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Michael Morpurgo


War Child to War Horse

Maggie Fergusson


Fourth Estate 2012
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Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved children's authors, whose books Private Peaceful and Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved children's authors, whose books Private Peaceful and ...more
 

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Sigmund Freud



David Carter


Hesperus 2011
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Despite the importance of his theories of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud's reputation owes as much to myth as to the facts of his life and work. This BDespite the importance of his theories of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud's reputation owes as much to myth as to the facts of his life and work. This Brief Lives study traces the course of Freud's personal life, his academic career and his psychoanalytical work, and in a final chapter briefly describes his intellectual legacy. ...more
 

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Portrait of Camelot


A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House

Richars Reeves


Abrams 2010
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The association of the Kennedy presidency with the fabled city of Camelot was born from a remark that Jackie Kennedy made following her husband's assaThe association of the Kennedy presidency with the fabled city of Camelot was born from a remark that Jackie Kennedy made following her husband's assassination; not about Arthur and his knights but the Broadway musical that had opened a month after Kennedy was elected. This photographic history follows the President, in private and in public, from his inauguration in January 1961 to his funeral in November 1963, through the lens of the official White House photographer, Cecil W Stoughton. ...more
 

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Love from Nancy


The Letters of Nancy Mitford

Charlotte Mosley

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Sceptre 1994
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Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was one of the great letter writers of last century, and her sparkling correspondence to her famous family and wide circle oNancy Mitford (1904-1973) was one of the great letter writers of last century, and her sparkling correspondence to her famous family and wide circle of friends sheds an extraordinary light on their lives and the times in which they lived. The first published collection of Nancy Mitford's correspondence, this volume draws on 8,000 letters spanning six decades from 1912 to 1973. With introductions, notes and biographical notes on recipients. ...more
 

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In Hiding


The Life of Manuel Cortes

Ronald Fraser


Verso 2010
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When Franco seized power in the Spanish Civil War, Manuel Cortes, the Socialist mayor of Mijas in Andalucia, was a marked man. For 30 years, he evadedWhen Franco seized power in the Spanish Civil War, Manuel Cortes, the Socialist mayor of Mijas in Andalucia, was a marked man. For 30 years, he evaded Franco's execution squads to survive in hiding until an amnesty was decreed in 1969. This absorbing narrative, based on numerous in-depth interviews, provides a detailed account of his harrowing ordeal, and a sobering testimony to one of Spain's darkest hours. ...more
 

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Letters to Pauline



Stendhal


Hesperus 2011
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Written between 1800 and 1825, many years before the publication of Scarlet and Black, the letters of Henri-Marie Beyle (alias Stendhal) to his sisterWritten between 1800 and 1825, many years before the publication of Scarlet and Black, the letters of Henri-Marie Beyle (alias Stendhal) to his sister Pauline were intended to advise and educate her. What they reveal is the novelist-in-the-making educating himself. Translated by Andrew Brown, with an introduction by Adam Thirlwell. ...more
 

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The History of the Reign of King Henry VII



Francis Bacon


Hesperus 2007
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In 1485, Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at Bosworth, and at one stroke became King of England, ended the War of the Roses and founded the Tudor dynaIn 1485, Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at Bosworth, and at one stroke became King of England, ended the War of the Roses and founded the Tudor dynasty. Written in 1622, Bacon's study of Henry is a detailed account of the reign by an author with personal experience of high politics, and the first biography of a king to have such psychological depth.Foreword by Brian Thompson. ...more
 

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Just Send Me Word


A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Orlando Figes


Allen Lane 2012
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Orlando Figes tells the story of two Muscovites, Lev and Svetlana, whose love survived the war of 1941-45 and, afterwards, Lev's incarceration in one Orlando Figes tells the story of two Muscovites, Lev and Svetlana, whose love survived the war of 1941-45 and, afterwards, Lev's incarceration in one of Stalin's most notorious labour camps. For 14 years they exchanged letters - Lev's beautifully written, uncensored, and smuggled from the Gulag; Svetlana's a testament to constancy and hope from a grim post-war Moscow. Using their correspondence - the largest cache of Gulag letters ever found - Figes reconstructs a story of love's triumph over adversity. ...more
 

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A Question of Honour


The Life of Lieutenant General Valentine Baker Pasha

Anne Baker


Pen & Sword 1996
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Valentine Baker (1827-1887) was a brilliant cavalry officer whose career in the British Army ended in 1875 when he was convicted of indecently assaultValentine Baker (1827-1887) was a brilliant cavalry officer whose career in the British Army ended in 1875 when he was convicted of indecently assaulting a young lady in a railway carriage. He later became Baker Pasha, commander of the Sultan's forces in the Russo- Turkish War, then commander of the Egyptian police. This book tells the complete story of a man whose reputation was ruined on a 10 minute journey from Woking to Esher, and who died in Cairo, unaware of his reinstatement in the army that had been his life. ...more
 

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The Life of Irene Nemirovsky


1903-1942

Olivier Philipponnat; Patrick Lienhardt


Vintage 2011
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The discovery and publication of Suite Francaise in 2004 created a sensation, and revived interest in its author, a celebrate novelist of the 1930s whThe discovery and publication of Suite Francaise in 2004 created a sensation, and revived interest in its author, a celebrate novelist of the 1930s whose work had fallen into neglect since her death in Auschwitz. Drawing on interviews, untapped archives, and Nemirovsky's diaries, this authoritative biography tells a story as gripping and tragic as any of her novels, from her childhood in Kiev and emigration to France after the Revolution, to the heights of literary fame and her deportation by the Nazis....more
 

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Edward Carpenter


A Life of Liberty and Love

Sheila Rowbotham


Verso 2009
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Letters from London


Seven Essays by CLR James

Nicholas Laughlin

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Signal 2003
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The New Elizabethans


Sixty Portraits of Our Age

James Naughtie


Collins 2012
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Published to accompany a Radio 4 series celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this book by the acclaimed broadcaster and Today presenter profiles 6Published to accompany a Radio 4 series celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this book by the acclaimed broadcaster and Today presenter profiles 62 of the people entertainers, sportsmen and women, thinkers, politicians, artists and scientists characterize her 60-year reign. It shoes how the talents, ambitions and foibles of such diverse figures as Tony Hancock, Harold Pinter and Simon Cowell, Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Windsor and of course the Queen herself, have helped to shape the second Elizabethan age. ...more
 

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Kipling Sahib


India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling

Charles Allen


Abacus 2007
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This account of the first part of Kipling's life, between 1865 and 1900, looks in depth at his Bombay childhood and at his 'seven years hard' as an apThis account of the first part of Kipling's life, between 1865 and 1900, looks in depth at his Bombay childhood and at his 'seven years hard' as an apprentice journalist in Upper India. Charles Allen explores how young 'Ruddy' learnt his craft and discovered himself as a writer. 'India made him, charged his imagination,' writes Allen, 'and after he left India in March 1889 ... he was most completely himself as an artist when reinhabiting the two Indian worlds he had left behind'....more
 

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Henry James


His Women and His Art

Lyndall Gordon


Virago 2012
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In April 1894, the novelist Henry James took a gondola out into the Venetian lagoon and tried to drown a bundle of dresses. They belonged to his frienIn April 1894, the novelist Henry James took a gondola out into the Venetian lagoon and tried to drown a bundle of dresses. They belonged to his friend, the writer Constance Fenimore Woolson, who had recently fallen to her death from a balcony. This perceptive biographical study explores the way this mysterious friendship echoed his relationships with Minnie Temple and his sister Alice, and how the ghosts of these women haunted his fiction. ...more
 

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