The Best of Benn
Speeches, Diaries, Letters and Other Writings
Tony Benn (1925–2014) was not only a prominent, charismatic and principled politician, but also the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. This volume brings together a selection of his journalism, speeches and diary entries to highlight key moments in his career and to illustrate the range of issues on which he campaigned, such as workers' rights and the abolition of the death penalty, as well as his interest in the connections between Christianity and socialism.
A European Journey in War and Peace
May 1945 found Europe in chaos, its infrastructure wrecked, its cities thronged with refugees. Accompanied by US veteran Putnam Flint, the award-winning travel writer John Gimlette sets out to uncover the legacy, and meet the survivors, of that titanic conflict. Starting in Marseille, the pair make their way though France and Germany to Austria, providing a quirky, erudite and moving insight into the ideals and ideologies of the continent.
John and George
The Dog Who Changed My Life
John Dolan used to be homeless but is now a critically acclaimed artist, and says that his Staffordshire bull terrier George is the reason why. As with A Street Cat Named Bob, it was Dolan's pet that brought him to people's attention, but it was his own skill at drawing that took him off the streets and gave him a second chance at life, as he explains in this bestselling memoir.
One Leg Too Few
The Adventures of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
Beginning with their Behind the Fringe programme notes on each other, this dual biography not only tells the story of one of the most celebrated and complicated partnerships in British comedy, but also brings together 36 short memoirs by friends and colleagues, and was written with the full co-operation of both comedians' estates. The result is a thorough exploration of how their 'doomed romance' brought laughter to so many.
Entirely Up to You, Darling
A leading British actor of the 1940s and 1950s, Richard Attenborough's work as a director – of movies such as Oh! What A Lovely War, Gandhi and Cry Freedom – is probably his outstanding contribution to film history. In this autobiography, he describes the struggles and triumphs of his long career in show business as well as his private life, including the tragic deaths of his daughter and granddaughter in the tsunami of 2004.
When Daddy Came Home
How War Changed Family Life Forever
Summer 1945. The men were coming home, and life would return to normal... or would it? Drawing on many interviews, this social history shows how hard families found it to adjust. Couples who had been apart for years were confused by their changed roles; children were reunited with fathers they hardly knew; and some men, traumatized by experiences they could not bring themselves to speak of, were angry and distant.
Nine Decades of Radio Voices
Published to mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC's first ever broadcast and the beginning of the British love affair with radio, this book presents a radio history, from the first tentative programmes in 1922, up to the present. Above all, it celebrates the famous voices of radio, including the pioneering radio gardener, Marion Cran; Churchill during wartime; the Goons and Kenneth Horne in the 1950s; the pirates of Radio Caroline; and the stars of BBC radio today.
How to Talk Like a Local
From Cockney to Geordie: a National Companion
Countdown's Susie Dent reports that English dialects are 'alive, well and kicking hard', with new words still being coined today. From ackers to yex, she presents an alphabetical listing of dialect words from all over the British Isles, interspersed with collections of terms for particular phenomena, such as gossip, the weather, beauty, small talk and even mud.
It's a Wonderful Word
The Real Origins of Our Favourite Words, from Anorak to Zombie
Blotto, spondulics, claptrap and quango... Albert Jack has brought together hundreds of the strangest and most delightful English words, and takes readers on a diverting anecdotal voyage into their origins. If you've ever wondered what assassins have to do with hashish or lawyers with avocados, this book is here to help.