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Fascinating memoirs and illuminating trips into the past (browse related category History & Biography )

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A Woman in the Polar Night - by Christiane Ritter - £12.99
‘Conjures the rasp of the ski runner, the scent of burning blubber and the rippling iridescence of the Northern Lights’ Sara Wheeler  ‘[An] astonishing, haunting memoir’ Isabella Tree  The rediscovered classic memoir – the m ... more

Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women - by Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick - £10.99
'A captivating account of lives previously ignored' Sunday Independent   'An important, impeccably researched though eminently readable book that charts new territory' Irish Examiner   Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth cen ... more

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World - by Jonathan Freedland - £9.99
THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK   ‘Excellent... thrilling... Freedland’s book is rich in the kind of details that haunt you long after you have turned the last page’ Sunday Times  Anne Frank. Primo Levi. Osk ... more

Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in a Time of War and Revolution - by Terence Dooley - £11.99
The gripping story of the tumultuous destruction of the Irish country house, spanning the revolutionary years of 1912 to 1923.  During the Irish Revolution nearly three hundred country houses were burned to the ground. These “Big Houses” ... more

The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government - by David K. Johnson - £22.00
A new edition of a classic work of history, revealing the anti-homosexual purges of midcentury Washington.  In The Lavender Scare, David K. Johnson tells the frightening story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as danger ... more

A People's History of Football - by Mickael Correia - £16.99
A unique people's history of football, providing a global and diverse perspective from its origins to the present day.  'A fascinating journey through the game's history [as] a vehicle of change' Shaka Hislop  'Correia takes us around ... more

Winston Churchill: His Times, His Crimes - by Tariq Ali - £12.99
A coruscating portrait of Britain’s greatest imperialist.   The modern Churchill cult is out of control, closing down debate and encouraging support for twenty-first-century wars. The wartime leader has become a household god for many, preservin ... more

Strong Female Character - by Fern Brady - £10.99
WINNER, NON FICTION BOOK 2023, BOOKS ARE MY BAG AWARDS SHORTLISTED BOOKSHOP.ORG INDIE CHAMPAIONS AMAZON NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST GOODREADS CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER   ‘An absolute riot. I ... more

Mick Lynch: The Making of a Working-Class Hero - by Gregor Gall - £20.00
In the summer of 2022, the little-known leader of a small union became a 'working-class hero'. Facing down media pundits who thought they could walk all over him, he offered a robust critique of the government and provided workers with an authentic v ... more

Departure & Return: One Family, Two Countries and a World of Connections - by Denis Wong - £16.99
“A deeply engaging and elegantly told story of two-way passages between China and Britain” ~ Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor of Chinese History at Cardiff University   Who am I? This question is often asked in youth, as a part of “coming o ... more

Rambling Man: My Life on the Road - by Billy Connolly - £25.00
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING HILARIOUS NEW BOOK FROM THE NATION’S FAVOURITE COMEDIAN, BILLY CONNOLLY   Being a Rambling Man was what I always wanted to be, to live the way I damn well pleased. I’ve met the weirdest and most wonderful people who ... more

All Down Darkness Wide - by Sean Hewitt - £10.99
A luminous memoir from the prize-winning poet - a story of love, heartbreak and coming of age, and a tender exploration of queer identity.  'Beautiful' Colm Tóibín 'Rapturous' New York Times 'Extraordinary' Observer 'Stunning' Sunday T ... more

Weird Walk: Wanderings and Wonderings through the British Ritual Year - by Weird Walk, with a Foreword by Stewart Lee - £19.99
The first book by iconic zine creators and cultural phenomenon Weird Walk. This is a superbly designed guide to Britain’s strange and ancient places, to standing stones and pagan rituals, and to the process of re-enchantment via weird walking.  ... more

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life - by Ann Funder - £20.00
THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  A fitting tribute to the unsung work of women everywhere and the perfect Christmas gift!  'A marvellous book... I just loved it all, and have a permanently marked-up, dog-eared copy on my shelf for ... more

A Pocketful of Happiness - by Richard E. Grant - £9.99
'A gorgeously candid account of acting and show business. And an intimate and heartfelt story of love, loss and a life spent together. It is an honour to be invited in on these diaries. I cannot remember being so moved by a book' Dolly Alderton  ... more

Same Old Girl: Staying Alive, Staying Sane, Staying Myself - by Sylvia Patterson - £20.00
‘There’s no mistaking the writing of Sylvia Patterson’ Sunday Times   ‘One of the finest writers in the world’ David Quantick   How does the big stuff in life truly change us?   In late 2019, Sylvia Patterson was a cele ... more

CLR James: A Life Beyond the Boundaries - by John L Williams - £14.99
Historian, revolutionary and cricket writer, CLR James was one of the truly radical voices of the twentieth century. Born in Trinidad in the final days of the Victorian era, he debated with Trotsky, played cricket with Constantine, was published by L ... more

Windrush: 75 Years of Modern Britain - by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips - £12.99
The oral history of Britain’s first West Indian immigrants and their descendants.  In 1948 the former troop ship Windrush made the 30-day journey across the Atlantic from Jamaica. The arrival of its 500 passengers, the first generation of C ... more

George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle - by Philip Norman - £25.00
From the author of the million-copy selling Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation and the bestselling John Lennon: The Life comes a revealing portrait of George Harrison, the most undervalued and mysterious Beatle.   Despite being hailed as ... more

Operation Chiffon: The Secret Story of MI5 and MI6 and the Road to Peace in Ireland - by Peter Taylor - £22.00
On the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Peter Taylor tells for the first time the gripping story of Operation Chiffon, the top-secret intelligence operation that helped bring peace to Ireland.  'A gripping exploration of how MI5 ... more

Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation - by Kris Manjapra - £10.99
A revelatory historical indictment of the long afterlife of slavery in the Atlantic world.  To fully understand why the shadow of slavery haunts us today, we must confront the flawed way that it ended. We celebrate abolition - in Haiti after ... more

The Full English: A Journey in Search of a Country and its People - by Stuart Maconie - £20.00
A Sunday Times Book of the Week and Top 10 Bestseller What kind of country is England today? What does it mean to be English? Are we hungry for change or seeking old certainties?   Join Stuart Maconie on an enlightening, entertaining jour ... more

In Defence of Witches: Why Women Are Still on Trial - by Mona Chollet - £9.99
"What remains of the witch hunts? A stubborn misogyny, which still tints the way our societies look at single women, childless women, aging women, or quite simply, free women... Today more than ever, witches tell us about our world and lead the way." ... more

Our Stories: 75 Years of the NHS from the People Who Built It, Lived It and Love It - by Stephanie Snow (Editor) - £16.99
FOREWORD BY ADAM KAY, AUTHOR OF THIS IS GOING TO HURT   Portion of proceeds go to NHS Charities Together.   A beautiful and heart-warming collection of stories, this landmark publication tells, for the first time ever, the rich history of the ... more

A Heart That Works - by Rob Delaney - £10.99
In this memoir of loss, acclaimed writer and comedian Rob Delaney grapples with the fragile miracle of life, the mysteries of death, and the question of purpose for those left behind.  When you’re a parent and your child gets hurt or sick, you ... more

Thunderstone: Finding Shelter from the Storm - by Nancy Campbell - £9.99
‘The most thoughtful and soothing book I’ve read this year.’ Daily Mail   ‘There is just one object I want to carry inside the van... It was believed lightning would not strike a house that held a thunderstone. I place this fossil on the w ... more

Private Worlds: Growing Up Gay in Post-War Britain - by Jeremy Seabrook - £14.99
A moving memoir chronicling the friendship of two gay men coming of age in 1950s Britain.  'All profound relationships have the quality of being a folie a deux; an intimate departure from reality, an imaginative creation of a world apart; ... more

The Last Colony: A Tale of Exile, Justice and Britain's Colonial Legacy - by Philippe QC Sands - £9.99
FROM THE WINNER OF THE BAILIE GIFFORD PRIZE  THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  ‘Should be read by anyone who cares about justice, humanity and human rights’ Elif Shafak ‘An essential account’ Sunday Times ‘Powerful and persuasi ... more

Backbone of the Nation: Mining Communities and the Great Strike of 1984-85 - by Robert Gildea - £25.00
A powerful new history of the Great Strike in the miners’ own voices, based on more than 140 interviews with former miners and their families.  Forty years ago, Arthur Scargill led the National Union of Mineworkers on one of the largest str ... more

China in Ten Words - by Yu Hua - £9.99
A courageous and intimate memoir of China framed in ten telling words.   People. Leader. Reading. Writing. Revolution. Grassroots. Through these and other common vernacular words and phrases, Yu Hua – widely regarded as one of China’s grea ... more

Not Quite White - by Laila Woozeer - £9.99
This is a story of belonging and not belonging, of not knowing if you exist and making sure that you do. This story is for ancestors and descendants, for the people without roles or representation who find themselves placed in a random mixed-up race. ... more

Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes: The Official Biography - by Rob Wilkins - £10.99
WINNER OF THE 2023 LOCUS AWARD FOR NON-FICTION WINNER OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION   'Always readable, illuminating and honest. It made me miss the real Terry.' - Neil Gaiman   'Sometimes joyful ... more

A History of Masculinity: From Patriarchy to Gender Justice - by Ivan Jablonka - £12.99
'Exhilarating... a work of scholarship, but also inspiration. . . Go and read Jablonka and change the world' Christina Patterson, Sunday Times   'An unexpected bestseller in France... it has sparked conversations' Challenges  A highly ... more

Scotland: The Global History: 1603 to the Present - by Murray Pittock - £12.99
An engaging and authoritative history of Scotland’s influence in the world and the world’s on Scotland, from the Thirty Years’ War to the present day.   Scotland is one of the oldest nations in the world, yet by some it is hardly counte ... more

Witchcraft: A History in Thirteen Trials - by Marion Gibson - £20.00
Witchfinder General, Salem, Malleus Maleficarum. The world of witch-hunts and witch trials sounds archaic and fanciful, these terms relics of an unenlightened, brutal age. However, we often hear ‘witch-hunt’ in today’s media, and the misogyny t ... more

Pageboy: A Memoir - by Elliot Page - £20.00
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  'The emergence of our true selves is all of our life's work. Pageboy helps chart the course.' Jamie Lee Curtis  'Searing, deeply moving, and incredibly poignant... This isn't simp ... more

Do Right and Fear No One - by Leslie Thomas QC - £10.99
'If deaths are not investigated, then the authorities cannot be held to account and democracy is threatened. And if deaths are not investigated, we are not a society that values human life.'  Inspired from a young age to help the marginalised and ... more

Life in Her Hands: The Inspiring Story of a Pioneering Female Surgeon - by Averil Mansfield - £20.00
'A great read. I am honoured to have worked with such a legend' David Nott 'A role model for women' Independent 'A wonderful read' Julian Fellowes 'Remarkable' Lauren Laverne 'Charming' Guardian   We were occasionally expected to travel by ... more

The Holocaust: An Unfinished History - by Dan Stone - £22.00
'This vital history shatters many myths about the Nazi genocide... surprising... provocative... fizzes with ideas. Even if you think you know the subject, you'll probably find something here to make you think' Sunday Times  'Erudite...remarka ... more

As Good as a Marriage: The Anne Lister Diaries 1836-38 - by Jill Liddington - £25.00
The BBC and HBO series Gentleman Jack brought Anne Lister to international attention, awakening tremendous interest in her diaries, which run to nearly five million words and are partly written in her secret code. They record in intimate detail Anne' ... more

The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist - by Marcus Rediker - £14.99
The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man-a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.  He pe ... more

Rising to the Surface - by Lenny Henry - £9.99
The rise and fall and triumphant rise from the ashes of Lenny Henry during the 80s and 90s.  ‘Moving and ebullient’ Daily Telegraph ‘Relayed with characteristic exuberance and self-deprecation’ Guardian  Rising to the Surface tra ... more

Woody Guthrie: A Life - by Joe Klein - £14.99
‘A really great book.’ Bruce Springsteen  With a foreword by Billy Bragg.   Few artists have captured the American experience of their time as wholly as folk legend Woody Guthrie. Singer, songwriter and political activist, Guthrie ... more

In Search of Mary Seacole: The Making of a Cultural Icon - by Helen Rappaport - £10.99
'An astonishingly rich story... wonderfully informative' The Times 'Rappaport does a terrific job of bringing respectful rigour to her account of Seacole's extraordinary life' Daily Mail  In Search of Mary Seacole is a superb and revealing bio ... more

We've Got This: Essays by Disabled Parents - by Eliza Hull (Editor) - £9.99
'Moving...the essays are at their richest when the authors describe what ought to be mundane (for example, discussing how to adjust the height of a kitchen counter for a wheelchair) or when they are brutally honest.’ James Coney, The Sunday Times ... more

Mala's Cat - by Mala Kacenberg - £10.99
The remarkable true story of friendship, resilience and survival against the odds.  'A remarkable tale of survival' Jeremy Dronfield, bestselling author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz   'It's an account of astounding ... more

Labour Revolt in Britain 1910-14 - by Ralph Darlington - £19.99
'Fascinating' - Raquel Varela, labour historian  The Labour Revolt that swept Britain in the early 20th century was one of the most sustained, dramatic and violent explosions of industrial militancy and social conflict the country has ever experi ... more

Queer Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Fierce History - by Dan Glass, illustrated by Mark Glasgow - £14.99
This groundbreaking guide will take you through the city streets to uncover the scandalous, hilarious and empowering events of London's queerstory. Follow in the footprints of veteran activists, such as those who marched in London's first Pride parad ... more

The Irish Difference: The Story of Ireland - by Fergal Tobin - £10.99
An Irish TImes Book of the Year  ‘The beauty of this book is in the telling: The Irish Difference lays out its themes and chronologies with impeccable clarity, and is full of fascinating detail... Exemplary.’ Irish Independent  For hundre ... more

Homelands: A Personal History of Europe - by Timothy Garton Ash - £22.00
'Tremendously enjoyable ... thoughtful, honest, open, self-deprecating' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times 'Readers could hardly wish for a wiser guide ... panoramic ... defiantly hopeful' Financial Times  Drawing from the people who lived it, ... more

Landlines - by Raynor Winn - £10.99
The remarkable story of a thousand-mile journey across Britain from the million-copy bestselling author of The Salt Path.  Some people live to walk. Raynor and Moth walk to live...  Raynor Winn knows that her husband Moth's health is declinin ... more

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