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  • A Memoir of Jane Austen

    £8.99

    A Memoir of Jane Austen

    This unique edition brings together for the first time Austen-Leigh’s memoir of his aunt Jane Austen, together with shorter recollections by James Edward’s two sisters. It also includes Jane’s brother Henry’s two biographical accounts.

    £8.99
  • A Still Life

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    A Still Life

    Josie George lives in a tiny terraced house in the urban West Midlands with her son. Since her early childhood, she has lived with the fluctuating and confusing challenge of disabling chronic illness. Her days are watchful and solitary, lived out in the same hundred or so metres around her home. But Josie’s world is surprising, intricate, dynamic. She has learned what to look for: the complex patterns of ice on a frozen puddle; the routines of her friends at the community centre; the neighbourhood birds in flight; the slow changes in the morning light, in her small garden, in her growing son, in herself. Josie sets out to tell the story of her still life, over the course of a year. As the seasons shift, and the tides of her body draw in and out, Josie begins to unfurl her history.

    £16.99
  • A Very Nice Rejection Letter

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    A Very Nice Rejection Letter

    By turns moving, wry and brutally honest, ‘A Very Nice Rejection Letter’ unveils the rewarding yet soul-baring life of a novelist. At its heart is a love letter to the art of writing but it is also a profound reflection on the forces that drive us all.

    £16.99
  • Chagrin D’ecole

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    Chagrin D’ecole

    Narrated from the perspective of a bad student at school this novel reflects upon school life, the role of parents in education, and the desire of young students to learn.

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  • Cider With Rosie

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    Cider With Rosie

    This is a vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belonging to a now distant past.

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  • Dear Reader

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    Dear Reader

    A memoir of a life spent immersed in the comfort and joy of books, from Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink.

    £12.99
  • Fierce Bad Rabbits

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    Fierce Bad Rabbits

    ‘Fierce Bad Rabbits’ takes us on an eye-opening journey in a pea-green boat through the history of picture books. From Edward Lear through to Beatrix Potter and contemporary picture books like ‘Stick Man’, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem – and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think. Sparkling with wit, magic and nostalgia, ‘Fierce Bad Rabbits’ weaves in tales from Clare’s own childhood, and her re-readings as a parent, with fascinating facts and theories about the authors behind the books. Introducing you to new treasures while bringing your childhood favourites to vivid life, it will make you see even stories you’ve read a hundred times afresh.

    £14.99
  • Logical Family

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    Logical Family

    Born in the mid-20th century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man ‘on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired’. Realising that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s. Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his ‘logical family’, the people he could call his own.

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    £20.00
  • Me, You

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    Me, You

    This is Dawn French’s fabulously inventive take on modern life – the twists and turns, the surprises, the hurts and the delights. Yes, especially those. It’s a way for readers to take a lovely ramble through the year together with Dawn. Think of it as Dawn’s diary, with places for the reader to personalise the book with their own thoughts and experiences.

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  • Motherwell

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    Motherwell

    Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell – the town she both loved and hated – to go to university. It was a decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised. Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strangely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university wasn’t for the likes of the Orr family. Worse still, it would mean leaving Win behind – and Win wanted Deborah with her at all times, rather like she wanted her arm with her at all times. But while she managed to escape, Deborah’s severing from her family was only superficial. She continued to travel back to Motherwell, fantasising about the day that Win might come to accept her as good enough. Though, of course, it was never meant to be.

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  • Three Brothers

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    Three Brothers

    It is a hard but loving childhood. Yan’s family carve out a modest existence – food is often so scarce they have to find edible bark and clay for sustenance. Reading novels becomes an escape for Yan, and he yearns to become a writer after hearing about a woman who was allowed to remain in the city of Harbin after publishing her first book. Working sixteen-hour shifts in a quarry, Yan’s hands become as crooked as twigs, but the satisfaction of hard physical labour and earning money to support his family proves intoxicating. Caught between his obligations as a son and a brother, and his longing for a different life, Yan eventually joins the army. He returns to find his father’s health rapidly deteriorating in the face of his desperate efforts to build a traditional tile-roofed house for each of his sons.

    £12.99
  • Who Loses, Who Wins Volume Two 1979-2014

    £30.00

    Who Loses, Who Wins Volume Two 1979-2014

    Kenneth Rose was one of the most astute observers of the establishment for over seventy years. The wry and amusing journals of the royal biographer and historian made objective observation a sculpted craft. His impeccable social placement located him within the beating heart of the national elite for decades. He was capable of writing substantial history, such as his priceless material on the abdication crisis from conversations with both the Duke of Windsor and the Queen Mother. Yet he maintained sufficient distance to achieve impartial documentation while working among political, clerical, military, literary and aristocratic circles. Relentless observation and a self-confessed difficulty ‘to let a good story pass me by’ made Rose a legendary social commentator, while his impressive breadth of interests was underpinned by tremendous respect for the subjects of his enquiry.

    £30.00