The Dwarfs of Auschwitz
In the 1930s, the Ovitz family - seven of whom were dwarfs - enjoyed massive success as the Lilliput Troupe of singers and actors. But as the Nazi regime tightened its grip, they were plunged into the horrors of Auschwitz. Based on interviews with Perla Ovitz, the last living member of the troupe, and many other concentration camp survivors, this powerful book tells the inspirational story of this remarkable family and their indomitable will to survive.
The Inside History
For viewers of The Crown who wonder how far Peter Morgan’s drama mirrors reality, the historian Robert Lacey presents an account of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the years covered by the first series; from her marriage to Philip Mountbatten in 1947, to Princess Margaret’s decision to part from Peter Townsend in 1955. The history is richly illustrated with formal and informal photographs of the royal family and photographs of the actors who portrayed them in The Crown.
Political Scandal, Personal Struggle and the Years that Defined Elizabeth II
From the Suez Crisis in 1956, through the Aberfan disaster, Princess Margaret’s marriage and American astronauts in Buckingham Palace, to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, the historian Robert Lacey gives an account of Elizabeth II’s reign, shedding light on both the royal family and the world they lived in during the years covered by the second and third series of Peter Morgan’s drama, The Crown. With photographs of royal family members as portrayed by the series’ actors.
Churchill: The life
An Authorised Pictorial Biography
This unique and intimate biography tells the eventful life of Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in photographs (some never before published) and material from the Churchill Papers. Often quoting his own words, the captions give the full context behind each image, with a focus on less familiar artefacts such as young Winston's battle plans for an invasion of Russia, the Boer War poster offering a ú25 reward for his capture and a 1927 snapshot of the Chancellor constructing a snowman.
The French Exception
The Extraordinary Rise and Risk
How did France’s youngest-ever president assemble the network, team and finances to sweep to electoral victory in just twelve months? Based on previously unpublished interviews with Emmanuel Macron’s friends, mentors, opponents, and key members of his team, this first-ever biography in English charts his meteoric rise. It outlines his political vision, examines his support-base, analyses his strengths and weaknesses, and asks what his presidency means for Britain and the EU.
The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson
The Pioneering English Surgeon Who Identified Parkinson's Disease
In 1817 James Parkinson defined the disease that bears his name so precisely that it is still diagnosed today by recognizing the symptoms he identified. In this study, the story of Parkinson’s significant contributions to the Age of Enlightenment is told through his three passions – medicine, radical politics and fossils. The book restores a neglected pioneer to his rightful place in history and creates a vivid portrait of life as an ‘apothecary surgeon’ in Georgian London.
To Meet in Hell
Bergen-belsen, the British Officer Who Liberated it, and the Jewish Girl He Saved
Brigadier Glyn Hughes was among the first Allied soldiers to enter Bergen-Belsen. Rachel Gemuth, then just 15, was one of its inmates. This account by her daughter draws on her memories, Hughes’s diaries, other oral histories and documentary sources to record their respective journeys – following him from Normandy to a defeated Germany, and her from Hungary via Auschwitz to Belsen – before recounting the horror of the camp, and the justice administrated to its perpetrators.
The Last Great Whig
Lord Lansdowne (1845–1927) was one of the last hereditary peers to hold high office in Britain. Using material from Lansdowne’s own extensive archive, this biography follows his career as Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, Secretary of State for War and Foreign Secretary. It also explores his conflict with fellow Liberals over free trade, and describes the opprobrium aroused by his 1917 call for an armistice with Germany.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
A True (as told to me) Story
This innovative memoir is told in phone calls and voice mail messages from the author's grandmother, recounting her life from the pogroms of Belarus in the 1880s to a cramped Brooklyn apartment, marriage, children and a granddaughter, Bess. The story of her family's struggles are woven with advice and life lessons for her beloved Bess.
Scientists Who Changed History
This visual guide to the life and work of more than 85 of the greatest scientists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Marie Curie and Stephen Hawking, takes the reader from Ancient Greece, Egypt and China through to the modern era. Alongside key moments, quotes and diagrams, it succinctly explains the breakthroughs and significance of figures from fields including mathematics, meteorology, geology and genetics.
Down to Earth
Using 50 years of personal experience, Monty Don offers general advice on garden design, colour and managing changes in the seasons, followed by information on choosing plants, whether for a small town plot, a cottage garden, or one created with children or wildlife in mind. Further topics include dealing with weeds and pests, and growing food, before a final section describes jobs for the month.
A Journey Beyond the Muse
As a young fashion model in the Swinging Sixties, Jenny Boyd was at the heart of era’s music scene – she was married to Mick Fleetwood, and her sister to George Harrison. She tells of the highs and lows that followed: the pressures of touring, the volatile relationships, her struggles with drugs, and how she built a new life as a therapist.
The Incredible Story of the Most Audacious Gambler in History
The well connected and urbane Patrice des Moutis began putting his talent for mathematics to his advantage in the late 1950s, exploiting the French state-run Tiercé betting system so effectively that the rules were repeatedly changed to thwart him. This biography of the gambler reveals how dangerous underworld connections and allegations of illegal bookmaking and race fixing were increasingly catching up with him at the time of his apparent suicide in 1975.
John White Alexander
An American Artist in the Gilded Age
Although ranked alongside Whistler and Sargent as one of the leading portrait painters of his age, John White Alexander (1856–1915) earned critical acclaim for his figure paintings, which often showed women in evocative poses and flowing dresses. Illustrated with 90 images, this first in-depth biography discusses the artist’s childhood poverty, the influence of his muse Juliette Very, and how he used techniques learned from his contemporaries to create his own style.
Travelling to Work
Diaries 1988–98, Volume 3
Michael Palin embarked on filming Around the World in 80 Days with some trepidation – it did not seem like a good time to step away from the career he had spent over two decades cultivating. Travelling to Work reveals his doubts and struggles as he worked on a novel, continued to act, and failed to resist the lure of filming Pole to Pole and Full Circle.
The Life and Music of Eric Clapton
Author of bestselling biographies of Lennon, McCartney and Jagger, Philip Norman describes how Eric Clapton became rock's premier virtuoso in the 1960s and 1970s and examines a turbulent private life that has included chronic substance abuse, a famous affair with George Harrison's wife and the freak death of his son at the age of four.
A Seat at the Table
Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music
Following up her critically acclaimed Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, published in 1995, Amy Raphael presents a further 18 interviews with women working in the music industry, demonstrating how it has changed. Artists, producers and presenters including Alison Moyet, Catherine Marks and Clara Amfo reveal their experiences and how they have been able to make their voice heard.
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Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist, Volume I
Stephen Morris was recruited as the drummer of Joy Division (then known as Warsaw) from a small ad in a Macclesfield music shop. In this memoir he remembers the Manchester post-punk scene, working with Ian Curtis and the formation of New Order.
Not the Whole Story
‘Suddenly, I am old…’ In this long-awaited memoir, the bestselling author of Land Girls and many other novels, short stories and plays looks back over her remarkable life. With characteristic compassion and nuanced observation, she recounts her eccentric childhood, the unconventional marriage of her film-star father and polyglot, party-loving mother, her time as a reluctant debutante, her first forays into journalism, and her successful career in advertising, film and television.
Master Builder of Roads and Canals
A Scottish shepherd’s son, Thomas Telford was the brilliant engineer responsible for major reconstruction work in his homeland and for transforming the road and canal network across Britain. Burton’s biography of the ‘Colossus of Roads’ highlights his achievements, including designing the Menai suspension bridge and the Caledonian Canal, while also depicting a humble, altruistic man interested in poetry and culture.
Cracked Eggs and Chicken Soup
Memories of an East End Childhood Between the Wars
Norman Jacobs’s portrait of East End life in the 1920s and 1930s is based on conversations with his father. Isaac's great affection for the area and its diverse population becomes clear as he recalls their hardships – the overcrowding, the unemployment and the hunger – and their simple pleasures – the music hall, the two-valve radio and the first Wembley Cup Final.
A Life in Time
Based on an extended interview given during a 2003 UK tour, and other first-hand accounts, Philip Clark explores the jazz pianist’s music and influence on performers including Sting and John Cage. It recalls behind-the-scenes stories of breakthrough classics like ‘Take Five’, which propelled jazz into the mainstream, and Brubeck’s many encounters and collaborations with musical greats such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie.
A Biographic Portrait
From his early childhood, when his intelligence and maverick thinking led him into mischief, to his early death from pancreatic cancer in 2011, this biography presents Steve Jobs’s life and career in a blend of narrative and infographics. Recalling turning points such as his first meeting with Steve Wozniak, it examines the ambition and passion that made him one of the world’s most influential people.
In 2013, tired of shabby flatshares and frenetic London life, Danie Couchman bought a narrowboat. Unable to afford a permanent mooring, she moved every fortnight, navigating the Thames, the Grand Union Canal and the River Lea. In five years of itinerant, off-grid living in this urban wilderness, she reconnected with nature and found friends amid the eclectic, nomadic community of boat-dwellers.
A Photographic History
Few people were photographed more than John Lennon between 1962, when he first found fame, and his death in 1980. This volume tells the story of his public life through images and extended captions, including publicity portraits, and concert and TV performances. It also features candid photographs of his musical and campaigning activities, from the Cavern Club in Liverpool to life in New York in the late 1970s.
Where Shall We Run To?
The acclaimed children’s author recalls his wartime childhood on Alderley Edge, the distinctive Cheshire landscape that shaped his fictions such as The Owl Service. He recalls the sounds of German bombers, air-raid sirens and ack-ack guns, his father joining the army, life at the village school, and the arrival of the Americans with sweets and chewing gum. From this vivid evocation of a vanished England, he leaps forward to the 21st century and a reunion with a childhood friend.
The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
The woman for whom Edward VIII renounced the throne was vilified in the press as a scheming social climber but Anne Pasternak portrays a very different person. Testimony from the couple’s closest friends reveals a woman whose impoverished childhood and unconventional looks taught her to rely on her intelligence and intuition – qualities that made her ‘too bright and witty’ for a royal consort of the time. It also provides evidence of the depth of their mutual feelings.
My Midsummer Morning
Rediscovering a Life of Adventure
With middle age approaching, the travel writer Alastair Humphreys decided to realize a long-standing ambition: to retrace his hero Laurie Lee’s 1935 walk through Spain, supporting himself by busking on the violin. Unfortunately, he couldn’t play the violin. In this memoir he tells how he overcame his fears, living simply, sleeping on hilltops, and meeting strangers on the hot and dusty road.
In the Days of Rain
Rebecca Stott was born into a closed Christian sect that believed the world was ruled by Satan. In this memoir, she tells how her father, on his deathbed, begged her to write the story of their family, who for generations had worshipped in the ‘Iron Room’, and to tell of his own part in enforcing the cult’s draconian rules.
A Day Like Today
Famous for his tough interviews on Radio 4’s Today programme, John Humphrys has had a long journalistic career including spells as a local reporter, foreign correspondent and television newsreader. His biography describes his working-class childhood in Cardiff, his eyewitness experiences of seismic news events such as the Aberfan disaster and the resignation of Richard Nixon. Also revealed are behind-the-scenes insights into the making of Today and his jousts with leading politicians of the last 30 years