Tales From Below Stairs
The Bestselling Memoirs of a 1920s Kitchen Maid
Margaret Powell entered a life of service in the great houses of 1920s London at the age of 15. In this funny, poignant and at times angry memoir, she evokes a vanished world: the harsh life of a kitchen maid, the haughty mistresses, lecherous gentlemen and temperamental cooks, the heartbreaking fate of a pregnant parlourmaid, and her own eventual escape to marry and make an independent life with Albert the milkman.
No Cunning Plan
As one of Fagin's boys in the original production of Oliver!, Tony Robinson's understudy was Steve Marriott, later of the Small Faces, and he'd had a 20-year career in regional theatre and minor television work before Blackadder and Time Team, for which he is now principally known. In this autobiography he discusses his long professional career as well as his childhood in North London and his political and campaigning work.
Spider from Mars
My Life with Bowie
In 1970 David Bowie and his bass player Tony Visconti had some ideas for a new sound that could make the impact that Bowie's first two albums hadn't. Guitarist Mick Ronson suggested the drummer from his old band and Woody Woodmansey joined the team. This biography tells the story of his time recording and touring with Bowie up until 1973, and his later career with his own band and as a session player.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess
How I Left City Life Behind to Raise a Family - and a Flock
Amanda Owen found fame a few years ago when the 2,000-acre sheep farm Ravenseat, which she runs with her husband and nine children, featured in the popular ITV documentary series The Dales. Her bestselling memoir reveals how a love for animals and farming, partly inspired by the writing of James Herriot, led her from a childhood in Huddersfield to life as a shepherdess in 'the most beautiful place on earth'.
There's no one quite like Brian Blessed: actor, storyteller, mountaineer and coffin-maker. In this frank, and frankly riotous, memoir, he recalls his childhood in a Yorkshire mining town, his breakthrough on Z Cars, falling for Katharine Hepburn, raising hell with Peter O'Toole, meeting the love of his life, the actress Hildegard Neil – and punching Harold Pinter down a flight of stairs. 'No long dramatic pauses this time, Harold; he got one right on the side of the jaw. Wham!'
The Definitive Biography
One of the most charismatic actors of his generation, Peter O'Toole (1932–2013) brought a dangerous edge to both his roles and his life. Drawing on exclusive interviews with colleagues and friends, this biography from the author of Hellraisers paints an intimate picture of a complex, much-loved man. From the mystery of his place of birth through his formative years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the book charts his celebrated performances, his turbulent relationships and his drunken antics.