the Caucasus is a coming-of-age story and a portrait of a vanished world, and of how the past haunts us.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    ISBN: 9781529106053
    Title: Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz
    Author: KRAUS DITA


    The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz


    Born in Prague to a Jewish family in 1929, Dita Kraus has lived through the most turbulent decades of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Here, Dita writes with startling clarity on the horrors and joys of a life delayed by the Holocaust. From her earliest memories and childhood friendships in Prague before the war, to the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín, to the unimaginable fear and bravery of her imprisonment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and life after liberation.


    Dita writes unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books that her fellow prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards. But she also looks beyond the Holocaust - to the life she rebuilt after the war: her marriage to fellow survivor Otto B Kraus, a new life in Israel and the happiness and heartbreaks of motherhood.


    Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Her memoir tells the full story in her own words.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Diary of a Young Girl
    Diary of a Young Girl
    ISBN: 9780241387481
    Title: Diary of a Young Girl
    Author: FRANK ANNE


    First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world.

    In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse.


    Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.


    'One of the greatest books of the [last] century' - Guardian



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Dorothy Day Dissenting Voice of the American Century
    Dorothy Day Dissenting Voice of the American Century
    ISBN: 9781982103491
    Title: Dorothy Day Dissenting Voice of the American Century
    Author: LOUGHERY JOHN & RANDOLPH BLYTHE

    "[A] masterpiece." --The Guardian

    "A good biography holds your attention; a great one transcends its subject and sheds light on the myriad forces bearing down on an individual at a particular point in time. Dorothy Day belongs, luminously, to the second [category]." --Los Angeles Review of Books

    "The authors render their subject in precise and meticulous detail, generating a vivid account of her political and religious development." --The New York Times

    "We can be grateful to Loughery and Randolph for reviving a voice for our times." --Samantha Power, The Washington Post

    "Magisterial and glorious...it may be that Mr. Loughery and Ms. Randolph have given us the definitive biography." --Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    The first full authoritative biography of Dorothy Day, American icon, radical pacifist, Catholic convert, and activist whom Pope Francis I compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

    After a middle-class Republican childhood and a few years as a Communist sympathizer, Dorothy Day converted to Catholicism and became an anomaly in American life for almost fifty years. As an orthodox Catholic, political radical, and a rebel who courted controversy, she attracted three generations of admirers. Day went to jail challenging the draft and the war in Vietnam. She was critical of capitalism and foreign policy, and as skeptical of modern liberalism as political conservatism.

    Her protests began in 1917, leading to her arrest during the suffrage demonstration outside President Wilson's White House. In 1940 she spoke in Congress against the draft and urged young men not to register. She frequented jail throughout the 1950s protesting the nuclear arms race. She told audiences in 1962 that President Kennedy was as much to blame for the Cuban missile crisis. She refused to hear any criticism of the pope, though she sparred with American bishops and priests who lived in well-appointed rectories and tolerated racial segregation in their parishes.

    Dorothy Day is the exceptional biography of a dedicated modern-day pacifist, the most outspoken advocate for the poor, and a lifelong anarchist. This definitive and insightful account explores the influence this controversial and yet "sainted" woman still has today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Dreams from My Father: a Story of Race & Inheritance
    Dreams from My Father: a Story of Race & Inheritance
    ISBN: 9781921351433
    Title: Dreams from My Father: a Story of Race & Inheritance
    Author: OBAMA BARACK

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey, first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Educated: A Memoir
    Educated: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780099511021
    Title: Educated: A Memoir
    Author: WESTOVER TARA


    'Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.'


    - BARACK OBAMA
    ________________________

    Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.


    She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.


    As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home.


    EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
    ________________________


    ***Recommended as a summer read by Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe***


    'A memoir to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage ... a compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination' - Sunday Times



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    ISBN: 9780262039611
    Title: Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric
    Author: ESTERSON ALLEN ;CASSIDY DAVID C; SIME RUTH LEWIN

    Was Einstein's first wife his uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his unacknowledged helpmeet? The real "Mileva Story."


    Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, was forgotten for decades. When a trove of correspondence between them beginning in their student days was discovered in 1986, her story began to be told. Some of the tellers of the "Mileva Story" made startling claims: that she was a brilliant mathematician who surpassed her husband, and that she made uncredited contributions to his most celebrated papers in 1905, including his paper on special relativity. This book, based on extensive historical research, uncovers the real "Mileva Story."


    Mileva was one of the few women of her era to pursue higher education in science; she and Einstein were students together at the Zurich Polytechnic. Mileva's ambitions for a science career, however, suffered a series of setbacks--failed diploma examinations, a disagreement with her doctoral dissertation adviser, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy by Einstein. She and Einstein married in 1903 and had two sons, but the marriage failed. Was Mileva her husband's uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his essential helpmeet? It's tempting to believe that she was her husband's secret collaborator, but the authors of Einstein's Wife look at the actual evidence, and a chapter by Ruth Lewin Sime offers important historical context. The story they tell is that of a brave and determined young woman who struggled against a variety of obstacles at a time when science was not very welcoming to women.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine Who Launched Modern China
    Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine Who Launched Modern China
    ISBN: 9780099532392
    Title: Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine Who Launched Modern China
    Author: CHANG JUNG

    From internationally bestselling author of "Wild Swans," and co-author of the bestselling "Mao: The Unknown Story," this is the dramatic, epic biography of the unusual woman who ruled China for 50 years.
    A woman, an Empress of immense wealth who was largely a prisoner within the compound walls of her palaces, a mother, a ruthless enemy, and a brilliant strategist: Chang makes a compelling case that Cixi was one of the most formidable and enlightened rulers of any nation. Cixi led an intense and singular life. Chosen at the age of 12 to be a concubine by the Emperor Xianfeng, she gave birth to his only male heir who at four was designated Emperor when his father died. In a brilliant move, Cixi enlisted the help of the Emperor's widow and orchestrated a coup that ousted the regents and made Cixi sole Regent.
    Chang gives us a complex, riveting portrait of Cixi: her ruthlessness in fighting off rivals; her curiosity to learn; her reliance on Westerners who she placed in key positions; and her sensitivity and desire to preserve the distinctiveness of China's past while overturning traditions and exposing its culture to western ideas and technology.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    ISBN: 9781101985205
    Title: Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace
    Author: CHIAVERINI JENNIFER

    In Enchantress of Numbers, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing - a young woman who stepped out of her father's shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Enid
    Enid
    ISBN: 9781760296544
    Title: Enid
    Author: WAINWRIGHT ROBERT

    From the bestselling author of Sheila comes the story of a bewitching Australian socialite who fascinated the world.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    ISBN: 9781529357172
    Title: Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal & Seduction in Georgian England
    Author: BRAND EMILY


    'Brings to life the colourful characters of the Georgian era's most notorious families with all the verve and skill of the era's finest novelists ... A powdered and pomaded, sordid and silk-swathed adventure' Hallie Rubenhold

    'A chocolate box full of delicious gothic delights - jump in' Lucy Worsley

    'Brand is a great historian, equal to the huge challenge of telling the story of history's most turbulent and colourful lives' Dan Snow

    'A mesmerizing tale of sex, obsession, madness, invention, and reinvention. The women take the spotlight in this poignant, and exquisitely researched page turner. A provocative rethinking of a famous family. A tour de force' Charlotte Gordon

    'Combining new research with a pacey narrative, Brand introduces the glamorous and flawed Byron dynasty-William, the 'Wicked Lord', pleasure-seeking Isabella, and 'Mad Jack'-a family inheritance to match the wildest imaginings of their most notorious descendant. A riveting read!' Kathryn Sutherland

    'A hauntingly beautiful portrait of the Byron dynasty' Rebecca Rideal

    In the early eighteenth century, Newstead Abbey was among the most admired aristocratic homes in England. It was the abode of William, 4th Baron Byron - a popular amateur composer and artist - and his teenage wife Frances. But by the end of the century, the building had become a crumbling and ill-cared-for ruin. Surrounded by wreckage of his inheritance, the 4th Baron's dissipated son and heir William, 5th Baron Byron - known to history as the 'Wicked Lord' - lay on his deathbed alongside a handful of remaining servants and amidst a thriving population of crickets.


    This was the home that a small, pudgy boy of ten from Aberdeen - who the world would later come to know as Lord Byron, the Romantic poet, soldier, and adventurer - would inherit in 1798. His family, he would come to learn, had in recent decades become known for almost unfathomable levels of scandal and impropriety, from elopement, murder, and kidnapping to adultery, coercion, and thrilling near-death experiences at sea. Just as it had shocked the society of Georgian London, the outlandish and scandalous story of the Byrons - and the myths that began to rise around it - would his influence his life and poetry for posterity.


    The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron's ancestors over three generations in a drama that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemen's clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on far-flung seas, and in the glamour of pre-revolutionary France. A compelling story of a prominent and controversial characters, it is a sumptuous family portrait and an electrifying work of social history.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Figuring
    Figuring
    ISBN: 9781786897268
    Title: Figuring
    Author: POPOVA MARIA

    NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE AND BOOKPAGE

    Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries--beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

    Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists--mostly women, mostly queer--whose public contribution have& risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.

    Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman--and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    ISBN: 9780241989227
    Title: Florence Nightingale The Woman & Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition
    Author: BOSTRIDGE MARK

    Whether honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed, Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented and misunderstood. As the Lady with the Lamp, ministering to the wounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring image of sentimental appeal and one that is permanently lodged in our national consciousness. But the awesome scale of her achievements over the course of her 90 years is infinitely more troubling - and inspiring - than this mythical simplification.

    From her tireless campaigning and staggering intellectual abilities to her tortured relationship with her sister and her distressing medical condition, this vivid and immensely readable biography draws on a wealth of unpublished material and previously unseen family papers, disentangling the myth from the reality and reinvigorating with new life one of the most iconic figures in modern British history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Franci's War
    Franci's War
    ISBN: 9780241441107
    Title: Franci's War
    Author: EPSTEIN FRANCI


    What are you willing to do to survive? What are you willing to endure if it means you might live?


    In the summer of 1942, twenty-two-year-old Franci Rabinek - designated a Jew by the Nazi racial laws - arrived at Terezin, a concentration camp and ghetto forty miles north of her home in Prague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey from Terezin to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the slave labour camps in Hamburg, and finally Bergen Belsen.


    Franci, a spirited and glamorous young woman, was known among her fellow inmates as the Prague dress designer. Having endured the transportation of her parents, she never forgot her mother's parting words: 'Your only duty to us is to stay alive'. During an Auschwitz selection, Franci would spontaneously lie to Nazi officer Dr Josef Mengele, and claim to be an electrician. It was a split-second decision that would go on to endanger - and save - her life.


    Franci's story is an astonishing account of one woman's attempt to survive those dark years. Heartbreaking, candid, and sometimes unbearably funny, she gives voice to the women prisoners in her tight-knit circle of friends. Her testimony sheds new light on the alliances, love affairs, and sexual barter that took place during the Holocaust, offering a compelling insight into the resilience and courage of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Above all, Franci's War asks us to explore what it takes to survive, and what it means to truly live.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Frederick Douglass Prophet of Freedom
    Frederick Douglass Prophet of Freedom
    ISBN: 9781416590323
    Title: Frederick Douglass Prophet of Freedom
    Author: BLIGHT DAVID W.

    **Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

    *Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

    Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

    "Extraordinary...a great American biography" (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

    As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

    Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

    In this "cinematic and deeply engaging" (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. "Absorbing and even moving...a brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass's" (The Wall Street Journal), Blight's biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. "David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass...a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century" (The Boston Globe).

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00

    $38.00
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    ISBN: 9780224080514
    Title: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Author: BECHDEL ALISON

    Meet the author's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessiveOne of the most eagerly anticipated graphic memoirs of recent years, Fun Home is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Alison Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form. Meet Alison's father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family's Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high-school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and the family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescence, the denouement is swift, graphic, and redemptive.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic
    ISBN: 9780618871711
    Title: Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic
    Author: BECHDEL ALISON

    In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force, enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home." It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer & Secret Diarist
    Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer & Secret Diarist
    ISBN: 9781788160995
    Title: Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer & Secret Diarist
    Author: STEIDELE ANGELA

    The extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the television series Gentleman JackAnne Lister's journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller ... and an unabashed lover of other women. In this bold new biography, prizewinning author Angela Steidele uses the diaries to create a portrait of Anne Lister as we've never seen her before: a woman in some ways very much of her time and in others far ahead of it. Anne Lister recorded everything from the most intimate details of her numerous liaisons through to her plans to make her fortune by exploiting the coal seams under her family estate in Halifax and her reaction to the Peterloo massacre. She conducted a love life of labyrinthine complexity, all while searching for a girlfriend who could provide her with both financial security and true love.Anne Lister's rich and unconventional life is now the subject of the major BBC TV drama series Gentleman Jack.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Girl With Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
    Girl With Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
    ISBN: 9780007554850
    Title: Girl With Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
    Author: LEE HYEONSEO & JOHN DAVID (AS TOLD TO)

    An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

    As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told the best on the planet ?

    Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.

    She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable.

    This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo s escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life not once, but twice first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Good Germans
    Good Germans
    ISBN: 9781474607889
    Title: Good Germans
    Author: CLAY CATRINE


    After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 40 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place?


    Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists.


    Catrine Clay's ground-breaking book focuses on six very different characters: Irma, the young daughter of Ernst Thalmann, leader of the German Communists; Fritzi von der Schulenburg, a Prussian aristocrat; Rudolf Ditzen, the already famous author Hans Fallada, best known for his novel Alone in Berlin; Bernt Engelmann, a schoolboy living in the suburbs of Dusseldorf; Julius Leber, a charismatic leader of the Social Democrats in the Reichstag; and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, a law student in Berlin. The six are not seen in isolation but as part of their families: a brother and sister; a wife; a father with three children; an only son; the parents of a Communist pioneer daughter. Each experiences the momentous events of Nazi history as they unfold in their own small lives - Good Germans all.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
1 2 3 4