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And Away by Bob Mortimer
Publisher : Gallery UK (16 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 352 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1398505292 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 16th September 2021. The long-awaited first autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer. Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away… Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie to You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him ‘The Cockroach King’ after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing. Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny, And Away… is Bob’s full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure.)
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Belonging: The Autobiography by Alun Wyn Jones
Publisher : Macmillan; Air Iri OME edition (16 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 320 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529058093 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 16th September 2021. SIGNED COPY Alun Wyn Jones is the most capped rugby player of all time. Seen by many as one of the greatest ever Welsh players, he has won three Grand Slams for Wales and was named the best player of the 2019 Six Nations Championship. Born in Swansea, AWJ made his test debut for Wales in June 2006 against Argentina, and came to prominence in the 2007 campaign before Wales won the Grand Slam in 2008. And he has not looked back. In March 2009 against Italy he captained the Welsh side for the first time before being selected on the 2009 Lions Tour of South Africa. He was subsequently selected for the 2013 Lions Tour of Australia and the 2017 Lions Tour of New Zealand. On 31 October 2020, against Scotland, he became the most capped rugby player of all time, with 149 caps. Brilliant, honest and combative, his autobiography, written with Tom Fordyce, is the story of one of the most compelling and singular figures in rugby. Told with unflinching honesty, this is the ultimate book for all fans of the sport.
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Dara McAnulty – Wild Child
Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (8 July 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 64 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529045321 SIGNED COPY, with FREE fold-out poster. Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty – winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist – on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi sensory journey. This beautiful gift book, illustrated in full colour by Barry Falls, is divided into five sections: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland and wandering on the river bank. Dara pauses to tell you about each habitat and provides fantastic facts about the native birds, animals and plants you will find there – including wrens, blackbirds, butterflies, tadpoles, bluebells, bees, hen harriers, otters, dandelions, oak trees and many more. Each section contains a discovery section where you will have a closer look at natural phenomenon such as metamorphoses and migration, learn about categorization in the animal kingdom or become an expert on the collective nouns for birds. Each section finishes with an activity to do when you get home: plant wild flowers, make a bird feeder, try pond dipping, make a journey stick and build a terrarium. Dara ends the book with advice for young conservationists.
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Lyra’s Oxford: Illustrated Edition by Philip Pullman
Publisher : Penguin; Illustrated edition (14 Oct. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 112 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241509968 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 14th October 2021. SIGNED COPY A full-colour beautiful gift edition of this magical story featuring Lyra and Pan, set in the world of Philip Pullman's ground-breaking His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust. Illustrated for the first time by Chris Wormell. Two years after the events of His Dark Materials, Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit high on the roof of Jordan College, gazing down on the streets of Oxford. But their peace is shattered by a flock of enraged starlings, who seem intent on knocking another bird out of the sky - a bird that Lyra and Pan quickly realise is a witch's daemon. The daemon carries worrying tidings of a terrible sickness spreading in the north, and claims that only Lyra can help him - but is he really friend, or foe? Illustrated throughout for the first time by Chris Wormell, this is the perfect gift for Pullman fans old and new.
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Publisher : Hamish Hamilton (7 Oct. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 224 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241534991 Dimensions : 13.8 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm Pre-order today for delivery shortly after release on 7th October 2021. The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristo Bernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. MANIFESTO is Bernardine Evaristo's intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of 'untold' stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging. This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It's about how to be unstoppable - in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo's manifesto for never giving up. 'Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.' Elif Shafak 'Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional' Nikesh Shukla 'Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers' Inua Ellams
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The Island of Missing Trees
Publisher : Viking; 1st edition (5 Aug. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 320 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241434994 Dimensions : 13.2 x 4 x 20.4 cm Pre-order today for immediate delivery on, or shortly after the 5th August 2021. A rich, magical new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - available for pre-order now It is 1974 on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In the centre of the tavern, growing through a cavity in the roof, is a fig tree. This tree will witness their hushed, happy meetings, their silent, surreptitious departures; and the tree will be there when the war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to rubble, when the teenagers vanish and break apart. Decades later in north London, sixteen-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle years of secrets, separation and silence. The only connection she has to the land of her ancestors is a Ficus Carica growing in the back garden of their home. In The Island of Missing Trees, prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal. 'Shafak is passionately interested in dissolving barriers, whether of race, nationality, culture, gender, geography or a more mystical kind' Sunday Times 'One of the best writers in the world today' Hanif Kureishi 'Shafak makes a new home for us in words' Colum McCann
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The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books (28 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 368 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1984880994 Dimensions : 15.24 x 22.86 cm Pre-order now for delivery shortly after 16th September 2021. The second gripping novel in the #1 internationally bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, the first of which Kate Atkinson called A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom. . . SUCH FUN! Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim--the Thursday Murder Club--are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper's Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck. An unexpected visitor--an old pal of Elizabeth's (or perhaps more than just a pal?)--arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he's seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club. Richard Osman is back with everyone's favourite mystery-solving quartet, and the second instalment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first--an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.
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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (13 May 2021) Language : English Paperback : 416 pages ISBN-10 : 0241988268 ISBN-13 : 978-0241988268 Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm This is a signed book.
'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON
'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN
'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMESTHE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late? __________________________________ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB 'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM 'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON 'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH 'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN 'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020 'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS 'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES 'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD 'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY 'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL 'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID 'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE 'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA 'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH 'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST 'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER 'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON 'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE 'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH 'Funny and original' THE SUN 'Properly funny and totally charming... steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL 'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR 'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON
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Too Many Reasons to Live – Rob Burrow
Publisher : Macmillan; Main Market edition (19 Aug. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 304 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529073249 Pre-order today for despatch on or shortly after 19th August 2021. SIGNED COPY The inspirational memoir from rugby league legend Rob Burrow on his extraordinary career and his battle with motor neurone disease. ‘A pocket rocket of a player and a giant of a character . . . He is one in a million and his story is truly inspirational’ – Clare Balding ‘I’m not giving in until my last breath’ – Rob Burrow Rob Burrow is one of the greatest rugby league players of all time. And the most inspirational. As a boy, Rob was told he was too small to play the sport. Even when he made his debut for Leeds Rhinos, people wrote him off as a novelty. But Rob never stopped proving people wrong. During his time at Leeds, for whom he played almost 500 games, he won eight Super League Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenges. He also played for his country in two World Cups. In December 2019, Rob was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a rare degenerative condition, and given a couple of years to live. He was only 37, not long retired and had three young children. When he went public with the devastating news, the outpouring of affection and support was extraordinary. When it became clear that Rob was going to fight it all the way, sympathy turned to awe. This is the story of a tiny kid who adored rugby league but never should have made it – and ended up in the Leeds hall of fame. It's the story of a man who resolved to turn a terrible predicament into something positive – when he could have thrown the towel in. It's about the power of love, between Rob and his childhood sweetheart Lindsey; and of friendship, between Rob and his faithful team mates. Far more than a sports memoir, Too Many Reasons to Live is a story of boundless courage and infinite kindness.