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

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - by Hallie Rubenhold - £9.99
THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 2019   Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolv ... more

Skint Estate: A Memoir of Poverty, Motherhood and Survival - by Cash Carraway - £9.99
“Everyone has their price. It’s just not always monetary. Mine is though. 20 quid.”  Single mum. ‘Stain on society’. Caught in a poverty trap. It’s a luxury to afford morals and if you’re Cash Carraway, you do what you can to survi ... more

My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim Feminist Finds Herself - by Zeba Talkhani - £14.99
28-year-old Zeba Talkhani charts her experiences growing up in Saudi Arabia amid patriarchal customs reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, and her journey to find freedom in India, Germany and the UK.  Talkhani offers a fresh perspective on liv ... more

The Only Gaijin In The Village: A Year Living in Rural Japan - by Iain Maloney - £12.99
In 2016 Scottish writer Iain Maloney and his Japanese wife Minori moved to a village in rural Japan. This is the story of his attempt to fit in, be accepted and fulfil his duties as a member of the community, despite being the only foreigner in the v ... more

Recollections Of My Non-Existence - by Rebecca Solnit - £16.99
In 1981, Rebecca Solnit rented a studio apartment in San Francisco that would be her home for the next twenty-five years. There, she began to come to terms with the epidemic of violence against women around her, the street harassment that unsettled h ... more

Ladies Can't Climb Ladders: The Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women - by Jane Robinson - £20.00
An inspiring and startling centenary history of the first professional women whose determination to have successful careers shaped the personal and working lives of women today.  It is a myth that the First World War liberated women.  The Sex ... more

Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay - by Jeff Young - £16.00
Liverpool is a city of ghosts. Through the centuries, millions have lived here or come to find a new life, and found safe harbor. More than any other city in Britain its history resonates in the buildings, landscape and stories that have seeped into ... more

The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption - by Patrick Flanery - £9.99
A raw and heart-wrenching literary memoir about a queer couple’s attempt to adopt a child.   But would you take a ginger child? a social worker asks Patrick Flanery as he and his husband embark on their four-year odyssey of trying to adopt. This ... more

Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story - by Leah Hazard - £7.99
No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers...  Midwives are there for us at some of the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives. From heart-wrenching grief to the pure joy of a ne ... more

The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz - by Jack Fairweather - £7.99
Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others?  In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned ... more

James Joyce - by Edna O'Brien - £9.99
Edna O’Brien depicts James Joyce as a man hammered by Church, State and family, yet from such adversities he wrote works ‘to bestir the hearts of men and angels’.   The journey begins with Joyce the arrogant youth, his lofty courtship of No ... more

The Battle of Bogside - by Clive Limpkin - £12.95
Clive Limpkin arrived in Derry in August 1969, on the eve of the Battle of the Bogside, as a photojournalist for the London Daily Sketch. He captured the turmoil of that period with intense reality and returned regularly over the next three years to ... more

The Wind At My Back: A Cycling Life - by Paul Maunder - £9.99
In this deeply personal and lyrical exploration of what it means to ride a bicycle, Paul Maunder explores how our memories have a dialogue with landscape and how cycling and creativity are connected.  Taking a journey through the places that ... more

Keep Clear: My Adventures with Asperger's - by Tom Cutler - £14.99
A wonderfully bittersweet, funnystrange account of living unwittingly with Asperger’s syndrome.  It is only after a crack-up, at the age of 55, that Tom Cutler gets the diagnosis that allows him to make sense of everything that’s come bef ... more

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death - by Lillian Faderman - £10.99
A lively and engaging biography of the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, a man fiercely committed to protecting all minorities.  Harvey Milk — eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck — was elected to the ... more

Time For Lights Out - by Raymond Briggs - £18.99
In his customary pose as the grumpiest of grumpy old men, Raymond Briggs contemplates old age and death... and doesn’t like them much. Illustrated with Briggs’s inimitable pencil drawings, Time for Lights Out is a collection of short pieces, some ... more

Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear and the Making of a Massacre - by Kim Wagner - £11.99
A powerful reassessment of a seminal moment in the history of India and the British Empire — the Amritsar Massacre — to mark its 100th anniversary   The Amritsar Massacre of 1919 was a seminal moment in the history of the British Empire, y ... more

Tall Tales and Wee Stories - by Billy Connolly - £20.00
In December 2018, after fifty years of belly-laughs, energy and outrage, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from live stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career.  When he first started out in the late sixties, Billy played the ... more

Our Autistic Lives: Personal Accounts from Autistic Adults Around the World Aged 20 to 70+ - by Alex Ratcliffe (Editor) - £14.99
This collection of narratives from autistic adults is structured around their decades of experience of life, covering 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60 and 70s+. These are varied and diverse, spanning different continents, genders, sexualities and ethnicities, ... more

Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands - by Hazel V Carby - £20.00
'Where are you from?' was the question hounding Hazel Carby as a girl in post-World War II London. One of the so-called brown babies of the Windrush generation, born to a Jamaican father and Welsh mother, Carby's place in her home, her neighbourhood ... more

Will - by Will Self - £14.99
"'Darkly angelic prose... a joy to read, with the final part in particular recalling David Foster Wallace at his best"(Alex Preston, Observer) Will's mother's hokey homily, Waste not, want not... hisses in his ears as he oscillates furiously on th ... more

Back in the Day: Vol. 1 - Liverpool 8 Social History 1984-89 - by Leroy Cooper - £20.00
Leroy Cooper understands the power of art to transform energy. Through street art, poetry, photography, painting and music, Leroy's personal experience has become his legacy.   Following his arrest in Liverpool 8 in 1981, his name has been inextr ... more

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation - by Carolyn L. Karcher - £15.99
Personal narratives by Forty Jewish activists and scholars.  Today Jews face a choice. We can be loyal to the ethical imperatives at the heart of Judaism—love the stranger, pursue justice, and repair the world. Or we can give our unconditio ... more

On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd - by Axel Lindén - £8.99
Why do we keep sheep? Alex Lindén ruminates as he watches his sheep ruminating. Naive and inexperienced, he has ditched his doctoral studies in order to move to a fully working farm in the country with his family, where he is tasked with the respons ... more

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin - by Lindsey Hilsum - £9.99
The gripping life story of the great war correspondent Marie Colvin told by one of her closest friends.  Winner of the James Tait Black Award  Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and racket ... more

The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology - by Mark Boyle - £16.99
It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever.  No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bu ... more

Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope - by Albert Woodfox - £12.99
Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement — in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana — all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woo ... more

Turning the Boat for Home: A Life Writing About Nature - by Richard Mabey - £18.99
For five decades Richard Mabey has been a pioneering voice in modern nature writing. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'edgelands' in the 1970s, to his reflections on the musical ... more

Bloc Life: Stories from the Lost World of Communism - by Peter Molloy - £9.99
There was life before the fall.   1989 was a year of astonishing and rapid change: the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and an end to an entire way of life for millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. B ... more

Odd Men Out: Male Homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation, 1954 – 1970 - by John-Pierre Joyce - £10.99
Odd Men Out is a social, cultural and political history of gay men living in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s. It follows a chronological narrative and covers a number of thematic issues in detail, starting with the establishment of the government ... more

The Long '68: Radical Protest and Its Enemies - by Richard Vinen - £10.99
1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary - around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily ... more

Know My Name - by Chanel Miller - £16.99
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted ... more

Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation - by Colin Grant - £18.99
When Colin Grant was growing up in Luton in the 1960s, he learned not to ask his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain. ‘We’re here because we’re here,’ his father would say. ‘You have some place else to go?’  But now ... more

Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen - by Amrou Al-Kadhi - £16.99
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir about the author’s journey from a god-fearing Muslim boy to a proud, queer drag queen.   My name is Amrou Al-Kadhi – by day. By night, I am Glamrou, an empowered, confident and acerbic drag queen who wears ... more

Who Am I, Again? - by Lenny Henry - £20.00
***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week***   How do you beat the bullies and the bigots? Here's how.   The heart-breaking, inspirational (and very funny) story of the man who overcame so much, and won a very special place in a nation's heart. ... more

It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies): Inspirational people open up about their mental health - by Scarlett Curtis (Curator) - £14.99
Last year, Scarlett Curtis and 52 inspirational women wrote an extraordinary anthology on what feminism means to them. The book went on to be a cultural phenomenon and turned the world Pink.  This year, it's Blue.   We are living in th ... more

The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment - by Amelia Gentleman - £18.99
***LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2019***  How do you pack for a one-way journey back to a country you left when you were eleven and have not visited for fifty years?  Amelia Gentleman's expose of the Windrush scandal sh ... more

There She Goes: Liverpool, A City on Its Own: The Long Decade 1979-1993 - by Simon Hughes - £20.00
Liverpool was once one of the greatest cities in the British empire but it no longer feels like it is in England, if it ever did. It had retreated as a significant port after the Second World War and by 1979, it was already on the brink. What it need ... more

Year of the Monkey - by Patti Smith - £12.99
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.   Following a run of New Year's concerts at ... more

Magnificent Women and their Revolutionary Machines - by Henrietta Heald - £20.00
'Women have won their political independence. Now is the time for them to achieve their economic freedom too.'   This was the great rallying cry of the pioneers who, in 1919, created the Women's Engineering Society. Spearheaded by Katharine an ... more

North Korea Journal - by Michael Palin - £14.99
A glimpse of life inside the world’s most secretive country, as told by Britain’s best-loved travel writer.  In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive De ... more

My Name Is Why: A Memoir - by Lemn Sissay - £16.99
How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.  At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth c ... more

Charles and Ada: The Computer's Most Passionate Partnership - by James Essinger - £16.99
The partnership of Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace was one that would change science forever.  They were an unlikely pair – one the professor son of a banker, the other the only child of an acclaimed poet and a social-reforming mathematician ... more

I Love the Bones of You: My Father And The Making Of Me - by Christopher Eccleston - £20.00
Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in Our Friends In The North, Maurice in The A Word, or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way – his father Ronnie. In I Love The Bones Of You, ... more

Going Home: A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation - by Raja Shehadeh - £14.99
In Going Home, Orwell Prize winning author Raja Shehadeh travels Ramallah and records the changing face of the city. Walking along the streets he grew up in, he tells the stories of the people, the relationships, the houses, and the businesses that w ... more

Mercury and Me: An Intimate Memoir By the Man Freddie Loved - by Jim Hutton, with Tim Wapshott - £9.99
The moving, remarkable story of the relationship between Freddie Mercury and his longtime partner Jim Hutton, as explored in the major, Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody.   The relationship between Freddie Mercury ... more

Protest: Britain on the March - by Mirrorpix - £12.99
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."(Margaret Mead) Britain was built on protest. From Magna Carta to the suffragettes, the Peasants’ Revolt to ... more

Different Class: Fashion, Football & Funk - The Story of Laurie Cunningham - by Dermot Kavanagh - £9.99
A biography of England's first professional black footballer, who represented Leyton Orient, West Bromwich Albion and became the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid.  Shortlisted for Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Award ... more

The Messenger - by Shiv Malik - £12.99
Every reporter knows the first rule of journalism: never betray your source. But what if your source turns out to be unworthy of your silence? What if it's your source who betrays you?  The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship betw ... more

The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, 1600-1900 - by T. M. Devine - £9.99
Eighteenth-century Scotland is famed for generating many of the enlightened ideas which helped to shape the modern world. But there was in the same period another side to the history of the nation. Many of Scotland's people were subjected to coercive ... more

Jurgen Klopp: The Biography - by Elmar Neveling - £16.99
"It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club."(Jurgen Klopp) Jürgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-h ... more

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