Diary of an Inner City Vet
Inner-city London vet Charlotte Rea reveals the endless variety of a job that requires her to shift rapidly from consoling a bereaved cat owner to treating a dog high on amphetamines to performing emergency surgery on a chicken. She also records her thoughts on contemporary issues in veterinary medicine such as animal euthanasia, mental health issues within the profession and ethical concerns around pedigree dog breeding.
By Royal Appointment
Tales From the Privy Council – the Unknown Arm of Government
The Privy Council, which formally advises the sovereign, has existed since ‘remote antiquity’, and this history of the institution explores, by means of stories and anecdotes from its chequered past, the council’s waning influence over rival institutions, including the Cabinet and the judiciary.
Tommy Sheridan: From Hero to Zero?
A Political Biography
Tommy Sheridan was the best-known socialist politician in post-war Scotland, leading his Scottish Socialist Party to an historic breakthrough in the 2003 elections. Handsome, articulate and charismatic, he was hailed as a voice for the voiceless and a fearless challenger of the establishment. Then, convicted of perjury, he lost it all. This well-researched biography charts his rise and fall, and probes the tragic flaws that brought about his downfall.
After a Funeral
Diana Athill had read Waguih Ghali’s novel, Beer in the Snooker Club, long before she met and fell in love with him. Love turned to friendship, and Ghali, or ‘Didi’, carried on living in her flat, where he ultimately took his own life. Published 13 years later, this is Athill’s honest account of the three years they spent together.
Principles and Power
A Labour politician who believed that foreign policy must have an ethical dimension, Robin Cook was Foreign Secretary throughout Tony Blair’s first term as Prime Minister, from 1997 to June 2001. In 2003, as Leader of the Commons, he resigned from government in protest against the Iraq war. John Williams, who was Cook’s press secretary at the Foreign Office, gives a behind-the-scenes account of a politician whose career illustrates the difficulty of reconciling principles with the compromises of government.
Cricket's Philosopher King
The Trinidadian historian, journalist, novelist and socialist CLR James was a prominent figure, a polymath who wrote classic works on topics including cricket and Caribbean history. In this illustrated biography Dave Renton explores his life and legacy from his experiences as an immigrant in Lancashire, through his connections with leading intellectuals of the African Revolution to his engagement with radical causes worldwide. Off-mint.
The Horror of Love
While her sisters Diana and Unity flirted with Fascism, the novelist Nancy Mitford embarked on a passionate affair with Gaston Palewski, a Free French leader who went on to become one of his country's most eminent politicians - and to marry another woman. Was she a deluded lover or a remarkably sophisticated one? This frank, emotionally challenging book sets their relationship against the dramatic background of war, and charts its impact on her enduringly popular novels.