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  • Born To Be Mild

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    Born To Be Mild

    Rob Temple runs a social-media empire from the comfort of his sofa. Living the dream! But what happens when a lack of colleagues, bosses and alarm clocks means that your sofa, and the four walls of your very quiet living room, become your whole world? In this tender and life-affirming memoir, Rob explores what it will take for him to become a little less Bear (Pooh) and a little bit more Bear (Grylls), and how mild-mannered, anxious rule-followers can get their own share of (gentle) adventure from time to time.

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  • Dead Famous

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    Dead Famous

    Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who launched a violent feud with her former best friend; or Edmund Kean, the dazzling Shakespearean actor whose monstrous ego and terrible alcoholism saw him nearly murdered by his own audience – the list of stars whose careers burned bright before the Age of Television is extensive and thrillingly varied. In this ambitious history, Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots.

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  • Inside Parkhurst

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    Inside Parkhurst

    Assaults. Riots. Cell fires. Medical emergencies. Understaffed wings. Suicides. Hooch. Weapons. It’s all in a week’s work at HMP Parkhurst. David Berridge has spent 28 years working as a prison officer, with 22 years at Parkhurst. A tough character with a big personality and a dark sense of humour, David has had to deal with it all – serial killers and gangsters, terrorists and sex offenders, psychopaths and addicts. ‘Inside Parkhurst’ is his raw, uncompromising look at what really went on behind the massive walls and menacing gates of one of Britain’s highest security prisons.

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  • The Secret Diary of A British Muslim Aged 13 3/4

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    The Secret Diary of A British Muslim Aged 13 3/4

    You may know and love Tez from his stand-up comedy, his role as Eight in ‘Man Like Mobeen’, his Radio 4 series TEZ Talks, or panel shows such as ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘The Last Leg’. Where you won’t know him from is 1997 when he was 13. (But now you will – because that’s what the book is about.) In this suitably dramatic rollercoaster of a teenage memoir, Tez takes us back to where it all began: a working class, insular British Asian Muslim community in his hometown of post-Thatcher Blackburn.

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  • The Secret Life of the Savoy

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    The Secret Life of the Savoy

    In 1889, Victorian impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte opened The Savoy, Britain’s first luxury hotel. Allowing the rich to live like royalty, it attracted glamour, scandal and a cast of eccentric characters, with the D’Oyly Carte family elevated to a unique vantage point on high society. This book tells their story through three generations: Richard (a showman who made his fortune from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas), Rupert (who expanded the D’Oyly Carte empire through two world wars and the roaring twenties), and Bridget (the reluctant heiress and last of the family line).

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