Biography, Autobiography & True Stories

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  • Punks on Scooters: The Bristol Mod Revival 1979-1985

    £9.99
    British youth in the mid 1970s felt a need to express its anger and frustration at what seemed to everyone 'futureless politics'. An anger and frustration that had found a youthful voice with the emergence of punk rock, bringing with it a huge explosion of politics in music, with such songs as Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen and later on Eton Rifles, distinguishing punk as an overtly politicised youth culture. Some of these angry young men and women moved on from punk to Two-Tone and from there followed a route that led from via Secret Affair and The Jam to the Mod Revival. These were fractured, often violent times, as Michael Salter recalls in his in-depth memories of the music and fashion of the Bristol scooter club generation and the mod revival. Learn More
  • Monkman & Seagull Quiz Book, The

    £12.99

    • Quiz books are hugely popular at Christmas, and this is likely to be the most talked-about, ideal stocking stuffer of them all
    • Monkman & Seagull have nearly-national treasure name recognition and status among all age groups in the UK
    • Monkman & Seagull will support the book with appearances on radio, TV and in readings (they are already recording a BBC show) as well as on social media where they have a large fanbase
    • Based on the massive goodwill for these loveable characters, we anticipate wide review coverage in all major national press
    • We will roll out a national professional PR campaign, and also are likely to get some excerpts from the book into December newspapers

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  • Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe

    £10.99

    Where can you buy 913 Kalashnikovs?
    How do you tell a friend her expat love is never coming back?
    What’s it like to date a mercenary?

    In 2007, Canadian journalist Heidi Kingstone arrived in Kabul, eager to uncover the mysteries and shadows of one turbulent corner of the world. Over the next four years, she encountered idealists and chancers, gunrunners and warlords. She interviewed generals and partied with powerbrokers and fashionistas. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, she witnessed women as heroes, as victims, as freeloaders, as rivals.

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  • I Remain Your Loving Wife Lizzie

    £14.99
    The First World War created a huge army from civilians who had never fought before. They left behind families, sweethearts, wives and children. They too experienced war. When it broke out in 1914, Lizzie Green and her husband Tom were newly wed with a baby son. They were an ordinary working-class couple living in a rented house off the Old Kent Road near the London Docks. In 1916 Tom was conscripted and in 1917 he was sent to India, not to return until the end of 1919. Lizzie was on her own. We wouldn’t know anything about them unless, by chance, in a skip on the sea front in Broadstairs, Kent, over a hundred of Lizzie’s letters to Tom had not been found. Frayed and faded now, her robust handwriting recorded for Tom her daily existence and gossip. Here as the letters unfold over the long absence, we open a window into a life disrupted and hurt by separation. The military war was somewhere else: in south east London it was hard graft, early bombing raids, rationing, raging flu, family rows, problems with lodgers, and the landlord, and the prolonged wait for demobilisation. How Lizzie longed for him, for his return, for the future. Single-minded, determined to survive, she waited, and wrote. Learn More
  • My House of Sky

    £20.00

    ‘My House of Sky’ is the first biography of the acclaimed and enigmatic naturalist, J.A. Baker, author of ‘The Peregrine’. and ‘The Hill of Summer’. ‘My House of Sky’ has a foreword by Robert Macfarlane and an afterword by John Fanshawe. Complete with many photographs from the new J A Baker archive of Baker himself, his notebooks, journals and annotated maps, this new book also has a photo essay of Baker’s favourite landscapes by Christoper Matthews, and original artwork by the stone carver Jo Sweeting.

    Foreword: Robert Macfarlane, afterword: John Fanshawe

    Photography: Christopher Matthews, artwork: Jo Sweeting

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