Signed books are both collectible and able to be posted out, and they can make an extra special gift. Here’s a selection of the signed copies we currently have in stock.

All signatures are hand signed by the author in ink. Books are either signed for us at one of our author events or at the respective publisher. Demand for some titles can be high. All orders are processed in order in which they are received.

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The Hotel Avocado – Bob Mortimer
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The Hotel Avocado – Bob Mortimer
Publisher : HB Royal Language : English Cover Type: Hardcover ISBN-13 : 978-1398529625   INDIE SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION   THE HILARIOUS AND GRIPPING NEW NOVEL BY NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR BOB MORTIMER Gary Thorn is struggling with a big decision. Should he stay in London, wallowing in the safety of his legal job in Peckham and eating pies with his next door neighbour, Grace and her dog Lassoo, or should he move to Brighton, where his girlfriend Emily is about to open The Hotel Avocado? Either way, he’d be letting someone down. But sinister forces are gathering in a cloud of launderette scented vape smoke, and the arrival of the mysterious Mr Sequence puts Gary in an even worse predicament: soon he might be dead. All Gary wants is a happy life. But he also wants to be alive to enjoy it… PRAISE FOR THE SATSUMA COMPLEX ‘Funny, clever and sweet’– Sunday Times ‘The much loved comic proves adept at noirish fiction in a debut whose surrealist humour sets it apart’ – Observer
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Wings of Glory by Dermot O’Leary
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Wings of Glory by Dermot O’Leary
Publisher: ‎ Hodder Children's Books (25 April 2024) Language: ‎ English Paperback: ‎ 224 pages ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1444961638 Reading age: ‎ 8 years and up Dimensions: ‎ 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm   SIGNED COPY   Join one tiny bird on a hilarious adventure to save his sister - and his country! An action-packed tale of courage, adventure and a smattering of bird poo, from the bestselling children's author of Toto the Ninja Cat, Dermot O'Leary, with glorious illustrations throughout by Claire Powell. Royal Bird Force recruit Linus can't wait for his big adventure. He's out to prove that swifts can be just a brave as falcons, with a combination of teamwork, talons and of course poo! But with his sister missing and rumours of a spy amongst their ranks, can Linus become the hero he dreams of? Featuring courageous loop-the-loopstop-secret plans and a smattering of bird poo, this heroic tail will keep young readers entertained and giggling from start to finish. "A wonderful, heartwarming read that captures the feel of camaraderie" Parent of a reader aged 8 (Toppsta) "I loved this book about Linus who is a very brave tiny bird... [it] is very exciting and made me laugh at the poop bits." Reader aged 7 (Toppsta)
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Standing on the Shoulders – Dan Walker
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Standing on the Shoulders – Dan Walker
Publisher : Headline (13th Oct. 2022) Language : English Hardcover : 368 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1472291271   Signed Copy.  
'SUCH AN INCREDIBLE READ' ZOE BALL 'ONE OF THE YEAR'S MOST INSPIRING BOOKS' HOLLY WILLOUGHBY With a foreword by 2021 Strictly Come Dancing winner Rose Ayling-Ellis, and including chapters on Rose and her mum, the 3 Dads Walking, Martin Hibbert, Paul and Nick Harvey, the heroes of Fishmongers' Hall, and Jimi Olubunmi-Adewole. Dan Walker is back, determined to keep shining a light on the kindness, compassion and selflessness which continue to characterise so many people and their actions right across the country. As one of the UK's leading journalists, Dan has made it his life work to focus on people who often act as the catalysts for change: the unheralded champions who frequently go without getting the recognition they deserve. The new book from the author of the bestselling Remarkable People contains a totally fresh batch of humble heroes whose actions, bravery and determination have helped shape their communities. Standing on the Shoulders asks who are these little-known marvels and what makes them tick? What do they have in common? What can we all learn from them? Is there something special in the chain of events? What does it take to make a lasting impact on others? History can be cruel and forgetful to those who don't shout about their own success or good deeds, but Standing on the Shoulders is a beautifully-written and illuminating celebration of ordinary people and the extraordinary things they do. It is also a timely reminder of the goodness and positivity that drives us forward during challenging times.
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War Horse 40th Anniversary Edition
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War Horse 40th Anniversary Edition
Publisher : Farshore (13 Oct. 2022) Language : English Hardcover : 208 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0008535711   RARE SIGNED COPY   DISCOVER AND CHERISH THIS BEAUTIFUL HARDBACK 40th ANNIVERSARY ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE BELOVED MODERN CLASSIC, WAR HORSE. Before the Steven Spielberg film, before the National Theatre production, there was the classic and nation’s favourite children’s novel… In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story. With a stunning new cover from fine arts photographer, Nine Francois and chapter illustrations from award-winning war artist, George Butler. National treasure, Michael Moropurgo’s, War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture with Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The National Theatre production opened in 2007 and has enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway.
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The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
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The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
ISBN: 978-1509886081 Author: Jessie Burton Cover: Hardback Pages: 416 Language: English Category: Historical Romance   Independent Bookshop - Limited Numbered Edition Signed and Numbered   The sequel to Jessie Burton’s million-copy bestseller The Miniaturist ‘Elegant, atmospheric, compelling. I absolutely loved it’ - Marian Keyes ‘A book of beauty and insight . . . awe-inspiring. Burton is a master storyteller’ - Elizabeth Day In the golden city of Amsterdam, in 1705, Thea Brandt is turning eighteen, and she is ready to welcome adulthood with open arms. At the city’s theatre, Walter, the love of her life, awaits her, but at home in the house on the Herengracht, all is not well – her father Otto and Aunt Nella argue endlessly, and the Brandt family are selling their furniture in order to eat. On Thea’s birthday, also the day that her mother Marin died, the secrets from the past begin to overwhelm the present. Nella is desperate to save the family and maintain appearances, to find Thea a husband who will guarantee her future, and when they receive an invitation to Amsterdam’s most exclusive ball, she is overjoyed – perhaps this will set their fortunes straight. And indeed, the ball does set things spinning: new figures enter their life, promising new futures. But their fates are still unclear, and when Nella feels a strange prickling sensation on the back of her neck, she remembers the miniaturist who entered her life and toyed with her fortunes eighteen years ago. Perhaps, now, she has returned for her . . . The House of Fortune is a glorious, sweeping story of fate and ambition, secrets and dreams, and one young woman’s determination to rule her own destiny.
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The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
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The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer
SIGNED COPY PRE-ORDER now, for delivery shortly after 27th October 2022.   Description My name is Gary. I’m a thirty-year-old legal assistant with a firm of solicitors in London. To describe me as anonymous would be unfair but to notice me other than in passing would be a rarity. I did make a good connection with a girl, but that blew up in my face and smacked my arse with a fish slice. Gary Thorn goes for a pint with a work acquaintance called Brendan. When Brendan leaves early, Gary meets a girl in the pub. He doesn’t catch her name, but falls for her anyway. When she suddenly disappears without saying goodbye, all Gary has to remember her by is the book she was reading: The Satsuma Complex. But when Brendan goes missing, Gary needs to track down the girl he now calls Satsuma to get some answers. And so begins Gary’s quest, through the estates and pie shops of South London, to finally bring some love and excitement into his unremarkable life… A page-turning story with a cast of unforgettable characters, The Satsuma Complex is the brilliantly funny first novel by bestselling author and comedian Bob Mortimer. Author Bio Bob Mortimer was born in Middlesbrough in 1959, the youngest of four sons. He trained as a solicitor before a chance encounter with Vic Reeves in the 1980s led to a successful career in comedy as half of duo Reeves and Mortimer. His screen credits include Shooting Stars, Big Night Out, Catterick and most recently BBC2's Gone Fishing. His memoir, And Away…, published in 2021. It became the bestselling memoir of the year, was named Times and Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for Non-fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. The Satsuma Complex is his first novel. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @RealBobMortimer.
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Tornado: In the Eye of the Storm – John Nicol
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Tornado: In the Eye of the Storm – John Nicol
Publisher : Simon & Schuster (26 May. 2022) Language : English Hardcover : 496 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1471180552   SIGNED COPY Buy a SIGNED copy of TORNADO and get a FREE Father'd Day card and bookmark!* (* - While stocks last)   Former Tornado Navigator John Nichol tells the incredible story of the RAF Tornado force during the First Gulf War in 1991; the excitement and the danger, the fear and the losses. It is an extraordinary account of courage and fortitude. ‘We were doing about 620 miles-per-hour, 200 feet above the desert, in total darkness. Everything was running on rails as we approached the target. Then all hell broke loose. I remember the missile being fired at us; I broke left and shouted, “Chaff!”  All I could see was a flame, like a very large firework, coming towards me. Then there was a huge white flash. I remember an enormous wind and then I was knocked unconscious. My last thoughts were that I was going to die. In 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and occupation of neighbouring Kuwait, setting in motion a chain of events that had unimaginable political, military and personal repercussions, which still reverberate around the globe today. This is the story of the aircrew at the heart of Operation Desert Storm, almost none of whom had any prior experience of armed combat. It is the story of the Tornado’s missions, of those who did not return - and of the families who watched and waited as one of the most complex conflicts in recent history unfolded live on television. It is a story of untold fear and suffering, and astounding courage in the face of hitherto unimaginable adversity.
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Aftershocks by Anne Fine
A family mix-up means Louie has to tag along with his engineer father and his team as they head for a routine job in the farthest flung and most neglected province of the Federation. A massive earthquake, with ensuing tsunami, devastates the entire isolated coastal region, laying bare the other-worldly manner in which the silent and strange Endlanders deal with life, death, and the hinterlands of memory and loss. Their curious and unsettling ways raise ghosts for Louie, who has recently lost his own brother. This modern fable - part ghost-story, part coming-of-age novel, and part astute social and family observation - explores the ways in which grief can affect not only individuals, but communities at large.   a weird and wonderful triumph; a challenging, powerful book – this is Fine at her very best The Times Children's Book of the Week, February 2022 -- Alex O'Connell ― The Times fast-paced and vivid -- Charlotte Cripps ― The Independent The former Children's Laureate never writes the same book twice and this is a startlingly original concept: part a dystopian story of a climate affected future, part very creepy ghost story, part coming of age, part an agonisingly accurate portrait of a family under stress and ultimately a philosophical examination of how individuals and society handle death and grief. If this sounds a lot for a relatively slim novel, be reassured that you are in the hands of an expert who writes without a wasted word... A brilliantly rewarding read. -- Joy Court ― LoveReading4Kids Anne Fine has crafted a story which is gripping, atmospheric, deeply moving and full of wisdom... I am astounded by the power of this book. -- Veronica Price ― V's View from the Bookshelves The most life-affirming book I have read regarding grief and the hold it can have over those who are left behind. -- Sarah Broadley ― My Book Corner blog A very other-worldly novel that explores ideas of loss and grief both on a macroscopic and microscopic level and the kinds of collateral damage that can arise from this within families... how well Anne realises the emotional capacity of boys and how timely that feels amidst discussions on toxic masculinity. -- Jake Hope ― reading consultant ... a gripping supernatural yet spiritual read that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. -- Emma Kuyateh ― Primary Teacher Bookshelf
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Cheesed Off! by Jake Hope
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ UCLan Publishing (3 Mar. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912979748
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912979745
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby - 7 years
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It's time for a P-A-R-T-Y and you're invited!

  Join the fun with photos, presents, party foods and some special surprise guests in this enjoyable and engaging story...   "Whisker twitchingly fun!" - The Daily Mouse's Nose Paper   "A brie-lliant party story!" The Cheesy Smellograph
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Diamond by Jessie Keane
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Diamond by Jessie Keane
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (3 Feb. 2022) Language ‏ : ‎ English Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 544 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529363047 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529363043 Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16 x 4.8 x 23.6 cm   SIGNED COPY BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Richard Beaumont, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her?
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Christmas Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
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Christmas Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
Publisher : Picador; Main Market edition (25 Nov. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 240 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529038743   SIGNED LIMITED EDITION   For a decade, while she was Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy gifted her thousands of readers an illustrated poem every Christmas, transporting them in one year to a seventeenth-century festival on the frozen Thames, in another to Western Front to witness the famous 1914 truce, then to a sweet winter’s night in the South of France with Pablo Picasso and his small dog. Christmas Poems showcases Duffy’s bold and innovative voice, alongside gorgeous artwork from Rob Ryan, David De Las Heras and Lara Hawthorne, amongst others. These ten much-loved poems are gathered together for the first time in this compendium to make a perfect gift for old friends celebrating a decade’s tradition or those experiencing the magic of Duffy’s festive verse for the first time.
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And Away… by Bob Mortimer
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And Away… by Bob Mortimer
The number one bestselling autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer.
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CELEBRATING THE SEASONS WITH THE YOURSHIRE SHEPHERDESS BY AMANDA OWEN
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CELEBRATING THE SEASONS WITH THE YOURSHIRE SHEPHERDESS BY AMANDA OWEN
She lives in tune with nature and Amanda's attitude to food is the same. She believes in buying good, seasonal ingredients when it comes to feeding her family and includes her favourite recipes here, from wild garlic lamb with hasselback roast potatoes to rhubarb and custard crumble cake and Yorkshire curd tart. As inspirational as Amanda herself, this book is a beautiful keepsake that will delight everyone who has followed her adventures so far.
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My Lifey by Paddy McGuinness
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My Lifey by Paddy McGuinness
Publisher : Ebury Press (16 Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 320 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1529109368   SIGNED COPY Paddy McGuinness is a much-loved presence on British TV. His stand-up tours sell out across the country. His acting roles are legendary, from Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy to The Keith and Paddy Picture Show. How did all start? Let Paddy take you back to a two-up, two-down terrace in 1970's Bolton, where his lifey began. He grew up alone with his beloved mum, neighbourhood matriarch Pat, who worked two jobs, as a barmaid and a cleaner, always keeping food on the table at home and almost always keeping her tearaway teen out of trouble. The road from kipping in abandoned cars with his mates in Bolton to racing supercars on Top Gear has been eventful, with multiple turning points, including formative hard graft as a labourer, running a Viagra racket at a health centre, a showbiz intervention by schoolfriend Peter Kay and eye-popping adventures in the world of teledom. While he may have swapped cobbles in Bolton for red carpets in London, Paddy has always stayed true to his Lancashire roots, and here he tells his story for the first time, in his own unmistakable style. He lived it. He's written in. It's his lifey - fast-paced, funny and full of character, just like him.
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1979 BY VAL McDERMID
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1979 BY VAL McDERMID
THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME, AND AN INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER' McDermid is at her considerable best' GUARDIAN' An irresistible and palpable journey' PATRICIA CORNWELL The shadows hide a deadly story . . .
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THE OUTLAWS SCARLETT&BROWNE  JONATHAN STROUD
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THE OUTLAWS SCARLETT&BROWNE JONATHAN STROUD
Set in a broken, future England, where gunfights and monsters collide, this is the exciting first title in a phenomenal fantasy teen series by the bestselling children's novelist. "You won't be able to put this down. A classic in the making."
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SNOWFLAKE LOUISE NEALON
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SNOWFLAKE LOUISE NEALON
Debbie struggles to cope with the weirdest, most difficult parts of herself and her small life. But if the Whites are mad, they are also fiercely loving, and each other's true place of safety. Startling, fresh and utterly unique, Snowflake is a story of messy families, messier friendships and how new chapters often mean starting right back at the beginning.
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THE APOLLO MURDERS CHRIS HADFIELD
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THE APOLLO MURDERS CHRIS HADFIELD
Full of fascinating technical detail, twists and tension, The Apollo Murders puts you right there in the moment. Experience the dark majesty of space, the fierce G-forces of launch and the rush of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft travelling at 17,000 mph, as told by a former Commander of the International Space Station who has done all of those things in real life. Strap in and count down for the ride of a lifetime.
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The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry
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The Boy With Wings by Lenny Henry
Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (14th Oct. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 224 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241542736 INDIE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COPY Lenny Henry's hilarious adventure, The Boy with Wings, is for readers of 9 to 12 and illustrated throughout by Keenon Ferrell. Includes an exclusive comic book adventure illustrated by Mark Buckingham. An ordinary kid is about to become an EXTRAORDINARY hero! Wings? Check. A super-cool, super-secret past? Check. An impossible mission to save the world from a fur-ocious enemy? Check. When Tunde sprouts wings and learns he’s all that stands between Earth and total destruction, suddenly school is the least of his problems. Luckily, his rag-tag group of pals have got his back, and with his new powers, Tunde is ready to fly in the face of danger. So what if he can’t even stand up to the school bully? He’s the boy with wings – this is his destiny. No pressure then. . . About the Author Sir Lenny Henry has risen from being a star on children's television to becoming one of Britain's best known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. He is co-founder of Comic Relief. Lenny is a strong advocate for diversity and has recently co-written the book Access All Areas: The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond.
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A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker
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A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker
Publisher : Michael Joseph (30th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 336 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241542736 SIGNED COPY   About the Author Matt Baker is our much-loved television presenter, and from Blue Peter, to Countryfile, to The One Show, he has charmed a nation. Matt grew up in County Durham on a hill farm before his career in entertainment began. As a teenager he was a British champion gymnast and when Blue Peter was looking for a new presenter Matt put together a striking showreel somersaulting in the farmyard and riding a unicycle. In his seven years on the show Matt won two BAFTAs for Best Presenter two years in a row and a Royal Television Society Award. Matt has also presented Radio 4's Open Country, Secret Britain, One Man and His Dog, as well as starring in a host of musicals and presenting BBC Sport's Gymnastics coverage for many years. Matt has raised over 40 million pounds for Children In Need with his Rickshaw Challenge, and is also a trustee of the charity. Matt lives with his wife, children, his sheepdogs and his many beloved farm animals.
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Odd Boy Out by Gyles Brandreth
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Odd Boy Out by Gyles Brandreth
Publisher : Michael Joseph (16th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 448 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241483718 SIGNED COPY   Review Hilarious, ribald, eye-popping, unforgettable, will make you laugh out loud ― Daily Mail A whirlwind of witticisms and of funny tales, both short and tall . . . 'I feel I have lived my life in a magic garden where the sun is always shining' he writes, and in Odd Boy Out he offers us yet another glimpse of that bright, shining sun ― Mail on Sunday Warm, witty, charming. A moving and very affectionate family history. An enthusiast for life ― The Times A fabulous raconteur with a great many tricks up his sleeve. His infectious zest for life means he has a story for almost every well-known person you can think of ― Daily Telegraph A magnificent raconteur. A witty account of a most unusual life ― Independent Brilliant pen portraits of his father and myriad friends present a framework for Gyles's contemplation of his extraordinary life. Light-hearted and dark events alike are described with his customary deceptively jaunty style, making them funny, moving, and sometimes deeply shocking -- Sheila Hancock Staggeringly brilliant, funny and touching, I loved it -- Joanna Lumley A hilarious and revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family ― Eastern Daily Press He's cheery, fun and has a fabulous grasp of the English language, so Gyles Brandreth's autobiography makes for a scintillating read. His hilarious - and sometimes moving - account of his life from early childhood days through to the adult world of politics and television is candid. It is also a story around his everyday family life, and about happiness, ambition and love. It offers a fascinating insight into a portrait of Britain, too ― People’s Friend Magazine Hugely enjoyable. Engaging ― Choice Magazine About the Author Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox. Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.
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Frontline by Dr Hilary Jones
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Frontline by Dr Hilary Jones
Publisher : Welbeck (2nd Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 464 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1787397521 SIGNED COPY   Review 'The doctor hits the spot and deserves to be read' Jeffrey Archer 'My diagnosis is that Frontline is a story to get the heart racing' Daily Express 'An enthralling tale and Jones' medical expertise never gets in the way of the action' Daily Mirror 'Dr Hilary is a master storyteller, and Frontline is an utterly absorbing page-turner' Lorraine Kelly, CBE 'Frontline succeeded where (Sebastian Faulks') Birdsong failed; in actually making me cry' National Federation of Pensioners magazine. Book Description The first book in a series charting the rise of a prominent British medical family in the twentieth century. From wars to a pandemic, the discovery of penicillin to the birth of the NHS, successive generations of the Burnett family are at the vanguard of life-saving developments in medicine. About the Author Doctor Hilary Jones is a General Practitioner and regular contributor to multiple newspapers and television shows. He is a well-known and trusted face to millions in the UK.
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Free Speech: And Why It Matters
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Free Speech: And Why It Matters
ISBN: 978-0349135380 Author: Andrew Doyle Cover: Paperback Pages: 144 Language: English Category: Democracy, Religious History of Christianity, Political Science   Each book is sold with a signed bookplate (Publication Date - 25th Feb 2021)   The Keystone of Civilisation Free speech is one of the most important issues of our time. With increased political division, more and more are calling for greater restrictions on our ability to speak our minds. In this incisive and fascinating book, Andrew Doyle addresses the most common concerns of free speech sceptics, and offers a timely and robust defence of this most foundational of principles. Over the past decade, many people have detected a pattern of minor changes in our culture. A new identity-based conceptualisation of ‘social justice’ has brought with it a mistrust of unfettered speech, appealing for greater intervention from the state. And yet without free speech, no other liberties exist. In the age of identity politics – with the collusion of Big Tech enabling some voices to be heard and silencing others, such as Parler – defenders of the concept run the risk of being accused of complicity with those considered repellent. But there is no contradiction in holding individuals in contempt for their repugnant views and simultaneously defending their right to express them. We all have a right to incivility, just as we have the right to opinions that are considered to be beyond the purview of permissible thought. Likewise, those who wish to criticise such forms of dissent are free to express their disapproval however they see fit within the law. This is the liberal system, and it works. Andrew Doyle believes the concept of free speech is nothing less than the keystone of our civilisation. Readers may have reservations about this view. Readers may believe that unlimited speech enables the worst elements among us to commit harm. But a society that abandons freedom of expression risks exacerbating the very problems about which many of us are rightly concerned. ‘Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.’ – John Milton, Areopagitica Andrew Doyle is a writer, broadcaster and satirist whose commentary on political and cultural issues is regularly published in the national press. He is a panellist on The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) and often appears on Sky News. In 2019, he toured the UK with his stand-up show Friendly Fire. He is the author, as Titania McGrath, of the satirical books Woke: A Guide to Social Justice and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism. He has a doctorate in Renaissance literature from the University of Oxford, where he also worked as a stipendiary lecturer. He was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast.  
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Glorious Rock Bottom (Signed Bookplate)
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Glorious Rock Bottom (Signed Bookplate)
DARK, HONEST, UPLIFTING. THIS IS A SOBRIETY MEMOIR LIKE NO OTHER. 'This is a book that tears down walls.' Marian Keyes'Bryony Gordon is a terrific, compassionate writer whose razor-sharp honesty slices through every sentence of this compelling memoir.' Liz Day'Poetic, raw and very important.' Fearne CottonBryony Gordon is a respected journalist, a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning mental health campaigner. She is also an alcoholic. In Glorious Rock Bottom Bryony opens up about a toxic twenty-year relationship with alcohol and drugs and explains exactly why hitting rock bottom - for her, a traumatic event and the abrupt realisation that she was putting herself in danger, time and again - saved her life. Known for her trademark honesty, Bryony re-lives the darkest and most terrifying moments of her addiction, never shying away from the fact that alcoholism robs you of your ability to focus on your family, your work, your health, your children, yourself. And then, a chink of light as the hard work begins - rehab; twelve-step meetings; endless, tedious, painful self-reflection - a rollercoaster ride through self-acceptance, friendship, love and hope, to a joy and pride in staying sober that her younger self could never have imagined. Shining a light on the deep connection between addiction and mental health issues, Glorious Rock Bottom is in turn, shocking, brutal, dark, funny, hopeful and uplifting. It is a sobriety memoir like no other.
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Rake’s Progress (Signed Bookplate)
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Rake’s Progress (Signed Bookplate)
'God I wish Rachel was prime minister... Reading it is like being invited to a deliciously gossipy party' Marina Hyde 'Fabulously indiscreet and funny...I loved it' Gaby Hinsliff, Observer'There will be weightier political tomes this year than Rake's Progress, but you will not read one more entertaining' Roger Alton, Daily Mail 'Spectacular. The only honest thing I've ever read about political campaigning' P.J.O'RourkeA unique, revealing and entertaining insight into the political dramas of recent times. Rachel Johnson was born into what has been described by some as the UK's most famous political family, and by others as 'Poundshop Kennedys'. She was always keen to avoid the family business at all costs and plough her own furrow as a broadcaster, novelist and journalist. But, after the referendum to leave the EU in 2016, she felt the heavy hand of fate. When an insurgent centre party burst onto the scene in 2019, she felt compelled to stand for something rather than nothing - which happened to be just as her own older brother, Boris, was making his final assault on Downing Street. As some joked, she went into politics to spend more time with her family. Rake's Progress tells the extraordinary story of what happened next. From long silences on the radio when asked tricky policy questions to loud curses from David Cameron during tennis matches, Rachel reveals all about her brief political career. Taking on Ann Widdecombe and the Brexit Party, would she and her party make history - or become a forgotten footnote in the rolling omnishambles of British politics? Beyond her own story, Rake's Progress highlights the importance of standing up for your beliefs and the challenges of life in the public eye, and takes the reader behind the scenes, from the campaign trail to the 'Westminster bubble' and the carpeted corridors of power. Written with great honesty and self-deprecating humour, this is a book that reveals the very human side of politics.
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V Force Boys (Signed)
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V Force Boys (Signed)
V Force Boys contains a fascinating collection of previously unpublished stories by V Force ground and aircrew for all three V bombers plus descriptions of how all the aircraft navigated before the days of GPS and the training the crews received.
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