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Charles Dickens



Michael Slater


Yale University Press 2009
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Driven by childhood demons, Dickens maintained a furious workload throughout his life. In addition to novels, he produced letters, journalism, essays Driven by childhood demons, Dickens maintained a furious workload throughout his life. In addition to novels, he produced letters, journalism, essays and travel books, and his famous after- dinner speeches. Written with warmth, clarity and economy, this masterly biography explores the connections between Dickens'tumultuous emotional life, his outrage at the social conditions of his day, and his prodigious output. Illustrated with many unfamiliar images, it offers a rich and rounded portrait of the writer and the man. ...more
 

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In Hiding


The Life of Manuel Cortes

Ronald Fraser


Verso 2010
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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. American-cut pages....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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Michael Morpurgo


War Child to War Horse

Maggie Fergusson


Fourth Estate 2012
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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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William Wykeham



Virginia Davis


Hambledon 2007
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Dangerous Waters


The Life and Death of Erskine Childers

Leonard Piper


Hambledon 2003
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Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks



Pamela Pilbeam


Hambledon 2003
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Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor


Medicine and Power in the Third Reich

Ulf Schmidt


Hambledon 2008
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Harold Pinter



William Baker


Continuum 2008
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