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  • Becoming Mr Nice

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    Becoming Mr Nice

    The million-selling ‘Mr Nice’ was one of the most successful non-fiction books of the last two decades the ultimate cult book. Now in ‘Becoming Mr Nice’, Howard Marks’s daughter, the writer and lawyer Amber Marks, has collated and curated highlights from Howard’s extensive personal archive. This beautifully illustrated and designed book will be essential reading for Mr Nice’s legion of fans worldwide.

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  • Between the Woods and the Water

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    Between the Woods and the Water

    This text describes part of the journey of Partick Leigh Fermor from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933, describing his encounters with different peoples and cultures.

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  • Burning Man

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    Burning Man

    D.H. Lawrence is no longer censored, but he is still on trial – and we are still unsure what the verdict should be, or even how to describe him. History has remembered him, and not always flatteringly, as a nostalgic modernist, a sexual liberator, a misogynist, a critic of genius, and a sceptic who told us not to look in his novels for ‘the old stable ego’, yet pioneered the genre we now celebrate as auto-fiction. But where is the real Lawrence in all of this, and how – one hundred years after the publication of ‘Women in Love’ – can we hear his voice above the noise? Delving into the memoirs of those who both loved and hated him most, ‘Burning Man’ follows Lawrence from the peninsular underworld of Cornwall in 1915 to post-war Italy to the mountains of New Mexico, and traces the author’s footsteps through the pages of his lesser known work.

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  • Cartiers, The

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    Cartiers, The

    The captivating story of the family behind the Cartier empire and the three brothers who turned their grandfather’s humble Parisian jewellery store into a global luxury icon-as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives.

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  • Dangerous Friends

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    Dangerous Friends

    ‘Dangerous Friends’ tells the fascinating true story of one man’s connection to the Cambridge Spy Ring and his daughter’s search for the truth.

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  • Francis Bacon

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    Francis Bacon

    The Times Art Book of the Year 2021

    NOMINATED FOR THE PLUTARCH AWARD 2022

    ‘Must surely be the definitive life of Francis Bacon ? A biography that no Bacon fan – or indeed foe – can afford to overlook ? Mesmerising’ THE TIMES

    ‘A magnificent triumph ? I was captivated by every line’ OBSERVER

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  • Iconic People of Colour

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    Iconic People of Colour

    Discover the fascinating stories behind 38 iconic people of colour, all of them ground-breakers, risk-takers and game-changers, and prepare to be introduced to your new superheroes. Whether they are activists, athletes, scientists or superstars, every one of these people is a trailblazer whose achievements deserve to be celebrated.

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  • Jean Sibelius

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    Jean Sibelius

    Here is an illuminating investigation into the interdisciplinary impact of the beloved modern classical composer. Few composers have enjoyed such critical acclaim – or longevity – as Jean Sibelius, who died in 1957 aged ninety-one. Always more than simply a Finnish national figure, an ‘apparition from the woods’ as he ironically described himself, Sibelius’s life spanned turbulent and tumultuous events, and his work is central to the story of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music. This book situates Sibelius within a rich interdisciplinary environment, paying attention to his relationship with architecture, literature, politics, and the visual arts.

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    £25.00
  • May At 10

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    May At 10

    Theresa May has presided over the most dramatic and historic peacetime premiership for a century. ‘May at 10’ tells the compelling inside story of the most turbulent period in modern British politics for 100 years.

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  • Playing With Fire

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    Playing With Fire

    Maria Yudina was no ordinary musician. An incredibly popular pianist, she lived on the fringes of Soviet society and had close friendships with such towering figures as Boris Pasternak, Pavel Florensky, and Mikhail Bakhtin. Legend has it that she was Stalin’s favourite pianist. Yudina was at the height of her fame during WWII, broadcasting almost daily on the radio, playing concerts for the wounded and troops in hospitals and on submarines, and performing for the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad. By the last years of her life, she had been dismissed for ideological reasons from the three institutions where she taught. And yet according to Shostakovich, Yudina remained ‘a special case.’ In this engaging biography, Elizabeth Wilson sets Yudina’s extraordinary life within the context of her times.

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  • Terence

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    Terence

    A complex and contradictory man, design apostle Terence Conran’s influence is everywhere in modern Britain. This is the story of an authentic creative genius: an often unhappy man who always made Britain a more cheerful place. This extraordinary book, beautiful to look at and compelling to read, offers privileged insights, never before published, from Terence’s many collaborators, several friends and numerous enemies. Frank, amused, indiscreet, sharp, rude, respectful and knowing, it tells Terence’s story as it evolved from before the humble chicken brick to Bibendum’s sophisticated poulet de Bresse, via personal successes and corporate calamities, culminating in that peculiar temple to the religion he invented: The Design Museum.

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  • The Glass Castle

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    The Glass Castle

    This is a memoir of a successful journalist’s journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeannette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, ‘brilliant’ but alcoholic parents.

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  • The People On the Street

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    The People On the Street

    One block of a Tel Aviv street is the starting point for Linda Grant’s exploration of the inner dynamics of Israelis, not the government and its policies, but the people. Iraqi shop keepers, teenage soldiers, mob bosses, Tunisian-born settlers, Russian scientists, the father of a suicide bomb victim and more.

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    £9.99
  • The Skeleton Cupboard

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    The Skeleton Cupboard

    Tanya Byron shares powerful stories from her final years of training as a clinical psychologist

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  • This Much Is True

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    This Much Is True

    Award-winning actor, creator of a myriad of memorable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, Miriam Margolyes is a national treasure. Now, at last, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story. And it’s far richer and stranger than any part she’s played. Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John aged 17, being sent to Coventry by Monty Python and the Goodies and swearing on University Challenge (she was the first woman to say F*** on TV). This book is packed with unforgettable stories from why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she’s ever had to being told off by the Queen.

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    £9.99