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Triumph Over Darkness

by Lennard Bickel Bloomsbury Publishing (January 27, 2015)

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille was the fourth child of a village saddler. At the age of three, he stabbed himself in the eye with a pointed tool taken from his father's work bench.

Some thirteen years...

A Postillion Struck by Lightning

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

Following Bogarde from childhood through adolescence, to the beginnings of his budding career, A Postillion Struck By Lightning is a heartfelt memoir, offering insight into what created the drive and charisma...

Vera Brittain and the First World War

by Mark Bostridge Bloomsbury Publishing (December 04, 2014)

Vera Brittain and the First World War tells the remarkable story of the author behind Testament of Youth whilst charting the book's ascent to become one of the most loved memoirs of the First World War period....

A Tour of Bones

by Denise Inge Bloomsbury Publishing (November 06, 2014)

Author, academic and adventurer, Denise Inge grew up in a large and rambunctious family on the east coast of America. She crossed the Sahara, charmed snakes in Marrakech and cycled the Adirondack mountains but...

Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett

by James Knowlson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 16, 2014)

Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates

Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in

the early 1920s and from there to the Continent, where he plunged into


Right or Wrong

by Tim Bell, Charles Vallance & David Hopper Bloomsbury Publishing (October 09, 2014)

Tim Bell is the original 'spin doctor'; the Chairman of Bell Pottinger public relations, and one of the best known figures in UK media communications. Right or Wrong is his highly personal account of political,...

The Red Earl

by Selina Hastings Bloomsbury Publishing (October 09, 2014)

In The Red Earl Selina Hastings tells the extraordinary story of her father, Jack Hastings, 16th Earl of Huntingdon. In 1925, Hastings infuriated his ultra-conservative parents by turning his back on centuries...

Dorothy Hodgkin

by Georgina Ferry Bloomsbury Publishing (September 11, 2014)

Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of...

Women in Dark Times

by Jacqueline Rose Bloomsbury Publishing (September 11, 2014)

Jacqueline Rose's new book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; GermanÂ?Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate...

Snakes and Ladders

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

In Snakes and Ladders, the second instalment of Dirk Bogarde's carefully observed autobiography, we are taken from the challenges of his army training camp, through the horrors of war, to his glittering Â?...

Absolutely Now!

by Lynne Franks Bloomsbury Publishing (August 14, 2014)

Lynne Franks is a legendary figure in international fashion and public relations and the inspiration for the outrageous and driven character of Edina on the cult television series, 'Absolutely Fabulous.' Yet...

Arnold Bennett

by Frank Swinnerton Bloomsbury Publishing (August 14, 2014)

'I have tried to depict Arnold Bennett as a man of character and integrity, a fundamentally innocent humorist, a superlative friend, and, to others, not myself, a difficult personality; but I have worked under...

Mary Wollstonecraft

by Janet Todd Bloomsbury Publishing (July 30, 2014)

The combination of Mary Wollstonecraft works, with her efforts to live a revolutionary inner and outer life has no equal. In her richly detailed, all-encompassing biography of the first major feminist in England,...

Casting Off

by Emma Bamford Bloomsbury Publishing (July 03, 2014)

As a journalist for the Independent, Emma Bamford is swept along with the London rat race, lost amongst the egos of Fleet Street. Surrounded by budget cuts and bullies, the thrill of a breaking news story is...

A Clean Break

by Christophe Bassons, BenoÁ®t Hopquin & Peter Cossins Bloomsbury Publishing (July 03, 2014)

Christophe Bassons is a former professional cyclist. His career was a successful one albeit never in the full glare of the media. That all changed when, in 1998, the Festina doping scandal broke and Bassons...


by Bill Jones Bloomsbury Publishing (July 31, 2014)

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

One winter's night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions...

Kick and Run

by Jonathan Wilson Bloomsbury Publishing (October 22, 2013)

Growing up Jewish in London with a difficult home life, Jonathan Wilson had plenty of reasons to feel he didn't belong, and one reason to feel certain he did: football. Wilson discovered his love for the game...

Lorca - a Dream of Life

by Leslie Stainton Bloomsbury Publishing (June 10, 2013)

With a rare blend of grace, warmth, and scholarship, Leslie Stainton raises the stakes of our appreciation for the greatest of Spain's modern poets, Federico Garca Lorca. Drawing on fourteen years of research;...

The House of Getty

by Russell Miller Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

The tormented saga of the Getty family reads like the script for Dynasty, interweaving boardroom battles, sex, money, drugs, power, crime, tragedy, and family intrigue.

At the center stands the figure of John...

The Gentle Barbarian

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

'A gentle giant', as the Goncourts called him, Turgenev emerged from the barbarous yet doting rules of a terrible mother, whose cruelties to her serfs are at the heart of his hatred of serfdom. He was saturated...

A Short Walk from Harrods

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

Forced into returning to London because of his manager and partner's fast deteriorating health, Bogarde has to re-adapt to life in the West London neighbourhoods that groomed him as an aspiring young actor....

A Man of Letters

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

V. S. Pritchett is widely - and justly - regarded not only as one of the finest short story writers of this century, but as a critic and essayist of astonishing range, perception and originality. Combining an...

The Private Lives of Winston Churchill

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

He was a lion of a man who helped shape the course of this century with his relentless ambition and fierce political instincts. Few have matched Winston Churchill's cunning or force of will. Few have seen the...


by Edward Crankshaw Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

This is the story of the rise and fall of one man against the background of his country's history - bloody, tumultuous, yet immensely significant - since the revolution in 1917.

Nikita Sergei Khrushchev was born...

Evelyn Waugh

by Frances Donaldson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh's personality and his attitude to the post-war world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration.

It is with Evelyn Waugh the man as she knew him that Frances...

The Life of Ian Fleming

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

It is now over fifty years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in...

Edward the Rake

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Growing up in the supreme moral rigour of Queen Victoria's court, young Bertie was always going to find it hard to live up to his parents' expectation. He was far from a brilliant student, and though charming,...

The Purple Streak

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In this latest volume in Mr. Croft-Cooke's autobiographical series, he writes about the uneasy world of the 1930 and of Spain before the Civil War.

On a personal level, he tells about his new venture into the...

Great Meadow

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

Employing both the language and lucidity of the young boy that he evokes, the actor turned author, Dirk Bogarde, presents us with a charming recollection of his childhood. From 1927 to 1934 he lived in a remote...


by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1972, Ronald W. Clark's definitive biography of Einstein, the Promethean figure of our age, goes behind the phenomenal intellect to reveal the human side of the legendary absent-minded professor....


by Roy Jenkins Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Sir Charles Dilke was born in 1843 and died in 1911. His career is one of the mysteries and tragedies of nineteenth-century history.

In the summer of 1885 he was the youngest man in the outgoing cabinet and Gladstone's...


by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In this accomplished biography of Vladimir Lenin, Ronald Clark fills in the gap left by political, economic and social historians: Lenin's personality. Clark introduces readers to Lenin, the man: an enthusiastic...

My Brother Evelyn & Other Profiles

by Alec Waugh Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1967, this tells of an Author, publisher, traveller, cricketer, lover of wine: Alec Waugh has been all these in the course of a life which has brought him a host of friends around the world....

The Wintry Sea

by Rupert Croft-Cooke Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Part of Croft-Cooke's series of autobiographical works, The Sensual World.The Author says, 'I have given this book its title because the words seem to fit each of the two journeys it records, journeys which,...

The Life and Times of Emile Zola

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Controversy surrounded Zola during his life-time, and controversy has followed him ever since. No other French writer was so violently attacked by contemporaries, none had a more devoted following. This high...

Painfully Rich

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Oil tycoon J. Paul Gerry created the greatest fortune in America - and came close to destroying his own family in the process. Of his four sons who reached manhood, only one survived relatively unscathed. One...

Blood Royal

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness....

Portraits and Miniatures

by Roy Jenkins Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In Portraits and Miniatures, Roy Jenkins brings his penetrating intelligence and elegant prose to subjects ranging from literature and political history to wine and croquet. Long experience in both Houses of...


by Edward Crankshaw Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Tolstoy was not always an old man-not always a bearded patriarch fixing the world with the eye of an angry ancient mariner. He started War and Peace when he was thirty five, and Anna Karenina was finished before...

The Lipton Story

by Alec Waugh Bloomsbury Publishing (April 22, 2013)

In this rich and engrossing biography of Thomas Lipton, Alec Waugh has recreated the fascinating and complex figure of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime, a millionaire before he was forty, an unofficial...


by Ronald Clark Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) was one of the most brilliant of British scientists - and one of the most controversial. A trail-blazing geneticist and physiologist, who used himself as his own guinea-pig, he was...

Barbara Cartland

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

First published in 1979, this is an account of a phenomenon and a legend in her lifetime, Barbara Cartland has held the world record four years running as the most prolific author alive. Now, with her novels...

Cleared for Take-Off

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

During his many reconnaissance missions in Europe and the Far East, the young Bogarde experienced the terror of enemy attack and the horror of its aftermath, together with the intense camaraderie and bitter...

The Queens and the Hive

by Edith Sitwell Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

No hive can tolerate two Queens. In the fatal clash between the Protestant Queen of England and the Catholic Queen of Scots, many were determined that 'The death of Mary is the life of Elizabeth'.

In this moving...

A Year to Remember

by Alec Waugh Bloomsbury Publishing (October 28, 2011)

First published in 1975, this tells of one of the Bright Young Things in that brilliant and stimulating era between the wars, Alec Waugh remembers 1931 as being a year of firsts. It was the year he attended...

George Meredith and English Comedy

by V.S. Pritchett Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

'It is because we learn from the writers who have either got into difficulties or who have a certain vanity in creating them, that I have chosen Meredith as my subject', says Mr. Pritchett at the beginning of...

For the Time Being

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

In 1988 Dirk Bogarde returned from two idyllic decades in France to live in England because of his partner's serious illness. Shortly afterwards, the then Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph, admiring the...

Baudelaire the Damned

by F. W. J. Hemmings Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

First published in 1982, this penetrating, immensely readable biography of the brilliant poet, translator, and art critic, F. W. J. Hemmings gives us a fascinating new perspective on Baudelaire's extraordinary,...

Fanfare for Elizabeth

by Edith Sitwell Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

Sitwell's Fanfare for Elizabeth is a striking account of love, betrayal, and religion as it unfolds in the court of King Henry VIII. Sitwell navigates elegantly through the capricious nature both of Henry's...


by Roy Jenkins Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

In his time, Harry S. Truman was one of the most under-rated presidents of the twentieth century. Succeeding the charismatic Roosevelt, he was often seen as an uninspiring leader, a poor diplomat and a fumbling...