Memoirs

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  • A Promised Land

    £35.00

    A Promised Land

    In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency – a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

    £35.00
  • A Still Life

    £16.99

    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
  • Becoming

    £12.99

    Becoming

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerising storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world.

    £12.99
  • Chosen

    £20.00

    Chosen

    It was one of the most startling moments in the modern history of the City of London. In 2011, the Occupy movement set up camp around St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Fraser, who was Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral, gave them his support. It ended in disaster. This book is the story of the personal crisis that followed, and its surprising consequences.

    £20.00
  • Dear Reader

    £12.99

    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
  • House of Glass

    £16.99

    House of Glass

    The Sunday Times bestseller

    ‘An utterly engrossing book’ Nigella Lawson

    ‘Remarkable and gripping’ Edmund de Waal

    ‘A near-perfect study of Jewish identity in the 20th century ? I don’t hesitate to call it a masterpiece’ Telegraph

    SKU: 9780008322632 Category: Tags: ,
    £16.99
  • I Am An Island

    £9.99

    I Am An Island

    When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while. But as the months wear on, the children she’d longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation. Injured, ill, without money or friend she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings comes the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins the slow journey back from the brink.

    SKU: 9781784164782 Category: Tags: , ,
    £9.99
  • In Black and White

    £8.99

    In Black and White

    Alexandra Wilson was a teenager when her dear family friend Ayo was stabbed on his way home from football. Ayo’s death changed Alexandra. She felt compelled to enter the legal profession in search of answers. As a junior criminal and family law barrister, Alexandra finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by a privileged few. A world in which fellow barristers sigh with relief when a racist judge retires: ‘I’ve got a black kid today and he would have had no hope’. In her debut book, ‘In Black and White’, Alexandra re-creates the tense courtroom scenes, the heart-breaking meetings with teenage clients, and the moments of frustration and triumph that make up a young barrister’s life.

    £8.99
  • Letters On Motherhood

    £8.99

    Letters On Motherhood

    ‘Letters on Motherhood’ is a collection of heartfelt and deeply personal letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today. In this book, she shares the funny and moving personal tales of her own family life whilst also talking about the deeper universal truths of parenting – coping with mum guilt, finding a work/family life balance, positive body image, rediscovering a sense of identity, and a parent’s hopes, fears and expectations for their child’s future.

    £8.99
  • Liquid Gold

    £12.99

    Liquid Gold

    Two men decide to become beekeepers, learning about nature and about themselves in the process

    £12.99
  • London’s No 1 Dog-Walking Agency

    £14.99

    London’s No 1 Dog-Walking Agency

    Kate MacDougall always knew her heart wasn’t really in her job at Sotheby’s. All around her, her friends were finding their dream jobs and whooshing up career ladders, fulfilled and glowing with success, flush with easy credit. After yet another breakage, this time of two precious porcelain pigeons, she had enough, and walked out of her comfortable, snoozy, back-office existence into the unknown world of the then-nascent gig economy. This is the story of her next 5 years and the dogs (and people) she meets along the way.

    SKU: 9781788704298 Category: Tags: ,
    £14.99
  • Many Different Kinds of Love

    £14.99

    Many Different Kinds of Love

    In March 2020, Michael Rosen became unwell. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. What followed was months on the wards: a month in an induced coma, and weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved his life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout it all, a notebook lay at the end of Michael’s bed, where his nurses wrote him letters of hope and support. And as soon as he was awake, he was ready to start writing his own story. Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain’s best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, and featuring original illustrations by Chris Riddell, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS that celebrates the power of community and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.

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    £14.99
  • Seed To Dust

    £14.99

    Seed To Dust

    Marc Hamer has designed and nurtured 12 acres of garden for over two decades. It is rarely visited so he is the only person who fully knows its secrets; but it is not his own. His relationship with the garden’s owner is both distant and curiously intimate, steeped in the mysterious connection which exists between two people who inhabit the same space in very different ways. In this life-enhancing book Marc takes us month-by-month through his experiences both working in the garden and outside it, as the seasons’ changes bring new plants and wildlife to the fore and lead him to reflect on his past and future. Through his peaceful and meditative prose we learn about gardening folklore and wisdom, the joys of manual labour, his path from solitary homelessness to family contentment and the cycle of growth and decay that runs through both the garden’s life and our own.

    SKU: 9781787302068 Category: Tags: , ,
    £14.99
  • Stephen Hawking

    £20.00

    Stephen Hawking

    An icon of the last fifty years, Stephen Hawking seems to encapsulate genius: not since Albert Einstein has a scientific figure held such a position in popular consciousness. In this memoir, writer and physicist Leonard Mlodinow tells the story of his friend and their friendship, offering an intimate account of this giant of science.

    £20.00
  • The Colour of Sky After Rain

    £30.00

    The Colour of Sky After Rain

    An extraordinary memoir of one woman’s experiences in China.

    £30.00
  • The Librarian

    £16.99

    The Librarian

    Allie Morgan is a woman in crisis. Having recently dropped out of her dream career due to mental illness, she’s decided that life is no longer worth living and is set to end it when she receives a phone call from the local library, offering her a job. There and then she decides to postpone suicide and give the role a try. What Allie doesn’t expect is for a simple part-time job to become a passionate battle for survival, both her own and for the library. As the year unfolds, she sees an attempted murder, becomes a target for a drugs gang and finds herself the last hope for people in desperate poverty. Hers is the story of how one person can go from rock bottom to becoming a crucial part of her local community. Recounted with immense wry humour and disarming charm, ‘The Librarian’ is an eye-opening account of a strange but wonderful community hub and a library that changed a life.

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    £16.99