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Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard
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Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard

Clare Carlisle

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Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History
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Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History

Liam Vaughan

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One Bright Moon
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One Bright Moon

Andrew Kwong

This is the poignant, resonant story of a young boy's awakening - to survival, education, fulfilment, and eventually to a new life of freedom.     

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Cecil Beaton: The Authorised Biography
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Cecil Beaton: The Authorised Biography

Hugo Vickers

The definitive biography of Cecil Beaton, the celebrated British photographer and designer who enjoyed immense international fame and lived a glittering life.

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The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography
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The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren: The Biography

Paul Gorman

The definitive biography of Malcolm McLaren, cultural iconoclast and enduring figurehead of the punk movement.

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Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government
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Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government

Christine Harper, Paul A. Volcker

The extraordinary life story of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, whose absolute integrity provides the inspiration we need as our constitutional system and political tradition are being tested to the breaking point

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

David Treuer

A sweeping history - and counter-narrative - of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

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The Stranger Artist
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The Stranger Artist

Quentin Sprague

Set in the striking landscape of the East Kimberley, The Stranger Artistis a true story of life, loss and friendship that cuts to the heart of one of Australia's most celebrated art movements.

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Untethered: A Memoir
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Untethered: A Memoir

Hayley Katzen

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Unorthodox
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Unorthodox

Deborah Feldman

Deborah Feldman's bestselling memoir of escaping from a strict Hasidic community includes a new afterword by the author detailing her life after leaving her husband and forging new beginnings for herself and her young son. ...

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Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter
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Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter

Curtis 50 Cent Jackson

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A Life Without End
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A Life Without End

Frederic Beigbeder, Frank Wynne

Just shy of his fiftieth birthday, bestselling French author Frederic and his ten-year-old daughter travel the globe in search of immortality.

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Something That May Shock and Discredit You
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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Daniel Mallory Ortberg

A New York Times bestselling author's sparkling memoir of changing genders whilst remaining a feminist.

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One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square
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One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square

Michael Cashman

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The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath And Ted Hughes
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The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath And Ted Hughes

Janet Malcolm

This work provides a biography of Sylvia Plath, whilst also aiming to examine the means by which biographers justify their ends. As well as covering Plath's life, it covers topics such as how her reputation was forged by the poems...

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Art Sex Music
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Art Sex Music

Cosey Fanni Tutti

A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for...

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Top End Girl
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Top End Girl

Miranda Tapsell

From Kakadu to Cannes - an entertaining and thought-provoking memoir from actor, activist and Australia's sweetheart, Miranda Tapsell.

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Let's Hope for the Best
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Let’s Hope for the Best

Carolina Setterwall

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Wow, No Thank You
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Wow, No Thank You

Samantha Irby

A global publication with major impact: do what you can to get your hands on this new collection from bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and one of the funniest people in print: Samantha Irby.

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound

Ben Ratliff

A new edition as part of the Faber Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century. No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as...

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Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head
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Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head

Rob Chapman

Rob Chapman's book is the first authoritative and exhaustively researched biography of Syd Barrett that fully celebrates his life and legacy as a musician, lyricist and artist, and which highlights the influence that he continues...

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The Moth: Occasional Magic: 50 True Stories of Defying the Impossible
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The Moth: Occasional Magic: 50 True Stories of Defying the Impossible

Catherine Burns, The Moth

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Into the Abyss
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Into the Abyss

Anthony David

Is mental illness a disease of the brain or a disease of the mind?

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Sing Backwards and Weep
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Sing Backwards and Weep

Mark Lanegan

The most honest and unsparing grunge memoir ever committed to the page by one of the greatest alternative rock stars of the past thirty years.         

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Inge's War: A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival under Hitler
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Inge’s War: A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival under Hitler

Svenja O'Donnell

'A lyrical, engrossing and essential read' - Sathnam Sanghera 'A superbly nuanced reclamation of history and family secrets' - Brian Van Reet, author of Spoils What does it mean to be on the wrong side of history? Svenja...

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Naturally Tan: A Memoir
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Naturally Tan: A Memoir

Tan France

Told with his trademark humour, for the first time Tan reveals the experiences that have made him the witty, compassionate man he is today.From meeting the love of his life Rob (a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City) to juggling...

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The Kennedy Curse
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The Kennedy Curse

James Patterson

Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel. The Kennedy Curse is a revealing, fascinating account of America's most famous family, as told by the...

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The Fall of the House of Byron
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The Fall of the House of Byron

Emily Brand

The Fall of the House of Byron follows the fates of Lord Byron's ancestors over three generations in a drama that begins in rural Nottinghamshire and plays out in the gentlemen's clubs of Georgian London, amid tempests on...

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Radio Girl
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Radio Girl

David Dufty

As you climbed the rickety stairs of an old woolshed at Sydney harbour in 1944, you would hear the thrum of clicks and buzzes. Rows of men and women in uniforms and headsets would be tapping away vigorously at small machines,...

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The Trick
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The Trick

William Leith

The problem with money is not that we don't understand it, but that it doesn't understand us...

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Now: Sometimes the End of the Race is Only the Beginning
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Now: Sometimes the End of the Race is Only the Beginning

Anna Meares

The life of one of Australia's greatest sporting champions, then and NOW.

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Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel
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Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel

Freya Stark

Written just after the Second World War, this is perhaps the most personal, and haunting, of all Freya Stark's writings. Each chapter is devoted to a particular theme, from happiness to education to death. For those who love her...

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Niki Lauda: The Biography
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Niki Lauda: The Biography

Maurice Hamilton

The most comprehensive biography of Formula One legend Niki Lauda ever published, written with the full support of his family

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Gods and Demons
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Gods and Demons

Deborah Cassrels

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Merle Thornton: Bringing the Fight
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Merle Thornton: Bringing the Fight

Merle Thornton

An engaging, lively, provocative and, above all, inspiring memoir from one of our home-grown, unsung feminist heroes, Merle Thornton, who has lived a life full of daring, defiance and activism.

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I Want You to Know We're Still Here
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I Want You to Know We’re Still Here

Esther Safran Foer

A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory.

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Seven League Boots: Adventures Across the World from Arabia to Abyssinia
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Seven League Boots: Adventures Across the World from Arabia to Abyssinia

Richard Halliburton, Tahir Shah

The author, America's favorite adventurer, dined with Haile Selassie and rode the Rhinocerous Express in Ethiopia; he had an audience with King Ibn Saud outside the gates of Mecca (which he had tried to sneak into) and finally...

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Syria: The Desert and the Sown
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Syria: The Desert and the Sown

Gertrude Bell

An extraordinary and invaluable portrait of Syria.

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Let Me Not Be Mad: A Story of Unravelling Minds
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Let Me Not Be Mad: A Story of Unravelling Minds

A K Benjamin

But with each encounter, it becomes increasingly and disturbingly apparent that what we are reading is not really about the patients at all: it is about the author's own fevered descent into mental illness and mania as he...

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The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
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The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Leo Damrosch

Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of the Club, a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern

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Hidden Valley Road
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Hidden Valley Road

Robert Kolker

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

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Letters of Note: War
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Letters of Note: War

Shaun Usher

A compulsive collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with war at their heart, curated by the founder of the global phenomenon lettersofnote.com

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Letters of Note: Music
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Letters of Note: Music

Shaun Usher

A compulsive collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with music at their heart, curated by the founder of the global phenomenon lettersofnote.com

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Dust Tracks On A Road
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Dust Tracks On A Road

Zora Neale Hurston, Jesmyn Ward

The warm and lively autobiography of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most influential African-American writers, is published with a new introduction by JESMYN WARD

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When Giants Walked the Earth: 50 years of Led Zeppelin. The fully revised and updated biography.
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When Giants Walked the Earth: 50 years of Led Zeppelin. The fully revised and updated biography.

Mick Wall

The final word on the world's greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin, from esteemed rock journalist and author Mick Wall.

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Letters of Note: Love
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Letters of Note: Love

Shaun Usher

A compulsive collection of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and powerful letters with love at their heart, curated by the founder of the global phenomenon lettersofnote.com

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Been So Long: My Life and Music
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Been So Long: My Life and Music

Jorma Kaukonen

A candid memoir by the legendary Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna co-founder and guitarist, written with as much depth and emotion as his music

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Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks: Stories and Secrets of Murder in the Making
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Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks: Stories and Secrets of Murder in the Making

John Curran, Agatha Christie, David Suchet

Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks brings together for the first time Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. This includes illustrations, deleted...

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