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A A Milne His Life
A A Milne His Life
A.A. Milne is one of the most successful English writers ever. His heart-warming creations-Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet-have become some of the best-loved children's characters of all time, and readers the world over are familiar with the stories from the Hundred Acre Wood.

Yet the man himself has remained an enigma. Although in many ways his behaviour was that of a typical golf-playing, pipe-smoking Englishman, Milne refused to be typecast, and his publishers despaired when he turned from writing popular columns for Punch to writing detective stories. They complained again when the detective writer presented them with a set of children's verse, but when When We Were Very Young became one of the best-selling books of all time, Milne's credibility as one of the world's favorite authors was sealed.

In this biography of Milne, Ann Thwaite reveals the man himself, in all his complexity. As W. A. Darlington put it in 1921, commenting on Milne's highly popular plays, `Mr Milne is obviously at heart (like all humorists) a serious person, with things to say.' He had strong political feelings, and was a pacifist even before his experiences on the Somme in 1916. There was always something darker and more tangled under `the bright glitter of surfaces'.

At his father's school, Milne was taught by the young H. G. Wells, who remained a lifelong friend; later, J. M. Barrie called him `my Mr Milne' and was `uncommon proud of him'; later still, P. G. Wodehouse became one of his greatest admirers, and a friend - but was then deeply hurt by Milne's strong reaction to the notorious wartime broadcasts. Milne's personal relationships, including those with his wife and son, were not always easy.

In A. A. Milne: His Life, Ann Thwaite has produced a vivid, sympathetic and entertaining portrait of both the man and his work, set in the context of his time, which stands as the definitive life of a writer whose work has earned some loathing (for its supposed `whimsy') but much more devotion among readers of all ages, not only in English-speaking countries but all over the world.

Title: A A Milne His Life
Author: THWAITE ANN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 28/08/2014
Price: $72.00
RRP: $72.00
Imprint: Macmillan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447253075
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A to Z Great Modern Writers
A to Z Great Modern Writers
Artist and graphic designer Andy Tuohy turns his hand to the world of modern literature in this new instalment of the A-Z series. Rendered in his distinctive style, this new book features portraits of 52 key modern writers significant for their contribution to literature, with a whole host of names from across the world including Simone de Beauvoir, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie and Vladimir Nabokov. Best-selling author Caroline Taggart provides a crib sheet of everything you need to know about each author: why they are important in the field of literature, a list of their must-read books, and a surprising fact or two about them. Alongside Andy's portraits, the book features additional imagery, including book covers and author photographs. A fun, easy guide to some of the best writers of modern times, this is a great gift for anyone who wants to broaden their literary horizons.

Title: A to Z Great Modern Writers
Author: TAGGART CAROLINE
Series: A-Z Great Modern Series
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Octopus
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781844039135
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A to Z of Wonder Women
A to Z of Wonder Women
Celebrate a whole alphabet of trailblazing, groundbreaking wonder women from around the world and through time, taking in Ada Lovelace, J. K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and every letter in between.

Men and women, boys and girls need heroes to look up to, and to aspire to be. There are thousands upon thousands of books and films about amazing athletes, scientists, artists and explorers, but they're almost all men. Girls get princesses and mermaids - sure, not necessarily the worst career choices, but there aren't enough castles and beaches for the world's 3.5 billion women.

This book brings incredible women out of the shadows, celebrates their success and acknowledges their achievements. Certain to empower and inspire women and girls everywhere, it's perfect for fans of The Little Book of Feminist Saints, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and We Should All Be Feminists.

Title: A to Z of Wonder Women
Author: LIN YVONNE
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Price: $20.00
RRP: $20.00
Imprint: Wren & Rook
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781526361547
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Adventures of Maud West Lady Detective
Adventures of Maud West Lady Detective
Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society's finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And - as Susannah Stapleton reveals - she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.

Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?

Interweaving tales from Maud West's own 'casebook' with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.

With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of 'good society' during the first half of the twentieth century.

Title: Adventures of Maud West Lady Detective
Author: STAPLETON SUSANNAH
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 11/06/2019
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509867301
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Afloat A Memoir
Afloat A Memoir
On sunny summer's evening, we've all strolled along a London canal path, admiring the beautiful narrowboats that throng the banks, and idly dreamed of living in one. But what is it really like? What happens in winter (hint: you get used to ice inside as well as out). What does it take, to navigate locks, repair gunnels, steer a craft that can be up to 72 feet long but only ever 6 foot wide?

Danie Couchman has spent the last few years of her 20s living alone on a canalboat in London, moving moorings every two weeks. The decision to do so was swift and instinctive: having grown up in a fractured army family and then in a series of shared houses, she never found a place that felt like home. The water called to her in a way nothing had before. As she would soon learn, a watery abode carries all kinds of new dangers, and the pull of the past is as sure as the pull of a current. But the water also carries friends and a sense of kinship and community which is fast-disappearing in our increasingly screen-led, urban existence.

Slow down and walk along the canal bank. You never know what you might find...

Title: Afloat A Memoir
Author: COUCHMAN DANIE
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/04/2019
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Quadrille
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781787133488
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
Albert Einstein Genius
Albert Einstein Genius
A new series of illustrated books specifically designed for children in elementary education, narrating the stories of those great historical figures who have left their mark on humanity in fields such as science, art, exploration, music and other subjects.

Young readers will be able to read all about these famous people's main achievements, experiencing the main steps of their lives through Isabel Munoz's engaging illustrations, and finding out some curious facts about their work and success. In the six volumes of the series, children will be fascinated by the genial and revolutionary intuition of Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci's vast breadth of
expertise, the incredible discoveries about space made by Galileo Galilei, Mozart's infinite musical creativity, the masterpieces created by Picasso and Van Gogh.

There is an index at the end of each volume listing the main biographical events and some simple quizzes will help children to further understand and test their knowledge.

Title: Albert Einstein Genius
Author: MUNOZ ISABEL
Series: Genius
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Price: $22.00
RRP: $22.00
Imprint: Whitestar
Publisher: White Star
ISBN: 9788854413375
Available stock: 2
Price: $22.00
All Hail the Queen Twenty Women Who Ruled
All Hail the Queen Twenty Women Who Ruled
In this elegant gift book, Jennifer Orkin Lewis breathes colorful new life into the stories of exceptional women monarchs from around the world. From Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette and Empress Wu Zetian to Queen Liliuokalani, these powerful leaders have captured imaginations throughout the ages. Readers will be enthralled by their gorgeously illustrated stories told in entertaining text by writer Shweta Jha.

Title: All Hail the Queen Twenty Women Who Ruled
Author: JHA SHWETA
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452166735
Available stock: 2
Price: $40.00
All Happy Families
All Happy Families
The Glass Castle meets The Nest in this stunning debut, an intimate family memoir that gracefully brings us behind the dappled beachfront vista of privilege to reveal the inner lives of two wonderfully colorful, unforgettable families.

On a mid-August weekend in 1983, two families assemble for a wedding at a rambling mansion on the beach in East Hampton, in the last days of the area's quietly refined country splendor, before traffic jams and high-end boutiques morphed the peaceful enclave into "the Hamptons." The weather is perfect; the tent is in place on the lawn.

But as the festivities are readied, the father of the bride and paterfamilias of the beachfront manse suffers a massive stroke from alcohol withdrawal and lies in a coma in the hospital in the next town. Yet the wedding goes on at the insistence of Jeanne McCulloch's theatrical mother, for the sake of protocol and keeping up appearances. Instead of going on their planned honeymoon, the newlyweds stash their wedding presents in the attic, arrangements are made for a funeral, and a team of lawyers arrives armed with papers for McCulloch and her siblings to sign.

So begins McCulloch's vivid memoir of her wedding weekend and its aftereffects. As she reveals, the repercussions from that weekend will ripple throughout her own family and through her in-laws' lives as they all grapple with questions of loyalty, tradition, marital honor, hope, and loss.

Impressionistic and lyrical, at turns both witty and heartrending, All Happy Families is McCulloch's clear-eyed account of her struggle to hear her own voice amid the noise of social mores and family dysfunction, in a world where all that glitters on the surface is not gold, and each unhappy family is ultimately unhappy in its own way.

Title: All Happy Families
Author: MCCULLOCH JEANNE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 20/05/2019
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Harper Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780062234766
Available stock: 1
Price: $33.00
All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
Following her father's death, Katharine Smyth turned to her favourite novel, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, as a way of making sense of her bereavement. Written out of a lifelong admiration for Woolf and her work, Katharine's story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf's Cornish coasts and Bloomsbury squares, addressing universal questions about family, loss and homecoming.

But All the Lives We Ever Lived, which braids memoir, biography, and literary criticism, is also an intimate reading of one woman's talismanic text. Through her thoughtful engagement with To the Lighthouse, and her adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Katharine guides the reader toward a deeper understanding of Woolf's most demanding and rewarding novel - and crafts an elegant reminder of literature's ability to clarify and console.

Title: All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
Author: SMYTH KATHARINE
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786492852
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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Best known for his unforgettable roles in Monty Python, from the FLYING CIRCUS to THE MEANING OF LIFE, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this brilliantly entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.



Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout that involve other close friends and luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and Mike Nichols - let alone the Pythons themselves - Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal hilarity and heart. In ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE, named after the song he wrote for LIFE OF BRIAN that has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the off-beat humour that has delighted audiences for decades.



A legend in his own lunchtime, Eric is the author of many books, some not half bad, some not even a quarter bad. Now he enters his anecdotage as the last word in Python memoirs, and the last of this extraordinary group to tell his story. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is celebrating the occasion with this laugh-out-loud memoir, chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life that features everyone from Princess Leia to the Queen.

Title: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Author: IDLE ERIC
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Price: $28.00
RRP: $28.00
Imprint: Orion
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474610292
Available stock: 1
Price: $28.00
Amateur A Reckoning With Gender Identity & Masculinity
Amateur A Reckoning With Gender Identity & Masculinity
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

In this groundbreaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence.

Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

'If you told me at the beginning of 2018 that my book of the year would be the memoir of a transgender man who took up boxing, I would have offered you generous odds against it. But here is Thomas Page McBee's tough, tender, wise and moving Amateur, a book that will wholly rewire the way you think about men and masculinity.' - Michael Nolan, The Saturday Paper

Title: Amateur A Reckoning With Gender Identity & Masculinity
Author: MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/03/2019
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Canongate
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786891006
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American Desperado My life as a Cocaine Cowboy
American Desperado My life as a Cocaine Cowboy
'The best crime book since Wiseguy? - Rich CohenA real-life Scarface, Jon was born into the Gambino Mafia family and witnessed his first murder aged seven. He joined a US Army assassination squad in Vietnam to escape a teen criminal charge, then fled New York to reinvent himself in Miami as the number one supplier of cocaine in the US. With a crazed bodyguard always at his side, and a fortress protected by mortars, tear-gas cannons, and a gold-fanged attack dog, Roberts was brutally effective at what he did. With a cast that includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix and OJ Simpson to the CIA and General Noriega, American Desperado is a hedonistic, adrenaline-soaked joyride through the world of Escobar and the cartels, told by one of most successful criminals of all time.

Title: American Desperado My life as a Cocaine Cowboy
Author: ROBERTS JON
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/03/2015
Price: $28.00
RRP: $28.00
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091949419
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